Bandai Namco Games have announced that players who pre-order Dark Souls II will receive a voucher for the Black Armor Weapons Pack which includes five sets of weapons and shields that players will be able to access from the start of the game. While this provides some initial advantage, all items in the pack can also be collected naturally during course of the game.
It is certainly unlike the team behind Dark Souls to give any kind of helping hand to the player. So much so that my initial reaction is to assume that there is some kind of cruel trick behind the giveaway. Maybe players that use the weapons pack will be cursed with permanently depleted health for the entire campaign. Or perhaps a particularly evil phantom lies in wait for those that accept this small morsel of kindness. Whatever the case, you can find a description of the items in the Black Armor Weapons Pack below.
Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.
Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.
Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.
Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.
Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex and cause an effect known as Darkness.
Dark Souls II is one of our Top 6 Most Anticipated Games of 2014 and will be available on March 11 on PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC version to follow at a later date.