Just got done rolling through 1-2 with io. Fun stuff. Took down the dragon, big thanks for that. I pull out my sweet bow only to discover 0 arrows. I hate shooting it with magic. Had to anyways. Went right on through to the boss. No problems.
I am just now learning how to play with a spear. It is very different (love all the styles in the game).
Hope that ring and shield helped!