The world of Dark Souls™: Remastered is home to hundreds of items, spells, and equipment. There are usable items ranging from the mundane to the exotic, and weapons from the humble to legendary pieces crafted from the rarest of materials.
Weapons are your primary offense if you choose to play a melee focused character. They are often a valuable tool even as a spellcasting build. Weapons vary tremendously in size, shape, attack patterns, and stat requirements. Most weapons use Strength and/or Dexterity for requirements, but there are also Intelligence and Faith weapons that can be discovered.
On your first playthrough, experiment with as many different types of weapons as your attributes allow. Don’t neglect a new weapon because it is weaker than your existing upgraded weapons. If you greatly enjoy the feel and move set of a new weapon, upgrade it and use it.
Most weapons also have a letter grade on their stat requirements and scaling—ranging from E (the worst) to S (the best). Higher grades gain an increased attack power bonus from the attribute. Some weapons have poor stat scaling, but benefit from higher raw attack power. Examine each weapon’s stats carefully when comparing them.
Armor provides a mix of raw defense, resistances, and weight. Lighter armor can have excellent resistances even if it is relatively weaker against brute force attacks. And remember, the strongest attacks are often best evaded, blocked, or parried. Your armor is your last line of defense for when you do get hit.
In general, heavy armor provides superior physical defenses, but the added weight demands a greater investment in stats. So playing a heavily armored tank character can be difficult, if you’re also trying to spread yourself into spellcasting attributes.
In addition to your actual worn armor, there are also magical trinkets that can be found and equipped, providing a wide range of benefits. Some emphasize melee, some magic, others provide powerful defenses or unique offensive bonuses.
Shields are onehanded items that give you a tremendous amount of defensive power. They absorb a percentage of damage from various types of enemy attacks. Blocking will consume your Stamina. Holding your shield will make your Stamina recharge slower.
Magical and elemental attacks may punch through an otherwise sturdy physical shield, so be wary of mystical opponents and evade their attacks entirely.
As a new player, a one-handed weapon and a sturdy shield is a solid loadout for tackling most basic enemies. Be wary of hiding behind a small shield when facing very large enemies however, they can drain your stamina and blow out your guard with crushing attacks.
Armor and weapons can be upgraded using a mix of Souls and materials found in the world. Once you have located NPCs who can assist you in modifying your equipment, get your gear upgraded!
Weapon upgrades are most important, especially early on, where they can greatly increase your offensive power, but armor upgrades (including shields) can be very helpful in the mid and late game, once you have settled into an armor set that you favor.
Tools are the usable items and consumables that you carry with you, from your vital Estus Flask, to simple Throwing Knives, as well as curative items, tools with unique effects, and one shot items with magical effects.
Using any tools beyond the healing from your Estus Flask is rarely mandatory, but using them well can make the game much easier. Don’t be stingy with consumable usage, you can always find or purchase more. They exist to make your life easier, so use them!
Spells cover a range of disciplines, including Sorcery, Pyromancy, and Miracles, providing a mix of offense, defense, and utility.
Finding and learning new spells can be an adventure, but you can usually locate basic offensive and defensive magics fairly early in the game.