Awesome! Glad to hear you managed to clear the Water Dragon! He's a bit of a trashy boss but once you get him down he's fine! Actually played a bit myself again too thanks to you man. Did the 100 man fight in the DLC (in the sewers) with just the Dragon Sword without healing on Master Ninja. Really happy with it. Just kept in the flow haha!> swimming in essence
The Dual Katana gets its best move at level2 which is the 360Y which is fully invincible, but that move is a lot more useful in NGS2 compared to NGII imo. The Scythe is well worth upgrading, as is the Kusari. Try to always have around 20-30k if you can. Note that if you find a chest that has an item, and you already have it, it gives its essence value. So if you for instance have a Talisman, you'll get 50k, which is great if you plan around it.
The Flails are also fantastic. Tonfa is great to have if you want to 'skip' the Genshin fights, but honestly at level 1 its strongest move - the UT - is just as good.> Skeleton boss
He's a 'giant' and thus you'll reap benefits from multihit attacks. The best move against him is the Kusarigama's 360YYYY, which absolutely melts him. Note that there's a few very specific frames that, if you use Inferno on him while he's falling down, he takes massive bonus damage. Only works with Inferno for some reason: https://youtu.be/x8_J2i6uqTg?t=798> Volf
If he charges at you, you can open the quick menu and change your projectile weapon. For some reason this changes his dash direction to your left, leaving him open (really weird bug). You can easily loop him with the Dual Katana's >Y(hold) spam. You can also sort of infinite him with UTs of all things. If you punish him after an attack with YYY with the Dragon Sword, you can then switch to the Lunar and charge a 360UT. You can just repeat this. Really weird. There's also some flying swallow loops but I never bothered. Fun boss though.> other things in the stage
There's a few long trecks in between saves if you don't want to savescum. And a pretty hectic fight against Gajia in the cathedral that can kill you a few times. Be mindful of some larger arena fights which you can skip. The TOV is trash imo. Never liked that one. Other than that not really. It's a fun chapter imo, lots of good fights against Gajia, Werewolves and IS ninjas that all hold up really well.