Straid of Olaphis is a character in Dark Souls II. Straid is also one of the two characters who can trade boss souls in order to obtain boss weapons and spells, the other being Weaponsmith Ornifex. He wears the Black Set and wields the Staff of Wisdom. He is voiced by Peter Marinker.
A legend amongst sorcerers, Straid is known for his inquisitive and curious temperament, which made him a well-versed mage in both Sorceries and Pyromancies. Apparently, he also studied and acquired some Miracles and Hexes, as the player can find spells belonging to these kinds of magic among his wares. This makes Straid the only magic trainer that can teach the player all the kinds of magic that are found within the game.
Although Straid is a wise and knowledgeable mage, he is an incredibly vain individual. He constantly looks down on the player for being "weak" and he speaks highly about his power and the "magnificence" of his spells. Straid always questions the player's intelligence (no matter how high is the Intelligence stat of the player) and he mocks them using his catchphrase "feeble cursed one!".
Health and souls
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Staff of Wisdom
Straid is found petrified in his cell in front of a bonfire in The Lost Bastille, across the bridge from the Sinners' Rise, and must be cured of his petrification before the player can talk to him or access his bonfire, using a Fragrant Branch of Yore.
Straid was invited to Olaphis for his wisdom. A well-versed sorcerer, Straid became an expert in the various fields of magic. He is known as the creator of powerful spells, such as Homing Soul Arrow, Soul Bolt, Flame Swathe and Lingering Flame. He was also responsible for the creation of the Ring of Resistance and the Dispelling Ring.
Although Straid was known in Olaphis for his vast knowledge, he was also feared for it. He was lured into a dreadful trap, which likely resulted in his petrification. Since Straid never accepted an apprentice, a great part of his extensive knowledge was lost and wasn't recovered until he was unpetrified by the player.
When cured, Straid reacts remarkably calm for someone who has been petrified for countless years. He claims that even Olaphis was not the first to stand where Drangleic does now, and that the curse was as much a problem back then as it is now.
Great Lightning Spear
Boss Souls Trades
|Boss Soul Given||Souls Cost||Received Weapon|
|Soul of the Pursuer||1,500||Pursuer's Greatshield|
Pursuer's Ultra Greatsword
|Soul of the Last Giant||1,500||Giant Stone Axe|
|Flexile Sentry Soul||1,500||Arced Sword|
|Dragonrider Soul||1,500||Dragonrider Bow|
|Executioner's Chariot Soul||1,500||Chariot Lance|
|Skeleton Lord's Soul||1,500||Roaring Halberd|
|Covetous Demon Soul||1,500||Bone Scythe|
|Mytha, the Baneful Queen Soul||1,500||Mytha's Bent Blade|
|Smelter Demon Soul||1,500||Smelter Sword|
|Demon of Song Soul||1,500||Spotted Whip|
|Belfry Gargoyle Soul||1,500||Gargoyle Bident|
|Boss Soul Given||Souls Cost||Received Spell|
|Ruin Sentinel Soul||1,500||Heavy Homing Soul Arrow|
|Scorpioness Najka's Soul||1,500||Soul Shower|
|Royal Rat Vanguard Soul||1,500||Toxic Mist|
|Royal Rat Authority Soul||1,500||Acid Surge|
|Soul of Velstadt||3,000||Sacred Oath|
|Giant Lord Soul||5,000||Repel|
|Darklurker Soul||5,000||Lifedrain Patch|
|Old Witch Soul||5,000||Flame Weapon|
|Old Dead One Soul||5,000||Numbness|
|Old King Soul||10,000||Blinding Bolt|
|Old Paledrake Soul||10,000||Crystal Soul Spear|
- The player must have at least 3 Intelligence to access his store and boss soul trading. After buying 4 boss weapons he will reward the player by giving them his armor set.
- After exhausting Straid's dialogue and using a bonfire, he will move outside of his cell.
- Always be on alert when traveling to Straid's Cell Bonfire as the room will respawn (until respawn cap) Undead Citizen mobs.
- If Straid is killed at any point of the game, a Gravestone will appear in Straid's Cell Bonfire and the revival cost will be 6,000 souls.
- Straid's voice actor, Peter Marinker, is one of the two voice actors who have appeared in all of the games of the series (the other being Matt Morgan, who has voiced the Crestfallen Warriors of each game and Domhnall of Zena in Dark Souls). He voiced Kingseeker Frampt, Darkstalker Kaathe and Eingyi in Dark Souls and King Allant in Demon's Souls.
- One of the classes of the Network Test, the Dual Swordsman, wore the same armor set as Straid.
- Initially, Straid was supposed to have a different backstory. The description of the pieces of the Black Set in the Network Test state that Straid and the king of Olaphis slew an Ancient Dragon together, and that Straid's magic brought Olaphis into damnation. This story was later removed during development.
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