What is World Tendency and Character Tendency? | How to Change World Tendency | Demon's Souls Remake

This is a guide about World Tendency in the Demon's Souls Remake. Read on to find out how to increase your World Tendency and how it affects the game.

What Is World Tendency?

The Current Spiritual Alignment of an Archstone

World Tendency is one of two spiritual standings in Demon's Souls, the other one being Character Tendency.

Each world can lean towards one of the two existing tendencies - White and Black. Depending on your level of black or white in each state, different events will be unlocked. Character parameters are also affected.

World Tendency can also achieve a pure white or pure black tendency that can unlock new enemies or areas in the game.

What is Character Tendency?

The Current Alignment of your Character

Character Tendency is separate from World Tendency. Character Tendency is tied to your main Character and is a little bit harder to manipulate.

How Do I Check World/Character Tendency?

You can check the state of a world's tendency by going to the World Tendency screen view the Archstone of each world. The whiter it is, the closer you are to achieving Pure White in that world. The darker it means you are closer to achieving Pure Black.

The Nexus has a separate tendency level called Character Tendency. You can check the character tendency by checking the eye at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

Effects of World Tendency

Black World Tendency Gives More Souls But Increases Difficulty

Shifting the World Tendency to black will cause enemies to give more souls. Shifting the world tendency to black is great if you wish to farm souls to level up your characters.

Stat Modifiers for Black World

In addition to giving more souls and increasing enemy damage, a black world tendency also manipulates NPC stats, Black Phantom player stats, and your soul form stats.

NPC Stat Modifier List
Black World Tendency
Parameter less than -50% less than -75%
Max. HP Multiplier 0.80 0.90
Physical Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Magical Attack Multiplier 1.40 1.50
Fire Attack Multiplier 1.40 1.50
Souls Gained From Multiplier 1.40 1.50

Black phantom Stat Modifiers
Black World Tendency
Parameter less than -50% less than -75%
Max. HP Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Physical Attack Multiplier 1.10 1.20
Magical Attack Multiplier 1.10 1.20
Fire Attack Multiplier 1.10 1.20
Souls Gained From Multiplier 1.00 1.00

Soul Form Stat Modifiers
Black World Tendency
Parameter less than -50% less than -75%
Max. HP Multiplier 0.95 0.95
Physical Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Magical Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Fire Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Souls Gained From Multiplier 1.00 1.00

White World Reduces Enemy Damage

If you wish to reduce the game's difficulty, shifting the world's tendency to white will greatly aid you in your runs. A white world Tendency will reduce enemy damage making each run easier and easier as your character gets stronger from increasing stats and gaining more weapons/armor.

Stat Modifiers for White World Tendency

Similar to the Black World Tendency, a White World Tendency also manipulates the stats of NPCs, Black Phantoms, and your Soul Form

NPC Stat Modifiers
White World Tendency
Parameter greater than 75% greater than 50% greater than 25%
Max. HP Multiplier 0.80 0.90 0.95
Physical Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00 1.00
Magical Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00 1.00
Fire Attack Multiplier 1.00 1.00 1.00
Souls Gained From Multiplier 1.00 1.00 1.00

Black Phantom Stat Modifiers
White World Tendency
Parameter greater than 75% greater than 50%
Max. HP Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Physical Attack Multiplier 1.20 1.10
Magical Attack Multiplier 1.20 1.10
Fire Attack Multiplier 1.20 1.10
Souls Gained From Multiplier 1.00 1.00

Soul Form Stat Modifiers
White World Tendency
Parameter greater than 75% greater than 50%
Max. HP Multiplier 1.00 1.00
Physical Attack Multiplier 1.20 1.10
Magical Attack Multiplier 1.20 1.10
Fire Attack Multiplier 1.20 1.10
Souls Gained From Multiplier 1.00 1.00

Unlocks Events

Reaching a pure Black or White state can make major changes to your location. This can cause some NPCs to appear, make troublesome enemies disappear, etc. Refer to our list below to see all the events caused by World Tendency.

Boletarian Palace

Unlocked Events
World Tendency Event
White greater than 90% Miralda appears
greater than 75% Gate to Execution Grounds unlocks
Enemies weaken (LV3)
Both Flying Dragons disappear from Stage 1-1
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV2)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV2)
greater than 50% Enemies weaken (LV2)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV1)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV1)
greater than 25% Enemies weaken (LV1)
Black less than -25% Enemies strengthen (LV1)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV1)
less than -50% Enemies strengthen (LV2)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV2)
Item drop rate increases
Black Phantom enemies appear
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV1)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV1)
less than -75% Gate to Execution Grounds unlocks
Enemies strengthen (LV3)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV3)
Primeval Demon appears
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV2)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV2)
less than -90% Black Phantom Miralda appears

Stonefang Tunnel

Unlocked Events
World Tendency Event
White greater than 90% Scirvir the Wanderer appears
The rubble blocking the way to the Dragon Bone Smasher is removed
greater than 75% Enemies weaken (LV3)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV2)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV2)
greater than 50% Enemies weaken (LV2)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV1)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV1)
greater than 25% Enemies weaken (LV1)
Black less than -25% Enemies strengthen (LV1)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV1)
less than -50% Enemies strengthen (LV2)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV2)
Item drop rate increases
Black Phantom enemies appear
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV1)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV1)
less than -75% Enemies strengthen (LV3)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV3)
Primeval Demon appears
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV2)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV2)
less than -90% Black Phantom Scirvir the Wanderer appears

Tower of Latria

Unlocked Events
World Tendency Event
White greater than 90% A bridge appears in the upper region of Stage 3-2 allowing you access to a key
The debris near Phantom Rydell disappears
The gate to Prison of Hope East, 2F can be opened
greater than 75% Enemies weaken (LV3)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV2)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV2)
greater than 50% Enemies weaken (LV2)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV1)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV1)
greater than 25% Enemies weaken (LV1)
Black less than -25% Enemies strengthen (LV1)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV1)
less than -50% Enemies strengthen (LV2)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV2)
Item drop rate increases
Black Phantom enemies appear
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV1)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV1)
less than -75% Enemies strengthen (LV3)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV3)
Primeval Demon appears
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV2)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV2)
less than -90% Black Phantom Rydell appears

Shrine of Storms

Unlocked Events
World Tendency Event
White greater than 90% Master Satsuki appears
Corpse with Magic Sword "Makoto" is now on the ground
greater than 75% Enemies weaken (LV3)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV2)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV2)
greater than 50% Enemies weaken (LV2)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV1)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV1)
greater than 25% Enemies weaken (LV1)
Black less than -25% Enemies strengthen (LV1)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV1)
less than -50% Enemies strengthen (LV2)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV2)
Item drop rate increases
Black Phantom enemies appear
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV1)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV1)
less than -75% Enemies strengthen (LV3)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV3)
Primeval Demon appears
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV2)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV2)
less than -90% Black Phantom Master Satsuki appears

Valley of Defilement

Unlocked Events
World Tendency Event
White greater than 90% Selen Vinland appears
Black Phantom Garl Vinland appears (must clear stage 5-3 first)
greater than 75% Enemies weaken (LV3)
Ladder leading to Istarelle appears
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV2)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV2)
greater than 50% Enemies weaken (LV2)
Player's attack power in Soul form increases(LV1)
Phantom Player's attack power increases(LV1)
greater than 25% Enemies weaken (LV1)
Black less than -25% Enemies strengthen (LV1)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV1)
less than -50% Enemies strengthen (LV2)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV2)
Item drop rate increases
Black Phantom enemies appear
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV1)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV1)
less than -75% Gate to Execution Grounds unlocks
Enemies strengthen (LV3)
Amount of souls gained increases (LV3)
Primeval Demon appears
Player's max HP in Soul form decreases (LV2)
Black Phantom Player's attack power increases (LV2)
less than -90% Black Phantom Selen Vinland appears

Effects of Character Tendency

White Character Tendency Increases Soul Form Damage

Having a White Character Tendency improves your character's damage while in Soul Form.

Pure White Increases It Further And Allows You to Obtain the Friend Ring

By talking to the Monumental at the near start of the game and saying yes to his question, reaching pure White Character Tendency will net you a Friend Ring from the Monumental.

Black Character Tendency Reduces Soul Form Hp

Having a Blach Character Tendency will lower your Soul Form's HP. It is, therefore, not recommended to make your Character Tendency lean towards black. Unless you wish to summon Mephistopheles into the Nexus.

Pure Black Lowers it Further And Mephistopheles Appears in the Nexus

Mephistopheles is an NPC that gives you assassination quests. You can get sweet rewards by killing the NPCs in the Nexus.

Affects Damage Dealth By Souldbrandt and Demonbrandt

These legendary weapons can be obtained from Godwin and King Allant. Their nature allows them to excel at the right Character Tendency (one geared towards white Tendency and one towards Black). Make sure to know what your Character Tendency is before equipping one of these weapons!

Detailed Stat Modifiers Affected By Character Tendency

Soul Form Stat Modifiers
Parameter Max HP Multiplier Attack Damage Multiplier Magic Damage Multiplier Fire Damage Multipler Souls Obtained
White 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0
Pure White 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.0
Black 0.95 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Pure Black 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Phantom/Black Phantom Stat Modifiers
Parameter Max HP Multiplier Attack Damage Multiplier Magic Damage Multiplier Fire Damage Multipler Souls Obtained
White 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0
Pure White 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.0
Black 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0
Pure Black 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.0

How to Increase / Decrease World Tendency?

These are lists of conditions that affect a world's Tendency. An increase will push the world's tendency to white while a decrease will push it to a blacker tendency.

Summary Guide For Manipulating World Tendency

Before our World Tendency list, this is a shorter general guide for manipulating World Tendency, killing the main boss of the area will shift the world tendency to white while dying in human form will shift the world tendency to black.

It is highly suggested to play in Soul Form if you wish to grind your world tendency to white then commit suicide while in Human form to shift it to black. For a more detailed guide on what affects World Tendency in each world, refer to our list below.

Boletarian Palace

List Of Conditions
Conditions World Changes
Defeat Stage 1-1 major demon +30% (affect all Worlds)
Defeat Stage 1-2 major demon +30%
Defeat Stage 1-3 major demon +30%
Defeat Stage 1-4 archdemon +30%
Defeat Primeval Demon +75%
Defeat Red Flying Dragon +30%
Defeat Blue Flying Dragon +30%
Defeat Old King Doran -60%
Defeat Miralda -90%
Defeat Black Phantom Miralda +90%
Die while in living body form -30%
Revive Phantom Player in multiplayer mode +30%
Defeat the Host Player in multiplayer mode No change
Defeat Phantom player in multiplayer mode -15%
Defeat Black Phantom player in multiplayer mode +30%

Stonefang Tunnel

List Of Conditions
Conditions World Changes
Defeat Stage 2-1 major demon +45%
Defeat Stage 2-2 major demon +45%
Defeat 2-3 archdemon +45%
Defeat Primeval Demon +75%
Defeat Scirvir the Wanderer -90%
Defeat Black Phantom Scirvir the Wanderer +90%
Die while in living body form -30%
Revive Phantom Player in multiplayer mode +30%
Defeat the Host Player in multiplayer mode No change
Defeat Phantom player in multiplayer mode -15%
Defeat Black Phantom player in multiplayer mode +30%

Tower Of Latria

List Of Conditions
Conditions World Changes
Defeat Stage 3-1 major demon +45%
Defeat Stage 3-2 major demon +45%
Defeat 3-3 archdemon +45%
Defeat Primeval Demon +75%
Defeat Phantom Rydell -90%
Defeat Black Phantom Rydell +90%
Die while in living body form -30%
Revive Phantom Player in multiplayer mode +30%
Defeat the Host Player in multiplayer mode No change
Defeat Phantom player in multiplayer mode -15%
Defeat Black Phantom player in multiplayer mode +30%

Stonefang Tunnel

List Of Conditions
Conditions World Changes
Defeat Stage 2-1 major demon +45%
Defeat Stage 2-2 major demon +45%
Defeat 2-3 archdemon +45%
Defeat Primeval Demon +75%
Defeat Scirvir the Wanderer -90%
Defeat Black Phantom Scirvir the Wanderer +90%
Die while in living body form -30%
Revive Phantom Player in multiplayer mode +30%
Defeat the Host Player in multiplayer mode No change
Defeat Phantom player in multiplayer mode -15%
Defeat Black Phantom player in multiplayer mode +30%

Shrine of Storms

List Of Conditions
Conditions World Changes
Defeat Stage 4-1 major demon +45%
Defeat Stage 4-2 major demon +45%
Defeat 4-3 archdemon +45%
Defeat Vanguard +30%
Defeat Primeval Demon +75%
Defeat Master Satsuki -90%
Defeat Black Phantom Master Satsuki +90%
Die while in living body form -30%
Revive Phantom Player in multiplayer mode +30%
Defeat the Host Player in multiplayer mode No change
Defeat Phantom player in multiplayer mode -15%
Defeat Black Phantom player in multiplayer mode +30%

Valley of Defilement

List Of Conditions
Conditions World Changes
Defeat Stage 5-1 major demon +45%
Defeat Stage 5-2 major demon +45%
Defeat 5-3 archdemon +45%
Defeat Primeval Demon +75%
Defeat Selen Vinland -90%
Defeat Black Phantom Selen Vinland +90%
Die while in living body form -30%
Revive Phantom Player in multiplayer mode +30%
Defeat the Host Player in multiplayer mode No change
Defeat Phantom player in multiplayer mode -15%
Defeat Black Phantom player in multiplayer mode +30%

How to Increase / Decrease Character Tendency?

Slay NPCs to Shift Character Tendency to Black

Slaying NPCs (specially the friendly ones) will shift your Character Tendency to Black. While we highly discourage doing this, you can obtain some unique items so it can be worth doing before clearing the game.

Slay Black Phantoms to Shift Character Tendency to White

Alternatively, slaying Black Phantoms will shift your Character Tendency to White. We highly recommend doing this as it offers several benefits like increased HP while in Soul Form and it allows you to obtain the Friend's Ring from the Monumental.

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