12 Dark Souls 3 Tips for Beginners

1. Prepare Yourself for Frustration

If you’re new to the Souls series and are beginning with Dark Souls 3, you should know that you’ve signed yourself up for a rather gruesome challenge. Above all, the Souls series is praised for its difficulty level along with the immensely rewarding feeling of success gained after vanquishing a stubborn foe within the level or slaying a seemingly invincible boss to progress to the next area. But before you even think about how success will feel, you must prepare yourself for agony.

You cannot save Dark Souls 3 as you please. It saves automatically and every mistake you make counts unless you have a backup save online or on a USB drive. And we wouldn’t recommend attempting to consistently create backup saves because you will never have time to complete the game this way.

You must accept that you will make mistakes. You will die. You will die many times. You will die from lack of skill. You will die by mistake. You will die from unexpected ambushes. You will lose everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. And you will rage.

In Dark Souls, the primary currency for leveling up and buying weapons is souls. As you defeat enemies throughout a level, you collect their souls. When you die, you lose all of your souls and they remain at the location of your death. When this happens, you have one chance to make it back to that location without dying in order to recover your souls. If you die along the way, your souls are gone forever.

Prepare for this to happen to you because it will. As silly as it may sound now, make a solemn vow with yourself not to throw your controller. We’ve heard horror stories of raging players that end with broken controllers at best and shattered television screens at the worst. Do not let this happen to you. Prepare yourself for the frustration. Meditate. Take breaks. Breathe. Scream into a pillow. Do whatever you must. But don’t break your own stuff because of Dark Souls 3.

Ian Lepkowsky

Ian is a passionate writer searching for personal transformation through unconditional self expression. He's also a philosopher, artist, and creator that's interested in video games and food and stuff.

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