We reckon you should either pick the Healing Wares, the Bonfire Ascetic or the Seed of a Tree of Giants. The rest can be found easily enough in-game.

Just like in Dark Souls 1, you can start your adventure with a free gift. Each gift, generally, has a specific purpose and some are definitely better than others when it comes to benefits offered. So let’s take a closer look at each one and see if it’s worth picking or not.

  • **Nothing:** Start without any freebies ( *pointless* ).
  • **Life Ring:** Slightly raises your max HP (pointless *as you'll find this easily in the main game* ).
  • **Human Effigy:** A single Effigy to return to human form ( *not worth it as there's a good amount in-game to be found* ).
  • **Healing Wares:** Start with numerous Lifegems and some Poison Moss ( *great pick for those just starting out in the game* ).
  • **Homeward Bone:** Crush it to return to the last bonfire you touched ( *more than enough of these can be found in-game - so don't pick it* ).
  • **Seed of a Tree of Giants:** Turns any AI-controlled creatures into enemies if you're invaded ( *very, very rare in-game but only useful if you like to PvP a lot* ).
  • **Bonfire Ascetic:** Burning this at a bonfire will make enemies in that area **much** harder to beat (so it treats an area as if you've finished the game and come back). Perfect for seasoned players and speedrunners as it also unlocks a lot of New Game + content early - otherwise it's masochism for anyone else.
  • **Petrified Something:** Drop it in the bird's nest in *Things Betwixt* and greatly increase your odds of receiving a much better item back in return (compared to a small smooth and silky stone for example) - but it's still complete luck what you ultimately end up with. Can be found in-game so difficult to recommend.
  • Guide Information

    • Publisher
      Bandai Namco Entertainment
    • Platforms
      PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
    • Genre
      Action RPG
    • Guide Release
      5 May 2014
    • Last Updated
      7 December 2020
    • Guide Author
      Andrew Mills

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    You are an Undead, the bearer of a curse, who has gone “hollow” and half mad searching for a cure to restore your humanity. You have arrived in Drangleic, a place rumoured to harbour powerful souls that can help you regain your humanity and avoid this terrible fate. You must seek out these souls and save yourself and others from a fate worse than death itself. But it will not be easy…

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