Wow, posts have really dropped off for this game.
I played yet another 4-5 hours last night (think I'm at well over 50 now). I took on some big bosses including that bastard
. He was pretty tough - took out my two pretty tough summons (who had no trouble clearing everything out leading up to him) which left me alone.
But the next time I couldn't even find two to help me so I went through the area with just 1 summon. I was surprised to see Lucatiel as a summon for that fight - she isn't listed in the Wiki for that area which is why I was using 2 from the beginning. I summoned her and thought, well, that won't work out. But the game glitched and she apparently didn't enter the arena. I could see her health bar and it stayed intact the whole time so she must have just been sitting outside. Luckily the one guy I summoned was a pro and together we took care of him.
Then I pressed on and beat the "end" boss of that area. He is pretty cool looking - I'll have to help someone on that guy so my 6 year-old son can see him. He wasn't as tough as the previous one, but part of that was because the summons kept him distracted so I could just pelt him with spells.
I finally unlocked lightning spear and somehow I have 2 of them which is nice because it gives me 22 uses. That is so much better than the soul arrow spells (even the higher level ones). I also finally found a winged lightning spear which was my go-to weapon in Demon's Souls. Though I am used to wielding a sword now so I'm not sure I want to go back to turtling with the shield/spear combo. In fact, I was thinking of going up to a Greatsword when I get my strength a little higher.
I also defeated the chariot guy - that was a nice change of pace from the usual boss fights. Of course the first time in I had no idea what I was doing. I actually made till near the end but then I backed into the end pit by mistake (had no idea it was there).
I also beat the scorpion boss (using the scorpion NPC summon - I guess I need to go back and talk to him to see if I get anything from that). So, yeah, it was a pretty boss-heavy night. I am making good use of the ring that keeps you human and keeps your souls. I've had to repair the thing about 10 times though.
So, Doors of Pharros:
Other than pushing on a bit more through there I'm not sure where else I can go at this point. Oh yeah, I still need to do the Belfry. I found the hidden bonfire on the other side (from Iron Keep). Does the mist door there lead right to the belfry fight (thus avoiding the need to go through the Bell covenant area?). I didn't see any summons there either and it looked like I couldn't even put my own sign down so maybe it isn't possible.
The other thing I've held off on and it seems like I should be doing now is upgrading a weapon all the way. I just don't know what I want to use. I'm still using that Fire Sword from Forest of Giants (upgraded to +5). But I feel like I should do something else. I'd use the Drangleic sword but I only have 3 twinkling titanites. Plus I have armor I probably need that for (Havel's armor, eventually, as I can wear more of it).
I also need to start redeeming some of these boss souls for items/spells. I need to figure out what is required for trophies first. I may not get the miracle/spells one if the covenant rewards are required so I need to be careful which I use them for. Unless there are some that only have one use and I might as well do those. That's the problem with playing the game so early - no FAQs or Wikis with all that info yet (that I know of anyway).
Also, is there a way to defeat the skeletons in the caves near the locked bonfire in Huntsmans Corpse? I seem to remember from Dark Souls you need a magic weapon or something but I have a magic mace and it doesn't defeat them. I haven't gone through that area yet - I assume it is just a little bit of treasure but I like to be complete and get everything if I can.