Francois is a brilliant choice (even though you have to have 1m gold). He took out the first 2 pets without issue! Thanks for the suggestion (you should add him as an alternative pet to the first slot).
When scars come in pass, then get up ironskin again. Then falco and finish off with predatory. People never stop to note that one pass lets them do the entire brutal combo again. They just want to fill rounds.