Tip for Beating Wolves
A good Fire Wand and it’s evolved form is very efficient at making a patch. While you don’t pick the direction it shoots, you just have to pay attention and follow the projectile. Especially the evolved form, it’ll generally wipe out whatever it touches, leaving a path.
Another tip, if you aren’t doing it already, is to leave at least one treasure chest on the ground. I generally play in the vicinity of the chest, or at least always keep in mind how far away it is (helps that there is an arrow pointing to it if it’s off screen). The purpose being that the second you max an evolve-capable weapon, you can sprint for the chest and do it.
As the poster above me said, Garlic gives you a ton of breathing room as well. I don’t think it pushes the wolves a ton, but coupled with a few things like the Cross, it keeps a lot of things away. Even sends ‘boss’ creatures flying.