The Top 10 Dark Soul Builds, Ranked

The Top 10 Dark Soul Builds, Ranked ...

What''s the point of returning to Lordran? Is it the sense of purpose in an endless zeal of hopelessness and abyss? Or perhaps you feel the rush of life amongst fallen kingdoms? Whichever the reason, we will not judge you for wanting more power and flame. There is no more familiar home and haven for those indoctrinated into the masochistic embrace of Souls-like games than the original Dark Souls.

You''ll not get stuck in the candlelight when you understand the entire firestorm. Nothing makes subsequent runs in Dark Souls more exciting than being able to unleash vengeance on those adversaries who obliterated you during your neophyte days. So restore that flame once more with these powerful, thematic, and occasionally hilarious builds.

Sid Natividad has updated the game on May 31st, 2022, so that the multiplayer servers of Dark Souls are going back online, it might be time to experiment once more, especially when it comes to attacking, killing, or killing. Because unlike in Elden Ring, Dark Souls builds are permanent. There''s a possibility that there will be no new balance changes.

It''s not appropriate to ignore the other top performers in the Dark Souls build meta. Some players'' designs are just too diabolical or too fun to exclude. So, in the spirit of greater multiplayer or co-op (or whatever game mode you prefer), we''ve added even more top Dark Souls builds.

13 MLG Sorcerer

Stats that are required:

  • Vitality - 38
  • Attunement - 19
  • Endurance - 25
  • Strength - 16
  • Dexterity - 40
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 44
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Moonlight Greatsword (Weapon)
  • Balder Side Sword (Weapon)
  • Tin Crystallization Catalyst (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Crown of the Dark Sun (Helmet)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring (Ring)
  • Crystal Magic Weapon (Spell)
  • Crystal Soul Spear (Spell)
  • Homing Crystal Soulmass (Spell)

MLG stands for Moonlight Greatsword (not Major League Gaming, by the way) but this is a true sorcery set. Before buffing up your weapons with a Crystal Magic Weapon, you''ll get rid of anyone who gets close using the MLG or Balder Sword.

12 Faith Build

Stats to be exact

  • Vitality - 44
  • Attunement - 23
  • Endurance - 35
  • Strength - 16
  • Dexterity - 14
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 9
  • Faith - 50
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells

  • Divine Claymore (Weapon)
  • Balder Side Sword (Weapon)
  • Darkmoon Talisman (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Heater Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Wolf Ring (Ring)
  • Crown of the Dark Sun (Helmet)
  • Great Lightning Spear (Spell)
  • Emit Force (Spell)
  • Sunlight Blade (Spell)
  • Wrath of the Gods (Spell)
  • Replenishment (Spell)
  • Great Magic Barrier (Spell)

This structure matches the sorcery version shown above, except you throw miracles at enemies instead of sorceries. The Great Lightning Spear is the main damage source. If anyone comes close, use Emit Force or buff your weapon with Sunlight Blade and make their flesh grossly incandescent.

11 Pure Pyro Build

Stats are required:

  • Vitality - 50
  • Attunement - 28
  • Endurance - 36
  • Strength - 13
  • Dexterity - 45
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 10
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Queelag''''s Furysword (Weapon)
  • Pyromancy Flame (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Heater Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Crown of the Dark Sun (Helmet)
  • Dark Wood Grain Ring (Ring)
  • Bellowing Dragon Crest Ring (Ring)
  • Great Chaos Fireball (Spell)
  • Power Within (Spell)
  • Great Combustion (Spell)
  • Fire Tempest (Spell)
  • Fire Whip (Spell)
  • Poison Mist (Spell)

This Pyromancer build should not disappoint. If the target is far, use the Chaos Fireball. If they get near, burn them with everything you got. If they''re still not dead, skewer them with Queelag''s burning sword and turn them into a kebab.

10 Dex Bleed

Statistics that are required

  • Vitality - 50
  • Attunement - 12
  • Endurance - 50
  • Strength - 16
  • Dexterity - 45
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 9
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Lifehunt Scythe (Weapon)
  • Gold Tracer (Weapon)
  • Bloodshield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Pyromancy Flame (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Gauntlet of Thorns (Gauntlet)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Havel Ring (Ring)
  • Black Flame (Spell)

Dexterity? Well, it''s a Bleed build, so you can be ecstatic. In any case, it''s not as annoying or as tedious as Dark Souls 3''s Bleed build, where you must keep reapplying the Bleed infusion on the weapon. The Scythe already does that. It''s vital to keep landing attacks in order to build up the bleeding stacks. The target will eventually drop.

9 Quality Build

Required stats:

  • Vitality - 41
  • Attunement - 12
  • Endurance - 40
  • Strength - 40
  • Dexterity - 40
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 9
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells

  • Halberd (Weapon)
  • Gold Tracer (Weapon)
  • Tower Kite Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Pyromancy Flame (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Wolf Ring (Ring)
  • Great Chaos Fireball (Spell)
  • Fire Tempest (Spell)

The Dark Souls jargon for a good combination of Strength and Dexterity stats. This opens up many opportunities for both weapons and armor, so the armor choice is really up to you, and you can even use the Zweihander instead of the Halberd. Playstyle is standard; learn to dodge and poke enemies. The damage is extremely effective as panic buttons.

8 Kirk Knight of Thorns

Stats that are required:

  • Vitality - 45
  • Attunement - 16
  • Endurance - 40
  • Strength - 27
  • Dexterity - 45
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 9
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Barbed Straight Sword (Weapon)
  • Spiked Shield (Off-Hand Weapon)
  • Pyromancer Flame (Off-Hand Weapon)
  • Full Thorns Armor Set
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Havel Ring (Ring)
  • Great Chaos Fireball (Spell)
  • Fire Tempest (Spell)

The beauty of cosplay projects that work both in PvE and PvP is that you get to look stylish compared to the average player in late-game mode who has min-maxed their armor and resembles a fantasy character trope. This is by far one of the most intimidating builds here. A Bleed setup is also possible on the back of the build.

7 Knight Artorias

Stats in place:

  • Vitality - 43
  • Attunement - 12
  • Endurance - 42
  • Strength - 31
  • Dexterity - 27
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 18
  • Faith - 18
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Abyss Greatsword (Weapon)
  • Cleansing Greatshield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Pyromancy Flame (Weapon)
  • Full Artorias Armor Set
  • Wolf Ring (Ring)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Power Within (Spell)
  • Black Flame (Spell)

The legendary Corrupted Knight Artorias, which will surely enrage your enemies, will also have to play offensively. This one will not only involve as many tricks as the spellcaster builds or Bleed builds, but also provides immense ability and great damage. Black Flame, like this, is a backup that many PvP players will not expect.

6 Slow-Walk Build

Stats in place

  • Vitality - 60
  • Attunement - 8
  • Endurance - 30
  • Strength - 50
  • Dexterity - 25
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 9
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Stone Greatsword (Weapon)
  • Dragonslayer Spear (Weapon)
  • Havel''''s Greatshield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Black Knight Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Giant set (Armor)
  • Bloodbite Ring (Ring)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Wrath of the Gods, Darkmoon Blade, Sunlight Blade (Spell)

The slow-Walk approach, courtesy of player JerpDoesGames, is the very antithesis of Dark Souls PvP''s current and most popular meta. Instead of all the flipping ninja Havel mothers and dads, this one is pleased with moving slow. Poise is still great due to the gigantic set, and trading blows is one of the most effective tactics here.

5 Ayriak''''s Quality Pyromancer

Stats are required:

  • Vitality - 45
  • Attunement - 16
  • Endurance - 40
  • Strength - 32
  • Dexterity - 40
  • Resistance - 12
  • Intelligence - 10
  • Faith - 8
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Black Knight Halberd (Weapon)
  • Caduceus Round Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Ascended Flame (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Thief Mask (Helm)
  • Hollow Thief''''s Leather Armor (Body Armor)
  • Knight Gauntlets (Hands)
  • Hollow Soldier Waistcloth (Legs)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Wolf Ring (Ring)
  • Great Fireball, Fire Tempest, Fire Surge, Great Combustion (Spell)

For a Pyromancer who does quite a bit of combat in melee range, then this build from player Ayriak does the job well. As always, you''ll need to pelt and pepper your enemies with fire spells from a distance, and then skewer them with the halberd once they get close. It can catch some PvP players by surprise, especially if they believe you''re a helpful pyromancer in melee.

4 Crestfallen Warrior

Requirements for stats

  • Vitality - 45
  • Attunement - 8
  • Endurance - 40
  • Strength - 40
  • Dexterity - 40
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 9
  • Faith - 9
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells:

  • Longsword (Weapon)
  • Heater Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Chain Armor (Body)
  • Leather Gauntlet (Hands)
  • Chain Leggings (Legs)
  • Wolf Ring (Ring)
  • Ring of Favor and Protection (Ring)

The Longsword is a powerful meta weapon in Dark Souls. This is because it still allows cosplay builds such as this to work properly. This time around, you''re the Crestfallen Warrior, and you''re getting tired of sitting around in the Firelink Shrine. So, you might as well collect some Humanity or kill some gods.

3 Bonewheel Skelly

Statistics that are required:

  • Vitality - 37
  • Attunement - 8
  • Endurance - 89
  • Strength - 30
  • Dexterity - 9
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 8
  • Faith - 10
  • Soul Level - 120

Required items and spells

  • Bonewheel Shield (Weapon)
  • Bonewheel Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Mask of the Child (Head)
  • Thorn set (Every other armor)
  • Havel''''s Ring (Ring)
  • Cloranthy Ring (Ring)

This is a bit of a joke form, but it still works quite well in multiplayer. It''s a cosplay of the Catacombs'' infamous Bonewheel Skeleton enemies, and you can keep attacking and dodging lightly thanks to the monstrous Stamina allowance. At the least, you''ll target potential PvP enemies.

2 Oroboro''''s Falchion Build

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  • Vitality - 50
  • Attunement - 16
  • Endurance - 40
  • Strength - 12
  • Dexterity - 40
  • Resistance - 11
  • Intelligence - 8
  • Faith - 30
  • Soul Level - 125

Required items and spells:

  • Falchion (Weapon)
  • Grass Crest Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Talisman (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Elite Knight Helm (Head)
  • Elite Knight Armor (Body)
  • Havel''''s Gauntlets (Hands)
  • Wanderer Boots (Legs)
  • Havel''''s Ring (Ring)
  • Ring of Favor and Protection (Ring)
  • Darkmoon Blade, Wrath of the Gods, Sunlight Blade (Spells)

Due to the high speed of attack speed, Oroboro himself discovers this infamous building that is not just a hate-mail magnet as the Giant Dad build. You''ll have to cast either Darkmoon Blade or Sunlight Blade on a Falchion. Wrath of the Gods is there so you can deal with several enemies. It works well in PvE.

1 Giant Dad

Stats in place:

  • Vitality - 48
  • Attunement - 12
  • Endurance - 66
  • Strength - 16
  • Dexterity - 10 (But don''''t tell anyone you leveled that up)
  • Resistance - N/A
  • Intelligence - N/A
  • Faith - N/A
  • Soul Level - 99 Bandit

Required items and spells

  • Chaos Zweihander (Weapon)
  • Grass Crest Shield (Off-hand Weapon)
  • Pyromancy Flame (Weapon)
  • Mask of the Father (Helmet)
  • Giant Armor Set (Minus the helmet)
  • Havel Ring (Ring)
  • Ring of Favor & Protection (Ring)
  • Black Flame (Spell)

None of the Dark Souls mythos can match the notoriety and esteem of the fan-created Giant Dad character. It''s a complex concept that used to be able to stun-lock enemies in PvP, but they usually go down in three to four swings. Be prepared for some toxic post-PvP mail, but you must make sure you''re an in-game player. Because the legend never dies.