From the modder who brought us the legendary Malenia versus Starscourge Radahn comes the next bout in our Elden Ring heavyweight series, Malenia, Blade of Miquella versus Maliketh, the Black Blade. Which of these late-game swordmasters will come out on top?
Bosses in FromSoftware games are formidable opponents. They wreak havoc on playthroughs, speedruns, no damage runs, and often lead to broken controllers. So, it's only natural for us to want to sit back and watch them wail on each other instead of us from time to time.
Malenia versus Radhan was quite the spectacle, but the queen of rot managed to come out on top. It's important to note that this isn't the same Radhan she previously fought, as he's now lost most of himself to the disease she inflicted upon Caelid.
Malenia versus Maliketh is an interesting lineup, as she has the power to steal a foe's health, and he has the ability to consistently drain someone's life force. It's really a battle of speed to see if Malenia can steal back enough of her health to offset Maliketh's debuff.
At the start of the first round you'll notice the size difference between the two bosses, with Maliketh towering over Malenia. This can work in her favour though, as his large hitbox means her attacks don't have to be quite as accurate.
Maliketh immediately seems to get the upper hand as his devastating attacks and debilitating damage over time effects quickly eat through Malenia's health bar. She may feel quick when you fight her yourself, but against Maliketh she seems to move at a snail's pace. The beast clergyman is able to land several vicious attacks in a row before she gets the chance to respond.
Her hit points seem to almost completely disappear a few times but she manages to cling on with her lifesteal ability, chipping away at Maliketh as she gets some much-needed dodges in. She transforms into the Goddess of Rot to even the odds, but even so, the first round is close. Watch the video above to see the full fight and all rounds for yourself.
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