Skeleton Shenanigans: Electric BoogalooHere's a PvP build that I have grown quite fond of. It's mostly melee, but retains some of the fun of spell casting, without going completely overboard with the 1k+ damage magic. Effective against most other builds I have experienced.
This build leaves room for challenge, while offering very high and relentless damage output.
Shaping the Skeleton
- Class: Warrior or Knight
- SL: 130 - 140
- VGR: 26
- VIT: 27
- ATN: ...
- STR: 40
- DEX: 20
- ADP: ...
- INT: ...
- FTH: 40
- Dark Armor Set.
- Thorned Greatsword +5
- Get two if you want to dual-wield
- Drangleic Shield +0
- No need to upgrade this. Purely for opponents focusing on physical damage.
- Rebel's Greatshield +10
- Elemental protection. The stats are ridiculously high. Don't bother infusing.
- Whatever Chime You Want
- It's not important which ones you use, as long as you have two. You will not use damage miracles.
- Chloranthy Ring +1 / +2
- Get whichever you want, but at least +1.
- Southern Ritual Band+2
- For the miracles.
- Third Dragon Ring
- Stamina / HP / Max Equip. Load. Keeps you under 70%.
- Bracing Knuckle Ring+2
- For the Thorned Greatsword strong attack.
- Great Magic Barrier
- Sunlight Blade
- (Whichever other miracle you want, if you have the +2 Southern Ritual band)
How To PlayI'll just go through some of the equipment advantages, and how / when to use them.
Thorned GreatswordThis sword is a BEAST. The move-set rocks, and the strong attacks rocks even more. The strong attacks fires a lightning bolt similar to the miracles. It's a little weaker, but much faster and subtle. Successful two-handed strong attacks can deal 300 - 400 damage, in addition to the fact that the sword can also still hit, making it possible to hit for 1k damage. It has SO many uses. Fleeing, estus sipping, distancing, whatever, just fire a bolt away or two.
Using the Sunlight Blade makes it harder to determine that your charging a deadly bolt of lightning up, so it can many times take the opponent by surprise.
Drangleic and Rebel ShieldSimply, use the Drangleic shield for melee focused opponents, and the Rebel's Greatshield for spell focused opponents. Enjoy watching mages panicking as their Crystal Soulspear does next to nothing on your HP when you block it. Extremely useful for people trying yo nuke you regardless of blocking or not.
MiraclesSimply pop Sunlight Blade and Great Magic Barrier when you are about to begin a duel / fight. Great Magic Barrier adds some sweet additional protection against spell users, and sunlight blade simply just makes your already deadly sword even deadlier. Alternatively, you may ditch the Magic Barrier spells, and add something like Sunlight Spear (after Skeptic's Spice usage), or other spells. However I disencourage this, as this build should focus primarily on the Thorned Greatsword.
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The broad range of equipment and defense here is really cool. Would have loved to encounter this build back when DS II was active.