We’ll cover Player versus Player (PvP) battles in-depth in its own section later in the guide. But for now it’s worth noting that the weapons and tactics you’ll use on computer-controlled enemies (Player versus Enemy - PvE) will, usually, be completely different.

For a start, all PvE combat revolves around learning a set number of ‘tells’ that indicate what attack is coming up (allowing you to prepare with how to deal with it). When facing off against a human opponent you don’t know what they’re going to do (at least not at the beginning of your PvP experiences).

Then there’s the added complication of internet lag (where your button pushes don’t seem to match-up with what’s happening on the screen) and people who resort to using various strategies that many find to be over-powered or simply unfair.

This is worth noting now as invasions (other human opponents entering your game world who are looking to kill you) can happen at any time now - even when you’re hollow (unlike in Dark Souls 1 where you could only be invaded whilst in human form).

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…

  • A full game walkthrough.
  • The main differences between Dark Souls 1 and 2.
  • Keeping the Grim Reaper at bay with our top 10 essential survival tips.
  • An in-depth guide to the most important thing in Dark Souls 2 - the combat.
  • 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!
  • NPC info and much, much more!

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