Demon's Souls' new Sodden Ring makes the worst area of the game passable

If you're dreading Demon's Souls section 5-2, AKA the Swamp of Sorrow, you might want to take a detour to pick up this ring.

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For many Demon’s Souls players, the mere mention of 5-2 is enough to elicit shivers. Known as the Swamp of Sorrows in the PS5 remake, following the Leechmonger Archstone, it’s a murky swamp of status effect-triggering sadness and pitfalls. For one, the swamp removes your ability to roll. For two, even being in it poisons you, which will allow enemies to make quick work of the unwary. Fortunately, in the remake, Bluepoint has provided players with an answer to at least some of this dismal place in the form of the Sodden Ring.

The Sodden Ring is a new accessory in the Demon’s Souls equipment pantheon, as revealed recently over in the Demon’s Souls Reddit, and complete with a guide on how to get it from YouTuber chan4est. The flavor text is as such.

What that means is that with the Sodden ring, you can roll in 5-2’s Swamp of Sorrow, though it won’t stop the poison status effect.

From what we can tell in the guide video above, the Sodden Ring can be found in Demon’s Souls’ Upper Latria, AKA 3-2, after the Fool’s Idol Archstone. It’s a long path through the lower regions and creeply Man Centipedes, and you must be in pure Black World Tendency for the ring to appear (that means dying while in human form several times or killing unhostile NPCs).

That said, if you truly know the pain of Demon’s Souls 5-2, the detour and cost of the Sodden Ring seems like it could be well worth your time. After all, there are certainly ways to change World Tendencies around once the Sodden is in your clutches. Curious about other things in the game? Check out our Demon’s Souls topic to figure out things like where to find the pre-order bonus equipment.

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TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he's not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he's searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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    November 18, 2020 7:50 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Demon's Souls' new Sodden Ring makes the worst area of the game passable

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      November 18, 2020 8:22 AM

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        November 18, 2020 8:26 AM

        I am usually sensitive to spoilers and I don't see how that location name is a spoiler.

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        November 18, 2020 8:27 AM

        Not really seeing it in this case.

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        November 18, 2020 8:29 AM

        Wikus... stfu. this is how shacknews makes a lot of their money. Are you even going to play this game???

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          November 18, 2020 9:57 AM

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            November 18, 2020 10:29 AM

            Our site’s value and access to games is determined by traffic. While revenue isn’t directly affected in a one-to-one way by pageviews, your take is horribly misinformed.

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              November 18, 2020 10:31 AM

              keep up the good work my dude :)

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              November 18, 2020 10:42 AM

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                November 18, 2020 11:33 AM

                It doesn't say where. It teases. And you wouldn't know what I was talking about in terms of where or even what the ring might do if you didn't already have very distinct knowledge of the exact place I'm talking about in the game or its qualities.

                At that point, you were spoiled on the game years before I ever came along and told you about a ring which is basically a patch note.

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                  November 18, 2020 5:48 PM

                  I know exactly what it does from the reference in the title and basic context clues. Just from the title I know it's a ring that makes Valley of Defilement easier to handle. The name of the ring, and the fact that it exists at all is the spoiler, not the Valley of Defilement being a location in the game or even where to find it.

                  It's gonna feel real REAL cool having all of the new stuff spoiled by SEO articles before I ever even get a chance to buy a fucking PS5

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                    November 18, 2020 8:11 PM

                    If you know Valley of Defilement is the hardest area, then you know why it's the hardest area. And if you don't, then you have no idea what the ring does, where it does it, or why that might matter. It seems you may have confused "basic context clues" with "extensive prior knowledge".

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              November 18, 2020 11:39 AM

              Can we have a version of cortex that pits abrasion vs wikus to see who loses their temper over random topics first?

              It could be like that alexa vs alexa channel except with curmudgeons.

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          November 18, 2020 9:59 AM

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          November 18, 2020 11:17 AM

          I'm wikis defense, article headline could have been made even more click baity and included almost no information. Best of both worlds

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        November 18, 2020 8:30 AM

        This isn’t spoilery. “Remake of old game adds a new trinket, much like every remake ever, which is the point of remakes.” TJ even alluded to the “worst area” (he’s right) rather than spelled it out.

        You’re too sensitive to anything you perceive as a spoiler. That’s the operative word: “perceive.” Just because you think something is a spoiler doesn’t mean it’s a spoiler.

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          November 18, 2020 9:58 AM

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            November 18, 2020 10:17 AM

            there are probably other more useful things to get outraged by

            let the guy running this site make his money and post his articles

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            November 18, 2020 10:31 AM

            If this is the level of spoiler you're going to be mad at, you should probably just not do anything on the Internet.

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              November 18, 2020 10:37 AM

              Seriously. It's a stupid hill to die on. It'd be different if the headline was "How to get the best ending in Demons Souls' Where You Sacrifice Yourself to Resurrect Your Dead Wife" or whatever (I have never played Demons Souls and don't know anything about it besides it being a "Souls" game), but this headline is the equivalent of "Game has equippable ring to help with a particularly tough zone."

              I mean, at the basest level you could say anything that reveals any content is a spoiler, but.... come on. That's just sad, and if that's the level of concern you have over spoilers, it's time to get off the Internet or at least engage in some pretty strict filtering over things you're that sensitive about.

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            November 18, 2020 12:16 PM

            You can't possibly understand anything about what the headline means on its own. The game has a new thing (is ring referring to an item? a group of people? an area?) that makes some annoying, unnamed thing, better.

            If the only headlines you're comfortable with are "A new game adds a new thing to make an old thing better" with no more detail than that then you can't function.

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              November 18, 2020 12:40 PM

              wait, it makes the old thing better?! SPOILERS!!!!

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            November 18, 2020 1:58 PM

            This is on the level of complaining about a headline that says:

            "The Batmobile in the Next Batman Movie Has Some Tricks Up Its Sleeve "

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        November 18, 2020 10:01 AM

        oh cmon dude

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        November 18, 2020 11:18 AM

        Yes. And each new article will be slightly more spoilery than the last until my reign of increasingly slightly spoilery terror is complete.

        It will be.... The Dark Souls of slight spoilery.

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        November 18, 2020 9:20 PM

        This is why you win Worst Shacker of The Century every year.

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        November 18, 2020 9:56 PM

        After your 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim review, that spoiled huge shit for me, without reading, just frantically trying to scroll down away from the complete and utter spoiler destruction of the entire plot, you are a fine one to talk.

        :/

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