So I'm halfway through my NG+ trying to get all the achievements and I've hit a massive stumbling block: the Four Kings.
I've got the Lordvessel but I haven't placed it on the shrine place because I need the achievement for joining the darkstalker covenent, which is why I'm going after the Four Kings now, around soul level 120 I think. Been using a build with Ring of Grace and Favor and Dark Wood Grain Ring, divine Zweihander, black knight armour set but with mask of the child, but because you have to wear the artorias ring for the fight, I took off the ring of grace and favour (I have a spare) and had to use channellers armour set instead of black knight set. I just can't do it. I've tried it on my own (lasted about a minute), with 1 summoned dude (we killed one of them, then got destroyed), with 2 summoned dudes (tried this twice, got destroyed) whatever, I just can't do it.
In my NG I hated this fight as well, but I managed it eventually, using Quelaag's furysword and Iron Flesh to resist the sword attacks.
I was thinking about making a detour into the demon ruins to get the large flame ember so I could make a +10 fire falchion, but I don't know if that would be better or worse really. I suppose I wouldn't be losing anything because I need to get that achievement too.
Anyway, what I wanted to ask was does anyone have any tips or anything? I've read several bits of advice but no one talks very specifically about NG+ so I don't know how much I need to change my strategy. The biggest problem seems to just be dps and killing them before all four mob you.
Also, does anyone know what exactly the requirements are for Darkstalker Kaathe to appear? I've read that I can't talk to Frampt once I have the Lordvessel, but can I just drop into the hole he's poking out of, place the lordvessel, then warp out? Will Kaathe still appear?
But, I suppose the biggest question is - should I just not bother? Would I be better off just doing the regular ass route (start probably with Nito, then Seath, then Bed of Chaos, then Four Kings) and using a different toon to get the Darkstalker Covenant.?
Any help would be greatly appreciated - I absolutely bloody hate this fight!