Is It Possible to Change My Character's Appearance?
With the Remake, you are now able to change your appearance, for a price. Interacting with the Goddess Statue in the Nexus will give you the option to make an offering of 25,000 souls. Doing so will allow you to change your character's appearance.
What Are Classes?
★Classes Just Decide Your Starting Stats and Items★
Classes don't function like they do in other games, as in Souls games they simply decide the stats and items you begin the game with. For example, just because you choose a Barbarian doesn't mean you can't use Magic, all you have to do is raise the respective stats. Because of this, the name of the Class can safely be ignored as you can decide based on other factors.
Which Class is Best?
★Temple Knight, Royalty, and Knight Are Recommended★
We recommend choosing any of the three listed above, albeit with low starting Luck. For more detailed information on why we chose these three, the guide linked below has you covered.→Best Starting Class and Characteristics List
How Should I Build My Character?
★Can't Go Wrong With Vitality★
If you aren't sure what to put your souls into when leveling, Vitality is always a safe option. If you don't put any points into Vitality then you're really handicapping yourself. A good soft cap to aim for is 30 Vitality, at which you'll be adequately bulky. If you're trying to use a certain weapon or magic, however, then you'll want to put points into the respective stats. There isn't really a right answer here, but as you level up it will require more souls and become more difficult, so having that extra bulk beforehand will help out later.→Best Builds and Stat Explanation
Can You Respec Your Stats?
★Everything But Vitality★
In Demon's Souls, the only way to redo your stat allocations is by taking a hit from a specific enemy that delevels you or dying in certain online situations. When this happens, any of your highest stats aside from Vitality will decrease along with your Soul Level. Starting in Dark Souls II, it was possible to respec through an NPC, so with the remake there may be a newly added feature to do it more easily. We'll keep this page updated if we find out more.
What is Body Form
★When Your Character is Alive★
Body Form is when your character has full HP and is not in Soul Form. In most average games, dying would just have you lose a life and try again, but in Demon's Souls you lose your life quite literally. To regain Body Form after you've died you will need to use a Stone of Ephemeral Eyes, defeat a Major Demon, or kill a player online.
What is Soul Form
★When You Die★
As the name suggests, when you die you lose your body and become a soul. The major downside to being in this form is that you will be at half HP unless you revive yourself or equip the Cling Ring. While in Soul Form you will also be affected by World Tendency.
What is World Tendency?
★Depending On the Color, Worlds Change★
World Tendency is a system measured on a scale from Pure White to Pure Black. While Pure White, enemies become weaker and areas are easier to traverse. On the other hand, when World Tendency is Pure Black, the opposite occurs, with enemies becoming more powerful. There are other factors and changes involved that we have explained with more detail in the guide below!
→What is World Tendency and Character Tendency?
Where Should I Go Next?
★Wherever You'd Like!★
Once you've cleared the first area, Demon's Souls opens up, allowing you to tackle the remaining areas in whichever order you'd like. This doesn't mean that each location has the same difficulty, however, but you have the freedom of choice from the start. If you still can't decide after defeating Phalanx, we recommend heading over to Stonefang Tunnel.→Best Way to Progress the Game
It's a known fact that Souls games aren't a walk in the park, so keep trying until you succeed!
But Really, It's Not Fair
★Avoid Large Groups and Try Different Strategies★
While there's nothing to be done about the enemy difficulty, our best advice is to avoid large groups of enemies and instead draw them out one by one if possible. Regardless of the enemy, getting trapped in a cluster of them can easily mean the end for you. You can attempt to clear out all the enemies you can or run past them in the hopes you don't get caught. For bosses, there are a variety of ways to handle them, so check out our boss guides and keep trying in Soul Form until you get it right. Dying is learning...right?
Why Do I Take So Much Damage?
★Use A Shield With 100% Dmg Reduction★
In Souls games you can't rely on the protection provided by your armor and stats alone, so you should get a shield with 100% physical damage reduction to protect you while guarding. You can sprint and guard at the same time so this is helpful when running into our away from packs of enemies.
Why Are My Movements So Slow?
★Double Check Your Equip Burden★
All Souls games employ a weight mechanic that determines various things. If you have too much equipped at one time, your rolling and movement will become slower and more sluggish, so it's recommended you try to keep your Equip Burden below 50%. Equipping heavier armor to increase your defense can have the opposite effect as you will have a harder time avoiding attacks and get hit more often.→What is Equipment Burden?
My Weapon Is Weak
★Look At Your Stats★
If you feel like your weapon is too weak, you should look at your stats first, as each weapon has different requirements and scaling. If you don't meet the stat requirements you won't be able to fully utilize a weapon. Try raising your stats in order to meet those requirements.
I've Raised My Stats But My Damage is Still Low
★Upgrade Your Weapon★
Raising your stats is important in Demon's Souls, but if you really want to see results then you will need to upgrade your weapon. Not only will your attack power raise, but the scaling with your own stats can improve as well. The only issue is that getting all of the materials required to fully upgrade a weapon can be difficult depending on the upgrade, so you should choose the weapon you want to stick with sooner than later.
Should I Change My Weapon's Upgrade Path?
★Depends On Your Playstyle★
Changing the upgrade path means that the scaling or bonus effects of the weapon will change rather than just the damage. For example, the Crushing attribute will make it so a weapon only scales with the Strength stat. We do recommend trying out these upgrades, but depending on your own stats, which path to choose differs. For more on which upgrades we recommend, check out the link below.→How to Upgrade Weapons
I Can't Parry
★Practice Makes Perfect★
The only way to learn how to parry is to keep trying. Each enemy has different parry timings as well so practice and learn the timing to get better. Keep in mind that parrying isn't absolutely necessary to deal damage to enemies, as you can get on perfectly fine blocking and waiting for openings to attack. Parrying provides a level of satisfaction and deals quite a bit of damage so if you can learn it, go for it.→How to Parry and Riposte
★Make Sure You Haven't Hit Your Item Burden Limit★
Just like there is Equip Burden, there is also Item Burden that limits the total amount of items you can carry. If you hit the limit then you will no longer be able to carry anything, so send whatever you don't need to Thomas' storage.
This Wall Looks Different
★Try Hitting It★
As you explore the world of Demon's Souls, you will likely come across more walls like this. These are illusory walls that when struck will reveal a path. These often are hiding rare items or strong enemies so you should be on the lookout for them.
There Are Objects in My Way
★Roll Into or Attack Them★
There will be times where your path is blocked by various objects, but if you roll into or attack them they will break easily. There are some stronger objects that rolling won't work on, so try hitting them instead.
I'm Out of Healing Items
★Buy More or Farm Them in Boletarian Palace★
No matter what you do, you will likely be hit and take damage at some point or another, causing you to use up your healing items. In the event that you run out, farm some souls and buy them from whichever merchant is most convenient for you, or you can farm them in Boletarian Palace near the Tower Knight Archstone from the Blue Eyed Knights.
I Saw a Lizard Run Away!
★That Was a Crystal Lizard That Drops Stones★
In most areas in the game you'll spot what are known as Crystal Lizards. They will run away almost immediately so you need to hit them quick before they disappear. If they disappear they will respawn the next time you enter the area. If you manage to fell one, they will drop a variety of stones to help you in upgrading your weapons. They will respawn time to time after their defeat as well.
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