Please read all of it, because the first paragraph is basically saying what I've been doing, and why I'm asking, so it doesn't get to my question yet. I just want to make sure you know what I mean, since the title may not be asked correctly, but it was the best way I could put it in the amount of letters I could put in I thought.
Okay, I thought I was about done with the game. I don't like to looking at guides when it comes to these games (or any game for that matter) unless I really, really feel I need it to get me going faster. I checked the wiki page on bosses, as I am doing the DLC stuff, since like I said, I thought I was nearly done with the game. I got through most of Crown of the Sunken King, but got to Elana, Squalid Queen, and have probably spent hours now trying to defeat her. I couldn't quite do it, so I left and did most of Crown of the Old Iron King, and again, bosses are giving me a real challenge here. I went back to try and fight Elana again, which I then remembered that I could summon, and only when human. My reaction to that was as if I didn't know that I could do that at all, because I haven't done it once throughout any of the games, but I knew that I could do it.
Anyways, I got really close to beating her, but lost three times again. I used the summon as a diversion as I tried taking her health down, but it didn't work. I guess there are two summons, which may help. I didn't notice it though. Now I'm here. As you can see, I didn't play any of the Crown of the Ivory King. Alright, so sorry for that, but I felt I needed to say that stuff. I want to see everything in the game, but seeing as I have more to go in the main game (I haven't even been to Drangleic Castle, which is where I think I'm headed next), I want to see that stuff through first, but before getting to the final boss, since I'm not going to go through it again on NG+, and I don't want to accidentally beat the game because I'll have to see that DLC stuff on a NG+ if so, and that's not happening.
I hope that question is understandable enough. Man, this game is going to be much longer than the last two games. It's just surprising considering I thought I was about done with the main game, and yet I have more bosses to go. The main game was wasn't overly challenging, but the DLC bosses are just a bit too powerful for me right now. Also, I have to figure out how to get to Drangleic Castle first if that's where I'm headed. I honestly have no clue...