What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

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    What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by SlakeMoth on Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:21 pm

    I'm referring specifically to Sleath. I need something that's quick and powerful because I can only get near enough to get in a couple of hits at a time, otherwise it's curtains. Will it drop off if I hit it with arrows enough times or do I have to slash it? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Pesth on Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:27 pm

    Great combustion 2-3 times can cut the tail just fine

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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Doelker on Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:30 pm

    I have used GC with a pyro glove + 5 and using dusk crown and bellowing dragoncrest ring. It works but you have to make Seath brake his own crystal so you have more time to do it.
    Another one would be using a Black Knight sword fully upgraded following the same strategy.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:32 pm

    BK Halbred, Scythe, Gargoyle Halbred. Sprint attack is a strong over head slam with the first R1 being another over head slam, perfect for cutting tails


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by BLA1NE on Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:58 pm

    ^That sounds good.

    I'd also throw the greatswords (2-handed), and katanas in there. Greatswords, Uchi, and Iaito because of their vertical 2h-R1 slashes and great DPS. Washing Pole because it also has the great vertical slashes, with extra range--at the cost of some DPS, though. Washing Pole could be good against Seath because his tail moves quite a bit, making it annoying to hit sometimes. Although the halberds sound well suited for this.

    I've used a bow to finish off Seath's tail, but I wouldn't recommend it for more than 1 or 2 shots--it's not an easy shot to pull off!

    Also: pyro is a great suggestion. I especially like to use Great Chaos Fireball to get Priscilla's tail. Just throw one on her tail even before aggroing her, and you get her tail automatically!


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:58 pm

    I used a Soul Spear aimed without lockon, but you have to hit the tip of the tail. I'd say last third to be safe.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by BLA1NE on Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:01 pm

    ^Soul Spears are especially nice because they travel through objects, so you could probably get his tail from the front (I do this to Priscilla, I assume it'd work for Seath too). He's quite resistant to magic, though, so don't miss, or you may run out of spells before the fight is through!


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:27 pm

    I had seriously high Int when I did it, probably at least 45 at that point. It got cut off in one hit, about 750 damage.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:52 pm

    Just went and fought him a little while ago, BKH made short work of his tail.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by BLA1NE on Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:54 pm

    You know what was fun? Pre-patch, when you had to loot the tail after having cut it off! Was funny to see it fly off, then you had to chase it down and loot it, all the while ignoring Seath trying to kill you.

    Was less fun when Seath would hit it and send it flying through a wall or the floor before you could loot it, though. Or he'd just get cozy on top of it and sit there...


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:59 pm

    Lol never had to experience that.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by SlakeMoth on Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:14 am

    Oh bugger, it sounds like I'm going to be barreling down those invisible walkways for the rest of my life. Thanks for all your suggestions folks. I've tried most of the weapons suggested and pyro but the main problem (apart from my own ineptitude) is targetting the darn thing or rather the fact that you can't. I don't want to kill Sleath before I get the tail and the target is always on him rather than the tail. Oh and having to actually pick the thing up in actuality is another bummer, I was hoping it would just pop up in my inventory like the Drake Sword. Never mind, back to the drawing board.
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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:52 am

    SlakeMoth, you don't have to pick it up. You used to, long ago in the dark ages.

    Why don't you just fight him unlocked? Easy solution, yes?


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Bamjam on Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:16 am

    I did it with a lightning spear+1 first time around but that took ages and lots of deaths. I dont recommend trying this if you fancy your hair and dont want to pull it out of frustration lol.

    Now if i want the moonlight sword i use the GC as others have sayd here and it works perfect.
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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by BLA1NE on Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:54 pm

    Slake, your game is patched, right? If yes, don't worry, you won't have to loot the tail! It will just pop up in your inventory.

    And getting good at fighting without lock-on is an important skill in Dark Souls, and will make you a much better player... And it's not like Seath is a hard target to hit! winking (I do wish the lock-on was better for some other enemies, though. Off the top of my head, Sif could use a better lock on, on his legs rather than his belly, etc.)


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:06 pm

    Centipede demon's lock on is by far the worst


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by BLA1NE on Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:30 pm

    Ah yes, that's a better example, and the one I was trying to remember I think. I just knew there was a boss that was hard for me to hit with my Painting Guardian Sword just because of the lock-on...


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:12 pm

    Yeah to efficiently kill Centipede Douche you have to unlock and go at his feets


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by SlakeMoth on Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:19 pm

    Federally wrote:SlakeMoth, you don't have to pick it up. You used to, long ago in the dark ages.

    Why don't you just fight him unlocked? Easy solution, yes?

    Well, that's a relief and I've been fighting him unlocked unless I'm using my bow. Trouble is it's like trying to hit an anaconda on a merry go round with a pin. Enough moaning, I'm off to have another go and thanks again for all your help everyone.
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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:08 pm

    You can't just chase his tail around in circles. You need to stand out in front and wait for him to take certain actions, then go for the tail. If you simply run around him in circles he'll never stop to do anything, thus you'll never catch his tail


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by SlakeMoth on Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:56 pm

    Federally wrote:You can't just chase his tail around in circles. You need to stand out in front and wait for him to take certain actions, then go for the tail. If you simply run around him in circles he'll never stop to do anything, thus you'll never catch his tail

    So I stand out in front and wait for him to breathe curse crystals all over me, then I do what................die, usually.
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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:23 pm

    Well I didn't say stand still, but chasing the tail just gets him stuck turning and you need him to do something so he stops turning.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by SlakeMoth on Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:32 pm

    Yep, I get the picture, I run up to him and wait for him to start the crystal attack and then run round the back and hack away at the same time watching out for his tail slam. Well that's what this guy did on YouTube. (I know that's cheating but desperate times demand desperate measures). He made it look easy, so here I go again. Oh and thanks.
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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by Federally on Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:44 pm

    No problem, just make sure you're fast! Either equip light gear for fast roll or DWGR.


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    Re: What's the best weapon for tail hacking purposes?

    Post by BLA1NE on Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:51 pm

    Federally wrote:If you simply run around him in circles he'll never stop to do anything, thus you'll never catch his tail
    That's a good trick for killing him with magic, though. If you stand at just the right distance and angle, you can roll sideways a few times, cast, repeat, and he never even attacks--just keeps turning.


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