Elden Ring – How to Defeat Malenia

Malenia is an optional boss in the Elden Ring expansion pack in the popular action role-playing game, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. She is likely the hardest of all bosses in the game, thanks to her insane amount of health and devastating magical attacks. If you want to know how to beat Malenia, this guide will help you get the job done.

Tips for starting your adventure


It’s easy to underestimate how long it will take you to beat Elden Ring, and most boss fights within. While they may not seem difficult at first, they will really test your skills if you don’t come prepared. Here are some essential tips for getting started: Have a fair amount of healing items with you at all times in case things get out of hand quickly. You can never have too many!

What’s so special about this enemy?


The first thing you’ll notice about Malenia is that she has a shield. While it may look like just an orb floating in front of her, it blocks all your attacks unless you can get past its reflective exterior. However, getting past it is easier said than done. To defeat her, you need to use color magic and elemental properties.

Master her basic attacks


Once you’ve learned her basic attack patterns, learn how they flow into each other. For example, if she begins a combo with an attack on her right side and follows it up with an uppercut, you can then predict when she will finish off that combo with a left hook. Plan your attacks accordingly and don’t forget about magic: She also has high resistance against magic so using normal attacks instead of spellcasting for at least some of your hits is often more efficient. Make sure you know what direction her guard is facing before moving in for a hit; if your weapon lands where it won’t do any damage, she’ll counterattack immediately.

Defeating Malenia, part 1


The battle with Elden Ring’s second boss, Malenia, takes place in three phases. To win, you must defeat all three at once. The first phase is a simple sword fight with Lorian and Pyre (Malenia’s two remaining children). Their attacks are slow and easy to dodge, though Lorian does have an area-of-effect attack that must be avoided (he jumps into air and slices downwards). In terms of weaponry, use a high-damaging sword or dagger. Break their guard by deflecting their attacks. If you manage to knock one brother down by attacking him rapidly without being hit yourself, follow up by hitting him while he’s on his back; that will deliver more damage than normal attacks.

Survive the onslaught and claim victory!


The best tip we can give is don’t let your guard down. Things may get really intense as you fend off multiple attacks from different angles, so just stay on your toes and dodge as much as possible. If things are looking dicey, take a breather and try again. You might not be able to kill Malenia right away, but keep at it and you should be able to knock her down eventually! Just stay focused and you’ll make it through in one piece. Now go get ’em!

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