For me this boss was a big difficulty spike. I have heard it is skippable but for those who don’t want to summon or can’t git gud, here is how I beat it in my incantation-only run.
Step 1 Preface and things to do first
If you want free levels before this fight and need dragon hearts to get the two spells I referenced above, go to Greyoll’s dragon barrow. There is a massive dragon there named Greyoll who’s tail you can attack. I had a friend help me use blood loss on it since I couldn’t do so at the time, but I am sure if you had enough flasks, you could use dragonice to frostbite it to death. The spell Greyoll gives you access to is kind ♥♥♥♥ in my opinion and she is better to kill for the hearts and souls she gives.
Near her is a nice soul farming spot as well before the minor erdtree in the area. There is a grace that is a a fork in the road.
Lastly in the very south of caelim there is a cathedral with a dragon in front where you will want to go to learn the stronger dragon incantations. The cathedral of dragon communion.
Step 2 The Strat
The strategy I used was to first put the scarlet rot debuff on the warrior. I found that I could get of a free full charge by running close to the center of the arena at the start of the fight and breathing on him while he walked or ran at me as it staggered him.
Next I would back step twice and queue up an fp potion. After that, and only if he decided to walk I would use dragon maw and correctly space it so that he got hit by only the tip. After this I would swap to my physick and back step again while queuing it then immediately dragon maw. If all conditions were met the Warrior would be at 1/12 health and the Knight would have just flown in.
The next part of the strategy is running. I typically would run clockwise using the unbreakable stage as a small point to drink estus while running. I will say, I had lots of trouble with the misbegotten’s telegraphs. He reminded me slightly of a phase 1 gael who held his swings for way too long. I didn’t want to bother fighting the Misbegotten so I let him die of rot.
At this point, I would be down to 6 flasks of cerulean tears. The only time I found safe to attack the Knight was if he was walking or right after he finished his flying strike. To die, scarlet rot must proc twice. I found that it typically procs once if you breath on him 3 times or hit him twice while he isn’t blocking. After that, you just have to run around the arena until it runs out then rinse and repeat. The only difficulty is his tail swipe attack which killed be a few times but that’s what I deserve for running a light roll build.
Step 3 Profit???
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