Yeah the combat clicked for me last night too. Managed to repel, dodge and time my jumps far better.
The rain in this is a fucker eh? Found an AMAZING looking city last night, took 30 minutes to reach it and scaled a huge mountain to get within 10 foot of it. Then it rained solidly. FOR AN HOUR.
Ended up rage quitting and going elsewhere.
Seem incapable of finding people, quests, memories or storyline progression in this game. Have 20+ korok seeds and about 10,000 rupees worth of gemstones though...