Survive your first few hours in Demon’s Souls with this gameplay guide

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Survive your first few hours in Demon’s Souls with this gameplay guide

Equip yourself with these tips ahead of your first trip to Boleteria.

Bluepoint Games’s gorgeous next-gen remake of the game that laid the groundwork for a new kind of tough but fair action RPGs, launches today. For those brave new souls who wish to take on the challenge that is Demon’s Souls for the first time, we have put together an adventurer’s guide to get you started on your incredible quest. Please be aware that it may contain minor spoilers.

Survive your first few hours in Demon’s Souls with this gameplay guide

Souls are everything 

The souls you harvest from fallen foes are the central currency of this bleak, oppressive world; you’ll use them to level up and to purchase items at vendors. If you die, and can’t survive the battle back to where you were slain, it’s gone. Forever. 

Death is not the end

Death will come knocking, and you will lose all those precious souls. The sooner you come to grips with this fact, the sooner you’ll learn that every journey through a level is a learning experience – one meant to teach you the location of hazards, enemies and their attack patterns.

Your quest has many roads

Upon your arrival in the Nexus, you’ll be greeted by five Archstones leading to distant lands. Each of these lands contain roads that progressively become more dangerous, always ending in a demonic battle. The leftmost Archstone is generally considered where a novice adventurer starts and ends their quest.

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Search high and low

Demon’s Souls’ level design is ornate, and littered with ways to help shorten your arduous quest, though they’re not always easy to discover. It’s hard to overstate how much of a relief it is to find a lever or ladder that leads you back to an Archstone portal. 

Watch what you are carrying 

Keeping your encumbrance in check offers massive gains in the distance you can roll and how far you can sprint. Your total item weight is viewable in your inventory; yellow means you’re becoming encumbered and you might want to drop something, while red means you’ll move like a corpse in the ichor of the Valley of Defilement. 

Don’t worry too much about being whole or a soul 

When you die your human body will be replaced with a walking ghost, your soul form. Whilst in Body Form you possess your full lifeforce, in Soul Form your ghostly remains can only muster half, but don’t get too hung up on trying to restore your humanity. It’ll happen automatically after defeating a great demon. Soul Form is where you will mainly exist, and it’s easier to wrap your head around that being the “true” amount of life you have rather than expending valuable items to stay human.

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Choosing a class

Upon accepting your quest, you will be asked to choose a class. Your character’s only limitation on weapons, armor and sorceries are stat points, so you’re free to upgrade and experiment as much as you like. Over time you can learn and evolve, developing new skills to become the Slayer of Demons.

That said, the Royalty class is without question the “easiest”choice for a new adventurer who would brave the lands of Demon’s Souls. Royalty is blessed with a catalyst and a knowledge of the dark arts and spells. With the ability to lock onto enemies with a click of L3 and fling Soul Arrows from afar, enemies have to close the distance to do damage. The focus on ranged attacks makes it a good fit for the more cautious adventurer. 

Hopefully this guide has given you a few handy hints as to how you’ll start your game. Much of the fun (and tension) of Demon’s Souls lies in not knowing what’s around the corner, so care was taken not to spoil things too much. There is something absolutely fundamental that can ruin a new player’s game for good, though, so we’ll spoil the surprise. NPCs – that is people you can actually talk to instead of bludgeoning to death on sight – can be killed or turned hostile. 

This includes an innocent wayward button press while setting down the DualSense wireless controller, and once an NPC is gone, they’re gone for good. This can mean losing out to entire storefronts for the rest of the game, so be on guard while near a friendly face or you may pay the ultimate price.

Eager to know more? Read an expanded version of this guide at

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  • I’m going to add a couple that I hope will help some players:

    * Reconnaissance – If you’re playing online, try to get summoned into a world you’re entering. Knowing what’s ahead is part of the battle. As a Soul in someone else’s world, you will lose none of the souls you gain if you die. You can use these to level up and keep the knowledge of the level to warn you of traps when you’re playing in your own world

    * Equip the Cling Ring – Not wanting to use up items to become Human again and would rather stay as a Soul? Cling Ring will boost your undead HP to 75% of its max.

    • This!!!
      Rango nailed the most important advice. Play online. Get summoned and help other players until you know the layout of the level. You will not loose souls, so use this to level up without risk of loosing any progress. Once you know the level, just summon other players and go finish it for yourself.

      Souls games are not difficult (they are actually pretty easy) if you play them the way they were designed. The yare difficult if you ignore the options the game gives you.

  • Interesting choice with royal as easiest. Unless they changed something I recall those having the lowest overall stats. I believe my bread and butter class was the magician. With high enough dex to bow wield. I do agree being a caster does make the game a bit easier just make sure you buy the mana replenish herb. Assuming it uses the mana bar like it should and not the garbage limitation put on casters in later entries of the series.

    I agree with Rango on recon and that ring too. Super important. Also as this article states you will die a lot. Stay in soul form as much as possible and just recon and level up. Farm areas for souls too. I used to farm 1-4 all the time. Anyone who has played the game probably remembers that zone and can see why I farmed it. I also suggest farming 1-2 entrance early on in playing. 1-1 is okay for getting a ton of early levels too. Good luck all

    • DS3 used mana and DS2 allowed refilling of casts with items (so basically worked the same). It was only really DS1 that didn’t.

      The Royalty Class has the fragrant ring (MP regen, though it’s slow) and a spell which can oneshot basically everything in the starting area minus bosses (the new game seems easier though with the guy in the trailer oneshotting everything with a sword, but still, spells work at range). Coupled with decent stats and equipment. Soo, I can see why.

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  • I got the original on PS3 but never played it more than 20-30 hours and didn’t get very far, started playing other games and never got back to it.

    So I’ll be going into this as a noob, quite intimidating :) I’ll pick it up on sale though, want to invest my time in Cyberpunk 2077 first.

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  • That last paragraph, absolutely, rings true. I was setting down my controller when next to a merchant. Next thing I knew they wanted me dead for attacking them! There needs to be a “safety” for those wayward trigger buttons. Or maybe a sticker “not a kickstand” lol. Good luck, skeletons!

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