There are basically three choices available to you and it’ll all come down to your preferred playing style and attitudes to risk.

For us, we really enjoyed using a melee build with Pyromancy (due to no need for any stats in Faith (FTH) or Intelligence (INT)) and a bow (and was the set-up you’ll see in all of our boss videos and screenshots). But it should be noted that players wanting to rain down magical-fires of death are very well catered for as there’s a large number of very capable spells/miracles/hexes available.

We recommend starting two brand new files and play up to the end of the Land of Giants boss with a pure melee and a pure magic class and then decide for yourself which one you enjoy the most. Playing with magic will make the game somewhat easier overall (more-so when using the really powerful spells later on); but ultimately base your decision on what you find the most enjoyable way to play.

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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  • The character builds that saw us sail through the single-player story mode.
  • Learn what the new covenants do (and what you need to do to be able to join them all).
  • All the bosses made easy with helpful HD videos!
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