|Build summary||A powerful mage disguised as an agile knight; effective vs. PvE & PvP.|
|Recommended starting class(es)||Royalty, Knight|
|Recommended Soul Level||120|
Recommended stats (Leave at default (**) if not raised)
The effects of the above-mentioned equipment stack for extreme damage!
-Warding (greatly decreases damages received) or Second Chance (auto-revive at half HP. I prefer this one.)
-Poison Cloud (helpful in PvP. cast it when the invader is down or is healing.)
|Gameplay tips and progression||
INTRO: This is the build I used in my first game, and still using in my subsequent playthoughs until I Demon's Souls.
To show how effective this build is: In my first game (PvE), I was only killed a total of 8 times (excluding my accidental falling off cliffs and crevices) Demon's Souls is NOT that hard like many people claim it to be even in Pure Black Tendencies—thanks to this type of build:
-Red Dragon (1x) - I did not run the first time I went to World 1-2.
During invasion (PvP), I invaded/was attacked by black phantoms a total of 34 times (in my first game)—I only died 5 times.
I even helped 4 friends clear their NG++++ files… One of them died 3 consecutive times in World 1-3 (area with 3 Red-eyed Knights), but I survived all the onslaught. I even land the last hits in most of the boss encounters.
1. make a balanced character in PvE. Strong magic + Northern Regalia/Uchi/Magic Sword Makoto can help you adapt in almost all circumstances.
2. cause fear (thus ,the name "Terror") to new players as well as to mages. Seeing a character in heavy armor (thus, the Gloom Armor) + big sword (Northern Regalia) usually give panic to new players and lightly-equipped characters… They will think you are very powerful. lol
3. surprise melee fighters in PvP. Seeing you in heavy armor and Northern Regalia will make melee fighters think you are one of their kind, thus, they will be confident to attack you toe-to-toe. When they are already in the right distance, shower them with Fireball or Ignite for multiple heavy fire damage.
4. likewise, this build is optimized and designed for pure white character tendency until you upgrade from Demonbrandt to Northenr Regalia. If you prefer the Uchis, Crescent increases in damage as you increase your Magic and has MP Regen. Moon is more effective against faith builds, while Magic Sword Makoto has bleeding effect.
5. also, despite wearing a heavy armor, your character would still be able to roll and move quickly, which will also give added "terror" effect because people usually thinks heavy-armored guys move slowly.
-Heater Shield has 100% physical defense. Later, upgrade to Dark Silver Shield+5, which has 100% physical and spell protection at the expense of weakening your spell damage.
-Talisman of Beast (ToB) allows you to cast both Spells and Miracles (Second Chance). It is also quite a effective in Spells as compared to Wooden Catalyst. Insanity Catlyst (iCat) is out of the picture because this build is prefers to use spices to replenish MP (which are very cheap) instead of using stats to increase Intelligence (MP) that could be used already for other stats.
-Demonbrandt can be obtained early in the game. At pure white character tendency, you can have a melee weapon with a whooping 400+ base damage, depending on your stat. In NG+ or if someone will give you a Soulbrandt, you should upgrade it to Northern Regalia, which is optimized in either pure white or pure black character tendency. At SL120, your character will have 500+ base damage if you have pure white or pure black character tendency. If you want to use Uchis, instead, use "crescent" because it is optimized by higher Magic and has an inherent MP Regen. On the other hand, "moon" deals more damage to faith builds. Magic Sword Makoto causes bleeding effect to the enemy.
-Kris Blade+5 (used with ToB when casting Spells) will increase your Spell damage by (iirc, 30%) at the expense of lowering your magic defense. Use it with caution when facing fellow mages.
Jump down the area below (you will see Ostrava fighting several dreglings). Do not help Ostrava. Let him fight all the enemies until nothing is left or he was killed. The purpose is so Ostrava will be very easy to kill so you can pick up (and not miss) the Mausoleum Key that will be used later to get the Demonbrandt—your main weapon until you get Northern Regalia or your maxed out Uchis/Magic Sword Makoto.
Now, try to clear the area until you open the huge gate early in the stage. To avoid risk of going back to square one, DO NOT try to go near the nesting place of the 2 dragons even if it is tempting to get the items there. You can just go back later to retrieve it (they are not in the nest in Pure White World Tendency). Return to the huge gate where you will fight your first boss, Phalanx. (Stay away from Phalanx and his henchmen and hit them with Soul Arrow. If you have no more MP, use a Fresh Spice to refill it. Alternatively, you can use Firebombs (you can buy from the dregling merchant in the same stage). Just make sure you always have your Heater shield up to avoid the spears of the boss.
After beating him and his tiny minions, you will now go back to the Nexus. Repair your equipment, and upgrade your stats. Focus on increasing your Vitallity and Magic for now. Increase your Intelligence to 18 to have 3 spell slots and 119 MP.
Next, clear World 1-2 and beat Tower Knight for his Iron Soul.
Next, clear World 1-3 and beat Fool's Idol for her Doll Soul. While clearing this stage, be sure to save Sage Freke that is incarcerated in one of the cells. After clearing this stage, go back to the Nexus.
Optional: You may want to clear World 5-1 and defeat Leechmonger to get his Wriggling Soul.
Back at the Nexus, look for Sage Freke to exchange your Iron Soul and Doll Soul to learn Warding and Soul Ray, respectively. If you got Wriggling Soul, exchange it to learn Poison Cloud.
Now, it is time to go back to World 1-1… Go to the place where the Red-eyed Knight is… Hit him with several Soul Ray and he is dead. Open the door with the Mausoleum Key and you will see Old King Doran. Attack him whatever way you want (He will not attack you). After you damage his HP by around 25%, you can get the Demonbrandt for free (You need 19 Strength to effectively wield it.).
Next, we will try to kill him for his equipment (Old King's Set)! Keep attacking him until you bring his HP close to 50%. After which, he will become hostile to you so run when he is following you. Equip Thief Ring and Ring of Magical Sharpness and be patient to hit him with Soul Ray even though the damage you deal is quite disheartening. If you learned Poison Cloud, it would be very helpful in this fight. Alternatively, you can backstab him whenever he is walking away from you and then run away. After you kill him, you will get the lightest (in terns of equip burden) piece of heavy armor in the game and the only one of its kind that has no stamina penalty. You can use Doran's armor set as your main equipment for now. The said equipment set is advantageous against fire so World 3 is a good place to clear while wearing it.
Next stop, World 3. Clear it all the way to World 3-3. Flamelurker in World 3-2 will give you the Red Hot Soul, which you need in order for you to get the "upgrade" service of Blacksmith Ed in World 3-1. It is there where you can upgrade your Demonbrandt and other unique weapons and shields. After you beat Dragon God in World 3-3 to get his Dragon Soul, you will be able to unlock World 1-3 (the gate in World 1-2 Archstone). Also, you can learn Fireball from Sage Freke using the Dragon Soul (avoid Firestorm for now).
After you did all of the above, everything is already up to you. Until you get your final equipment and the required stats to equip it, you will most probably have the following setup:
NOTE: I am not claiming this is the best build, but it is quite reliable and effective based on my experience in both PvE and PvP. If you have tips to improve this build, feel free to share it. =)
(Looking forward to Dark Souls…)
Terror Mage Knight (SL120)