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Dark Souls 2

Release Date: March 11th, 2014
Genre(s): Action RPG
Publisher(s): Namco Bandai
Developer(s): From Software
Multiplayer: 2-4 Player Online
Co-op: 1-3 Player Online

Dark Souls 2 Tips, Tricks, And Secrets Guide

Posted by The Controller Online Staff | 23 Mar 2014 |

Prepare, so as not to die.

It’s not secret that Dark Souls 2 can be a very difficult game, if you’re not prepared, so we’ve gathered together a guide of tips, tricks, and secrets to help you on your journey through Drangleic. Obviously there are SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Talk to NPC’s – Always talk to every NPC character you meet in Dark Souls 2, and talk to them multiple times. Many of them have gifts for you, or special information that you won’t get out of them unless you keep talking to them.

The Pit of Majula – In the main hub area, Majula, you have probably seen a large pit with some items in it and you may have tried to jump down only to find yourself dead. Try buying the Silvercat Ring from Sweet Shalquoir, the cat that lives in one of the houses. It will reduce your fall damage and allow you to get down to those items and a new area.

Quick Estus Flask Shard – To grab what will probably be your first Estus Flask Shard, look for the well in front of the largest house in Majula. Knock the rock off the ledge and a body will pop up holding the shard.

Trade Boss Souls for Weapons – In the lost Bastille you will come across a stone figure that appears to be blocking the way to a Bonfire. Use a Fragrant Branch of Yore (you will fine more than one of these) here and you will free the NPC, Straid, who will trade you rare weapons, spells, and miracles for your Boss Souls.

Easy Mytha The Baneful Queen Boss Fight – When you fight the boss of the Earthen Peak, Mytha The Baneful Queen, you will probably find she is standing in a pond of shallow poison that will kill you quickly. To drain the poison, go to the Bonfire directly before you reach her. As you exit the ledge the bonfire is on you will see a giant windmill out the window, light a torch and go out on the ledge and up the slope a bit to burn the windmill. This will drain the poison in Mytha’s room and the poison just outside of it, exposing an NPC summon sign for the Jester, a powerful pyromancer. Combine the lack of poison with the help from an NPC and this boss fight becomes very easy.

What do I do with this Soul Vessel? – Ever thought your character was in need of a respec? Go to Things Betwixt and give a Soul Vessel to the old Firekeepers to redistribute your soul level points.

Which Starting Gift Should I choose? – Most of the starting gifts are self explanatory, but a couple require some more detail. The Seed of a Tree of Giants is an item that can be used to make normal enemies attack an invader to your world. The Petrified Something can be traded at the bird’s next in Things Betwixt for a random high-tier item.

How to talk to Manscorpion Tark – In the Ruined Woods you may run into a big half-man, half-scorpion guy who doesn’t attack you but also doesn’t want to talk to you. Head back to Majula, purchase the Ring of Whispers and equip it before trying to talk to Tark, you’ll find out he has a lot to say.

Locating Weaponsmith Ornifex – If you want to trade your boss souls for some of the most powerful and unique weapons in the game, you’ll have to find Weaponsmith Ornifex. For full instructions, see the video below:

What are the benefits of Dual Wielding? – In Dark Souls 2 you can more effectively use one weapon in each hand but to get the full benefit you have to enter the “power stance.” This can be done by holding the Y or Triangle button, but you must have 1.5x each required stat for that weapon (ex: weapon requires 10 DEX, your DEX must be 15). You’ll know you’ve done it correctly if your character changes his stance and raises his weapons up slightly. You will now have special two-weapon attacks mapped to your L1 and L2 (or Left Trigger). Watch the video below to see Dual Wielding in action:

This guide is a work in progress, please check back later for more Dark Souls 2 Tips, Tricks, and Secrets.

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