From a gameplay perspective, Bluepoint’s PS5 remake of Demon’s Souls is largely faithful to FromSoftware’s 2009 classic. The souls games have generally featured at least one way or another to level up at impossible speeds, typically through some sort of duplication exploit, and the original Demon’s Souls is no exception.
However, with the PS5-exclusive remake, Bluepoint saw fit to remove the game’s well-known Blacksmith Boldwin duplication glitch, which was a great way to avoid bothersome resource grinding. Ultimately, though, it was only a matter of time before players found some fresh way to attain a ludicrous number of souls with minimal fuss.
Well, Reddit user DUSTlMUS has now accidentally uncovered a particularly creative way of scaling the levels in record time. You’ll first need to obtain a Gold Coin consumable, which is most often dropped by the Fat Official enemy type. One of these portly fellows can be found early on in world 2-1.
With your luck-boosting Gold Coin in hand, it’s time to head on back to the Nexus. Use your Gold Coin and quickly talk to the Maiden in Black. This should glitch your luck stat and gradually cause it to rise to a cap of roughly 84,000.
While you’re in this glitched state, you need to hop into a password invasion with another player, who should then use their Soul Sucker on you to obtain all of the souls required to hit whatever level you kept your luck stat ticking up to.
If they, ahem, suck you when you’re at the cap of 84,000, the number of souls they’ll earn will bug out and roll back to a minus number. So your pal needs to use their Soul Sucker on you when your luck stat is at around 30,000 or 40,000. This should net them close to a billion souls. You should really take turns to keep things fair.
Also know that you’ll be knocked out of the weird glitched state when your friend uses their sucker on you, reverting your stats to their original state. In order to perform the glitch again, you’ll have to head out in search of another Gold Coin. According to DUSTlMUS, you should be able to hit the level cap of 712 within two Soul Sucker runs.
As always, with any glitches of this kind, do this at your own risk. We don’t yet know if Bluepoint intends to penalize players for exploiting the glitch, and it could well be addressed in a future patch.
If you’ve found the gorgeous fantasy land of Boletaria to be especially cruel, you really ought to seek out Demon’s Souls PS5’s best weapon, the Northern Regalia. We’ve also got guides on the remake’s new duplication glitch and an extensive look at Demon’s Souls’ best farming spots and Pure Bladestone farming spots. Oh, and here’s how to kill every Demon’s Souls boss in one hit.