Saying Dark Souls 3 is hard is like saying ice is cold, it’s a fact that could not be denied or turned away from. The game is designed to keep you on your toes and approach each encounter with a level of caution and strategy. It is a game that will always keep your blood pumping and only the most patient of players will grasp the intention behind this particular playstyle.
With the difficulty being this game’s trademark you are always under the threat of death, which can either come from a hard enemy or a surprise attack or trap you didn’t even see coming. And with this danger looming large over players’ heads people wonder whether they are able to save or store the Souls they painstakingly acquired.
The sad answer to this question is officially you can’t save souls in any storage or inventory for future use. But there are some nuanced ways of “saving souls” that you can use which we will discuss below.
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Souls In Dark Souls 3
Souls in the Dark Souls franchise is your hybrid experience points and currency which you get for killing everything from low-level enemies to menacing bosses, the level of souls you gain is respective to the enemy and progression. These souls can then be traded in to level up all the stats or attributes like STR or DEX etc. Another use for these souls is to buy items from the many NPC merchants you come across.
Now, these souls are an integral part of the gameplay loop of this genre, whereby the challenge of difficulty is always there and each time you die you drop the souls you have on you in that particular spot, then after respawning at the last bonfire you interacted with you will have to go back to the location and get the souls back from killing the enemy that killed you earlier or from the floor. And if you die before retrieving the souls then they are lost forever.
So the extra panic that comes with a large souls account on hand and dropping them before finding the next bonfire to level up is the added layer of challenge players have to go through. So it’s part of the game to lose a huge number of souls at some point in your journey to truly experience the brutality. Happened to the best of us so you shouldn’t feel alone!
Storing Souls In Dark Souls 3
The ways through which you could potentially save the souls you have on you are as follows:
- Ring of Sacrifice: You will find these rings in many locations while playing the game and they are a one-time use item where they let you keep the souls you have on you even after death but the ring will be destroyed when you die. These are perfect for situations where you are certain that you will die and have a lot of souls on you. Though their limited quantity in the game and the opportunity cost of having a better ring equipped do not make this a permanent saving solution.
- Buying Items: This trick is perfect for leftover souls after upgrading your level and the next required soul quantity is greater. You can use the souls to buy items from different NPCs and store them in your inventory only to sell them later on when you need souls. Items like embers and repair powder from the Thief are a good investment. The downside of this trick is that you will lose some souls in the trade for you will be buying for more and selling for less and a minimum loss of 33% will be incurred, also the tedium of running from store to selling will get to you soon.
- Souls Items: You will come across consumable soul items throughout the game and these will give you a number of souls depending on their level. An educated player will keep these in their inventory and only use them once needed to level up or buy a particular item. Do not use them willy-nilly as you can lose them like normal by dying. The number of souls for each item is listed below in the table.
|Name & Icon||Usage|
|Fading Soul||Use to gain 50 souls|
|Soul of a Deserted Corpse||Used to gain 200 souls.|
|Large soul of a Deserted Corpse||Used to gain 400 souls.|
|Soul of a Proud Paladin||Use to gain 500 souls.|
|Soul of an Unknown Traveler||Used to gain 800 souls.|
|Large Soul of an Unknown Traveler||Used to gain 1000 souls.|
|Large Soul of a Proud Paladin||Use to gain 1000 Souls|
|Sovereignless Soul||Use to gain 2000 souls.|
|Soul of an Intrepid Hero||Use to gain 2000 souls.|
|Soul of a Nameless Soldier||Use to gain 2000 souls.|
|Large soul of an Intrepid Hero||Use to gain 2500 souls|
|Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier||Use to gain 3000 souls.|
|Soul of a Seasoned Warrior||Use to gain 5000 souls.|
|Soul of a Weary Warrior||Use to gain 5000 souls.|
|Large Soul of a Seasoned Warrior||Use to gain 7500 souls.|
|Large Soul of a Weary Warrior||Use to gain 8000 souls.|
|Soul of a Crestfallen Knight||Use to gain 10,000 souls|
|Soul of an Old Hand||Use to gain 12,500 souls.|
|Large Soul of a Crestfallen Knight||Use to gain 20,000 souls.|
|Soul of a Venerable Old Hand||Use to gain 20,000 Souls|
|Soul of a Champion||Use to gain 25,000 souls|
|Soul of a Great Champion||Use to gain 50,000 Souls|
Souls are interwoven into the whole experience of the game and thus are not to be treated as normal items that can be stored or used later, they serve a purpose in the grand scheme of this genre. While there are no proper storing methods we have given suggestions on how you could protect the loss of your souls or use them effectively.
Souls are easy to come by so don’t let a loss hold you from experiencing the game.