I'm interested in hearing what you guys think the hardest and easiest of the following were:
- Boss (required)
- Boss (any)
Something can be difficult for a lot of reasons. For me, the hardest area was probably Dragon Shrine. The Old Knights can take relatively large amounts of damage and they do a ton themselves. I found especially the two near the door to be frustrating at times. Mostly because I was getting impatient to deal with them and tried to either rush them or run past them. Both possible, just more often backfiring than not. Also, the entire run up the stairs is very challenging I would say. Two greatsword Old Knights that aggro together. The Dragon Knights later on. You could run past everyone here, but going through it traditionally is pretty tough. Easiest area (if we don't count Things Betwixt?) would maybe be Black Gulch. It's really small and while the poison is annoying, almost nothing there will probably ever kill you (except for the two Giants, but that's optional).
Hardest enemy would definitely be the Hippo's for me. They can take tons of damage and their grab attack has been an instant kill on all three of my characters, no matter the armor and health. I cheese them more often than not. Easiest is a little hard to answer for this one. There are many easy enemies in the game. Maybe the Lurkers? I don't think they ever hit me more than twice in total. They seem really slow.
To be honest, I'm not completely sure which bosses are required, so perhaps this isn't valid, but I thought the Ruin Sentinels were the hardest of the required ones. Partly because of my builds. With one of my builds, a relatively heavy knight, I straight up slaughtered them. With the other two I had a lot of trouble. I don't think this fight is as 'bad' as Smough and Ornstein, but I still don't like multiple bosses to fight in this series. I feel the lock-on doesn't really fit with how I should be fighting them. Anyway, yeah. Out of all the bosses, I think when I'm going to start a fourth character, Ruin Sentinels will be the only required boss I might still die on. Easiest boss is probably Covetous Demon. Iron King is a good candidate also though.
I don't know what to think of anyone who says differently, but I think you'd only be kidding yourself if you didn't think Ancient Dragon is the hardest boss in the game overall. I'd sure love to know if anyone thinks differently and why.