Ah, yeah I basically found one of his attacks that's like a 4-5 swing combo he does, and you can quickly dodge under/behind him for a series of smacks. Usually more than FROM actually allows you, like 3-4 hits! But yes, the malcontent has impact on him, though I never knew that when fighting him. I just watched a video on "the cheesiest ways to beat the sekiro bosses" by Tyrannicon, and I think it was shown there. I basically gave up on prosthetics in most cases for boss fights, unless it was just so clearly broadcast, like how firecrackers scare horses is explained to you, 20 feet before you fight a horse mounted boss I found, like most enemies in FROM games, the amount of time it takes you to trigger the powerful versions of the prosthetics, is so long, the enemies just ***** slap you to interrupt, making it a waste of time/health to even attempt it.Well I’ve only tried literally three times so far, but yeah he’s pretty tanky himself. Other bosses often had some specific weak point or more effective item/prosthetic to use on them for bigger damage, along with being able to simply outperform them with the parry/strike rhythm, but here it’s just…it kinda reminds me of Vendrick from DS2 (pretty sure he’s under “attrition” in the gamer dictionary).
I’ve read to save the malcontent for the last phase, so haven’t tried that yet either.
I found the story behind why the DoH is what he is, to be a bit odd. Like I didn't even connect in the narrative what was going on with him, until my wife brought it up after the fact, having read some spoiler stuff. And after I guess it made sense, but I was still like "ok but why now? what triggered this?"
Still, I would say he's not terribly difficult, at least from my personal experience, as a relative FROM newb. He was nowhere near as rage inducing as several of the other bosses that I smashed my face against for exponentially longer. I dunno if I'm officially doing it wrong, using the tactic of "avoid his attacks, find an opening, hit him, repeat" but that seems to be the SOP for FROM games, so I don't think so.