Start up a game of Dark Souls III, and you’ll be presented with a couple of game-important decisions right away: Which class you want play as, and which starting gift you want to begin the game with. While picking a class depends on the build you’re going with (or the character you want to roleplay as), picking a burial gift is an interesting choice.
Here’s all the burial gifts in Dark Souls III and what you can do with them.
Life Ring: Raises your maximum HP. This is a pretty good choice for those of you starting the game with lower HP, or if you’re new to the game. It’s also not a consumable item, which gives it lasting appeal. I would really say you should go with this if nothing else catches your interest.
Divine Blessing: Replenishes HP and cures all bad status effects. A very handy healing item, this can get you out of a tough spot when you need it.
Hidden Blessing: Completely replenishes your FP. If the Divine Blessing was for most melee classes, this one is undoubtedly made for magic users. If you’re going to be slinging a lot of magic and chanting a lot of spells, this is a fine gift.
Black Firebomb: A ranged weapon more effective than the regular Firebomb. This is a consumable item, which means you can use it exactly once in the game. It’s not really worth it, seeing as it will only be useful for extra damage (or splash damage) in just one battle. Better to go with the others.
Fire Gem: Used to infuse weapons with the element of Fire. This is a pretty great gift if you’re picking a melee class like Knight or Mercenary. Many early game enemies are reportedly weak to fire, so this can be very useful.
Sovereignless Soul: A big ol’ chunk of souls. If you’re not familiar with how this works, this item will give you a lot of souls, which you can spend on your stats. This one’s very useful for newcomers who aren’t sure if they’re fully prepared for the game.
Rusted Gold Coin: Improves your item discovery stats. If you have very high luck in the game, this isn’t all that hot. On the other hand, if you don’t, and you enjoy picking up loot from corpses once in a while, this is a decent gift.
Cracked Red Eye Orb: This classic orb lets you invade other players’ worlds. It’s a single-use item, and while invasion can be a lot of fun, it can also be very difficult. Unless you’re some Souls PvP junkie, I would suggest avoiding this as a burial gift.
Young White Branch: Lets you sneak past enemies. Useful if you’re likely to get stuck at some point in the game where the enemies won’t let you pass, but at the same time… this is Dark Souls. That is going to happen a lot. Better to pick a different burial gift, and to git gud instead.