Some straight sword leveled to x3.
You’re going to want to swap that out for something else and level it higher than +3.
Do some suicide runs just running around and gathering shiny objects and opening up the map.
This is what I did. I still stink at this game, but I am very hard-headed and I am not one to walk away from a challenge. True story, my wife actually MADE me go buy a couple more PS5 games because she was concerned about how stressed and angry Elden makes me.She was hoping I would sprinkle in some golf games to keep me sane. I have actually invented cuss words as I play this game. I sort of feel like the dad in A Christmas Story.
I am level 90, but I feel like my Confessor is still not a good build. I can't find amazing armor anywhere. I do have a Greatsword +6, but it is cumbersome as heck to use in combat and I am always at max load on my equipment, so rolling away is a verrryyy slowwww process. I really wish the game explained more about which Ashes/Spells are the best. The Wolves are still my go to helpers.
I think the only reason I have the levels I do is I have had to restart so many battles after dying that I have to go back in and kill enemy after enemy that I already killed to get where I need to be. I got to the Academy last night, but I am not sure I am ready for that. I think I am just going to continue to wander around and look for things that may help my guy and monsters that will kill me.