Dark Souls 3 Guts Build: The Best Black Swordsman Build
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Berserk was one of Hidetaka Miyazaki’s most significant influences when it came to creating the Dark souls series. Miyazaki was a big fan of Kentaro Miura’s magnum opus, which explains the many Berserk references throughout the Dark Souls series. One of these references happens to be the ability to create builds that looks almost exactly like Guts, the protagonist of Berserk. Here I cover the Dark Souls 3 Guts build. I hope you find this guide useful. For other Dark Souls 3 guides, check out Dark Souls 3 Best Faith Weapons and Dark Souls 3 Fire Keeper Soul.
Best Dark Souls 3 Guts Build
The build focuses primarily on Strength with a little Dexterity requirement and can be classified as a Strength build. I will be covering every arc of the manga.
The Golden Age Arc
The golden age of Berserk covered the 3rd to 14th volumes of the manga and gave the classic guts look. In order to look like Guts from Berserk’s golden age arc, you will need the Nameless Knight Helm, Sellsword armor, Sellsword gauntlets, Sellsword leggings, Astora greatsword, and the light Crossbow. We recommend a strength level of 40 and a dexterity level of 20.
Nameless Knight Helmet
Here’s how you acquire this helmet: go to the old wolf of Farron bonfire in Farron keep, go down the ladder and proceed to follow the campfires in front of you. You should come across a rock; in the left corner, you will find the Nameless knight helmet. It resembles the helmet Guts wore during his early days with griffin.
Beginning the game as a mercenary is one way you can get this Dark SOuls 3 Guts armor. Alternatively, you can find the set in the crucifixion woods. You can find this set on a corpse lying by the stairs which are defended by a Black Knight. The set resembles the armour Guts wore during his time with Griffin’s band during the earlier chapters of Berserk.
You can find the Astora greatsword in the cathedral of the deep. You can find it in a corpse lying in the graveyard close to the cleansing chapel in the cathedral of the deep. It looks identical to the sword Guts wields during his early days with the band of the falcons.
You can buy the light Crossbow from Greirat or pick it up from the Crossbow wielding enemy types in the game’s earlier levels. Guts always had a crossbow on him during the Golden age.
The conviction arc is the third arc of Berserk and follows the golden age arc. It covers volumes 14 through 21 of the manga. For the conviction arc Guts, you will require the Undead Legion armor, the Sellsword gauntlets, Alva Leggings, and the Greatsword. We recommend a strength level of 50 and a dexterity level of 12 for this build.
Undead Legion Armour
The undead legion armor set can be acquired once you have defeated the abyss watchers. It can be bought from the handmaiden sitting at the firelink shrine for 31000 souls. This armour looks identical to the one Guts wore during the Aonviction Arc.
Alva leggings can only be obtained after you have been invaded by and defeated the dark spirit Alva (she invades you on the staircase that takes you to the Irithyll dungeon bonfire). You should not have defeated Yhorm, if you do, Alva does not invade. The Alva leggings can be found by a corpse in the Irithyll dungeon. These leggings, coupled with the Undead Legion armour give us a set that looks near identical to what Guts wore during the conviction era Arc. You might also want to check out the Best Talisman of Dark Souls 3 as well.
The Greatsword can be found in Farron Keep. In Farron Keep, not far from the first bonfire, there is a broken bridge, on that bridge is a corpse that carries the Greatsword. It is identical to the sword that Guts Build carries in Berserk and also happens to be one of the greatest greatswords in the game. This sword is also probably a reference to the Dark Fantasy series due to its striking resemblance with guts’ own sword.
The Fantasia arc is the fifth and current arc of Berserk. It begins from chapter 4, but Miura’s unfortunate passing has cast uncertainty over its conclusion. For the Fantasia Arc Guts look, you will require Iron Dragonslayer armour along with the black knight gauntlets and leggings and the Greatsword.
Iron Dragonslayer Set
You can acquire the Ieon Dragonslayer set by defeating the Dragonslayer armour in the ringed city (you need the ringed city DLC for this). Alternatively, you can use the dragonslayer set acquired after defeating the nameless king and walking straight from his bonfire, though the iron dragonslayer set resembles the Fantasia Arc Guts’ armor a lot more.
You can pick up the Black Knight Leggings or Gauntlets by beating the Black Knights found in the game. A good farming area would be the area after the Champion Gundyr bonfire for a lot of Black Knights can be found there. These gauntlets and leggings complement the Iron Dragonslayer armor, looking like dark souls 3 guts build armour from the Fantasia era arc.
On top of all this, I would recommend using the havel’s ring, and the ring of favor for they help with carrying capacity and guts builds are a little towards the heavier side. While you are here, also check out Dark Souls 3 Katana Build, and Luck Build.