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Dark Souls 2 – Rings Guide

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Let’s be honest, Dark Souls 2 is a pretty tough game and you’re going to need all the help you can get. We’ve decided to construct a guide for all you single players out there to help make your time in Drangleic a little bit easier. Previously, we talked about farming souls to help you level up and where to find some titanite. Now, it’s time to discuss what rings can help you out on your journey.

The world of Dark Souls 2 is full to the brim with rings that provide significant aid on your quest to reverse your curse. Dark Souls 2 introduces four ring slots instead of two so there’s a lot more variety in how you can setup your character’s ring buffs. I’ve broken down common rings into their own categories with a description for each ring’s use and location so you can decide yourself what will work best for your character.

Combat Rings

Here’s some rings that can help you out with fighting the enemies in-game.

Ring Of Blades

This ring can help you increase your physical attacks against enemies. For a strength focused character, this ring is a good one to equip. The first variation will increase your attack +20, then +35 and finally +50. You can obtain the ring by defeating the Pursuer boss through New Game Plus. It also works for bows.

Crest of the Rat

You obtain this ring when you join the Rat King convenant. It adds a poison bonus to your attacks.

King’s Ring

This ring is crucial to the plot and you pick it up towards the end of the game. It adds a flame bonus to your attacks.

Stone Ring

In the introduction area, Things Betwixt, you can obtain the Stone Ring when you defeat the lurching cyclops. This ring improves your poise damage which means you’re more likely to stagger any enemy.

Magic Rings

Here’s some rings that will help you when you’re casting miracles/sorceries. Melee players should also cast an eye over this for some defense tips.

Lingering Dragoncrest Ring

You can obtain this ring by freeing Straid, the petrified statue in Lost Bastille. The ring makes the effects of spells last longer by 1.5 seconds. It affects spells that act as buffs, Area Of Effect spells and Damage Per Second spells.

Northern Ritual Band

Found after defeating the Lost Sinner boss, this ring increases spell use but halves your health. It can be useful for a once off, but losing half your health is never good. The Southern Ritual Band (found in Belfry Luna) is your best bet instead.

Clear Bluestone Ring 

Obtained by Carhillion in No Man’s Wharf, it reduces casting time by 25% and also affects pyromancies. A faster cast can save your life so consider this one if you prefer speed over defense.

Spell Quartz Ring

The Spell Quartz Ring increases your magic defense by 25 points and is sold by Carhillion in No Man’s Wharf or the pyromancer girl you can unpetrify near the Shaded Woods. There’s a huge range of these types of rings that defend you against dark, fire, lightning and magic, and they’re pretty useful for elemental bosses.

Useful Rings

Check out these rings that help make the game a little bit easier and can come in handy if you find yourself stuck.

Rings Of Life Protection/Soul Protection

A handy old ring for when you’re exploring new territory, the Life Protection Ring protects you from turning Hollow or losing souls when you die. When you use it, it breaks but can be repaired for 3000 souls. It’s located in No Man’s Wharf.

The Soul Protection ring offers similar effects but with a petrification resistance. It costs 6000 to repair and you can find it in The Gutter.

Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +1

By giving you 20% more souls, this ring certainly helps you when you’re farming. You can buy it from the Merchant Hag for 10,000 souls.

Covetous Gold Serpent Ring

This is another good ring for finding a rare item or an enemy’s armor through farming. The ring boost chances for an enemy drop and is found in Iron Keep.

Health/Status Boost Rings

Your health is your wealth. Here’s some rings that will help you extend it and some others to replenish it.

Ring of Restoration

Restores 3 HP every 1.5 seconds and is found in the Forest of Fallen Giants. Not a bad starter ring at all.

Ring Of Evil Eye

The ring is sold by the talking cat located near Majula and allows you to gain back some of your health when you defeat an enemy. The ring is certainly useful for coming up to bosses as you can gain back health without having to use items or Estus Flasks.

So that wraps a quick guide to some easy to find rings that will certainly help you on your adventures in Drangleic. Got a ring you’d recommend for players? Let us know in the comments below!

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