So both Kalameet and Manus are pretty annoying. I got Manus down to about half once but then he combo-ed me to death. I know you can summon Sif in there but everyone says it is a waste of time because Sif doesn't do much and Manus mostly ignores him.
Actually one of the things I realized is that I don't even particularly like the bosses in Dark Souls. I'm not sure I see them as a strong point of the game. Pretty much all of them have one or two moves or combos that can take you from full health to dead in an instant, which is annoying when you're doing ok and then BAM, dead. With that said, if I could just start the boss fight right from the boss fight like most every other modern game I'd probably find them easier to digest, but nah, you have to run from a bonfire that is 2-3 or more minutes away every freaking time. Blah. And so many are too easy to cheese or summon help or whatever that here I am near basically the end of the game and I still don't really know HOW to fight bosses in this game when there is no obvious cheese and no (or worthless) summons available, so like... getting to die right away and then having to spend a bunch of time to get back and then die right away again is not fun. I mean I guess I'm not dying RIGHT away on these bosses but still, it's like... how does the game actually benefit by not just having bonfires right near the bosses? Or better yet you can just start the boss right away again when you die? I get that it is trying to be "old school" but most of the time the bonfire is close enough that it isn't really a challenge getting to the boss again (and most enemies can be run past), but far enough that it is freaking annoying.
I MAY just say F it and move on. These are optional DLC bosses anyway, no point in stressing out over them. Hell if I wasn't using FAQs this whole time I would have never found the DLC world to begin with. And I'm really, really ready to move on from this game. I think I have like 80 or 90 hours into it now. If it were possible I'd go fight the main end boss and come back to the DLC if I decided to keep trying at it, but I read that once you beat the main boss you go straight into NG+ and the DLC area can't be accessed again (unless you get there again playing through the whole game again.)
People were saying you can't really tank him, so I spent all this time leaving up light gear to try a light build, but I really couldn't dodge his attacks at all, so I switched back to my heavy build and tanked the shit out of him. Some of his magic attacks he starts doing at about half health were one hit KOing me but once I decided to just heal every single time he started doing magic attacks he was a bit easier.
Even though people say Kalameet is easier than Manus (in fact some say Manus is the toughest boss in the game), I was having more trouble with him since my style is get in close and tank the shit out of enemies but he is hard to get in close with (but also hard to stay back and hit with magic, which barely hurts him anyway), so... we'll see if I can do better now that I'm a little bit (but barely) higher level now.
Kalameet was a bit of a tough one. I pretty much cheesed / tanked my way through most of the bosses but that wasn't working with Kalameet. Ended up switching to a light build for quick movement and armed myself with an upgraded light crossbow and tons of heavy bolts and just dodged and shot, dodged and shot. It's not too bad with this technique though it takes forever, probably took like 50-60 hits or so?
Gwyn is probably tough if you fight him alone, I tried him alone a few times and was doing ok but not great. Everyone says you really need to learn to parry but I never really parried the whole game and my timing was all off. So I summoned Solaire and he is sort of a piece of cake with Solaire, at least at the level and with the gear I had. My strategy was basically just don't even try to attack if he was focusing on me, block and avoid and let Solaire attack him, and then once he goes for Solaire hit him in the back a few times until he aggroes on me again, rinse, repeat. He went down pretty fast (though Solaire almost died, might have ended poorly if I got stuck alone.)
It feels good to have finished but man I feel exhausted. Fun game but definitely NOT doing NG+. And honestly, probably won't ever play Dark Souls 2 or 3. 1 was a great experience but it's such a draining one too. Not a nice pick up and play game. MAYBE I'll play Bloodborne or Sekiro. But not anytime soon. Need a break from this kind of thing.
Incidentally, for such a long game the ending is like... super short.