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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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Is this an accurate description of how armor works across the Dark Souls series in PvE?

Introduction I've seen a number of posts arguing back and forth about the effectiveness of armor across the Dark Souls series, but I've never found anything that spells out the actual math. Do the ...
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What incense to use for melee build?

I am running a melee build (Str/Dex), and have dipped a bit into Attunement (3 spell slots) for extra versatility. For now I am using Pyromancy only. However, I have collected quite a bit on Spices (...
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Game crashes when starting

I'm having trouble beginning a game of Dark Souls 2 (Scholar of the 1st Sin) on my PS3. The game starts and loads fine, and I even get the beginning cut scene, but when the actual game comes to start, ...
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Why can't I summon my friend to help me?

I've just started my first Dark Souls 2 experience and a friend of mine has offered to help out with some of the bosses. I'm trying to summon him for the Pursuer boss fight, but for some reason we ...
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Where can I farm Titanite shards?

Where is the best place to farm for titanite shards? I am trying to upgrade my gear and I cannot find any shards I have bought everyone I could already.
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Resting knight miniboss [duplicate]

In the early area, the forest you will see a knight sleeping under the tree. When can I fight him and what do I get from defeating him?
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Dual Avelyn build

I was playing Dark Souls 2 and I got deeply in love with the crossbow Avelyn. I got it from a secret door in the Undead Crypt. Since crossbows can be wielded single-handedly, I was thinking of a dual ...
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Elemental Resistances in Dark Souls 2

I clearly don't understand how the Elemental resistances in Dark Souls 2 work. I'm playing as a Swordsman and I currently have 150 Poison Resistance. This is actually not in percentages so what is ...
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Trouble with Guard Break

I was on my way playing Dark Souls 2 PC version when I had a great trouble with Guard Break and Leap attack. I've did quite a bit of googling, and I understood that; to do a Guard Break I've to hit ...
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Soul Vessel in Dark Souls 2

I was playing as Swordsman in Dark Souls 2 and luckily I got a Soul Vessel. The Swordsman in Dark Souls 2 basically got 7 points in Intelligence and 5 points in Faith right from the start. I'm ...
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Unreachable item (?) in Old Akelarre

I'm pretty far into the game (but haven't triggered NG+), and on a whim I walked back from Majula to Old Akelarre, and inside the first oval-shaped room, where the 6 goblins ambush you, I can see, up ...
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Is there a limit on how far you can Hollow in Dark Souls II?

In Dark Souls II, whenever you die, your character's Hollowing progresses a little more, reducing your Max Health slightly. However, I am unsure how far the Hollowing can progress, whether to a point ...
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How to blow open secret hole in Brume Tower if I ran out of explosive carrying enemies?

In Brume Tower, after the foyer bonfire, I was helping somebody as a phantom and I saw a hole in the wall after the first fume sorcerer that wasn't there in my world. My research seems to indicate ...
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Infusing with faint stone vs. Infusing with Magic stone?

What exactly is the difference between infusing with a faint stone and infusing with a magic stone? I seem to understand, that a faint stone will cause a weapon to deal magic damage or a shield to ...
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Does killing Shanalotte aka. The Emerald Herald change the rest of the game?

When killed Shanalotte drops the Aged Feather, and you can no longer use her services (unless revived, but it's unclear whether this is even possible). Are there any non-obvious differences to the ...
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Is there only one Emerald Herald?

When you meet Shanalotte in Dragon Aerie she says "it was my own manifestation that led you here." You'll also meet her (or her "manifestations") in at least Majula, Drangleic Castle, Undead Crypt and ...
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Which locations are worth using a pharros stone? [closed]

I already encountered the pharros slot in the Wharf (which I found quite useful), the one in Earthen Peak (which wasn't so useful) as well as the massive amounts of pharros slots in the Grave of ...
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Is there any other purpose for boss souls in Dark Souls 2?

I'm wondering if there is any other purpose to boss souls in Dark Souls 2. I already know about Straid and Ornifex providing weapons/spells/armor in exchange, as well as the aspect of getting a lot of ...
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Where is Steady Hand McDuff?

I can't find Steady Hand McDuff. I have not looked in Iron Keep because I don't know where it is ether. Can you help?
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What is behind the statue in majula

What exactly is behind the statue in majula? I haven't opened it yet because I don't want to be attacked.
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Collosal difference between FPS in Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III [duplicate]

I don't know if you here at Arquade SE accept technical questions, but I'm willing to try anyway. I am a huge Dark Souls fan, so naturally, I have all three games on my laptop. Before we go into my ...
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How do I dual-wield the Blue Knight's Halberd and the Murakumo weapons?

I am trying to find out how to dual wield the Blue Knight's Halberd and the Murakumo weapons. I have all of the necessary requirements and looked at dual wielding on YouTube and it says you can dual ...
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Cloning a character in Dark Souls 2

How can I clone a character in Dark Souls 2 (make a copy)? I've created a character called BuffaloBill, and done a no death run of Majula, Forest of Fallen Giants, Heide's Tower of Flame, and The ...
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How difficult is to play with friends on Dark Souls 2

I am considering to play Dark Souls 2 with a friend but I would like to know how difficult is to play with her. In the previous part sometimes it was a nightmare to play with friends. I was wondering ...
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What bonfire corresponds to the Darknight Stone-dropping Crystal Lizard?

There is a crystal lizard on the wooden bridge on the way to the Gutter, which drops a Darknight stone. Which bonfire do I need to use an ascetic on to resurrect that lizard?
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Max number of souls Dark Souls 2 SotFS PS4

In Dark Souls 2 the enemies disappear after you beat them several times, I think it's 10 times and then the enemy disappears. So, my question is, how many souls could be gained in the first ...
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How to check Dark Souls II global service availability?

The last few days I've received the dreaded The DARK SOULS II service is not available message almost every time I open this game. To the best of my knowledge I'm not blocked in any way, I haven't ...
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Better DPS: Ultra Great Sword or Twinblades?

Ultra Great Sword require a lot of STR, Twinblades requires a lot of DEX. I've heard that DEX scaling is not as good as STR scaling, and am hesitating between leveling up to equip one or the other ...
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Where can I find other Heide Knights that can drop a Heide's Spear?

I am debuting a spear build, love the move set. However, since it is my first play-through, I am limited to the normal spear. Arriving at Heide's Tower of Fire, I was happy to see a Heide Knight, ...
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Does Dark Souls II have a way to be purchased with all DLC?

I noticed that on Steam, Dark Souls II is sold with "Scholar of the First Sin" with the main game, and then each subsequent DLC is $10 after that, making the game a total of $70. Is there a chance of ...
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What Stats and Equipment increase damage from Hexes?

I current have INT 16, FTH 26, and am using Resonant Soul with an Idol's Chime +1. What do I need to level up, in order to increase the damage from Resonant Soul? Do I Level Up Intelligence, or Faith,...
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Is there a reward for killing the fire lizard at the bottom of the Forest of Fallen Giants?

This is my first playthrough of Dark Souls 2, so I decided to ask it here and avoid looking on wiki to avoid any spoilers. After reaching the bottom of Cardinal Tower, there are two caves. In one of ...
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Is a broken staff a death sentence?

I am a Sorcerer in Dark Souls 2. I broke my staff while working my way through the Forest of the Fallen Giants. It seems I don't have much power, and can't effectively use a sword. Is there hope for ...
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Is it necessary to play Dark Souls I / II before I play III? [duplicate]

I want to play Dark Souls series. If I play the III before the others. Will I not understand the story (if there is a story, of course) or something else ?
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About Dark Souls 2 bonfire ascetic boss spawns

My question and the real reason I viewed this. How many can you use regardless of it changing the difficulty to re spawn a boss? Like Old Iron King in Iron Keep if I wanted to spawn him 10 times could ...
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I can't get the second golem to move at Drangleic Castle

I've got the first golem to move but the second won't I've tried for hours and I can't get it to move. And I've got over a million souls, and I've lit the 4 primal bonfires.
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How scarce are souls?

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 ...
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Reinforcing Bows in Dark Souls 2

Does reinforcing a Bow in Dark Souls 2 increase the damage done while using the Bow with arrows or as a melee weapon?
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When does Cromwell pardon you for free?

I tried Moon Butterfly set and made an NPC angry on accident. So I went to Cromwell The Pardoner (for the first time). The wiki says he pardons you for 1000 souls per soul level. I was suprised to ...
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Has the "weapon durability bug" been fixed in both the original Dark Souls II and Scholar of the First Sin?

A bug in Dark Souls II caused weapons to degrade at double rate when played at 60fps and "durability was decreased drastically when attacking enemy corpses, friendly characters etc." (source, I'm not ...
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will I miss any content or options by buying dark souls 2 scholar instead of the base version?

I haven't played any Dark Souls 2 at all. And the difficulty of Dark Souls 1, while interesting was a bit much. I heard Dark Souls 2 Scholar raises the difficulty of DS2. So I was thinking I should ...
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What happens if you equip the Crown of the Sunken King at 99 strength?

Crown of the Sunken King gives you a +1 STR bonus. What happens when you wear it with 99 base STR? I mean will your STR be 100? Will your damage bonuses increase?
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What are options to increase difficulty?

What are all options to increase difficulty of Dark Souls 2? I mean game mechanics, not self-imposed limitations like "don't use a shield". I know about: Reach new game+7. Join Company of Champions ...
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Full list of item changes in new game+x of DS2

What are all the item changes you can see in second and following playthroughs in DS2? And which of them are present in the old "Dark Souls 2" game and which are at "Dark Souls 2 Scolar of the First ...
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How do I remove the Pursuer's curse?

I encountered the Pursuer in the Forest of Fallen Giants shortly after the bonfire with the old merchant. I wasn't quick enough when avoiding his attacks and he stabbed my character. Just after that, ...
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Does the Champion's Tablet sums offerings from all characters?

Does the Champion's Tablet shows the sum of offerings from all players characters or only from one character? I.e. if I have two characters, one has offered 200 Awe Stones, and another one - 199 ...
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Is there an illusion in the tutorial area?

At the exit of the tutorial area, there is a big plain wall and a message with 10k upvotes: "illusion ahead, try gesture". Is it trolling or is there actually something there?
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How to get Aldia fight if Nashandra is dead for good?

According to wiki one can get Aldia as a boss after defeating Vendrik and Nashandra. My problem is that I've defeated Nashandra before Vendrik. Can I get Aldia as a boss in this case? Now I've killed ...
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Are DLCs and a Boss all that's added for Sotfs? (PS3)

I purchased DS2 Sotfs (PS3) but the DLCs and Aldia are the only things that have changed. Are the pursuers in Lost Bastille and the Heide Knights in Heide's Tower Of Flame only added for certain ...
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I have a DLC item in my inventory, but don't own the DLC?

I have a DLC item in my inventory even though I didn't buy the DLC. It's the Frozen Flower, which is part of the Crown of the Ivory King DLC. If anyone has an explanation on this, I would be happy to ...
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