30 Items You Should Collect in Dark Souls 2 Before Your First Fight

Extra lifegems and homeward bones for the taking!

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You will face plenty of hardships as you travel through the grim world of Dark Souls II. But did you know there are several important items just lying around the opening areas of the game that could make your early hours slightly easier? You can find everything from a handy shield to lifegems and homeward bones, so check out our guide to see what items you should search for in Dark Souls II before you even get into your first fight. For more help with Dark Souls II, consult our full game guide.

1 Rusted Coin (temporarily boosts luck)

You can find this item near the start of the game. From where you first appear, head up the hill to where the strange monkey-like creatures are congregating. Turn to your right and follow the path around. At the end, you'll find a corpse with one rusted coin that you can pick up.

Your first pickup in Dark Souls II is right here.

1 Gold Pine Resin (apply lightning to weapon)

Before you cross the drawbridge leading to the crones' house, you'll find a narrow path between some bushes to your left. Walk through the bushes and follow the path as it leads upward. You'll eventually come across a large cyclops with its back turned to you. In front of it is a gold pine resin that you can grab without having to get into a fight with the big one-eyed fella. Just dash in and grab it before he reacts. Easy.

This big fella packs a wallop, but he's slow.

1 Small and Smooth Silky Stone (?)

Look down and to the left as you're crossing the bridge to the crones' house. See that glow near the base of the waterfall? Believe it or not, it's pretty easy to grab. Simply head left once you're across the bridge and walk through the bushes. There's a short path leading down and to the left where you can pick up the mysterious smooth and silky stone.

Look down there!

1 Human Effigy (reverses hollowing)

Before you leave the three crones' house, check upstairs to find a chest with one human effigy enclosed within.

Head upstairs at the crones' house for a human effigy.

1 Soul of a Lost Undead (use to acquire souls), 1 Torch (lights your way)

These are pretty easy to spot, being located just outside the crones' house (not the wooden bridge side, but the other side once you walk through). Destroy the wagon parked over these items if you want (although it's not required), and once you deal sweet justice to that inanimate object, the goodies are yours.

You can, if you want, attack this wagon to get at the items.

1 Divine Blessing (fully restores HP and cures all status effects)

Once you get through the narrow passageway beyond the crones' house, you'll find yourself in an area with several mists that you can walk through. Ignore all of these for now (most of them are "training" areas that are used to get you up to speed in Dark Souls II), and walk straight through to the other end, where you'll eventually find yourself on the path to the scenic--yet mainly desolate--coastal town of Majula. On the path heading down, make a left past some boulders, and you'll see a corpse with the telltale glow of an item.

Free Divine Blessing right here!

3 Lifegems (slightly restores HP), 3 Homeward Bones (return to last bonfire rested at)

From the corpse you just picked up the divine blessing from, go up the hill, where you'll see another narrow path between some rocks. Head through the rocks and past the ruins until you come to a weary-looking warrior with a large sword sitting in front of a circular fort. Just past him on the left is another corpse with the lifegems and the bones.

If you want to avoid fighting for now, don't go inside the fort just yet. There are two enemies in there behind some wooden doors (in one of those rooms is an item called Lloyd's Talisman, which blocks estus recovery within a limited area). Turn around and head back to the path leading to Majula.

Don't go inside unless you're willing to fight.

1 Rusted Coin

Once you're back in Majula, find the bonfire (it'll be to the right near the cliff). Along the cliff face leading back away from the bonfire is the entrance to some ruins. Walk in, and to your right on the other side of a shoulder-high wall should be a chest holding the aforementioned coin.

Rusted coin inside.

1 Human Effigy

Head further into the ruins. You'll quickly come to a small hallway to the left that features a large lever set into the wall. Pull this lever, and the large door in front of you will open. Head through this (be quick--it won't stay open for long), and you'll eventually find yourself in a cave. Walk across the wooden bridge, down the planks to the left, and open the chest on the tiny island to find a human effigy.

Don't fall in the water.

1 Homeward Bone, 1 Soul of a Lost Undead

Whatever you do, don't walk off the island toward the corpse with the glowing object, because you'll immediately drown. You can make it across by running and then leaping from the island, or if you're not confident, you can leap from above (near where you first entered this cave), but you will take some damage.

Once you grab the bone and soul, you'll have to keep moving forward. Follow the stream to the left, where you'll eventually find yourself in an open area with enemies. Unless you want to engage them, you can head back the way you came via a small path that leads back to the watery cave. Make your way back to Majula.

You can make that jump. I believe in you.

Your Estus Flask

Once you're back in Majula, hanging around the bonfire should be a mysterious woman. Talk to her to score your estus flask.

She has your estus flask. Go get it.

1 Soul of a Nameless Soldier (use it to acquire souls), 3 Lifegems

To the left of the bonfire is the blacksmith's house (and the blacksmith, who seems to have locked himself out). To the right of his house, you'll find three very handy lifegems and one soul for the taking.

To the right of the blacksmith are some lifegems.

1 Lifegem

Next to the blacksmith's house and in front of the cathedral-like building is a small tent leaning against a wall. Inside is a corpse that holds one precious, precious lifegem.

Take this Lifegem. This poor fella won't need it.

5 Homeward Bones

Before you enter the cathedral, head up the path that's to the right of it. At the top is a corpse next to Victor's Stone that has a load of bones just sitting there for you.

You can also sign up to a covenant here.

1 Crimson Parma Shield

Enter the cathedral, and you'll eventually find yourself heading down a winding staircase. About halfway down on the left is a chest containing a crimson parma shield, which is super handy if you're playing a class that doesn't have a shield as starting equipment (which is most of them). Head back up and into Majula.

The shield can be found in this easy-to-miss alcove.

1 Estus Flask Shard (grants additional estus flask uses)

Once you're back in the "town," look for a small well in front of a building that has a stone conveniently perched on top of it. Knock the stone down, and a corpse will be raised featuring a handy item that lets you increase the amount of health your estus flask regenerates. Be careful around this area, though: just around the corner are three small enemies that look like giant, hairless rats, and they pack a mean wallop considering their size.

Knock this rock down for a surprise.

1 Titanite Shard (reinforces equipment)

On the other side of the huge well-like hole in the ground is another hut, where the armorer lives. Go inside and climb up the ladder near the back of the hut. In a chest on the next level is a shard for the taking.

There's a ladder at the end of this house.

So what's that huge well?

In the middle of this hub area is a large circular tunnel that leads straight down. Peek into it, and you'll see some corpses, with items perched precariously on some wooden planks. The jump down to the first plank may look survivable, but it isn't. You'll have to get an item to survive that fall, so leave those mystery goodies alone for now.

It's a trap!

And that's it! You're now ready and considerably better stocked up for the challenges that await. Did we miss any other goodies that can be obtained before entering the main combat areas? Let us know in the comments below!

Discussion

69 comments
mxgod
mxgod

Too lazy to watch the video, but did it mention trading items with the bird the petrified something and the silky crap? plus using that coin to get better items? So far I know that there is a whip that can come out and a trident plus some other nice items.

garysingh34
garysingh34

Im about 2.5 hours in and I gotta say Im finding this game quite easy - Im up to no mans wharf, killed one boss. I think its because I completed DS twice Im just a better souls player but does anyone else think this is easier than DS?

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

Watched the video to see if I missed anything and I did. However, at 4:10, there's a place off the cliff (right) with two sets treasures...

xcrze
xcrze

Have you guys tried to kill that one-eyed hippo at Things Betwixt? Cause I tried and got a STONE RING :)

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

Btw the smooth and silky stone is used to drop into the bird nest in the tutorial area at the top of the long ladder. It gives you a random upgrade item for later use.

Works the same as the sparkly crow from Demon's Souls, except you get the trade back item instantly.

drswagalot
drswagalot

when i play knight for example, can i dual wield swords like the swordsman or only the swordman class can? please answer

jwsoul
jwsoul

Cool Article read the 1st one and decided i would skip the rest! I wanna explore! I almost didnt watch the review. Dont want spoilers do not READ! Also it will effect the difficulty in the game from the start if you do the suggested things here. 

OSJ-1987
OSJ-1987

For those wondering...the smooth and silky stones need to be dropped in the bird's nest in Things Betwixt, the ladder to get up to which is right after leaving the first bonfire area from the three crones' house.  They give random items each time.

I also picked "Petrified Something" as my starting gift, and I dropped this in there too.  When I reloaded, it turned into petrified dragon bone.  The tooltip, if I remember correctly, mentioned something about buffing magic items or something I believe.  

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

You mean you didn't turn around make the Cyclopes your first kill?! I got an item doing so... :)

mattman127
mattman127

Pretty sure the silky stone is for the bird's nest in the training area, but of course they had to change yet another gameplay mechanic that needed no fixing or attention. When you drop an item in Demon's Souls it sits on the ground and the bird gets all excited. Drop an item in Dark Souls 2 and it just vanishes! I know when shit falls out of my pockets it just disappears forever! Whoops gotta buy a new phone again! There goes my wallet and all my money, gotta start over! 


Yep. 


Still annoyed about the movement. "Gee wilikers guys this is perfect! We can't have our game be to good let's change the way the player moves around and make it (apparently) so subtle that no one seems to have a problem with it but Matt."


I'm telling you that's exactly what they said!



I need to go to bed, praise the sun.

alwin8695
alwin8695

I want to play this without knowing anything thank you. Oh the great thrill of playing dark souls not knowing anything !

SolidusHo
SolidusHo

You forgot to pick up your balls

Crazy_Tad
Crazy_Tad

Trying to help make the game easier for people in dark souls is defeating the purpose of playing a game like dark souls... I swear it's like gamespot is trying to make the game fail. Stop ruining the game.

starfox15
starfox15

Yeah okay. I'll buy this for pc when it comes out.  I don't normally bite on games at launch but why not. 

xdluffy
xdluffy

The hand holding is strong here

SAM_ANDREAS
SAM_ANDREAS

Why no binoculars?


Hint:

They are on the klif's edge.

demiack
demiack

i got the ring so i wont loss much damage from fall and drop to the well got some items nothing special but there was a cave with a bonfire guess what its a whole new place you can go i found 2 bosses so far still trying to kill the second one so cool though

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

I got all that stuff just now lol. This kinda helped me get everything so thank you GS! Although I got most of it on my own. Bout to fight my first boss in that Heides Tower area. This game is epic already!!!

unreal101
unreal101

If this guide were made in true DS fashion, the caption for the huge well would just say "Try Jumping"


MN121MN
MN121MN

Phew, that is one deep hole...


Though I feel lucky I would be the one watching my friend jump into that....

trueblood93
trueblood93

I saw that guy with the blue sword and got jealous. So I decided to kill him to see if he dropped it. He did, now I'm building up to use it.

srocciso
srocciso

I urge people that are new to the franchise to not do this on your first playthrough. The best thing about Dark Souls is the sensation of discovery that you get when you find something cool and also the best is to grow in power and knowledge. If you cheat yourself at the start of the game getting OP items eventually you will plateau and the frustration will be worse. 

Do a blind playthrough like the rest of us and then you won't need this shitty guides the next time you play.

DEATH775
DEATH775

@garysingh34 Wait until you get to The Gutter and also fight the Gargoyle boss. Then you come back and tell me what you think. If you are not doing it solo then don't bother telling its easy.

shravan_perne
shravan_perne

@garysingh34  its not easier.. you are getting better... the series is still true to its core experience...... I am 90% done... I guess... Killed three major bosses... 

AceJakk
AceJakk

@xcrze I started as a bandit.  killed him with the bow with no issues.  Confirmed Stone Ring.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@xcrze  Just got mine last night. That guy was a little tougher to kill than I was expecting.

xcrze
xcrze

Confirmed! Just created another character and kill that guy again.. He drops the STONE RING [which adds reduction of enemy poise?] Not so sure how it works. >.<

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@drswagalot Just remember to boost your attribute stats to 1.5x the required weapon amounts in order to use the dual wield power stance for new more powerful attacks.

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

@drswagalot Any class can dual wield, but only the swordsman starts out with the two swords. You'll find a dagger very early in the game to start out dual wielding.

markvons
markvons

@OSJ-1987You don't have to reload the game like in Dark Souls.  I dropped my Petrified Something and picked up a Twinkling Titanite right away

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@mattman127  Actually if you use the Leave command instead of Discard,the item will be on the ground. And get gud,controls are totally fine.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@halo1399 Potentially... Especially with games like Watch Dogs declining in quality. I still think Destiny will have a stronger chance at appealing to more people though.

I'm loving DS2 so far though. So much new stuff to learn.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@Crazy_Tad  We're not forcing anyone to read this, just trying to give folks some help for their first 15 minutes or so.

AceJakk
AceJakk

@SAM_ANDREAS I picked those up as well.  Saw the glimmer from the bonfire and had to explore.

AceJakk
AceJakk

@unreal101 I came across the well the first time and there was a message that said exactly that.

StinkB
StinkB

@trueblood93  Killing NPC's was mostly a bad idea in Dark Souls, especially if you're interested in following their story arcs.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@trueblood93  Nice! I was wondering about that myself but haven't attacked him yet. How much strength and/or dexterity do you need to use it?

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

@shravan_perne @garysingh34  kill the ancient dragon... do it i challenge you. i did, but lets just say getting to him and then killing him is the most annoying thing in the world.

mxgod
mxgod

@xcrze You can break the enemies defense stance easier

OSJ-1987
OSJ-1987

@markvons @OSJ-1987  Good deal, didn't know that.  I just assumed it was the same was as DS and reloaded without trying to pick it up.  I'll do that next time, thanks.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@gameroutlawzz @mattman127  I messed that part up myself. Wasn't sure if I should 'leave', 'discard', or 'use'. Tried the latter, nothing happened. Item gone.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@trueblood93  Thanks. It'll be a while before I have that much strength myself. Good to know though.