Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin cover
Developers
From Software
Publishers
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release dates
Windows April 1, 2015[1]
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on MobyGames
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on Wikipedia
Dark Souls
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition 2012
Dark Souls II 2014
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin 2015
Dark Souls III 2016
Dark Souls: Remastered 2018

Key points

Updated version of Dark Souls II.
Although it supports mouse and keyboard, the button prompts show Xbox controller buttons and the default key binding settings cause mouse input lag.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\DarkSoulsII\GraphicsConfig_SOFS.xml
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/335300/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\DarkSoulsII\<user-id>\DS2SOFS0000.sl2
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/335300/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video
Video
Screen option menu.
Screen option menu.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9; use Flawless Widescreen to remove letterboxing.
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See borderless fullscreen windowed.[2]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On or Off setting, FXAA. See Post-processing.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. Game speed is increased when above 60 FPS.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change FOV with Cheat Engine[citation needed]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Start the game and Alt+Tab out.
  3. Download the Dark Souls II Cheat Table and double-click on it.
  4. In the window that opens, click the flashing button in the top left corner.
  5. Select DarkSoulsII.exe and click Open, then click Yes.
  6. At the bottom part of the window, check the boxes beside Change FOV and FOV Value.
  7. With FOV Value selected, press Enter and type in a new value (default is 0.76, meaning 76° horizontal), then press Enter again to apply.

Post-processing[edit]

Toggle post-process effects[citation needed]
  1. Download Dark Souls II: SotFS 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\Game\.

Hotkeys

F3: Bloom toggle (on by default)
F6: Weapon attack blur toggle (on by default)
F8: FXAA edge detect cycle (0.2, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15)

Notes

By default the game effects aren't modified. You can change the default state in the [Constants] section of d3dx.ini.

Input settings[edit]

Game option menu.
Game option menu.

Xbox buttons prompts explanation[edit]

The game is always displaying Xbox button prompts regardless of real input scheme thus making very hard to navigate menus.
Fortunately the game is also accepting in-game actions what would be bound on Xbox controller buttons. Use this as a reference guide.
Actions listed below can be bound to the same key.
Xbox controller button Action in-game
A Interact or confirm.
B Dash/backstep/roll or Cancel.
X Use item or Menu function 1
Y Wield right weapon two-handed or Menu function 2

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, SFX, Music (scales from 0 to 10)
Surround sound
7.1 surround sound supported
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Brazilian Portuguese
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Korean
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Traditional Chinese

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\dxgi.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\DarkSoulsII.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change MuteInBackground=false to MuteInBackground=true under [Window.System].

Network[edit]

Dark Souls II and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin players cannot play together.[3]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
6

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Steam Networking P2P API
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Dark Souls 2 SotFS.

Issues fixed[edit]

White screen followed by crash at startup[edit]

Install ReShade[citation needed]

Download and install ReShade.

Delay between mouse clicks and actions[edit]

You can bind some of your actions to mouse double clicks, however this feature is causing slight delay between single click and its action as the game is waiting for another click.
Disable double click function[citation needed]
  1. Open the Key Bindings menu and click the mouse options tab.
  2. Set Disable double clicking to On.

Notes

Some actions that are bound by default to double clicks will stop working, you will need to remap them.
The setting has to be toggled off and on every time you start the game (unresolved programming bug). This can be resolved externally via mod.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate and 60 FPS cap[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\dxgi.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\DarkSoulsII.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change TargetFPS=0.0 to TargetFPS=60.0 to enable 60 FPS cap.
  5. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 to set screen refresh rate.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1, 8.1
Processor (CPU) AMD A8 3870 3.6 GHz
Intel Core i3 2100 3.1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 23 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 465
AMD Radeon HD 6870
DirectX 11 compatible
Only 64-bit versions are supported.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/335300/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (335300) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References