The Worst Ways To Die In Dark Souls

There are many ways to die in the Souls games. These are the worst.

With Dark Souls 3 coming out in two weeks—sooner, if you’re lucky—it’s got me in a contemplative mood about the series. Beating Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, and Bloodborne count among my greatest gaming accomplishments, but that didn’t come without great trial and error.

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(For this post, FYI, I’m counting Bloodborne as part of the Souls games.)

Death is constant in Souls, and it doesn’t always arrive way you expect. It’s a game that enjoys tricking the player around ever corner. Such as...

Those F’ing Mimics

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Someone Fell For That?! Oh, Wait...HEY

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The Ol’ Skeleton Kick

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Everything In Sen’s Fortress

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The Conveniently Placed Fire Barrel

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Oh, It’s Just A Few Enemies

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One Giant Leap For Hollowkind

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Didn’t See Ya There, Offscreen Enemy

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The Cocky Emote

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One. God. Damn. Arrow.

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Getting A Boss To Its Last Hit, Then Screwing Up

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Jumping Off A Dangerous Cliff

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This doesn’t even cover the other terrible things that can happen, like:

  • Trying to find the next bonfire and losing 30,000 souls!
  • Rushing through a familiar area and dying for no good reason!
  • Ignoring a status effect and suddenly dying of, say, poison!
  • The camera locking onto the wrong enemy!
  • Convincing yourself that the next time you fight the boss, you’ll win!
  • Deciding it’s a good idea to play these games in the first place!

Share your stories of woe in the comments below. Together, we’ll praise the sun and try to fight another day.

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Patrick Klepek

Senior reporter at Kotaku, streaming Mario deaths at youtube.com/patrickklepek