Master the way of iaijutsu as you artfully slash and burn your way through all who oppose you.
Right hand: Fire Blacksteel katana +10
Left hand: Pyromancy flame +10
Armor: Llewellen armor +5, Kings gauntlets +5, Kings leggings +5.
Rings: Life ring +2 (+3 if you have dlc), chloranthy ring +2, ring of steel protection +2, ring of soul protection if host OR choose another ring if phantom.
3 scrolls of great fireball, 1 scroll of great chaos fireball, 1 scroll of chaos storm, 1 scroll of flame weapon, 1 scroll of warmth if not fighting host OR choose a spell if fighting host.
The horizontal slashes of the katana are only good against one enemy unless you can position enemies very well. The quickdraw strong attack has a delay so use it with care. The quickdraws delay can be shortened by using a single light downward slash, This can be useful against mutiple enemies if timed carefully.