Most people playing Dark Souls 3 have beaten it by now, and while some have moved onto newer games like Overwatch, others are simply beating the game again in news ways, or figuring out more inventive methods of trolling people online.
As great a game as Dark Souls 3 is, there’s no denying it’s a tad smaller than the previous games. Even including the optional areas, and even though it’s dense, it’s just not as big as Lordran or Drangleic. The DLC will add to it, of course, but I feel like everyone’s been a bit quicker this time around to jump to the funny troll videos.
And that’s not entirely a bad thing.
So I’ve put together some of my favourite troll operations, and here’s where the standard disclaimer goes about it not being definitive and bla bla bla, just enjoy some funny videos.
Shooting People With Greatbows Off Ledges
While there is an area with high ledges similar to DS1’s Anor Londo, which would be perfect for shooting people off of, it’s kind of ruined by the fact that the same area contains the community-agreed PvP hub. As a result, anytime there’s about to be PvP, people run away from the dangerous ledges. Major sadface.
But there is a spot in the Catacombs where a giant rolling ball forces you to stand on the very edge of oblivion… And when it happens, bam! That greatarrow knocks them clean off.
Blowing People Off Bridges With Knockback
Given the amount of thin bridges in the game, mostly in the Catacombs but elsewhere too, it can be quite annoying going up against someone using any kind of knockback spell. They have to be expert at timing it, though, and it still might take two to knock you off completely -- but once it’s done, no amount of estus will save you from gravity.
The Force spell can do this quite well. The Wrath of Gods spell is bigger, and has a longer cast time, but there is a glitch where you can cast it quicker. I had some measure of success when using the weapon art on Morne’s Great Hammer, which is effectively a Wrath of God that scales with your attack rating:
The Fake Ghost
So you know those ghosts you see from time to time, swinging at the air, sitting by the fire, just doing their thing? Through a really weird combination of effects, you can look like one. With the Obscuring Ring to make you invisible if far away, the Untrue White Ring to make you look white, the Hidden Body Spell to make you more transluscent, and optionally the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring to hide the sound of your footsteps, you’re basically a ghost! For added dramatic effect, sit by the fire or swing at nothing to really sell that otherworldly performance!
This can be used to sneak up to someone and backstab them, or purely to shout “Hey!” and mess with them. One Youtuber just wanted to see how many times he could walk past someone without them noticing...
The Kirk Fan Club
Youtube user Iron Pineapple loves using the Dried Finger to get together a four-person gank squad, summoning a red phantom, and messing with them in the funniest ways possible. His most popular effort saw the team don the Armor of Thorns, which interrupts and damages players if you roll into them. Four thorny trolls with neverending rolls? Good times.
If you’ve got the time to do an epic sit-there-and-wait troll, then more power to you. Several people on the DS3 Reddit have said if they get invaded, they’ll just cast Chamelion or use a White Branch, turning themselves into an environmental object, and walk away for a smoke or a coffee. There are also some hiding spots where you clip into the world and can’t be seen.
When it gets interesting though, is when people do the same thing with a Dried Finger. This opens up your connectivity, allowing more people to invade you, and also attracting saviours from the Blades of the Darkmoon and Blue Sentinels. Your world just became the battleground of the covenants. Sit and watch, or, go enjoy your coffee.
Trolling In Plain Sight
This special form of hiding deserves its own mention. When you dress like the enemy, invaders will run right by you as if you’re part of the world. When, or if, you want to pounce is up to you. It’s even possible to do this while invading, with the Untrue Dark Ring.
The Most Annoying Build In The World
How hilarious is this. By combining some of the heaviest armour in the game, a big ass greatshield, and oodles of strength, stam, and vigour, DamnNoHtml was able to tank almost anything people could throw at him. The shield actually blocks while you shield slam people, meaning you win all trades.
I didn’t see it against weapons designed to get around the shield, or weapons with lots of Bleed damage, but according to the creator it was actually hard to lose.
Estocs And Dark Swords
This one is less funny and more true trolling. Not to imply that the game’s Poise system is anything other than *ahem* “working as intended”, the inability for anyone to tank a hit without using a special ability means the fast frames of the Estoc and highly combo-able Dark Sword are quite annoying to deal with in the hands of an R1 spammer.
The worst is when you get someone who starts with a different weapon, bows for an honourable duel, gets close, and then whips out the Estoc. That’s what the Black Separation Stone is for.
That’s Not How A Staff Works
I wanted to throw in LimitBreakers, just for being amazing. Traditionally, ever since Demon’s Souls, sorcery has been the series’ unofficial easy mode. That all changed in Dark Souls 3. It was hard to come up with a viable build for any kind of magic until just about endgame, when the scaling finally started to kick in. It’s since been patched a bit, but you’re still hindering yourself if you start out as a magic user, either in PvE or PvP.
Luckily, LimitBreakers found a way to make a viable low-level sorcery build. Simply cast Iron Flesh on yourself for a bit of fast-fading pseudo-poise, and bash them with your staff! It’s not that it’s an unbeatable strat by any means, it’s just that people have no idea how to react when they see a sorcerer they can’t trade hits with. They just assume their hits will interrupt you. He didn’t even upgrade his staff.
The Death Star
A shortie, but a goodie. Another four-person gank. Lure one player in, and then unleash the full firepower of this station.
What about you? What are your favourite videos of people who paid the troll toll to get into that boy’s soul? Share ‘em and give us a chuckle.