Maliketh, The Black Blade

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Location Crumbling Farum Azula

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Maliketh, The Black Blade is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring Maliketh, the Black Blade Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Maliketh easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Maliketh.

Maliketh is the second and final form of the Beast Clergyman who is found in Crumbling Farum Azula. The transitional cutscene shows the Clergyman's cloak being burnt off to reveal his armor and Maliketh pulling out the Black Blade from his left hand. 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 reach Leyndell, Ashen Capital. In this second phase, Maliketh's attack can now inflict Destined Death and temporarily lower your character's maximum HP. Using the Blasphemous Claw (dropped by an invader in Crumbling Farum Azula) before he hits you can parry these attacks, negating the Destined Death effect and giving you an opening to counterattack. He drops the Remembrance of the Black Blade when defeated.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. Legend bosses drop their own unique Remembrance capable of being transformed into powerful Weapons, Spells, Ashes of War, and Talismans for the player.


Cower, before Maliketh, Marika’s Black Blade.

Elden Ring Maliketh, The Black Blade Boss

Maliketh, The Black Blade is a Legend Boss found in Crumbling Farum Azula.

  • This boss is not optional.
  • This is a Legend type boss.
  • Closest Site of Grace: Beside the Great Bridge. [Map link]
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss.
  • Spirit Ashes can be summoned for this boss.


Elden Ring Maliketh, The Black Blade Location

Maliketh, The Black Blade can be found in Crumbling Farum Azula, and if defeated
you'll be transported to Leyndell, Ashen Capital. [Map link]

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Maliketh, The Black Blade Combat Information

  • Health: NG (10,620), NG+ (13,000), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases.
  • Deals Standard Damage, Magic Damage (1st phase), and Holy Damage (2nd phase).
  • Parriable:
    • Beast Clergyman: No.
    • Maliketh: Yes, with Blasphemous Claw only.
      • 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
  • Poise can be broken which allows for a critical attack (both phases). Poise: 80.



The absorption numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if an absorption is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% is absorbed. Bigger number = less damage. An absorption of 100 means no damage goes through, and a resistance of -100 means 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 whatever aux buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs.


Elden Ring Maliketh, The Black Blade Boss 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.
  • The Blasphemous Claw item lets you parry Maliketh. Look for when his sword glows gold to see the cue.
  • 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.

Beast Clergyman, 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 love this fight honestly, my only problem that I've ever seen as "unfair" or "annoying" is the Draconic guy outside the boss room, because he likes to try and attack you when you enter the fog wall and is a bit of a chore to kill first

      • Anonymous

        I love you but I will never, ever forgive you for pushing me off the ledge right before I killed you. I hate.

        • Anonymous

          I don't understand all the Maliketh hate. he's fundamentally a well designed boss with fair punish windows. I've beat him on a str full melee build with large weapons. the punish windows are hard to find initially but they are there even for slow weapons, especially in the second phase. all you need to do is roll in on most on his attacks with the exception of a few.

          when he thrusts his dagger at you, roll in. he'll do a few other things now, he'll either throw rocks which you roll into, aggress his his dagger or get lower to the ground with his dagger in front of him and swoo a few times while going slightly backwards. this last on you want to roll away from or if you have better reaction time to jump over and punish with a jumping attack. you should also jump over his beast claw aoe and punish him there as well. using GUGS you can roll into his rock sling and his him with a rolling poke. on his long swip where he drags his dagger in front of him you can either dodge through it and punish or get behind him and with good timing get off a slow aow or a charged heavy. if you bum rush when he throws the boulder you can do a running attack and it will fly right over you. he has this longer attack chain with his dagger that ends with him body slamming you, dodge to the side not in or he'll probably hit you. just stay on his ass and it's really not that bad.

          the second phase is very easy once you know what you're doing. when the phase starts bum rush him. stay strafing to the right (his left) and dodge in on his sword swings. his jumping slam AOEs require backing off and so does his roar but basically just hug his hips and smack his ass. when he does his huge slow verticle sword slam he's extremely vulnerable and if he does the destined death swirl while you're behind him he's even more vulnerable. if you're point when he does his 360 sword double spin roll him and him him.

          returning to elden ring after replaying Bloodborne has made this guy so so much easier. he's different than lots of bosses there but he's fought in a somewhat similar way, all you need to do is out agro him then you win.

          • Anonymous

            Trash fight, spams attacks and constantly darts around like an ADHD child, limiting weapon choices to something fast.
            This would've all been fine if he was optional, but he's mandatory.
            Fourth worst fight behind Radahn (gimmick trash), Elden Beast (Prepare To Sprint edition) and Malenia (god-awful design, but at least she's optional).

            • Anonymous

              Someone else had mentioned Mimic Tear + Dragonmaw + Golden Vow

              It 110% works. Unfortunately, Maliketh killed me as Mimic Tear killed him with Dragonmaw and the game progressed without giving me any souls :(

              • Anonymous

                If you're a mage with the Black Knife Tiche spirit summons then use the azur comet on the first phase with the flask set to 20 sec of unlimited FP which should instantly take the fight to phase 2. In phase 2 roll and dodge your way away from the boss and just wait for the summons to get the boss to start loosing life over time then either glint pebble him to speed up his death or just keep running away till he dies. Ironically it's the same attack the boss does on you that Tiche can use on him. It doesn't always cause him to continuously bleed but may just reduce his total life initially but an application or two should get the life drain started and it'll keep going till he's dead. I enjoyed the irony of using his attack against him to win.

                • Anonymous

                  Beat this guy summonless at level 110 (Spellblade with Dark Moon Greatsword). This fight is atrocious but there is one trick I figured out in my first couple of attempts which will make P2 a lot more manageable.

                  You can actually "stagger-prep" Maliketh in P1 before he transitions into P2. Basically use stagger inflicting abilities before he transitions without actually staggering him in P1. When P2 starts, hit him again after he does his spinning ninja move and he will stagger. Use this time to inflict a tremendous amount of damage while he's on the ground. I was able to get 3 Moonlight Greatswords off before he got up (close to 4000 damage).

                  After you get your burst damage off there, its a matter of trying to quickly finish off the remainder of his hp before he eventually kills you.

                  • Anonymous

                    knocked this guy down in the middle of one of his attacks, and then as i was about to run up to his staggered ass to get the crit i get hit multiple times and die. 10/10 can't wait to learn that trick

                    • Anonymous

                      I'm using only a keen uchigatana and it's hard to find a window to deal some damage so i hate this boss the most, but i refuse to become a filthy mage.

                      • Anonymous

                        did my boy Maliketh got patched after the pvp update? just fought him and he was extremely slow on his second phase. very easy to react and read

                        • Anonymous

                          If you exploited your way to crumbling F location and haven’t been to the mountain of the giants- do not fight this boss. You will skip ahead vital parts of the story

                          • Anonymous

                            I killed him first try and I'm not even a pro (first souls game): arcane build with eleonora's pole blade (which didn't even use), mimic tear, scarlet rot dragon breath and he is dead lol

                            • Anonymous

                              Empowered Mortal Draw
                              Whirlwind Slash
                              Sakura Dance
                              Nightjar Slash Reversal
                              One Mind

                              this dude is straight up Sekiro. Rune of death is mortal blade. Wake up

                              • Anonymous

                                After hours of trying and almost giving up managed to take this guy down at RL1, if you are trying to do this careful dodging along with the black knife weapon art and occasionally getting off rotten or frost breath when there is a big enough opening (like when maliketh stabs the ground in the second phase and stuck in the animation for that attack you can get off a full dragon breath) will get the job done.

                                The second phase for sure is what had me stuck on this boss for days due to his speed and range, but after learning his moves better it seems much less chaotic, all of his moves are avoidable and if you use the pillars correctly you can choose when to engage him and slow the fight down to your own pace or heal if needed, just dont hug the pillars too tight or you can get hit through them,

                                All in all great boss and great challenge

                                • Anonymous

                                  I love his design and the fight is cool but holy **** he is cancer, you have to do that slow ass first phase everytime cus if u don't play slow he punishes you for it, and then in the second phase if u mess up at all you just get oneshot

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The walk to the fight is longer than it takes for me to get him to his second phase and him to then 2 shot KO me.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      the fully levelled weapons that used to get to this boss didn't scratch him. I'm Faith/Str build using the Halo Scythe in most situations, incantations when I need to switch it up. for this boss, a full levelled blasphemous blade wrecks the Clergy in 3 hits. Then lightening bolt to finish him off. I equipped the special item with the intention to parry, but it was never obvious to me that using it would work better than dodging. Strangely, this is my third build to beat this boss, and the other two killed him so fast I didn't even know there was an item to help. If you are struggling, try a few different weapons/spells. for me, fire on the first phase and lightening on the second.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        In the cut scene after Maliketh is defeated destined death is in front of the tarnished, she reaches for it but hesitates to touch it before it low key explodes. I'm doing the rune farm now, the sacred relic sword is on my back while I'm holding a bow the sword is identical in shape to the destined death at the end of the cut scene, different colour obviously but that isn't a coincidence if you think about how From drip feeds this sort of thing in DS and BB.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          heres a tip for melee players
                                          spam roll until you see what you think is an opening then attack once and continue until you die but get really close

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Exemplifies everything that is wrong with the combat in this game. Still a great game, but in terms of quality over quantity i would say this game was a big time flop. Especially when compared to the likes of Bloodborne and Dark Souls

                                            • Anonymous

                                              As much as i love this fight, he is absolutely hell on NG+6 and beyond. I had to use every single buff and combos i had

                                              • Anonymous

                                                NG: summoned mimic cheesed him
                                                NG2-4: turtled behind fingerprint shield
                                                NG5: no summon, no shield, light armor

                                                I git gud

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I never really understood why people hate this boss until I did a no cheese playthrough, beat it without summoning and playing offline and not using status effects. This boss will dodge your attacks perfectly, attack you when you think it's safe to attack, and stunlock you into oblivion while also putting destined death on you. Not a fun fight.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Just had a bug where I entered the gate and the cutscene for his 2nd phase immediately triggered and he started full health 2nd phase.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      They went silly with it. Could be the best boss if it wasn't so broken and unfair. Such wasted potential.

                                                      • I hid behind pillars and used Mogh's spear on my summonless run on NG 2+. That worked best. Never felt bad one time because phase 2 of this fight is bullshit. Fight cheese with cheese, it's an amazing feeling watching his health bar run down from the bleeds.

                                                        Attacks that hit you behind pillars? Check
                                                        Annoying first phase you have to get through each time only to die almost instantly on phase 2? Check
                                                        Attack that takes away your HP and grays it out? Check
                                                        Flipping around all over the place where you can't attack? Check
                                                        Ultra-cheese multi-hit ranged combo that one shots you so fast you can't think or move? Check

                                                        Nah, **** all that.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          health bar go "AM I A JOKE TO YOU?!?"
                                                          need to tone dow the aggro a bit, along toning down the health drain and bit more generous openings

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            This guy, I swear to G, is the single worst boss ever made! I’ve never beaten this guy & if I ever do, I doubt I’d muster up the will to play this game ever again! I love Elden Ring, but Maliketh just ruins the entire game, hands down, no questions asked! He is everything wrong with the game’s boss design!

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I'm shocked he's not strong vs fire + lightning like every other dang boss in this game.... it seems like From really punish Faith builds. But not this one, thankfully.

                                                              • I love this boss. A lot of people summon me to defeat him and it's always great fun... except for when they fall down... or can avoid ot even one of his 5 combo attacks...

                                                                try lightning ranged attacks, gl hf!

                                                                • gave up after the umpteenth ignoble death within 10 seconds of second phase.. found 2 other mages coopers .. used holy prot talizman and incant. managed to get behind a pillar without dying.. (cleanrot knights armour helped best for some reason) used decay when it wasnt looking. the other mages kill it thank their little cotton socks!!

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Ah the true boss next to gravity... The camera. Awesome fight his moves roll into eachother amazingly. I love this bosses style and art... Well done

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      When Malicron said “I’m gonna use the dennis debt” I cried and screamed because he was so scary dennis debt looks cool but Malicron is very scary not nice

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Ashes can fall off arena - check
                                                                        Erratic, spastic movement - check
                                                                        Relentless attacking - check
                                                                        Attacks you can't react to - check
                                                                        bravo, fromsoft, truly masterful

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Considering how bad the boss design in this game, I was dreading fighting Maliketh. I was pleasantly surprised. He moves around way too much but other than that he doesn't have any complete BS that every other boss has

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            First playthrough i was way overleveled and used ash summons any time i could and almost every boss was a piece of cake, now near the end of the game and under lvl 100 without using summons it feels like a completely different challenge but honestly feels much more rewarding despite bosses taking more attempts, so when i hear people brag about beating a boss first try or whatever it makes me think ya but in what context

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              After the best run I had so far in this boss fight, i got Maliketh down to one hit, then Tiche died and some how blocked my strike leading me to get destroyed once again. thanks Tiche.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I love his moveset, so fun to watch him going apeshit around the arena! Hard to hate him when he does such sick air flips

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Finally defeated this arse of a boss. Summoned Black Knife Tiche (+10) and ended up using my +10 Godslayer’s Greatsword to get through Phase 1 as quickly as possible, getting into Beast Clergyman’s face and hitting him hard, so Tiche had as much HP as possible for Malekith. Then just hid behind a pillar during Phase 2 whilst Tiche dealt with Malekith.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    finally killed the bastard! vig 42 str 40, Melee build ofc.
                                                                                    for 1st phase just summon Engvall +10, then get abit away from them fighting and spew any of the decay breaths, then go behind a pillar use Magic Barrier inct. + Scholar Shield magic on your shield + use Wondrous Physick with anything that reduces damage taken and wait for the second phase to start
                                                                                    here u need a bit of luck and some dodging from its golden attacks (3 times in a row), go behind a pillar and wait for it to finish Engvall then (now lucky part) run to it (especially when it's walking towards you or just around, sometimes it just jumps away and spams insta killes sometimes raises the sword and tries to bash your skull, if he raises the sword and u manage to get under his belly now's your chance to spew decay inct. and just run away. you can slowly run around a pillar and mostly it will slowly follow you around. once the inct. is done draining its HP you just need 1-2 more hits with Blaid's blade to finish it off.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Rebirth with intelligence, Mimic tear then upgrade a staff and equip only rock sling spell, allocate almost all pots to cerulean, gg ez stun lock him

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        DAE think he's squishy asf? Not saying easy at all or trying to humblebrag but my 24+ Heavy Claymore was hitting like a truck at 45 str, felt weird after Godskin Duo

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          This was a tough one for me. Camera was causing me all kinds of problems and I was getting killed in 2 hits. Then I gave in and summoned the greatshield soldiers and they aggro'd him where no other summons would.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            So Elden Ring's answer to the grim reaper is a big sexy werewolf clad in plate armour with a giant sword made of death, who does a whole bunch of ridiculous anime moves and backflips? Yep I'm a certified Maliketh simp.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              In the heat of the moment I was too focused on getting my ass shredded, but looking back on it, his dialogue and lore made me feel so sad for killing him, the way he sounds so betrayed in his intro after you give him all of the deathroot really hurts, this fight really made me feel like a complete ******* for turning on him like that.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                This is "that" boss for me. The boss where, if you know the lore, you wouldn't want to kill him. I didn't realize this until I had a funny incident with a friend in co-op, where Maliketh pretty much ignored the host (my friend) and kept stayed aggroed on me the whole time. I did pretty well but host was a naked 45 vigor enjoyer on NG+ so they died by getting slapped on the face once by Maliketh while he was attacking me.

                                                                                                Later I fought Maliketh with full Guts set up, Lion's claw on colossal GS and all. Right at the very end, on the first attempt, when I was on my last HP flask, and Maliketh was one punch away from death, I realized I didn't want to kill Maliketh anymore.

                                                                                                I did the Gurranq questline and felt sorry for him, but it really struck me at that moment, along with Maliketh's giant sword.

                                                                                                I got backed into a corner afterwards, not managing to get a single hit in, but by some miracle I finally got him. And then I heard the secret dialogue and almost cried.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  The bug where the debuff still applies after dying and carries over past the death reset at a grace checkpoint from dying in the second phase must have been patched sometime after this page was last edited. All three times he killed me were in the second phase and he had absolutely no trouble hitting me with that, my HP was back to normal for each new attempt to beat him.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    What I really like about the beast clergyman transforming into Maliketh, the cut scene was f**king epic, is there are hints right from the first visit to the Bestial Sanctum to hand over the deathroot from the tibia mariner at summonwater village. Apart from the gargoyle outside referred to as black blade kindred, so kin of Maliketh the black blade, the sword that it drops is explicit, referencing the blackened corpse wax as "such is the mark of those who serve Maliketh the black blade" so his identity is hidden in plain sight all along, that's pretty awesome.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Got him on the fourth attempt. It's a brutal boss fight and it was way too fast and chaotic to make the blasphemous claw any use to me, get the timing wrong and he will f**k your s**t right up. The less is more thing is working well for me still, I only had golden vow, Agheel's (sp?) flame and ancient dragon LTN strike in spell slots, its much easier than trying to navigate through ten incantations in the middle of all that. Godslayer's greatsword and bolt of gransax both +10 are gifts that keep on giving. It had killed dung eater puppet and I got him with two charged casts from the weapon art on bolt of gransax before he could get to me.
                                                                                                      There is no comparison between the Maliketh fight and the cheap wildly OP c**t Malenia.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Fromsoft's design team sure are extremely good at making really attractive beasts, or maybe I'm just a weirdo, proly both.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This good boy deserved so much better, god i wish we could just murk Marika's stupid ass for how she threw everything/everyone under the bus for her own selfish goals and ambitions.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Such a tough boss battle. Its the first time i had such a difficult time facing a boss. Rest of the bosses dont even come close to this besides Malenia probably haha

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              As tested by Syrobe, Maliketh 2nd phase CAN be put to sleep. He has an absurd sleep resistance, and the animation only lasts for 2-3 seconds.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Finally beat him! Parried him twice with Blasphemous Claw and used Double Slash paired with Shard of Alexander while he was stunned to power down most of his health. Alexander... even in death you have my back...

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  So this guy is beast clergyman, but I killed mailketh and beast clergyman was still available to give deathroot to. Tho I messed up when he aggroed on me and killed him so idk if you can finish his quest line

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    This question makes no sense but I'm confused: Is Maliketh immune to scarlet rot in the second phase? I kept hitting him with Rotbone arrows non-stop but it didn't have any effect on him like it does in the first phase

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Did I understand right that we needed this guy's rune to make the Erdtree mortal for the fire to have any effect and allow entry into the tree?

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