Maliketh's Black Blade

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attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 127
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 82
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 68
Mag 36
Fire 36
Ligt 36
Holy 49
Boost 55
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str D
Dex E
Fai D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 34
Dex 12
Fai 20
Colossal Sword Standard
Destined Death FP 40
Wgt. 22 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Maliketh's Black Blade is a Colossal Sword in Elden Ring. The Maliketh's Black Blade scales primarily with StrengthDexterity and Faith. A good Weapon for inflicting holy-based damage. 

 

Maliketh's black blade which once harbored the power of the
Rune of Death. A sad shadow of its former glory.

After a fragment of Death was stolen on that fateful night,
Maliketh bound the blade within his own flesh, such that none
might ever rob Death again.

 

Where to Find Maliketh's Black Blade in Elden Ring

The Maliketh's Black Blade weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Maliketh's Black Blade Notes & Tips

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Maliketh's Black Blade

 

Maliketh's Black Blade Upgrades in Elden Ring

Please see the Upgrades page to understand the weapon bolstering process.

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones.

This upgrade cannot be enchanted with Magic or boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Maliketh's Black Blade Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 127 - - - 82 78 D E - D - - 68 36 36 36 49 55 27
Standard +1 145 - - - 93 85 D E - D - - 68 36 36 36 49 55 27
Standard +2 163 - - - 105 93 C E - D - - 68 36 36 36 49 56 27
Standard +3 182 - - - 117 101 C E - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 56 27
Standard +4 200 - - - 129 109 C E - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 57 27
Standard +5 219 - - - 141 117 C E - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 57 27
Standard +6 237 - - - 153 124 C E - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 58 27
Standard +7 255 - - - 165 132 C E - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 58 27
Standard +8 274 - - - 177 140 B E - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 59 27
Standard +9 292 - - - 189 148 B D - C - - 68 36 36 36 49 59 27
Standard +10 311 - - - 200 156 B D - B - - 68 36 36 36 49 60 27

 

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      This thing absolutely DESTROYED Alecto, an evergaol boss I've found to usually be quite difficult. I think I got hit once or twice in the entire encounter. Destined Death is brutal and typically knocked her down in addition to taking a huge chunk of her health.

      • Anonymous

        This sword has style points, but I prefer the Godslayer's Greatsword. The two are often compared because they are both faith-scaling CGSs and have melee skills that apply short 'death' DoT effects. But MBB is heavier, slower, shorter, scales better to str than dex which means slower casting if you're going to incorporate incantations without spreading out your attributes (or using Radagon's Icon), and lastly splits damage between phys and holy which is well absorbed by many of the game's tougher bosses and doesn't benefit from one of the best buffs; Flame Grant Me Strength. Honestly, I don't think the higher AR of MBB is as significant as the other things GSG has going.

        • Anonymous

          If you're overlooking this in PvE because you think Holy damage can't kill anything, you're making a big mistake. This thing is nuts. I think at 50/50 STR/ Faith 2-handed, it has an AR of around 939 and with buffs it was over 1200 or more. Definitely use the Carian Filigreed Crest to cut the weapon art FP down to 30, but the damage it can do to strong enemies is very high. And if you get the Mimic Tear involved also using this weapon art, it's going to be a bloodbath. The Destined Death effect in whatever form is very powerful, including on this weapon.

          • Anonymous

            I've only ever seen white or red shadows carrying this but looking at the thumbnail it's another weapon design that just looks dogs**t when you see it for yourself the blade looks like a scorched bit of wood but at least I wont have to use up a mausoleum to duplicate it, great stars is a good enough weapon for me to think it was worthwhile using a dragon stone on it. but it looks all sh**ty and rusted, the hard won ruins great sword is part of a building made into a sword, grafted blade is pug ugly, and the weapon you get for killing varre is a f**king bunch of flowers.
            I'm convinced whomever had the last say on whether or not these weapon designs made it into the final game was smashed off their face on Xanax when they gave some of these weapon and amour sets the green light.

            • Anonymous

              I’m from the future. Slap Rotten sword insignia + Millicent prosthesis with Alexander shard and you got yourself a one way ticket to send any late game boss to the shadow realm. You’re welcome

              • Anonymous

                The holy resistance on bosses is little problem for this weapon. Hits pretty hard regardless and the special skill still makes up for it.
                I beat all endgame bosses using this. It's a fine weapon.

                • Anonymous

                  This Ash of War just helped me go from struggling with Mohg to making him a piece of cake, fantastic weapon

                  • Anonymous

                    I’ve seen someone say wielding this weapon boosts the damages of destined death attacks like The Black Blade incantation and Black Knife’s ash of war, can someone confirm this?

                    • Anonymous

                      When I beat Maliketh, he asked why I coveted Destined Death to kill what. I realized now it was to kill the Goddess of Rot Malenia. Tried to do that fight solo but I know I wasn't capable. Powerstanced this bad boy with GutsGS and summoned mimic. Wasn't proud but at least I gave Destined Death a purpose

                      • Anonymous

                        A very fun, very powerful weapon that fits perfectly on the same build as Marika's Hammer, the staff of the Avatar, the two Crucible Knight weapons, all of which benefit from mainly strength investment and meeting minimum faith requirements. It's a really fun build with a surprisingly diverse weapon pool.

                        Sure would love a boss weapon that wasn't "a sad shadow of its former glory" for once, though. Maybe then it'd have unique R2s.

                        • Anonymous

                          When I first heard about this weapon I thought Maliketh would be some tall, edgy guy who looked similar to the Night's Cavalry. I had this really clear image of him as some hidden boss you'd fight, because I thought HE had stolen the rune of death and that the Night's Cavalry/Black Knife assassins were his goons. To say the least, it was a surprise to find out what he really looked like

                          • Anonymous

                            What is the minimum strength to use this? 34 is a lot for me to farm for. So what is the minimum so I can just 2 hand it?

                            • Anonymous

                              Danm this weapon is awesome i cant wait to get to malik- *sees stat requirement* oh….well im only at rennala its not to late to start leveling up fairh

                              • Anonymous

                                I killed this dude at the bridge for roughly 2 hours at maximum efficiency but only about 200 item discovery. After killing this dude like 400 times he drops two in a row.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Kinda wish the weapon art was in two stages, like if the initial sweep you could roll out of or cancel with an option of extending it to full ash of war like some other weapons.

                                  The AOW is a big commitment to pull out initial sweep then stab into ground with AOE slashes, still great weapon though and fun to land that ash of war. ( Really awesome to use the Black Blade faith spell while wielding this, as it makes you feel like its a second ash of war almost. )

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This weapon rules! Exact same moveset as the grafted great sword, which I have used as my primary up to the point in obtaining it, but the weapon art is super helpful for breaking up a crowd. Alternating between this, grafted great sword, sword of night & flame and of course mohgwyn’s sacred spear for getting down & dirty on suckas.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Game plan with this weapon is to poise break then hit with the weapon art that's the goal for massive damage

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Need to lower the FP cost. It's way too costly, or the debuff needs to be a larger percentage HP removed considering this is the original vessel for the Rune of Death. If I just wanted the debuff, I can fire it from Black Knife, and that only contains a fragment of the Rune of Death. Or the Black Blade incantation, both of which are ranged and safer to use.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Y’all rly arguing over whether black blade or blasphemous blade is better like y’all ain’t got 2 hands.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Can anyone confirm if the weapon art scales only with faith or if it scales with both faith and strength?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Not every weapon needs to be the hardest hitting. My personal favorite colossal although you will be wanting maybe a bit more damage. If you can get the WA off in some way early on bosses to sap max HP this weapon is very strong but the main problem is colossal swords struggle with the faster end game bosses, where you are able to obtain it. Nevertheless, still my favorite.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                If anyone is going to use this in pvp try poke to weapon art it will hit with the first swing of the weapon art as they try to roll out of the poke

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Been considering using this over blasphemous blade, I got all the somber smithing stones I need to get it to plus ten. Yeah I know blasphemous is *technically* better and it heals after kills etc etc. I'm on new game plus and nearly level 200, should I use this weapon if I'm looking for a little bit of a challenge? Blasphemous is broken, and it gets sorta boring melting bosses ( literally ).

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    ...Now that I think about it, does anyone else think it's kinda weird that there's no Dark elemental damage type in this game, and how this and similar things deal Holy damage instead?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      For people commenting that the damage output of this weapon is not satisfying, I guess it's probably because this weapon does a lot of holy damage. Most late game enemies and bosses have a ton of holy damage absorption (really, really, really resistant to holy!).

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        What’s the ideal stat spread on this beast? I noticed at 50 faith the returns are terrible. So probably 80 STR and 50 Faith?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          they need to make it so colossal/great weapons hit twitch like in ds3, it feels so terrible for pvp to get only 1 hit off meanwhile some bleed builds can hit up to 4 times applying bleed.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Has anyone tried this after the colossal buff this morning (4/19/22) Would love to hear how it performs, if there is a very noticeable difference.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I off hand this with ruins greatsword when I prefer its raw damage over the crowd control of Starcaller Cry. Destined Death shreds bosses, but doesn't feel worth it versus other costly AoW's in PvE.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Has anyone else experienced this weapon HEALING enemies and bosses? When the multi-slash part of Destined Death happens it will heal enemies like crazy before sapping their HP. Makes the weapon pretty much unusable for me.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  For reference, Destined Death actually hit the enemy 5 times during it weapon art.
                                                                  2 hits from the actual blade strikes, and 3 hits from the AOE strikes. Will sap total 10% max health if enemy took all those hits!

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Weapon art on this thing shreds certain bosses, usually big slow ones like Placidusax, while also staggering some smaller ones (usually mini bosses). Summon mimic and go ham with the skill while the mimic distracts and there’s not a boss you can’t beat.

                                                                    • dont know if anyone's said this but, has anyone noticed that Maliketh's and Blaidd's swords are similar? they are the only shadows we see in the game but it's kinda noteworthy that the guards have somewhat similar designs

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        One of those "would be great if not for X already existing" kind of weapons. Don't get me wrong, the weapon art hits hard -- regularly getting 1.8k+ against the sentinel outside Maliketh's room, while whiffing everything but the anime slashes. When I got to actually hit Maliketh with the swing too, we were looking at 2.6k, so its percentage based damage is a factor. That being said, while I was hitting the sentinel for 1.8k, my mage host did 12k with the Wondrous Physicks+Azur Comet combo, and Bleed is already percentage-based damage, so really the only thing it does special is that it can bleed things that don't bleed.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          It can't be a coincidence that this is the sword of Destined Death and the base scaling is "D E D". Someone knew what he was doing

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Use this on the elden beast or really any large, slow moving bosses that are proc resistant. There is no resistance to the health reduction and drain in the weapon art.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              The weapon art melts most things it's differently a high risk high reward weapon art the multi hits and burn combined is very dangerous but it needs to hit its mark. Combine this with the spell you get and beast incantations and you got a solid build

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                racked up >350 invasion dubs with this bad boy, the weapon art is extremely situational so your better off utilizing this weapon with strong weapon arts equipped at the same time, i prefer 3 right hands (blasphemous blade for dragon icants, and coded blade for greatshields). I've seen this listed under F-tier on multiple sites and many comments here insinuate its a bad weapon, couldn't be farther from the truth. Just by being a colossal greatsword its immediately A-tier from the godlike role punishing the crouching r1 provides. On top of that this is the highest single hit AR a str/faith weapon will provide not counting weapon arts and the crouching r1 is insanely reliable in pvp and ends up being almost the only move you use besides hyper armor punishing rushers which is what the weapon art should be used for anyways. Trash tier in PVE but excellent in PVP only outshined by bloodhound step greatsword which outshines everything anyways

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  for pvp this is insanely good, even when dodging it or parrying the weapon art with the blasphemous claw, the ennemy still takes the health debuff and the damage over time... it's unfair even

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    At 39 STR, 15 DEX and 60 FTH, the Black Blade's swings are just slightly behind those of a +25 Flame Art Greatsword, which is pretty good going to be fair.
                                                                                    But the thing that really puts a smile on my face is how extra the WA is for the Black Blade is.

                                                                                    A good candidate for the Shard Of Alexander talisman.

                                                                                    It may be difficult to get all of the WA combo to connect in PVE, however.
                                                                                    It *should* rip someone's face off in PVP. But it's a slow and obvious WA, so getting it to connect will be challenging. Though the WA does appear to have hyper armour, so it might be able to trade hits?

                                                                                    The 1st spin is a wind-up move, but the 2nd spin is definitely a swing, and the ground stab prior to the slash AOE makes up a significant chunk of damage by itself. In the small test detailed below: using the Alexander Shard + Ritual Sword Talisman, there was a 603 damage difference between that ground stab connecting, and missing.

                                                                                    Omen Ogres beneath Leyndell, using the above mentioned stats, with the full combo landing:
                                                                                    No Alexander shard: 2110
                                                                                    Alexander shard: 2323
                                                                                    Ritual Sword Talisman: 2254
                                                                                    Alexander shard + Ritual Sword talisman: 2493

                                                                                    Alexander + Ritual Sword Talisman, ground stab missed: 1890

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I dont like this weapon. Up +10 but does not so much damage, very slow, and the skill... You can almost die before casting it. Trash tier for me

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Its a cool weapon, but honestly I expected more of its special skill.
                                                                                        Feels like one of those weapons that just testing it once the devs could already tell it was busted, so they nerfed the damage.
                                                                                        At least its a colossal weapon so it staggers enemies really well.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          While the Art of war is quite awesome and very strong, I am still salty that Maliketh has such badass moves like Guts using the Berserker armor, but the Weapon's Art of war dosen't get any of those moves. Instead two of those moves are given to an incantation.
                                                                                          The twirl is abit silly, but the AOE slashes effect is cool.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Was having trouble with the boss, Astel, Stars of Darkness and this weapons weapon art absolutely melted him

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I think this needs to change from being holy damage. From Software should have had a dark element for something like this, cuz holy really makes to sense. UNHOLY maybe. I think while it does do decent damage if it ALL hits, the skill could stand to be stronger in PVE at least. It doesnt exactly have super poise to it, and depends on the enemy not moving and letting you finish. The first two swings themselves are super slow and almost point-blank.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Would be sick if you could pair it with something like the Black Knife to get a unique powerstance like Farron Greatsword of DS3. Although the lore wouldn’t fit with that, it’d be really cool

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  So I checked the data, Maliketh's Black Blade deal identical max health damage and temporary max health reduction per proc as the Black Blade incantation 2% health sap and 10% temporary max health reductio for 15s.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    So I checked the data, Maliketh's Black Blade deal identical max health damage and temporary max health reduction per proc as the Black Blade incantation 2% health sap and 10% temporary max health reductio for 15s.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I'm not seeing how strong this weapon is, honestly. High damage sure, but it takes eight years to swing once. You also probably won't that ash of war off on anything that doesn't get staggered by it, unless you have a huuuuuge opening. Perhaps I'm using it wrong.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I'm not seeing how strong this weapon is, honestly. High damage sure, but it takes eight years to swing once. You also probably won't that ash of war off on anything that doesn't get staggered by it, unless you have a huuuuuge opening. Perhaps I'm using it wrong.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I'm not seeing how strong this weapon is, honestly. High damage sure, but it takes eight years to swing once. You also probably won't that ash of war off on anything that doesn't get staggered by it, unless you have a huuuuuge opening. Perhaps I'm using it wrong.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Why are people saying it does max hp dmg? I tested it on godfrey and is just did regular dmg. Albeit a lot of dmg but it didnt reduce his max hp

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Weapon art absolutely shreds bosses since it’s based off of their max health, combine with Black Flame for more percentage based boss hp shenanigans.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                This thing RIPS through Malenia if you're a Fth/Str build. Killed her with my mimic tear after my 3rd attempt

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  I respec'd in order to use this, but it isn't killing skeletons. Is the holy damage only on the ash of war or something?

                                                                                                                  • Idk quite why I feel this way about this sword. But it almost feels like it’d more at home in Code Vein than a Dark Souls game.

                                                                                                                    Still freaking love it though but the trail and everything… it’s an anime sword through and through.

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