Hello, and welcome to my lets play of Dark Souls 3, the third game in the Dark Souls trilogy.
Q: What is the purpose of this lets play?
I will be playing through the entirety of Dark Souls 3, and detailing how to do so.
Q: Can I post spoilers for the game?
No. Keep discussion limited to what has been shown
Q: Can I discuss the lore of the souls series as a whole?
Yes! Please try and refrain from mentioning spoilers for the plot of Dark Souls 3, and if you have to remember to spoiler mark it.
Q: Are you any good at the game?
With that out of the way, lets get into the game!
This is our character creation screen. At the start of the game, you can pick from 10 classes.
The Knight, a class that starts with good all around physical stats. (More on stats later)
The Mercenary, specializing in dexterity.
The Warrior, who has high strength, but is lacking in the spellcasting stats.
The Herald, who starts with a healing miracle, decent faith, and some physical stats.
The Thief, another dexterity based class, but with higher luck ,and a bow.
The Assassin, another hybrid, this time focused more on sorcery.
The Sorcerer, a sorcery focused glass with poor physical stats
The Pyromancer, a pyromancy focused class with decent strength.
The Cleric, a class with high faith, and two healing miracles.
The Deprived, who starts with no armor, the lowest level, and no focus on stats.
STATS: WHAT ARE THEY?
Stats play a crucial part in your character, influencing your health, stamina, focus points, what you can wear, and what weapons and spells you can use.
VIGOR: Influences your health total.
ATTUNEMENT: The higher your attunement, the more focus points you have. Focus is used in spellcasting, and when you use weapon arts. Also gives more spell slots.
ENDURANCE: Stamina. More stamina= more rolls, attacks, and generally stuff you want to be doing in a Souls game.
VITALITY: Gives you more equip load, letting you equip heavier weapons and armor without being slowed down.
STRENGTH: Lets you equip strength based weaponry. The higher your strength, the harder you’ll hit, most strength weapons are slow, powerful, and hard hitting.
DEXTERITY Lets you equip dexterity based weapons. Usually affects bows, knifes, and the smaller but faster hitting weapons.
INTELLEGENCE: Used for casting sorceries. The smarter you are, the wider variety of spells you can cast. Also affects pyromancies.
FAITH: Used for casting miracles. Being a good religious boy in the souls universe also lets you throw lightning. Also affects pyromancies.
LUCK Affects item drop rates. Also affects certain status effects, but i will cover those when they come up.
You may have seen me mention sorceries, miracles and pyromancies, and if your new to the Souls franchise, your probably wondering what those are.
Spellcasting requires focus points, stamina, attuned spells, and the stats needed to attune spells. There are 3 types of spells.
SORCERIES: Arcane magic. Usually long range, cast with staffs, and primarily blue in color. Useful for pelting enemies from a distance, they cant kill you if they cant get close.
MIRACLES: Miracles can heal, damage, or buff, but are primarily focused on the healing aspect.
PYROMANCIES Fire. Pyromancies get stronger with both faith and intelligence, and are focused on throwing fire, fire, and sometimes more fire.
With that out of the way, lets get into the game! First off, we need a character.
For this playthrough i will be using the KNIGHT class, simply because they are the most basic class. After the opening portion of the game, class has little effect, it simply determines your starting stats and gear.
We also need a burial gift. Burial gifts give you a item at the start of the game to help you get started, as all of the items listed here can be obtained in game. I selected the Sovereignless Soul, which you can use to obtain souls. Souls are the games currency, used for leveling up and buying items.
Lets get started.
The game opens with a fade in on a graveyard, with a bell ringing in the distance.
The camera approaches a lone coffin, in a corner of the graveyard.
A figure stands up ,seemingly awoken by the bell
Watch it here (note: not my video)
See you next time!