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Tonight I killed:


Smelter Demon

Old Iron King

Duke’s Dear Freja again after using a bonfire ascetic

The rotten 

Double dragon riders

Looking glass knight

 

Old iron king took three attempts because in two of them I rolled off the platform into the lava :lol:

 

 

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12 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

Tonight I killed:


Smelter Demon

Old Iron King

Duke’s Dear Freja again after using a bonfire ascetic

The rotten 

Double dragon riders

Looking glass knight

 

Old iron king took three attempts because in two of them I rolled off the platform into the lava :lol:

 

 

 

Aw yeah I used to love getting summoned in to help Looking Glass Knight. You could heal him up if you had faith spells and were a right evil bastard. 

 

Good to see DS2 getting some love. I really enjoyed it. 

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Shrine of Amana was fucking HORRIBLE. Died so, so many times just trying to get round with those sorcerers with the fucking homing nukes from halfway across the map. And then the boss dropped like a sack of spuds. 
 

At what point should I tackle the DLC, and in what order? I’m soul level 140 with 40/40 faith intellect split. 

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140 should probably be fine, I remember going into them at 120. Do the poison caves (Sunken King), then the other one (Old Iron King) & leave the snow level (Ivory King) to the end as it feels the most like having a proper end boss to the game. 
 

it’s a GREAT end boss. 

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Dipped my head into the crown of the sunken king area, Shulva. Quite the reveal as you round the corner! Enemies were dying in about two blasts of dark orb so will investigate further tomorrow. 
 

In other news, Velstadt down and Undead Crypt cleared. 

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On 25/03/2022 at 21:55, Doctor Shark said:

Tonight I killed:


Smelter Demon

Old Iron King

Duke’s Dear Freja again after using a bonfire ascetic

The rotten 

Double dragon riders

Looking glass knight

 

Old iron king took three attempts because in two of them I rolled off the platform into the lava :lol:

 

 

 

The Old Iron Kings hole gives me nightmares.

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11 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

Shrine of Amana was fucking HORRIBLE. Died so, so many times just trying to get round with those sorcerers with the fucking homing nukes from halfway across the map. And then the boss dropped like a sack of spuds.

 

I call the boss

 

Spoiler

Victor Meldrew

 

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Is there a thing that makes your damage go down the higher soul level you are? It makes enemies more resistant? I went to Shulva at 130ish and was two shotting the soldiers, now I’ve gone back at 145 and they’re taking four shots of the same spell even though I have more stats…

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This is making me want to go back and finish the game (I did all of the base game and maybe the first boss of the first DLC, but it was a challenge as I was using a katana on armoured enemies and Lightning incantations got nerfed really badly, so my Lightning Spears did bugger all damage).

 

Except DS2 was never made BC and so I'd have to retrieve my 360 from the UK to play it. Eh. Guess I'm never finishing it. Annoying that you had to play into NG++ to get all of the spells, incantations and rings if you weren't able to get them via covenants, and also that fucking chest in the lava that requires a suicide run. Argh.

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Yeah. I am wondering if I'm prepared to play through the entire game again, but it's been so many years that I've largely forgotten it. I am impressed with how quickly you're blasting through it though!

 

Are you doing all the questlines as well?

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38 minutes ago, Talvalin said:

Yeah. I am wondering if I'm prepared to play through the entire game again, but it's been so many years that I've largely forgotten it. I am impressed with how quickly you're blasting through it though!

 

Are you doing all the questlines as well?


I think so? I’ve got achievements for getting gear off a few people - only missing the map guy and Benhart but they’re coming up, I guess. 
 

And yeah, 40 hours in now, level 148 I think. I’m playing as a sorcerer for the first time ever (well, technically I switched to Hexer as I preferred the spells) instead of my usual sword n board guy and it’s been really easy to be honest. No boss has taken more than 2-3 goes. Just got the king’s ring and opened up Aldia’s Keep. 
 

I will say I found it got off to a bit of a bumpy start - I went from Elden ring to dark souls 3 until the second boss then decided to go back and play 2 to completion first and that was a rough way to go :lol:

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I haven't played DS2 (I've had the vanilla Xbox 360 version waiting to start for a few years now; I kinda want to play through that original release before doing SOTFS, so I can compare what changes between the two versions).

 

But these level numbers you're talking about are much higher than I ever reached in DS1! (My first complete playthrough - just the base game, no DLC - finished at level 99.)

 

So that made me wonder: in DS2, does it cost a lot less to level up to a given level number than in DS1?

 

Looking at the wikis, turns out it does:

 

http://darksouls.wikidot.com/soul-level

DS1: lv99->lv100 costs 60265 souls

 

http://darksouls2.wikidot.com/level

DS2: lv99->lv100 costs 13545 souls

 

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Yeah levelling up is fairly easy, but to be honest between soft caps, subsequent diminishing returns and the amount of souls you get, plus how much levels cost, as well as how incrementally the stats actually go up (at one point I noticed I was only get damage increases every two points in a stat instead of every one), you never really feel over levelled or overpowered when doing new content. Sure, if you go back to the starting zones you’ll be one shotting stuff that used to take a while to kill, but if you’re in the zone for your level the power creep is much more gradual. 
 

Also don’t bother with the vanilla version of ds2 at all - the SotFS version is better in every conceivable way: better graphics, higher frame rate, enemies and items in better places, more story added, all dlc included etc. there’s no reason to play the base version. 

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5 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

Well, that’s Dark Souls 2 finished! On to the DLC… 

 

Almost got all the achievements, too - some I can’t complete until ng++, though, which is bum. 

Oh now it gets REALLY good

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2 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

Here are my level and stats as I finished the game:

 

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Geoff the Hexer 

The animation on the hexing staff is so cool

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