Elden Ring is an open-world action role-playing developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Just like Bloodborne, Demon’s Souls, Sekiro, and the Dark Souls series, Elden Ring was directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki. The caveat here is that the game was made in collaboration with the award-winning fantasy novelist and source material creator for the highly popular Game of Thrones television show, George R. R. Martin, who provided a lot of source material for the game’s setting.
Elden Ring was released for Microsoft Windows, Steam Deck, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on February 25, 2022.
The Soulsborne games are known for their difficulty level, and Elden Ring is no exception. Each location has its own level of difficulty, some being less difficult than the rest. Some locations hold special items, ashes, and armaments that make the game a whole lot easier. One of the more difficult locations is Miquella’s Haligtree and the very reason for that is the beast that is Malenia, Blade of Miquella.
Malenia, Blade of Miquella
Malenia, Blade of Miquella is a Boss in Elden Ring. Born as a twin to Miquella, Malenia is known as the most powerful of the Empyreans. Wielding a prosthetic arm and leg, courtesy of Radahn, Malenia is located in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree.
This boss is optional, as players do not need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. This is done intentionally with very good reason because Malenia is also widely considered by the Elden Ring fanbase to be the most devastatingly punishing boss in Elden Ring.
“…Heed my words. I am Malenia. Blade of Miquella. And I have never known defeat.”
Starting off with these iconic words as Malenia, Blade of Miquella, she launches a barrage of slashes, grabs, and her signature Waterfowl Dance that is almost impossible to dodge. Oh and by the way, every attack heals her, so there’s that. Once the player struggles and finally defeats her, they’d think the nightmare is over, but oh no.
As is typical of most of FromSoftware’s toughest bosses, Malenia has a second phase wherein she blooms and is born anew as Malenia, Goddess of Rot. In this phase, not only does she retain her old moveset, but her ability to fly and bloom spreads the Scarlet Rot status with each attack. If players thought her Waterfowl Dance was bad before, being imbued with Scarlet Rot makes it infinitely more dangerous.
With all of these insanely powerful attacks, players have wanted to know if there was a way to make this fight easier, by using cheese tactics. Fortunately, we know of a few.
Malenia Cheese Tactics
There are three specific cheese tactics that work against Malenia:
- (Special Mention) Using Mimic Tear – This tactic has been nerfed a little bit since the Mimic Tear nerfs in patch 1.03, but it is still viable. If the player’s levels, armor, and weapons are good enough, Mimic Tear should either be able to take the aggro off the boss or deal damage while the player aggroes it. A combined effort is a decent cheese strategy.
- Stagger Approach – Malenia is highly susceptible to stagger, so combined with the Mimic Tear and a heavy Strength weapon (like the Grafted Blade Greatsword), it is possible to keep her stagger locked.
- Frostbite Approach – Ash of War: Hoarfrost Stomp combined with a heavy stagger weapon and Mimic Tear will both stagger and shred her HP with constant frostbite procs.
- Bleed Approach – Combining the Swarm of Flies incantation along with a quick attacking Bleed weapon, also amplified further with Mimic Tear will chunk her HP down in quick succession.
Personally, I am not a big fan of the cheese strat, but in the end, games are about having fun, so don’t shy away from using strategy and tactics to win difficult fights, because hey, the game gives you these tools to do so. It would be a waste to not use them, right?
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