Demon’s Souls is the type of game that mercilessly tears you to shreds your first playthrough than kicks you while you’re down. It’s also beautiful, original, and incredibly innovative, so generally people either love it or they hate it. At first I was a member of the former group, but after investing a grand total of 50+ hours spread across three character classes, I have become infatuated with this game. The best way to describe playing Demon’s Souls is to compare the game to being in a relationship with the person of your dreams, however; said person of your dreams is abusive, and tends to kick your unsuspecting ass from time to time before giving you a kiss and helping you back up.
So I’m here, dear reader, to help you get through this relationship and the abuse it brings with it, so that you can better enjoy this truly amazing game. Demon’s Souls world is separated into five very different locales each connected by the Nexus (basically the game’s hub and only safe place), so this 5 part strategy series will help you traverse each of the five equally stunning and dangerous worlds you’ll have to explore in order to beat the game. Before we begin I should probably throw out a quick warning to newcomers to the land of Boletaria: this game’s unforgiving nature might sometime make you feel the urge to violently toss your controller at a nearby wall, but I promise this guide will reduce the number of broken controllers to a minimum. Also, the following isn’t necessarily a walkthrough, more a collection of words of wisdom, tips, and facts that could quite possibly save you from tossing your PS3 out a window.
Part Three: The Valley of Defilement
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive in this world (other than the bad rain effects) is the state of everything. Everything looks like it can fall apart at any second and similar to 3-2 there are many places to fall to your death. You can take every type of damage, though like every other level some types are more prevalent than others. You’ll need to worry about powerful physical attacks dealt from Giant trolls, some enemies carry fire enhanced weapons (usually spears) and a tiny bit of magic from some slugs in 5-2. The biggest threat in this world is definitely the variety of ways in which you can get poison and even the plague. Having a high resistance against these two is very important not just because they slowly sap your life but also because your healing items are less effective while you’re poisoned or have the plague.
The Gloom set that can be acquired by taking out Yurt (found locked in a cage in 3-2) helps immensely because every piece raises your resistances. I found having this armor set equipped with either the poison or plague resistance boosting ring and a Regenerator’s ring kept me from losing any health. Of course, having a good quantity of Royal and Widow lotus on your belt’s also a good idea.
If you have a good flame enhanced weapon this area is where it will come in handy since fire is very effective against most enemies in this level even the bosses (while poison does next to nothing). If you haven’t yet procured a flamey weapon of doom I suggest taking your Dragonstones and a weapon (the Halberd is my favorite) and get one at the 2-2 Blacksmith. If you don’t have any Dragonstones you can either scour the Stonefang Tunnels for some (they’re very easy to find, you can even buy shards of it at the 2-2 merchant) or buy a ton of Turpentine and use it often.
It’s very important that you treat the environment as your enemy; that doesn’t mean start wailing on the walls with your weapon, I mean there are traps, pitfalls, ambushes, dark areas and even a poisonous swamp (and the final boss fight takes place over a plague swamp). More than any other area of the game, the Valley of Defilement really is your worst enemy. The environment killed me more times than the enemies and that’s saying something since those annoying trolls can lay down some serious whoop ass. So stay on your guard, play close attention to your surroundings and you should be fine.
So that’s pretty much covers the basics that you’ll need to know when fighting your way through The Valley of Defilement. If you need help finding specific items, saving NPCs, or defeating certain enemies let me know by dropping me an email at iicedesigner at yahoo dot com and I’ll make a guide for it. That finishes my coverage of the five main areas but I’ve received some requests to cover the bosses and unique items/weapons so one of those will be next.
If you’ve been out feeding starving African children you may have missed my guides covering the first four areas of the game including The Boletarian Palace, The Stonefang Tunnels, The Tower of Latria and The Shrine of Storms. I suggest you check them out, it’s definitely worth it especially if you’re having trouble with those sections of the game. If you’re not stuck I still think you should check them out, I could use the views.
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