Dark Souls 3: The 7 Best Dexterity Builds For PVE (& 7 For PVP)
Dexterity builds are somewhat looked down upon by the Dark Souls 3 community due to how powerful they can be. These builds typically revolve around reaching a high dexterity value while investing plenty into endurance. It allows players to attack with reckless abandon, but there's a good reason why these builds are so popular.
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For PvE, some of the strongest weapons in Dark Souls 3 scale the best with dexterity. As for PvP, many weapon types have incredible movesets that deal large amounts of damage when paired with high dexterity. Here are the best PvE and PvP builds for dexterity users in Dark Souls 3. Since most dexterity builds are the same, this guide will focus less on stats and more on weapons and their playstyle.
Updated on October 8, 2021, by Reyadh Rahaman:Before one can begin slicing and dicing enemies with the best dexterity weapons in the game, Dark Souls 3 players will need to find them first. In true FromSoftware fashion, however, this is more easily said than done in some cases. This is due to certain armaments being hidden in obscure parts of the world map or only becoming attainable after felling a particularly fiendish foe. Regardless, the best builds require the best weapons, and only the truly dedicated will be able to assemble a successful one.
14 PVE: Brigand Twindaggers
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Daggers are mainly used as parrying tools in the Dark Souls franchise, but players might be surprised to know just how deadly the Brigand Twindaggers are when built around. These daggers have the highest damage per second of any dagger in the game, and they have an incredibly fast moveset.
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Invest heavily in dexterity, preferably hitting 60 in the stat, then upgrade endurance to take full advantage of this weapon's multi attacks. Infuse the weapon with sharp for even more damage. It also has the Quickstep weapon art for easy traversal.
How To Get The Brigand Twindaggers
- Head to the Road of Sacrifices bonfire in the Road of Sacrifices area
- Proceed past the overturned cart surrounded by corvian enemies
- Beyond where the corvian storyteller is, there will be a way down
- Travel down to an area below a bridge (the same area where one can fight the Madwoman)
- Nearby, there will be a ledge next to a wall with a corpse holding the Brigand Twindaggers
13 PVP: Sellsword Twinblades
Known as the "Sellsword Winblades" by many, these blades make for a top-tier PvE choice and a great PvP option. The moveset for the Sellsword Twinblades emphasizes multi attacks that punish greedy players and those that time their dodges poorly.
The weapon art is great at spacing as well, although be prepared for greatswords to retaliate during the animation. As with most dexterity builds, 60 dexterity and a sharp infusion is the build of choice here.Pontiff's Eye rings are also a great choice for this build since these weapons attack so quickly.
How To Get The Sellsword Twinblades
- Can be obtained as the starting weapon for the Mercenary class
- Alternatively, they can be found on the Road of Sacrifices
- Start from the Halfway Fortress bonfire
- Head down and keep to the right when entering the swamp
- Keep staying to the right and descending until one reaches a dry path with poisonhorn bugs
- Beware the 2 fierce lycanthrope enemies and proceed into the ruins at the end of the path
- After entering the ruins and noticing the locked door on the right, go left into the open area
- In this area will be a black knight
- Behind the black knight will be the Sellsword Twinblades on a corpse.
12 PVE: Claymore
Most community members regard the Claymore as a low-skill weapon that only noobs use. While it is true that newer players typically gravitate towards the Claymore, that is for good reason: it can be earned in the first hour of a playthrough, has a fantastic moveset, and scales well with virtually any build—dexterity included.
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Infuse the Claymore with a Sharp Gem to achieve an A scaling in dexterity. A high dexterity stat allows the Claymore to safely one-shot most enemies in NG+ and beyond. In-built hyperarmor also allows this weapon to shine when the player gets swarmed by half a dozen enemies, making this a great all-rounder for PvE and even PvP—although its wide swings make it better for dealing with PvE combatants.
How To Get The Claymore
- Begin at the High Wall of Lothric Bonfire in the High Wall of Lothric area
- Go down the stairs, beyond the praying hollows
- Travel through the stairway entrance
- Descend the ladder left of the entrance in this room
- Go out the open metal gate and then make a left at the stone doorway to find a split path
- Ascend the left of this splitting path, up the stairs, to reach the area below the firebreathing dragon
- The Claymore is in the corner of this fire-bathed area but is on an annoying-to-reach ledge
- Use the small set of stairs to get up to the ledge and grab the Claymore from the corpse in the corner
- Beware, as the dragon's fire makes it very difficult to navigate this area, so a suicide run may be in order
11 PVP: Crow Quills
Part rapier and part claw, the Crow Quills are devastating weapons that have an S scaling in dexterity when infused with sharp. These weapons have a solid moveset that can invite attacks from opponents and heavily punish with its quill projectiles or its ability to chain attacks into each other.
It's a difficult weapon to master due to its intricate combos, but a Crow Quill build with high dexterity in the hands of a skilled player is a terrifying sight in PvP. The Hornet Ring also pairs well with this weapon, provided the player is good at parrying enemies.
How To Get The Crow Quills
- In the Painted World of Ariandel, start from the Corvian Settlement bonfire
- Head out the door and travel up and to the left in a wide arc
- Drop down a very short ledge behind a house
- Cross the cobblestone path to the right to a thin ledge hugging the rocky side of a cliff
- Follow the thin path until one reaches an area with an aggressive corvian villager
- Dispatch the weak foe and leap left across the gap nearby
- Within the building to the right of the gap will be a corrupted corvian villager
- After dealing with them, players will notice some boxes and barrels
- Break these boxes and barrels to more easily spot an item on a raised bit of land below
- Since this raised area can only be reached from above, jump down onto it
- The item on the corpse here will be the Crow Quills
10 PVE: Murakumo
Damage output is the Murakumo's strong suit in PvE. Featuring an S scaling in dexterity with a +10 Sharp infusion, this weapon can output enough damage to take down tougher PvE enemies in a couple of swings.
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A solid amount of hyper armor provided by the Murakumo makes it good against a small horde of enemies, especially when coupled with its spinning weapon art. Any build that plans to obtain 20 strength and at least 40 dexterity should give the Murakumo a shot. Its main downsides are its rather high strength requirement, its weight of 11, and only being obtainable around halfway through a playthrough.
How To Get The Murakumo
9 PVP: Any Curved Sword
Virtually every curved sword in Dark Souls 3 will serve as a solid weapon for PvP fights. Every curved sword has a good moveset, at least a C scaling in dexterity when upgraded, and a deceptively large range.
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Using a Lothric Knight Sword or other meta choices will indeed fare better for most players in PvP, yet these weapons are such a good tool for learning how to duel. Their great variety of moves and great range make curved swords one of the most versatile and hard-to-read weapon archetypes in the game. Curved swords do struggle against great shields and defensive players, although a few slashes of a bleed-infused dagger should get them to panic.
8 PVE: Old Wolf Curved Sword
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Rapid attacks and innate healing make the Old Wolf Curved Sword one of the most fun weapons in the Dark Souls franchise. This weapon has great scaling with dexterity when upgraded, making it a great fit for pure dexterity builds.
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Since the weapon attacks so quickly with its weapon art, it pairs well with Pontiff's Left and Right Eye rings, granting Attack Power and HP with successive attacks. With this combination of stats and rings, the game plays closer to Bloodborne than Dark Souls.
How To Get The Old Wolf Curved Sword
- Players must enter the Watchdogs of Farron covenant by speaking with the Old Wolf of Farron in Farron Keep
- After entering the covenant, players will need to offer 10 Wolf's Blood Swordgrass (rare drops from Ghru enemies and guaranteed drops from defeating invaders for the covenant)
- Offering 10 Wolf's Blood Swordgrass will allow one to reach Rank 1 in the Watchdogs of Farron covenant
- The Old Wolf Curved Sword can be obtained as a Rank 1 reward
7 PVP: Astora Greatsword
Nearly every build in Dark Souls 3 can turn the Astora Greatsword into a powerhouse thanks to its ultralight weight and great scaling. When sharpened, this sword gains a lot of points in its Attack Rating when past the soft cap of 40 dexterity, meaning the Astora Greatsword hits like a truck when used alongside a dexterity build.
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It has a great mix of thrusts and slash attacks for PvP as well. Few weapons can round off a dexterity build for PvP as well as the Astora Greatsword.
How To Get The Astora Greatsword
- Begin from the Cleansing Chapel Bonfire in the Cathedral of the Deep
- Go out of the main doors and turn right toward the pillar
- Run around the exploding hollows that are praying
- Ascend the curved stairway and pass through the metal gate
- Stay as left as possible and head uphill
- Players will soon find a corpse kneeling at a large gravestone on a patch of cobblestone
- At the bottom of this gravestone will be the Astora Greatsword on a lootable corpse
6 PVE: Onikiri and Ubadachi
For PvE, arguably the best dexterity katana option in Dark Souls 3 is the Onikiri and Ubadachi. Not only do they gain an A scaling in dexterity when sharpened, but they also have an innate bleed that makes these weapons decimate most bosses. They are obtained rather late in the game at Lothric Castle, but any katana will do until players obtain this wicked combo.
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Onikiri and Ubadachi don't get hit as hard by the dexterity soft cap as most weapons do, which makes it a great choice for dexterity builds.
How To Get The Onikiri And Ubadachi
- This paired weapon is a guaranteed drop from Black Hand Kamui, who attacks the player in the Grand Archives along with 2 other hostile NPCs
5 PVP: Murakumo (Yes, It's Great For PVP Too!)
The Murakumo is a top-tier dexterity weapon when wielded by a skilled player. Don't be fooled by its large size; the Murakumo is a weapon built around dexterity. A +10 Sharp Murakumo has an S scaling in dexterity with a base AR of 244. With enough dexterity, this weapon can easily two-shot most opponents. It also has a solid amount of hyperarmor to give players a chance to counter-attack during a gank.
Better than its damage is its moveset: as a curved greatsword, the Murakumo has a great mix of diagonal sweeps and roll-catching attacks that will keep any opponent on their toes. Mix the Murakumo's main attacks with its spinning weapon art for a fun time.
4 PVE: Astora Greatsword (Yes, It's Also Awesome For PVE!)
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This build was mentioned earlier in the PvP category, but the Astora Greatsword is even more of a powerhouse in PvE that deserves its own mention. Due to this weapon's incredible scaling and ease of use, it lends itself well to clearing out hordes of foes or tougher mobs in PvE.
Invest in 60 dexterity and, if possible, obtain 15 faith to take advantage of Blessed Weapon which grants even more damage. A sharp-infused Astora Greatsword trivializes most of Dark Souls 3's PvE content.
3 PVP: Katanas
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Katanas are widely regarded as "cheap" and "overpowered" amongst the community and with good reason. These weapons have a fantastic range, great movesets, are easy to obtain, and have either an A or S scaling in dexterity most of the time. Players can obtain the Uchigatana as early as after the first area in the game to destroy players in some early PvP action.
Most katanas are good in PvP, though, this boils down to preference. Those looking for range should use the Washing Pole and run over 60 dexterity alongside high endurance. Those who want more flourish with their playstyle can opt for the Frayed Blade with the Pontiff Eyes and 60 dexterity to demolish players in a few strikes, recovering HP and gaining damage per weapon art attack.
2 PVE: Sellsword Twinblades (Another Incredible Double-Entry Weapon!)
The "Sellsword Winblades' are mentioned once again for their incredible damage output in PvE content. Same as in PvP, players will want to invest heavily in dexterity and infuse the Sellsword Twinblades with sharp.
These weapons deal some of the highest damage per second out of every weapon in the game for PvE content, and they have an incredibly strong moveset to boot. Better yet, they can be buffed with Carthus Rouge or any element to further enhance their slaying potential.
1 PVP: Lothric Knight Sword
Straight swords have always been great in the Dark Souls franchise, but nothing can compare to the Lothric Straight Sword in terms of damage inside of PvP in Dark Souls 3. Capable of an S scaling in dexterity inside of PvP, the Lothric Straight Sword is the perfect weapon to use a dexterity build with.
Scale dexterity as much as possible to see the most benefits from this blade. Its damage output is incredible, reaching 400 AR easily with some investment into dexterity. Since it has a great critical multiplier, use the Hornet Ring alongside it to decimate targets on a parry or backstab. It's one of the most meta builds and strategies for a reason, though, in recent years, it has been seen less and less due to people getting bored of using a generic-looking straight sword.
How To Get The Lothric Knight Sword
- Can be dropped by the Lothric knights who wield them at the High Wall of Lothric (uncommon drop rate)
- Can be bought from Greirat for 4,000 sounds after he returns from his second expedition
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Best weapons for dex build?
- What are the best and most fun weapons for a dex build?SoccerPro - 5 years ago
- Carthus Curved Sword is the best but not the most fun. This game isn't fun so that's a hard question to answer.UncannyOne - 5 years ago
- I didn't mean to ask for clarification I haven't used this site for very long pls jhelp eme,emeUncannyOne - 5 years ago
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- I beat the game/started NG+ today, and since I started playthrough #1 I ran a DEX build for both PvE and PvP.
I'm going to list a few weapon categories, then list some (not all) specific weapons in each of those categories with at least a C level of DEX scaling. I'll share my opinions/favorites at the end.
-Rotten Ghru Dagger
-Rotten Ghru Curved Sword
-Dancer's Enchanted Swords
-Carthus Curved Greatsword
-Old Wolf Curved Sword
(Probably all fully reinforced rapiers, but I don't have them all yet.)
-Black Blade (Reinforced only)
-Onikiri and Ubadachi
-Great Corvian Scythe
(Probably all, but I don't have every one.)
My favorite DEX scaling weapons are:
-Hollowslayer Greatsword b/c it gives bonus damage to Hollows, it's pretty quick, and the Stance weapon art is useful against shielded enemies in BOTH PvE and PvP that don't know how to parry.
-Astora Greatsword b/c it is great for PvE w/ both broad sweeps and pierce attacks, and the Charge weapon art is useful for some risky gap closing (risky b/c you can be interrupted). I presume you could even make this work in PvP if you just kick ass.
-Farron Greatsword is possibly the most fun weapon for PvE b/c of its L1, but was a bad choice for me in PvP(you may be different). Every attack is a big swing and can be parried.
-Dancer's Enchanted Swords will probably "fit" any build you try. By that, I mean that they will perform with a thorough, disappointing mediocrity and look really cool doing it.
-Old Wolf Curved Sword is in my top 3(maybe 4). The weapon art cannot be parried; it spins you into danger then vaults you backwards away from it. The DEX scaling gets even better with reinforcement. When two-handing, the physical guard is 55.0 which is better than some light shields. If you want some heavy hits with decent->good PvP potential as well, this may be your best bet.
-Onikiri and Ubadachi is another DEX scaling weapon, but it is probably better suited for a quality build (which I know is what you don't want) but I recommend it b/c the weapon art is not able to be parried. That alone gives it PvP potential. Combined with 34 Bleed buildup, the dual-wield typical, fast-hitting L1 can be used to chain a couple quick pokes and gradually boop your way towards triggering that Bleed buildup on your opponent. I think these guys are a contender.
-Chaos Blade is my #1. When reinforced it reaches an S rank in DEX scaling, it can deal slash or thrust damage, it has the Hold weapon art common to Katanas which is great in PvP and good in PvE (the slash out of the Hold does great damage but the parry can be tough to get used to), it deals 36 Bleed buildup when reinforced to +5 (higher than average for Bleed weapons). The downsides are that every hit you land also damages you, both your Hold attack and parry use up FP which you may not have much of, and that armor with decent->high slash damage resistance is pretty common (this is mitigated by your potential chances to land Thrust attacks, but your Thrust attacks are only the running R1/2 attacks which can be easily predicted and dodged).
Please note that if you have the Bloodbite ring, Great Corvian Scythe or Bloodlust are good possibilities as well. I would even say that if you wear some armor with good bleed resist on top of the ring, these could be fantastic options. (If you don't know, the cool thing about scythes is that you deal extra damage if you only hit with the blade and don't hit the enemy with the handle. I find it a fun challenge.)
Anyway, I hope you found this helpful Soccerpro! Praise the sun!Pewpew247 - 5 years ago13 3
- I used a Sharp Astora GS (sharp gives S dex scaling on it) for my entire ng, but it wasn't doing as well on ng+ so I switched to a bleed build with Hollowed onikiri & ubidachi. Carry something like a parrying dagger in the left hand, also hollowed. You want hollow infusion because it doesn't remove scaling and increases luck (while hollowed up to 15), which increases the bleed effect but it's a hidden mechanic, so you won't see the change on screen. Add anything else that will boost your bleed, keep some carthus rouge handy, and you'll be set to destroy everything in PvE AND PvP.
I also kept my washing pole handy for certain situations where a long range thrust was necessary...plus it looks badass to have 3 katanas on your belt at once lol. Hope this helped despite being years late.
After this switch, I was decimating everything in ng+.Supadave - 1 year ago2 1
- Onikiri and Ubadachi works great. I played through most of the game with it and then played through NG+ with it too. It's a beast (especially the L1).
Lothric Greatsword with Sharp Infusion does tons of damage, also very strong.
As starting weapon i would use Uchigatana or Twinblades.babysbadnews - 1 year ago0 1
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The 10 Best Dark Souls 3 PVE Builds, Ranked
The Dark Souls series is infamous for how difficult it is, making even the most patient of players throw their controllers at the wall. With a game that requires so much patience, it can be beneficial to use a powerful build to make the game less frustrating.
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Of course, the best thing to do is take a break, but some items present in Dark Souls 3 can ease the frustration. Besides summoning phantoms for co-op, your main way of improving your damage is to get better weapons, spells, or improve your stats. To help you create the strongest Ashen One possible, here are the ten best PvE builds in Dark Souls 3 that make the game significantly easier.
Updated August 12th, 2021, by Charles Burgar: Creating a build in Dark Souls 3 can be intimidating when starting out. A large range of stats, items, and spells can make finding a build somewhat difficult. To help you create a good PvE build, each build in this article had its stat and gear breakdown reorganized. They're now listed in tables at the start of the entry, making it much easier to parse. We've also done a review of some of the builds on this list, noting alternate weapons or rings you might want to use.
10 Bleed and Hollow
Stats And Gear
Starting Class(Pick One)
Both Bleed and Hollow are included in the same entry because there is quite a bit of overlap between the two. If you talk to Yoel of Londor at the Foot of the High Wall Bonfire, he will return to Firelink Shrine and allow you to gain a free level. In exchange, you gain a Dark Sigil, allowing you to become Hollow. That's perfect for this build, as Hollowing increases the damage of Hollow-infused weapons.
Bleed is a status effect you can inflict on enemies and some bosses, dealing a percentage of damage to their health bar and staggering the target. Rapid attacking weapons usually come with this effect intrinsically, so most bleed builds spec for some Dexterity atop Luck to scale the damage of their initial hits and Bleed procs. Luck is what scales your bleed damage for this build, so spec heavily into that stat and increase your Hollowing stat. When done properly, you can stagger most bosses in the game and rapidly defeat tanky enemies. It's pretty good in PvP too. Just note that some enemies and bosses are completely immune to bleed, so be prepared for some boss fights to take ages.
Stats And Gear
Hexes have seen a significant nerf in Dark Souls 3 compared to the second entry, distributing these unique spells throughout every school of magic instead of being a dedicated magic archetype.
With that in mind, Hexes are still fantastic for players who want plenty of utility with their build. Want to prevent a boss from using any special attacks? Use Vow of Silence. Want to make an enemy instantly bleed? Using Dorhy's Gnawing. It's a very versatile school of magic that veteran players should try.
Upgrade your Faith and Intelligence evenly, trying to hit at least 30 in each stat. Your chime and catalyst will determine which stat scales your Hex. For this build, we'll be using Caitha's Chime for miracles and the Izalith Staff for sorceries—both of which scale with Faith and Intelligence evenly. The soft cap for both stats is 30, although you'll still gain a sizable damage boost for raising both stats to 45. This build comes online towards the end of a playthrough, although its versatility and ease of use make it a great choice for PvP and NG+ playthroughs.
Stats And Gear
Pure mage characters take a long time to come "online"—capable of finishing the game comfortably. When they do, mages can do nearly anything you would want.
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You can either focus on a pure mage build, allocating most of your levels in Intelligence and Attunement, or you can run a hybrid build with Strength or Dexterity. For the former, look out for the Crystal Sage's Staff and any Crystal spells; they're the best for this build. If you are playing a hybrid build, check out the Moonlight Greatsword. This sword's damage scales off your Intelligence and can shoot projectiles with its heavy attack. Whichever route you take, you'll be one-shotting most enemies by the end of a Dark Souls 3 playthrough and subsequent NG+ playthroughs.
7 Dexterity Build
Stats And Gear
Dexterity might not be as powerful in Dark Souls 3 as in previous installments, but you can absolutely make a Dexterity build work in DS3. In fact, some of the best weapons in Dark Souls 3 scale incredibly well with Dexterity, making Dexterity builds a solid choice for beginners that aren't sure what to play.
Once you reach Firelink Shrine, defeat the Sword Master that roams near the Firelink Shrine Tower. Killing him will grant the Uchigatana, a fantastic starting weapon that will carry you through the rest of a playthrough. Alternatively, start as the Mercenary to get your hands on one of the best weapons in the game (detailed in our final build entry).
Scale your Dexterity to 60 as soon as possible to get the most out of your weapons. Sharp Gems are also excellent for Dexterity builds, enhancing their Dexterity scaling. Rings are entirely up to you, although you might want to consider the Ring of Favor and Chloranthy Ring to help with Stamina management. Attacking and dodging will chew through your Stamina bar if you aren't careful.
6 Dex/Faith Hybrid
Stats And Gear
This build is focused on using Dexterity weapons and miracles to turn the tide. Utilize the power of lightning and Blessed weapons to smite your foes.
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For this build, your two main stats are Dexterity and Faith. The Dragonslayer Swordspear is a good choice for this, as it scales off of both your Faith and Dexterity quite well. For an earlier alternative, get any weapon you favor and infuse with a Blessed or Sharp Gem to get even more damage. Your miracles allow you to heal and cast lightning-based miracles, giving you a solution to every problem you'll face. The versatility on offer is some of the best you can find in Dark Souls 3.
Stats And Gear
Paladins focus heavily on Faith and Strength, casting lightning spells and healing cantrips in between melee attacks. They serve as a great gish or spellsword class in Dark Souls 3, allowing you to carve through enemies with a large sword while throwing an occasional lightning bolt or healing miracle. This is similar to our last entry, except this build focuses more on Strength instead of Dexterity.
Due to Ashen Flasks and a dedicated mana resource being introduced in Dark Souls 3, you'll need to either scale your Attunement or sacrifice a few Estus Flasks for Ashen variants. Don't let that discourage you. With a 60 Faith stat and the Sunlight Talisman, you can output some powerful Lightning Spears and healing miracles. Sunlight Spear and Lightning Stake will shut down most enemies, while healing miracles will be comparable to an upgraded Estus Flask. Since it's a hybrid build, you'll want to be using rings that enhance your miracles and cast speed to prevent the build from feeling clunky. If you value utility but love melee combat, this build is for you.
4 Quality Build
Stats And Gear
If you're indecisive about what to play, it's hard to go wrong with a quality build. Quality builds are those that invest equally into Dexterity and Strength to scale a weapon's Attack Rating as high as possible. In practice, this means you can use virtually every weapon in the game.
You can use any weapon you enjoy; just be sure to infuse it with a Refined Gem. If you care about min-maxing, the best weapon for a quality build is the Hollowslayer Greatsword, a boss weapon obtained after killing the Curse-Rotted Greatwood—one of the first bosses you'll face. It scales absurdly well with both Strength and Dexterity, reaching an Attack Rating of 516 when both stats are 40. It also has a great moveset with a healthy mix of hyperarmor (preventing you from getting stunned mid-animation) and swings. If you don't like greatswords, feel free to use any weapon that scales somewhat well with either or both stats. Once again, a Refined Gem will do wonders for this build.
3 Pure Strength
Stats And Gear
If casting spells doesn't sound appealing, try out a pure Strength build. Allocate at least 60 points into strength and watch as you one-shot all but the toughest of mobs and bosses.
Greatswords are a fantastic weapon of choice for this, with weapons like the Black Knight Sword and Lothric Knight Greatsword having good movesets and great scaling. Ultra greatswords like the Fume Ultra Greatsword allow you to wield weapons twice their size and deal ridiculous amounts of damage. If you can stand the slow playstyle, this is one of the best builds any player can use. Use rings that enhance your Stamina pool; you're going to need it.
Stats And Gear
With a series focused on linking the fire, it's surprising how pyromancy took a backseat to sorceries and miracles. Thankfully, Dark Souls 3 gives this school of magic a time to shine.
With 40 points in both Faith and Intelligence, pyromancy will deal significant damage and outclass most hexes.Plenty of great damage pyromancies, such as Floating Chaos and Black Serpent, allow you to deal with nearly any situation. Power Within and Flash Sweat are also some fantastic buffs if you want to create a hybrid build. You can even use the Demon Scar to cast pyromancies while cutting through mobs with a burning curved sword. Versatility, damage, defense, this build has it all.
1 Sellsword Twinblades
Stats And Gear
There's a reason the community calls these pair of curved swords the "Sellsword Winblades." The damage this pair can dish out is nearly unmatched in Dark Souls 3's PvE content.
Funny enough, it's also the easiest build to get going on this list. Pick the Mercenary class, and you'll already start with these blades. Focus on obtaining a Sharp Gem in the early game, then infuse the Sellsword Twinblades. From there, increase your Dexterity stat to 60. You'll be outputting as much damage as some greatswords twice as quickly. It's the reason why so many speedrunners and PvE players use this weapon over others. Equip any rings that increase your Dexterity or Stamina.
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[Top 5] Dark Souls 3 Best Dex Weapons And How To Get Them
Dexterity builds are some of the prominent, popular, and effective builds in Dark Souls 3. Along with strength, dex builds offer the most variety and options in the game. Dexterity weapons are often but certainly not always faster relying on combos or weapon arts to deal massive damage.
Here are some of the best for those looking to get into dark souls 3 or returning fans who hope to fill the void of no Elden Ring news with more souls.
Because there are so many dexterity weapons it was hard to narrow the list down to just five. So here are some honorable mentions: Washing pole, Corvian Scythe, Carthus Curved Sword, Exile Greatsword, and any katana.
5. Astora Greatsword
Thats a long swords
The Astora Greatsword is a weapon granted to the elite knights hailing from the land of Astora. Despite this none of the characters the players meet along their wield this weapon. This prestigious list includes warriors such Solaire, and Anir, and those who assist heroes in their journeys such as Anastacia and Andre. Perhaps if one of these NPCs had armed themselves with the Astora Greatsword their own personal journeys may have been a bit easier.
What makes this weapon great
- The Astora Greatsword is the lightest ultra-great sword in the game.
- It has all the benefits of being an ultra greatsword including reach and armor on moves.
- The Astora Greatsword has S scaling in dex when infused with sharp.
- It doesn’t have to be dex, but it is a very good dex weapon
- The Astora Greatsword has decent weapon art that can deal a lot of damage and catch rolls.
The Astora Greatsword requires 16 strength and 18 dexterity to wield. Weighing in at a flat 8 the sword is lighter than most other Greatswords. Its weapon art is Charge. The player basically holds the sword like a spear and charges forward with it, potentially catching their enemy in a multi-hit move.
The Astora Greatsword is a strength weapon disguised as a dex weapon. It's long and hits hard. The build to use this weapon isn’t complicated just infuse with sharp and level-up dexterity. Even if you want to use this weapon for a different build such as an intelligence build go ahead and do so. It's a very adaptable. The Astora Greatsword is a great PVP weapon. It can and should be buff with magic or an item before battle.
How to Get
The Astora Greatsword can be found in the Cathedral of the Deep. The sword will be on a corpse in the graveyard by the Cleansing Chappal Bonfire.
4. Crow Quills
Wait, bird feathers are a weapon?
The loyalty of the Corvian knights was proven to Sister Frieda when they killed their brethren in defense of their world using this weapon. The Crow Quills is a paired weapon just like the next one on this list. However, the weapon of the Corvian knights is more complicated than just the same weapon repeated in each hand. The Crow Quills are composed of a thrusting sword in one hand and four thin edge blades reminiscent of wing quills in the other.
What makes this weapon great
- The Crow quills have a great move that encourages an aggressive playstyle.
- Despite being patched it has good damage output especially with combos
- It has S scaling in dexterity making it a true dexterity weapon.
- It is very fast that will beat out others in R1 mashing as long as they aren’t armored
- The heavy moves have armor so if the player needs to trade against lighter weapons, they can.
To use this weapon the player needs 9 strength and 16 dexterity. The weapon art is Quill Dart. This art causes the player to throw a dart at their enemy. The dart deals more damage the closer the less distance between the player and the target.
While no longer the king of dexterity builds after patches the Crow Quills is still an amazing pick. Despite being patched it is still a strong weapon. Speed, armor, a unique move set this weapon has a lot going for it. It supports an aggressive playstyle with the player assaulting their opponent. It is a Strong pick for PVP. As long as you aren’t reckless there is a good chance at success. Its weakest aspects are that it is weak against skilled parries but who isn’t and the reduced damage it has after the patch.
How to Get
The Crow Quills are located in the painted world of Ariendel DLC. The quills can be found just south of the Corvian settlement on a little plateau. To get them, go into the Corvian settlement stay to the left. Drop down from a little ledge onto a stone bridge. Follow the path. Jump from the path to another ledge. Go into a building on the right. Kill the Corvian and look around until you see a way to jump to the plateau.
3. Sellsword Twinblades
What's better than one sword, two, duh
The Sellsword Twinblades is a pair of scimitars used in conjunction with one another. Think Zuko from Avatar the Last Airbender. Using the slashing weapons at the same time allows the player to attack with an aggressive onslaught that deals tons of damage.
What makes this weapon great
- The Sellsword Twinblades get A dex scaling when infused with sharp.
- The weapon art on this pair of weapons is amazing. The player gets to string together a long furry of attacks.
- Despite doing little damage compared to the Astora Greatsword when a single hit is compared the Sellsword Twinblades are still considered to have a high damage output.
To wield this weapon the player needs 10 strength and 16 dexterity. The weapon art is called a spin slash. The name describes the move it’s a spin attack that does a ton of damage.
The Sellsword Twinblades are amazing dual weapons that the player can use from the start of the game. It has incredible damage output and an amazing weapon art. This damage comes from its combos and ability to get in numerous hits at once. The weapon art and damage output allow the player to quickly cripple and take out some bosses. In PVP the goal should be to get close and fire off the weapon art.
The only downsides of this weapon are that people who are used to PVP may be familiar with combo and the weapons incredibly short range.
How to Get
These twin blades are used as the starting weapon for the mercenary class. These twin blades can also be found in the swampy area of the road of sacrifices. All you need to do to get them is stick to the right side of the swamp until they reach the castle ruins. Enter the ruins and get past the black knight. They will be in the hallway to the right.
2. Chaos Blade
Even the player can’t escape its chaotic nature. This mysterious katana is tempered with a unique pattern that may reflect this nature. Despite this weapon's characteristic of doing damage to the user of this weapon it still finds itself at such a high spot on this list.
What makes this weapon great
- It’s a katana with a katana move set. Katana moveset simply some of the best weapons in the game.
- Good damage especially for a katana gives the player high offensive pressure with only a few swings.
- Gets S scaling without an infusion
- Good weapon skill
- Great in PVP
To use this weapon the player needs 16 strength and 14 dexterity. The weapon art is Hold. When doing the weapon art, the player holds the sword by their side like in a samurai movie and quickly slashes when the player wants.
The Chaos Blade deals high damage and has good range. This is a great dexterity weapon and the best katana in the game. This weapon has thrust attacks which are good for out spacing opponents. It also has high poise for a katana.
The only drawback is every time the player swings this weapon it deals a little damage to the player. However, this can be mitigated with miracles or a ring. For example, the sun princess ring very slowly heals the player over time. This feature also eliminated the use of rings that are only in effect at full health. While the player won’t be mashing the R1 button they shouldn’t need to. You need to be more precise and patient with this weapon, especially in PVP.
How to Get
To get this weapon, go past Champion Gundyr, not Iudex Gundyr. Go up to the mirrored/dark version of Firelink shine. Go left to where the swordmaster is found in the regular Firelink shrine and it will be there on a corpse. You will have to get past some blade knights.
1. Lothric Knight Sword
A knight's most reliable companion is his sword
Often hailed as the best weapon in the game the Lothric Knight sword takes the top spot on this list. the Lothric Knight sword is a weapon of you guessed it Lothric Knight’s. They supposedly used to ride on the backs of dragons into battle. Wyverns can be found in the same areas as the knights perhaps supporting this fact.
What makes this weapon great
- It gets S scaling with sharp
- It has long-range for a short sword
- Good weapon art that breaks shields and blocks
- High damage especially for a short sword
- Can do repeating thrusts which is a strong PVP option
The player needs 11 in strength and 18 in dexterity to use this weapon. Its weapon art is Stand. Stand is the weapon art where the player holds the sword up in the air then attacks in a strange arc. The attack breaks blocks and shielding.
The Lothric knight sword is an amazing PVP and PVE weapon. It is often regarded as the best weapon in the game. It’s hard to say more than that. It’s a simple and uncomplicated weapon to use. Buff it with a miracle or an item to great effect. It has long-range with short sword speed, letting the player R1 spam a bit.
How to get
The Lothric knight sword can be obtained as a drop from a Lothric knight. It is possible to farm them on the High Wall of Lothric. The second area in the game and the first one after firelink shine. The weapon can also be purchased from Greirat after sending him on a mission to Irithyll Valley when the time arrives. However, beware if you do, he can die without doing the right quests first.
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Elite Fallen Knight
A knight, fallen from the path of righteousness, seeks to reclaim their honor as a proud elite knight in the face of insurmountable danger. Donned with a heavy sword and shield, the knight bravely sets out into the world to conquer the darkness that plagues the land of Lothric.
This is a build that I've been running since the launch of the game back in 2016, and have now decided to share with the community. It is an easy and very basic build to accomplish but may require some players to venture into NG+1 at the very least to reach the recommended level.
This build is a high-strength, high vitality build that requires at least 44 Vitality, the Ring of Favor, and Havel's Ring to prevent fat rolling. Even still, the build is tanky and outputs great damage. This page will guide you through the general process of the build. NOTE: For maximum build effectiveness, owning The Ringed City DLC is highly recommended.
Firelink Greatsword and Pyromancy Flame
Fun cosplay build focusing on the Pyromancy form of the Soul of Cinder. Level 90 allows for standard quality stat allocation. Self buff on the Firelink Greatsword is really great, coupled with Power Within you will be pushing 750 attack rating. Although you have a pyromancy flame, its more for show, as Int/Fth are not leveled up.
Unless you get a friend to drop you the armor and weapon, using a Claymore for the game is fine.
VIG: 30, ATT: 15, END: 14, VIT: 15, STR: 39, DEX: 39, INT: 10, FTH: 10, LCK:7
You can wear any rings, but I usually wear the Life ring, Ring of Favor, Chloranthy Ring, and the last slot I swap out for what I need, such as a Sun princess ring to offset Power Within's life leech, or a hornet ring if you want to use a Blessed caestus to parry.
Black Knight Great Axe
Black Knight Glaive
Black Knight Shield
Anri Straight Sword
Just equip the Anri's sword in main hand with Morion blade in off hand with red tearstone ring get to low health and get wrecked every boss and for stats just get to 60 luck (softcap for Anri's sword) then the rest of the lvls are up to you depending on what lvl you wanna be
Pyromancer's Parting Flame
1 2 5
Strength | Dexterity | Intelligence | Faith
60 Intelligence/60 Faith... More info in my link!
Do You Want to Destroy?! Here is a link to my build:
[30 Intelligence + 25 Faith]
White Hair Talisman
As soon as you can cast 2 essential spells  to core build [80+]
This is not a common mage build, it focus on stealth and status effect spells
Versus most enemies you wont trigger aggro, and vs bosses your damage over time will take them down effectively
So far the funniest build i've ever played, check this guide if you want to try something completely different!
[Faith + Quality]
[Sunlight Straight Sword + Lothric Knight Greatsword]
[Sunlight Spear + Soothing Sunlight]
End game build, will make you a God.
Relies both on heavy melee damage, heavy miracle damage, heals, buffs and Tears of Denial, which will render you immortal.
1) ALL STATS TO 40, EXCEPT: Intelligence at base, Luck at base, and Faith raised to 60, as it is our main DMG proc.
2) WEAPONS: Sunlight Straight Sword +5 => Quick swipes.
, Lothric Knight Greatsword +10 ( Blessed ) => Huge swing.
3) OFFHAND: Shield of Want +4; Yorshka's Chime+10 for attack or Saint's Talisman +10 for defence.
4) ARMOR: Catarina Full Set.
5) RINGS: Havel +3, Favor +3, Ring of the Sun's First Born, Morne's Ring.
6) MIRACLES: Sunlight Spear, Soothing Sunlight, Tears of Denial, Sacred Oath. ( 6 slots )
7) ESTUS ALLOCATION: 9 HP, 6 FP.
DYNAMICS: Beginning of anything you do, cast Tears of Denial and Sacred Oath, rest on the bonfire ( the buffs will remain ), and begin your quests.
Sunlight Spear = ~1200 damage.
Encumberment is 70% sharp.
If invaded, cast Sacred Oath, switch to Lothric Knight GS.
L2, R2 on proper timing is game over.
Dex&Luck///Anri's Straight Sword&The Great Scythe
luck and vitality + symbol of avarice & two crystal sage rapiers & rusted gold coins
Faith&Str&int&dex | Lorians greatsword + firelink set and crystal chime
11 Str, 16 Dex, 20 Luck Fire Uchigatana
Vigor: 30, Endurance: 30, Vitality: 30, Strength: 40, Dexterity: 40
Endurance: 20 (NG - 27)
Vitality: 20 (NG - 30)
First, you must up Vigor and Vitality to 20. You really can defeat all bosses with standart weapon and clothes. Just upgrade sword meanwhile and all will be good. For NG we need full Lothric set and Lothric Knight Sword. Its best Straight Sword. Upgrade this sword to +10. Set Lothric heavy, so you must up Endurance to 27. You can use any shield. I'm using Crest Shield. Dexterity we up for scale. Lothric sword have default 18 dextery. Vitality we up to 30 because with this 30, we can beat around 10 (!!!) times non-stop. Its really cool. Any enemies will die too fast.
About rings: we need 3 rings before we go to NG (and for first play of course). Its Havel's Ring, Ring of Favor and Pontiff's Right Eye. Its three cool rings. Other 1 slot for ring you can choose itself. I'm prefer Chloranthy Ring.
For PVP this build works too. You can punish your enemy's with fast, non-stop attack. They do not expect that you can hit more than 4-5 times.
Good Luck =)
Min 30 faith
Max 24 strength
(not adding strength)
This would be a hybrid dex/attunement/faith build. The faith would enable the use of miracles to get weapon buffs/ magic shields. The attunement would allow for one to build a lot of focus along with enough slots for said blessings. The dex is to make sure you use curved swords along with the weapon arts most curved swords have, like chained dance/dancer’s grace/spin slash, etc.
Coming off bloodborne’s constantly moving combat, no blocking (especially if you used the blades of mercy) made me think of this build. So if your first from software game was bloodborne, then this build may be found interesting.
faith is for weapon buffs(darkmoon/lightning blade/blessed weapon), great magic barrier,(and maybe a healing spell because you should have more ash estus flasks than most)
attunement is needed for at least 6 slots for miracles, arts( and some other odd useful spells) and most importantly enough focus
dex for the use of curved swords on which this build is built on(my favorite weapon is the painting guardian's curved sword due to it’s weapon art and above average dex scaling.Problem is that you get this weapon after you are accustomed to another weapon)
I capped strength at 24 only because to get some of the boss soul exchange curved swords you a higher strength stat
40 Dex (with rings)
30 Faith (for bufs)
18 attunment is the minum required for spell slots and FP cost. 32 base Dex up to 40 with rings equiped, which I think it's a nice cap for a melee build.
If SL cap is increased improve Vigor and Endurance for more HP and Stamina.
Raw-/Lightning Infusions, Estoc preferred
With this build you will not feel powerless at any point of your playtrough. The raw weapon is great in the starting areas, and then you get the buffs needed to keep it up, all while pumping your survivability. Basically you get all the damage early on, but do not need to invest in a core stat (Str/Dex/Int/Fai) for the first quarter of the game. And in the endgame locations you will annihilate everything with the inherently fast Spear Miracles and the Lightning Weapon buff.
Works amazingly well in PvP as well as in PvE - just adjust the rings to your playstyle.
1. Starting with the Assassin is recommended, since the Estoc is a godlike weapon and the Spook Spell is of great use troughout the game.
2. Infuse your Estoc with a Raw Gem as soon as possible. Before that you can have a fire infusion, but switching to raw is mandatory for the weaponbuffs.
3. Get the Magic Weapon buff from Yoel, free the pyromancy trainer and get the Saint's Talisman. (Undead Settlement) (That talisman is for faithlevels 42+)
4. Level your Vigor to ~25 and Endurance to ~20. This will easily be enough until about level 50. Upgrade the Estoc as much and as soon as possible.
5. Start pumping points in Faith until you hit 30, and get the Carthus Flame Arc pyromancy-buff. (Carthus Catacombs)
6. Earn yourself Sunlight Medals along the way. (help kill bosses or invade/duel as a Sunbro)
7. Get the Lightning Blade miracle-buff. (Irithyl-Dungeon) This will be your main buff, at least as long as the boss is not Lightning resistant. In such cases, switch to the Carthus Flame Arc.
8. Level your stats at your leisure in the direction of the liked build.
9. Exchange 30 Sunlight Medals for Sacred Oath (Amazing Buff) and the Great Lightning Spear. Use the Spear, but try to do so in melee range. Equip Morne's Ring, Ring of Sun's Firstborn and (optional) the Lightning Clutch Ring as well al Lloyd's Sword Ring for devastating damage results.
10. (optional) Buy another Estoc/Rapier and infuse it with Lightning once your faith is above 40, for those bosses where you feel uncomfortable with buffing and those people who de-buff you with duel charms in PvP.
11. Slaughter everything and everybody as you go and get the Sunlight Spear Miracle.
12. Get to level 120 and then get the free five levels from Yoel in NG+ to hit the 125 PvP cap.
13. Devastate all living beings with speedy yet extraordinary painful Estoc attacks, bully bosses with Sunlight Spears in their faces or land a Sunlight Spear after a Parry (Sage Ring recommended for this one). For Sunlight Spear damge, check the link below the build-link.
At level ~100+ your rings will determine a lot about your playstyle. You will be able to go full out lightning mage with Morne's Ring + Ring of Sun's Firstborn + Lightning Clutch + Ring of Dusk/Lloyd's Sword Ring,
or you can keep the melee approach with something like Chloranthy Ring, Hornet Ring, Leo Ring, Ring of Favor and Protection, Lloyd's Sword Ring, Flynn's Ring etc.
NG+ Lothric Knight at the Lothric Castle Bonfire getting "enlightened":
40 STR 20 DEX 30 FTH
Sunlight Straight Sword
Pairs some great armors together to form a solid defense as well as a stylish look. Remind Bosses and enemies alike the power of Solaire. Using the Sunlight Straight Sword's buff along with Lightning Weapon brings your AR to 650 and higher
Can also increase attunement to allow for usage of Lightning/Greater Lightning/ Sunlight Spear.
37 STR 34 DEX 30 FTH
Capitalizes on Mundane DPS and has a spell for the elemental advantage in every situation.
Backup weapon is entirely user preference.
23 VIG, 14 ATN, 9 END, 16 VIT, 12 STR, 11 DEX, 8 INT, 15 FTH, 11 LUCK
Morning Star, Light Crossbow, Wargod Wooden Shield, Priest's Chime
This is strictly a low-level coop and/or invasion build.
You have 15 FTH for the Tears of Denial miracle. However, if that is not working out for you (like against poison), replace it with one or two miracles (Replenishment and Blessed Weapon are safe choices). I don't prefer the Heal spells since your allies either get themselves killed too quickly (usually by rushing or prematurely using Estus), or they simply know how and when to dodge and attack properly.
After you help Greirat from his cell, you can buy the Mace from him as your substitute for the Morning Star until you get the Paladin's Ashes. Don't forget your Light Crossbow from his store, too.
All weapons will be +2, no more... no less. You will infuse a Raw Gem on your Morning Star, and a Simple Gem on your shield. Why?
Because you are not relying on stats for scaling... heck, you're not relying on scaling at all, which is why an infusement like this will benefit you more... and you don't lose the Bleed bonus on your weapon. Also, it's weapon art is too good... if you time it right, you can basically tank through any hit or two with no flinching, and damage is also reduced! This is especially great against R1 spammers or gankers (oh and you can put a Resin on your weapon... like more bleed, perhaps?). Take that, spray & pray mentality!
The shield is made Simple because it gets a slight boost to Magic Defense (which it lacks prior), and it helps regen your FP by 1 point every 5 seconds. That may sound redundant, but you can use a weapon art (both the Morning Star and the Chime) with only 1 FP... although I fear this may get patched at some point. If that happens, infuse your shield with a Blessed Gem instead.
You will be able to help (or intude on) people from the very beginning all the way to the end of the Catacombs area. Have fun, and don't go hollow. No seriously, don't go hollow, that's for another build I may just make.
EDIT: Oh yes, Rings! You will have Ring of Favor (of course), Havel's Ring, Prisoner's Chain, and Sun Princess Ring.
With all this ready to go, you would have to be a complete imbecile to not be helpful to your allies... or a complete and successful nuisence to your enemies.
How to become a Lothric Knight
Strength + Vitality
In this guide shows how you become a Lothric Knight in the early game. After the second area you will have a great armor, a strong sword which scales well with strength and dexterity for late, a long-range weapon and a 100%-blocking shield. It's a strong start and you can play with this without any struggle through the first half of DS3.
Vigour: 12 Attunement: 14 Endurance: 9 Vitality: 12 Strength: 14 Dexterity: 12 Intelligence: 12 Faith: 13 Luck:11
-Partizan (2 handed) -Pyromancy Flame
An extremely simple concept of progressing damage increase. Use the Partizan with both hands and the extremely long range as well as the varied attacks (thrusting and sweeping) makes it a force to be reckoned with. For particularly difficult enemies that can be stun-locked use the Pyromancy 'Carthus Beacon' to deal progressing damage with each consecutive hit. After the initial build has been reached it is easily tailored to suit your playstyle, wear armour that fits you and level up where you want from there.
Chloranthy Ring, Witch's Ring, Deep Ring, Fire Clutch Ring
This build is easy to create and ideal for close and medium-range combat with enemies, making excellent use of both strength and pyromancy while softcapping.
1. Starting early in the game, many enemies have extensive health and deal extensive damage simultaneously. I recommend killing Leonhard to get a decent set of armor as soon as possible. His set will be available via the Shrine Handmaid. Compared to most sets, it has fairly high defense in all areas, and very high defense in both magic and fire.
2. Pick up the Chloranthy Ring and Grass Crest Shield. These items are essential so you do not have to put any points into endurance. Make sure to acquire the Pyromancy Flame from Cornyx as well, but I do not suggest investing much into intelligence until you can get the Great Chaos Fire Orb (see #4).
3. Use the Butcher Knife you acquire from killing the NPC in the Road of Sacrifices. This weapon scales with an A in strength immediately, has a healing buff, and doesn't require any additional points being put into skill.
4. Get the Izalith Pyromancy Tome in the Smouldering Lake. This unlocks, in my opinion, the best pyromancy in the game: Great Chaos Fire Orb. Many late-game enemies can be killed in 2-4 hits with it depending on how much you invest into intelligence. You need the Deep Ring because this pyromancy requires 2 slots. The Witch's Ring and Fire Clutch Ring will increase your fire attack greatly, but beware your fire defense will be reduced to an average amount while using Eygon of Carim's armor (see #6). I also suggest allotting your Estus Flasks so you have a fair amount of Ashen Flasks to compensate for your default amount of FP.
5. By Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, you should have enough Large Titanite Shards to get your Butcher Knife and Pyromancy Flame to +6 (assuming you also browsed a bit through the Smouldering Lake).
6. Ideally, you want Egyon of Carim's armor, which you can get by killing him once you have invested a bit into strength and vigor. This set is heavy and definitely requires 25+ vitality. I do not recommend using the headpiece because it is so ***** heavy and doesn't provide much extra defense compared to other head attire.
7. I recommend focusing on investing in vitality and strength, then spending extra souls on attunement and intelligence later in the game, as well as endurance or vigor if you feel it is necessary. If you invest a bit into attunement, you do not need the Deep Ring and therefore can use a ring of your preference.
Moderate melee range, moderate fire resistance, weak to dark damage, not much FP
pure faith build SL 120
Great self- and party support
Straight Swords, Mace
Pure Faith Build focusing on self- and party-healing as well as
self- and party-buffing
Infusions for relaxed playstyle or weapon buffs for max dmg
standard pyromancer / dark build SL 120
Straight Swords, Mace
Standard 120 Pyromancer / Dark build
Infusions for relaxed playstyle or weapon buffs on raw
low-level pure faith build SL 25
Great self- and party support
Straight Swords, Mace
weapons +2/+1 twink. & scale
Pure low-level faith build for co-op support
self- and party-buffing
Infusions for relaxed playstyle or weapon buffs on raw
low-level pyromancer / dark build SL 25
Straight Swords, Mace
weapons +2/+1 twink. & scale
Pure low level pyromancer for co-op support
Infusions for relaxed playstyle or weapon buffs on raw
Paladin of the Light
Main stats: Faith, Attunement with decent Dexterity and Endurance
The Fume Buld
Start as the knight class to get boosted Vitality and endurance, progress through game while leveling up strength, vitality, Dex, and endurance equally( Be sure to get the 5 free levels from Yoel as well). Once you get to the carthus dungeons cut the bridge leading to the High lord Wolnir boss and descend into smoldering lake. Once in smoldering lake head to the demon ruins (to the right of the demon boss fog gate) and progress until you see a lava lake in the very bottom point of the demon ruins to find knight slayer tsorig. He utilized a greatshield and the weapon you need so he will be fairly tought however he is slow, so use backstabs. Once he is defeated he will drop the Fume Ultra Greatsword, it takes twinkling titanite to upgrade but is well worth it. When upgraded fully it has an S in stregnth scaling and a C in Dex. Comibined if you have 70 in stregnth and 50 in Dex you will push 950 damage per strike two handed. I utilize this build well into my Ng+7 playthrough to easily destroy enemies in PVE and invader from PVP. For this build it is recomonded to just use this sword and no shield because the Fume sword is extremely heavy, so you might need to learn to roll effectively. Be sure to use medium or light armour so you do not become overencumbered.
Lightning Rod of Lothric
Lothric Knight Greatsword
Scales really well up to 40 faith and 60 str/dex. The best defense is a strong counter offensive. For details click the link. <----
Yuria of Londor Build
DEX Cosplay/fast-offensive build good for PvP and PvE
Windalf The Mage
Sage's Crystal Staff + Crystal Sage's Rapier + extras on build
Versatile int build between ranged and melee combat.
Rashtor The Aged Knight (Finished)
Court sorcerer staff +10 and flame of pyromancy +10.
Lord of Bloody Hollows
Hollowed Barbed Straight Sword +10 / Carthus Rouge
My first attempt at a luck build that wrecks most of the enemies in the game and it's great also for pvp
Ultimate NG Playthrough Pure Builds (Co-Op, Invasion, and Duels)
See Builds to the right
20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 for each Pure build
(Hybrid builds will only be at Level 60 and above, see below)
These are a list of builds decidated to anything and everything but end-game Duels (aka SL120 "meta"). So, go ahead and choose what build you want, but note that you do not need to follow them to the letter, and you may make adjustments if you don't like the results. These are merely guidelines or starting points for you to go on, then you can either keep them or experiment with different ideas in the same build.
Note: You must stay at the required levels mentioned (Soul level and Weapon level) due to the recent patch (Regulation 1.33 App 1.13).
P.S. Each build section has various levels for access to all areas of the game (for example, SL20 is for High Wall of Lothric to Undead Settlement, while SL100 is basically for the DLC areas).
P.P.S. I am going to assume that you are capable of beating the entire game (with or without help from others) at any Soul Level. After all, this is a Souls' game... how can you call yourself the ultimate jolly cooperator, invader, or duelist... if you can't meet the challenges required for any level?
Ultimate NG Playthrough Hybrid Builds (Co-Op, Invasion, and Duels)
See Builds to the right
Level 60, 80, and 100
See Pure builds above
This is a continuation from the list of builds above. Unlike the "pure" builds you see above, these builds focus on using two stats instead of one, and won't be reaching hardcaps. Don't forget that you do not need to copy off the builds, but merely see them as guidelines to start off of, and then make adjustments if you want. The whole point of my builds (both Pure and Hybrid) are to show what is possible, not what is mandatory. Get creative if my versions aren't enough!
STR + DEX Builds
STR + INT Builds
STR + FTH Builds
STR + Luck Builds
DEX + INT Builds
DEX + FTH Builds
DEX + Luck Builds
INT + FTH Builds
INT + Luck Builds
FTH + Luck Builds
The flamesword dude
STRENGTH+heavy exile greatsword
Hey you there... yes you. do you like using greatswords? do you enjoy burning your foes alive? then boy do i have a build for you. this build is mostly, as you can guess, for hitting things hard with a flaming sword. black fire orb on the side.
Glass Cannon of the Church
Crush everyone with yor giant ass hammers, swords, and axes and perfect your dodges so no one will ever know you're actually fragile as a goddamn newborn puppy. Also, lightning.
Sir Daniel Fortesque (MediEvil Cosplay)
Vitality + Strength / Strength + Dexterity
Broadsword / Lothric Knight's Sword
Smough's Great hammer / Follower Javelin
The Hero of Gallowmere returns once again to face the horde of the undead. (Play as a spooky skeleton knight! Will be updated later.)
Vigor + Endurance + Vitality and Strength.
140 (Maximum meta range)
It is theorised that a dragonslaying executioner was the son of an infamous deserter from Mirrah was long forgotten that he rose from his grave to kill Pontiff Sulyvahn and his faithful knights and to kill any of their allies. This dragonslaying executioner also sought out the serpent men of Archdragon Peak. He tried to find his father, but was too late as a Blade of the Darkmoon had killed him. Father is theorised and most commonly Creighton the Wanderer.
140 (Maximum meta range)
A cosplay of the Dark Souls 2 Giant Lord.
Strength (And a bit of Faith for fun if you wish)
120 (89 without the Faith)
An Efficient Strength build using rings such as the Prisoner's Chain to gain some virtual levels and I added in Faith components near the end for some fun and to allow a buff for our +10 Heavy Greatsword.
Combo people with a Greatsword and parry them while admiring your 20 free virtual levels.
(Without the Faith parts you will reach level 89 and can spend these extra points to 120 on stats like Strength, Endurance, and Vigor or whatever you want)
Faith and Intelligence; Mace or any that requires 12 Strength or less and Crystal Chime.
A caster build that focuses on using Sorceries and Miracles thanks to the use of the Crystal Chime. It occasionally uses pyromancy against certain enemies and bosses.
2 Simple Daggers
A pure healing build, not at all designed for solo fighting.
However, be amazed at the amount of healing.
Quite flexible in terms of soul level, follows simple formula.
Click on build name for more info.
Harald Curved Greatsword
Easy to use build in both PvE/PvP. High Health/Strenth=hard hitting tank. It takes a Noob to Slay a Noob!
This is a level one build. It concentrates on maximum damage and survival ability for a level one character.
Ancient Dragon Greatshield
Sun princess ring
Lingering Dragon Crest ring+2
This build is based for fighting everything but bosses so if you are low on health you can “Run and heal” without using any Estus the level and stats are the bare minimum they can go higher the higher the more heal the better the build
Weapons (only one at a time unless you decide to level vitality)
- Friede's Great Scythe
- Greatsword of Judgement
- Crystal Astora Greatsword
18 STR, 34 DEX, 34 INT, should fit all weapons in list. Past SL100 I would reccomend only levelling DEX and INT.
Versatile build for weapons that scale with Intelligence. Friede's Great Scythe is an immensely fun weapon to use and with these stats and rings (you can check all equipment in the link at the bottom), all of these weapons do fantastic split damage.
- Freide's Great Scythe - 626AR
- Greatsword of Judgement - 639AR when buffed
- Crystal Astora Greatsword - 615AR
Every weapon here has it's own use but mainly I stick to the Scythe because of the unique moveset. Because of the Intelligence stat also, you could add a staff and make this build a spellcaster as well. I hope this helps any of you!
Versatile Build mainly focusing on STR
Lothric Knight Greatsword
Easy high AR Build For Beginners
Simple Lothric Knight Sword
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You rest against the wall with my hands. I gently run my tongue from your neck along your back along your spine, causing you to tremble, I run it between your buttocks to the lips and then I return. The same way to your neck and without any caresses I roughly enter you immediately driving my gun to full length.
I obey you implicitly and all I can do in this moment is enjoy.