Which gift should I choose for my first play-through of Dark Souls?

When creating a new character in Dark Souls, I am allowed to select a gift amongst:

  • Goddess’s Blessing
  • Black Firebomb
  • Twin Humanities
  • Binoculars
  • Pendant
  • Master key
  • Tiny Being’s Ring
  • Old Witch’s Ring

Which item would you recommend me to choose for a first character knowing that I intend to enjoy the full game experience and plan to try to get all the trophies? I think that my criterion for selection would be in decreasing order of importance: is this item required for a trophy collection, is this item hard to get otherwise, is this item more useful than the others.

Side question, as the Master Key is part of the starting inventory of the Thief class, what happens when you select the Master Key as gift item?


As of Patch 1.05 it is possible to buy the Master Key from Domhnall of Zena for 5000 souls, after you beat Blightown.

There are two items I would suggest:

  • Master Key: This will allow you to get into multiple places earlier. It is possible to buy this in-game, but not until much later into the game (by which point you may not find a use for it anymore).
  • Black Firebomb: This will allow you to easily kill the Asylum Demon the first time you see him in the Undead Asylum. Doing so will grant you the Great Demon Hammer.

The consumable items have no importance, and are a complete waste of a starting gift in my opinion, except for the fire bombs.

In response to your second question, starting as thief and choosing the master key would result in you having two master keys.

Source : Link , Question Author : Sylvain Defresne , Answer Author : Wipqozn

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