I've so far died to few normal monsters. Bosses not so much But then again I did play through ds1 and 2 scholar of the first sin in a timespan of 3 weeks before hopping on to ds3. Rolling is your best defence tbh. Of course you can parry some bosses also. I would suggest focusing on dex and str since some of the best weapons are str/dex ones. Then vigor, endurance and vitality so you can roll w/o ease and not run out of stamina too fast. I am playing a warrior at the moment. Using fallen knight set as armor, knights ring, havel's ring and about to get ring of favor and prisoner's chain. Weapon at the moment is Butcher Cleaver +2 or Ultra Great Sword +2 or Vordt's Great Hammer and shield is grass crest shield for stamina regen at the moment fun game this.