level_icon.jpg Vigor Attunement Endurance Vitality
    12 15 16
Strength dexterity Intelligence Faith Resist
16 11 11 25 11

This is a player-created Build for Dark Souls. If you want help making your own build, you can consult this useful page on how to make a build by Blaine.

Before you start to read any further, please note that this build is based primarily around player skill. If you don't have patience to survive repetition and the time to devote to obtaining the various skills necessary, do not bother reading any further. So far, I have obtained level 36 with this build and will continue to add onto this page as I advance further through the game. Also please note that if you haven't updated the game to 1.05 yet, do so now. You can't advance in this build unless you have the covenant Warrior of Sunlight and you can only get that through the patch which lowers the necessary Faith stat to join from 50 to 25.

  • Build Name: Overlord
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  • Build Focus: PvE
  • Starting Class: Deprived
  • Starting Gift: Master Key
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Build Equipment

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Build Strategy

This class is built around later dominating the environment through ranged spells, Riposte and brute force.

Advantages: A sense of pure victory when defeating a difficult boss

Disadvantages: The first twenty levels will make you hate life itself.

This is a build for those with the skill and drive to want a challenge. Thus, when looking over the build with an unbiased eye, you will find that it is a lot of challenge for simply egotistical reward. There are certainly better builds out there, so if it proves too much a challenge, find another.

Level Stats
Stat Name Level 6 Level 20 Level 25 Level 26 Level 30 Level 36 Level 40
Vitality 11 11 11 11 11 16  
Attunement 11 11 11 12 12 12  
Endurance 11 11 11 11 15 15  
Strength 11 11 16 16 16 16  
Dexterity 11 11 11 11 11 11  
Resistance 11 11 11 11 11 11  
Intelligence 11 11 11 11 11 11  
Faith 11 25 25 25 25 25  
Level Explanation
As you may notice, the stats don't raise in any sensible manner. Later, when reading the beginning guide for this build, it will start to make sense. 
From the first opportunity to level, focus should be on the Faith stat and raising it to 25 for Heal, Lightning Spear and the Warrior of Sunlight Covenant. Once that is accomplished, focus turns to the Strength stat for use of this build's third primary weapon- The Claymore. From there, putting a point into Attunement allows for Heal and Lightning Spear to be your primary spells. Next, adding four solid points into Endurance allows for better stamina. Adding the next five points into Vitality makes sure you survive longer. 


You begin with no covenant, no surprise there. Obtaining  Way of White to get Heal is your first goal.
Once you have reached level 20, getting  Warrior of Sunlight as your second Covenant is a must. It is the primary Covenant for this build.

Weapon Name Acquisition Point Stat Req (St/Dex/In/Fa) Notes
Club Starter Weapon 10/0/0/0  
Shortsword Undead Burg. Drops from enemies. 8/10/0/0 First Primary
Shortbow Undead Burg. Buy from Merchant for 1000. 7/12/0/0 Sole purpose is aiming Lightning Spear at Bridge Wyvern.
Longsword Undead Burg. Drops from enemies. 10/10/0/0 Second Primary
Drake Sword Undead Burg. Use Lightning Spear to shoot off Bridge Wyvern's tail. 16/10/0/0 Optional
Claymore Undead Burg. On a corpse on the bridge where the Bridge Wyvern is. 16/10/0/0 Third Primary
Black Knight Sword Drops from Black Knights wielding this weapon. 20/18/0/0 Final Weapon for this build.
Shield Name Acquisition Point Stat Req (St/Dex/In/Fa) Notes
Plank Shield Starter Shield 7/0/0/0  
Hollow Knight's Shield Undead Burg. Drops from enemies. 11/0/0/0 First Primary Shield. Acquire as soon as possible.
Knight Shield Undead Parish. On a corpse guarded by an Elite Undead Knight. 10/0/0/0 Second Primary.
Black Knight Shield Drops from Black Knights. 16/0/0/0 Final Shield
Name Acquisition Point Notes
Talisman Firelink Shrine; down elevator shaft and in the treasure chest. Good Talisman for now.
Sunlight Talisman Kill Solaire of Astora. Boosts Miracle Damage the best. Kill him AFTER you've gotten Great Lightning Spear. You need him alive to help get some sunlight medals for the necessary rank to get Great Lightning Spear.


Acquisition Point


Blue Tearstone Ring Undead Burg Boosts defense by 50% when health is less than 20%. Find it on a corpse after killing your first Black Knight.
Ring of the Sun's Firstborn Anor Londo Boosts Miracle power by 20%. Necessary ring for this build.
Hornet Ring Great Grey Wolf Sif treasure area behind gravestone Boosts Backstab and Riposte power by 50%. Makes all that skillful timing even more effective.
Ring of Favor and Protection Kill Lautrec 20% boost to Max HP, Max Stamina, and Max Equip Load. Permanent ring. Breaks if you remove it.
Armor Sets
Since this build starts off with Deprived, you have no starter armor. 
Armor Set Acquisition Point Weight Defense
Hollow Soldier Armor Undead Burg mostly. Drops from enemies. 12.3 49/49/54.4/43.1 Get this as soon as you can. 3/4ths of first set.
Chain (Leather Gloves) Buy from Undead Merchant Male in Undead Burg. 3.6 12/12/14.4/11.6 That missing fourth armor piece to have you fully covered.
Elite Knight Armor Darkwood Marsh on a corpse guarded by Ents and Stone Giants. 26.8 91/88/107/91 Second set. Get it after finding the bonfire near Andre of Astora.
Silver Knight Armor Anor Londo; in chest guarded by a Silver Knight. 28.8 101/96/117/100 Third set.
Black Knight Armor Kiln of the First Flame, on a body hanging from one of the beams. 31 134/128/148/132 Final Set.
Magic and Miracles


Name Description Slots Uses Faith Req Acquired From Cost Type
Heal Recovers your health. 1 5 12 Petrus of Thoroland 4,000 Souls Self Heal
Lightning Spear Hurl a spear that deals lightning damage. Scales with Faith. 1 10 20 Join Covenant: Warrior of Sunlight - Ranged Attack
Great Lightning Spear Hurl a larger spear to deal More lightning damage. Scales with Faith. 1 10 30 Rank 1 of Warrior of Sunlight - Ranged Attack
Sunlight Spear Hurl Gwyn's powerful bolts. Must be in Warrior of Sunlight Covenant to use. 2 5 50 Rank 1 of Warrior of Sunlight and offer Gwyn's soul to the broken alter. - Ranged Attack
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    • Anonymous

      i remember using this build when i first played cause it was only lvl 30 and damn did i love getting that black knight armor at the end and looking amazing

      • Anonymous

        I found a good alternate if you're skilled enough is to steal Astora's Straight Sword off of the rotting dragon in the valley of drakes, since it actually uses faith as a stat and has a low strength score it is a very easy weapon to use in this build until other options are finally available

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