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What's the best Demon's Souls PS5 starting gift?

Demon's Souls PS5 starting gift
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Wondering what Demon's Souls PS5 starting gift to get? It's a new thing for this remake, bringing over a Dark Souls idea of giving you an item to start with. There's a range of things to pick from and if you're starting out in a Souls game for the first time it's easy to panic. Don't worry though, there's an obvious answer so let's go through the choices Demon's Souls gives you.

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What is the best Demon's Souls PS5 starting gift? 

Demon's Souls ps5 starting gift

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For the simple reason that it's the only thing that won't run out, the best Demon's Souls PS5 starting gift is the Providential Ring. It promises to "Raise item discovery," which likely means it boosts the luck stat. It certainly seems to boost the drop rate from enemies while you wear it as far as I can tell at least. I picked it and found loads of Pine Resin (which adds fire damage to a weapons) and Fire Bombs in the first 1-1 level of Boletarian Palace. Far more than you would normally get based on playing the PS3 original. Assuming that's the ring's effects and not drop rebalancing in the remake, it's a useful thing to have at the start when you're starting out, and generally throughout the game. If it is directly boosting luck and not just drop rates then it might even provide protection from Plague, as luck affects your chances of catching it from infected enemies. 

All the other items are consumables so A) will be gone in no time, and B) can be bought and found in the world so there's little point in picking them over the Providential Ring.

Here's the full list of items: 

  • Augite of Guidance - "A stone that radiates a guiding light." (Basically a light you can drop to mark the way.) 
  • Grass Jelly - "Recover some of the user's HP Over time."
  • Elixir - "Temporarily increases the rate of stamina recovery."
  • Bright Water - "Recovers some of the user's MP over time."
  • Providential Ring - "Raises item discovery."
  • Kunai - "Poison throwing weapon."
  • Fire bomb "Oil cask. Produces a large flame when thrown".
  • Soul Remains - "Serves as bait for the soul-starved." (You can throw these to attract or distract enemies.)
  • Fire Arrow - "Inflict fire damage when equipped with a bow."
Leon Hurley
In former lives Leon's been a scientist, a musician and teacher, stints that included a shoe full of liquid nitrogen, a small tour of Germany and oh GOD so much marking.