Dark Souls 2 pyromancy, guard break & miracles explained

Thursday, 4th July 2013 11:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Dark Souls 2 has been given the preview treatment in this week’s new edition of Famitsu. The game’s combat was a key focus of the piece, in which pyromancy, guard breaking mechanics and miracles were discussed, among other things.

The article translation comes courtesy of these Redditors.

The guard break move is similar to the riposte in Dark Souls, but is used after breaking through an enemies block like a follow-up move. Players can also click L3 while running to jump, rather than double tapping the run button like in Dark Souls.

While aiming with a bow, you can fire two arrow types without having to go back into your inventory to change your ammo. You can fire the first arrow type with R1, and R2 for the second type.

The Soul Arrow spell will return, along with Soul Spear, which makes magic cascade from the sky to damage enemies. There’s also a magic greatsword, a fire whip pyromancy spell and a new fireball magic typ that harms both enemies and the caster.

There’s also a new Replenishment miracle that increased both your attack and defence, a lightning spear spell and a Dark Orb item that syphons stamina from enemies.

Finally, you must use Life Gems to restore your heroes health, edible grass that restores your number of magic uses, magic bombs and Estus Flasks are back in some form.

Phew. Famitsu has also posted some gameplay of different character classes that we’ve featured before, but that we also thought you might like to check out again anyway.



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  1. noamlol2

    dark souls is doomed unless they put an anti-cheat in that game
    the new life gems sounds broken as fuck

    also hurray for a seperate jumping button

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Kieran

    the flasks worked fine in the first one i thought !!! but the life gems sound like there not easy to come by in my opinion !!! i hope so it would make people actually play the game the way its supposed to by taken your time & not rushing

    #2 1 year ago
  3. MFBB

    Playing Demons Souls since release 2009 and Dark Souls since release 2011 and have never seen a single cheater in all those years in both games.

    Playstation 3 versions.

    I think only the PC version is infested with cheaters, heard that multiple times.

    PS3 and Xbox360 should be cheater free again.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. noamlol2

    #3 xbox version is full of em

    the PS3 version got some hackers too, but much less then 360

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Eddie Rodrigues

    @1 Are you high? Dark Souls will never be doomed even with filthy hackers.

    @3 Yes, the half assed port did create a breach to cheaters.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Rafa_L

    I’ve never encountered a cheater in PS3, only people using saved files with all spells, weapons and bonfires available, but I don’t find that an issue.

    @1 @2 The stones work different then the grass in demon souls, they recover HP slowly, so it’s not meant for battle, it’s for between battles, I find it great, because in the beginning I often had to use flasks after fights, and didn’t have any for the next.

    #6 1 year ago

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