Well it’s going better than I expected. I beat stage 1 on my first attempt, then died… and then it took me half a dozen more attempts before I even made a dent on stage 1 again. That’s because I couldn’t figure out how to avoid her invisibility attack… but once I learned it, it became an easy 2-3 punishing hits back. Anyway, once I got back to stage 2 again I managed to beat it, and then got stage 3 down to half health before… I ran out of estus! And apparently it won’t let me pop another ember, so that combined with her getting really pissed off meant the end of my optimistic attempt!
I feel like it’s possible though. And hey, I’ve got another slab! What to spend it on…? By the way, I did this last run just two-handing the Wolf Knight GS. Longsword is no good, won’t reach. Astora isn’t bad, but too slow. I tried parrying… yeah, right. WKGS felt good though.
Several more attempts, took Gael with me this time (as all the human summon signs I saw disappeared). Got to stage 3 twice, both times got her to about halfway. Burned through 1/3 of my remaining embers. I’m going to wait for a human summons now, pretty confident it can be done with someone who doesn’t keep running into her powerful dark explosions (looking at you Gael!).
Taking a break from Friede I found the Ringed City DLC bonfire and went to have a look. Didn’t get very far because I found an old lady selling a Splitleaf Greatsword. I had to have it. And oh boy, I’m in love already. I feel like a badass with this thing; great reach, and so fast, and the WA combo is totally nuts. Wrecked stage 1 Friede with it, but then died because I was having so much fun that I forgot to drink any estus. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.