Dark Souls 3 conquered without leveling up or taking damage

You're pretty much meant to die in Dark Souls games. Whether you think they're hard or insist they're easy, death is a pretty crucial part of the experience. So is, for that matter, leveling up and bolstering the strength of your character. But what if you choose to play Dark Souls 3 without doing either of these things?

You'd probably have a real hard time, to be honest, but Twitch streamer Squillakilla has managed it. The run, which takes around 9 hours, hits every single boss and both DLC areas as a level 1 character. Crucially, not once during the whole playthrough does the streamer take damage. Not once. 

As far as novel Dark Souls runs go, it's refreshingly straightforward: no DJ Hero inputs are used, it's not voice controlled, it's not achieved with one hand while nursing a chook in the other. But it's still very impressive. You can watch (or skim through) the whole run below.

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.