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Old 07-02-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Smile My Claw-only playthrough :)

So after spending over 100 hours PVPing now, I wanted to try and get back some of the feelings of the first playthrough so I decided to challenge myself to a Claw-only playthrough (all solo).

Note: After going double claw for about 10 minutes I realised that a shield was also necessary ha

I am currently 6 hours into the the playthrough and that includes 1 failed attempt at Seath the Scaleless.

Bosses left: Seath, 4 Kings, Gwyn

Looking at an 8-hour completion time....I'll update when done.

For this to be possible I did have to use the BB method to bring the claw to (almost) the start of the game. Here is a list of items I brought through:

- Claw (upgraded to +5 lightning before Smough and Ornstein)
- 1 Tit slab (to make the above possible)
- Shadow Armour (worn all the way until Anor Londo where I collected Havels set (I wear the leggings and Gauntlets)

That's it, I've tried to keep it as raw as possible.

Anyone else embarked on their own personal challenges on DS?
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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that sounds pretty cool only challenging thing im doing is playing as a sorceror im finding it tough especially against ornstein and smough because of my endurance is low but its ok though im not used to magic i mostly used melee weapons. out of intrest how long did it take you to do claw only?
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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Including my first failed attempt at Seath, 6 hours 2 minutes.

Just Seath, Four Kings and Gwyn left

Good look with the sorcerer play through.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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Im gonna finish it submerged in a bath of beans.
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:05 PM   #5
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #6
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I got bored of melee and decided to play as a ranger using only bows and piercing swords and the rangers original armour. It's a very resfreshing playstyle but I'm hardly being strict with myself.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:02 PM   #7
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I'm already having a hard enough time playing Regularly. Good Luck to ya
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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Nice idea. I thought of doing something similar. Like a whip and parrying dagger only, or dual claw but never got around to it sadly.
I might try it with the new dlc
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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Will probably finish off this challenge when the DLC comes out.

Figured I had done all the hard work and got a little fed up - only Seath, 4 Kings and Gwyn left after just 6 hours
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:49 AM   #10
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Nice work!

As soon as i'm done with my 'achievement save' which should be soon, i'm going to embark on a SL1 Run. Should be interesting, challenging but oh so rewarding/
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #11
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I'm not even sure that's possible mate but I wish you all the best

Keep us updated if you decide to go with it.

Co-op 2 x sub SL10 players would be a good challenge....I might be up for that if you don't quite fancy the SL1 run
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:26 PM   #12
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Oh it's possible. Plenty of "let's play" vids out there where it's done.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:23 AM   #13
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Ah yes, should have checked first really
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:59 PM   #14
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I got bored of melee and decided to play as a ranger using only bows and piercing swords and the rangers original armour. It's a very resfreshing playstyle but I'm hardly being strict with myself.
Get Avelyn and upgrade to +5 Lightning. Does incredible damage, and sometimes even one-shots players on PvP. Add Lightning Bolts as ammo, and you have yourself a mighty cannon. Just be careful when you shoot it, because you leave yourself open for quite a while, until you reload it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:21 PM   #15
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Get Avelyn and upgrade to +5 Lightning. Does incredible damage, and sometimes even one-shots players on PvP. Add Lightning Bolts as ammo, and you have yourself a mighty cannon. Just be careful when you shoot it, because you leave yourself open for quite a while, until you reload it.
I dunno man, according to the wiki lightning bolts doesn't work with Avelyn.
"It can also be noted that the "Avelyn" does not work effectively with lightning bolts, it appears that the lightning effect does not work thus causing only the base damage with such bolts."
http://darksouls.wikidot.com/avelyn

Seems to me that the heavy crossbow flat out does more damage than the Avelyn. Of course I don't know about how the reload times compare as I never tried them, but even with it taken into consideration, all 3 bolts have to hit with the avelyn for it to do max dmg. if the wiki is correct in that each bolt does less damage than normal...

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Old 09-29-2012, 10:03 AM   #16
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I find myself much preferring bows to crossbows though, the instant firing capabilities are nice in close range and they look awesome but given the scaling of bows and larger range I much prefer them.

I can vouch that Avelyn with lightning upgrades and bolts makes sod all difference, it literally does base damage really. No lightning effect whatsoever.

That said I have seen Avelyn used to great effect in PvP and is not something to be ignored, the bolts move very fast and are reather difficult to dodge in decent range.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:33 PM   #17
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I find myself much preferring bows to crossbows though, the instant firing capabilities are nice in close range and they look awesome but given the scaling of bows and larger range I much prefer them.

I can vouch that Avelyn with lightning upgrades and bolts makes sod all difference, it literally does base damage really. No lightning effect whatsoever.

That said I have seen Avelyn used to great effect in PvP and is not something to be ignored, the bolts move very fast and are reather difficult to dodge in decent range.
Use the Redstone ring with low health, and you have yourself a glass cannon. Though stealth is key, because the bolts can be easily blocked.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:43 AM   #18
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I tried a +5 Lightning Halberd wearing Sunlight Maggot and Witch's Set at SL30 run. Got stopped by The Catacombs and Duke's Archives, Because I hate them and I don't want to suffer to greatly haha. Don't be fooled by my armour, I haz no magic. lol.
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