Maliketh, The Black Blade

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Location Crumbling Farum Azula
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18220,000
Remembrance of the Black Blade
HP 10,620
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Beast Clergyman and Maliketh, The Black Blade is a two-phase Legend Boss in Elden Ring. The Beast Clergyman is found at the end of Crumbling Farum Azula and is revealed to be Maliketh, the Black Blade once you deal enough damage to him. Similar to how Blaidd is to Ranni, Maliketh is Queen Marika's shadow-bound beast. He was tasked to guard the Rune of Death, but his failure to do so led to the Night of the Black Knives. In order for this to never happen again, he imbued the rune into his very flesh.

This is not an optional boss, as players must defeat it to advance to Leyndell, Ashen Capital and finish the game.

Gurranq, Beast Clergyman is an NPC variant of the first phase of this boss.


Cower before Maliketh, Marika’s Black Blade.

Elden Ring Maliketh, The Black Blade Boss

  • This is not an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Beside the Great Bridge
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Elden Ring Maliketh, The Black Blade Location

From the Behind the Great Bridge Site of Grace, head west and then south up the stairs, then up the ramp past the Draconic Tree Sentinel and into the door to Beast Clergyman's boss room. [Map link]

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Maliketh, The Black Blade Combat information

Negations (or Absorptions)

The negation numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if a negation is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% will be negated. Bigger number = less damage. A negation of 100 means no damage goes through, and a negation of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.


The resistance numbers are the buildup amount to trigger it. For example, if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of the given buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs. The values after the "/"s indicate the increased resistances after each successive proc.

  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 10,620 10,631 11,694 12,225 12,757 13,820 14,351 14,883
Defense 120 120 123 126 132 138 144 156
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Elden Ring Maliketh, The Black Blade Boss Guide

Maliketh, The Black Blade Boss Video Guide

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Maliketh, the Black Blade fight strategy

Fight Overview

You begin the encounter fighting his Beast Clergyman form. The fight takes place in a large round arena, with tall pillars throughout and a dangerous open pit around the edge. It is highly recommended to move forward into the arena as soon as you enter through the fog gate. Don't let the Clergyman engage you on the short bridge right in front of the fog gate. Beast Clergyman has several low horizontal swinging attacks, most of which you can safely jump over to close distance and counterattack. The boss also has several rock sling and air burst ranged attacks, all can be dodged by rolling forward through the animations. Occasionally, Beast Clergyman will plunge his dagger into the ground, ripping large boulders into the air at the end of the animation. These boulders float above the camera and crash back down, the damage is avoidable. Strong attacks allow for a posture break, where the player has enough time to riposte and land a heavy attack while Beast Clergyman is in recovery animation. Posture break buildup carries over into phase two, which can score you an easy riposte during the most dangerous phase of the fight.

At roughly half health, the second phase of the encounter begins. A brief cutscene takes place and Maliketh, the Black Blade is revealed. Sword damage from Maliketh will temporarily reduce your max health, and cause a damage over time effect. Many of Maliketh's sword attacks cause frontal cone area of effect damage that can be avoided by staying under and rolling behind the boss. Maliketh will jump high into the air and use the pillars to travel around the room during this phase of the encounter. While airborne, Maliketh uses the Black Blade to sling multiple black blades at the player, which may be dodged by rolling.

If Maliketh jumps into the air and plunges the Black Blade into the ground, be prepared to avoid the delayed explosion by rolling or moving away. Otherwise, pushing forward into melee range is recommended at all times. Maliketh is more likely to use regular sword attacks while in melee range, these attacks are easier to avoid. Many of the frontal cone Destined Death attacks can be avoided at the feet of and behind the boss. Strafing forward and to the right of the Maliketh will cause some sword attacks to miss completely, leaving openings to score damage. You can also roll into the boss to avoid the 360 spinning attack, and be in range to retaliate. Maliketh is most dangerous at a distance, as the boss is more likely to use ranged Destined Death attacks. Press forward and close distance as often as you can.

The Best Tips for Maliketh, The Black Blade:

  • Use the pillars in the arena to block his projectiles if you need to heal.
  • Practice posture breaking Beast Clergyman with heavy attacks to learn the requirements, then work on forcing phase 2 of the fight to start with the boss near a posture break. This will allow you to stun Maliketh early with only one or two heavy attacks.
  • Blasphemous Claw  lets you do a special kind of parry on Maliketh.
    • There are only two parriable attacks: Black Blade attack (ending part, both slash and dive attack). This is indicated by white aura around his sword.
    • A parry may also be performed briefly during Maliketh's vertical double-spin attack, which often follows the moment he lands on his sword. This window is much smaller than the Black Blade attacks, and may damage the player even on a successful parry.
    • A successful parry stuns Maliketh for few seconds and deals minor damage to him. Also makes his damage resistance lower for the duration of stun (around 20 percent).
    • There is some risk that the player will receive damage despite a successful parry. This is because you are parrying too late. It depends on the distance where you parry which can effect the parry window
  • The Crimsonburst Crystal Tear can offset the damage-over-time effect of Maliketh's attacks.
  • 2nd phase: It's possible to put his AI in "pacing" mode if you unlock the camera and position a pillar between you. He will circle around trying to find sight, and if you change direction repeatedly it stalls the fight completely. Delaying allows time for his HP defuff which removes max HP% (lasting 10-15 seconds) to wear off, and gives you room to plan the next move. This mostly works if fighting without summons. 


Melee Users

A shield can negate his dagger swipes but be aware that his incantations will still inflict some chip damage through a 100% physical negation shield. His forward dagger lunge can be dodged by rolling into him, but be aware that he will back up a little bit with a quick sideways dagger swipe or follow up with Bestial Sling. His dagger plunge is easiest to punish.

A lot of his incantations have very obvious tells, usually involving plunging his claw into the ground. His Bestial Sling has him hold his claw across his chest, and can be difficult to dodge given how fast it comes out. Stone of Gurranq uses a slow projectile that can be evaded easily. Both Beast Claw variations are slightly delayed after he plunges into the ground, sometimes dragging along the floor, but have a blind spot right in front of him and can be safely evaded by rolling forward.

He doesn't take too much to force to his second phase. Stagger him with a few good heavy attacks and he can easily fall to the phase change threshold.

Maliketh is a lot more mobile and is more of a test of patience. However, he retains some of the blind spots of his first phase and will whiff if you get up close or behind him. He'll frequently start with a jumping wide slash that can be rolled into. A lot of his attacks will inflict a max HP debuff and a damage over time which can be lethal if his sword combos left you near death.

Try to stick up close or behind him while he's on the ground. Wait for him to finish his airborne attacks before moving to strike.

You may notice his blade glow gold during some of these attacks; these show that it can be parried with the Blasphemous Claw. Catch him on the descent and he'll be stunned for a long time.

Magic and Ranged Users

Use high-speed, low-recovery spells like Lightning Spear or Night Comet as your main offense, because the punish windows at range are fairly short.

The Beast Clergyman's attacks all have relatively short range, so if you can outspace him you have plenty of room for long-reaching projectiles. Use the pillars to create space if you need it. Bestial Sling is the toughest to dodge due to the speed of the projectile, and any one clipping you can interrupt your casting animation.

The Clergyman begins the fight by moving towards you. If you notice he's not at full sprint, you have the room to set up and unleash a Comet Azur or Crystal Torrent to force him to phase two right away. Incantation users can use this opening behavior to inflict Scarlet Rot on him with Ekzykes's Decay. If the Clergyman starts with a full sprint, you may not have the time to pull this off.

The second phase is a lot tougher due to Maliketh's greater reach and mobility. Refrain from casting while he's in the air and only do so right after you've dodged his attacks. Again, the pillars can block his Black Blade projectiles but don't hug them too closely as his slashes can clip through and get you.

Maliketh, the Black Blade Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Side To Side Swipe Swiftly swings his sword either side of him directly in front of him.  Either roll into or away from him
Forward Ground Stab  Lunges forward a short distance to stab the ground  Roll to either side (preferably right)
Bestial Sling  Collects rocks from the ground with his hand and throws them at the player  Expect either this or a boulder toss, dodge a second before they hit you due to the speed
Bestial Sling (Variant 2)  Swiftly circles the player and collects rocks while jumping and throws them as soon as he lands  Roll a second after he lands from his dash
Bestial Sling (Variant 3)

Executes a Forward Ground Stab but follows it up with a Bestial Sling directly afterwards

Dodge directly into your left (his right) to avoid the rocks
Beast Claw Raises his hand over his head and slams into the ground, once he withdraws his hand shockwaves travel towards the player Avoid dodging to the side as it can catch you easily. Roll forward into his blind spot instead.
Lunge Swipe Very similar to the Bestial Sling Variant however he doesn't throw rocks but swiftly slashes from his left to his right  Stay a mid-long distance from him or dodge into his belly
Ground Rupture With both hands he reaches up and grabs the ground, bringing up huge chunks of earth which crash down after (similar to Fallingstar Beast), however he occasionally follows this attack with a Bestial Sling so be ready to dodge Observe the ground as he hits the floor, there should be visual columns of dust, this is where the rocks will come from so try and stand somewhere with no dust and keep rolling away from him
Stone of Gurranq With one hand he grabs a boulder and chucks it at you in a straight line Easily dodged by rolling forward or to the side
Quick Slash Much like Sif from Dark Souls 1, he quickly slashes in front of him and backflips away from the player Try and block it with a good shield or simply roll into or away from it
Sword Drag Stabs sword into the ground and drags it around him from right to left Stick to his left hip and roll into his left buttock to avoid the blade
Gurranq's Beast Claw Similarly erupts Beast Claws from the ground however, these travel in a circle around him, tends to occur more at close range Roll forward into his blind spot or jump over the ground-based projectile
Slash and Stab Quickly slashes in front of him followed by a forward stab Either block with a good shield or simply dodge to the right

Maliketh Attacks And Counters

Attack Description Counter
Flip And Slash Often the opening move to the second phase, he flip towards the player with a low sweep of his sword, may often follow it up with another swipe/ overhead slam Roll through the first slash and dodge the slam to punish. Maliketh appears to always start phase two with this attack. If you simply hold forward at the end of the cutscene, you can safely position yourself behind him to punish as the attack ends, no dodging necessary.
Piledriver Very similar to Black Blade Kindred he jumps into the air and lands on his sword which is followed by an AOE explosion Dodge the initial slam and roll away from the boss
If you move about 2 rolls' distance from Maliketh while he is still on top of his sword, he will transition into 2 overhead sweeps followed by a flurry, rather than jumping away. By rolling toward Maliketh and through the flurry, you can punish this move.
Black Blade Backflips into the air and slashes his sword at the player, blades will shoot from the blade towards the player at high speeds, can vary from 2-3 blades however, If it is 2 blades he will most likely follow with a Piledriver which has an AOE. If it is 3 blades he will charge towards player and perform the "Double Spin" attack while moving through the air. Do not panic roll, wait for about half a second after the slash begins to start rolling and count the slashes. If it is 2, copy the advice from the previous row. If it is 3, roll towards Maliketh when "Double Spin" is about to hit you. Since he is moving during the attack, the second slash will not hit you. Be careful not to stand close to an edge, since Maliketh will simply stop moving forward making the second hit near impossible to dodge. You can parry this attack on the descent with the Blasphemous Claw.
Quick Black Blade Quick flip with a single Black Blade Simple to roll through or block
Roar Roars at the player which knocks them back a few meters.

Keep your shield up to reduce the impact, no damage is taken though.
Alternatively, time a roll to avoid the impact.

Destined Death The most punishable attack, he slashes the floor in front of him and follows it with a overhead slam leaving his back exposed For the swipe simply roll to your right and get a hit or two and for the slam roll into his rear to avoid it and punish carefully. It's best to wait a moment to punish in case he follows up with his deadly variant described below.
Destined Death (followup) Same as previous row however, he follows with the blade circling himself twice and stabbing the ground in front of him, creating a cloud of slashes, rapidly cutting through anything in front of him. If he begins to circle the blade around himself simply stay close to him and either block or dodge the swipes and dodge the stab and punish. If there is time, move behind him before the stab to avoid the slashes.
Double Spin Simply spins around twice with the blade in hand Roll twice. The timing of the second swing perfectly matches the timing of your second roll if you successfully rolled the first swing.
Blind Swings After successful parry, Malekith covers his eyes and performs a slow slash (Multiple slashes, if the player parried Piledriver attack).  Stay under him and attack before he recovers

Maliketh, The Black Blade Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Voice Actor: Jonathan Keeble
  • Maliketh was the half-brother and sworn Shadow of Queen Marika, to whom she entrusted the Rune of Death. Ranni the Witch stole a fragment of the Rune of Death to forge the daggers used during the Night of the Black Knives, causing a series of events that resulted in the Shattering. After which, she gave the Blasphemous Claw to her brother Rykard, to give him the power to challenge Maliketh.
  • In order to ensure that the Rune of Death was never stolen (again), Maliketh bound the blade that contained it to his own flesh.
  • Bug: If Tarnished dies during the second phase with the "debuff" on, they will not spawn with max HP. This applies to cooperators as well.
  • Bug (rare): During the second phase, sometimes there is no music (probably related to co-op).




Thou, who approacheth Destined Death. I will not have it stolen from me again.

(if Gurranq is given all Deathroots)

Tarnished, why wouldst thou... Why... Tis no matter. I hereby vow, that Destined Death shall not be stolen again.


Defeating player in phase 1:

I shall not part with it again.

Defeating player in phase 1
(if Gurranq is given all Deathroots):

Stay away from Destined Death.

Defeating player in phase 2:
Cower. Before Maliketh, the Black Blade.

Defeating player in phase 2
(if Gurranq is given all Deathroots):
Cower. Before Maliketh, Marika's Black Blade.


O, Death. Become my blade, once more. 



Witless Tarnished... Why covet Destined Death?
To kill what?

(if Gurranq is given all Deathroots):

Forgive me, Marika... The Golden Order... cannot be restored.


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    • Anonymous

      I’m gonna start by saying I have around 400 hours in total on Elden ring with about 350 of those on Xbox and 50 on PlayStation. On Xbox I’m on ng8 and let me just say I have never encountered a boss I hate more than this price of garbage. I’m stuck on him right now again. He seems to always be a roadblock in all my runs. I prefer to use Greatswords and colossal swords as I enjoy hitting things hard and slow. I’ve enjoyed since ds3. But let me tell you it is complete and utter bs that I am getting 2 shot in his second phase with full beastman armor, 60 vigor, and haligdrake+2. This boss has never not even once been fun for me to fight he has maybe one very small opening every 10 attacks and he flips around like a goddamn anime character. I would prefer fighting Malenia any day as she’s actually fun to fight.

      • Anonymous

        Hmm... after my pure caster has beaten malenia, fighting this one is minda tricky. As expected from an enemy with the word "beast" on it's name, high aggresiveness and damage were expected, but the rithm of the fight and telegraphing it's melee attacks is hard as hell. Takes patience and good positioning to find the one and only opening he gives you between his combos.

        For phase 2... this was the hardest for my mage. Keeping your distance from maliketh is a grat mistake for the huge range his greatsword has, and the fact that destined death is located wherever he sinks the blade. Dodging towards him or to the side and keeping as close as possible did the trick. Blasphemous claw was a great help too.

        Imo, this boss has the adequate difficulty for the point of the game you're at, and it's only a matter of time to keep up. But since no other boss (not even radahn) engaged the player in such a frenetic manner, everyone is caught off guard.

        • Anonymous

          Maliketh needs to be nerfed!! this boss doesn’t need to be ‘difficult’ just to be a rage quit magnet! NERF THIS FÛĆKER ALREADY!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            Fun boss if you learn him but fromsoft seems to want to make it as hard and annoying as possible to learn him so he ends up feeling spammy and unbalanced to new players

            • Anonymous

              They really should've given him much higher physical damage negation in his second phase. He's too much of a glass cannon at the point you're at in the game, so your average player can breeze through him easily and if you know what you're doing, the fight becomes almost entirely scripted.

              • Anonymous

                maliketh got stuck in the wall for me when i tried to los behind a pillar to heal, couldnt find anyone else who had this bug happen it is a shame because it is one of my favorite fights but im not going to just let him kill me

                • Anonymous

                  I really enjoyed this fight (solo, but high level, c.150) - very high skill ceiling! I died 21 times against him, then beat him on the 22nd try without using a flask in a state of absolute flow. Love that feeling in From games.

                  • Anonymous

                    This fight is ridiculously broken. Moves like a light build with heavy armor and a colossal great sword, unending supply of stamina. The worst is that he can practically one shot me at 60 Vig, with Erdtree Favor +2, Dragoncrest +2, and Black flame protection.

                    I think they buffed Maliketh in the new update, because this is bullshit. **** Maliketh and **** Farum Azula. Worst area in the game by far!

                    • Anonymous

                      Maliketh the big black hard hot and sweaty big beast man I mean what I meant was yeah you know what I meant haha

                      • Anonymous

                        Ice spear AOW helped me solo him twice, it's effect if both phases, at the start of the fight drink a magic cracked tear. Stay close to the clergyman and punish from behind or with the aoe rock fall. Phase 2 run in close to Maliketh and get 2 ice spears off, you may get a stance break to deal more damage or heal. If you can on the 4 hit destined death combo parry him with the claw. If you count as he fired them while dodging you can easily time the last parry the window is big. use the range of the ice spear to punish him while dazed so you don't have to close the entire gap. Watch your FP and the fight is won.

                        • Anonymous

                          This fight is absolute crap, 2nd phase is faster than Max Verstappen, unbeatable with "slow" weapons due to his ADHS movement + DoT ****ery .... And leave me alone with git gut ... Spirit is useless as well since it will be melted in seconds by the dots

                          • Anonymous

                            The only time i summon Tiche for boss, mostly for irony of Maliketh once again defeated by Black Knife Assassin. Also use Moonlight Greatsword to represent Ranni. Still took too many tries.

                            • Anonymous

                              This guy has so little health, I managed to stagger him at the start of the 2nd phase and he got obliterated by the dark moon great sword r2

                              • Anonymous

                                i don't really have problems with maliketh but the beast phase is so damn annoying, he can kill me with like 4 attacks even though i have 60 vigor, dragoncrest greatshield talisman + pearldrake +1 talisman and lionel's armor set equipped. i also can barely reach him with my godskin peeler and there's almost no window to actually get an attack off cause he jumps away after every single attack he does. combined with the fact that it's pretty difficult to tell what attack he's gonna do cause he's just like a big crumbled up piece of paper. not the worst boss ever but he just does wayyy too much damage.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Hi, I'm Andrew, and of all the Elden Ring bosses, none have made me as angry as Maliketh. With his ridiculous speed, deadly combos, and crazy status effects, it's no wonder he's considered one of the hardest bosses in the game. I remember staring at him on my monitor, my blood boiling, as I prepared to face him. I was so angry, I ended up vomiting all over my desk in frustration.

                                  As soon as the fight started, I was livid. Maliketh's speed was unlike anything I'd ever seen before, and his unpredictable attacks made it impossible for me to get a hit in. He had me running in circles, my heart pounding with rage as I watched my character continuously die. His DOT (Damage over Time) status effects were the final nail in the coffin, draining my character's health faster than I could think. I was so mad that I punched my monitor out of frustration and screamed so loud that I woke up my roommate. Just the thought of facing Maliketh again makes me feel sick to my stomach.

                                  • Could you maybe add a page link to all the items/spells/gestures you can miss in lyndell or have more difficulty farming after Maliketh is defeated?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Why have they still not nerfed this bullshit?!
                                      This kind of overtuned garbage does not belong into this kind of game as a mandatory boss!

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Ez-pz method to kill this guy for dragon incanters: one casting of Rotten Breath is enough to trigger scarlet rot on his Beast Clergyman phase, and then you can just dodge (or hide behind a pillar) until his HP goes down to trigger the phase change. Then it's just a matter of stunning him with the Blasphemous Claw, immediately casting Rotten Breath again and dodging (or hiding behind pillars) all the way to victory.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          When it said that he bound the rune to his flesh I thought it meant he like absorbed part of it or something but he really just tied it to his hand like a child with a balloon

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Second playthrough. Trying to beat the main bosses without summons. Ng+ is rough with this dude. I have sacred weapons, but he's weak to holy. I don't want to rebirth I feel like that's kind of a cheese. Not a boss you can easily hit spells with due to his fast pace. Anyway, I can get through his first phase with all 14 estus. But it doesn't matter, because he one or two shots me rather quicky with his combos. I find the blasphemous claw more trouble than useful as I find he uses that parry attack rarely so why bother, I'd rather have my estus at all times.
                                            I watch videos but I can't dodge his AOE attacks. I feel like there's not enough time or I'm not moving fast enough.
                                            This fights been rough for me. I've gotten him to a sliver of health left but that was probably just some good RNG and luck. Maybe I need a harder hitting weapon because I'm doing like 300-400 damage then backing away, so it's a long fight. Any advice, besides GG?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              For his 1st phase specifically shields like Brass shield and Banished knight shield are super viable, his attacks drain suprisingly little stamina, and incants do so little holy damage you won't even notice it 90% of the time, for second phase don't be afraid to punish most regular swings by getting under him, and once you see him pull out his Destined death try getting behind him rather than away as the hitbox of the attack actually stops around back of his body, don't give up skeleton and you might wanna not use holy damage too much since he gets 80% resist against it.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Wait your turn after the boss has had his run of a dozen uninterruptible attacks. Sneak one attack in and then roll away for good measure since it is very hard to see when his frame 1 attacks are gonna come out. Also don't get near him when he finally lets you because he exudes damage which will also lower your maximum health. Don't panic roll because he will punish you, memorize all his delayed attacks which are 5+ plus combos, do a 1000 damage each and will absolutely kill you if you get hit. You will need to be level 120+ and have a fully upgraded weapon, preferably a bonk weapon that do big damage each time you're allowed to have fun. You will have no time to either heal or use spells unless you also use your strongest ashes who can divert the bosses attention. Cower behind the pillars and do jump attacks whenever the boss has forgotten about you. You will not engage the boss in a full on fight because the boss is programmed to input read, punish everything and remain airborne for as much time as possible. Enjoy your eventual win as much as you can because you're likely gonna feel drained, unamused and like turning off the game and play something more fun like the slave knight Gael boss fight.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I'm working on the getting sixth different ending on sixth character. This is prbly 4/6 that I had him within a hair of dying first try when he does his panic spaz kill. Then that takes a couple hours to kill the ****. I even got his death animation this first try. From I hate/love your guts.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I am doing a Clawmark Seal run and found this boss quite hard and fun. After 20 attempts I decided he is cheater. So I had to wield Blasphemous Blade.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Accept the truth. If people can beat this boss by only kicking, you are simply bad at the-
                                                      hey, HEY! Yeah, I see you reaching for the dislike. You know I’m right. Like any boss, Maliketh has times where you can counter. He even has the blasphemous claw as a weakness. Fight the-
                                                      Stop reaching for that button. Fight the boss enough times instead of complaining about how the strongest elden ring character somehow is the most difficult and you might actually get better at the game.

                                                      And stop reaching for that button seriously.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        beat him solo melee, no spirit ashes. stay as close to him as possible but don't be afraid to duck behind the pillars if you need a breather. if you're going str, don't use heavy/jump attacks until you're super familiar with his attack windows, there's very little room for error

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          That destined death attack is hard to dodge. Fast and the aoe is mad. Scary boss, but my favorite character.

                                                          • After beating this dude with a +0 torch, I've come to the conclusion that the Beast Clergyman fight is one of the best fights in the game. The mechanics are so clean and the skill ceiling against him is very high.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Shout out to “Professor M” for helping me defeat this mad puppy. You will not be forgotten Professor M, your co-op support is appreciated.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                disclaimer i know i’m bad

                                                                tried this brother for like 3 hours and realized it was just never happening man to man, the first phase was easy and i perfected it but maliketh shredded me in 30 seconds every time… here is my cheese guide for bad players like me!

                                                                first, max out your mimic tear so it can absorb damage and be competent at the same time.

                                                                second, go get the sharibis woe tailsman. (draws enemy agro)

                                                                congrats mailiketh is now free! run in, summon mimic year with the sharibis woe and immediately unequip it. use a high damage weapon and poke at maliketh from behind while your mimic tear gets spanked until he dies.

                                                                my apologies to the talented dawgs who bested this dude in a beautiful fair dance of a fight, i used bloodhounds fang as well so here’s another reason to cry about me

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  He is honestly impossible i don't know how anyone beat him... whenever i go in for ANY attack he just jumps back and then 2 shots be whilst im in my attack animation. bs boss

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Took me about 4 hours to beat Maliketh solo, using Ordovis Greatsword. Did not have fun at all, why is something this big programmed to stay in the air 85% of the fight?? As a Str/Fai build, I have a couple incantations on me but no way Im casting fast enough to catch him since hes so aggressive. Finally was lucky enough to bonk him to death, but the Ordovis AoW really helps out here too, despite the holy DMG.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      So, after A LOT of trial and error, I found a great way to cheese this fight:

                                                                      Pure Dex Melee Build, using Antspur Rapier (with Bloody Slash for that Blood Loss status), a decent small shield and the Marionette Soldiers summons (fully upgraded), this fight is a (relative) cakewalk.

                                                                      Beast Clergyman is easy with this setup - let the Marionettes draw aggro, poke him from behind at every opportunity to build up scarlet rot and the blood loss, only tricky part are the ranged incantations if you draw aggro off the summons.

                                                                      Maliketh himself is a different story. Many comments suggest staying within melee range as much as possible, and I agree. I died most to his ranged attacks. He has one magic-based(?) close range attack that is devastating, but can be avoided if you're behind him. Otherwise, poke him to inflict scarlet rot, then let the summons/rot do their job.

                                                                      Pro tip: Use the pillars! If you need to back off to heal, get behind the pillars and break line of sight - his ranged attacks will hit the pillars instead of you, and he'll eventually stop attacking if he can't see you (he will search for you, though.)

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        got summoned for coop for him one time, as soon as host entered fog gate he went into second phase. when we tried to hit him no damage would go though. why is this boss so bugged in coop?

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Funny how people are either praising this fight and saying it's one of their favorites, or there are just as many venting about how much they hate him, curious

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            counter attack him with shield in first phase by pressing R2 after he hits your big shield
                                                                            the 2nd base stay at medium range to trigger his punshible attack when he rises his sword after he swipes
                                                                            roll behind him as much as you can

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              OH AND THERE'S NOT MARIKA STATUE NEARBY, SO YOU HAVE TO RUN LIKE 15MILES TO GET TO HIM AGAIN. ABSOLUTELY THE WORST

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET HIT ON NG+5 AND ABOVE, YOU HAVE TO BE PERFECT! MALENIA WHO? THIS PUPPY IS WAY HARDER

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I liked second phase, but first phase was kinda annoying in a sense that my banished knight greatsword would often miss even though I was right next to the boss, which led to some frustrations. In second phase I just couldn't dodge destined death expect if I was able do run away from boss before the attack, other than that and ranged attack spam in the first phase the boss was great

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    If you're using colossal weapons, I recommend using the greatsword. The stab out of dodging is nice and fast and you can throw whatever skill on it. I used poisonous mist but with heavy scaling.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Elden Beast and Malenia - I knew what they were doing and what I had to do. I was just not good enough if they beat me. This guy - 3rd Encounter - Finally I have kind of a stratgey.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        On NG+3 this guy is broken, one attack and there goes my half health, so unbalanced. I wear full scaled with dragoncrest greatshield talisman, even Bull Goat is USELESS. Armors dont mean shite in this game.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          It was hard but absolutely epic fight as a pure strength unga bunga build, it can be tricky to find openings, but they are there. The second phase is like a beautiful dance. Absolutely badass.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Finally beat this idiot after 50ish tries. Breakthrough: roll INTO him, not away or to the sides. Take the fight to him aggressively. Oh and yeah I had to moderately respec to bleed/ dex since I had no time to do any damage on a strength build. Thank god for larval tears!

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              For some reason found the first phase so much harder than second, got the second phase on the third try. But the first phase took me atleast 20 tries, just have no idea how to read what the model is doing and died to him throwing pebbles at me fifty times. Fun boss tho

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Finally beat this hopped up idiot after about 75 attempts. Strength build but I respected to Dex so I could use Bloodhound Fang since bleed apparently is the only way to function late game. The break thru for me was to roll INTO dipshit’s crotch constantly, and not run away. Need to take the fight to this scrub. Suck it, Maliketh.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  This SOB almost made me quit the game. But I eventually managed to defeat him.

                                                                                                  He should have been a DLC boss.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    This boss was so easy, all you have to do is learn how to dodge. Even as a pure faith build I effortlessly killed this guy with my Lordsworn's Straight sword. Only a Skyrim casual or Ubisoft fan would have issue with such an easy boss.

                                                                                                    Just kidding, I kept kiting and pelting him with Lightning Spears because he does literally nothing when you are standing far away which is sad because that's the only moment where you can actually get a god damn hit in. To Hell with this boss.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Great fight but they need to fix the fact that you still get the DOT effect even if you roll through the attack

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Weird thing I think I noticed: Hitting him with an attack that does destined death damage (the black and red flame, like from the Black Blade) seems to give him a buff. I'm not sure what it exactly does, but I noticed that he gets a red aura similar to that of damage buffs. And I don't mean the red flame, I mean a secondary particle effect. I might have to test this some more to check, but it would be an interesting effect.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Very very silly boss fight. Not sure what the thought process was with making him go airborne for 85% phase 2 but I very much dislike this fight no matter what build I'm using

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            For melee user struggling in 1st phase, try use light roll u can roll back out of his dagger swings in 1 go.
                                                                                                            Pair crimson seed & dragoncrest greatshield to compensate lower absorption.
                                                                                                            Use shorter recovery weapons & ranged AoW.
                                                                                                            Roll toward leftfront if he use his rock shotguns, roll toward beast claw once u see the waves appear.
                                                                                                            Use fan daggers if hes not been hit like abut 5 sec or more, to prevent his poise resetting so u can get a crit.
                                                                                                            watch some video do help, GL anons

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I would call this guy "Gael but if he was bullshit and on cocaine" but comparing this cheap ahole to Gael is probably just an insult, At least Gael lets you ****ing hit him, and doesn't instantly backflip across the arena and 2-shot you in a millisecond while spamming projectiles that melt your health away in seconds while he does that.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I don't get how people hate on malenia but are fine with this boss I'd rather fight malenia 1000 times than this boss once the pocket sand in the first phase is so annoying and the damage over time in the second phase is such horse ****

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Dude his second phase he's just flying bruh! I don't have wings bruh what in the world halp. I just spent 3 hours fighting him thinking I could bleed and frostbite him to find he's highly resistant to both. Thank goodness for unlimited weapon respec tho, but still man bruh I don't have wings. Can I put super fast step on a curved omen cleaver?
                                                                                                                  The battle continues.... oooooooh the battle continues! I WILL NOT SURRENDER LORD MYAZAKI!

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