- Make friends with this guy.
The truth of the matter is that the Drake Sword really isn't all that. With a little upgrading, and a few points in the right stats, even the humble Longsword (junky starting gear for the Warrior class) can rival it. And I don't mean eventually, you can get this going on at nearly the same point of the game - and for less grindy work!
One of the best parts of Dark Souls
is it's mysterious allure. Developer From Software never spells anything out for the player, leaving the next step, the best tactics, and even the story of the game all for the players to figure out for themselves. It makes the game feel magical and alive and dangerous and is overall one of Dark Soul's
best qualities. But if I had to say the lack of explanation hurts the game in one place, it's the stat screen. Everyone would have benefited with some clarification on the confusing-♥♥♥ jumble of numbers that populate the inventory and equipment screen.
See most weapons have a value called "Scaling" on one or more stats, marked with a letter grade. What that means is that you will get a small amount of bonus damage for every point you have in those related stats when using that weapon. The higher the grade, the bigger the bonus. Taking the Longsword[darksouls.wikidot.com]
as our example, looking at the equipment screen you can see it has C ranking synergy with the Str and Dex stats. Comparatively the Drake Sword no scaling rank in any stat.
But that's not all, you can also upgrade the base damage of the Longsword at the nearby blacksmith (or with your own smithbox if you make the investment) with an item called titanite. Now titanite can be bought at the blacksmith for 800 souls a pop, but it also drops fairly frequently from most of the enemies in the Undead Burg area, so you are bound to pick up a few for free just running around.
You can upgrade any basic weapon to +5 at the start of the game (and up to +10 a little further on) for 200 souls a level. Even in a worst case scenario where you have to buy all 10 titanite shards, you're looking at a mere 9000 soul investment to tink up your starting weapon to +5. A number of souls you can easily make by looping the surrounding area a few times, or by Jolly' Co-Oping ONE person with the Gargoyle boss.
My most recent character was able to do 155 damage using a +5 Longsword with a VERY modest 13 str and 20 dex. Even though the basic damage is only 120, the added bonuses from str and dex scaling gave it more than a 30 point boost.
With a tiny bit of effort you can have a weapon that is only a little bit behind the Drake Sword at the same point in the game that will in fact grow with you and get even better. And you didn't even need to spend twenty minutes flinging arrows at a dragon to get it! You earned the souls to upgrade the weapon and your stats ACTUALLY PLAYING the game. - Tell me this doesn't look like more fun than pestering the Hellkite Dragon with arrows for 15 minutes.