As a general rule of thumb, it’s best not to kill any NPC’s that you know are friendly (such as blacksmith’s and merchants) as they’ll not only cost a LOT of souls to get access to their services again (via a headstone found at the location where you killed them), but it’ll add additional sin to your current total (which is invisible to you).

This sin is then picked up on if you decide to play through New Game + and the Blue Sentinel covenant members will constantly invade you as play through the game (and the more NPC’s you have killed, the more frequent you’ll be invaded).

And the only way to stop the invasions is to die to ‘atone for your sins’. There’s no buying someone off in Dark Souls 2 we’re afraid (so you can knock that idea on the head now).

For the one item you might earn by killing a helpful NPC; there’s countless more you’ll now miss out on.

Regardless, there’s very little to gain from killing them as - apart from their armor set - there’s nothing else you’ll really gain that’s of a massive benefit.

Plus, once you’ve annoyed an NPC by attacking them enough, they’ll not serve you again unless you find a certain NPC (in a certain church tower) who will at least un-aggro them for you (for a cost). And no, paying him off doesn’t work once you’ve actually killed an NPC. So our statement above still stands.

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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  • 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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