Dark Souls 1.05 Patch Arrives

Dying a lot? Well, it could just be because you’re terrible at the game, but to make you feel better about yourself, From Software has launched a new patch for ‘most difficult game of the year’ candidate Dark Souls, which addresses multiple balancing and technical issues.

These Japanese patch notes come from a Paste Bin translation, but they do nicely summarise the multitude of changes patch 1.05 is bringing to the table:


Magic Changes:

  • Pyro Glove nerfed from 270 to 230.
  • You can see resonance signs now.
  • Vow of Silence range increased.
  • Sorcery spell damage as a whole was slightly buffed, but Homing Soul Mass and other pursuit style spells were nerfed.
  • Magic Shield duration lowered to ~11 seconds.
  • Strong Magic Shield duration lowered to ~11 seconds. Invincibility removed. Effect on Stamina drastically reduced.
  • Tranquil Walk of Peace and other Slow duration reduced to ~10 secs. Effect supposedly changed from 100% encumberance to 50%. Rolling possible if your equip burden is lowered. Slowness is similar to swamp effect.
  • Iron Flesh effectiveness nerfed.
  • Invisible Body duration remains unchanged.

Status Changes:

  • Base Equipment Burden increased (~6-10 points)
  • Humanity Item drop rate increased from 10 to 210
  • Medium roll recovery faster? (unclear and unconfirmed)
  • Defensive bonuses gained via Humanity reduced. Other defensive bonuses remain unchanged.
  • Item discovery gained via Humanity improved. Capped at 20.

Equipment General Changes:

  • Reported some weapon scaling gets improved at higher normal upgrades (+15 uchi dex scaling goes to A)
  • Some scaling reported as changing from A to S with higher upgrades

Upgrade Changes:

  • Normal scaling buffed by 5-20% (20% at +14).
  • Crystal scaling buffed by 5-20% (20% at +4).
  • Lightning +4 nerfed by 2% (+5 remains unchanged).
  • Raw scaling buffed by 10% (all levels).
  • Magic stat scaling buffed by 10-20% (20% at +9).
  • Enchanted stat scaling buffed by 15-20% (20% at +4).
  • Divine stat scaling buffed by 10-20% (20% at +9).
  • Occult stat scaling buffed by 15-20% (20% at +4).
  • Fire +9 nerfed by 2%. (+5 remains unchanged)
  • Dragon stat scaling buffed by 5-20% (20% at +5).

Specific Gear Changes:

  • Grant scaling changed to Strength:B and Faith:A
  • Gold-hemmed nerfed, still can’t be upgraded.
  • Dust skirt nerfed hard (streamlined to match the other pieces).
  • Silver Knights, Sun, Hollow Soldier’s Shield and other medium shield stability nerfed to ~70 at max upgrades to improve Great Shield viability.
  • Crystal Ring Shield scaling drastically nerfed. Does around ~200 +-50
  • Dragon Greatsword buffed from 360 to 390.
  • Silver Knight’s Sword lightning effect removed. Now enchantable.
  • Elite Knight gear nerfed, then buffed slightly in 1.05

Combat Changes:

  • Lock-on acquisition range increased.
  • Lock-on changing/switching got easier (more responsive).
  • Ring of Fog users can now be locked on.

PVE Changes:

  • Overall increase in souls gained (~2-2.5 times more)
  • Damage reduced on some mobs?
  • HP lowered on some mobs?
  • Reduced acquisition range on normal enemies.
  • Supposedly reduced poise on some enemies.
  • Bosses drop Humanity and Homeward Bones
  • Ghosts and Skeletons give souls now.
  • Twinkling Titanite drop rate improved.
  • Pyromancers in Catacombs drop Skull Lanterns.
  • Darkwraiths in New Londo drop Dark Hand.

Online Changes:

  • You can see resonance signs.
  • Some invasion restrictions possibly changed? Darkwraith upperlimit confirmed as unchanged.
  • 1.05: Summon restrictions improved slightly again.
  • Amount of souls the Master of the game gains changed.
  • Cracked Eye Orbs no longer get consumed on failure. Confirmed
  • You can hit Select to rate messages.
  • 1.05: Fixed 1.04 bug where summon signs were invisible.

Covenant Changes:

  • Covenant Material drop rate improved.
  • Lowered requirements for Sunbro covenenant (requirements moved from 50 to 25. 3/4 assists should do the trick)

Other Changes:

  • Official Guide nerfed.
  • Forest Hunter NPC farming remains unchanged.
  • Dark Anor Londo NPC farming remains unchanged.
  • Kiln Skip Glitch still works in 1.05

Merchant stock updates:

  • Male Undead Merchant: Also sells bottomless box
  • Female Undead Merchant: Sells Arrows / Crossbolts
  • Andrei: Sells Arrows / Crossbolts
  • Domnhal of Xena: Sells Arrows / Crossbolts, Master Key (5000)
  • Giant Blacksmith (Fapsmith): Sells Arrows / Crossbolts, Small Titanite Shards, Large Tit Shards, Twinkling (8000 per, inf amount), Green Shards, Repair box, upgrade boxes
  • Vamos: Arrows / Crossbolts, Small Tit, Large tit, Repair box / upgrade boxes
  • Inglwood: Sells Transient Curses


  • Fixed some freeze issues
  • Lvl up screen displays souls needed properly now
  • Dragon-head glitch, snuggly, and magic shield glitches fixed.
  • Fixed a bug where your inputs come out 1 second later.
  • Fixed a bug where the second solaire event wont progress.
  • Fixed a bug where feeding frampt a titanite stone then going over 99 resulted in having zero.
  • Fixed some specific map areas where you’d get stuck or be unable to progress.
  • Changed some english subtitles on the overseas port.

Source: PasteBin, via CVG



  1. Ah, I’ve been waiting for this one to Europe. Hasn’t touched Dark Souls since the patch was announced.

    • waiting for the one to come to Europe*
      Haven’t touched*

      Sorry about that. :/

  2. Isn’t a Dark Soul Patch a type of beard?

  3. I just picked this up two days ago, I haven’t yet played it as I want to finish Skyrim (play until I either get the platinum or get bored) before I start any other games.

  4. Fapsmith? Large Tit Shards? Fnarr.

  5. Also notable, Eye of Death, when used by players in the Gravelord Covenant will now properly spawn black phantom versions of mobs in other players’ games to make their life (even more) difficult. Hurray!

    Gravelord servants rejoice!

  6. nerfed sounds like what happens to pets when they have they’re balls removed!

  7. People who are thinking this will fix all their troubles in Dark Souls are wrong. I was so happy when i saw this patch was released. I downloaded immediately, and commenced to start again with a new character. All the fixes do make the game a lot less unfair, however there is one major flaw.

    I’m not sure 100% how, but it enables people who are a much higher level than you, to now invade your world. I was level 10, and i had someone invade me on undead burg with with Smoughs Hammer thing, which needs 50 something strength to wield. I was totally in shock, and then instantly disconnected. That’s not right.

    I then loaded it up again, and was instantly invaded again. And i got one shot killed with the electric spear thing. At least that one can be explained, as it doesn’t too high stats to wield. But how sad can people be to suicide run through the game, to get that spear, purposefully not level up, and then return to the beginning area so you can get easy kills on new players???

    I’ve also heard that the darkmoon clan now has no limit on what levels you invade. So being a level 50, you could invade someone of a level 80, or a level 10. I suppose that explains the Smough’s hammer thing.

    Basically, if you’re new to this game, never ever ever become alive. Stay dead. Otherwise play with no internet. As the saddo’s make this game completely unenjoyable.

    • Yeah, it’s a pity that you have to deal with some real douchebags in the online part of the game. It was the same for Demon’s Souls. My first PvP fight there was against someone with a scraping spear, right after I defeated Phallanx and entered the second area for the first time. He must’ve progressed a lot further while trying to stay on a low level to create that weapon. Back then, I didn’t know about its effect and tried to fight him, and of course he completely ruined all of my equipment in the process. Took me ages to farm enough souls for the repairs.

      • I HATED the scraping spear. It really aggrivated me, although i kept the sword of moonlight on me which baffled a lot of them without a magic shield, as it goes right through normal sheilds.

        Although to be honest, i loved Demons souls mroe than Dark Souls. I did it fairer. Although, maybe i just had a bad session today? After those two griefers, i literally just turned it off and went straight back to Skyrim.

        Hmmm, i may try it one more time….

      • *shields

        *i did find it fairer

        That’s what you get for typing when tired :P

      • I remember PvsP on Demons Souls, really enjoyed it :)
        Yet to play Dark Souls though.

  8. Why have they nerfed some changes? Surely Dark Souls is hard enough without the spells doing less damage. At least they fixed some bugs that i didn’t even know about.

    • Edit: Magic not changes. I was distracted.

  9. Should it be ch-ch-ch-changes, instead of c-c-c-c-changes? a tiny bit confused..? :P

    • C-c-c-c-confused?

    • Yes, yes it should be. I am a big fool =/

      I actually don’t have power over editing my own articles yet, so it shall remain c-c-c-changes until someone takes pity on me D:

      • S’alright, just sounds like you are clearing your throat! :D

      • Oh, well it’s all fine anyways, no worries lol

  10. Some good changes :) Especially the possibility to buy twinkling titanite and the increased humanity drop rate should be useful. It will also be interesting how the lock-on switching works now (that actually never worked for me).
    Really have to get back to Dark Souls, got distracted by Skyrim and BF3. Maybe if I stop sleeping completely… hmm, think I got an idea.

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