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I am his ***** right now
R1 Spamming: The Boss
I had a harder time with this guy than any other boss, including Orphan and the Defiled chalice bosses. After 10 deaths I got pissed off enough to cheese him with lead elixirs. In my defense, I really wanted the plat trophy and wanted to get past him asap. Now that I have 100% of the trophies, I think I'll recreate the chalice and try to beat him fairly. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt though.
Using an item like lead elixir is not cheese.
Easy strategy: When he starts the swing combo take one backstep and shoot directly after the backstep. This will almost always stagger him for a visceral. Works for both his one bladed and two bladed movesets.
Moonlight greatsword on an appropriate build makes mincemeat of him