Dark Souls II Havelyn PvP Mundane Build

havelinsAs the title suggests,  when you absolutely, positively got to kill every last motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes.  The pros to this build are many and the cons are few.  There are numerous combinations of gear and rings you can stack with this build which allows it to be even more versatile.  Want to be able to trade hits?  Not a problem.  Worried about getting ambushed in the back?  You can rock Gower’s ring and a full set of Havel’s with only a modest (20) point investment in Vitality.  There’s really no wrong way to set this build up.  So long as you’ve got 2 mundane Avelyn’s and a mundane spec, you’re 90% of the way there already.

First and foremost, if you’re remotely interested in making this build happen, you need 2 Avelyn’s in order to do so.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for those of us in NG) the only way to get 2 Avelyn’s is to go through NG+.  Using a bonfire ascetic at the appropriate location in the Undead Crypt will not reset the Avelyn.  It will make the area that much harder for you in NG+ however so do so at your own discretion.

The second fundamental we have to cover is our stats.  Approaching this from the standpoint of a SL 150 Deprived character means you need to dump 37 points in Strength and 22 points in Dex in order to power stance these bad boys.  Doing the math, you’ll see the numbers come out to 37.5 and 22.5 but DSII generously allows us to round down.  This will give your SL 150 deprived character approximately 4 points left over to play with if you put a 20 in every other stat.  Vit is probably the safest way to go as it allows you a mid more comfort when choosing your gear.  In the end however spend those 4 points wherever you see fit.

The last area we need to talk about is the gear and ring selection.  This build only has a few mandatory pieces of gear to make it work and the rest is up to you.  It goes without saying that none of this matters if you want to play fashion souls by the way.  In my opinion, the only two pieces of gear that you need to worry about are your engraved gauntlets and ring of blades +2.  Your gauntlets are going to give your normal attacks a chance to proc a critical strike.  Each time you unload these beasts on your unsuspecting victim, you’re firing 6 shots.  More shots = more chance of an extra crit.  Ring of blades +2 is operating on similar principles.  It adds damage to each attack.  Six separate attacks all get damage added to them which allows your Avelyns to hit on average for about 1500 if all 6 bolts connect.  I’ve seen it go as high as ~2k but there are all sorts of factors that throw it off.  In general, if you see someone without Havel’s, they’re probably going to die in 1, maybe 2 hits.

This build excels at taking out 2v1’s and the occasional 3v1.  If you have quality players playing the short/medium/long game then you shouldn’t ever win a 3v1 but of course that doesn’t always happen.  Using a camouflage token bought from the Blood Covenant leader in Huntsman’s Copse, you can disguise yourself before you set off.  Camo also has a few other perks associated with that come in the form of locking-on.  If you are camo’d you can no longer be locked-on yourself or targeted with spells such as Homing Crystal Soulmass.  However, it is possible to lock-on to someone else while you’re camo’d which makes this a pretty great way to start out.

One of the other advantages of using Havelyn’s is your ability to guard break someone.  Guard breaking while in power stance mode will actually keep you in power stance mode.  Your Avelyn’s wont parry someone, but surprisingly they have no problem guard breaking them.  To my knowledge there isn’t a way to do a riposte attack but they’re definitely a sitting duck for a face full of lightning bolts.

Relative to other PvP builds out at the moment I’d have to rate this build rather high both in performance and in the scum factor.  Avelyn’s have a tendency to stun your opponent if you hit them with enough bolts so it’s possible to stop them dead in their tracks as they’re charging you.   Combine this with a relatively fast rate of fire/reload and high damage, you’ve got yourself a winner-winner chicken dinner.  Two thumbs way up the butt.

6 comments

  1. What does powerstancing Avelyns allow you to do that couldn’t be done normally?

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  2. Eric:
    What does powerstancing Avelyns allow you to do that couldn’t be done normally?

    Fire them both at the same time.

    If you want to rank up your covenants fast this is the best way to do it, although 500 wins is still a tall order.

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  3. Loving the PvE streams Waldodude, thank god for VODs otherwise I’d have to try watching live at work on my phone. That last player was definitely hacking, not so much for the heal but the invincibility. You don’t just charge through dual avelyns to finish off your attack, no matter how laggy it is.

    Quick question though, the avelyn requirements are 25 STR and 15 DEX, so wouldn’t it be 37 STR and 22 DEX (1.5 for power stance)?

    25 * 0.5 = 12.5, 25 * 1.5 = 37.5, round down to 37.
    15 * 0.5 = 7.5, 15 * 1.5 = 22.5, round down to 22.

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  4. WhyDoesItBurn:
    Loving the PvE streams Waldodude, thank god for VODs otherwise I’d have to try watching live at work on my phone. That last player was definitely hacking, not so much for the heal but the invincibility. You don’t just charge through dual avelyns to finish off your attack, no matter how laggy it is.

    Quick question though, the avelyn requirements are 25 STR and 15 DEX, so wouldn’t it be 37 STR and 22 DEX (1.5 for power stance)?

    25 * 0.5 = 12.5, 25 * 1.5 = 37.5, round down to 37.
    15 * 0.5 = 7.5, 15 * 1.5 = 22.5, round down to 22.

    Yea you’re right it’s 22. I spelled out the same math but input 23 as a typo. I’ll change it now!

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  5. Thanks, Adam.
    Loving the streams, Waldo!

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  6. Did they ever end up nerfing these?

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