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 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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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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Is it a good idea to have a Pyromancer and Sorcerer combination? [closed]

Basically I'm asking if it is a good idea to have a Pyromancer and Sorcerer build. I've already started a Sorcerer with 45 int and 45 dex and I want to know if I've messed up the possibility. My ...
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What is the highest damage weapon usable by a Soul Level 1 Pyromancer?

I'm currently working my way through a Soul Level 1 playthrough of Dark Souls. I'm using the Pyromancer class, since that is the only class that starts at SL1. Because I'm not leveling my character, ...
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SL1 Punchy Pyromancer build help

So for my 6th playthrough of Dark Souls, I decided that I'm going to make what I call a "punchy pyromancer" (alliteration!). Because I'm planning to use a lightning Caestus on my right hand and ...
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Is there a shortcut from the parish to Undead Burg in Dark Souls?

I've unlocked the bonfire near the blacksmith, killed the boar, and raised the portcullis. However, I'm told that there's a merchant back in Undead Burg. I went back there once, but almost didn't make ...
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Where are good places to farm souls in Dark Souls?

I'm right before Anor Londo bosses and I need to soul farm to level 69 so I can use soul spear. I would also like to upgrade my pyromancy glove and buy the remaining spells that I can. At the moment ...
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How do I use the sword and shield I found?

I'm just starting Dark Souls as a Warrior, and have encountered the first giant monster, archer, and sword-wielding opponents, and have found a shield and a sword, but I can't seem to equip either of ...
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How can I get my joystick to work with Dark Souls?

I have Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, and would like to use my joystick (Hori Flight Stick EX2) to work with the game. Is this possible, and how might I do it? (By default, left, right, and ...
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The reason behind the Crestfallen Warrior?

As the player first comes across the Firelink Shrine, there is a knight named Crestfallen Warrior sitting against a ledge of grass. My question is, is he only a dialogue character? Was there any ...
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How much Sin per NPC?

So there I was one day trotting along in my Elite Knight Set in Undead Parish to visit the blacksmith. I goto talk to him, and me been stupid with my 'habits', I press every button on my controller in ...
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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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Are Dark Soul's Steam servers VAC secured?

Now that Steam has liberated us from the icy clutches of GFWL, does anybody know if the new servers are VAC secured or not? Being able to try out different builds and theorycrafting was a pretty big ...
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Do weapons re-appear as loot in NG+ and on?

I'm getting on to mid-game on my first playthrough of Dark Souls, no NG+ yet, but a thought struck me. When I reach NG+, will all those weapon drops re-appear? Eg, I got the Great Scythe, goto NG+. I ...
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How do I beat Four Kings on NG+ using just melee?

On my initial playthrough I beat these guys on my third attempt. On NG+ I've lost count on the number of times I died against the Four Kings. My Vitality is 40, Endurance is 42, Strength is 61, ...
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No leveling Bandit run in Dark Souls

I'm currently doing my first "no leveling-up" run of Dark Souls (1); I chose the Bandit class as a starting class (and the Master Key as a gift), and just noticed that I wouldn't be able to attune any ...
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What's happened to Games for Windows Live? I can't open Dark Souls or GFWL at all!

This may be two separate issues into the one question... Unless the same issues caused both things. For some reason, I'm unable to connect to GFWL. Has the servers been shut off or anything? Every ...
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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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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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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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Does Queelag's Sister's name ever appear in DkS1?

Before fighting Quelaag in Blighttown, you can meet up with Quelana, and after defeating Quelaag to ring the bell, you can find Quelaag's sister, or "The Fair Lady". Is her real name ever appear ...
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Knight Artorias in Dark Souls

I've had a theory about the Soul's series and it's a bit of a long shot but I'm not going to get into that. What I wanted to know is: Are there any lore connections to Knight Artorias in vanilla Dark ...
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Is there a limit to the number of item in inventory?

I'm wondering if there is a limit to the weight one's character can have in it's inventory. In the character status page I can see that there is a limit to the weight of the equipment, but I don't ...
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Beat Ornstein and Smough in NG+

I would like some advice on how I can beat Ornstein and Smough in NG+. I didn't intend to finish NG+ so I didn't prepare myself before killing Gwyn (Just pyromancy flame +5 with Fireball e.g.). I have ...
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Hackers on GFWL

I've met a couple of hackers with infinite health on Dark Souls PC, and filed complaints with Games for Windows Live. Is this effective at all? How and when are players sanctioned? Also, is there a ...
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How to level further in Dark Souls? [closed]

How should I level my build further? I started as a bandit and these are my stats: Level 61 Vitality 42 Attunement 12 Endurance 30 Strenght 16 Dexterity 14 Resistance 11 Intelligence 8 Faith 10 I ...
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Can you parry boss attacks?

I just started playing Dark Souls, and I was able to die to a hollow trying to parry its attacks. Eventually, I kind of got the timing down and slew him with a satisfying riposte. Then I fought a big ...
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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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What are the differences between platform versions of Dark Souls 1 and 2?

I've heard a couple of differences between consoles for the Souls games particularly Dark Souls 1 and 2... I was wondering if anyone knows all of the differences so that I can make a decision on ...
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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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Dark souls PC controls - Help with aiming and switching between weapons

After watching a youtube video I realised three things: That console players can aim, and lock on targets. Can PC players, and if so, how? That you can switch between weapon sets with the press of a ...
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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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Why am I getting less souls than other players on dark souls?

I was watching a walk-through of the game and noticed that the player I was watching was somehow getting more souls for each kill. Anyone know how I could do this?
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Warping to certain bonfires?

how can I not warp to certain bonfires throughout the game it seems to vary which bonfires each different game... I may be wrong but do they need to be kindled for you to be able to warp to them or is ...
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In Dark Souls, does Havel's set lose durability, and, if yes, can it be repaired?

I've noticed that the description for Havel's set items mention that they are carved from stone. Stone and crystal items can't be repaired once they lose durability, however they are highly resilient ...
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What effect does upgrading a particular skill have on my character?

I've recently started playing Dark Souls again, and I want to create my character with some knowledge of the skills. What effect does each skill have on my character, and in particular which are ...
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Help with Artorias

I'm having trouble with the Artorias fight in the Dark Souls DLC. I have been trying with all combinations of weapons and armour, but nothing seems to even bring his HP down to 1/3. Are there any ...
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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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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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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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Mouse cursor always visible in game

I just started to play Dark Souls on PC and I noticed that the cursor remains visible during the game. Although I can play with it I find it really annoying to always have a white thingy jumping ...
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I ended up with two DIFFERENT estus flasks (+2 and +7). Will this break my game?

Does anyone have any info about what this will do to the game and the best way to handle it? I found it in the chest at Firelink Shine where you're supposed to get back important dropped items. I ...
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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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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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What does upgrading Pyromancy Flame do?

The main casting weapon for pyromancy is Pyromancy Flame. It looks like a fiery hand in the inventory. You can upgrade it at Firelink Shrine later in the game. But what does upgrading it actually do? ...
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How much better Power Within spell gets with each level of upgraded Pyromancy Flame?

I found the pyromancy spell Power Within to be very useful for increasing dealt damage. I wonder how much Pyromancy Flame casting item upgrades increase its power. Info I found on various wikis is ...
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How to apply Magic Weapon

Playing as sorcerer for the first time, I still use a melee weapon a lot. Now, I understand Magic Weapon spell adds magic damage for 60 seconds, but how do I apply it to my weapon? I have a 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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What are the icons in item description mean?

I'm very new to Dark Souls and I'm having a hard time figuring out what these icons mean by testing. Okay, I found out how to show details, but still, not all icons are named on this screenshot: ...
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Attacking with shields? Who does that?

I recently found out that if equipped in right hand slot, shield can be uesd as a weapon. It deals much lower damage and attack is pretty slow. The only case I think this could be useful is if all ...