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How to Be a Scumbag in Dark Souls 2
It’s finally come full circle with you now. Maybe you started off in Dark Souls 2 PvP and you were all about whatever seemed cool. “Maybe I’ll use that lightning sword! Lightning is cool and it would compliment how my character looks,” you thought to yourself. Slowly though, that youthful enthusiasm and optimism gave way to harsh reality. Maybe you got ganked and invaded a couple too many times during a fight club and that has soured your disposition. Regardless of whatever has happened you used to think you could rise above using the scumbag tactics and persevere through it all and come out on top, but you were wrong. There are a few choice weapons which are currently very powerful and not very hard to get as well. Now its your turn for some payback.
So what does it mean to be a scumbag? In a community as toxic as Dark Souls 2 is it a bad thing? Not really actually, but it means taking advantage of anything and every opportunity the game offers you to crush your opponent into a fine paste because that 500 kills to reach rank 3 in the Brotherhood of Blood or the Blue Sentinels is already taking long enough and dammit you deserve that rank 3 already. So mostly what it means to be a scumbag a lot of the time means using whatever flavor of the month weapon is running around right now which has some interesting ability which the vast majority of the PvP playerbase has some sort of issue handling to try and score easy kills. At worst, you could consider scumbag a similar insult to “tryhard.” It also means being a contemptible asshole at times, but hey, a win’s a win.
It’s important to know that this article is mostly about Brotherhood of Blood, Dragon Remnants, and Blue Sentinel dueling and fight clubs and not the Bell Bros because all sense of scumbag goes out the window when the game actively is searching for players to send your way to destroy you for entering the same area codes as Belfry Luna and Sol. No Rat Covenant because they’re jerks.
The first thing that’s important to being a scumbag in Dark Souls 2 PvP currently is the Monastery Scimitar. This weapon dropped by a phantom hiding behind a painting in Aldia’s Keep is an absolute beast because of its unique ability. The monastery scimitar has a special parry where you twirl it in your hand and somehow this apparently strikes fear and awe into your opponent’s heart, as you can parry them while twirling your sword like a baton and knock them on their asses. While having a parry on a weapon isn’t completely out of the ordinary since weapons like rapiers have always had that ability, what makes the monastery scimitar so special is that the parry frames begin almost if not right away as soon as the animation for the twirl goes off. What makes this good is that there are few weapons that have active parrying frames as soon as the animation starts. Pretty much every other parry weapon you actually don’t have the parry frames until almost halfway through the animation. So what you get to do a lot of the time in PvP with the scimitar is you can backstep attacks and then twirl your half-sword and then get to devastate your opponent’s life bar with the follow-up attack.
The second thing to use if you want to be a total scumbag in Dark Souls 2 PvP is the Chaos Blade. Yes, the horrors of the first Dark Souls has refused to die, as the weapon still has a place in the meta now even in the newest game. For those not in the know, the Chaos Blade is a katana that you get for trading the Old Witch Soul which you get for beating the Lost Sinner on New Game+ (either with a bonfire ascetic to raise the level or on your second playthrough) to Ornifex in Brightstone Cove Tseldora.
The thing that makes the Chaos Blade a bit unique among katanas is that it has very high counter damage. Counter damage, for those who are unaware, is what happens whenever you hit an enemy when they are in animation for something. So if your enemy is recovering from a swing and you hit them with the Chaos Blade, bam, counter damage. The second thing that makes the weapon an oddity is you take damage whenever you connect with the enemy. Normally, this would seem like an interesting tradeoff for a weapon. “Oh no, I can’t hit my opponents a lot or I’ll have to worry about my own HP” is what you would think would be the thought process behind a lot of people who wield the weapon, but it is not.
Since the counter damage is high, it creates a scenario where you want to trade with your opponent because most of the time whenever you connect with your attack, even if you eat the hit from your opponent you are still going to win out because of the absurdly high counter damage. This is called “trading up” and is something that is very prevalent among people who wield katanas since they all have high counter damage similar to the Chaos Blade, albeit toned down a bit by comparison.
The last weapon which I’ve been seeing a lot more recently with the new DLC is Yorgh’s spear. The spear which is gotten by trading the soul earned from the last boss of the DLC, Crown of the Sunken King, to Ornifex and is special as it is the closest thing to a strength based spear in the game as opposed to most other spears and halberds being based mostly around dexterity. So what makes this spear good is it has different types of weapon movesets built into it. For example, a normal spear simply has the spear moveset built into it meaning all of its attacks are something shared by other spears. Yorgh’s spear on the other hand is similar to Santier’s Spear in that it has both Twinblade moves as well as lance moves built into them. Coupled with the fact that the weapon itself is very wide in its arcs to punish people who try to roll behind you to get a backstab and that combines to make a brutally efficient weapon that makes people call you a scumbag. Deal with it and murder them anyways.
Obviously there are lots of ways to be a scumbag in Dark Souls 2 PvP, but these weapons were just a few of the more prevalent ones that people are screaming at and saying are dumb as hell. Hopefully more people continue to make the whiners upset so we keep getting update patches to keep the whiny players happy. Also, always remember to spam those emotes after you win because everybody loves it when the guy who just beat them is smug about it. Keep being a scumbag!