Dark Souls II
New Dark Souls II Details Include Guard Breaks, Pyromancer Spells and More
Written Thursday, July 04, 2013 By Richard Walker
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Some new details pertaining to new gameplay additions for Dark Souls II have emerged from Famitsu [via Reddit], citing features including a new Guard Break ability, new Pyromancy Spells and the ability to conjure Miracles. The source is a fan translation of Japanese presentation slides, so should be taken with a pinch of salt. Y'know, just in case.

First of all, the Guard Break move is reportedly similar to the riposte from Dark Souls, but rather than being performed after a successful parry, it's used once you break through an enemy's defences. Ammo types for your bow can also be switched on the fly using the shoulder buttons, which is convenient.

As far as new Pyromancy Spells and Miracles are concerned, there's the Soul Spear that rains magic from the sky, a fire whip spell, a magic greatsword and a powerful fireball spell that injures both the enemy and the caster. That one sounds odd. Then there's the Replenishment Miracle that increases your attack and defence, as well as the stamina stealing Dark Orb.

Finally, there's a new breed of grass that apparently replenishes your spell count, and if you've read our Dark Souls II E3 hands-on preview, you'll already know about handy Life Gems that give you a small shot of health when you use them, preserving your previous full health bar-refilling Estus Flasks.

Hopefully, all of the above proves to be true, as it sounds pretty good. Dark Souls II is out in March 2014.

[Via OXM]


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Comment #1 by merc mcguirk
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 06:10:46 AM
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Alternately stoked and terrified to play this game. The first one became a bit of an obsession for me and stole way too much of my time. Cannot wait until March!!

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Comment #2 by DJWonderbraDJ
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 06:24:10 AM
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dark souls is the best game to come out this gen
but if you're clever you will go back to it now and again
shit like lorean , 4 kings and the drakes
will keep you well awake!
dont be fooled about how super hard it is
bitches need comfort then you best stay clear
coz dark sauls two is very near

Rep:resending anyone whos got 400GS + on this game.

Xbitchs, DjWb

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Comment #3 by UberPirateNinja
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 06:31:12 AM
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I'd read that Dark Souls was tough, but I can't even get passed the Asylum boss right at the start! D'oh!

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Comment #4 by KillerBEA
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 06:42:36 AM
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@3 Do you still have the broken weapon as your only weapon? If you do then when the fight starts run to the left, there will be a door way to go through. Once you are through that doorway you get your proper weapon and shield, plus depending on your class a few extra things.

Once you have gone through the rest of the asylum getting your weapon, shield, a key and an estus flask. Go up where rolling boulder came from beat the guys and go outside beat more guys and to the left is a white fog wall. Go through and you will back at the asylum demon but above him. Drop on him and while you are dropping press the heavy atk button (rt) to do a falling attack. It does alot of damage.

Hope that helps

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Comment #5 by KillerBEA
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 06:44:55 AM
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I am really looking forward to this game. Dark Souls is my proudest completion by far and I enjoyed every brutal second of it. I really can't wait to have a computer that can run the pc version so I can do it all again for 1000 more gamerscore. This game will be my GOTY 2014 no doubt

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Comment #6 by Andreas_loel
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 06:55:44 AM
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@2 Do you also write the christmas gift rhymes?

Cant wait to see the coop improvements in this

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Comment #7 by Hratgard
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:07:28 AM
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#damn you! I didn't realize that DS2 for PC had achievements. I am now compelled to complete it! (My backlog is already way to big!).


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Comment #8 by Hratgard
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:08:45 AM
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Err... my previous post should start with "#5".

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Comment #9 by Coruba
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:08:51 AM
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@6 that clown has made me cringe and laugh twice now, I'm not sure if I like him or hate him.

OT: I liked the original, but found it quite frustrating, I might give this one a go, the whole concept appeals to me.

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Comment #10 by Drewbayeor
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:31:02 AM
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To lodge a complaint against dark souls. As a parent I couldn't stand the fact that there was no way to pause the game. I suffered a lot of lost time just because I had to attend to my child and had to leave the game and someone random would come and kill me. I loved getting 1000 on the first but I am not sure I will play the second if they have no way to pause as most of my gaming gets interrupted with tasks for my family and Dark Souls had too many points where you can't just walk away.

It saddens me to say this but there are legit reasons for needing to pause a game and without that it is hard as a parent to play such a game even if it is one of my favorite games of all time! Time will tell if I attempt this or not.

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Comment #11 by DJWonderbraDJ
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:35:19 AM
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@6 No
@9 Respect

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Comment #12 by Gentleman
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:59:17 AM
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@ #10

Yeah we get it, you're a parent.

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Comment #13 by Kevin 737
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:00:33 AM
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Just got the 1000G out of Dark souls last night. Cant wait for the second one. I'm kinda hoping that Dark Souls II will be on X1 as well but that probably wont be happening.

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Comment #14 by Drewbayeor
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:05:59 AM
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@11 Thanks for the tip. I asked around for a while and no one had any good pointers for me.

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Comment #15 by merc mcguirk
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:08:51 AM
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@13 sadly only confirmed for current-gen systems but maybe a goty edition down the way might make it to X1. We can only hope I guess...

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Comment #16 by DJWonderbraDJ
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:21:52 AM
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@14 No problem. I understand your piza-ain. I was like that during PSO. I used to need a number 1 or a number 2 , couldn't pause.


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Comment #17 by iBlaise
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:41:22 AM
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@10 You do have three options: stay at a bonfire, stay Hollow and kill everything around you, or quit the game whenever you need to since it autosaves after every action you perform.

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Comment #18 by dbdikillhaji
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:52:29 AM
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360 gets dark souls two. xb1 get lords of the fallen. I'm afraid xb1 will win this battle

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Comment #19 by Peter File
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 09:38:38 AM
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i can relate to that one mate! had my shopping delivered during a boss fight lol but it saves all the time like #17 said, just hit the menu and then quit.
cant wait for this game, the only thing im looking foward to at the mo, apart from diablo 3!

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Comment #20 by Sarcastro
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 10:02:14 AM
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I thought From confirmed Darks Souls 2 for the Xbox One?

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Comment #21 by Kevin 737
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 10:11:42 AM
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@20 Any idea where you read/heard this? I couldn't find anything confirmed about this a few days ago.

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Comment #22 by I X I Shock I
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 11:40:26 AM
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I thought they had confirmed it won't be coming to next gen. Same as R* with GTA 5, yet people are hearing different.

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Comment #23 by RedstoneFanatic
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 11:46:29 AM
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What kind of bugged me about Dark Souls was the no-pausing thing, to echo #10. I could understand not being able to pause it while you're human and online, but if you're offline, there's no reason for you to not be able to pause it.

It's a minor quibble, and if it's the same way I'll deal, but it'd still be a nice change.

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Comment #24 by mato69
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 12:14:03 PM
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Praise The Sun!

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Comment #25 by Ryda34563
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 02:58:34 PM
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When is this shit going to stop?
Your shit is whack, its ridiculous.
What do you do with your life? Stand in front of a mirror reading words of a damn page?!

Seriously... just stop, its painful to see.

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Comment #26 by wadders
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:16:59 PM
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omg who cares if dark souls 2 isnt coming to xbox1 its on 360 and i for 1 am glad and i cant wait to start dying and learning boss attack patterns again dark souls still has me in its vice like grip even now and im currantly building my 4th character. One ov the best games on xbox its awesome.

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Comment #27 by WRENCHO
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 08:07:16 PM
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cant wait to test my skills on the sequel! LFG

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