This is a PVE build, it uses the high range and counter rate of the thrust swords to poke to death most of the bosses.
The mechanic of counter attacks on DSII is easy to use than the previous game, combined with the well timed rolls most of the atacks on bosses will be counter atacks.
In addition most of the bosses are very vulnerables to poke and with this build you can achieve a high damage at a very fast swing ratio.
|Strength||17 (optional, 17 is the minimum to power stance the Espada Ropera|
Espada Ropera +10
Raw Mace +10 (As backup to enemies resistant to thrust)
Any light armor
Any shield (you primary defense is roll, the shield serve only as back up)
Chloranthy Ring (+1 or +2)
Old Leo Ring
Ring of Blades (+1 or +2)
Any other (Ring of Life Protection - if you dont want to risk your souls, Red Tear Stone Ring - if you are skilled enough, Third Dragon Ring - if you want heavy armor)
You can use piromancy to help with some bosses (like darklurker
Two Hand the Rapier or Espada Ropera, try to roll out the enemies atacks or simple back away and atack right after their attacks, you can easily land two attacks in fast enemies or three to four attacks in slower ones.
Optionally you can power stance two rapiers, but the high stamina cost on attacks makes the damage ratio lower than the two hand option.
Try to use Aromatic use or resins to improve the damage
Some enemies are harder to counter and resistants to poke damage at the same time (like Smelter Demon, use the mace in that ones).