Dark Souls 2 has been received very well since launch and new players are likely having a character choice dilemma. Action role playing games like Dark Souls 2 present many opportunities, so we will look at the knight and sorcerer classes and what they can do for you as you start your adventure.
We will start with The Knight which offers a good balance of close nimble combat and power at the same time. The Knight class is strong enough to hold a broadsword in one or both hands with an optional shield, players will benefit from the high health but need to be aware to dodge enemy attacks.
Players which choose The Knight class will start at level 13 with stats consisting of 12 vigor, 11 strength, 9 adaptability, 8 dexterity, 7 vitality, 6 endurance, 6 faith, 4 attunement and 3 intelligence. The Knight loadout also equips adventurers with 10 lifegems, a broadsword, falconer armor, gloves and boots.
For those who prefer casting magic to shield and sword, The Sorcerer class will be the one for you. Players who choose this class can wield multiple weapons, in this case a staff in one hand and a steel dagger in the other, relying on wit and trickery. Magicians can cast a variety of different spells to kill of opponents, Gamespot recommends Soul Arrow which gives 30 charges when resting by a bonfire.
The Sorcerer class is balanced differently to The Knight, giving players a level 11 start and then stats set at 14 intelligence, 10 attunement, 8 adaptability, 7 dexterity, 6 endurance, 5 vigor, 5 vitality, 4 faith and 3 strength. This class also grants players 10 lifegems as well as the Black Hollow Mage Robe, Imported Trousers, Dagger and Sorcerer’s Staff.
As you can see The Knight class relies more on raw strength and physicality than cunning and versatility. The Sorcerer class is more ideal for those who like to fight from range and do their damage from a distance. The comparison between the intelligence and attunement stats and then strength and vigor give a clear indication of the opposing strengths and weaknesses of these characters.
What have your first impressions been on Dark Souls 2 so far, have you played as either The Knight or Sorcerer?
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