Your adventure begins by choosing one of eight character classes, each with their own equipment, abilities and attributes. The Warrior has high strength and dexterity and is the only class who begins with a shield equipped. The Knight can take increased damage and is able to quickly block or evade attacks, while the Swordsman has honed his talents with a blade in each hand.
The Bandit is skilled with a bow, the Cleric is able to use his faith to perform miracles and the Sorcerer is able to command powerful magic. The Explorer doesn’t excel in any particular area, but comes equipped with many items he’s found on his travels, while seasoned Dark Souls players hungry for a real challenge may choose the Deprived, who starts with no equipment or skills and very low stats.
While the overwhelming majority of characters you encounter throughout Drangleic will try – and probably succeed – to kill you in a swift and brutal manner, there are friends and allies dotted around to help you. It’s important to talk to anyone you encounter – and to listen carefully to everything they have to say, as hearing them out could result in them giving you a useful item. One of these characters, the Emerald Herald, holds the power to make you stronger in return for the souls you’ve collected, so be sure to visit her near the bonfire in Majula whenever possible.