00 level 10 icon strength 6
icon vigor 7 icon dexterity 6
icon endurance 6 icon adaptability 12
icon vitality 9 icon intelligence 5
icon attunement 7 icon faith 22 5

Explorer in Dark Souls II is a Starting Class. The Explorer is meant for players who prefer to start the game with high adaptability. It starts with a Dagger and a Wood Bolt as its starting weapons. The Starting Classes of Dark Souls II will only give you a head start on certain stats. This is because you will be able to freely change your playstyle and build as you progress through out the game.


Well-traveled explorer. Not terribly powerful, but has many items.

Explorer Starting Equipment and Items

Weapons: Dagger, Wood Bolt (x20)
Items: Lifegem(x20), Witching Urn(x8), Aromatic Ooze(x4), Prism Stone(x5), Rusted Coin(x2), Repair PowderPharros Lockstone(x1), Spell Quartz Ring
Armor: Traveling Merchant Set

Explorer Class Build for Dark Souls 2

The build that is listed below is a set of equipment and recommended stats that we see fit for the Explorer Class in Dark Souls 2. For more builds, check out our PvE Builds and PvP Builds pages to find various builds that have been created by the Fextralife team and its community.

Flame Knight Build

  • This is one of the good Explorer builds that you can find in the PVE Builds page made by "TheJoker".
  • Based on the old legends of whip-wielding demon hunters. High DPS Rogue/Spellsword hybrid good for dealing damage to single enemies and bosses which is also Good for PVP.
  • If you do not want to put as many points put into ATN, then I suggest getting the +1 Southern Ritual band from Brightstone Cove Tseldora.
  • The archdrake staff/chime can be bought from Felkin the Outcast after your int and faith reach 8





  • Your primary stat focus will be Intelligence, Attunement and Dexterity.


Notes and Tips About Explorer

Notes: One of the weakest classes in terms of offense, they are almost on par with the Deprived despite being at level 10, and their item based special attacks are limited. Few of the items he has are ones that can't be obtained from early game merchants. However, the Pharros Lockstone may come in handy to open a treasure room, they do start with the highest Adaptablilty among all classes, so you may invest into a Dex. build if you want to have a character with decent dodging frame or climbing speed. Also, their 20 Lifegems are quite handy early on, that is until the moment when the merchants sell infinite Lifegems.

See builds for more information.



All Dark Souls 2 Classes
Bandit  ♦  Cleric  ♦  Deprived  ♦  Knight  ♦  Sorcerer  ♦  Swordsman  ♦  Warrior

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    • Anonymous

      Best class for Consumables Only Run, as it has the best stat bonuses for Poison Daggers (Dex and ADP), starts with Projectile consumables on hand and can have up to 30 lifegems at the very start with the Healing Wates starting gift.

      • Anonymous

        Dagger? check!

        Lockstone? check!

        Adaptability already levelled? Check!

        Otherwise a blank slate poised to DW daggers or do whatever you want.

        My favorite starting class, its liked Deprived +3

        • Anonymous

          One of the best class, Easy to use and Reliable and quite strong, The Hat is increasing Drop Chance which is amazing

          • Anonymous

            Today's new character I made is "Erex N. Bjanni". Curiosity guides him. Crazy good at exploration and collector of the strange. Kind, but, carrying the sternness to pull himself through any obstacle. Drangleic, a kingdom built on the ghosts of countless many that had fallen before, became appealing to the many few that succumbed to Curse or Wanderlust. Bjanni realized how outclassed he was, and, took up small bits of Sorcery and Hexes to defend himself if need be, more focused on unlocking the strange mysteries surrounding the Kingdom's fall.

            • Anonymous

              I might be wrong - but I remember in the early Vanilla DS2 version ,this class had a bandit knife as starting weapon? or are my senses betraying me?

              • Anonymous

                the explorer is just your standard hoarder keep tons of items for every situation & keep upgrading your intelligence & faith so you can use items that scale with them like magic fire bombs & jar of lightning & regular fire bombs witch scale with faith & intelligence of course this is only the case in dark souls 2 not dark souls 1

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