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  1. #326
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Unexpectedly stuck (a bit) on the Farron's Legion, unexpectedly coz all previous bosses were too easy. Tried about 5-6 times so far. The first form is easy, but not the second one. I think I'm not quite ready yet for this fight, will try Cathedral of the deep first.

  2. #327
    Moderator
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Australia
    Are you referring to the Abyss Watchers? If so, keep close and roll into his left side just before he swings.

  3. #328
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Yep, the first phase being quite long doesn't help for practicing on the flaming form. He's too agile. Anyway, I'll probably left the boss alione for the time being, will see if the Cathedral boss is easier.

  4. #329
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    I started a SL1 run on Sunday. I'm 16 hours in. Abyss Watchers and Yhorm are dead. I have to kill Pontiff now to progress.

    So far SL1 has been a lot easier than I expected. In my first DS3 run (and my first DS1), I focused on maximizing my damage first. And I didn't invest anything in health. I didn't realize it, but that made life much harder. The easiest strategy is to invest in stamina and health first. And then maybe carrying-weight. And strength/dex much later.

    Playing at SL1 is very much like my stupid leveling-strategy in my first runs. My damage is as good as usual. (Using a raw longsword+7 atm). I got 13 sips of Estus, and each sip heals me 100%. I'm just a bit more limited in choice of armor. The only painful thing is that there are no 100% block shields I can use. When I get into the grand archives, I can get the +5 strength ring (Knight's). And then I can use a few 100% block shield. Not the BK shield, let alone Dragonarmor Greatshield or Havel's. So I'll have to adjust strategy to 100% depend on rolling. (All bosses up to now didn't hit hard enough through my shield, so I used a combination of keeping my shield up while rolling).

    I'm at Pontiff now. He needs to die to make progress. I'm gonna have to learn to parry. Because I think parrying him, and making the fight very short, is the only way to beat him for me. Otherwise I'll make too many mistakes and will die before I would kill him slowly.

    The other option is to kill the Dancer before Pontiff and Aldritch. Tbh, that scares me too. I love the Dancer fight. Best boss fight ever, imho. Of any game. But fighting him at SL1 is gonna be a different story.

    Anyway, doing a SL1 run is actually way more fun that I thought.
    I hope it doesn't end at Pontiff and Dancer.

  5. #330
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    I haven't yet beat others mentioned, but I think your only option with Pontiff is riposte. The first phase was extremely easy with riposte, the second one however not so. I beat him after about 10 attempts with SL ~50.

  6. #331
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    When I said I need to learn to parry, of course I meant "parry and riposte". I've killed the Pontiff with NPCs a few times. And on my main character I've soloed him in NG+ and NG++. But that was on a high level character. I was wearing resistance gear and +2 resistance rings, and Havel's shield in those 2 fights. I could afford to make mistakes. The big difference with a SL1 run is that you can't afford to make (many) mistakes. When I get hit once, even with Lloyd's Shield Ring (-25% incoming dmg when at 100% health), I lose most of my health. I need to heal up before I get hit a 2nd time, or else I'd be dead for sure. And my style is: "be well prepared and make a lot of mistakes". In a SL1 run that doesn't work.

    I've done a few tries on Dancer. Got him to 40% once. I think Dancer is gonna be a lot easier than Pontiff. So next time I'll play DS3, I'll try kill the Dancer. And then Oceiros. That'll give me access to farming Titanite Chunks. I already have 2 slabs. So if I beat Dancer and Oceiros, I can get myself a +10 weapon. (Or 2 even). Also beating Dancer will give me access to the +5 Strength ring, so I can use a decent shield. My strategy is clear now. The only little bump in the road is that I have to beat the Dancer now.

  7. #332
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Quote Originally Posted by Gryzemuis View Post
    When I said I need to learn to parry, of course I meant "parry and riposte". I've killed the Pontiff with NPCs a few times. And on my main character I've soloed him in NG+ and NG++. But that was on a high level character. I was wearing resistance gear and +2 resistance rings, and Havel's shield in those 2 fights. I could afford to make mistakes. The big difference with a SL1 run is that you can't afford to make (many) mistakes. When I get hit once, even with Lloyd's Shield Ring (-25% incoming dmg when at 100% health), I lose most of my health. I need to heal up before I get hit a 2nd time, or else I'd be dead for sure. And my style is: "be well prepared and make a lot of mistakes". In a SL1 run that doesn't work.
    Well, I personally soloed him with ripostes without any preliminary tips or youtube, used my target shield only for parry, never tried to block him. On NG every my riposte with dual curved sword and dexterity of 22 was reducing his heals by about 25% ! (1000+ damage), so I needed only 4 ripostes, 2 in the first phase and 2 in the second, plus few additional hits. Second phase was very random and unreliable in terms of success though, and it was on SL 50+. But this is amazing:

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