Got this game a week ago, started playing yesterday.
So I'm Soul Level 36 at the moment, started as a Royal. I'm working on a Dex build and so far my equipment consists of a Sharp Uchigatana +1, Sticky Compound Longbow +1, Kite Shield, and Silver Catalyst.
I've only beaten 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, and 3-1. I tried 4-1, but I kept dying (though I ended up farming a ton of souls by accident). 3-1 was hell for me, though I only died twice. 2-1 was pretty bad as well, and I think I need something from 5-1 or so to beat Bugbears in 2-2. 5-1 itself seems like it'd be bad for me, as half my deaths thus far have been me stumbling off an edge (or skeletons, stupid rolling balls of death).
Yeah, for the skellies block as they roll into, then dodge outta the way of their swing, right into a backstab. All of stage four is a good place to get upgrades for your Sharp weapons, but because of the resistances of the enemies there, the Crescent Falchion will serve you better there.
Gamertag: T0tal Carn4ge Star Craft II Bnet name: ChaosDragon # 298