Elden Ring: Maliketh, the Black Blade Boss Guide (2023)

Maliketh, the Black Blade, Goddess Marika’s half-brother and shadow, guardian of Destined Death. With the Rune of Death merged with his flesh, his sanity hangs by a thread, making him quite possibly the most aggressive boss in Elden Ring. Resting at the end of the Crumbling Farum Azula, he awaits an opponent capable of putting him down. As a late-game boss before entering Leyndell for the end game, Maliketh is no pushover.

In this Elden Ring boss guide, I will not tell you what weapon is most effective against Maliketh. Such would cheapen the player’s autonomy. It’s up to you whether you prefer hammers or swords, magic or incantations, etc. How effective a weapon is comes down to how comfortable a player is with that weapon. This guide will be showing you at what moments Maliketh is most vulnerable. When to play defensively and when to play offensively. There is one item you should get, though, if you like to parry.

Before fighting Maliketh, you can find him in his beast clergyman form as a friendly NPC at the far east end of Caelid. He’s just a sad dog you can feed deathroot too. If you feed him all nine deathroots in the game, he’ll recognize you which is kinda cool.

Table of Contents

1)Elden Ring – Maliketh Boss Guide Prep: Blasphemous Claw Quest

2)Elden Ring Guide – First Phase: Beast Clergyman Gurranq Boss Fight

2.1)Punishable Beast Clergyman Attacks:

2.1.1)Beast Clergyman Melee Attacks – Forward Ground Stab and Sword Drag

2.1.2)Beast Clergyman Ranged Attacks – Bestial Sling, Beast Claw and Stone of Gurranq

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3)Elden Ring Guide – Second Phase: Maliketh, the Black Blade Boss Fight

3.1)Punishable Maliketh Attacks:

3.1.1)Double Spin and Overhead Swing

3.1.2)Destined Death and Piledriver

3.1.3)Black Blade

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Elden Ring – Maliketh Boss Guide Prep: Blasphemous Claw Quest

For the most part, it’s not possible to parry Maliketh’s attacks. And those that can be parried cannot be done through normal means. You need a specific item called the Blasphemous Claw.

The Blasphemous Blade.

In order to obtain the Blasphemous Claw, you must first complete the Volcano Manor quest and defeat Praetor Rykard. Afterward, you’ll encounter an invader called Recusant Bernahl in Crumbling Farum Azula at the spot on the map below. To get there, go from Beside the Great Bridge Site of Grace towards the Maliketh Boss Arena, then turn around and go in the opposite direction once you’re on the Great Bridge.

Recusant Bernahl Location.

I encourage anyone to grab this item. Because you are parrying with an item instead of a shield, you can equip it to a quick select button and you don’t have to switch out your Ashes or War or do any crazy weapon switching mid-battle. You get the benefits of parrying without the downsides, and it really does help. During phase one, there are no attacks that can be parried at all. There are, however, two attacks during phase two that can be parried. It is hard to get close to Maliketh during phase two, so pulling off a parry gives you some much-needed time to do some damage. The Bernahl encounter you need to beat isn’t very hard either.

Elden Ring Guide – First Phase: Beast Clergyman Gurranq Boss Fight

After the shame of losing a fragment of Destined Death to Ranni, Maliketh hid his Black Blade beneath his skin and became the beast clergyman Gurranq. Because his brain is rotting from the Death Rune, he attacks like a crazed animal, making this phase the most aggressive. This is when you should mostly be playing defensively. If you get too close, he’ll swipe at you with a series of attacks that are too random to time, and he’s too constant for there to be a way to break his poise. Stay back from him and wait for the cues of attacks that are punishable.

Punishable Beast Clergyman Attacks:

Beast Clergyman Melee Attacks – Forward Ground Stab and Sword Drag

These are the only two punishable attacks that don’t have any special quality to them. I found the Forward Ground Stab to be rare. He usually finished off a long string of swipes with it, so you could potentially bait him into doing it. He raises up on his hind legs to stab his dagger into the ground which is similar to a couple of his other attacks, so it may look confusing at first.

Forward Ground Stab: Watch for him raising his right hand.
The attack has slow recovery so reply with something strong.

The Sword Drag is one of the easiest to punish. He stabs his dagger into the ground and delivers a big horizontal slash that has a big wind-up so you can easily dodge through it. Both of these attacks have fairly long recovery times, so you can hit with jumping heavy attacks or even a mid-speed magic attack.

Sword Drag: Dodge through the attack that follows this pose.

Beast Clergyman Ranged Attacks – Bestial Sling, Beast Claw and Stone of Gurranq

These are his projectile attacks. All are punishable if you dodge through them, depending on your placement. These are the attacks where you will find the most consistent moments for attacks. If you’re keeping your distance from him, he will pull these out quite frequently. There are a few variations to the Bestial Sling. He’ll follow up attacks with it, and use it as he’s dodging around. The best time for attack is when you see him drag his hand across the ground as he’s standing still.

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Bestial Sling: Watch for when he scrapes his hand on the ground.
Because the attack sprays out, dodge through it, not around it.

There are two different kinds of Beast Claw, one when you are close and one when you are far. If you’re far away, he’ll lunge forward as he attacks, sending a shockwave of claws directly at you. He covers a lot of ground with the lunge, so don’t be afraid to attack him if you think you’re too far away. If you’re up close to him, he’ll use Gurranq’s Beast Claw which is an AOE attack rather than targeted. Time your dodge for when he’s pulling his hand out of the ground, don’t attack too early.

Beast Claw: He slams his hand in the ground.
And sends claws in all directions.

Stone of Gurranq has the biggest wind-up as he pulls a boulder out of the floor and hurls it at you. All of these attacks have short recovery times, so only get a quick hit in before you dodge away.

Elden Ring Maliketh Boss Guide – Stone of Gurranq

Beast Clergyman – Ground Rupture

This is his strongest attack during phase one. He puts his dagger in his mouth then slams his hands into the ground and lifts a bunch of massive stones into the air that then come hailing down on you. Though it might be safest to just avoid him during this attack—you can see safe spots on the ground to avoid the falling rocks—but I found this attack to be the most punishable. There are two moments to attack: as he’s slamming his hands into the ground, and right after he’s pulled them out. The attack doesn’t hurt you until he pulls his hand out. I would see him start the attack, get in a jump attack, wait for him to raise his chin then dodge and do another jump attack. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s simple.

Ground Rupture: The beginning is safe.
Attack while his hands are in the ground.

When he raises his head, dodge.
Watch out for the falling rocks.

Once you get his health bar to half, he tosses the cloak and pulls out the Black Blade. The true fight with Maliketh begins.

Elden Ring Guide – Second Phase: Maliketh, the Black Blade Boss Fight

Now that the Destined Death isn’t affecting his mind, the Beast Clergyman is free to fight as the warrior he was when he fought the Gloam-Eyed Queen: the great Maliketh. A warrior revered by all of The Lands Between. That being said, he’s actually a bit easier than his deranged counterpart. He’s a bit less aggressive but he makes up for it in range. Maliketh’s Black Blade is massive, and his swipes cover a lot of space. They’re slower, so they’re easier to dodge, but they do a hellova lot more damage. His attacks also reduce your max health and inflict you with an ailment that lowers your health over time. So yeah … try not to get hit.

Gurranq evolves into … Maliketh.

The strategy shifts. Instead of keeping your distance, you want to get in close to him. His attacks have big wind-ups and are easy to dodge through, but mostly, you want to stay close because he’s going to be jumping away. Maliketh likes to leap around the arena, hopping off of the pillars and hurling red beams at you. The switch from ‘struggling to keep away’ to ‘struggling to keep close’ is a satisfying progression. It also shows just how different of a fighter Maliketh is from Gurranq. Anyway, onto the meat of the Elden Ring Maliketh boss guide: how to punish him.

Punishable Maliketh Attacks:

Double Spin and Overhead Swing

Most of Maliketh’s attacks are somewhat punishable depending on what attack you’re using, the issue is finding consistency. Maliketh tends to blend his attacks into each other in a way where you can’t really tell if it’s safe to attack him. With the Double Spin, he crouches and lowers his blade. And the Overhead Swing has a really long wind-up. You can tell what they are quick, and they have long recoveries. The Double Spin is a combo so just remember the word ‘double’ and don’t get hit by the second slash … like I kept doing.

Double Spin: Watch out for two speedy attacks.
This overhead swing is slow and easy to punish.

Destined Death and Piledriver

With Destined Death, he swings the sword around his head and then stabs it into the ground, after which follows a combo of arcing slashes in a sphere around the point of impact. Because of the long attack that precedes it, it’s easy to tell what he’s going to do. After he stabs the sword into the ground, get behind him and start smacking him in the butt. Depending on how far through the attack he is, you can get a few hits in. Be careful, if these attacks hit you, they’ll lower your maximum HP for a while.

Destined Death: This is not where you want to be.
This is where you want to be.

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Elden Ring Maliketh Boss Guide – Destined Death.

Piledriver has him leaping on his sword and driving it into the ground. He then does one of two things, creates a big explosion or jumps up, does a flip, and land with a Destined Death attack. What he does depends on how far away from him you are. When you’re close, he does the explosion which isn’t very punishable, and the hitbox is quite unforgiving. So a good strategy is to run away when he lodges himself in the ground, the dodge towards him when he flips out of it and get behind him to punish his Destined Death.

Piledriver: Time to run away.
Dodge close when you see this.

Black Blade

This is when he jumps in the air and flings projectiles of red death at you. He’ll follow up with different attacks and like the Piledriver, it’s dependent on how close you are to him. If you’re far away, he’ll throw three blades at you and then chase you down with a quick slash. If you’re close, he’ll throw two blades then finish with a Piledriver. What makes these attacks unique is that they are the only attacks that can be parried.

Black Blades: He hurls slashes at you.
Dodge the blades and prepare to parry.

This is why we got the Blasphemous Blade earlier. The moments at which you should parry is when his blade glows gold. This happens after he’s done hurling blades at you. The timing is quick but definitely worth trying because once he’s parried, he goes blind. He will try to hit you with a blind slash but it’s slow and you barely have to worry about it. Also, if he does a Piledriver off of a pillar, that too can be parried so keep an eye out for that.

When his blade is gold, parry.
The Piledriver equivalent.

Maliketh Parry Timing


That’s how you beat Marika’s shadow and earn the Remembrance of the Black Blade which can be traded to Enia at the Roundtable Hold for the Black Blade incantation. If you can follow this boss guide perfectly, then you will be able to beat Maliketh without getting hit, and show off your Elden Ring skills. It doesn’t matter what level you are, once you get the patterns down, you’ll beat him. It’s easier said than done though, so don’t get disheartened if you die a lot.

You’re not failing, you’re learning the timing of his attacks. You’re progressing, you’re growing better; you’re gittin gud as the internet people say. Of course, you could just summon a Mimic Tear ash spirit, slam your vigor up, equip Radahn’s armour set and smash through him without thinking. But I feel like the poor dog deserves better. After defeating him, you’ll be teleported to Leyndell for the next set of super hard bosses. Good luck.

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How do you beat Maliketh the black blade Elden Ring? ›

We recommended players fight Maliketh with a melee weapon, but be sure to also equip a shield. Summoning an ash spirit will help tremendously in keeping Maliketh occupied and distracted. The most imperative item to bring to the fight is the Blasphemous Claw, a tool that is specifically used to overthrow Maliketh.

What level should I be to beat Malekith black blade? ›

Maliketh, the Black Blade is not a demigod or Shardbearer, but defeating it will earn you a bounty of Runes. This is a fight you should attempt at around character level 120-130, preferably with a fully upgraded weapon, so +22/+25.

What is Malekith black blade weak to? ›

Additionally, the boss is weak to Frost damage, so the Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War works an absolute treat here for decimating its health. However, since the Hoarfrost Stomp has effectively been nerfed by FromSoftware, you might want to consider taking in a weapon with Bleed damage instead.

How do you beat Malekith easily? ›

If Malekith is on the ground, melee characters can use the jumping heavy attack they used on the Beast Clergyman. Malekith's posture can be broken this way, allowing players to get in massive damage with a single click. Players will also want to use any close-range Ash of War they have at their disposal.

Does killing Malekith end the game? ›

The second "point of no return" comes after players kill Malekith, The Black Blade. Doing this will actually cover Leyndell in ashes, locking players out of certain areas in the Royal Capital. However, this is necessary to face the final boss.

Is Malekith a necessary boss? ›

Maliketh, Gideon, And Godfrey

Maliketh is a very difficult mandatory boss, and his second phase is able to shorten the players' health bar. He is immune to Sleep, Madness, Death Blight, and nearly fully immune to holy-type damage. For both phases, pillars can be used to help avoid his hard-hitting attacks.

Does Malekith reduce Max HP? ›

At about half health, the Beast Clergyman will pull a huge sword out of his hand and become Maliketh, the Black Blade. Getting hit by his weapon not only deals massive damage on its own, but also both reduces your maximum HP and continues to drain your health over time, so avoiding it is imperative.

What is the easiest way to beat the black knife assassin? ›

The first and most straightforward way to beat the invisible Black Knife Assassin of Elden Ring's Sage's Cave is to equip the Sentry's Torch. According to the in-game description, the torch "allows the bearer to see assassins cloaked in veils."

What spirit ash is best for Malekith? ›

The Mimic Tear Spirit Ash Summon is excellent in this fight.

When upgraded, the Mimic Tear can tank many of Maliketh's hits, deal solid damage, and distract him so that you have extra opportunities to hit him yourself.

Is Malekith weak to holy damage? ›

Avoid Holy damage: Maliketh is highly resistant to Holy damage, and has strong resistances to Bleed and Frost build up. The latter two can still trigger, but we'd highly recommend changing weapon or affinity if you're primarily using a Holy weapon at this stage.

At what level should I fight MOHG? ›

We recommend leaving Mohg until the end of the game, either after defeating Godfrey proper or a little before. Mohg's fight really benefits from having enormous HP, so it's best to attempt it at character level 135-145, preferably with a fully-upgraded weapon, meaning +22/+25.

Is Malekith the hardest boss? ›

Maliketh, the Black Blade is one of the hardest mandatory bosses in Elden Ring. He's quick, he's strong and he's aggressive. He's one of the hardest bosses in Elden Ring but whether you're level 1 or 300, this boss guide will have you making short work of Maliketh.

Is Gurranq and Maliketh the same? ›

Elden Ring: Gurranq and Maliketh are One and The Same

Players would be forgiven for thinking that the first time they meet Maliketh is on Farum Azula, where they kill him and restore Destined Death to the Lands Between.

How much HP does Malekith have? ›

Both phases share the same HP pool of ~10500 (in NG). He will do an unreactable double-slash with his dagger if you stay in melee-range for too long. At long-range he can send shockwaves your way and throw rock projectiles.

Does sacrificing Melina end the game? ›

During regular playthroughs, Melina the Kindling Maiden makes her way to the Mountaintops of the Giants to be sacrificed and ignite the Erdtree. While this noble deed helps the Tarnished progress further, her storyline ends there, and you will have to carry on unaccompanied until the end.

Can you still turn in Deathroot after killing Malekith? ›

Yes, you can.

Why is Malekith so powerful? ›

Also, like his fellow Dark Elves, the Accursed one can easily be felled by iron. However, he also studied the supernatural and became the most powerful sorcerer in Svartalfheim. Malekith is also a master manipulator thanks to both his silver tongue and his ability to actually take the form of another.

Is Malekith the good guy? ›

Malekith the Accursed is the cruel leader of the Dark Elves, a race older than the universe itself. Thousands of years ago, he'd led the Elves in a war against the Asgardians, with his sole purpose being eternal darkness for the universe.

How do you survive Malekith? ›

How to beat Maliketh, the Black Blade: top tips for success
  1. Stay behind the Beast Clergyman.
  2. Watch for ground effects in the Clergyman phase.
  3. Roll through attacks, not away from them.
  4. Use the Crimsonburst Crystal Tear to counter damage over time.
  5. Parry Maliketh with the Blasphemous Claw.
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Can u Parry Malekith? ›

The primary attacks Maliketh uses which can be parried by the Blasphemous Claw are a leaping slam when jumping off a pillar, and attacks which follow his aerial Black Blade projectiles. In both cases, Maliketh's weapon will glow yellow ahead of the strike, so prepare to use the Blasphemous Claw in advance.

Is Malekith or Malenia harder? ›

Alright so for some context to this statement, I played a dex bleed build and used bloody slash and the mimic tear for both boss fights.

Is Rivers of Blood good against Maliketh? ›

The bleed status is also very useful here for bursting Maliketh down, so the Elden Ring Rivers of Blood can come in handy if you have managed to find it. Another useful item to grab is the Blasphemous Claw, which is dropped by the invader, Recusant Bernahl.

What does malekith blade scale with? ›

The Maliketh's Black Blade scales primarily with Strength, Dexterity and Faith. A good Weapon for inflicting holy-based damage.

What is black knife weak to? ›

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What is the assassin weak to? ›

Weak to poison. Easily interrupted when he leaves his bug form. Dealing sufficient damage when he rears up will cause the Assassin to stagger.

Is Melina a Black Knife Assassin? ›

A Reddit user named Razhork has shared a comparison clip which shows a very subtle design choice about Melina's weapon, the Blade of Calling, which ties Melina to the game's Black Knife Assassins.

What is the tankiest spirit ash? ›

Lhutel the Headless Ashes

Lhutel the Headless is arguably the best tanking summon you'll find in the game. She won't dish out as much damage as some other spirit ashes, but the sheer survivability of this ally is unmatched.

What is the tankiest Elden Ring summon? ›

When upgraded, the Mimic Tear is incredibly tanky and can dish out plenty of damage, making it an invaluable summon that we highly recommend using in Elden Ring's challenging boss fights. Note that using the Mimic Tear uses 50% of your HP instead of your mana, so make sure you drink a healing potion after summoning it.

What is the best Ash summon for Malenia? ›

As Malenia has attacks that can easily one-shot you, it's highly recommended using spirit ash summons for this fight just to give you some breathing room.

Can you Scarlet rot Malekith? ›

He will still swing his sword around and walk backwards, but can not hit you and takes additional damage. Maliketh can be inflicted with Scarlet Rot.

Can you poise break Malekith? ›

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).

When should I fight Malekith? ›

You can only fight Malekith after burning the Erdtree in one of the final acts of the game, and this fight is key as it offers a point of no return. Once you've faced Malekith, Leyndell will be razed to the ground, so you won't be able to go back to the city.

Do you fight Mohg 2 times? ›

In lore, there's a very simple explanation for Mohg appearing twice in Elden Ring. It's not an uncommon occurrence, after all. According to the video from Zullie the Witch, the best example of this is Mohg's own brother, Morgott.

What level is Melania? ›

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Reading LevelGrade 1
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What weapon is good against Mohg? ›

Use Flask of Wondrous Physick with the Purifying Crystal Tear to negate Mohg's Curse Ritual.

Which soul has hardest bosses? ›

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  2. 2 Slave Knight Gael - Dark Souls 3. ...
  3. 3 Nameless King - Dark Souls 3. ...
  4. 4 Dancer Of The Boreal Valley - Dark Souls 3. ...
  5. 5 Ancient Dragon - Dark Souls 2. ...
  6. 6 Kalameet - Dark Souls. ...
  7. 7 Gwyn - Dark Souls. ...
  8. 8 Ornstein And Smough - Dark Souls. ...
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What is the hardest boss in every game? ›

1. Isshin, the Sword Saint – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bring it in for FromSoftware's third and final appearance on this list! Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice might be FromSoft's most difficult game ever, and the final boss, Isshin, the Sword Saint, is the perfect culmination of the game.

Can malenia get Scarlet Rot? ›

Malenia was a tall, well-built yet fairly slender woman with free flowing long red hair that reached down her back. Her body was infected by the scarlet rot which caused cracks to appear on various parts of her body.

Does hand of malenia heal you? ›

Although what's annoying about her is that when she lands attacks on you, she will heal from every single hit she lands. Once you best her first phase, she will turn into Malenia, Goddess of Rot, making her more powerful and more unpredictable due to her wide range of attacks.

Can you apply rot to Malenia? ›

What you should not be using is Holy damage, Poison or, unsurprisingly, Scarlet Rot. The effectiveness of all these is greatly reduced against her - in fact, Poison and Scarlet Rot are basically nigh-impossible to inflict on a character literally called the Goddess of Rot.

What is Malekith weak to? ›

Additionally, the boss is weak to Frost damage, so the Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War works an absolute treat here for decimating its health. However, since the Hoarfrost Stomp has effectively been nerfed by FromSoftware, you might want to consider taking in a weapon with Bleed damage instead.

How do you beat Alecto in black blade? ›

Opt for spells like Carian Phalanx or Glintblade Phalanx, and try using melee spells like Carian Piercer or Carian Greatsword at the same time to really maximize your ability to break Alecto's Poise. No matter your playstyle, the best way to take out Alecto is to reliably stagger and Stun her for Critical Hits.

What is the black blade kindred weakness Elden Ring? ›

The boss is weak against Strike attacks. The boss is Immune to Scarlet Rot, Poison, Frostbite, and Hemorrhage.

Is bleed good against Malekith? ›

Maliketh is highly susceptible to Bleed and Scarlet Rot, so use weapons, spells, or items that inflict these statuses if you can. You'll score a ton of bonus damage against him this way, making the fight go much faster.

When should you fight Black Blade Kindred? ›

You can encounter the Black Blade Kindred early if you teleport to Dragonbarrow's Bestial Sanctuary, but it's highly recommended you attempt this fight later in the game when you are stronger. Even late in the game, it can still be a tough fight due to its immense damage output and health.

How many runes do you get for killing Black Blade Kindred? ›

Avoid the Black Blade Kindred. These little buggers are what you've come for. Killing them gets you over 1,000 runes each.


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