Dark Souls 3: Tips & Tricks For Beginners

A complete guide for beginner's to help them overcome the difficulties of Dark Souls 3.

Dark Souls 3 is a heavy, challenging game. However, it can be quite daunting for people who are new to the series. In my opinion, Dark Souls is pretty much difficult to get into; there are plenty of players who’ll love it and some might get confused or uninterested due to the dense Gameplay of Souls 3. Luckily, by adapting some Dark Souls 3 Tips and Tricks you can ease into the unforgiving Souls game.

Key Takeaways
  • Dark Souls 3 is a challenging game for newcomers. But by following some tips it becomes a rewarding adventure. Here are some game-changing tips and tricks:
  • To avoid taking damage from the early bosses, equip yourself with a strong shield and a healing vial.
  • Keep your endurance high so you can easily roll, dodge, and escape confusing situations.
  • Buy an Old Tower Key from a seller in Firelink Shrine, and don’t wait too long to explore the tower for valuable rewards.
  • Always keep Battle Arts in mind when facing a seemingly unbeatable enemy to uncover its hidden weaknesses.
  • The katana-wielding person is tough but makes for a great practice dummy to improve your skills.
  • Take time and explore from a single vantage point to get a complete view of the level, including enemies and hidden treasures.
  • Don’t forget to check in with your NPC friends often as they can provide valuable information.
  • Be wise with your spending, play around with everything to see what suits you best.
  • Don’t fear death, as it comes with finding items, shortcuts, and NPCs which means progress.

Note: We’ve limited these tips to control the maximum level of spoilers so that the beginning of your journey of Dark Souls 3 would be free of spoilers and easy as well. But still, I can’t guarantee that this guide will be spoiler free or not, continue at your own decision.

Get A Good Shield & Healing Vial

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At the beginning of the game, you might feel held back because of the early bosses and heavy damage regular enemies do, that’s why it’s easy to see why new players might call it ‘Quits’ so soon.

To ease up on the pressure, I’m going to point out where to find a shield that protects your health meter from 100% of physical damage and also an item that converts into an extra Estus Flask, a healing vial that refills every time after resting at any bonfire.

Through the Tower on the Wall Bonfire, drop down a level (Keep an eye out for the knife-throwing enemies), head out the door, run over the roof, and slide down the ladder going down from its far corner.

Go through the door next to the ladder and keep on going straight until you enter a room with an elevated catwalk above a few wandering knights and a zombie dog. A crate/chest with the Eagle Kite Shield is located on the upper level. In the same room, you’ll find a treasured piece on the far wall.

Take out the dogs and knights and pick them up to get an Estus Flask Shard. Bring it back to your chosen blacksmith and he will turn it into an extra Estus Flask, a well-deserved permanent addition to your healing.

Bring Up That Endurance

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The next Tip is related to Endurance. In the game, the hit points do not mean much, because the basic primary attribute that prevents you from taking damage is based on the level of Endurance.

How much damage a block takes, and how many swings you can absorb, dodge, and sprint all depends on the amount of Stamina available, which can be leveled up through the Endurance attribute.

All of the health in the world isn’t going to save you from getting pinned down in a destructive chain, but surely if your endurance is high enough, you can skip, roll and dodge or get away from some of the messiest situations. Don’t neglect endurance at all.

Get The Tower Key ASAP

Dark Souls 3 Tower
Tower [Image by Us]
I’ll try not to be specific here, but in the beginning, you will get the opportunity to buy an Old Tower Key from a seller in Firelink Shrine. The old tower is a part of Firelink Shrine, the locked doors upstairs and outside.

Just don’t wait too long here, take the risk and work out some souls, because a ton of worthy goodies are hanging out up there. Be effective, look up, look down, and don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith often.

Keep The Battle Arts In Your Mind Always

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Battle Arts [Screenshot by eXputer]
Dark Souls 3 is a kind of game that has been developed in a manner, that is going to force you out of your comfort zone, so if a specific enemy seems impossible to defeat, it might have a weakness you’ve yet to discover. To help you, there are Battle Arts, a new combat system that gives every shield and weapon a special ability.

Buffs, for the time being, destructive uppercuts, and the ability to parry are just one of the few available from the get-go, and each has essential benefits. It’s easy to get stuck in a bad habit of exclusively jamming your light attack and hiding behind a shield.

Spend extra time pulling the trigger and experimenting with all of the tools available. You may find a way to turn a particularly difficult enemy or scenario into a piece of cake.

The Katana-Wielding Person

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Katana enemy [Screenshot by Us]
You will find a very good place to practice your Battle Arts outside of the Firelink Shrine. From the upper path to the left of the main entrance is a katana-wielding person having a chill time in their birthday suit.

They’re snarky and hit pretty hard, but don’t fret, even if they kill you over and over, they double as a convenient practice dummy. Work on those dodge rolls, parries, and Estus flask timings. Expect to die repeatedly, but after some time you will take them out and get their gear as an amazing reward.

Explore The World

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Dark Souls 3 World [Screengrab: eXputer]
In Dark Souls 3 indulging in sweeping cliffside vistas that offer a view of where you have been and where you are going is also a part you should take an interest in. The Adjacent level design is a huge part of DS’s charm as well. Sometimes you can even see the entirety of a level, enemies and everything, from a single vantage point and plan accordingly.

Also, you can see the NPCs and all sorts of treasure items hidden in corners of each environment, and the only way to stumble across all of this is to catch a glance from up high. Even though the vistas are just nice to look at.

In a dense game like Dark Souls 3, take a second to appreciate the beauty wherever you find it because you aren’t going to find much there. This may not be a major point in the Tips guide but it still helps players learn a lot about the in-game world!

Check In With The NPCs Frequently

One of the greatest parts of Dark Soul games is the characters you meet in your journey beyond the game. All of them have their own stories, dilemmas, and requests that are revealed over time.

So be sure to talk to each of them repeatedly until their dialogue repeats. Don’t ignore them completely or they might disappear afterward, which means you will miss out on interesting special items and lore. Stretch your social muscles and get chatty.

Don’t Be Afraid To Spend

Souls are never in short supply in Dark Souls 3. Enemies respawn with their souls dropping, every time you rest at a bonfire. Do not feed your urge to spend all of your hard-earned dark fantasy bucks on leveling up. There are a lot of weapons and armor sets to purchase, upgrades and remedies to try out, miracles and spells to cast, and a few more keys to throw money at. Spend wisely, play with everything, and find out what works better for you.

Don’t Fret Death

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Death screen Dark Souls 3 [Screenshot by eXputer]
If you consider death as the norm of the difficulty of the game, Dark Souls 3 can get quite daunting for you. It’s a deeply integrated habit for a lot of newcomers to see death as a failure, but the actual challenge works through the knowledge acquired. If you die, but find a new item at the same time, it isn’t counted as a failure.

If you found a time-saving shortcut or a lost NPC, you’re definitely making progress. Dark Souls 3 is a slow expansion into oblivion, but you’ll get there.

With that, our journey comes to an end. If you make use of these Dark Souls 3 Tips and Tricks, you’ll surely get the hang of the game pretty soon!

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