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Demons Souls Walkthrough - Character Classes
The characters can be VERY confusing when you start with Demon's Soul. DO NOT OBSESS. It's likely you'll play a while, go back and try another one, play a while and so on. The key really is to choose a character that best fits your style of play, and nothing else. Don't worry about "Person X has lots of total points and Person Y has few total points." The minor point differences don't matter at all long term because you can level up any stat you want without any relative penalty. That is, increasing *any* stat the first time (strength, dexterity, etc) is going to cost you X points. The next time you go to increase a stat (any one) it will now cost you Y points. Each time you increase any stat at all in your body it increases your soul level, and your soul level determines how much the next upgrade will cost you. So it doesn't matter at all if you keep increasing your strength, or if you randomly increase strength, then dexterity, then luck, and so on. Each subsequent upgrade will cost you more.
So you could start as a knight and then plow all your upgrades into magic - or you could start as a warrior and plow all your upgrades into strength. It doesn't cost you more or less, either way. For those who are curious, your total starting attribute point total is around 86.
We've tried a variety of characters. If you play as a magic user but your personal preference is to jump into battle swinging a sword, it just won't work well. If you get yourself as a barbarian but you love to hang back and snipe, that doesn't work well either. Look through the characters and figure out which one best suits YOUR style of gameplay. I personally love archer characters. James loves soldier characters. Bob loves the Noble because he starts with a ring of regeneration of magic. The noble can also use magic.
So again, don't agonize over this stage.
Also, don't waste too much time customizing your eyeballs and cheekbones and everything else they provide here. When you're playing, 99% of the time you only see the back of your head - and even then it has a helmet on it. Even when you do see your face, it's tiny and usually covered by something. It's just not worth it to over-tweak :)
A few quick notes:
knight vs barbarian - barbarian has more health but takes more damage per hit and takes much more grass to heal up
noble - uses a rapier, buckler, better healing grass, and with lower soul level upgrades are cheaper to start, plus ring to recover mp
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