Raw Ascension in Dark Souls

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Raw Ascension will increase the base damage of that Regular Weapon at a higher rate with reduced damage scaling for strength dark soulsStrength and dexterity dark soulsDexterity per upgrade level.

Raw Upgrades are a type of  Upgrade in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. They enable players to "Ascend" weapons and shields in a specific path.


Raw Upgrade path and Requirements:

Raw Upgrades for weapon are performed by Andre of Astora at the Undead Parish.

Note that each upgrade level requires a number of soul that varies depending on the weapon.


From +0 to +5

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    • SL54 with 22Str 25end and 16dex using Raw Zweihander. It took me 10 hits to put down spider lady. Burden below 25% rings F&P and Steel Protection and forest hunters are smacked against the dirt and killed easy as flies. Raw Zweihander is imo top tier early game and ez to get weapon. Correct me if I'm wrong

      • Anonymous

        For y'all questioning the purpose/place of this upgrade path vs regular +lvl / fire / light , and pulling numbers, yes, the others are better and superior eventually and/or a bit later.

        The point is to provide an alternate path without falling far behind on the melee aspect (large part) if one were to advance / lvl without focus or regard for major weapon stats.

        Maybe a faith/int build, or someone who just cant spare the extra wep stats? Or someone like myself, doing a SL1 allboss+DLC run; Clubs: Gotta catch 'em all!

        • Anonymous

          Damage difference (base+scaling) of a Raw upgrade path is utterly negligible compared to a Standard path even at base requirements for the weapon. This is not DS3 Raw that actually does something. Divine and fire upgrades, and weapons with inherent elemental properties will get you way more damage early on, and they're almost as good as Raw with a weapon buff.

          • Raw falchion w/ heavy armor and gold pine resin is one of the best twink setups when it comes to easy accessibility, handling other twinks, handling runners, and handling ganks.

            • Anonymous

              Seems like a good option for low level co-op dedicated builds to get more of an edge against twink invaders, but still stay within a reasonable weapon level range for early game summons.
              I get a kick out of helping people with gargoyles, but it sucks when the poise boys, dragon heads, or the WoG brigade shows up. I think hosts have a lot of fun when their white spirits can help them fend of you red guys.

              • Anonymous

                I am on my first playthrough, and I've actually come to like using the Raw upgrade path. It lets me focus on gaining health and endurance, and will help mitigate my lower damage stats. I know it is not a long term solution, as this path will eventually be outclassed, but I think it was really cool that I could do this path and not feel like I am just scratching my opponents early game.

                • Anonymous

                  from my personal experience i would only use raw if u want to have base stats for your weapon, and still want to use a buff SLB DMB or whatever, if u dont want that i would just use lightning or chaos

                  • Anonymous

                    A +0 Fire weapon gets more AR than a +5 Raw one. I just doesn't see the point of this. You can get a better infusion even sooner. If you plan on a low level build, pay a visit to Vamos and forget about this...

                    • Anonymous

                      It's to get more damage out of a weapon without relying on the stat scaling (strength/dex/faith/intelligence/ etc.)

                      • Anonymous

                        The only use I could think of raw is if you want more base dmg before anor londo or at low lvl pvp and even then a 10+ isn’t far behind

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