There was much sadness among Dark Souls 2 spellcasters about Calibrations patch 1.10, which appeared as if it would reduce sorcery damage across the board. The update will accompany the release of the second portion of Dark Souls 2 DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, and looked to be nerfing a number of spells like crystal soul spear.
In fact, this may have been sloppy translation on the part of the official Beyond the Bonfire site. Reddit user ‘mauvecow’ has done a new translation of the original Japanese patch notes, and claims that all of the statements referring to reduced spell damage actually just mean reduced poise damage. That’s a pretty substantial difference in the world of Dark Souls 2.
Doing a Google translation of the Japanese patch notes gives you a pretty rough English version (as you’d imagine) but offers the “amount of damage to the robust level” in the portions referring to spells and sorcery. That, to me, does sound quite a bit like poise damage and suggests the Reddit translation is correct.
Spellcasters, you may not have to worry about your sorcery options after all.
In other Dark Souls 2 news, the Majula Mansion chest will be getting a new item that’ll be available between 26 August (DLC release day) and 5 September. It’s a reskinned Blacksteel Katana and you can see pictures of it at this Japanese site.