Overall thought Dark Souls 2 was easier than Dark Souls, which I didn't think we going to be possible when I bought it given the diminishing HP with each death mechanic but it still had its painful moments. For me the worst was in Shrine of Amana with those infuriating mages taking pot shots at you with magic from 3 miles away... while you're waist deep in water and move as if you are at 150% weight capacity. Oh and this is while you're dealing with non-ranged enemies. The most frustrating part about this for me is that I was doing a pure mage build that at this point in the game was 5-shotting bosses but the stupid mages were way beyond my lock-on distance while they could hit me from basically across the level. I had no way to deal with them until I got relatively close. This area took me absolutely forever to get through but the boss literally took 2 minutes which felt like a total anti-climax. Just a frustrating experience all around.
There is some serious BS in Dark Souls II, the over all game is easier, but there are a lot more environmental hazards. In particular the poision shooting statuse in The Black Gulch need to stay broken, once you smash them in a playhtrough.
However my most painful memories? Fighting the Belfry Gargoyles in the Belfry Luna is one. The similar fight in the first game was a lot easier, having to deal with 3 of those things at any given time, unless you're really fast and take one down before the 3rd/4th/5th activate, makes that fight a real headache.
The entirity of The Gutter was painful too, because navigating that confusing mess makes Blight Town look like a walk in the park. Plus all of the enemies in that area are just flat cheap... The darkness and collapsing floors seal the deal, making navigation of the area a chore. The Iron Keep was irritating, The Gutter just sucks.
Personally I think 1 had easier bosses. I can reliably solo every boss in DS1 except the BS Four Kings, whereas there's a few I still have trouble with in 2. I dunno, maybe strength characters are OP in 1.
Anyways, to answer the question, pretty much all the optional co-op oriented places. BS enemies, bad environmental hazards, and terrible bosses although I didn't mind blue Smelter honestly. Those stupid horses in the Frigid Outskirts have a moveset worthy of a boss and I've never been able to stay alive against two of them. Yeah, don't solo these areas unless it's a pride thing...
Strength is OP in DS1, Poise is OP in DS1, Parrying is OP in DS1, Weapon Buffs are OP in DS1.
And most of the bosses are pretty much sock puppets that can't turn around. Dark Souls 1 doesn't have good challenging boss fights in the base game. Some are tough the first time, until you figure out theres multiple enemies that spawn one at a time with 2 minute delays between them. Or bosses where you have to let yourself die.. People always looking at DS1 through rose-tinted glasses.
I wanted to kill every boss on one character, for completeness's sake. This includes bosses i'd normally skip, like the Gank Trio in Sunken king, and the ancient dragon. Those two both took a fair few tries, but when I got to the Frigid Outskirts to check off the last on the list, Lud and Zallen. I hate that area so much. It's far too big, doesn't have much of anything interesting in it (except for the ring of the living, which is cool but i don't pvp often.) And those god damn ice reindeer. Fuck those guys. And the boss at the end of it all is a lazy copy and paste of Aava, times two. I must have spent around four hours running back through the snow again and again, most of the time getting taken out by the reindeer before making it to the boss. Yes, I was using summons, but can you blame me for wanting to get done with that area in less than a week?
i would greatly appreciate it. i've played demon souls and dark souls 1, but didn't finish either of them. when i started dark souls 2.... i made a promise.... tht i would complete it. as many of you know tht is not an easy task with this game. we r talking everthing plausible and everything possible. however; one step at a time. i know i will not do everything ( tho i will try ). but i need everyones help plz.
Practically all of the DLCs in DSII were a nightmare to go through, especially if you're like me and try to kill the enemies to their spawning limit. Either I'm worse than the average Dark Souls player (which is likely considering my recent playthrough of DSIII) or my character is just overall terrible
ty to all who have responded. sorry i've been away for awhile.... but ; as many as u know, this game takes time, since my last posts.... i've beaten the ancient dragon ( oh my god!) tht took some time an effort! And i've taken out king V.
now - if i may - i would like to address some old questions.
and then ask some new ones.
1) i understand the attunment stat. i wish i could raise this stat. but i dont think it will happen much b4 new game +
therefore, my question to this specific point is: wht stats do u need in order to have some "fun" in dark souls 2?
i see the opportunities in spell/hex etc. butt a foundation is always key in this game
2) wht do u mean by " wise to start dlc later in the game" i am very late in the game. b4 or after? i understand the realitivity
3) here is a detail i screwed up. i'm trying to complete the jugo quest. unfortunately for me ( to my understanding at least) jugo needs to survive this fight. if i make him survive... can i exit out b4 i face the queen? i'm worried about loosing the souls from the defenders when i face the queen. does this make sense?
These crowns have varying effects, but after all are acquired, they'll all prevent players from hollowing.
To acquire the Soul of the King, you MUST be human, so the use of a Human Effigy is necessary.
Hope this helps,
-Red, Wikia's friendly neighborhood Biter-Man
Keep the giant souls for next NG+ Cycle, they don't offer many souls while being used so it's good to keep them.
There's no reward for farming the entire game.
You can defeat the throne watcher and defender immediately after getting the ring, if you so please, leaving just Nashandra and possibly Aldia for last.
You're thinking of Repel, which is acquired by trading the Giant Lord Soul with Straid of Olaphis, it makes you immune to all damage for about a second and a half, without duration extending gear / rings.
but u am curious about the ring of prayer. i nevr enter a boss fight with alot of souls. and since i'm trying to achieve as much as possible on my first walk thru.... i would like to get lucdia gift. if i buy the ring of prayer to increase my faith to 30... will she give it? or does it have to be a "natural" 30?
i got all the expansion packs today. i would really like to play it. will i loose my place in the game? will it save everything? i beat nasthandra. so is there anything to loose? i have alot i want to do in my game b4 i start ng+. i dont want to loose my place!