How to beat Malenia, Blade of Miquella and Goddess of Rot in Elden Ring.
- How to beat Malenia
- Easy cheese method
Wondering how to beat the Elden Ring Malenia boss fight? The Blade of Miquella is one of Elden Ring's hardest bosses, as her lifesteal katana attacks and Scarlet Rot attacks as the Goddess of Rot make incredibly deadly, inflicting a barrage of strikes that heal her while also devastating the player's health. Though Malenia doesn't have a huge amount of HP, it hardly matters when she can restore a meaningful percentage of it with every single hit she lands. Don't worry though - we'll explain how to beat Malenia, Blade of Miquella and Goddess of Rot boss fight in our guide below, including weaknesses, strategies, tips, cheese methods and rewards.
- The recommended level for Malenia is 120 at least, ideally 125+, with weapons of +23 or more. You can't really be overleveled for this fight.
How to beat the Malenia boss fight in Elden Ring
To beat the Malenia boss fight in Elden Ring, here's some strategic tips and tricks:
- Malenia is weak to Fire and Bleed weapons
- Armor up against Slashing, Piercing and Scarlet Rot
- Don't let her regenerate health
- Don't block Malenia's attacks, but try parrying if you're brave
- Summon very aggressive NPCs and allies
- Back her against the wall in Phase 1
- Trying rolling back through her Waterfowl Dance combo
- Play more defensively in Phase 2
Malenia's brutal approach and constant aggression, oddly, is best matched by more aggression. This is an enemy who will slash at you whenever given the chance, so by forcing the Blade of Miquella back with your own barrage of attacks, you give her less time to hit back at you and restore life (which we'll discuss in more detail below).
Things get more complicated when she enters phase 2 and becomes the gruesome, graceful Goddess of Rot, as she has most of the strengths she had before, along with some more, swapping to a more ranged form of combat that's harder to use against her. Still, there are ways to get past it, and to bring her down properly. We'll go through some tips below, both things you can do before and during the battle.
Malenia is weak to Fire attacks, Bleed status effects, and weapons
Malenia is most vulnerable to Fire attacks and has less resistance to Bleed attacks than she does to most status effects. This works out fairly nicely, as weapons that specialise in Bleed and Fire tend to be fairly fast-hitting, like whips and the Hookclaws, which builds into the aggressive strategy we'll outline further on. What you should not be using is Holy damage, Poison or, unsurprisingly, Scarlet Rot. The effectiveness of all these is greatly reduced against her - in fact, Poison and Scarlet Rot are basically nigh-impossible to inflict on a character literally called the Goddess of Rot.
Protect yourself against Slashing, Piercing and Scarlet Rot with armor and consumables
It's absolutely better to avoid Malenia's attacks than tank or block them, but it's nigh-impossible to get through the fight without getting hit at least a few times, so you should prepare for when it happens. Protect against all the sword-based damage you'll take, as well as Scarlet Rot, a big theme of her attacks in Phase 2. Don't be limited to armor in your choices either, Preserving Boluses, Cured Meat, the Flame Cleanse Me Incantation and Talismans like the Mottled Necklace and Immunizing Horn Charm will help, especially those that passively resist it rather than forcing you to stop and swallow medicine each time you're infected.
Don't let Malenia use her lifesteal health regeneration
Let's address the vampiric elephant in the room - every single one of Malenia's attacks allows her to restore a small amount of health if she lands them on any player, character or target. That includes you, your allies, your summoned friends, or Ash Spirits. Malenia doesn't have much health, but it doesn't matter when she can restore huge chunks of HP in a rapid barrage of sword swipes. Her health restored also doesn't relate to the damage inflicted, so building your defence won't make a difference to her healing power.
Sadly, there is no way that we know of to stop this effect. Even anti-healing items like the Albinuaric Pots or Winged Scythe won't work, as they're designed to stop people using Flasks, and this isn't that. Instead, the best thing you can do, aside from not getting hit, is press on the offensive, which we'll explain more below.
Blocking attacks has its downsides, but parrying is high-risk/high-reward
While many of Malenia's sword attacks can be blocked with shields, it's not a good idea - even if you block her attack entirely, she still gets the health regeneration regardless. Block attacks if you have no other choice, but you'll usually be staggered into vulnerability - far better to dodge roll and prohibit her healing altogether.
That being said, both the Blade of Miquella and Goddess of Rot can be parried, at least all the standard sword attacks she makes. It has its limitations though - the actual riposte that leaves her vulnerable to counter attacks only triggers on every third parry, and of course if you fail, you take six feet of divine steel to the nose.
Summon aggressive NPCs, allies, players and Spirit Ashes who hit hard and often
Because of Malenia's habit of restoring HP from every attack she lands, poorly-chosen allies can be more helpful than harmful, as she cuts them to ribbons for free health regeneration. If you are summoning others, you need those who'll match the aggressive patterns above and deny her the chance to drain them - Tiche, an Elden Ring Mimic Tear with dual-wield weapons, the Warhawk, even the Lone Wolves or just ranged allies who'll stay out of her sword's reach can help. And of course, you can always bring in friendly Tarnished, though there's no NPC summon signs near the arena entrance - it'll have to be online friends and random friendlies.
In the "Blade of Miquella" Phase 1, back her into a wall and keep attacking
It sounds rough, but we absolutely had our best success against Malenia when we played total aggression, and if we were lucky enough to back her against the arena wall, all the better. With two or more characters hitting her with constant attacks, it doesn't give her the chance to attack back, as she staggers fairly easily.
And if she positions herself in a way where she's got her back to the arena wall, that means she can't do the back-step she always uses to escape such assaults. It means you can effectively lay into her until you run out of stamina - and we've cleared literally half her health bar in such a frenzied maelstrom of metal. You're depending on the luck of the AI to get her there, but the general "aggressive play" strategy is definitely a winner in any scenario.
Her Waterfowl Dance katana combo can be avoided, or prevented altogether
Easily her most deadly attack, the Waterfowl Dance is combo attack where Malenia leaps into the air, only to come down in a four-stage barrage of seemingly-unavoidable quick-swipes that manifest as white cut marks in the air around her. This can kill a player from full health even with just a couple of hits, but can just about be avoided if you know the steps. Do this to avoid the Waterfowl Dance katana combo:
- When she rises into the air, run in the exact opposite direction
- Keep running away during the first two barrages
- During the third barrage, roll back through her.
- Do one more roll away from her to escape the final barrage.
It takes a little practice, but this method will help you escape unscathed if you can pull it off. Alternatively, equip the Freezing Pot consumable and throw one at her head when she rises up into the air! It staggers her out of the move altogether, as outlined in this news story about the canny player who discovered it.
Play more carefully against the Phase 2 Goddess of Rot, and don't get hit by her lotus
When you get Malenia to zero health, a cinematic shows her adapting into the (underdressed) Goddess of Rot, launching you both into Phase 2 of the fight. She gets back 80% of her health (though can restore what's left with attacks), and starts the fight by dropping to the ground with a huge lotus flower above her, the "Scarlet Aeonia" attack. Flee! This flower explodes for massive damage and creates a short-term mist that does Scarlet Rot damage on everybody inside it. However, this mist does clear before Malenia finishes recovering, giving you a chance to run in and hit her a few times while she's getting up.
From this point on, Malenia keeps all her old attacks, but now has a couple of ranged ones. Aside from the Aeonia, she can also fire clones of herself as projectiles from the air (roll alternatively left-to-right to avoid), and her Waterfowl Dance attack also inflicts Scarlet Rot, because it wasn't horrible enough before. Her habit of leaping into the air and flying means it's harder to stay aggressive and pin her down like phase 1, but the chances will be there - this more of an enhanced form than a total reimagining of the character, after all.
Easy Malenia Cheese method
Luckily there is a method to easily cheese Malenia that currently works (we tested it while writing this), one based around effectively getting out of her reach to a higher section against the game's wishes. It hasn't been patched out at time of writing, and though it requires a bit of set-up, it is pretty effective. To do it, you'll need the following:
- A powerful, highly aggressive summon (Mimic Tear or Tiche, for example)
- The Agheel's Flame Incantation or comparable "Dragon" spell like Rotten Breath (the damage type is irrelevant when the casting animation is what matters)
- A 100% Damage reduction shield (off-hand)
- Scarlet Rot-resistant items/armor/consumables
- At least a few Cerulean Tear Flasks for FP restoration.
- Any powerful ranged attack, ideally homing, like Swarm of Flies (this is what you'll be using against Malenia, so make sure you have a lot of uses of it)
Make sure you have all these things equipped before going in. Once you do get inside Malenia's arena, you'll have to act fast:
- The moment you enter the arena, trigger your summon. This will act as a distraction to keep Malenia busy while you set up the next steps.
- Run to the West side of the arena where you'll see this stage of the wall with a horizontal branch across it.
- Jump at the wall, using Agheel's Flame whenever you're at the peak of your jump. It's a little fiddly and might take a couple of attempts, but by jumping from the boulder marked, you can then lever yourself up onto the horizontal branch - and out of Malenia's reach (mostly).
- From here, target her with your ranged spell and have your shield ready. Keep casting at her to wear her health down.
- Malenia can only hit you with a couple of attacks, but they're the kind that can be blocked, and your constant barrage of Flies or similar should hurt her far more than she heals from it.
- When Phase 2 triggers, you'll be brought back down to ground level after the cinematic. However, the "Scarlet Aeonia" lotus bomb she always uses in Phase 2 gives you the chance to set up on the branch again!
- Repeat phase 4. Malenia can hit you with a few more attack patterns this time, so make sure you have your Scarlet Rot recovery and shield ready to compensate.
Eventually you'll bring her down for good. It might be a little cheap, but frankly, so is that lifesteal effect she has, so we don't judge for pulling out all the stops on this one.
Malenia rewards and remembrances
Malenia rewards and remembrances
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Malenia drops a stupendous 480000 Runes, enough for almost any character to get a lot of levels, as well as the Remembrance of the Rot Goddess and Malenia's Great Rune, which you can find out how to restore in our guide to all Elden Ring Divine Tower locations here. The Remembrance specifically is a potent one, used either to redeem the Hand of Malenia (a katana) or the Scarlet Aeonia, an Incantation that allows you to recreate Malenia's explosive lotus move.
Of these two, we'd say the Katana is the better one. The Aeonia is pretty powerful against bosses, but terrible in PVP (if that matters to you) as it's very telegraphed and takes so long to cast that it's easily evaded by anybody who recognises what's happening. Meanwhile, the Hand of Malenia requires 48 Dex to use, but it's got good scaling, damage stats, and inflicts bleed - a solid choice for those who specialise in such things.It even lets you recreate her Waterfowl Dance as a weapon skill - so now you can inflict that horror on other people.
Finally, there's also the fact that Malenia's arena now has a huge red lotus flower blooming inside it. This is an integral part of the Elden Ring Millicent questline, used to turn the Unalloyed Gold Needle into Miquella's Needle (assuming you want to abandon the Three Fingers to prevent one of the gloomier Elden Ring endings).
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What is the easiest way to beat Malenia Elden Ring? ›
The best way to beat Malenia that I've encountered is two players with heavy weapons trading her aggression with jumping attacks. It takes a little longer than ganging up, but it prevents her getting focused on one character for too long. Since she staggers, you can often interrupt attacks on the other player entirely.What is Malenia Elden Ring weak to? ›
|Malenia, Blade of Miquella|
|HP||= 33,251 (Demigod)|
|Strong VS Poison Rot Holy||Weak to Fire Frostbite Hemorrhage|
Malenia is susceptible to bleed damage, which makes the Bloodhound's Fang a very effective melee weapon against her.Is there a way to cheese Malenia? ›
A unique, heavily-memed Elden Ring weapon can actually be used to cheese the fight with Malenia, the hardest boss in the Lands Between. Within the Elden Ring community, defeating Malenia, Blade of Miquella has essentially become a right of passage.What is the best summon against malenia? ›
Black Knife Tiche (get her here)– This is one of the best summons in the game and a perfect counter to Malenia. She will dodge enough so Malenia will not auto-feed health off of her on-hit, and her cursed blade move will do significant DPS and offset a lot of her healing.Why is malenia so hard? ›
What makes Malenia so difficult, even for her fellow boss characters, is the fact that she heals with every attack she lands, making her incredibly durable. Plus, bosses, just like players, have to beat both of her phases, which sees her regain a large portion of her health.How many tries to beat malenia? ›
An Elden Ring player takes more than 1,800 attempts and over 38 hours to finally beat Malenia, one of the hardest bosses in the game. An Elden Ring player finally beats Malenia after 38 hours and many failed attempts.Can you poison Malenia? ›
Malenia is resistant to Scarlet Rot and poison, so those weapons will not be useful against her. Instead, you will want to focus on a bleed or frost weapon.Can Malenia get Scarlet Rot? ›
Specifically, Malenia is one of two cursed twins born to Marika and Radagon, and has been afflicted with Scarlet Rot since birth. A Reddit user named legatii has used Elden Ring's character creator to create what they believe Malenia would have looked like without this Scarlet Rot curse.Is Malenia a boy or girl Elden Ring? ›
Malenia is made up of this same stuff and isn't unanimously hated, either; there is passion for a giant, red-haired woman in armor. Still, she is a contentious character subject to social media posts, memes, and arguments.
Can you defeat Malenia with greatsword? ›
As spotted by GamesRadar, a Reddit post shows a player defeating Malenia by simply spamming the greatsword's Weapon Skill, Ordovis's Vortex. "This was done on my Holy damage build.Does Malenia drop her armor? ›
Malenia's Set is a complete set of Attire that's dropped by Malenia, Blade of Miquella and can be purchased from Finger Reader Enia in Roundtable Hold after the encounter with her. This set includes Malenia's Winged Helm, Malenia's Armor, Malenia's Gauntlets, and Malenia's Greaves.How do you break Malenia? ›
The best melee strategy for beating Malenia is to use the biggest, baddest Greatsword you can find. Phase One Malenia is extremely staggerable, and you will likely be able to get two or three Critical Hits on her with Jumping attacks in the mix.Is there a cheese for Malenia Elden Ring? ›
An Elden Ring player discovers a new cheese method for beating Malenia brought about by a buff included in the game's latest update. Elden Ring's patch 1.07 has brought about a new method for cheesing Malenia, Blade of Miquella with the Ordovis Greatsword.Can I summon Millicent for Malenia fight? ›
In the Forbidden Lands, Millicent can be summoned to aid you against the Black Blade Kindred boss. She'll then appear by the Ancient Snow Valley Ruins Site of Grace in the Mountaintop of the Giants. Here she'll say that she's searching for the Haligtree to look for Malenia.What percentage of players beat malenia? ›
I am surprised Malenia has 25% success rate. For many that say she is the hardest From boss ever ( I disagree ) 25% seems like a lot for something that players may never even see. Was a fun boss though for sure.Should I fight Malenia? ›
This optional boss can be found at the bottom of the Haligree, and though fighting her is optional, you're going to want to take her down on your quest to prove that you're the true Elden Lord and score her Great Rune, which can be converted into one of the best weapons in the game.Is Malenia the hardest boss in any game? ›
One of the bosses in Elden Ring, Malenia, is considered to be one of the toughest bosses in all of gaming.How much vigor should I have to fight malenia? ›
For this fight, we advise coming to it when you're at least character level 100, with around 45 Vigor (the higher, the better) since Malenia has multiple one-hit-kill attacks. It's recommended to bring as many healing flasks with you as possible to help you survive.Who has the most deaths to Malenia? ›
One Elden Ring player makes an impressive video showing their 225 deaths at the hand of Malenia, Blade of Miquella, arguably the game's toughest boss. One Elden Ring player finally beats Malenia on the 226th attempt and records their 225 deaths.
Can Malenia heal herself? ›
According to players online, Malenia apparently self-heals whenever. She doesn't have to strike you to heal. She can just swing her sword at the air, hitting absolutely nothing, and still somehow regain some of her health.Can Malenia be rot? ›
When you manage to beat her as the Malenia, Blade of Miquella, she transforms into Malenia, Goddess of Rot. As the Goddess of Rot, she adds several new attacks to her arsenal and applies Scarlet Rot with many of her hits, including with attacks from the first phase like her Waterfowl Dance.What does beating Malenia give you? ›
Your reward for beating Malenia is the Remembrance of the Rot Goddess (which lets you craft her incredible sword), Malenia's Great Rune, and the satisfaction that you have overcome FromSoft's most devilish challenge yet.Why is Malenia blind? ›
Her body was infected by the scarlet rot which caused cracks to appear on various parts of her body. The rot infested Malenia's eyes, leaving her permanently blind.Is Melina Radagon's daughter? ›
Malenia is the daughter of Radagon and Marika.
She is also the twin brother of Miquella. As such, they formed an inseparable bond, and their two stories intertwine closely. Since Miquella always remains in the body of a child, Malenia swore to be his undefeated bodyguard, in order to keep her brother safe.
That's because Caelid is ravaged by something called Scarlet Rot. The creeping disease infects living things and pools in a huge, fetid swamp, resulting in a whole region filled with putrefying, monstrous creatures. It's also the home of Radahn, one of the demigod children of Radagon and Rennala.What does Mohg do with Miquella? ›
He kidnapped Miquella and took him to his underground palace, where he absorbed his blood, planning to turn him into a full god and use him as a puppet-king to take over the whole of the Lands Between.Who is the most evil Elden Ring character? ›
The Loathsome Dung Eater is one of Elden Ring's most evil boss characters. His actions are horrific in-game and in lore, and players should fear him. Elden Ring takes place in a dark world, but Dung Eater stands out as terrifying even in such a setting.Do shields work against Malenia? ›
While the shields in the game range in effectiveness, any shield at 100% can be used with the awesome Barricade Ash skill to completely neutralize Malenia's most powerful Phase 2 attack.Can you fight Malenia if you burn the Erdtree? ›
After using the Flame of Ruin to burn the Erdtree yourself and defeating Malenia, there's just a secret boss fight in Crumbling Farum Azula between you and becoming a normal Tarnished once again. Elden Ring is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X|S.
Does Malenia heal from Spirit ashes? ›
However, Malenia also heals herself on hit. It doesn't matter how much damage she does, it doesn't matter if she hits a Spirit Ash summon, it doesn't even matter if you block the full damage of her strike. If her sword touches you or your allies, Malenia will recover around 200 health.How good is Malenia armor? ›
Malenia's Armor set offers a powerful late game option within the lightweight class. In addition to looking awesome, you'll also get high robustness, immunity, and versatile protection again physical and magic. How to obtain: You'll need to defeat Malenia and then purchase it from Enia (56,000 runes total).Is there a way to cheese Malenia Elden Ring? ›
There's finally a way to cheese Malenia. Malenia, as you may know by now, is by far the toughest boss to beat in Elden Ring. Thankfully, FromSoftware showed us an iota mercy by making her optional boss, and put her all the way on a part of the map you don't even need to go near to complete the game.Is malenia the hardest boss in Elden Ring? ›
The fight against Malenia is easily the most difficult encounter in Elden Ring, for reasons all over the spectrum from impressive to unfair.Can you solo Malenia Elden Ring? ›
Despite being considered one of Elden Ring's toughest bosses, with various strategies to defeat Malenia rising and falling, one increasingly guaranteed way to win the fight is by summoning Let Me Solo Her.Is Malenia easy Elden Ring? ›
Malenia has a reputation for killing Elden Ring players multiple times, as she has a two-phased boss fight with an incredibly challenging moveset. Her most famous move, Waterfowl Dance, is known to one-shot the most experienced players.What level is best to fight malenia? ›
To beat the Malenia boss fight in Elden Ring, you'll need to prepare in advance. This isn't a fight you should go into without the right items, armor, or build. We don't recommend facing her until you're at least level 120. Ideally, you'll want to be closer to level 150.Can malenia get Scarlet Rot? ›
Specifically, Malenia is one of two cursed twins born to Marika and Radagon, and has been afflicted with Scarlet Rot since birth. A Reddit user named legatii has used Elden Ring's character creator to create what they believe Malenia would have looked like without this Scarlet Rot curse.What makes Malenia so hard? ›
What makes Malenia so difficult, even for her fellow boss characters, is the fact that she heals with every attack she lands, making her incredibly durable. Plus, bosses, just like players, have to beat both of her phases, which sees her regain a large portion of her health.How long did it take you to beat malenia? ›
An Elden Ring player takes more than 1,800 attempts and over 38 hours to finally beat Malenia, one of the hardest bosses in the game. An Elden Ring player finally beats Malenia after 38 hours and many failed attempts.
What is the number 1 hardest boss in Elden Ring? ›
1 Malenia, Blade of Miquella / Malenia, Goddess of Rot
The rest of the fight has a beautiful and deadly rhythm to it, one worthy of the hardest boss in Elden Ring. The satisfaction that comes from finally defeating this seemingly impossible (and optional) boss is perhaps unmatched throughout all FromSoftware titles.
Strategies for Beating Malenia
The Bloodhound's Step Ash of War is ridiculously good against Malenia as it lets players phase through her rapid moveset with ease, including the dreaded Waterfowl Dance. It's well worth respeccing to use this Ash of War if you are having a lot of trouble against this boss.
Elden Ring's most legendary player has singlehandedly slain the boss Malenia over 2000 times, and Bandai Namco is sending them a personal gift.How do you survive Malenia? ›
The trick is to roll straight at Melania, passing under her as she starts swinging. Wait until the moment she lunges to roll under her, and you will avoid the first part of the attack. However, there are two follow-up lunges, and you will need to roll past her during these too.