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.

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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