“Elden Ring” is overflowing with fights with notorious big bosses. But perhaps nothing surpasses the strength of Malenia, Blade of Miquella. She is not only one of the most challenging bosses to beat in the game but in the whole of FromSoftware’s titles (FromSoftware is the developer of “Elden Ring.”)
Previously, you learned how to defeat Nezarec, Final God of Pain, in another game, “Destiny 2.” In this guide, you will learn how to beat “Elden Ring’s” Malenia successfully. Defeat is not in the vocabulary of Malenia, but of course, it is very possible to make her taste the bitter end of your slaying blade.
But First, Who Is Malenia, Blade Of Miquella? Why Is It Difficult To Defeat Her?
Malenia, Blade of Miquella, is, first and foremost, a demigod, the Goddess of Rot. So yes, you are actually battling with a demigod once you face her.
She is an optional boss in the game. Yet, despite being an optional boss to defeat, many “Elden Ring” gamers want the experience of beating this boss, not to mention the rewards beating her can give.
She was also one of the demigod kids of Queen Marika the Eternal and the second Elden Lord Radagon of the Golden Order. She is Miquella the Unalloyed and is one of the most potent demigods, whose only known match is Starscourge Radahn, her half-brother.
So why is Malenia difficult to beat? Aside from being fast and relentless, whatever this demigod manages to land a hit with her unbelievably long sword, she is capable of healing herself. And yes, that includes if you are blocking with a shield.
Another reason she is incredibly tough to beat is her Waterfowl Dance attack. In this move of hers, she will come at you in a whirling tornado of blades that is almost impossible to dodge unless you know the right strategies, and unless you are a master, chances are, you will get killed.
But that shouldn’t happen. So here is a guide on how to beat Malenia.
How To Beat Malenia
Your fight of a lifetime begins at the Haligtree Roots Site of Grace. Malenia’s arena is just down the steps from that place, which also helps you collate any Runes you might lose in trying to beat her.
Basically, there are two phases in this fight. In the first of those two phases, her move shall consist of long and sweeping sword attacks, as well as a leaping sword dash that inflicts area-of-effect (AoE) damage and, of course, as you learned earlier, her ability to heal herself even if you have a shield.
Eye on the prize. Because of that, you would want to either maintain your distance as a conjurer or guarantee timely dodges unless you are very adept at blocking. Blocking her attacks may end you up having to deal with more damage, but the trade-off will still be worth it.
Be sure you have most, if not all, of these (requirements) for this fight:
- Ghiza’s Wheel
- Hoarfrost Stomp
- The Sword of Night and Flame
- Boluses for curing Scarlet Rot
- A consummate ability to dodge attacks
Now, let’s discuss the two phases of this fight.
Right away, summoning the Mimic Tear, one of “Elden Ring’s” best Spirit Ashes, is a great move, even after it has been sadly nerfed. This fighter can mimic you completely, making your epic battle with Melania one versus two instead of just versus one. If you do not have this or prefer not to use it, you could instead summon human allies through “Elden Ring’s” multiplayer options.
But the Mimic Tear is very much recommended since this will keep Malenia busy with many things, providing you more opportunities to attack than if you are doing everything alone.
Then, just keep dodging her moves as needed, and – remember this – apply bleeding or frost damage to her since she is weak to those attacks. You’ll thank us later. Something like Ghiza’s Wheel for bleeding damage or Hoarfrost Stomp for frost damage are great choices here.
Furthermore, keep in mind that you should apply frostbite to Malenia with the stomp early on before you unleash the bleeding damage using Ghiza’s Wheel.
Another recommended weapon against Malenia is The Sword of Night and Flame, more so with its magic-centric special attack.
But all in all, in this first phase, just keep dodging and applying damage using those weapons mentioned earlier. Eventually, you will move to her second phase.
Remember Malenia’s AoE attack you read about a while ago? Her second phase starts with this devastating move of hers. It’s good we have you in this guide, as we shall tell you that you must immediately retreat because you are caught in this move. Once she has released this attack, your previous attack pattern shall work.
Also, presuming your Mimic Tear is still there, just keep using them to distract her while you dodge and wail on her with those frost and bleeding damages.
You should also avoid her attacks, and it is advisable that you have some boluses to cure you if you are hit with those attacks so you are still on your feet throughout the battle.
Go Grab Your Reward After Beating Malenia
When all is said and done, will you just go home with nothing? Of course not! Defeating Malenia rewards you with 480,000 Runes, enough for a few levels at this late stage of the game. However, remember that Malenia’s Remembrance only rewards 50,000 Runes.
Malenia may be a goddess and a beautiful lady, but those attributes should not intimidate you. Beneath those looks lies a destructive creature. She is tough, but for sure, she is not impossible to beat. Did you love this guide? Feel free to share this around.