EXPERT ADVICE: Here’s some top tips coming your way from a Dark Souls pro
If you’re a massive fan of Dark Souls then you’ve likely heard or watched some of the crazy attempts to complete the original game in a variety of bizarre ways.
One guy did it by taping bongos, another by flipping the perspective upside down.
But one chap, known to many by the name Happy Hobbit miraculously completed Dark Souls without taking a single hit.
It wasn’t easy mind, and he’s spent a lot of time trying (and failing) to make it all the way through.
But just look at how happy he was (below) when he finally did it.
So with the release of Dark Souls 3 out today, we asked unquestionably the greatest Dark Souls player on the planet for some handy tips to guide you through the games latest adventure.
We doubt his tips will help you make it all the way through without taking a single blow, but you never know, it could help you survive just that little bit longer.
Dark Souls 3
1. Accept Death
In Dark souls, death is inevitable and 99% of the time happens because a player has made a mistake that they can learn something from.
With this in mind, upon death, don’t get frustrated and instead figure out how it can be avoided next time.
Provided your eyes are open, death is but a stepping stone to beating the game.
YOU DIED: Expect to read these words a lot
2. Stamina managment
When working a shield, be sure to only hold it up when your enemy attacks.
Doing so will allow you to recover stamina much quicker, leaving you open to counter attack or maybe block even more attacks.
3. Go slow and steady
Impatience is one of the biggest killers. Always go at a steady pace.
Especially after dying there is always the temptation to rush in but doing so is a great way to get killed and lose ones souls yet again.
4. Use up your souls before you lose them
Losing your souls is an inevitability and its only going to make the game harder.
Before heading out always be sure to upgrade your weapon as much as possible at the blacksmith and level up at the bonfire.
If your comfortable with your damage output, you can never have enough endurance and vitality if your looking to stay alive.
Dark Souls 3 Screenshot
5. Know your enemy
Watching your enenmies carefully and memorizing there various attack patterns and combos is the quickest way to victory.
Most will simply run in blind and try to beat there opponent.
Players will find much more success in taking distance when possible and seeing just how much an enemy has in its arsenal.
After observing for a short time, you will know exactly when to hold up your shield or even better, when to click roll to dodge through the enemies attack into open space.
6. Ditch the weapons
Next time you enter a boss fight, remove your weapon, ready yourself for death and see how long you can survive.
Removing the need to attack allows for much more focus on understanding the boss.
You will find yourself conquering bosses far quicker this way, than stubbornly running in on the offensive.
Dark Souls 3 Screenshot
7. Lose the shield and roll through enemy attacks
The most efficient way to deal damage and profit from the downtime enemies have inbetween combos is to drop the shield and roll through enemy attacks.
Whilst rolling, you are invulnerable for a brief second.
By simply clicking roll at the right time a player can initiate invincibilty frames and end up in a great position to deal extra hits or even a backstab.
Usually the best time for a roll is just as an enemy begins its attack animation or before its weapon begins to approach the player.
It’s a process of trial and error most of time though, when learning the exact time to roll and dodge an enemies attacks.
Using a build with a lot of vitality can be a great way to learn, as this allows you take a bunch of hits.
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