Easy strategy for low level is just get to Settlement, hollow yourself, buy the Dark Hand, fight the Dancer as that fight becomes a joke, grab some chunks/scales/twinkling in Lothric castle and parry god Gundyr if you are up to it. Then, kill Sage and talk with Gael. Complete Ashes as that is all pretty easy even at low level. Back Stab/Parry Stage 1 Friede, bleed out Ariandel while Gael distracts Friede Stage 2, And backstab Friede Stage 3. There are 3 pretty easy slabs in AoA. One from Ariandel, one from the ladder past the crabs, and one from the sane Corvian. I enjoy using the axe, but I prefer the Hollowslayer, so that tends to be my first +5. At a +5 Hollowslayer, getting to Irithyll is not a problem in the slightest. If you collect some Estus/Bone shards, you'll easily heal any damage you take while trading with the Pontiff Knights. So getting the weapon low SL isn't difficult. If you can kill Prince low SL, you can have access to Havel's +3, Cloranthy +3, Gold Serpent +3, Evil Eye +3, and Wolf Ring +3. If you are incapable of killing Prince but have been able to kill Friede, you can still get SIlver Serpent +3, Ring of Favour +3, and Steel Protection +3. Directly after Friede, you then have the capability to buy the Splitleaf GS. This isn’t great for low level for requiring around 18 STR and 16 DEX if I recall. As Deprived, you can two-hand the weapon by around level 15 if you pour all of your points into DEX and STR. I play on console so Cheat Engine isn’t an option and finding people on Xbox takes quite a bit of time. I fear a +5 HS GS with Wolf RIng +3, Favour +3, Steel Protection +3, and Cloranthy +3 much more than I fear even a +10 Blessed/Refined/Lightning Dragon Slayer Axe. The poise boost of the Wolf Ring along with the HS GS’ innate hyper armour is bloody powerful. Got a tad bit bored so I just typed this up, hope someone can use this.