Dark Souls creates the parallel worlds all around you filled with human players who are playing at the same time as you are, and it does so automatically when you are logged in Xbox Live or PSN. If you wish not to be disturbed, don’t log in.
You can engage with these human players in several ways; you can help them, join them or attack them. Dark Souls offers a unique PVP contest if you get bored with your regular questing and boss fighting.
You will encounter these human players in the form of Souls that wander around as they attempt to complete their own quest. Those who fall, leave behind their blood stains. You can click these stains to watch the last few moments of the fallen Soul.
How To Interact With Souls in Dark Souls
Before you are able to leave messages for other souls wandering in your World, you will have to buy Orange Soapstone that allows you to leave a message for other players. You only need one and use it when you can, since it isn’t consumed when used.
Once you have this item, you can send from the available list of dialogue choices. Yes, you can’t customize your message.
This feature a new dynamic to the gameplay, you can even lie but do remember; your messages can be rated by other players and messages with higher ratings will reward you with bonuses, and instant heal. Telling the truth has its own benefits but that doesn’t you can’t lie once in a while just for fun.
How To Join With Other Players
Defeat Taurus demon in Undead Burg and you will meet White Knight of the Sun. He will reward you with White Soapstone that you can use to join with other players. To join other player’s World, place your White Soapstone on the ground.
As long as you stay within the range of that Soapstone and away from Bonfire, you can be summoned by other players. You can do this in both Human and Hollow forms, but if you want to summon other players, you must be in Human form.
To summon other players, first locate the player’s Soapstone and the summon them into your World. When you are hosted, you can summon two more to make it a team of four.
You can ask help from these players to help you defeat the bosses or other giant enemies as a team. Your team members can help you complete challenging areas. While you get to complete the challenging task, they are rewarded with bonus Souls and Humanity for helping you out.
Be careful though, if you are a host, and you die; you will become a hollow, and all your team members will be kicked out of your World.
How To Communicate With Your Team
There is no direct way to communicate with other players in Dark Souls that join you in your fight with a powerful boss or to help you completing a challenging area/task.
You only have access to gestures that can help you get your point across. Talk to various NPCs in Dark Souls and they will teach you gestures to help you interact with other players.
These are the organizations that are scattered throughout the World of Dark Souls. Each grants its members some benefits and strengths, so if you want to join any of these, choose wisely, as once you are in, you will have to abide by their rules or it will cost you a lot.
If you end up wanting to leave a covenant, go to the top of the Undead Parish Bell Tower and talk to the Black Garbed NPC there. You can leave any covenant for free with his help though, you may end up paying thousands of Souls to remove any sins that you may have committed.
Way of White
You get into this Covenant by communicating with the body guards of Gwyn when you have a lot of Humanity. If you like to help out other players online, join this covenant. Members of Way of White can do Miracle Resonance easier. It also reduces certain invasions from other Covenants.
You can join this Covenant by siding with Gwyn’s daughter, Gwynevere. She will ask you for a favor after you have defeated Ornstein/Smough. She gives you Lordvessel, an item that will allow you to warp between bonfires.
All you need to do is kill her father and get his soul flame. Joining this covenant will grant you 1 flask at anytime in the game, maximum you can get are 20.
Blade of the Darkmoon
Join Blade of the Darkmoon. A true Gwyn, who wants to destroy all the lords and get their flames, so he can get enough power to lead the rest of the World into his perfect future.
You will get to join this covenant late in the game, it allows you to get the Dark Knight Armor. The Blade of the Darkmoon’s primary goal is to assassinate other players who have broken their covenant by using a list of names found in the ‘Book of Guilty’.
They hunt down the players who deserted their covenants, but do encourage others to join them. If you have left any other covenant and Blade of the Darkmoon is becoming a pain in the butt, then join them and start hunting yourself.
How to Join Blade of the Darkmoon
- Visit the Catacombs and pick up the Darkmoon Priest Ring. Get Access to Anor Londo and its second bonfire, which is further into the area than your first stop.
- Go to Anore Londo’s Second Bonfire.
- Equip the Darkmoon Priest Ring.
- This will make the nearby status go. Now get through the opening and reach the fog, but do not enter yet.
- Press select and do the gesture “Kneel” and the covenant application will trigger.
You will receive a Blue Eye Orb and Blade of the Darkmoon, that you can use to invade other players.
Warrior of Sunlight
You need 50 Faith to join this Covenant. You will receive ‘Lightening Spear’ miracle when you join this covenant. This miracle requires 20 faith and scales with faith stat.
Warrior of Sunlight takes Sunlight Medals as pledges and you get items for your medals. In order to rank up in covenant, you will need to offer a lot of medals at different intervals of the game.
How to Join Warrior of Sunlight
- You need 50 faith before you should attempt to join. You can lower this requirement by becoming a White Phantom and helping other players clear an area. Or you can summor Solaire of Astore to help you with a boss like the Bell Gargoyle. If he survives the encounter, you will get a Sunlight Medal.
- Meet the Faith requirement.
- Go to the bonfire near the Hellkyte (Red Dragon in Undead Burg)
- Go to nearby altar and the covenant join will trigger.
Talk to huge cat ‘Alvina’ in the dark forest. You will find her in a small stone building towards the Wolf boss. Alvina will give you a white pearl when you join this covenant, which she can use to summon you with other players who are not part of covenant, for the journey into the first part of the forest.