So, after a bit of playing I've finally changed up my gear set and have progressed through the game at a fairly good speed, but now I'm at a roadblock. I can't seem to beat Smough and Ornstein. I kill Ornstein first and save Smough for last, and I always manage to get him to about 25% health, and then he always manages to pull some shenanigans that kill me. I avoid his attacks, roll in and hit him once and roll out. I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong. I use only melee, so there are no miracles or pyromancies involved. My armor consists of:
- Full Giants +3
- Black Knight Shield +3
- Lightning Zweihander +2
- Havel's Ring
- Ring of Favor and Protection [I think that's the name, got it from Lautrec]
- SL 65ish with 36 STR, 30 END, and 20 VIT
I can tank some hits, but it eventually overcomes me. Also note that I usually summon Solaire, but he likes to sit right under the enemy and get buttslammed, so meh. I have tried this boss 3 times only to get the same exact result.