I made some progress in the start of the Hunter’s Dream last night. (The DLC area). These new whip/shotgun enemies are pretty tough. The shotgun makes it hard to approach them without some cover, and then when you engage, it turns out they have a lot of hit points and can take a lot of damage before they go down. I can usually take down the first 5 or so, but then I get killed in the next area where they’re above and below me.
It feels so good to be able to get my feet under me, and learn this combat system again, without fear that the enemy will stop spawning like in DS2.