You get to pick between three combat styles in Lies of P. You can choose between the Path of the Cricket, Path of the Bastard, or Path of the Sweeper, which emphasize balance, dexterity, and strength, respectively. We’ll take a look at what your beginning stats are and whether the Puppet’s Saber, Wintry Rapier, or Greatsword of Fate is the best starter weapon below.
What’s the best first weapon in Lies of P?
The choice between combat styles at the beginning of Lies of P sets your initial stats, and you get to choose between a saber, rapier, or greatsword as a starter weapon. Fortunately, no matter which style you pick, you’re not locked into using it for the rest of the game. On the contrary, you can quickly change your build by investing in whatever stat you desire as you level up. Additionally, once you get past the first 30-40 minutes of the game, you can purchase the other two weapons from the first merchant for only 300 Ergo apiece.
We’ll cover the merits of each starter weapon here:
Path of the Cricket: Balance – Puppet’s Saber
The saber behaves much like many of the shortswords and longswords do in the Dark Souls series. It balances power and speed and is the easiest of the three starter weapons to control. If you’re new to Soulslikes (or just rusty), it’s the best one to choose.
Path of the Bastard: Dexterity – Wintry Rapier
If you’ve used the rapier in a Souls game, you’ll be very familiar with how this weapon works. It’s excellent against single enemies as you can thrust into them and feint before they have a chance to hit you. However, each of your attacks causes less damage than the other two weapons, and you’ll find your guard is also weaker.
Path of the Sweeper: Strength – Greatsword of Fate
Sometimes, slow and steady wins the race, and that’s what you get with the Greatsword. You can deliver slow, powerful swings in a wide arc, which is good against groups of enemies if you time your attacks well. However, you’ll use a lot of stamina, and it’s easier for enemies to catch you off balance.
Lies of P Combat Style FAQ
A: The three combat styles in Lies of P are the Path of the Cricket, which emphasizes balance, Path of the Bastard focusing on dexterity, and Path of the Sweeper that emphasizes strength. These styles determine your initial stats and the type of starter weapon you begin with.
A: No, you aren’t locked into your initial combat style. As you level up, you can invest in any stat to change your build. Additionally, after the first 30-40 minutes of gameplay, you can buy the other two starter weapons from the first merchant for 300 Ergo each.
A: The Puppet’s Saber, associated with the Path of the Cricket, offers a balance of power and speed, similar to shortswords and longswords in other games. It’s recommended for newcomers or those who might be rusty. The Wintry Rapier from the Path of the Bastard excels in one-on-one combat, allowing swift thrusts and feints, but has a weaker guard and causes less damage. Lastly, the Greatsword of Fate from the Path of the Sweeper is slow but powerful, great for handling groups if timed correctly, though it consumes more stamina and can leave you vulnerable.