|Build summary||A high-survivability Northern Regalia build that excels in both PvP and PvE.|
|Recommended starting class(es)||Royalty, Temple Knight|
|Recommended Soul Level||125|
Recommended stats (Leave at default (**) if not raised)
• Adjudicator's Shield +5 (swap this out for a Dark Silver Shield +5)
• Northern Regalia (I occasionally swap out a +5 Blessed Claymore. Mainly using the NR, however.)
I use the full Ancient King's set with an Assassin's Mask. With 35 Endurance, you should be able to roll with this equipment setup. If you want more defence, you can wear a Ring of Great Strength and wear the Dark Silver or Gloom sets.
If you're female, Binded Set.
• Body Form - Eternal Warrior's Ring and Regenerator's Ring
• Poison CloudDeath Cloud
Only must-haves here are Second Chance and Evacuate. Anything else is the cherry on top.
|Gameplay tips and progression||
~Basic Stat Progression~
Focus on raising Endurance and Vitality first. Once they get around 25 - 30 start raising your Faith. By the time you face Allant in NG, try to aim for 30 END, 50 VIT, and 30 Faith. Once you get that, start raising your Dexterity and Strength so you can wield Northern Regalia. By the time you finish NG, you should have your END, Faith, STR, and DEX capped and Vitality will be your only worry.
~Explanations on Stats~
70 Vitality is fairly simple to explain - the more hitpoints, the better. This build is built sort of like a tank. It's designed to take hits and give pretty good hits in return.
35 Endurance may seem a bit low - most builds go to 40. I took those 5 points off because I felt that it wouldn't make enough of a difference to really matter. You'll still be able to equip all the items I listed. Ancient King's set (minus the helm), Adjudicator's Shield, Blessed Knight Sword, and of course Northern Regalia (or Blessed Claymore). Stamina will be plenty for PvP if you play right. It should only take 3 to 4 hits on most characters for a kill, dealing around 400 damage on each hit. Less if you get a backstab in there.
20 Strength is largely to use Northern Regalia in one hand without a penalty. This is personal preference, as I feel much more secure being able to block. If you don't mind not hiding behind a wall of steel, feel free to take this down to 14.
14 Dexterity is required for the use of Northern Regalia without penalty.
30 Faith grants very nice magic defence, miracle power and memory slots. Your defence won't be as high as most other Faith builds, but I've found that 30 is high enough to get the job done. If you're in doubt, use your Dark Silver shield.
8 Luck, 14 Magic and 14 Intelligence were done simply because I like even stats. However, they are not needed. Feel free to take these away and distribute into Endurance or Faith.
~Explanation on Equipment~
Northern Regalia is your main source of damage. As this build is based half-and-half on PvP and PvE, I recommend getting Pure Black Character Tendency for increased attack power as a Black Phantom. Along with this, Northern Regalia will have an attack rating of 540. I deal anywhere from 400-500 damage on a normal hit, enough to kill most players in four hits. The Blessed Knight Sword is for that extra HP regen and battles in corridors or hallways where Northern Regalia's effectiveness is lowered.
The Ancient King's set offers good defense bonuses while still being quite light. The Eternal Warrior's Ring quickens your Stamina regeneration - a very useful and oftentimes vital property. The Regenerator's Ring's HP regen is again, very useful and I love seeing my HP bar regaining in between fights.
Warding > Poison/Death Cloud > Go to town with NR. Make sure to roll away from characters wielding large weapons. They can knock your stamina down very quickly and after that your health. Not a good thing. Against magic users, do your best to roll towards them without hitting their spells. Once you get close, however, they're done.
~Pros and Cons~
~Getting Your Equipment~
In 1-1, find Ostrava (more details in the walkthrough for 1-1) and kill him to get the Mausoleum Key. Finish 1-1 by killing Phalanx, and immediately head to the Valley of Defilement and kill Leechmonger. Rescue Sage Freke from 3-1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMzR2-z9dJA&feature=related) and head back to the Nexus. He should be close to his Apprentice. Turn in Leechmonger's soul for Poison Cloud and head back to 1-1. Go to the area where Old King Doran is, and Poison Cloud him to death. Should take 3 or 4 casts, and if you don't go too close with the Thief's Ring he won't attack you.
Now, head over to World 4-1. Here you will find three very nice items; the Adjudicator's Shield, Regenerator's Ring, and +1 Crescent Falchion. The falchion will be your main weapon for a while, so get used to it.
Everything else will come in time; Northern Regalia won't come until NG+, so I recommend using a Blessed Claymore or Demonbrandt with pure white character tendency until then.
Northern Regalia Faith Build (SL 125)