Jesus that battle in Bluemoon Tower against that Griffin was amazing.
I also accidentally ran into a cockatrice in Soulflayer Canyon, it was an amazing battle.
One subtle feature I loved about this game was the inclusion of capes, it irked me so much in Skyrim that I couldn't put a cape on and roam the world with a flowing cape like a bad-ass, this game filled that void.
Almost got the drakes first bar down to a quarter, so that's progress.
Not sure if it's the Mighty Bend I purchased or the team of mages/sorcerers, though.
But I decided to head back on foot to gear up better, and kind of ruined my goal of beating the drake at level 24 by overshooting the path and ending up in conqueror's sanctuary. I just HAD to tackle those captive cyclops.
And then I found the tomb of the unknown traveler right next door. That thing wasn't so bad, but getting that last disc on its foot was a *****.
There is a sword in the stone at the Tomb of the Unknown Traveler, its not just an Excalibur easter egg, you will get a good sword from it, "Eden's Warden" (If you're lucky). It's random what sword you'll get, but if you get Eden's Warden, and you or your main pawn is a sword-based class, give them it, it's crazy good for early-game.
Go to Gran Soren and look for Fournival, a fat bald rich guy with a mustache wearing a yellow robe, he'll either be in the Noble Quarter where his house is in the morning, or during mid-day, he'll be at the Black Cat.
He sells buffs, purchase (at least) 24 Conqueror's Periapts, and 24 Angel's Periapts, as well as (at least) 12 Salomet's Secrets. These buffs stack up to 4 times, so chug them down by 4's.
Make sure to optimize your skills, Hundred Kisses and Mighty Bend are a must.
Stack up on tons of healing items, Potent Greenwarish is my highest recommendation to you at your current level.
Make sure you have decent equipment that has been upgraded to AT LEAST 1 star, upgrading is important, and killing a Drake will allow you to have a chance to Dragonforge your gear, which is the best upgrade you can get till rarifying at BBI. (Dragonforging can only be done if your equipment has at least 1 star.)
Use Mighty Bend while he is flying on his heart to ground and stagger him.
If you really can't beat him after all this, best advice is to stack up on throwblasts. You will only throw the throwblast in the direction your character is facing, so make sure you are facing the Drake's heart when you do this, and make sure you know you can hit it, no need to waste a throwblast on an unsure throw.
I guess my problem is how they calc damage.. My attack must be too low, so guessing my pawns did almost all the damage thus far.
Tbh, I might not even bother.. It was a self imposed challenge based on hearing lower level character did it, but I'm also hearing even level 40 physical types can struggle. So guessing a lot of these lower level triumphs involves cheesing by either relying on pawns, blast arrows, buffs, or a friend lending a higher tier weapon, that says almost everyone who beat it with an assassin has an angle they're not talking much about and sort of defeat the purpose of a challenge.
Might still trek to the wall and take your advice just to see what happens though. (Haven't even met the duke yet, for fear of closing off side quests.)
I mean, scarlet kissing the heart did NOTHING. At all.
I'm telling you, you could be level 5, and the tactic I told you would work, I just gave that advice to my level 25 Assassin friend and watched him personally take down a Drake on stream.
You'll also want sorcerer pawns with high magick attack.
I can't really imagine a level 40 physical-based character struggling even slightly against the Drake.
Earliest I killed him WITHOUT buffs was level 29. On another playthrough, I killed him again, at level 30. I had to heal a lot, sure, but this is the only way to fully upgrade your shit pre-Dragon fight.
That was as a Mystic Knight, btw, which means I only got 1 single point of strength per level up, which also means my strength gains (as a physical type, nonetheless), were very, very bad, which made my overall attacks not hit nearly as hard as if I picked an Assassin.
If you get those buffs I suggested, you will destroy him, also, switch your skills to Hundred Kisses while grabbing onto his heart, then chug down 4 Conqueree's Periapts and Liquid Vim, you will destroy him so fast your mouth will drop.
If you just want Dragonforged equipment (and you do, trust me), you can just shoot an a maker's finger at him and OHKO him. Maker's Finger is a OHKO for every monster, including bosses. They only things it can't kill are the Unique BBI Bosses, like Death.
The Drake is also weak to Ice Weapons AND Ice Spells. When he is staggered and a sorcerer casts the Ice Spikes, it will deal incredible damage, and will sometimes take out an entire health bar on it's own.
This is the last tips I can give ya, mate, Good Luck.