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This build takes advantage of the Dark Sword’s incredible B scaling with both STR and DEX to create a power house damage dealer.

Starting Class: Knight

Weapons: Until you get to Farron Keep you’ll want to use any straight sword that works for you. Once in Farron Keep make your way to the Keep Perimeter bonfire and farm the two Darkwraiths that fight through the Ghru on their way to the Abyss Watchers boss until a Dark Sword drops.

You’ll want to infuse this weapon with a Heavy Gem and reinforce it as high as you can until your begin to work on your DEX, at which point you’ll want to infuse it with a Refined Gem.

Armor: Since you’ll be keeping your VIT at 15 max you’ll want to stick to light-medium weight gear that keeps you under 70% Equip Load. If you want to go extremely light for faster rolls you can aim for under 50%, but this isn’t a build that requires maximum speed. We suggest swapping between the Crest Shield , Dragon Crest Shield , and Spirit Tree Crest Shield as needed for elemental defense.

Suggested rings are the Chloranthy Ring to increase your Stamina recovery and Havel’s Ring if you want to equip better armor, but your aim to to obtain the Hunter’s Ring and Knight’s Ring . The Knight’s Ring is found near the Sunlight Altar in Lothric Castle while the Hunter’s Ring is found in the Grand Archives.

Stat Distribution: Start by increasing your END (25) and VIG (27) to increase your survivability and then get FTH and INT to 10 for any weapon requirements. You can then work evenly on STR and DEX until 15 before pumping STR to 40, followed by DEX to 40 as well.

  • Vigor: 27
  • Attunement: 10
  • Endurance: 25 - 40
  • Vitality: 15
  • Strength: 40+ (soft cap)
  • Dexterity: 40+ (soft cap)
  • Intelligence: 10
  • Faith: 10
  • Luck: 7

This build maxes at a decent level and offers great offensive capabilities.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    24 May 2016
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Stephanie Barnes

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