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I love how it looks like Steven King designed it
Im doing a challenge where i can only use the starting axe for pyromancer and pyromancy to beat the game. I was on the gaping dragon with a +2 hand axe, it took 15 min and 49 damage per swing while doing it 2 handed light attack. 15 min later i beat the gaping dragon. His attacks arent even that hard to dodge its just so suspensful him being at like 500 health left for like 5 min and only doing 49 damage per swing. (I didnt have any resin.)
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Good for you. It sounds challenging; not because of the boss' difficulty as to say but instead the endurance such a fight would need, and as you said, the tension it delivers. Good luck with the rest of your challenge.
I almost always make a point to skip this boss because of my first horrific experience with it. My first time playing Dark Souls, I didn't know that weapon upgrades were a thing until Anor Londo and I had to go against the Gaping Dragon with an unleveled scimitar. The fight took me over 10 tries to finish because I didn't know what was going on with his running attack, and when I finally finished it, it took me almost 30 minutes for the whole fight. I almost gave up on Dark Souls right then and there, but a friend managed to convince me to co-op with him to get through the next couple areas. Through an absolute miracle, he managed to drag me through Blighttown and Sen's Fortress without any major complications. Almost as soon as we started the Iron Golem fight, he realized why I wasn't doing any damage and he almost pissed himself laughing over voice chat. Suffice to say that I've never lived that one down, even though it's been almost 4 years now.
That's so funny haha I also played it for the first time using a Wanderer, but with an upgraded balder's side sword, and it was the easiest boss till then.
Reminds me of my first DS experience with DS2, where the covenant that makes the entire game twice as hard is right there in the hub and I completely missed the implications of the flavor text. I was like, holy hell, people weren't kidding when they said this game was tough. Once I realized what was happening (about 3 bosses in) I took it as a(nother) lesson in looking before I leap in Souls
Wait, that's his ribcage? I thought he had a torso-mouth. And the little lizard head is his actual head? I assumed it was a decoy, like those fake Basilik eyes. Kinda becomes less cool. Or more, depending how you look at it
Just because it's written on the wiki doesn't make it the final word, judging by design alone it definitely is a belly mouth(like many sea creatures have i.e. starfishs) and a decoy head, also reminscent of strange sea creatures
Just stay by his side and don't let him grab you. His turning speed is so poor that even with the elite knight set he didn't have a chance of facing me. His feet will land a few hits but there's a huge safe radius at his sides where he's totally helpless.
What are the L O R E implications of this being called a Dragon... usually whenever dragons come up the lore people are all over it