You have died... again. Dark Souls 2 announced

Yeah, yeah, that’s it. That’s why he was the final fight. He seemed unbeatable, and then I got those other Giants Souls, and came back and beat him and then went to the snow. I just remember him being the last piece of the regular game that I remember playing.

Yep. I kept attacking him and eventually he fought back, and I realized after a few tries there was just no way I was going to beat him. I have indeed stumbled on all three DLC keys, and all three entrances, and actually I went through all three King’s Gates, and ended up doing the first boss(es) in the Throne, too, wondering if this was it, but after I beat them…nothing. Guess I need to keep going. One gate was very much a “why did they even bother” scenario, but the other is definitely a path forward. I’m going out of town tomorrow morning for a couple weeks, so the rest of the game is going to have to wait a bit. I don’t know exactly how much is left, but it sure looks like a very hefty chunk, and I’m creeping up on that magic 47 hour mark already.

The DLC are decent size, and it sounds like besides Vendrick you have one major boss to fight, along with the “Giants Memories” thing. You have probably already met the final boss as I believe it shows up automatically after you beat the first boss in the throne room. When you beat the final boss there is a large cut scene and you end up back at Mujala and are asked if you want to start NG+ or continue with your current game.

By “first boss in the throne room,” are you talking about the fight in the castle proper, whose name I actually can’t even recall now, or the first fight in the ToW, the Throne Watcher/Defender, after which absolutely nothing whatsoever happened?

I thought it happened directly after the Throne Watcher/Defender fight. Did you fight them before you went into the crypt area maybe? I normally fight them at the end and their deaths lead straight to a cutscene.

Ok, I looked around a bit, and I guess if you haven’t beaten the Giant Lord (who I did not know existed) the next fight doesn’t start, so I’ll have to come back later. Emerald Herald wasn’t at the top of the…staircase?..either.

Yea, she should be there.

That is part of the Giants Memories “quest”. You approach all those trees that look like frozen Giants and see what happens. I think there are 3-4 of them, most in areas attached to that first forest castle area.

Dark Souls 2’s end game structure is so fucking weird.

Yea, they needed a way to do the Giant thing differently. Have them in a different area where you could access them as part of the regular game play.

Yeah, the giants thing should have just been one large area with the boss at the end. It is not like time travel is anything new. The implementation makes it more of a chore.

Back at it after a two week hiatus due to travel. This game pretty much rules.

Going through the DLC before I wrap up the main game. Finished Crown of the Sunken King. Did all of the bosses on the first try, but I probably could not have done it without my trusty NPC summons to take some of the heat off me. Sinh was pretty tough, although of course not exactly Darkeater Midir tough. Had one estus left after. I like that the crowns are actually equippable items. Could look a little cooler (and have better stats) though.

Each of the bosses has a quirk that makes them tough, the Gank Squad has numbers, the Woman may summon Veldstadt instead of skeletons and the Dragon can toxic you if you get careless.

I didn’t even know she could summon skeletons. She summoned Velstadt three times!

In my experience it is usually skellies but sometimes it’s Velstadt. I have no idea what makes the determination, but I think it is just luck of the draw.

She can also summon pigs but that chance is ultra rare.

I think I had heard of that, but I have never seen it.

Mulling over using the last of the petrified dragon bones I will likely see (or at least in enough quantity to get something to +5) on Yorgh’s Spear.

Brume Tower is sapping my will to live.

Also, does armor do, like, anything?