00_level 12 icon-strength 9
icon-vigor 4 icon-dexterity 16
icon-endurance 8 icon-adaptability 6
icon-vitality 4 icon-intelligence 7
icon-attunement 6 icon-faith_22 5


The Swordsman is a starting class in Dark Souls 2

Finely skilled swordsman.
Fights gracefully with strong weapons
in both hands.


Swordsman Starting Equipment and Items


Weapons: Scimitar +1, Shortsword +1
Armor: Wanderer Set
Items: Lifegem (x10)


Notes and Tips About Swordsman

Notes: A class for those who like fast attacks with dexterity-based weapons or want to try out dual-wielding. You had better be good at dodging, since the Vigor is very low. Needs 8 more DEX and 2 more STR to Power Stance the starting weapons making the dual wielding abilities more powerful. If you can't power stance yet, you might want to temporarily replace the Shortsword with a shield. You can swap out the right hand weapon for Rapier to retain the parrying ability upon power stance.

See builds for more information.


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    • Anonymous

      12 May 2019 21:26  

      Best class in the game by far. Fashion Souls af, and overall a good base for quality builds. Buff str, get an estoc and decent shield (blue wooden is pretty solid) and you're golden.

      • Anonymous

        09 Oct 2018 20:58  

        Swordsman is hands down the best starting class in DS2. It has: - The best starting weapon out of all of the classes - The best endurance and dex, and a pretty good strength - The best starting damage output with the scimitar, the only one to oneshot the tutorial enemies Yes, it has a low vigor and vitality, but the difference in HP isn't very significant anyway and you don't need any vitality early on. I dump the first 10 levels I get on DEX and STR so I can dual wield with the starting weapons, which pretty much destroys all the regular enemies in one go. Actually, the scimitar alone does that too. When dual wielding keep the scimitar in the right hand so you get the better dual wielding moveset. Adaptability is also good to level up just a bit early on to make rolling better, then endurance and after that the rest.

        • Anonymous

          18 Sep 2018 22:57  

          i think the swordsman is a underrated class. it needs more respect. i use this class all the time and i love it.

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