If anyone is having a problem with the hound This is how I just did it this play through defiled chalice. I was able to beat him pretty easily lv 61 no coop waste of skin 30-24-30 ish HP, end, skill 18% gems, no paper with cane tricked. I stood directly in front of him, light hit his face once, walk backwards like 3 steps, he swipes his head horizontally. step forward 1-2 steps, hit face once. Literally that's it. Once his head armor breaks the dmg for me was ~ 630. If you get close to a wall just start turning him to give yourself room. Occasionally he will charge but it's easy to see that coming and dodge left. I think he did it 4 times total counting the one entering the room. I'd say around 30% he will sweep fire a bit more so you might not be able to get a hit in for a bit but just dodge back and wait it out, you can get back in the rhythm again. just be patient. took me 10-15 minutes.