While defeating Malenia, Blade of Miquella, an Elden Ring player noticed the details of one of her attacks. Even though Elden Ring is a large open world, it’s full of details that add more depth to the characters that inhabit it and the stories it tells. For example, an Elden Ring player recently discovered a depiction of Malenia and Miquella on Haligtree. FromSoftware has been adding such details for any player willing to find them, and even for those who stumble across them. One player thought of such a detail while fighting Malenia.
Malenia, Blade of Miquella is the hardest boss in Elden Ring, and for good reason. Her quick attacks combined with her moves make her a tough boss to beat, let alone hit her without dozens of slash attacks on the player. After all of this, Malenia even has a second phase, much to the surprise of some Elden Ring players. It’s called Goddess of Rot and involves using the infamous Crimson Rot status effect. One of her attacks during this phase is a swoop, which brings up a giant crimson flower called the Crimson Immortal, which inflicts Crimson Rot on the player.
As Elden Ring players discovered when they fought the Goddess of Rot, the details were in the attack. On r/Eldenring, user Summerclaw uploaded a clip of them fighting Malenia with Mimic Tears in Phase 2, a tactic that has already earned Elden Ring players victories against Malenia using powerful Mimic Tears. In the clip, Malenia goes diving, her Scarlet Aeonia explodes from her, and the player sends a flame at her, killing her. However, after her death, the petals of the Scarlet Immortal Flower immediately flattened and stood upright in all directions.
While it’s not entirely confirmed if this was intentional, this sudden change has led many in the comments to assume that this is simply the default pose for flowers, similar to the T pose that regular character models have been referencing. When Elden Ring players kill When Malenia dies, they just reset to their original position, which is why they end up sticking straight out.
Whatever the true nature of the incident, it points to at least one interesting aspect of Scarlet Aeonia’s attack. This is definitely a less harmful glitch (if it can even be called that) compared to other glitches involving Miquella’s blade, such as the glitch that lets Malenia keep fighting after she loses. Nobody wants to see Malenia make herself harder to beat.
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