Blasphemous Claw

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Deflects the power of the Black Blade
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Blasphemous Claw is a Tool in Elden Ring. Tools are unique, reusable items which assist the player during various facets of gameplay ranging from basic communication to assisting in boss encounters.

 

A slab of rock engraved with traces of the Rune of Death.

Can deflect the power of the Black Blade.

On the night of the dire plot, Ranni rewarded Praetor Rykard with these traces. Should the coming trespass one day transpire, they would serve as a last-resort foil, allowing Rykard to challenge Maliketh the Black Blade, the black beast of Destined Death.

 

Where to find Blasphemous Claw in Elden Ring

The Blasphemous Claw is dropped by Recusant Bernahl upon defeat at Crumbling Farum Azula. See the location on the Elden Ring Map here

 

Blasphemous Claw use in Elden Ring

  • The Blasphemous Claw can be used to deflect the power of the Black Blade, acting similarly to a Parry.
  • Can parry specific melee attacks from Maliketh. His sword will briefly glow yellow before attacks that can be parried.
    • His sword also glows white before his projectile attacks, but these do not seem to be parriable.
  • If timed correctly against Maliketh's glowing attacks, stuns him temporarily, giving a massive window to attack.
  • Does not seem like the Blasphemous Claw can be used in PVP against the Black Blade incantation or Maliketh's Black Blade weapon. Has been tested a bit and did not seem to work against them, but more testing would be helpful.

 

Elden Ring Blasphemous Claw Notes & Tips

  • The Blasphemous Claw can be used indefinitely and costs no FP to use.
  • You can hold up to 1 Blasphemous Claw.
  • You can store up to 600 Blasphemous Claw.
  • This item cannot be sold.
  • Notes and tips go here.

 

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    • Anonymous

      I somehow stunned Maliketh on my first try in my first play through and my mimic tear and I shredded him with our twin blades.
      He went down then and there.
      I didn’t even realize he was considered a very difficult boss.

      • Anonymous

        My Rl 1 run ended this fight with a parry, since it does a little bit of damage to him. Must be one of my most satisfiying souls moments of all time

        • Anonymous

          The moment I parried the Black Blade might be one of the most satisfying moments in this game. Maliketh is an insanely hard, high-pressure boss that is constantly either moving acrobatically out of melee range or chasing you down, and the combination of his sheer damage per hit and Destined Death effects means that you're punished severely for every single hit, including trades. Doing this fight "fairly" if you're mostly a melee character is an agonizing exercise in scrapping for every safe hit. But you're not SUPPOSED to play it this way. I think that the Blasphemous Claw was added not just as a reward for explorative players, but as a key aspect of this fight as an experience, to where if you're playing without it, the game is either punishing your incuriosity with added difficulty or is aware that you're self-handicapping yourself. The Blasphemous Claw levels the playing field between you and Maliketh's extraordinarily punishing Destined Death attack; it's no coincidence that the one attack that you can parry is the single most visually spectacular in an already spectacular fight.

          • Anonymous

            This thing ****in sucks you should be able to parry more than just a couple attacks. Dude limits your max hp but it'd be unfair to make this more useful right?

            • Anonymous

              This is a power tool against maliketh with such a good punish for his attacks, however it becomes nigh useless online as it ONLY parries maliketh and it also has stupid net code lag no matter when you parry, so when you try to parry an attack, you parry it but also get hit by a CHAIN ENDING ATTACK from a HEALTH REDUCING BOSS, plus you get staggered from the attack as well, losing out on near half of your damage.

              Get it for every solo/with ai summon fight but try to use dodges for online co-op

              • Anonymous

                When you get this after beating a boss, well not like he was that troublesome but still, I went different way..

                • Anonymous

                  It's possible to kill Maliketh with this. I got him down to a sliver of health and thought it would be cool to get the last hit after a parry. When I parried the slash after the triple black blade jump attack he took 108 damage and died.

                  • Anonymous

                    The parry window is very generous and you even get altered by a flashing yellow indicator. The parry itself gives you a good amount of time to inflict some damage SAFELY - unlike just jumping into in after one of his combos which he can immediately follow up with another combo.
                    So I don't get the whining in the comments about it getting you killed.
                    This was a godsend when I did a RL1 run.

                    • Anonymous

                      I love items like this. Things that are just good for helping you with a specific boss, but is never mentioned anywhere that it exists. It makes it so that finding it on your own is this exciting little bonus. I haven't tried it yet, but seems pretty useful for Maliketh.

                      • Anonymous

                        I'm successfully parrying him but I still take full damage from the gold attack, what am I doing wrong? Or does this just suck?

                        • Anonymous

                          It only parries in malikeths second phase when he charges his sword with the yellow light. All other attacks will still go through

                          • Anonymous

                            I would love to see a mod turn this item into a shield, rather than a tool. I would use it all the time just because of how sick it looks.

                            • Anonymous

                              it's even easier than a parry, if you know the attack is coming you can do it slightly beforehand and the lingering parry hitbox will still get it.

                              • Anonymous

                                I kinda wish there would be an item which just let you parry attacks in general (without using a ash of war)

                                • Anonymous

                                  Good Lord. Tried using this after being killed so many times in NG+. And the window it gives you is perfect to use charged heavies on his behind, and then visceral. All it took was one parry to kill him for me.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Like Manus, but with Dark Souls 3 Parry Timing. So in short more likely to get you killed than not.

                                    Really its not even his attacks that are bad. They are pretty easy to avoid when your prepared. The issue is the burn. Wish this item cleansed the HP burn rather than some overcomplicated gimmick. Least it would have more use that way againsy Black Knife Assassins or players using the weapons with the Death Burn weapon arts.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Its a Gimmick. Its like the Silver Amulet with Manus from DS1, but with the parry time of DS3.

                                      Aka its more likely to get you killed than not against attacks that are easier to dodge.

                                      If anything they should have made it a cleanse for the HP Burns. Least then it could have some more use against Black Knife Assassins and players using the Death Burn weapons.

                                      Oh well. least its not Shackle 3.0 lmao

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Killed Maliketh (on 1st try as mage with Sword of Night and Flame) and then go for invader Bernahl. Other mobs are there, but he is not spawning anymore. Don't think killing his phantom at the shack will have that effect.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          If you have fought Maliketh enough times to practice the timing of this well enough, you are doing 1 of 2 things:

                                          Practicing as a summon, which is fair, but probably a waste of the hosts time.

                                          Not killing Maliketh in your own game because you'd rather fail many, many times at using this awful tool.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Tried it for the first time during Journey 6. Makes you not have to deal with the boss's AOE attack combos (which feel unfair) in Phase 2.
                                            Just keep your distance and bait him for slashes in the air.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I love how some innocent comments on Fextralife are downvoted to hell for no reason, Wiki users are something else.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Beat Maliketh on the first try, without ever realizing I had this, but I love exploring so I was like level 180.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I honestly forgot I even picked this up and didn't know what it did when I beat bernahl. Figured it was a key item or something and would get back to it later. Did the entire maliketh fight and only after beating godwyn did I find out what that did. I'm not good at parrys so it wouldn't have been of much use to me anyway

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    equipping it seems to make the boss more aggressive in terrms of frequency of his attacks? as for example, i noticed Clergymen startred charging immediately at me when entered the boss room while this never happen without the item equipped. anyone else made this observation?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Tldr all the comments but I had the feeling having the item equipped in the quick tool bar makes the boss 1000x more aggressive and relentless

                                                      • Because the game doesn't do a good job of explaining it, and the wiki doesn't go into detail: y'know that anime-esque move where Maliketh does flips in midair between launching arcs of Death at you? The finisher of that combo is what you parry. I've personally seen him do 2 flips before stabbing downwards, and 3 flips before launching at you. It seems he only does 2 when you're closer to him, or 3 when you're farther away. Either way, when he's coming at you, his sword will glow golden -- that's when you press the button to use this. The resulting explosion will deal ~300 damage to him and blind him for a moment, making him cover his eyes and do a couple haphazard sword swings as his vision returns. Not a massive window considering you need to avoid those, but it's something, and it's fairly consistent.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Yeah I never got that because Bernahl decided to leave and not come back after I ran to the ladder when he decided to gank me with 3 beastmen. No wonder I was stuck against Maliketh for what must have been 30+ tries, when the devs included an item that makes him less BS that I didn't end up getting.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Tested extensively for about a hour with a friend on PS4, it does NOT work in PvP against the Black Blade or the incantation.

                                                            Appears to only work boss-only, any further confirmations on this from others would be nice.

                                                            • The item description mentions "the night of the dire plot"--is it safe to assume this is another term for the night of the black knives? Anyone know if this is referenced anywhere else?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Fun fact, if you equip this near Gurranq, he loses it and attacks you. Pretty sure you can talk to him halfway through the fight but sadly I staggered him and the option disappeared to quick. (Pretty confident about this, he had no other reason to attack me out of nowhere so someone else check maybe?)

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I don't get why nobody is talking about the second phase with the ridiculously jacked up HP drain. Kills me every time no matter how much HP regen I stack up. Most hosts also die the first instance he uses it. It hits you just by being near his attacks.

                                                                  Worse boss in the game ?

                                                                  it looks like a reskinned boss from a previous game, jumps around like a giant frog on speed and is incredibly annoying to fight melee.
                                                                  Also the second phase is like a completely different creature and makes no sense. This is DS2 level nonsense with 100% extra tryhard.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Betas: ignore this item because using it is harder than fighting normally.

                                                                    Sigmas: practice using this item for 2 hours and perfecting it just for it to be just barely a better option than fighting normally

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Almost trivializes the fight if you get somewhat decent at parrying the huge sweep attack he does. Just ignore all his attacks on second phase and parry that.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        His three bloodyslash range attack followed by the huge sweep attack is the easier to parry, need very little timing practice. Who knew his most hated attack by me would be the attack I would try to bait the most.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Man if this could be used as a regular parry that would be amazing. Allowing for some crazy weapon combos while still having the option to parry on hand would be incredible for PvP.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Also works on the Black Blade Kindred's special attacks outside Beastial Sanctum. Got to negate its Corpse Wax Cutter but I'm not sure if you can actually parry him, though.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Pretty fun to use during coop against Maliketh, as you can still parry attacks meant for the host. I found it especially helpful against the triple wave attack bc its easy to get a good spot to land the parry:)

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Timing is actually not strict. As long as the sword is glowing gold and you use the item, he gets stunned.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  A good method is to use the great shield ash they have the ability pull aggro then keep stunning with meteorite gl

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I think it's important to say that you must have done the quest given by Bernahl at the Volcano Manor prior to getting invaded the Crumbling Farum Azula, I think you need to do 1-2 quests in the Volcano Manor before being able to receive his but I'm not 100% on that.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      In order to use this item you have to dodge his 3 aerial slashes that have a golden glow and on the final attack use the item before he is about to hit you effectively parrying/deflecting the blow and stunning him for a couple seconds which is enough for at least 3 attacks on weapons of medium speed to my experience however know that he will flail around a bit it's nothing fast or really menacing honestly but still.

                                                                                      I have tried on the other attacks that have 1 or 2 aerial slashes before but so far I cannot do it so unless someone successfully did on another move than the one I mentioned it is the only one I know of that works. Please let me know with a reply if you know something I don't about it.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Did this get broken in the latest update? I used it when Maliketh's sword was glowing yellow and it didn't do anything.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Parrying Maliketh with this item blinds him + slows him down and makes for a huge dps window where you can just go to town with whatever you want. Remember you need to parry his golden glow attacks with it, the normal ones don't seem to work.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Just started 3. Journey (New Game++) and it is still in my inventory after I got it in 2. journey (NG+) :)

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              possibly bugged, parrying him does not guarantee a 100% chance of his attack not hitting you. very frustrating item to use. pretty sure you can only parry attacks with a golden glow

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Very powerful when used correctly. You can hit the parry 90% of the time if you use it after he fires off 3 ranged beams at you. Never missed the parry window doing this. He can hit you and get parried at the same time however.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Assuming the "coming trespass" was The Night of Black Knives, it's interesting that Ranni was cooperating with Rykard enough that not only was he in on the plot, but he was her last resort in case Maliketh opposed them. With how twisted his goals are post becoming the serpent king, I wonder what her relationship with him is now, compared to her other brother Radahn who actively thwarted her plans by holding the stars in place.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    For those who are wondering how to use: you can only use this item against him when his swords emits a golden glow

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      You can parry Maliketh with it. I tried it some times, but I didn't get it consistent. Rolling was the better option for me.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        From what i've gathered trying to use it, it seems to just let you parry his attacks? i'm uncertain if normal shields can parry the attacks normally or if they have a drawback, or maybe they can't parry at all, i've only manage to parry him with the claw once.

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