by EpicNameBro 249,193 views
Welcome to Epic Name Bro's Dark Souls guide. Expect a video every couple of days, and lots of stuff on the weekend. Hopefully this will help people out when the game releases in the rest of the world!
If you have comments or suggestions, or if you want to let me know about a tip, hit me in the comments. If you tell me something useful that I don't know for the guide, I'll hit you with a shoutout in the videos. Also, if you can tell me the official translations for names, I will appreciate it!
Also check out my Thank You video to From Software, and leave them a comment of support!
by EpicNameBro 226,554 views
Upon entering the fog gate, climb the ladder to the right and take out the archers. Next, lure the demon down. Run back to the ladder. Jump onto his head and press R1 when he looks up. Roll between his legs and lure him away from the ladder. Roll back between his legs, and repeat the process.
If he hits you on the ladder, it is unlikely to kill you if your health was full. Keep climbing. Don't wait too long on top of the ladder. He'll jump up and eat your face. Sometimes his tail will block you from going between his legs. Just roll around him as he pivots.
Ranged can just dodge backwards away from his attack and snipe until he corners you, and then move through to the other side.
You can also trick him into falling off the bridge where it is broken.
by EpicNameBro 466,768 views
Hiryuu no Ken.... Flying Dragon Sword. I kept calling it katana... that's NOT the kanji for katana. I'm half-asleep, my bad. If you are interested, 刀 is katana and it looks nothing like 剣. Oh well.
The second item that I show is the 青い涙石の指輪, or Blue Tearstone Ring. It increases your defense when your HP is low... basically like the Dull Rat's Ring that you get from Lord Rydell in Demon's Souls.
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS TO DEMONS SOUS
Now I don't have to translate the description. Thank you very much!
"Flying Dragon Sword
Weapon type: Straight Sword
Attack type: Normal
A weapon born from the tail of the wyvern "Hellkite." It is one of the rare dragon weapons.
Wyverns are said to be the failures of dragons. None the less, they may still be the remote descendants of the ancient dragons that did not perish.
Bears mystic power which can be unleashed when the user wields it with both hands."
by EpicNameBro 135,337 views
This is just heading into the chapel courtyard to fight the boar. Lots of parry-fail... I blame a lack of sleep... and the fact that I suck sometimes.
You can get a helmet from the boar... probably by breaking it off its head. I hit it with 2 back-attacks and it died, so that sucks for me. Luring it with the skull and then doing a dive attack onto its head might give the desired results. I wish I had tried.
Because a lot of people are asking me, yes, I live in Japan. Yes, I understand SOME Japanese. Not enough really, but I get by.
Audio clip in the intro is a remix made by the BADASS Valley of Walls. His music is FREE at his website:
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Notable loot in this video: Halberd! A lot of people have been wanting to see it, so I'll use it soon.
The cloaked knights are assholes, but the jump attack (forward + R2) wrecks em. Firebombs are also effective.
The mini-Tower Knights have good range. Just hang back, and then do a jump attack to hit them . Don't roll too early, or you'll get hammered like I did by the first big swing. Overall, he's really easy if you don't fight him in the chapel. Circling to the back of the cloaked knight to pull the TK outside is smart.
by EpicNameBro 158,255 views
So, my viewers are the greatest. Current MVPs are Demon Sous and RandomGuy. Ya'll are boss.
They told me about some upgrades I unlocked in the last video, so I'm showing off how to get Estus Flask +1, how to find a Blacksmith, and a way to farm a few souls for upgrades if you want.
Also, the requested demo of the newly repaired Flying Dragon Sword and the Halberd... and my new favorite, the Estoc!
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The ring is called 「寵愛と加護の指輪」. The translation is the "RIng of Divine Protection and Favor."
It increases your HP, Stamina, and Equipment Burden!!!! However, it will break if removed. BAD ASS ITEM.
The guy's name was Lotrec. He sounded and looked waaaay too much like Yurt for my tastes. People may say you might miss something for killing him... but, if he is like Yurt, you'll miss things if you DON'T kill him. I love this game!
But now... I have a badass rare ring.... do I equip it now? You guys vote in the comments and let me know.
YES or NO... first to five wins.
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If you don't kill him, he disables the bonfire at Fire Link Shrine! Thanks to Otaku_Oyabunn of gfaqs for that knowledge!
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If your goal is victory at any cost, you can summon Soltaire. You have to have spoken to him before, and you must be in human form to summon.
Focus on burning one down as quickly as you can so they can't tag-team you. Their HP is really low, so it isn't hard to do. A shield can block most of the damage from the fire.
If you want the Axe (or two Axes), then you should try my strat of breaking your lock-on as the gargoyle moves. This will help you hit the tail like a BOSS. Jonvandamm of gamefaqs also reported good success with a large weapon's R2 attack. If you want two, just break the tail, get the axe, die, and do it again.
As for the freeze... it's the only real complaint I have about the game so far.
So for the poor commentary. I've been trying to push out vids, but other stuff is going on, too, and I'm tired as ffffffuuuuu-
Next vid will start with some weapon demos, since a lot of people are asking for it.
Sleep time now. More coming soon.
by EpicNameBro 263,945 views
This video shows how to return to the tutorial level.
by EpicNameBro 211,337 views
Cool Serdash "doesn't afraid of anything."
Soul Level 18. Style Level 9001.
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UPDATE: Items for trade, translated by Mr. Master=OTL of GameFAQs. You are the man. These are literal translations, NOT the localized names. IF you are playing the NA / EU release, the names will be different.
Source, Snuggly Trading list:
Defensive items list:
[Placed item] - [Received item]
1. Broken Orb of Red Eye - Curse Cure Stone x 2
2. Junk Goods - Chunk of Titanite*
*For Standard Upgrade +10~+14, or Thunder Upgrade up to +4
3. Medal of Sun - Chunk of White Titanite*
*Holy Upgrade up to +9, or Dark Upgrade up to +4
4. Blood Red Moss Ball - Shining Titanite*
*Can Upgrade +5 for items that normally cannot be upgraded. Unique upgrade up to +5.
5. Poison Purple Moss Ball - Shining Titanite
6. Poison Purple Flower Moss Ball - Shining Titanite x 2
7. Egg Purge - Dragon's Scale*
*Can upgrade "Dragon's" items. Can also be used to increase your Rank with the Dragon Covenant.
8. Humanity - Ring of Sacrifice*
*You lose nothing during death. The ring breaks afterward.
9. Twin Humanity - Ring of Noble Sacrifice*
*Same as Ring Of Sacrifice, but also curses/breaks Curse.
10. Seven Color Stone - Demon's Titanite*
*Upgrades "Demon's" items, up to +5.
11. Crap Dumpling - Demon's Titanite.
12. Pendant - Proof of Vengeance*
*Use to increase your ranking with Blades of the Darkmoon.
13. "Tsu-ta-fukuro" - Demon's Great Hammer
A tyoe of headwear for monks.
14. Sun/Solar bug - Old Witch's Ring*
*Wearer can talk to Spider Princess aka Egg Princess.
15. Cranium/Skeleton Lantern - Ring of Mist/Fog*
*Wearer appears less visible.
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Some basic tips:
Bring Fire Attacks!
Bring something to cure Curse!
Proceed with caution!
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Boss fight coming soon!
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The Dragon King's Great Axe (竜王の大斧) requires 50 (!) Strength to use. You can reduce the amount of Str needed by holding it in two hands, but this is still ridiculous!
You can get it by chopping off the dragon's tail... which is really easy.
The first part of the commentary is live, but I really can't play and talk at the same time, so round 2 is retrospective.
Enjoy your huge axe!
MASSIVE props to Slit08 for giving me a list of localized names! THANKS BRO!
by EpicNameBro 263,063 views
The pyromancy I found in this video is a Demon's Souls-style Cursed Weapon spell. It drains your HP, but increases your attack a LOT. It's also worth noting that, when I am wearing the Ring of Divine Favor, at least, it doesn't kill me.... it puts me in critical.
Hello hyper mode status. This is probably going to be a popular way to activate special low HP only items, like DS's Clever Rat's Ring. I forgot to talk about it in the video, but this is probably going to be useful for Hyper Mode builds.... in addition to just being a kick ass spell.
by EpicNameBro 289,613 views
The name of the intro song is shake that katamari. It's a mashup by Valley of Walls. Google Valley of Walls bandcamp and he has free d/ls on his site!
Sorry about not getting the ninja suit location on cam. My bad! Also... sorry for the sleepy voice. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.
It's about 3AM as I type this, and I have to go to work early tomorrow, too. If you're still in college, enjoy that shit for me! I've got to live it vicariously through you now, b/c my life is OVER. :D
Heads-up for the new subs- I work full-time and have other stuff going on too, so I can't play as much as I want. I update every couple of days... more on the weekend, less during the week. I will at least do the whole game and all notable loot that I find.
Also.... mentioned in Game Informer!? *bro fist*
by EpicNameBro 325,777 views
Lamest kill EVER. I'm so pissed at myself for not watching her life. FUUUU
Another tip that I didn't mention in the video is that if you equip the Dragon Shield (from the same location as Astora's Sword) you can block more of the damage from her attacks. It has good flame d.
Check the part of this video where I get Astora's Sword for the location:
Dark Souls Guide 021 - Swamp to Firelink Shortcut, Estus Upgrade, Sell Items, Remedy, Astora's Sword
by EpicNameBro 161,826 views
You also get the Dragon Shield at the same location as the Sword of Astora.
Mike B's Dark Souls review / preview thing
Answers to common email questions:
You have to equip it at a bonfire. It takes 10 attunement to do that.
You have to kindle the fire.
A Hauppauge HD PVR.
Hold O while on the ladder.
Get behind the enemy and press R1.
The Drake Sword. Under the dragon bridge.
Yes, you can use it at every bonfire.
I can't remember where I got it.
I don't talk about glitches.
No, YOU suck.
I took a class, and then I came here.
On the internet.
It isn't a 100% drop.
Watching and playing are two different things.
Yes, you can glitch the dragon with one arrow from the tower.
I can't give out my PSN anymore because I get too many messages.
You have the answers now... can you find the questions!?
Dark Souls Guide 023 - Curing Egghead, Black Knight Sword / Halberd, Stone Great Sword and MUCH MORE
by EpicNameBro 172,879 views
In this video:
Black Knight Sword
Rusty Iron Ring
Stone Great Sword
Stone Great Shield
Black Knight Halberd
Grass Crest Shield
by EpicNameBro 140,546 views
The Black Knight weapons in the last video are NOT a 100% drop. My apologies! Many people told me that they were, and then I got both of them. ASSUMPTIONS ALL UP IN MY SHIT NOOOOOO
by EpicNameBro 236,212 views
"Make a video of you killing Sif, no HUD, no Healing, and throw in a taunt. I don't care how you do it... magic, OP weapon. bare-hands... just get it done."
That was the challenge I posted. These crazy mofos answered the call!
10/14/2011 Judicator - Naked Mage Kill
10/15/2011 squishycrisis - Naked Great Sword Only Kill
10/16/2011 MichelKobayashi - Ninja Spartacus Kill with BIONIC POWA
10/16/2011 DefiantSage - Sword and Board, long fight!
10/16/2011 Zerichal - Pyromancy and Great Shield, hot hot hot!
10/16/2011 Shugo489 - Great Shield and Spear Kill
10/16/2011 PandaChewOn - SHORYUKEN!
10/16/2011 AngelDoomedtoFall - In the Mirror yo
10/16/2011 Nemesi609 - Melee taunt FTW
10/16/2011 Cuchuoi12 - AWESOME ARMOR
10/18/2011 Mushinronja - Great Sword and Shield Kill!
10/18/2011 soar777 - Ninja with a CAR DOOR
10/19/2011 shadow18880 - High level NG+++ Kill
10/20/2011 Wuzzin - THUMBS UP BRO!
10/22/2011 Rikulz - Epic Ending!
10/26/2011 artisaucy - Throwin down!
10/28/2011 mikeargueta303 - Death Sentence FTW
10/30/2011 FaceitMan - Throwin down pre-Halloween!
10/30/2011 DeadHQGaming - Reppin that Gargoyle Axe!
10/31/2011 TheIsotrop - Trick or treat, mother#%('#%!
11/02/2011 SilverJin02 - Pro taunt!
11/03/2011 ThatJeken - Sword and board.. nice KB!
11/03/2011 PerQui - Level 1 Kill (featuring FIRE)
11/03/2011 TheSpazz13 - Funny fails, and a kicked puppy!
11/03/2011 xSuzakix - Styling with variety... sweet kill.
11/06/2011 tsw890 - Last hurrah of the Crystal Ring Shield!
11/06/2011 MattG491 - Magic and GREAT shield :)
11/07/2011 Xargar08 - BKH+5, Crystal Shield, NG+ Kill!
11/07/2011 Asskicker564 - Pyromancy wrecks Sif
by EpicNameBro 165,523 views
The Dark Wood Grain Ring lets you flip like a fuckin' ninja.
The Washing Pole lets you RP as Sephiroth.
The Hornet Ring increases your critical damage. Sometimes you get a special animation, too.
The East Wood Grain Ring reduces durability loss for your equipment.
Shiva also sells Uchigatana (you don't have to kill the first merchant now!), Flamberge, Claw, Demon Machete, and more.
Check check check it, G.
by EpicNameBro 151,199 views
Sorry for the delay, and thanks for being patient guys. Apparently, the format that I always use for encoding suddenly doesn't work on YT anymore. I'm not sure why. If the quality is a little bit lower, I'm sorry. I'm trying to figure out the best way to encode HD gameplay for upload to YT. If anyone has a good link to some info, please hit me with that knowledge.
One of the biggest issues I'm having is that Vegas does NOT fully support AVCHD files as claimed... so I have to record, convert, edit, encode, and THEN upload.
by EpicNameBro 93,029 views
Start preparing your questions and suggestions for the next Ask Epic! I will post a video later called "Questions for Epic!" Post a comment on that video and I will respond in the next Ask Epic. Probably this weekend. probably.
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Level 5, no shield, no healing, no DWGR, using an Occult Broadsword:
The special roll comes from the DARK WOOD GRAIN RING. You get it by joining the forest hunters covenant and then killing Shiva's bodyguard.
I used a Divine Estoc, an upgraded Club, an upgraded Heavy Crossbow, a Serpent Sword +5, a Drake Sword +2, a Lightning Battle Axe +2, an unupgraded Long Bow with Poison Arrows, upgraded Leather Armor, the Dark Wood Grain Ring, and the Ring of Favor. Oh and my shield was the Iron Ring Shield.
I was SL 30.
by EpicNameBro 133,658 views
If you watch in HD, leave a comment to give me feedback on the quality. I upped the brightness as requested. You guys let me know how it looks, and I'll try to improve it as we go.
More DkS videos coming when I finish work today.
Remember, you need the Strange Doll from Asylum to access the Painted World. If you don't remember how to get back to the Asylum, check video 9, "Return to Asylum."
by EpicNameBro 57,030 views
If the commentary is too dry for your tastes, swap "Estoc" for "dildo" and "Katana" for "penis". Boom. Problem solved.
by EpicNameBro 61,040 views
Ok ya smart asses, let's see you catch this opening ref!
Got a good lyric for me to open the next one with? Drop it on me in dem comments.
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Looking for the other videos? Check the playlist:
Leave feedback on the speed-up, slow-down style, too. Fine-tuning this as we go guys.
by EpicNameBro 71,726 views
Hide yo kids, hide yo wives.
Looking for the other videos? Check the playlist:
by EpicNameBro 129,611 views
fucking magnets how do they work
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by EpicNameBro 133,533 views
pimp my axe
also I got twitter @EpicNameBro
Working on a Four Kings challenge. I've got a doable but hard-as-balls challenge prepared. The trouble is that it's too hard for me! If I can't do it, I can't ask you guys to do it.
If I can't do it this weekend, I'll just do it cheesy and show you some challenge fails. I want to finish my first play of DkS before Skyrim.
by EpicNameBro 293,058 views
[ENDED]King's Men Challenge
No healing (1 Estus allowed in NG+)
Helmet only, no armor
No support magic
No Crystal Ring shield
You can use any attack magic or weapon you like. Shields are allowed. Stamina Root is ok. If it's too easy, use an un-upgraded weapon for serious style!
Sir B1tchSl4yer and Squire Kitty
Late-entry but nice kill, Dragonfire!
This challenge has concluded!
by EpicNameBro 173,792 views
Skip to 3:34 for the tail cut.
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Smokey the Bear Club Official Rules:
Kill Gwyn in an Epic way. The no magic/shields/items rule can be broken for the killing blow if it looks cool as shit. "Only you can prevent sword fires."
Story overview (spoilers):
Gwyn and his homies have big power. You take big power. You make light or you make dark ok
Smokey Scout Members
Bear Cub PandaChewOn
Bear Cub Judicator
Bear Cub Isotrop
Bear Cub xSuzakix
Bear Cub OroboroTheNinja
Bear Cub Euginides
Bear Cub Caroso
Bear Cub Musser
Bear Cub RaythaGamer
Bear Cub B1tchSl4yer
Bear Cub DerossPlus
Bear Cub Mj0Skyver
by EpicNameBro 171,537 views
Why is this not Skyrim? Skyrim freezes repeatedly and is unplayable for me. I am on the PS3. I'm waiting for the patch : /
Correction: Lautrec uses Shotels.
I'm sorry my cold is really bad. Oh well. Also, if you have an opinion about the current state of the economy in Europe, please leave a message. I am curious what people from around the world think about that, too.
by EpicNameBro 134,474 views
Dark Souls is awesome. The Catacombs aren't too difficult, and Pinwheel is pretty easy, too. Skyrim still crashes constantly. I know a lot of people are calling Skyrim game of the year, but I can't get behind that. I WANT to like the game, but I can't even play due to bugs. I'm gonna play some Ni no Kuni and Ninja Gaiden Sigma instead, I guess.
Next video: Retro Active - Legend of the Mystical Ninja 3/3 featuring cultural info about Hawaii!?
Next DkS: Tomb of Giants (followed by Demon Ruins / Izalith)
Community announcement: kx is putting together a forum for us to all hang out and organize multiplayer without breaking youtube (again lols). Details to come in a video soon!
by EpicNameBro 48,923 views
Windmills! Check out their debut album at
It's good shit. The song used in this video is "Truly Yours," but it isn't available.... yet. They've been in the studio cranking out the new stuff, and let me tell you it's just getting better and better. Those two are BEASTS.
The sword I used was the Balder Side Sword +15... because I know someone will ask. This is footage from my dex build's NG+, with no healing of course.
I gotta say, I don't actually like my dex build as much as my str build, which is a big surprise to me. I'm currently trying a new experimental build, and I'll report on that soon. I'll probably take my dex to SL 120 for some more PvP, though.
Which builds are you guys rocking?
Anyway..... MUCH better than the last Kellog video. No double KO bullshit this time!
by EpicNameBro 71,718 views
Music: "Music Makers & Dreamers of Dreams" by Windmills
Free download here:http://windmills.bandcamp.com/
Normally I prefer to do boss challenges, but you guys asked so here it is. No claims of skill here... Just some casual PvP. I don't even grass or use weapon buffs... I'm just a Katy addict. I win 50%... ok, maybe 60% of the time.
There were some fun fights... especially the fencer duels! I love it when the other player isn't worrying about min / maxing and shit and just plays how they want. It's more fun for me, too.
The only dirty little trick I showed in this video is how to use phantom hits to avoid bleed damage... sorry bleed builds. It works about 80% of the time for me. I'm not too up in the PvP community, but I found it in like my first four hours of PvP so it's probably already common knowledge.
I didn't do any dead angling, and I didn't fight anyone who was especially good at it (although one scythe user was trying REALLY hard). The only tips I can really give are:
1 Got bleed build up? Roll out and take the last hit... you won't bleed.
2 Don't cast in melee. Geez.
3 If your first attack is blocked, don't keep spamming. Katy will find you.
4 Anyone can use pyromancy. Always expect it.
5 Also, if a decent player sees you like to parry, expect to eat combustion for free. I did :(
6 If you like to parry, make sure and carry a lot of Vit in your build. If you can tank one more hit, you get one more chance to win.
I had a lot of fun with the Red Tearstone. I had some serious miracle turnaround wins. Because
7 When you are low on life, bad and average players will attack VERY predictably while going for the kill. It's also easy to predict attacks when they use big weapon buffs.. but it's risky to parry. If you hit it, you win. If you miss it, game over.
No guts no glory, though!
ps- For PvP newcomers, one point of respect- at the Kiln, don't freaking Estus in the middle of a duel. Humanity / Estus between duels is cool. Using it in a duel kinda defeats the point. Buff, bow, fight. If you lose, lose with dignity.
Don't make Mr. Curleh Moustache cry!
by EpicNameBro 163,789 views
Edit: Had to change the title so people would stop deciding my opinion for me.
My email is blowing up about this, so here it is. My thoughts. Weak as my mental powers may be, I still had an idea or two.
I would love to see the Souls series on PC, but I don't want a half-assed port of a game that wasn't designed for PC in the first place. If they can do a good job of it, it would be a good fit... minus the controls. This game needs a controller.
I don't think TotalBiscuit made a particularly good case for porting this specific game to PC. His video sounded more like a "PC is better than Console" vid to me (I actually would prefer PC, as well, but that's not the point). However, he did have some good insights about the current gaming market.
Long story short for Souls fans, I think we should support the petition so that future Souls games might come to PC as well (and the world might be mended).
The thread on bamco's eu forums:
The video that this is a response to:
Finally, a request: I'd love to hear what you think about this issue, but let's be civil. None of this "console players are children, pc players are dicks" bullshit. I normally do not remove comments from videos, but I do remove comments that attack other viewers. Cheap shots on me are fine, w/e, I'm used to that by now I guess. (crying)
I had a lot more to say about the issue, but I'm married now so yeah gotta go home and BE A FAMILY M-
by EpicNameBro 175,244 views
Music by the incredible Darangen! The song title used here is "Atonement"
Ornstein and Smough art by the unbelievable semsei! http://semsei.deviantart.com/
Elite Knight Shampoo art by the amazing Zyphes!
Soul Level 95
Dex at 40
Balder Side Sword (BALLA SWAG SORD)
Black Bow of Pharis
Dark Wood Grain Ring
Red Tearstone Ring
It's true... I've been playing Demon's Souls recently, and I remembered to press record. A lot of people have been asking for it for some reason, so it's coming soon. Unlike Ni no Kuni. Check my twitter if you're curious what happened with that. @EpicNameBro
by EpicNameBro 340,791 views
Go say hi and show some love to those crazy Japanese jazz musicians!
Speaking of Jazz.... happy birthday! I miss you!
The new Japan-only Dark Souls artbook is coming soon, with its exclusive interviews. Expect that video SOOOOON.
So the details of this build. Raise your Str to 16 for the BK Shield and the Eagle Shield. Get 12 / 14 / 16 Attunement. Then, bring your End, Dex, and Int to around 35-40 and your Vit to around 20.
Use an upgraded Balder Side Sword along with the Crystal Magic Weapon sorcery. Use an UN-upgraded Pyromancy Flame to cast Power Within. The primary rings for this build are the Ring of Favor and the Lingering Dragoncrest Ring.
And that'll do it. You will wreck shit, no doubt. If you've got questions about the specifics, just holler in the comments below. I also want to hear what YOUR favorite build is like.
This build was inspired by and is dedicated to Caroso964 and manbearpigsereal.
Caroso's vid which first showed me the Lingering+Power Within combo
manbear's awesome Gaping Vid
ps I loved Ys Oath in Felghana