It is something we are taught from early childhood: Do not take candy from strangers! And yet, some Dark Souls III players never learn.
For the uninitiated, what you are seeing is an invading player in Dark Souls III distracted by a series of item pickups laid out E.T.-style. When he finally stumbles upon the player he is invading, he is attacked from behind by another player summoned for help. Clearly this wasn’t the first time the invaded player in question had laid out such a trap. The ultimate way to troll a troll, if you will.
To add insult to injury, the invaded player bows upon seeing the invader, something that is regarded as the honorable thing to do in the Dark Souls community. Feigning honor when you know there is a buddy waiting to stab your opponent in the back is just ice cold. How very Game of Thrones of them.
It probably isn’t a good idea to pick up items from strangers during PVP in general, at least on the PC version of the game, as Namco Bandai is handing out soft bans to anyone using modded or hacked equipment acquired from another player online. Any accounts flagged for using these items will only be able to participate in online PVP with other banned users. In other words, you will be playing with a bunch of actual cheaters.
Fortunately, Namco Bandai does have a workaround solution to remove the soft ban, as relayed on their customer support Knowledgebase:
During the time that the warning message is displayed the end user will have a chance to completely remove any such external files, mods, cheats/hacks or delete their game save (if alterations were performed to it or hacked items/equipment were obtained either as a direct cheat/hack or via unknown “gift” from an online player).
Due to the apparent risk of “taking candy from strangers”, it is recommended that players should always back up their save data to an online service (such as cloud saves) or as a direct back-up of the save file to a separate folder/directory (for PC/Steam). This would allow any players who; end up receiving a hacked item/equipment unknowingly from an online player, the ability to restore their original game data from the cloud or separate backed up game data.
Now, figuring out exactly when you picked up the illegal item, and which save is still considered “clean” is a whole other problem. As if Dark Souls III wasn’t already hard enough, now you have an additional battle with save file management.
Let’s hope that those cheaters dropping illegal items in other people’s games get what is coming to them. Like so: