Dark Souls FAQ V2.0 *please read* (minimal spoilers)
~~~Frequently Asked Questions~~~
Q. I’m new to the game/series, what class do I choose?
A. There is no “correct” answer here as starting classes are merely templates for the beginning. By mid-game, any character can move far off what the starting class was. A knight can become a full blown Mage, a Hunter can become a full pyromancer. There are exceptions when it comes to PVP, as there is a community accepted level cap of SL125. The cap makes it easy to achieve “optimal” builds, and ensures you can meet up with a higher number of opponents in PVP areas.
*note* The pyromancer is the only starting class that starts at SL1
Q. What starting gift should I choose?
A. All gifts are attainable through a single playthrough except the Pendant. The most generally accepted starting gift is the Master Key. You can purchase this during the game, but the option to do so is about 1/4 through the game. If you start with it, you have access to many areas of the game that can help a starting player.
*note* The Thief starting class receives the Master Key, as well as the choice of choosing another starting gift.
Q. What are covenants?
A. Covenants are clans essentially. Some have different objectives, all have different rewards, and most are related to the game’s multiplayer. Information on each of the 9 covenants can be found here http://darksouls.wikidot.com/covenants
Q. How does Multiplayer work in this game?
A. There are a number of ways, either by helping other players or by hunting them down and are usually tied to one of the following items:
White Soapstone: Infinite use item, received from an NPC early in the game called Solaire of Asora. This item can be used while Human or Hollow and allows another player to call you into their world to help with an area or a boss.
Red Soapstone: Infinite use item, found mid-way through the game in the world. Must be Human to use, and allows you invade the world of another player. Like the white soapstone, the other player must invite you to invade their world. This item is most used for trading and polite dueling.
Cracked Red Eye Orb: Consumable item, found in the game or purchased from an NPC. While in Human Form, this item allows the player to invade other players in the same area that have not beaten the area boss yet.
Red Eye Orb: Infinite use item, works the same way as the above. Received as a gift from the Darkwraith Covenant.
Blue Eye Orb: Infinite use item, received as a gift from the Blades of the Darkmoon Covenant. Allows invasion of a player that is in the ‘Book of the Guilty’ or has committed sins in their world.
Darkmoon Covenant Ring: Infinite use item, received as a gift from the Blades of the Darkmoon Covenant. Summons you (from anywhere in the world, so long as you are wearing the ring) to battle with any Human that has killed a certain NPC in Anor Londo, and stayed in the area.
Cat Covenant Ring: Infinite use item, received as a gift from the Forest Hunter’s Covenant. Summons you (from anywhere in the world, so long as you are wearing the ring) to battle with any Human that enters the forest.
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