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  1. 51 minutes ago, Schnibbles said:

    So I'm thinking of respeccing, having just killed Rennala and currently a clumpy STR-focused melee type. It's decent, but I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of fun as I repeatedly jump-attack people with a claymore. 


    I'm a complete newbie to the genre, so you can't really use the word 'build' to describe my current state, since I put points in DEX originally that I now never use. 


    Question is, who has more fun? A DEXy dual-wielding katana type, a magic-focused spellsword (which would mean I could still use my +13 claymore, maybe), something else? FROM seem to have put tons of effort into the magic side of things, I'm constantly picking up spells and incantations that I can't use - so I'm leaning towards respeccing as a magic user. 


    Any views on the magic user side of things?


    Full mage only needs enough STR/DEX to wield your weapon of choice, enough MND to cast and everything else into INT - this is where your damage scales. If you want a hybrid then you probably want to go down the DEX/INT or STR/INT route to cover DEX or STR weapons that also scale with INT.


    There are lots of OP sorceries later on with high INT requirements but the starter spells are pretty good and can carry you a long way. Mid-game sorceries are a bit disappointing IMO; you don't get the good stuff until later. Everything comes to those who wait I guess.


    I started out as a full on mage glass cannon - enough STR and DEX to wield katanas (Moonveil and Uchigatana are very, very nice) and then pumped all my levels into INT. This worked for a while but eventually I had to put some levels into VIT as I was getting one shotted by pretty much everything. I have ended up as a battlemage I guess. High INT but some points in VIT/END/DEX for melee if I need to.


    One other thing of note is that the Mimic Tear Ashes are OP if you are a mage. All the sorceries flying around can melt the bad guys (even some of the bosses) in double quick time.


  2. 1 hour ago, df0 said:

    Early on? Hmm, so you reckon I should keep doing the Academy boss hoping I GIT GUD or get a summoner who brings purple balls and lasers? I could ask a guide, but I'd rather not. That's for NG+.


    I was levelled a bit higher than you (40-ish I think) for the Academy boss and I got a summoner to help. I'm sure it's possible at lower levels but I hadn't put anything into VIT at that point so was struggling on my own. The very personification of a glass cannon.

  3. 4 minutes ago, df0 said:

    I think I need some guidance with my Astrologer.


    Level 35, wielding a +10 staff (not the starter one, the one you find at/get as a reward for killing a big bastard) and a +4 crystal sword that scales with INT. Doing good damage against regular enemies and mini bosses. I went full INT (24) with no points in FAI and ARC. Got a decent selection of glintstone spells. Problem is, proper bosses drain my FP like crazy. My flasks are now 3 HP:5 FP, I could of for 0:8 but I'd rather not be without a potion when low on HP.


    Did I miss something/someone? Am trying the boss as the Academy and man that's rough. I've seen summoned players casting like purple balls of doom and like big ass laser beams. Where I can get myself some of that shit, that looks neat.


    I had similar issues early on with a standard 'glass cannon' mage. All my early levels were pumped into INT to get damage up and I ended up carrying mostly FP flasks.


    Later on it gets a bit easier when you have your damage up and can afford to put some levels into MND - that will mean you can cast more before refuelling. It also helps when you upgrade your flask with more charges.


    The purple balls of doom can be found relatively early on but the laser beams are further down the road from where you are now.


  4. So



    I went back to Stormveil Castle for a stroll, see if I missed anything, and I realised the prick that was stealing my souls was still there (found him where I put an end to Godrick). Some revenge quickly ensued.


    Second big boss is down but I haven't fully explored the lakes area yet. I still feel like I'm only just starting out, even though I'm 30 hours in and level 50. Onwards.

  5. I have a feeling we're all still scratching at the surface of this game, it's already clearly a masterpiece. The secrets yet to find, the road yet to travel.


    I've rinsed Limgrave and the Weeping Peninsula, dipped my toes into Caelid (some very nice gear there thank you very much), stormed Stormveil Castle and currently banging my head against the next legacy dungeon boss.


    I have been playing computer games for a very, very long time and this really is as good as it gets.


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