Astrichthyes' Faith Build (SL 118-128)
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Build summary A simple faith build designed to be versatile and effective. Slays other faith builds if played right.
Recommended starting class(es) Knight, temple knight, royal
Recommended Soul Level **

Recommended stats (Leave at default (**) if not raised)

Vitality 45-50
Will/Intelligence 15
Endurance 40
Strength 18-20
Dexterity 14
Magic 12
Faith 45-50
Luck 7
Recommended equipment

RH1:
-Blessed Great Axe/ Great Sword/ Crescent Axe/ Guillotine Axe/ Claymore/ Knight Sword/ Iron Knuckles+5

RH2:
-Northern Regalia

LH1:
-Talisman of Beasts/ Talisman of God

LH2:
-Dark Silver Shield+5
-Knight's Shield+10
-Steel Shield+10
-Adjudicator's Shield+5
-Blessed Iron Knuckles+4 (parries and regenerates)
-Magic Sword Makoto+5
-Morion Blade

Armor:
-Ancient King's/ Binded Set
-Fill in the rest with enough of the Black leather/ Venerable Sage's/ Rogue's set to roll

Rings:
-Eternal Warrior's
-Ring of Magical Dullness
-Regenerator's
-Clever Rat's
-Dull Rat's
-Foe's/ Friend's
-Cling Ring

Item slots:
-New Moon/ Dark Moon Grass (Full works in soul form)
-Royal Lotus
-Widow's Lotus
-Fresh/ Old Spice
-Kunai/ Secret Throwing Daggers? Pick whatever you want to use here

Recommended spells/miracles

If you choose to have spells:
-Warding
-Poison Cloud/ Death Cloud

Miracles:
-Second Chance
-God's Wrath (use the Talisman of God if you care about damage)
-Recovery (ToB works just as well as the ToG)

Gameplay tips and progression

The strategies are simple:

Use the moveset of your chosen blessed weapon to the best of your ability. Northern Regalia is in your arsenal to combat other faith builds or aggressive opponents that you can parry. Fighting another faith build will be incredibly easy if you can parry them or backstab them with NR because of the physical damage it puts out. You can riposte with the "smaller" blessed weapons, the most powerful of which will probably be the Crescent Axe (req's only 16 STR and 12 DEX) or the Claymore (20 STR), which will make up for the battles between white and black soul tendency (NR's damage is pathetic at neutral tendency).

You can tear BBS users apart if you have the guts, your body, and the right equipment. With the DSS and magical dullness, your magical defense should be about 350. Wanna push it even higher so you can eat a BBS combo no problem? Equip the Rune Sword+5 as a right hand weapon for +60 magdef and you can try to parry them without much fear of death, light weapon or not. You won't be able to use it effectively, but you can switch your right hand weapon for the riposte, a strategy that pays off very well. This strategy will also pay off against faith builds, but with 350 magdef, their damage is already mitigated. Regen from a blessed weapon is a bit more useful in this scenario, but it's your call.

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