Now that this game is out for PC and I've had a chance to play through it, I figured this would be the perfect time for those of us who have played through to help out those who have not. So I'll start with a basic tip. Blunt weapons are extremely useful. The plain mace you can get from the blacksmith in the beginning will remain powerful the whole game. In Majula, there is a well next to the mansion. Knock the body into it to get an estus shard, which the Emerald Maiden turns into an additional flask. In the beginning of the game, once you have a good blunt weapon, go through the small door in the big arch on the far side of Majula. After a long trek there ifs a pull chain above a good gate, which takes you to the next area. There are a bunch of giant sentinels there that are fairly easy to kill. I'd you go left in the big room with three in it, and then kill the next three, a switch will pop up that lowers a drawbridge. Through the fog gate is a tough, optional boss, but more importantly is the chest next to it. In that chest is a ring that decreases HP loss when you hollow by a full 50%, and sets the cap to 80% left.