Upcoming Dark Souls 2 Patch Nerfs Lightning Spears Even Further

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Posted on August 22, 2014, Mitchell Saltzman Upcoming Dark Souls 2 Patch Nerfs Lightning Spears Even Further

In preparation for the upcoming Dark Souls 2 DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, From Software will be dropping another calibrations patch that seems especially focused on nerfing magic users, especially those with faith builds.

Calibration 1.10, which drops on August 25, will reduce the damage of 15 spells including, Lightning Spear, Great Lightning Spear, Sunlight Spear, Emit Force, Soul Geyser, Soul Shower, Soul Spear and Crystal Soul Spear just to name a few of the big ones.

This patch especially hurts faith-based characters who were already slapped silly with the nerf stick back in patch 1.08 when From Software reduced the number of casts of lightning spear from 11 down to three, among other nerfs aimed specifically at offensive miracles. Though, to be fair, Lightning Spears were pretty overpowered pre-patch, and now the pendulum seems to have swung back entirely in the other direction.

Below you can find the full patch notes from Beyond the Bonfire. Be sure to check out our own James Heaney’s Dark Souls 2 walkthrough as well and see how this patch affects his faith-based character as he gets closer and closer to beating the game.

The following fixes, changes, and refinements are included in the update:
•Undead Crypt: Fixed the bell not ringing if you continuously attack the bell that appears after Ledia’s shaman appears.

Adjustments that will be made with Calibrations 1.10 (all following changes):
•Balanced fatal blows done on other players in online multiplayer
•Spell parry time and area of effect has been raised:
oCleric’s Parma
oCleric’s Small Shield
oCursed Bone Shield
oSpirit Tree Shield
oGolden Wing Shield
oShield of the Insolent
oGrand Spirit Tree Shield

•Spell parry time has been raised:
oKing’s Mirror

•Lowered damage caused by the following weapons:
oDefender’s Shield
oHavel’s Greatshield
oGyrm Greatshield
oDragonrider Greatshield

•Lowered defense of:
oGyrm Helm
oGyrm Warrior Helm
oGyrm Warrior Greathelm
oSmelter Demon Helm
oVelstadt’s Helm
oBlack Witch Robe

•Raised effect of:
oStone Ring

•Changed so the effect does not apply to spells:
oRed Tearstone Ring

•Raised defense against enemies in offline play only (multiplayer not affected)
oRing of Steel Protection

•Lowered effect of:
oClear Bluestone Ring +2

•Raised casting time and lowered strength of:
oSoul Spear

•Raised casting time, lowered strength, raised required magic slots, and raised usage count for:
oCrystal Soul Spear

•Lowered effectiveness of:
oStrong Magic Shield

•Lowered damage of:
oSoul Geyser
oSoul Shower
oLightning Spear
oGreat Lightning Spear
oSunlight Spear
oEmit Force
oBlinding Bolt
oHeavenly Thunder
oFire Whip
oAffinity
oScraps of Life
oResonant Soul
oGreat Resonant Soul

•Spells “Sacred Oath” and “Bountiful Sunlight”
oCasting this on one’s self will now diffuse all support effects
oHaving it cast by someone else will not diffuse other support effects
oCasting spells on yourself to create other support effects after having these used will diffuse the effect of the above spells
(players cannot use the effects of these spells in conjunction with other effects from spells they cast on themselves)

•Spells “Numbness” and “Resonant Flesh”
oCasting this on one’s self will now diffuse all support effects
oCasting spells on yourself to create other support effects after having these used will diffuse the effect of the above spells
(players cannot use the effects of these spells in conjunction with other effects from spells they cast on themselves)

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