A 2014 action RPG, developed by From Software, for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It is the third game in the Souls series following Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

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Has parrying changed in Dark Souls II since patch 1.04?

According to the DSII wiki, as of Patch 1.04 Calibration 1.08, the various weapons have the following parry properties (graphic courtesy of TheHolyChicken86): However, others have noted that this ...
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Do bonfire ascetics cause the respawn of more bonfire ascetics and can I farm them in this manner?

I was wondering if, when a BA is used, does it cause any possible BA in the area to respawn? If so, would it be worthwhile to farm BAs in this manner?
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If I respawn a boss and kill him with Lucatiel again, does that count towards the 3 bossfight requirement to prevent her from disappearing?

I've killed the Lost Sinner with Lucatiel more than 3 times by respawning with a bonfire ascetic. Have I met the requirement to prevent Lucatiel of Mirrahh from disappearing after Aldia's Keep?
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How can I increase my chances of finding Awestones?

In Dark Souls 2, there is the Covenant of Champions, which requires you to find Awestones that drop from certain enemies, at certain rates. For example, any invader has a 100% chance to drop an ...
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Resonant/Great Resonant Soul bug

I'm farming awe stones using a method involving offline play, and re spawning offline phantoms. The one in particular that I am farming Rhoy the Explorer. However, after a few rounds of him re ...
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Dark Soul 2 Knowledge/Help [closed]

I just bought Dark Souls 2, I'm waiting for it to download. I played the first Dark Souls, and it was amazing, just wondering how long gameplay is on average, and some basic classes.
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(Spoiler alert) Why does Nashandra only appear when you have the Giant's Kinship?

In Dark Souls 2, in order to fight Nashandra you need to possess the Giant's Kinship which you get from the Giant Lord in Memory of Jeigh. This got me wondering: "Why do you need the Giant's Kinship ...
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Does Covenant affect NPC invaders?

There are some we know the answer for already, like the Mad Warrior will only spawn if you're a part of the Bell Covenant. But are there any others? For example, will the (offline invader) Bell ...
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Vanquiser's seal & Bone fist

Does the (bonus) damage damage of Vanquiser's seal apply to the Bone fist? Quote: Increases bare handed attack power. This ring increases the base damage of unarmed fists to 200 Is it possible ...
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Switching to empty hand with more than 2 items equipped

In Dark Souls 2 you're able to switch to an empty hand, if you only have 1 item equipped. For example: Main-hand: sword Empty Empty Off-hand: Shield Empty Empty But, because I want to use ...
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Optimal Parry/Riposte window

I have noticed that in some circumstances, when you parry and riposte an enemy, sometimes you do more damage than others. For example, on either the Alonne knights in the Iron Keep, or the Syan ...
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Dark souls 2 what to do with unused weapons

I have played games like diablo 2 or never winter nights, and there you could trade your weapons for gold. I have been playing Dark Souls 2 in xbox but I can't find anyone to trade my useless weapons ...
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Dark Souls 2 Estoc infusion

Okay, I have no clue about infusions (yes, I've read all the summaries about each and I understand what they do but I have low faith and int and most don't apply to me). My stats are 40 STR and 40 ...
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What is the fastest healing method?

What spell, or consumable item can give you health the fastest? In dark souls healing yourself in time means life or death. Sometimes you bring the estus flask to your lips and you are already dead. ...
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How do I wield a weapon in two hands?

I am playing dark souls 2 on pc. I remember i could wield a weapon in 2 hands while hiding my shield. I have forgotten how to do this. I am trying to two hand a great club. Even if i put away my ...
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Activating golems at the Drangleic Castle

I have to light the four Primal Bonfires but only one of the golems has moved at the doors to the Drangleic Castle. Can some one tell me what I'm doing wrong?
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How do I access this bonfire in Lost Bastille?

There's lots of rubble in the way but I can't seem to jump over any of it. I've tried exploring around but haven't found a way to the bonfire. Any directions?
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Can you get another Boss Soul by respawning bosses with a Bonfire Ascetic?

In Dark Souls 2 I believe you can respawn bosses with a Bonfire Ascetic. This made me wonder if you respawn them and kill them again, do you get the Boss Soul again?
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Who are Jeigh, Orro and Vammar?

When you enter into the memories to get the Giant Souls and the Giant's Kinship, the area names are Memory of (Orro/Jeigh/Vammar) Who are these characters? I'm assuming it's the sleeping Giants? ...
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Zweihander or Greatsword?

There is a lot of dispute among some people as to which one is actually better, and for all my research, I haven't come to any conclusions. Assuming 50 STR and 50 DEX, +10 with no imbuing, which one ...
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What happened to the Soul Vessel in Majula?

Originally in the basement of the Mansion in Majula, there was a chest that contained a Soul Vessel. I have only just jumped back on again, the last time I played being before the "Crown of the Old ...
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Can you summon shades in the Grand Cathedral after defeating the Burnt Ivory King?

In most places it is possible to summon shades (small white soap stone) after defeating an area boss. Before defeating the boss, I saw an abundance of shades available to summon. However, now that I ...
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Best build for pure caster

I'm fairly new to Dark Souls 2. I am just wondering what stats/gear I should aim towards. I want my character to be a pure caster using sorceries, hexes, pyromancies, miracles, and maybe a bit of bows ...
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Summoning Across Platforms

I have searched the web, I cannot find an explicit answer to this anywhere. :( Can friends play co-operatively (i.e. summon each other) between platforms? I believe the answer is no because in may ...
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Infusion and scaling in Dark Souls II

Let's say, I have 50/50 INT/FTH and Estoc+10. I want to infuse it. Should I choose Dark or Fire instead of Lightning, Magic and everything else? I suppose it would be better to infuse weapon with ...
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Highest possible right hand ATK weapon?

There are many weapons. I want to find the highest possible RightHand1 ATK weapon. So far, the dark sacret chime hammer +5 is my record. This is without ring buffs. Can someone help me find the ...
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Highest overall armor?

I wanted to make the tank build, trying to get the highest overall effective health. Smelter armor is good for fire def, havels for def, dark set for dark def. What would be the most balanced, ...
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Dark Souls 2 - Increase Melee Damage

Just a simple question here. I just watched a SL1 on NG+ kill Fume Knight hitting for 500dmg with a rapier and gold pine resin. I also watched another player with 40str/40dex and a twin blade with ...
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Parrying with the Monastery Scimitar

I am a noob. I played dark souls 2 for about 300 hours now. I've been trying to pvp and I found a lot of great ways of killing people. One thing that really fascinates me is parrying. I see a lot of ...
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Can 2h washing pole be parried?

So I am really bad and I am really trying to get good. I have the monastery scimitar but my parrying rate seems to be less then 5% in pvp. So I was fighting someone today. They had washing pole and ...
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Is it possible to do 3,000 backstab or riposte damage?

Is it possible to inflict 3,000 damage or above in dark souls 2 pvp or pve? If so, under what conditions? Buffs, stats, weapon, rings.
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How can a 2 handed dagger stun lock a havel monster to death?

I was just chilling and collecting weapons on my completionist account. I was maximum soul level in the lower brightstone cove when an arbiter spirit invaded me. He was cosplaying hidie knight, and ...
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Want to do riposte tests. What is the lowest defense ripostable ncp?

So I am trying to learn more about riposte mechanics. I need a test subject. What is the lowest defense humanoid ncp in dark souls?
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Higher AR Power weilding poke moveset weapons?

I love using two weapons that both poke the target at the same time with a really quick poke. Kind of like two rapiers do. When Helix and other halberds were out, I fell in love with that. Now there ...
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Covenant level ups from npc invaders

In Dark Souls 2, there are several ways to level up PvP covenants without actually going online. For example you can level up the Covenant of Champions by farming the invader in Grave of Saints by ...
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Does soul collection conflict with item collection?

I was farming in The King's Passage using the Jester's Hat and the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +1, but at the same time I had the Jester's Gloves and the Covetous Silver Serpent's Ring +2 on as well to ...
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Reallocate Stat Points at SL90 [closed]

Soul Level 90 VGR 16 END 21 VIT 15 ATN 6 STR 21 DEX 31 ADP 21 INT 7 FTH 5 I would like to reallocate my stats. I played Dark Souls with a pure Dex Build and for PvP ...
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Old Knight Greatshield hidden passive?

I was fooling around on dark souls 2 last night and I read the description of the Old Knight Greatshield which states: An undated ancient greatshield Wielded by a warrior from a time so ancient that ...
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Chaneller's Trident Buff increase after reinforcing?

I'm not entirely sure if this, because it's technically not an attack, so I don't believe it would be affected if the weapon was upgraded. The 2-hand R2 on the Chaneller's Trident does the dance, and ...
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Is there a cap level for Sorcery?

In some guides / forums I have read that is not useful upgrade Intelligence or Faith over level 50 due there is a cap in the bonus that you get for Sorcery, Miracles,... But, when I'm upgrading ...
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what bonfires should I burn ascetics in to get NG+ items or higher?

I know of 2 locations. There's the Butterfly Set in Majula, which requires you burn 2 bonfire ascetics to get the complete set And then there's Gower's Ring of Protection, which is in the Shaded ...
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The Shrine of Winter door will not open? [duplicate]

I killed all the bosses but the door will not open. I have beaten this game four times and I have never had this problem before. I do not know what to do, can someone help me?
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What bow should I use to maximize my ranged damage?

I really like using a bow in DS2, but my current one seems a little weak. I'd like to do as much damage as possible as quickly as possible. For simplicity, we can assume that scaling in one stat is as ...
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My shift key toggles running instead of hold to run, how to fix it?

I just discovered when I press my shift key, it toggles running and I need to press it again to stop running, and I can't dodge during the running, I need to double click shift to dodge when I'm not ...
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Who/what is the Embedded?

There is very little that I have found on this topic, like Pharros the Vagabond and Alva the Wayfarer. All that is clear about the Embedded is the description of the Key to the Embedded: Sword ...
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Shrine in Rotten's Primal Bonfire room

So I just defeated the Rotten for the first time since the latest update, and now there is a huge glowing shrine behind the primal bonfire. What is it? What does it want? I just get the feeling it ...
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Question about Seed of Tree of Giants

Sorry for the vague title, I want to know about two things concerning this item in Dark Souls 2. After the first invasion, is this item guaranteed to spawn? Generally the wiki states that this is a ...
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Is there a way to bind any command to any key/mouse button I want?

It seems that I am not able to bind movements to my mouse keys. It seems as though you're restricted to what you can bind period. Some command subsections only allow keyboard commands while only ...
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Normal attack (right mouse click) doesn't always work

This problem occurs so many times in my PC version of dark soul 2: Sometimes when I right-click, it does not respond, and my character does not attack for 1-2 seconds. I did not set any action related ...
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CoC boosts to NG+ or just difficulty?

OK so to explain what I mean. When you join Covenant of Champions, it will boost the difficulty of the game to NG+ difficulty, cut off co-op summoning, and (I think) increases the chance to be ...