Yeah the character will have a shield, i was just thinking if you're playing as a Dual Swordsman you probably wouldn't wanna use a shield. I watched some of this hour long Dual Swordsman playthrough and the guy used a shield the whole time lol. One of the comments was someone saying why name it that when you're using a fucking shield the whole time. He said because he liked the starting stats for it, and that's a pretty good reason to pick that class.
Went back to my Soupbro/Sunbro character, jumped off the cliff to kill myself at Firelink because no way i'm going to the Catacombs and Darkroot human mainly because i know in NG+ you're more likely to get infected by a Gravelord guy and that;s the last thing i ever want to happen. Used the shortcut and killed Pinwheel, no need for Paladin Leeroy. Sunlight Blade is easily the best weapon buff, someone is lucky i didn't have it when we dueled.
I think my Ring of the Sun's Firstborn increases the damage since it boosts miracles.
Then went on to kill the Moonlight Butterfly and it was extremely easy, thought it would be alittle difficult without Witch Beatrice but equipped the Crest Shield and the Spell Stoneplate Ring which helped boost my magic defense overall. Lightning Spears and when it got close it took 2 swings.