Top 3 Changes In Dark Souls DLC Artorias of the Abyss

Changes In Dark Souls Artorias of the Abyss

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Artorias of the Abyss Changes & Nerfs

by Veritas

*Warning: Dark Souls DLC Artorias of the Abyss minor SPOILERS ahead. Also, for the sake of brevity, this article assumes readers have some knowledge of the Dark Souls’  weapons and combat system.

Finally, the Dark Souls DLC Artorias of the Abyss is out for consoles along with a patch. For two months, hardcore fans have been avoiding forums, threads, YouTube Channels, in which the PC brethren have been discussing the new additions to the game. While to most of those players everything is new, a simple mention of a boss would ruin the surprise for those not playing on PC. Come October 23, everyone goes back to Lordran to explore the new areas. The following information should be considered for making builds being optimized for online play. The new areas in Dark Souls DLC Artorias of the Abyss are going to have a lot of traffic so the co-op and invasions will be burning up. Here, then, what has changed in the Dark Souls Universe.

1. Dark Souls DLC Artorias Changes to Combat and Gameplay

Backstabs have been a problem for quite a while. The more skilled players have found ways to deal with backstabs and their massive damages. Some have learned to use tactics like rolling into the enemy to avoid chain backstabs, standing still and using the invulnerability frames, or keeping their backs covered by a wall or railing. The patch is helping by having critical bonuses for backstabs do less damage. Combined with developed tactics, backstab fishers are going to have a tough time. The bow backstabs are gone, too. Damage from ripostes have also been cut down, much to the chagrin of Parry spammers. New warp points have been added, including Painted World of Ariamis (can be warped to, not from), The Depths, Undead Parish (above Andre), Tomb of the Giants, Duke’s Archives and Crystal Caves as well as the new areas. Other additions include no respawn of the warriors in Dark Anor Londo and lava doing less damage. Humanity is also more abundant, facilitating online play.

2. Dark Souls Artorias of the Abyss Nerfed!

Nerfing, or reducing the power of certain items through patches or re-issues, is something the game needed, specifically in the multiplayer aspect. What will improve PVP? The following are some important highlights that will be well received by most. Bad news for flippy tanks as the Dark Wood Grain Ring has been cut from 50% load to 25% load to enjoy its benefits. Greatswords and Elemental Weapons are a lot slower in their attack speed, yes, this includes the Lightning Zweihander. However, using their heavy attacks grants some frames of invulnerability. Great Shields being upgraded will get less stability and blocking for all shields costs more stamina. The Eagle Shield’s Physical rating has gone from 100% to 95%. The chip damage is not the only bad news for turtles as now attacking from behind the shield, with either spears or rapiers, costs more stamina. The overused Hornet Ring has been dropped to a more bearable 30% Critical Bonus. Mask of the Father, Mother, Child have been cut to only 5% to 10% of their bonuses. Hopefully the restructuring of equipment will add variety to the builds in PVP as well as more skill-based fights. Those who heavily relied on these items instead of skill will have a hard time finding a shoulder to cry on. The Arena Mode added has not fared well in PC but that may be due to low numbers.

3.No More Dark Souls Glitches

The following glitches are worth highlighting for their absence: the Bottomless Box Glitch and the Dragon Headstone Glitch. The BB glitch will be the most sorely missed. It allowed for players to copy the equipment of a fully developed character onto a new character. While honest players were using this to build characters for PVP without having to go through the game multiple times, some other players were using it to grief newbs and vets alike, invading low levels with overpowered armor and equipment. The Dragon Headstone glitch allowed for amassing souls (currency) into the millions in a few minutes. It was thought to have been corrected in the 1.05 patch but players found a way to get around that. While the quick build up of currency allowed for the fast upgrading of equipment and raising soul levels for PVP, the nature of the glitch allowed for other items to be spammed. Hotkey-ing firebombs or knives and using the glitch produced a constant barrage of damage that players could not successfully defend, dying without getting a chance at a fair fight. As with some things in Dark Souls, what can be used to help can be used to annoy.

Dark Souls DLC Artorias of the Abyss : Summoning and Invasions

No changes have been reported specifically for these aspects, the increased number of players will provide for plenty of online adventuring. The Gravelords are rumored to have received some improvements but no confirmation yet and are thought to only be able to infect players in NG+ games. The players on the PC have been working on better ways to accommodate summonings with mixed results. Summoning is tricky on consoles, too, and, while such tips as laying down one’s summoning sign and then immediately erasing it to reset the other signs help, FromSoft has not announced a dedicated server for matches, so P2P remains. Fans hold hope that there will be a server for the next game in the series.

There was some gossip that an easy mode might be added to the game and, while that is not a change coming in the DLC, players are strongly divided on the effects an easy mode would inflict. The changes that are confirmed are less than what some players may have expected but are enough to change the face of PVP and co-op.

Dark Souls Artorias of The Abyss DLC

Dark Souls has been out for a year and still enjoys a very active community because of its engaging combat. The DLC Artorias of the Abyss will bring back players on break and the new areas are sure to be jumping. Everyone has their money saved up and their systems ready to go. For those who missed the game before, this is a perfect chance to experience one of the hardest, most rewarding games in the past decade and its fierce, dedicated community: Dark Souls DLC Artorias of the Abyss.

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