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I went into the game thinking enemies were unlimited, but after going through a few areas multiple times, enemies stopped respawning.

This suggests souls are a limited resource. If I lose, say, 2k souls too often, will this limit me in the end-game? Is it possible to continually obtain souls, or should every one be "cherished"?

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Yes and no.

Basically, after a while (as you mentioned), enemies stop spawning. So the souls stop flowing. However, there are ways around this.

  1. Infinitely Spawning Enemies. Yup, you heard right. There are enemies that infinitely respawn; primarily the Stone Soldiers in Drangleic Castle.
  2. Bonfire Ascetics. Using bonfire Ascetics is a great way to farm souls, as once enemies stop spawning, this resets their cycle. The catch is: increased souls, and increased difficulty.
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  • Thanks. Glad I won't permanently screw myself by accidentally diving off a cliff... twice. Are Bonfire Ascetics worth using early to farm, or are they more of an end game item? – Carcigenicate Dec 12 '16 at 0:50
  • They are fairly easy to come by, you can find them, purchase them, and even farm them. – Ben Dec 12 '16 at 1:06
  • @Carcigenicate, don't even think of this, even without ininite spawns the game provides like 20 times more souls than you need to reach lvl cap for any reasonable build. Additionally it is hard to lose souls from the boss fights, this is more than enough. – klm123 Dec 12 '16 at 13:17
  • If you use bonfire ascetics you are "borrowing" monsters from the next playthrough, if you exhaust them again after a bonfire ascetic, the monsters in the area will also be gone in the next playthrough. If you use another one, you will get even stronger monsters, because you are now killing the ones from the next next playthrough, etc... – Kevin Dec 12 '16 at 13:17
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    @Kevin, what are you talking about? Going to next playthough is effectively applies bonfire ascetics to all bonfires. Mosters won't be gone, they will just be harder than you normaly expect for current playthrough. – klm123 Dec 12 '16 at 13:20
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With the latest patch, Dark Souls 2 gives you unlimited souls, available near the start of the game.

This is due to a change with the covenant Company of Champions, accessible when you reach Majula (within 5 minutes in a new game).

In particular, one of the effect of this Covenant is as follows:

Joining this covenant will give all non-special enemies unlimited spawns for the duration you're in the covenant (special enemies such as the Aldia Warlock in Shrine of Amana or the necromancers in Huntsman's Copse will not respawn).

Once you leave, all enemies will return to the spawning condition they had before you joined.

This change was relatively recent. It was updated after I have beaten it, but I noticed it during one of my more recent re-plays.

Note: Joining the Company of Champions is effective doing the same thing as burning a bonfire ascetic, except you can leave the covenant and reverse the upgraded enemies. If you want to know how tough an area is after burning an ascetic, try out the covenant and test it out.

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  • Oh! Good to know. I avoided joining the covenant because one of the player messages outside the stone said something like "heed the hint", and before you join, it says it will be an "arduous journey". I'm only level 27, so I do think know if it's a good idea for me to try yet. I'll look into it, thanks. – Carcigenicate Dec 12 '16 at 11:31
  • Read up on the wiki regarding what the covenant does. Enemies are harder but if you're farming for souls, it is usually irrelevant. – Nelson Dec 12 '16 at 12:52
  • rofl. I joined the covenant half an hour ago and started getting massacred everywhere I went. Now I need to find that cat. I'll keep this in mind for later in the game. – Carcigenicate Dec 12 '16 at 12:59
  • @Carcigenicate just note that burning an ascetic basically boosts the enemies the same amount, so this covenant is good to test out an area before upgrading it. – Nelson Dec 24 '16 at 18:58
  • Thanks. I'm actually at the point now where using the covenant is a good way to get souls, so I have an idea about the difficulty. – Carcigenicate Dec 24 '16 at 19:00
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Just to make the topic complete. Another infinite source of souls is White Soap Stones. By helping others to kill bosses and other enemies you get your part (up to 50%) of the souls and it has no influence on enemies in your world.

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Another source of souls is PvP.

The bridge at the start of the Iron Keep is filled with PvP signs. Killing an invader seems to net some (or all?) of the souls they're carrying.

It doesn't yield a lot, but if you're good at PvP, and at an active soul memory level, it's a source.

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