Boss Fight - Rikiwulf
As first boss fights go, this can be a tricky one. Rikiwulf’s main weapon is a two-handed axe. The axe has a decent amount of reach, but due to its size is cumbersome to wield. This ia a forgiving element of Rikiwulf’s combat style; for the most part he’s slow and predictable. However, he’s also able to use two one-handed hammers, which he’ll use to inflict strikes at great speed.
Tip: As can be seen in the first image below, certain areas of Rikiwulf are highlighted in yellow. These are Weak Points, which can be found on almost any enemy. If you manage to hit a weak point it will stun the target, leaving them vulnerable to a special attack such as Stomp.
The good news is, any incoming attack with the large two-handed axe will be indicated by a red aurora surrounding Rikiwulf. Whenever you see this, be ready to dodge or roll out of the way, but be careful not to do it too soon. If you try to evade a heavy attack from Rikiwulf too soon, he’ll alter his attack path to your new location and the strike will likely hit, causing significant damage with the two-handed axe.
If you do manage to avoid the heavy attack in time, now is the time to immediately counter it with a series of swift light attacks. Rikiwulf will be vulnerable for a brief period after each heavy attack, so you’ll want to get the light attacks in as soon as he misses. After a few strikes have landed, try not to get too greedy and be ready to evade the next attack. You’ll benefit from creating as much space between you and Rikiwulf as possible, giving you plenty of time to respond to an attack and allowing you to shoot him from afar whenever you get the chance.
Tip: When you evade an attack with a dodge or roll, try not to spam these maneuvers. In most cases you’ll only need to use them once to create enough space between yourself and the foe.
When you bring Rikiwulf down to half of his health, he’ll switch to the two one-handed hammers, changing his fighting style dramatically. Now you’ll have to contend with much faster charges, though you’ll still get a warning when an attack is incoming in the form of time briefly slowing down. Wait for the combination attack from Rikiwulf to finish, then immediately counter it with a series of heavy and light attacks of your own. Continue this pattern until you entirely deplete Rikiwulf’s health, and you should leave the fight relatively unscathed.