Worried about Dark Souls 2 invasions? It's actually the least common cause of death

There's been 6.7m deaths in Dark Souls II at time of writing, and you won't believe how many people have been offed by falls.

Namco Bandai has released a death tracker for Dark Souls II, revealing how many times players on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have fallen foul of its various obstacles.

Out of all of the listed causes of death--falls, traps, other players, enemies, and other--it turns out that being invaded by another human player, one of the most nerve-wracking parts of game, is actually the least common way to die. You're actually more likely to be offed by a falling boulder or other trap.

The most common cause of the game's 6.7 million logged deaths so far? Regular enemies. Followed by deadly falls. Over half a million deaths have been caused in Dark Souls II by people falling off things.

Do the overall numbers roughly correlate with your personal experience of the game?

The full list of Dark Souls II causes of death at time of publication:

  • Falls: 590,589 deaths
  • Traps: 57,509 deaths
  • Other players: 43,711 deaths
  • Enemies: 2,186,193 deaths
  • Other: 91,500 deaths

All those deaths getting you down? Check out GameSpot's ongoing walkthrough.

Dark Souls II was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 earlier this week in the US, and is out in Europe today. A PC version will be released on April 25.

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mystic_quest
mystic_quest

There is no red eye orb in the game. There are only CRACKED red eye orbs. They cost 10k souls and are only available to buy in NG+. Only a handful exist in NG.

With the Soul Memory matchmaking if you buy them you essentially gimp your character. Invading doesn't include any rewards or offer ranking up.

As a result there are not many sinners around in NG or NG+ because the only sins people commit is (some of them) killing the npcs at the end of NG. Also when being killed by blues sins go away. So that would explain tha lack of blue invasions as well.

Dark Souls 2 really hates invasions. So no wonder they are the least common cause of death. I miss DS1.

naomha1
naomha1

They should have auto record for what words are said the most. I'm thinking the F bomb and Dammit! are the most used words in this game. However, I do find myself saying this often. "You got backstabbed b1tch!!!!"

Gbullet
Gbullet

Falls: 590,589 deaths

Traps: 57,509 deaths

Other players: 43,711 deaths

Enemies: 2,186,193 deaths

Other: 91,500 deaths 

 590,589 + 57,509 + 43,711 + 2,186,193 + 91,500 = 2,969,502

"There's been 6.7m deaths in Dark Souls II at time of writing"

6.7m...

What ?


Mr.Editor, please do the math.


cboy2332
cboy2332

The game itself is fantastic, but the connecting rules are too stupid that I want to kick FromSoftware's ass.

TheGreatGhoul
TheGreatGhoul

Am I the only one to find this stupid?

To create a game in wich it is cool to die to the point that they can bring stats of how many peoples die in a week and the more popular ways to die.

I just don't understand why so many people like this game on the first place.

its ugly, glitchy, frustrating to a ridiculous point and the sound quality is disgusting.

They can't even create a good way to play with your friends, its all random encounters without any way to control it.

Awake peoples been good at an almost impossible game won't make you cool and it won't make the game cool either...

nathanmaxtro
nathanmaxtro

Too bad there isn't a boss tracker.


I'm sure the Last Giant is probably the highest.

bj91x
bj91x

Mommy, they've fallen and they can't get up.

tightwad34
tightwad34

As of right now there are 34,519,296 deaths and it's just past midnight Pacific time on March 16th. So there were only 6.7 million deaths 2 or 3 days into the game and 1 and a half days later it's almost 6X that. Seems a bit off to me. Not like the numbers lie, but the ratio isn't right. Shouldn't the death toll be a bit higher in the beginning seeing how everyone is getting acclimated? I assume it's for online only. All I know is I've died a shit ton so far.  And I haven't been invaded once. I have been playing at half health though pretty much the whole time, which I hear is pretty hard to get invaded at.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

°J° 43,711 deaths by other player is NOT a small number. Hmmm.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

PVP is actually really hard to do with consistency now.  You have to either farm for items or do it in very specific covenant spots.  Plus with the soul history now it'll get to a point where you will be invading the same people over and over once you do it enough.


I've played for about 40 hours already and I've been invaded once.  I'm also almost always in human form.


It's actually really shitty what they did to invasions.

Karchy
Karchy

Falls: 590,589 deaths <<<< That's the sad part  >:-[

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Oh and to the people that thought they'd make it to easy boy were you wrong. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

My most common source of death seems to be falling and the little piggy things in Majula. 

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I watched a guy on twitch for three hours invade other peoples games and kill them maybe losing once in awhile not many though after thst though I decided to Fargo the online part of the game lol.

ziproy
ziproy

Did they really have to have ANOTHER duel Gargoyle boss fight?! The last one was bad enough

everson_rm
everson_rm

What do they mean by "other". Apart for falling, traps, anemies and pvp, what else could kill you?

jelake
jelake

It's not how many times I would die to some meddling invader.  There's just the possibility of them messing up my game that forces me to play offline.

XaK2
XaK2

Im actually disappointed. I havent been invaded once and the one time I could invade I did but the host used an item and cast me out.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Hey writer, do you know how to do math?  Let's try some.


590,589 + 57,509 + 43,711 + 2,186,193 + 91,500 = 2,969,502


2.97 million is not equal to 6.7 million.


Do you guys not even look over the articles before you publish them?

Trev9421
Trev9421

I don't know why people are complaining about being invaded, I've played 20 hours so far without being invade once. I've invaded other people twice and only come upon 3 people teams. I'm part of the rat covenant, but I still die against players. If you have the ability to summons white phantoms and steamroll the game, you should have to worry about being invaded. Otherwise, there is an offline mode.

Unholy123
Unholy123

It's the layout design alot of the enemies ambush points that then require you to time your rolls and evades also happen to be around areas that you can easily fall down by going too far right or left ...

Still w8 for it people are still gearing up now wait till you get abunch of people finishing the game turning around to gear stomp the new players that number will shoot up.

tonitorsi
tonitorsi

@cboy2332  Even more stupid I found is the Networking Issues Penalty. Which kicks you out of Co-op indefinitely if you somehow disconnect from online play. 

Gopstop2222
Gopstop2222

@TheGreatGhoul  go back to your cod kid u wont understand this type of games they are too hard for you that is all

bwvictorious
bwvictorious

@nathanmaxtro
I havent my head bashed in by the Persuor or whatever that guy is called.
Last Giant is the first boss, no? Found that that one was easy if you could just stay behind him and hit him in his foot.

The second boss though... I have killed him 4 times as a phantom but havent got any luck killing him in my own world...
And dont mention those bloody arbalest... I got killed at least two times by a friendly phantom via friendly fire.

Though I also killed the world master myself once....

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

@tightwad34  you will only really get invaded at half health at *certain* pvp covenant areas then. Conditions for getting ganked at that life are very doubtful. Soul level, how many players are there, your own covenant... etc. So ya its doubtful you will get ganked.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@Tremblay343  Agreed, only invasion I had was from a NPC in the Gutter,otherwise the only time I get to PvP is when I hang with my rat king covenant in the Grave of Saints and have people forced into my world.

FoleyX90
FoleyX90

@everson_rm  I wonder if "traps" includes boulders that can crush you or only chest traps...

XaK2
XaK2

@jelake  How would they mess up your game?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Thanatos2k 2.97 million would be way, way too low. Hell, 6.7 million seems too low also.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@Thanatos2k

"From Around The Web"
Think it's just a copy paste from other sites. 

Gopstop2222
Gopstop2222

@tonitorsi @cboy2332  actualy this is awesome thnx god they made this well if u actualy disconected by mistake or error well deal with it....but i  very very very bad hated thoose retarded idiots who play ONLINE and when u invade them they leave world instantly...or even bigger faggots who leave world just before they die or will die so yea im happy about this penalty thing it have more pluses than minuses

TheGreatGhoul
TheGreatGhoul

@Gopstop2222 @TheGreatGhoul

I finished the first Dark soul so I think (the kid) understand it pretty well.

What YOU don't understand is that the games could be better if you didn't want to destroy your controller while playing it and that none of them Demon/Dark Soul deserve a rating of 9 if you compare it to some awesome games who get a 8 or less.

This is just a wave of brainless zombies like you who made this noncense possible and you don't understand that this sadomasochyst company is making fun of you with their (prepare to die edition) and their ratings of how many time you die.

You think finishing Dark Soul 2 will make you score with the geek girl next door?

Poor puppet.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@MattyTheButcher Hmm, I guess I haven't came across any of those covenants yet. I also have only used a total of two human effigies because I die all the time anyway and I haven't really felt too much of a need to use them yet. Oh, and I also just got the ring that gives you 3/4 heath even while fully hollowed. Just beat the boss at the bottom of that same area where you get that ring. Only took me two tries. Easily the easiest boss so far. Don't remember his name though.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@XaK2 They can't... he's just afraid of a little competition!

McGregor
McGregor

@Bhemont @Thanatos2k  I'm with Thanatos...They wrote it like the numbers were actual logged numbers. The first thing I thought was, "these numbers don't add up to 6.7 million". I'd forgive the math if they only included a few of the ways people died, but they have, "other" in there...That should have the remaining amount of ways people died to add up to 6.7M...

Gopstop2222
Gopstop2222

@TheGreatGhoul @Gopstop2222  you are idiot or either kid if you rage when play game just go whine somewhere else noob go play your casual games like cod 

Gbullet
Gbullet

@TheGreatGhoul @Gopstop2222So it seems you are not fond of Dark Souls 2... You are entitled to have an opinion, you don´t like it, it is fine then, i am sure there are many other great games out there that suit your taste. Now you call people that like something that you do not like a  "wave of brainless zombies" - i wonder in all of this who really is the brainless zombie.

KeviNOlighT
KeviNOlighT

@TheGreatGhoul That's fucking stupid, you are almost talking like if this was a CoD game or something like that. DaS is more the contrary than anything else. I myself loved the gameplay, stories, characters, the whole art (although some times I got frustrated, but just had to come back with a clear mind). I think I've never been so excited and immersed in the game world as in DaS and thus, it's my favorite game so far.

I think you are partially describing the worst members of the Souls series' fan base (the elitist ones, which may or may not be mostly trolls). Anyway, I don know how you think so high of yourself and so low of people with a different personality than yours, and you also even finished the game, must have been so harsh and ugly, poor you.