I’m 35% through this already! Lawks. Killed the Manticore easily this time, as I found that if you stand in the doorway, you can’t be hit. Grenade-tastic!
After that, it was STOP! Hammertime! As in, I met Hammer. And he told me he was going to set up a shop by the castle entrance. As you do. I then collected a soul that gave me a double-jump (finally!) and had a bit of an explore some more, heading vaguely to Hammer’s shop, and finding a few new routes and a warp point along the way.
Killed some more bosses, including a huge suit of armour and a thing which kept swapping heads, and have the group slide power-up too.
I’ve also got a nifty broadsword now, which is a bit slower than my previous weapon of choice, but does waaaaay more damage and has a wider killing arc, meaning I can swipe it at things above and below me. I’ve improved my armour as well, buying War Fatigues from Hammer, and have a soul which boosts my strength. However, I’m now in an area with some witches and persephones and it’s a bit hard.