Originally Posted by Igo
So i'm finally about to play this and I remembered there being talk of some special weapon everyone should aquire in the first stage or so. Can someone clue me in on that and how to get it?
The most important item for a new player to find in the first level is probably the cling ring, which allows you to have more HP in soul form, which you will most likely spend most of your time in. 4-1 (first level in shrine of storms, the fourth archstone) has a crescent falchion+1, which is better than any un-upgraded weapon you start with, and does magic damage. Don't know if either of those are what you're thinking of. But definitely explore as much as you can and don't be afraid of doing suicide runs to pick up an item, because you keep any items you pick up. However, this game has an annoying item carry limit, and if you leave something on the ground and go back to the nexus, it will be gone forever. But there is another item in the first level which you can give to an NPC in the nexus in exchange for the ring of herculean strength which will let you carry more.
FINALLY got a pure darkmoonstone from one of the 4-3 lizards. Had to do the quit to xmb trick 5 times to get one, which is ridiculous. Thanks one85x for the tip of sniping them with a bow and waiting for them to go back to their starting position. One of them eventually always dove off the ledge regardless, but I finally got the pure from the other one. There's a nice boost in AR from +4 to +5 crescent. I haven't been duping upgrade materials but I duped the pure darkmoon because it took me forever
to get one and I don't want to have to go through that again should I choose to forge another crescent weapon with this character.