So, Dark Souls II is finally out and will most likely be consuming your life by now—assuming you live in North America that is—we have another 36 painful hours to endure here in Australia. Perhaps you are a newcomer to the series, in which case I’m not sure whether to envy or pity you. Maybe you are just a returning Dark Souls veteran who needs a refresher before jumping back in. Either way you will want to check out this detailed ‘how to’ guide, which covers topics from controls, to weapons, items, armor, combat, upgrading, multiplayer and general tips for staying alive that little bit longer. Hardened fans will want to skip the basics, but there are also some great Dark Souls II specific tips to give you the best possible chance of success. Namco Bandai posted this video with the help of Jeremy “The Junglist” and Michael ‘VaatiVidya”.

Dark Souls II is available now on PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America and will release on March 14 in PAL territories. A PC version will also follow on march 25. Stay tuned to LootChaser for our upcoming review of Dark Souls II.

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