Guts / Berserk Cosplay
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Build summary Cosplay Guts from the Magna/Anime Berserk!
Recommended starting class(es) Knight
Recommended Soul Level 112+

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

Vitality 50
Will/Intelligence 14
Endurance 40
Strength 50
Dexterity **
Magic **
Faith **
Luck **
Recommended equipment

RH1 - Dragon Bone Smasher +5
LH 1 - Heavy Crossbow (use Black Bolts, you're the Black Swordsman after all)

RH2 - none
LH2 - Wooden Catalyst (you could pump magic to 16 to be able to use the Insanity Catalyst, however I see this as a way to challenge you further since you'd be reducing you casts by half for very little increase in damage. This may be more representative of the limited number of shots Guts has in the midst of battle)

Rings:
Body Form: Ring of Great Strength / Regenerator's Ring
Soul Form: Ring of Great Strength / Cling Ring

I chose Ring of Great Strength to get the fast roll without pumping Endurance to ridiculous levels. If you don't care about your level cap, then by all means pump END and replace Ring of Great Strength for something else. Clever Rat's Ring, Eternal Warrior's Ring would be suitable replacements depending on how you want to play. I think they'd all fit Guts.

Armor: Gloom Armor with no helmet be sure to go with black hair and choose wild, or the other one that's spiky. Unfortunately, I don't think any of the helmets look much like the Berserker Armor, thus going helmetless is the better option (Guts has fought many battles without a helm, so it fits).

Recommended spells/miracles
  • Fireball - this represents his cannon arm

No other spells allowed, Guts is not a caster. You could work in an argument for the Regeneration or Second Chance Miracles to reflect Guts' survive-ability and extra powers he has while in the Berserker Armor, but of course Second Chance would require 16 faith and 15 intelligence. Put Talisman of God in RH2 if you are going to go this route.

Gameplay tips and progression

This is more of a "challenge" or for fun build. I don't really do a lot of PvP so I can't speak to it's viability there. My goal here was to just play in the spirit of Guts' actual abilities.

Thus:

  • Dragonslayer = Dragon Bone Smasher
  • Repeater Crossbow in mechanical left arm = Heavy Crossbow (sadly, there is no repeater in Demon's Souls)
  • Hand Cannon = Fireball spell
  • Throwing Knives = any throwing knife you desire. I'd say they are all mesh with the spirit of Guts.
  • Miniature Bomb = Firebomb
  • Berserker Armor = Gloom Armor without the helmet. If you feel something else looks more the part, let me know in the comments!

Outside of the above I think munching grass is ok, but using Spice is up to you. I lean towards not using it since again it limits your casts of "Hand Cannon". If you've got some uber skills then you could probably manage without grass; my hat is off to anyone with skills like that.

Basic Path to aquiring gear:

  • After 1-1, do your best to complete the entire world 2. You need to kill the Dragon God for Fireball, and in his area you'll find the Dragon Bone Smasher (use can use the light crossbow found in 1-1 until you can get the heavy crossbow).
  • Then Move on to 3-1 where you'll find Sage Freke and the heavy crossbow.
  • Beat 3-1 to get to Yurt to get your "Berserker Armor". After saving him, just kill him right there.
  • All the while farm for your bombs, throwing knives, and souls to strengthen you as needed. You will need a minimum of 20 STR to start 2-handing the "Dragonslayer", so this should probably be priority.

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