My strategy for meeting anyone in Dark Souls is:

  1. See if they have anything I can use, if so, get it.
  2. Put on best armor and equip best weapons and spells.
  3. Kill the NPC, if I can.

I have a feeling that this strategy will come back to bite me in the but later on, but killing them is so rewarding. Which NPC's should I not kill? Based on loot, items, power, and helpfulness in the game.

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    There are downsides to killing most NPCs. Would you like me to write a complete list? Otherwise, there's a list right here: darksouls.wikidot.com/npcs
    – user1337
    Apr 8, 2016 at 22:27
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    Basically, all friendly NPCs have a benefit while alive and when killed. It's only a matter of whether or not you're ready for the commitment. Killing lautrec early gives you the ring, but prevents you from getting his armour. Killing Undead Burg merchant gives you his uchigatana, but you will have no source of repair powders and lloyd's talismans until you get to Oolacile.
    – user1337
    Apr 8, 2016 at 22:30

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The only NPC whose death has no impact on anything would be the Crestfallen Warrior - the guy sitting at the Firelink Shrine bonfire, suggesting you to ring the bells.

In general, if you are going to clean up the NPCs, do it right before NG+ so you don't have to play the game without their services while getting all their "only-when-killed" stuff such as the Blacksmith's Hammer and the Uchigatana. Otherwise, make sure they have no services you will consider using before killing them (i.e. buy all their weapons, spells, and stock up on their useable items).

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