Boss Fight: Fulke
The first phase of the fight with Fulke will involve her running through the darkness and attacking you by surprise. Once she’s in the light, she will stay there most of the time, and you’ll have an opportunity to hit her with a combination of light and heavy attacks. Don’t get greedy though: she will perform a block that you won’t be able to strike through if you attack too often. Instead, you’ll need to create some space from her to reset her stance to neutral.
Most of Fulke’s attacks can be blocked or parried, but you’ll need to watch out for her red rune aura attacks. When you see these, dodge, roll, or run out of the way, as you won’t be able to block or parry them. When Fulke initiates a special attack, this is a perfect time to dodge (especially if you have the Brush with Death skill), allowing you to target her back and hit the weak point there. Her other weak point can be found on her right foot.
Every so often, Fulke will retreat back into the darkness and attempt to flank you. Keep an eye on the boundary of the light when she does this, and you should be able to see glimpses of her movements to get an idea of where she might emerge. If you do get hit by surprise from the dark for a high amount of damage, try to retaliate as soon as possible if you have the Grit skill, as this will replenish the health you’ve lost from the last hit.
Fulke will sometimes stop in the darkness and attempt to throw a fire bomb at you, but this will be indicated by a red mark on the screen, similar to the one which appears when you’re about to be hit by a missile. The fire bombs can be dodged fairly easily, just make sure you perform the dodge or roll at the moment that Fulke throws the bomb.
Another option in terms of identifying the location of Fulke is to hold a torch in one hand. This will not only light the area around you, but it will also apply fire damage over time to Fulke upon a successful hit. You won’t be able to see much further than a few metres in front of you with the torch, though.
The first phase of the fight will end when Fulke is brought down to between about half and a quarter of her health. At this point a cutscene will begin, and you’ll need to chase Fulke up the steps outside.
This second phase of the fight is shorter than the first. You’ll find that Fulke now has weak points on her right foot and back again. If you manage to hit both of these and perform a stun attack, most of her health should be depleted by that time. It’s a good idea to at least try to hit these weak points from a distance while you still have arrows.
Whether you perform a stun attack or gradually bring Fulke down with regular light and heavy attacks, you should find this phase of the fight much easier. Fulke will be slower while wielding the large cumbersome cross, but if she does land a hit it will deplete your health significantly.
When you see a blue rune above Fulke’s head, and her cross highlighted in the same color, don’t approach her during this time. If you do, you won’t be able to break through the defence stance and you’ll succumb to a surprise attack which can inflict a significant amount of damage.
Although Fulke is generally slower during this phase, she will sometimes strike surprisingly quickly with the cross if you get too close, so pay attention to her movements and maintain a reasonable distance so you have time to avoid an incoming attack. Sadly, the second phase of the fight doesn’t add much else in terms of fight mechanics, so it’ll be a fairly easy ride from here.