Okay I admit this was the last fucking thing I thought I'd find at the bottom of the Forbidden Woods.
I'm up to Bergenwerth now, should I fight Rom or go kill the Darkbeast and the boss at Cainhurst yet? Which should I do the Hunter's Nightmare DLC?
Also is the Spike Driver any good?
Oh also the doll's been slumping against the wall unresponsively lately ever since I gave her the hair ornament thing. She still channels blood echoes but is there something wrong?
Do the area's in this order OP.
Hemwick Charnel Lane(Optional)
Upper Chatedral Ward(Optional)
Nightmare of Mensis
After that Hunter's dream DLC
You can get a lot of the good weapons just by running. Right up until Ludwig at least. Who will repeatedly hand your ass to you. As for the hunters. The beast cutters and Saif hunters are trivial to parry, viscerals are your best friend. Boom hammer hunters have a smaller window to a lot of their attacks, but parrying is still the best option. If you want the bowblade early, I recommend cheesing Simon by running to the shortcut and attacking through the door. There are loads of videos on it.
Pretty rekt, practice parrying the main types of hunter and run from the blood-drinkers. If you can't beat Ludwig, you'll need to level. Maria and Orphan didn't give me half as much trouble as he did.
do everything else before Rom, because killing Rom starts a new "phase" of the game, and some stuff gets locked out
stake driver is complete shit, barring it's charged R2, which is amazing; people who use it mostly just use it's R2 on bosses and use something else for the rest of the game
old hunter's DLC you wanna be around level 70-80 for, or a lower level if you're really good and don't mind taking 4 minutes to kill the basic enemies
Cainhurst can be done earlier but remember it's boss is incredibly difficult at that point.
Gaol and darkbeast praal can be defeated when you get captured or you can come back later when you are technically supposed to go there(after byrgenwerth, when the bloodmoon is full).
What stuff gets locked out?
Honestly I'd be more interested in killing Paarl if it wasn't for that pain-in the ass room with the two backstab hags I have to jump around like an idiot avoiding then the two snatcher dudes who seem to kill me so fucking easily.
certain items from fauxsefka, quest lines for characters, saving all of the "survivors"
hyporeon gaol swaps it's enemies out and some items go AWOL in the post-rom version
it's mostly little shit, but you wanna make sure you've kinda wrapped up loose ends in yarnham before you kill rom
DLC is probably best saved after rom because of the levels and upgrades you need to do it without ridiculous difficulty
1) bait them into doing 1 attack (hover outsiode their range for this)
2) hit them with 1 heavy
3) they now start charging up their super
4) which charging, walk around back and do a charged heavy
I was farming them at the point where any 1 of their attacks would kill me, but this is a fool-proof way to kill them
>So I have to do cainhurst first if I want to finish Alfried's quest thing?
don't think that killing rom interrupts this quest, but souls games tend to have a way of fucking with you, so it can't hurt to get it out fo the way beforehand