-Estimated Trophy Difficulty: 7/10
-Offline: 38 [12, 23, 2, 1]
-Online: 0 (However, several trophies can be easier to get online)
-Approximate Time to : 50+ Hours (Dependent upon Co-Op)
-Minimum Number of Playthroughs Needed: 2.75
-Difficulty Affect Trophies?: No Difficulty Setting
-# of Missable Trophies: Master of Spells , Master of Pyromancies , Lucatiel , Any NPC trophy if you kill them
-Glitched trophies: None
-Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No Cheat Codes
Dark Souls II is the third iteration into the "Soul" series of games developed by FROMSOFTWARE. The game is a classic action-based RPG where you face tough enemies and even tougher bosses. If you have played the two games previous to this one there isn't much that has changed in terms of controls but a major addition to Dark Souls II is the ability to fast travel to any bonfire location which greatly speeds up playthrough time.
One important thing to note if you want to be the most time efficient with the game is to NEVER kill any human NPC and be sure to also talk to every NPC and exhaust all their dialogue (until they say the same thing over and over when you talk to them). This will allow you to meet those NPCs in different places throughout the game and obtain trophies. When you have beaten the final boss of the game, do not advance to NG+ via the Majula bonfire until you are sure you've received every trophy you want on your first playthrough. You can get all trophies except 2 on your first playthrough, those are: Master of Pyromancy and Master of Miracles . You can technically get those 2 trophies but it would require over 1000 PvP wins within respective covenants. Otherwise you will need 2.75 playthroughs of the game (this is the recommended method)
Step Zero: Things to be aware of before starting the game
A quick note on missable trophies, there are NO missable trophies in the game as long as you do not kill any NPCs or free Navlann in Aldia's Keep (See Spell trophies post in guide). Every trophy can be obtained before going into NG+ except the miracles and pyromancy trophies. While every trophy can be obtained offline; it is recommended that you to rank up in certain covenants online because it's much faster.
For the people who are asking about online, the game will be much easier if you rank up the Bell Tower covenant in Multiplayer to get 30 wins which gives you the Hidden Weapon sorcery but the playerbase isn't what it once was so you're better off doing these offline. In addition, playing online and helping other players beat bosses while you are in the Sunlight covenant, is another way to get a rank 3 miracle. Those 2 spells can be obtained offline through grinding but can be done online. You can do the Bell Tower portion offline using an exploit, read HERE for more information.
You can build your character any way you want and use a Soul Vessel at any point in the game to respec your character at the 3 witches at the beginning of the game near the Things Betwixt bonfire to get certain trophies (ie trophies requiring X stat skill to talk to merchants).
Step One: Playthrough 1
On your first playthrough it is recommended to go for the two most annoying trophies in the game; that is Moonlight Greatsword and Lucatiel . See their trophy descriptions before you beat any bosses if you want to knock those out first. Other than those 2 trophies if you do not kill any NPCs in the game you can just play the game as normal and enjoy it, you can easily mop up any trophies after you enter the post game (before heading to NG+). As outlined in the intro, you can get every trophy this playthrough except Master of Pyromancy and Master of Miracles unless you have 1000 PvP wins within the respective covenants. The 3 spells that are unobtainable in your first playthrough are Bountiful Sunlight (miracle), Wrath of God (miracle) and Great Chaos Fireball (pyromancy). If you do get those spells in your first playthrough you can platinum the game without needing to go into NG+. This game can be confusing so as a general roadmap you can use the picture below for a reference on what connects to where and where you will be progressing through the game:
MAP OF DARK SOULS 2 AREAS
Step Two: New Game + (NG+)
If you happened to miss getting any NPC specific trophy this is where you will want to go for it, other then that simply run through the game and pick up any other trophy you missed. Unfortunately you will still be unable to buy the last miracles and pyromancy in order to obtain Master of Pyromancy and Master of Miracles .
Step Three: New Game ++ (NG++)
You will be doing another run through of the game where you can once again pick up any trophies you missed in the previous 2 playthroughs. If you are only missing the Master of Pyromancy and Master of Miracles trophies then you will only need to get access to Drangleic Castle in order to buy the 3 spells from the merchant right as you enter the castle; then the Platinum is yours!
[PST Would like to Thank QuantumMercury for this Roadmap]