The drake sword... people are still using it?

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    The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Wade_Wilson on Tue May 08, 2012 3:07 pm

    Serious question. Why are people still using the drake sword this far into the games life? In my mind its nothing more than a boost to newbies if they're struggling through the first part of the game, so why is it that everyone who summons me is using it? Why don't people mix it up with other straight swords, one of the hammers or a spear? Its not that hard to get a weapon to +5.By the way, I'm taking about undead burg/parish/darkroot/depths/blightown levels of earliness.

    TLDR: Everyone still using drake sword.
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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Serious_Much on Tue May 08, 2012 3:10 pm

    I don't think you should knock them for it, their choice to leave their upgrading of weapons until a later time than gargoyles..

    To be fair, it lets you easily run through the early levels pretty easily, it did for me when i was a proverbial noob happy


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Wade_Wilson on Tue May 08, 2012 3:13 pm

    Serious_Much wrote:I don't think you should knock them for it, their choice to leave their upgrading of weapons until a later time than gargoyles..

    To be fair, it lets you easily run through the early levels pretty easily, it did for me when i was a proverbial noob happy

    I know its their choice, but I expected the early levels to be the decider in what weapon style you were good with and chose. Wether you decided to chose spear, polearms, daggers, whatever. Instead, everyone and their mum has the drake sword.
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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Serious_Much on Tue May 08, 2012 3:15 pm

    in my opinion, better the drake sword than a glitched lightning or +15 weapon.


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    Post by Odinbear on Tue May 08, 2012 3:25 pm

    Some guy dropped 10 red titanite and 10 blue? titanite and a +5 lightning spear to me before co-oping the gargoyles yesterday in the parish. . Lightning spear is awesomely early. Come on invaders! Lol.
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    Post by Odinbear on Tue May 08, 2012 3:31 pm

    Oh he had no clothes and carried the drake sword.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Akatik on Tue May 08, 2012 3:33 pm

    The Drake sword is still a very powerful sword in the early game. It's that simple. Hell, I've been playing this game for a while and I used Astora's Straight Sword all the way through the Depths.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Doelker on Tue May 08, 2012 4:20 pm

    I don't use the drake sword anymore because my loe level toons doesn't have the strength to yield it. Although I always get the dragon tail for it. I never leave it behind.
    Nowadays I farm for Balder Side Swords.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Rynn on Tue May 08, 2012 4:23 pm

    If you have the stats to use it, there is no reason not to that early in. 200 damage is more then most weapons can get that easily during that point in the game. I consider the drake swords 200 AR to be a benchmark number your weapon needs to pass before you should ever go PvP, or even head to Blighttown
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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Yesuurd on Tue May 08, 2012 4:31 pm

    Wade_Wilson wrote:Serious question. Why are people still using the drake sword this far into the games life? In my mind its nothing more than a boost to newbies if they're struggling through the first part of the game, so why is it that everyone who summons me is using it? Why don't people mix it up with other straight swords, one of the hammers or a spear? Its not that hard to get a weapon to +5.By the way, I'm taking about undead burg/parish/darkroot/depths/blightown levels of earliness.

    TLDR: Everyone still using drake sword.

    Thing is in my opinion, you have all this knowledge since you have played alot but a new gamer gets comfortable with it and still may not have the insight to know he can upgrade better weapons, he might not even have the souls or the titanite for it.

    At what is the highest level you have seen someone using it?
    Also do you message to them and tell them they have more options?

    I know it sounds like a hassle but it would be good of you and it sounds to me like you worry
    for newcomers and want to help out.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Akatik on Tue May 08, 2012 4:31 pm

    I prefer to Co-op with people that still use the drake sword at the early levels. It means that they are playing the game honestly.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by lextune on Tue May 08, 2012 5:06 pm

    I have a level 60 sunbro that lives in Anor, and I have seen dozens of players still rocking the Drake sword over the last few months.

    I have never thought to message them about changing weapons, but I have led many of them to the Giant Blacksmith.

    To tell you the truth, I always think it is kind of awesome when I run into someome who seems to be under powered, I feel like they must be having a great challenge.

    Number one example by the way, would be the Sorcerer I ran into in the Tomb of Giants who was still rocking the starting dagger. I dropped him my blue slab, (faith build with no need for it anyway)


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Rynn on Tue May 08, 2012 5:15 pm

    lextune wrote:
    Number one example by the way, would be the Sorcerer I ran into in the Tomb of Giants who was still rocking the starting dagger. I dropped him my blue slab, (faith build with no need for it anyway)
    That was totally me! I was a level 390 sorcerer on NG +++ still rocking an Enchanted + 5 dagger. I didn't think I could find a better weapon.
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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by RANT on Tue May 08, 2012 5:22 pm

    i have seen people using the drake sword in painted world wich i think its pretty awesome, i gave one guy a dark hand and he was so happy he said he was looking for that for the longest time lol. i gave him some chunks and told him about the msgs which i was using and how awesome it is. i ran into someone at the kiln and he was dueling with it, the damage is actually decent and he was pretty good.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Uparkaam on Tue May 08, 2012 6:06 pm

    I remember killing O & Smo with the drake sword in my first playthrough. Didn't have anything better back then.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Maneater_Mildred on Tue May 08, 2012 6:12 pm

    Upgrade it to +5 and host low lvl in the burg, then shock the invaders when they think they have a easy kill. Win.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Imarreteet23 on Tue May 08, 2012 6:12 pm

    Uparkaam wrote:I remember killing O & Smo with the drake sword in my first playthrough. Didn't have anything better back then.
    Yeah, same here. I started as a thief on my first playthrough and so all I had was the BK. It did like 10 damage a hit to them. And this was before I knew what summons were. Oh the good ol' days...


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by sparkly-twinkly-lizard on Tue May 08, 2012 9:30 pm

    it upgrades to 300 damage and has a defensive buff... also the force attack.... maybe i'll do a drake sword build.... 16 str and then medium armor with high vit and end?


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by reim0027 on Tue May 08, 2012 9:52 pm

    Imarreteet23 wrote:
    Uparkaam wrote:I remember killing O & Smo with the drake sword in my first playthrough. Didn't have anything better back then.
    Yeah, same here. I started as a thief on my first playthrough and so all I had was the BK. It did like 10 damage a hit to them. And this was before I knew what summons were. Oh the good ol' days...
    Me too . . . I used to use it for S & O. It really sucked. Then, I found out about the Crystal Halberd at the start of that level and things changed.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Tue May 08, 2012 9:54 pm

    It's just as easy to suicide run into the Catacombs and grab the Gravelord Sword, if someone is looking to make the beginning of the game easier.

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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Carphil on Tue May 08, 2012 9:56 pm

    I like to wield drake with starting gear, when they invade, I switch to a Dragon Greatsword. Just imagine their faces. Burg, Parish, depths and forest FTW


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    Post by cloudyeki on Tue May 08, 2012 10:04 pm

    I never got to experience the true awesomeness of the drake sword actually. I had it for all of the parish, and then Solaire helped me get my favorite weapon. After I upgraded the G.Halberd to +5 it was like I found the perfect weapon.


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by lextune on Tue May 08, 2012 11:18 pm

    Rynn wrote:
    lextune wrote:
    Number one example by the way, would be the Sorcerer I ran into in the Tomb of Giants who was still rocking the starting dagger. I dropped him my blue slab, (faith build with no need for it anyway)
    That was totally me! I was a level 390 sorcerer on NG +++ still rocking an Enchanted + 5 dagger. I didn't think I could find a better weapon.

    Lol....wooden shield right?

    If I had known you were that high a level I would have fought you instead of gifting. silly


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    Re: The drake sword... people are still using it?

    Post by Rynn on Tue May 08, 2012 11:30 pm

    Gosh, I so would have died if you did. I couldn't PvP for ****. It's a miracle I didn't have my RoF on at the time, I prolly woulda hid from you.

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    Post by User on Tue May 08, 2012 11:47 pm

    Wade_Wilson wrote:
    Serious_Much wrote:I don't think you should knock them for it, their choice to leave their upgrading of weapons until a later time than gargoyles..

    To be fair, it lets you easily run through the early levels pretty easily, it did for me when i was a proverbial noob happy

    I know its their choice, but I expected the early levels to be the decider in what weapon style you were good with and chose. Wether you decided to chose spear, polearms, daggers, whatever. Instead, everyone and their mum has the drake sword.

    I vow against this. I never use the drake sword unless cosplaying as a Dragon myself. Instead, I use the gravelord Sword or Ghost Blades at early game

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