Dark Souls II Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    5 May 2014
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Andrew Mills

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Combat 101

Combat 101

Weapon Durability

As you use your weapon or as your shield absorbs blows; you’ll find that its life expectancy will begin to diminish. Now, if you look closely at your screen (under the icon showing what’s in each hand); you’ll see a thin red bar.

This bar will continue to go down until you receive a warning that your weapon is about to break. Once it’s broken you’ll need to return to a Blacksmith to get it repaired (and that isn’t free).

So to keep your weapons, armor and shields in top-top shape you need to repair them by either:

  • Resting at a bonfire.
  • Using Repair Powder.
  • Using Repair Magic.
Melee weapons tend to degrade the fastest (due to hitting walls or solid objects taking a bigger toll on your weapons health). But even magic Chimes, Staffs etc need repairing eventually.

There’s a ring-type that slows down the rate at which your items break, so they’re especially helpful for melee-type characters.

Note: There is also a hidden weapon that, once broken, reveals another - and more powerful - weapon inside! Here’s a tip for finding it: Make sure you keep a Pharros Lockstone handy…

Warning! At the time of writing there’s currently a known bug where attacking any dead enemy will reduce your weapon’s durability by more than 10x the regular rate. This warning will be removed once we know the bug has been fixed.