Dark Souls by From Software is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls. The game is a dungeon crawler with an emphasis on its high difficulty levels and punishing the careless player. It is well known for its taunting trailers, telling the player to "Prepare to Die". Published by Namco Bandai for ...

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What is the relationship between Dark Souls and Demon's Souls?

I just got a hold of Dark Souls but I have never played Demon's Souls before. I know the games are related and was just wondering to what degree in terms of storyline, characters, etc.
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What is the best class to use for a beginner in Dark Souls?

I've been playing this game for a while now, and it's pretty hard. I'm constantly dying and as a Thief I feel I'm not doing enough damage while I have too little health. I have around 2 hours play ...
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What are the equivalent PC keyboard keys and mouse buttons of the Xbox 360 game controller buttons shown on the screen?

The PC port of Dark Souls shows Xbox 360 game controller buttons on its in-game messages and the UI. However, I'm playing with a mouse and a keyboard. This makes learning the controls a bit awkward. ...
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How can I gain humanity in Dark Souls?

Every so often I'll look up at my counter and notice I gained some humanity. If I was fighting bosses I wouldn't think much of it, but sometimes it will happen when I'm just farming enemies. I've ...
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Which gift should I choose for my first play-through of Dark Souls?

When creating a new character in Dark Souls, I am allowed to select a gift amongst: Goddess's Blessing Black Firebomb Twin Humanities Binoculars Pendant Master key Tiny Being's Ring Old Witch's Ring ...
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Where can I farm Titanite Chunk?

Titanite Chunk being the item required to upgrade Normal weapons from +10 to +14, and some armours from +6 - +9. No merchant seems to sell it, and I really would like some. Where can I farm for ...
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Do bosses scale to your level in Dark Souls?

Do bosses in Dark Souls scale to your level? For example, fighting a certain boss at level 20 would be the same difficulty as fighting that same boss at level 50.
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Why do I randomly get more Estus Flasks?

I have noticed while playing that sometimes there is a loud cracking noise and my character glows white, after which I get an additional Estus Flask. Why is this happening? Is it related to being near ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in human form?

In Dark Souls, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being in human form? In Demon's Souls, being in human form gives you a clear HP advantage, but attacks have lower power and you can be ...
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How can I stop this guy from killing me?

After the first boss, you enter a new level (Firelink Shrine) and there is a knight sitting on a log nearby. I attacked this knight a few times and that apparently made him mad, so he killed me. Now ...
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How does the game determine if I can wield a weapon with two-hands?

I know that wielding a weapon with two-hands allows you to wield weapons you normally don't meet the strength requirement for, but I'm uncertain exactly how the game calculates this. How does the ...
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Is there any story justification for “traversing the white light”?

After sinking many hours into Dark Souls, I've come to the realization that the story is actually very complex, even if it's hidden or muddied most of the time. Even the multiplayer aspects of the ...
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Is it possible to complete Dark Souls without leveling?

One of the things that have always irked me about the Dark Souls games is the ability to store up souls, and effectively grind your way past a certain point by leveling up indefinitely. Accumulated ...
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How should I spend souls to improve pyromancer

I'm playing as a pyromancer in Dark Souls and am still near the beginning of the game (In the Depths). I'm not really sure how to improve my character however whenever I get a lot of souls (10k+ or ...
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Selling items in dark souls

I've been grinding my character a fair bit, and as a result I have ended up with a fair few number of longswords, battleaxes, hollow armours, etc. I was wondering if there is any way of selling these ...
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What does the rating in a message mean?

In Dark Souls, there are messages all over the floor that can be read. Every message has a Rating in number form along with it. Many are 0, the highest I've seen so far is 5. What do these ratings ...
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How do I ascend a +10 normal weapon to a +11 normal weapon?

I know the Large Ember will ascend a +5 normal weapon to a +6 normal weapon, however I'm uncertain how to ascend a +10 normal weapon to a +11 normal weapon.
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I forgot where I died the last time

I was scouting random paths yesterday and got mobbed by a bunch of strong enemies. Today I don't remember where they finally got to kill me. I had a ton of souls and humanity on me and it'd be a shame ...
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Are there multiple endings to Dark Souls?

Are there multiple endings to Dark Souls? If yes, how many, and how is it determined which ending will be played? Please try to not tell what the ending are, I'm still at the beginning of the game, ...
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Making Dark Souls just a little bit easier?

I started Dark Souls the other evening and like most people (I imagine) I'm finding it rather difficult. Is there a particular character class that will make the game easier to learn? I can only ...
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Surviving as a Spellcaster vs. Capra Demon in Dark Souls

I managed to beat this boss on the 15th try as a melee character. There are two attack dogs and one Capra Demon (who has good attack range and an unblockable attack) in one tiny room. How can a ...
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Can you kill the Drake in the Undead Burge?

I know if you cut off the Drake's tail you get the Drake Sword, but is it also possible to kill him? I know in Demon's Souls there were a couple dragons which couldn't be killed when you first met ...
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Why do we want to kill Lord Gwyn at the end of the game?

I played through Dark Souls and sort of managed to follow the story most of the way, but ended up getting lost towards the end. By the end, I really had no idea why I was fighting Lord Gwyn or what ...
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In Dark Souls, can player from different platforms interact with each other?

My friends own the PS3 version of the game, while I am playing on the Xbox 360. Will we be able to join each others' games?
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What are the best stats to focus on for a warrior?

I have just started to play Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, and I picked the warrior class. Due to the difficulty, I want to focus on some stats to ease the difficulty curve. What stats do you ...
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Can I get information about the covenant in-game in Dark Souls?

I've talked to the miracle teacher near the Firelink Bonfire, and I've joined the White Covenant. I've read here that the covenant put some restriction on what you are allowed to do, however, I've not ...
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Playing coop with friends

I am thinking about purchasing Dark Souls to play with friends (primarily playing together and not alone). I have read that a soapstone is needed to actually play co-op. How long into the game can I ...
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Is it worth using the Fire Keeper Soul to upgrade the Estus Flask?

I found a Fire Keeper Soul in Undead Parish. Later, I went back to Firelink Bonfire, and a NPC offered me to upgrade my Estus Flask in exchange of the Fire Keeper Soul. I didn't pay attention, and ...
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How do you provide hints in Dark Souls

In Demon Souls you could just press select (I think) and add your selected message. I would like to know how to do it though because I like everyone's help and feel bad at not being able to provide ...
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Kick reliably in Dark Souls

Is there a setting to adjust the sensitivity of kicking or leap attack? I'm using an XBOX controller on the PC. I'm using a mace. I know it is left stick forward + RB (or RT for leap attack). I'm ...
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How do I get to the new area(s) in the Prepare to Die edition?

I originally played through Dark Souls on the PS3 and now am playing the Prepare to Die edition on the PC. I've gotten to the point where all I have left to do is kill Lord Gwyn, but I haven't ...
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What is this enemy called in Dark Souls? Looks like a huge dark hell spawn knight

Those are the size comparisons more or less for the demon. And what it's face looked like. I found him walking around some sort of barracks/watch tower thing on route the "church up high" the NPC ...
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Is it possible to to mess up a character build in Dark Souls?

I just barely beat the two gargoyles in Dark Souls. I'm using the Zweihander sword I found in firelink shrine and for that I needed to get STR to 24. I like the idea of playing a STR-heavy character, ...
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How to Beat Black Phantoms in Dark Souls?

Quick intro - I love Dark Souls. I think it's amazingly challenging. The only problem is I get killed so much by invading Phantoms that I hardly play in Human Form enough to enjoy the whole ...
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What areas offer serious soul farming?

I'm already aware of: The sealed area of Darkroot Garden. This is normally a fantastic area to grind, but I'm currently in the Forest Hunter covenant and need to stay in it so I can purchase items ...
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How do I kill the skeletons located in The Catacombs?

No matter how many times I kill the skeletons found in the catacombs, they always come back to life. To say the least it is very annoying. Is there anyway to prevent them from coming back to life?
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What do the two bells of awakening in Dark Souls have to do with the story-line?

I know that the person sitting on the stone in the Firelink Shrine said I had to ring them but does anyone know exactly why?
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Is it possible to kill NPC in Dark Souls?

In Demon's Souls it was possible to kill all the NPCs, and I had to take great care not to kill them by mistakes (the R2 button having a tendency to get pressed whenever I put down my controller). And ...
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How do I get my Xbox 360 Controller to work with Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition?

Just picked up this game today and I would much rather play it with my Xbox 360 controller. I'm having quite a bit of trouble however due to the fact that although I have my controller connected and ...
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In Dark Souls, What is Estus?

In Dark Souls, the undead can replenish their health by drinking from an Estus Flask (an undead favourite). I assume these are dull, green, flasks which contain something called Estus. What is Estus? ...
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Is soul farming necessary in Dark Souls?

Either for leveling up or to upgrade weapons. Perhaps it depends on playstyle/class as well? By "not necessary", I mean you gain souls in the normal course of trying to play through the game. Instead ...
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No on-screen keyboard when using xbox 360 controller

I have an Xbox 360 controller for PC. I launched the game Dark Souls, and when I was asked to enter my character name, nothing would happen. The keyboard overlay didn't appear and I had to use my ...
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I'm bored of the Drake Sword, when will I find a decent replacement?

I'm a lvl 50 wanderer and have been using Drake Sword since level 20 or so. I have completed most Darkroot Forest (Killed Wolf), Basin (Killed Hydra), The Depths (killed Gaping Dragon) and Blighttown ...
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Surviving multiple enemies at a time

While playing Dark Souls, I'm perfectly able to handle single (standard) enemies one at a time. But, when 2 or more are attacking me at once, I am frequently overcome by them and die. What are some ...
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Are there places only reachable by jumping in Dark Souls?

Near the Firelink Bonfire, on the path to Undead Burg, there is a bridge and we can see an item near a corpse under that bridge. I've been able to reach this place by jumping above a little hole ...
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How to sneak better?

It's certainly much more advantageous when you see the enemy first and not the other way around. Ring of Fog helps a great deal with that, but you still need to walk instead of running to stay hidden ...
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How do I acquire the full armour of thorns set?

I've been looking around the world for ages to bump into the guy who uses the armour of thorns (Kirk, Knight of Thorns). I know I have to be in human form and that he appears before certain bosses. ...
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How to get to the third giant in Sen's Fortress in Dark Souls?

There is a respawning giant who is loading the boulders into the system, and there's also a giant throwing exploding balls onto platforms on the top of Sen's Fortress. Somewhere around that area you ...
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All areas necessary in Dark Souls?

When I first started the game, I followed the same path as many other beginners and went to the first bell and then to the Depths, Blight Town and to Queelags Domain to ring the second bell. However, ...
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Where can I find a second copy of Great Soul Arrow?

I'd like to get a second copy of Great Soul Arrow in order to assign it to two attunement slots, but Griggs, the first spell merchant in Firelink Shrine, only seems to have one copy. How do I find ...