This is bullsh*t!
I am a first time playthrough, offline mode only Soul Level 133 Royal and am still having troublr with Old King Doran!
I thought Black Phantom Satsuki was bad but this guy is like Satsuki on some crazy military issue combat skills enhancing drug!
He does not attack as often, but when he does, watch out, because it's 1, 2 hit MAX, death time!
Poison cloud is useful but wears off, if you stay away from him to avoid damage he heals himself, and trying to lure him into the Catapult area where apparently he "does nothing but walk back towards his tomb and will not even take a swing at you while you stab at him" has never worked for me once.
He ALWAYS attacks.
No matter where I bring him to.
Hard and repeatedly.
I am using a Purple Flame Shield +7, a Moon Winged Spear +4, Talisman Of Beasts, and the warding and Poison Cloud spells.
Do my melee / attacking / dodging skills just suck?
I do approximately 28 damage with an R1 attack, and about 59 with an R2 attack.
Do I just need to have more patience, the way I did with Satsuki (although even crazy old BP Master Satsuki did not take me anywhere near as long as this), or am I lacking in strategy, or, as mentioned previously, do my combat skills just need improvement?
Any and all help would be GREATLY appreciated!