While Elden Ring doesn’t include intrinsic difficulty settings, players looking for (much) more of a challenge can now turn every enemy in the game into Malenia, Blade of Miquella thanks to a new mod.
As spotted by PCGamesN, YouTube user Bushy used thefifthmatt’s Elden Ring enemy randomiser mod to fill The Lands Between with the infamous boss. Bushy somehow still managed to beat the game in around eight hours, despite coming up against up to five Malenias at once in some areas, a highlight reel of which can be watched on his YouTube channel.
Malenia has emerged as the toughest boss in Elden Ring since it was released in February, with all sorts of storylines emerging from the fight. Developer FromSoftware didn’t help the situation by removing a popular way to defeat her and a glitch made her ridiculously overpowered. Another mod has even pitted Malenia against every other boss in the game (and it didn’t end well for most of them).
To balance the universe, however, a hero emerged to put Malenia in her place. Elden Ring’s first legendary player, Let me Solo Her, would appear in players’ games to take Malenia down single handedly, and has now done so more than 1,000 times.
In our 10/10 review of the game, IGN said: “Elden Ring is a massive iteration on what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its relentlessly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path.”
To make those choices with the best available information, check out our guide that features everything you could ever hope to know about Elden Ring, including collectible locations, boss strategies, and more.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.