It's a terribly frightening name, I know. The Giant Dad is a PvP build built around high defense, and heavy stun locking. Its name comes from the armor set, which uses Giants Armor, and the Mask of the Father. We'll dive deeper into the necessary items in a moment.
Giant Dad originated in a YouTube video uploaded by OnlyAfro on October 31, 2012, titled "He's Back." The comedic value helped the video skyrocket on the internet Dark Souls community, eventually gaining meme status. He lives in infamy due to the unpleasant nature of their combat. Newer players will find the build difficult to fight against, while experienced and familiar PvP go-ers will find the compact unenjoyable and otherwise annoying. Giant Dad is the OddJob of Dark Souls.
Perhaps you found this article because someone sporting the Giant Dad just rekt you in PvP, and you want to figure out how to beat them. Maybe you're considering massive parenthood for yourself. Don't worry, we'll walk you through both.
How to Become Unstoppable
It all starts with a touch of class. The Bandit class, that is. Choose bandit when starting a new character and make your way up to soul level 99. For a truly authentic Giant Dad experience, your stats need to be set as follows.
- Vitality: 48
- Attunement: 12
- Endurance: 66
- Strength: 16
- Dexterity: 10 (But don't tell anyone you leveled it up)
What rings you got? Your two rings should be Havel's Ring and the Ring of Favor and Protection. The first will raise that equipment load limit even more, while the other improves your health, stamina and equipment load. The Havel's Ring can be found on the fresh corpse of Havel the Rock. So go get 'em, you murderer. The other one can be found in your travels, but don't take it off, or it breaks.
Now we're down to our hands. In your left hand, you'll find a Grass Crest Sheild. Use it, or don't. It doesn't matter, you're here for that sweet, sweet increase in stamina regeneration. In your right hand, you'll have two items locked in. A Chaos Zweihander, and an Ascended Flame. Giant Dad is here to deliver greatness to anyone in his wake, and the Zweihander is the mail truck that he run's them over in. The Ascended Flame? That's for you to cast Black Flame. You don't need anything else, so fill both magic slots with Black Flame. Oh yea, that means New Game +.
Once everything is said and done, You should have an equipment load of exactly 50, with a max of 200.3. That means you're just 0.1% from entering mid-roll territory. But legends don't mid-roll, they fast-roll. If you're mid rolling, you did something wrong.
Let's say everything is right, now it's time to fight. If you want invasions, a common PvP spot. The two most popular spots are Undead Burg and the Oolacile Township. Alternatively, you can go to the Darkroot Garden and wait for a Forest Hunter to find you. The Dried Finger item found in the Painted World will reduce the cooldown time for invasions, for more justice per hour. Since a traditional Giant Dad has no alignment, you can't invade others. Though if one wishes to do exactly this, they will need to join one of the four multiplayer based covenants in order to receive the necessary items.
You got the look, but can you handle the catwalk? You need to have swagger oozing out of every orifice you have, and even a few you don't. Walk slow, walk tall, be menacing. The range, power, and swing speed of the Zweihander will allow you to stun lock your enemies to death. The reason the build is so endurance based is so that you can swing for days and days. Once you have an opening, capitalize and punish. You can fast roll, so dodge out of the way of an attack, and reposte with pure octane pain. If you have someone keeping in close proximity, push them away with a Black Flame attack. They have not earned the right to bask in your musk.
Salt is the ultimate flavor enhancer. You can coax that salt from your opponent by using the "Well! What is it?" gesture at the opponent, either from afar or after their defeat. This has become iconic to the build's brand. Try finding screenshots online of a Giant Dad that ISN'T making that pose. It's not easy. The legend never dies, let it live on within you if you have what it takes.
Become The Dad Slayer
Not everyone is a fan of the Giant Dad. As a matter of fact, many find it to be a troll-y and irritating build. Like with leetspeak and dabbing, you probably wish the meme would die. But the legend never dies, so here's what you can do to crush the Giant Dad's spirit, hopefully causing him to repent in the form of making a different character.
The Zweihander may be his most powerful asset, but it's his greatest crutch as well. It has a slow and telegraphed wind-up phase, making it predictable. With the long end animation to his swings, this makes landing backstabs easier than most. If you stay up close for long, he might cast Black Flame. So only close in when the moment is right. If you're feeling extra bold, you can try parrying his strikes. The most important thing is that you don't get hit. Odds are you can't out-poise his strikes, so once you're stunned, your dead.
Should you face a Giant Dad as a hostile invader, it's recommended that you indict them. While this may seem like a decision based on anger, which the Giant Dad feeds off of, it's still in your favor. When they are fighting Darkmoon invaders, they'll be to busy to fight you.
Giant Dad is intended to be a PvP build. But if you want to live out the fantasy offline, no one is going to stop you. For a full chart of the Giant Dad build, visit the Mugen Monkey listing, made by OnlyAfro themselves.