In a standard Malenia fight in Elden Ring, players were met with an unexpected catastrophe caused by an unusual bug that resulted in Malenia’s phantoms persistently attacking even after the defeat of the Blade of Miquella. Although FromSoftware, the game’s developer, is renowned for its tough gameplay, it usually does not aim to cause harm to players after triumphing over an adversary.
Instead, players are usually rewarded for their efforts, a defining characteristic of the Soulslike genre that encourages players to persist until they succeed. Given Malenia’s notorious difficulty, expecting a significant reward for defeating her would be reasonable. However, one group of players did not receive the anticipated compensation but faced an even worse outcome.
Malenia is widely known to be the most formidable boss in Elden Ring, a challenge that only a handful of players may manage to conquer. Her exceptional speed and strength make her capable of killing players in just a few blows, and conquering her is a significant accomplishment. The Waterfowl Dance is one of Malenia’s most brutal attacks, consisting of slashes that can instantly kill players.
Although some players have discovered ways to evade it, it remains a formidable challenge. Malenia summons phantoms to join her in battle, each with its health bar, making the fight even more difficult as players have to battle Malenia and her called allies.
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After successfully taking her down, players experienced a glitch during the final attack of the most demanding boss in Elden Ring, Malenia. Inzealous, a member of r/Eldenring, posted a clip of their almost-successful defeat against Malenia. The clip starts with them managing to bring down the boss, but as Malenia utters her last words, her phantoms continue to attack, even after her defeat. The bug resulted in the phantoms killing all players in the vicinity. Still, fortunately, the players had already received the victory message and runes, and the boss did not steal them upon the players’ death.
In the comments section of the post on r/Eldenring, users mocked the players who encountered the glitch during the final attack of the game’s most challenging boss, Malenia. Most of the jokes centered on Malenia’s infamous claim of never being defeated. Some users attempted to rationalize the cause of the glitch, but their theories were mere speculations.
For instance, they suggested that the attack could have been coded to continue functioning even after Malenia’s death. Although the exact cause of the bug remains unknown, it unexpectedly added to the game’s difficulty, unintentionally challenging players even after they had conquered the boss.
The bug that causes Malenia’s phantoms to attack players after her death is a frightening experience persistently. However, it is not as disastrous as the glitch that makes Malenia unkillable. Like most things in Elden Ring, the game’s unpredictable nature is fully displayed. While the players were given the win, the incident raises questions about whether other phantoms or moves might continue to pose a threat after the boss is defeated. It emphasizes the importance of remaining vigilant and cautious even after a boss is defeated, as the game can still present unexpected challenges to players.
Despite the unexpected challenge, players are taking the bug in good humor. Many users on the r/Eldenring subreddit have made jokes about Malenia’s infamous line, “I have never known defeat,” while others are speculating about what may have caused the glitch. Some players believe it could be related to how the move is coded in the game, causing it to still function after Malenia’s death.
While bugs like this can be frustrating, they add to the game’s allure and keep players engaged with the experience. The community’s reaction to the glitch demonstrates players’ strong connection to the game and willingness to band together to overcome its challenges. With Elden Ring’s release date just around the corner, fans eagerly anticipate the game’s other surprises.
As the release date approaches, players are expected to encounter more challenges and obstacles in Elden Ring. The game is notorious for its difficulty, and it is not uncommon for players to die hundreds of times before finally beating a boss or completing an area. However, it is precisely this level of challenge that has made FromSoftware games so popular among players.
The incident with Malenia’s phantoms serves as a reminder that Elden Ring is a game that demands a high level of skill and attention from players. While bugs and glitches can be frustrating, they add to the game’s overall charm and keep players engaged with the experience. As the game’s release date approaches, fans can look forward to more surprises and challenges in the world of Elden Ring.