This should hopefully be the last of the lowish quality uploads. Finally got the connections, so the Parish should be looking a whole lot better. In related knews, I may or may not have forgotten to record my way across the bridge at the end of the Taurus video. It’s not a terribly far way, but you will run smack into a certain little Hellkyte. Just run to the burn spots, then run back and into the door until the fire passes. Book it to the middle of the bridge and then down the right side path. From here there are two hollows and three rats to the front between you and the start of the parish. To the left is a side path that goes to a ladder, which will take you to the first bonfire of the Burg. Going to the bonfire and then running back up the ladder to the bridge is a nice way to farm up 555 souls every time, making it the best early game farm spot. Grab a few levels (or heal!) and then head on over to explore the parish.

On the subject of the video today, it’s mostly just show and tell for a few things. But I do want to talk about the Black Knights in Dark Souls a little bit. Every Black Knight is a one-time enemy that will not respawn, and each has a chance of dropping whatever weapon they have. So far, I’ve lucked out incredibly and gotten both the Black Knight Sword and the Black Knight Greatsword. The Sword counts as a greatsword, and you can get a Claymore on Hellkyte’s bridge if you can up to the loot before melting. The Greatsword counts as an ultra greatsword, and you can pick up a Zweihander in the cemetery behind Firelink Shrine as the first bit of loot you come across. I’ll be using the Sword and Greatsword a bit, and both do much higher damage, but can only be upgraded 5 times and by the (at this point) very rare Twinkling Titanite. Claymores and Zweihanders can be upgraded like any other weapon along a variety of paths. So look into those if you are building strength.

On fighting the Knight itself, they are honestly a little disappointing once you have the rhythm down. Any time they lunge with the sword, they have a crippling weakness to backstabs. Sometimes they’ll launch into a three-hit combo, which can also be avoided by sticking close and walking into their shield, and then grabbing another free backstab. It can be time consuming, but it’s easily possible to kill these mini-bosses without taking any damage. Whenever you come across a strong and rare enemy, take a minute or two to watch it, study it’s movements and try to get a read on it. Once you know the pattern, there is nothing in this game you can not defeat. Likewise, if you’re having trouble blocking, don’t worry about holding your shield up all the time. Stamina regens faster when it’s down, so lowering your guard when it’s safe and then bringing it back up when an attack starts is a great way to get a little more stamina out.

Or if you’re feeling gutsy, you can parry the Knight to death. It’s possible, and it feels amazing. Starting Monday we’ll crash through the Parish, and get our first Bell of Awakening. Wonder what it’ll be waking up? Who can say.