Malenia is this cool lady from the 2019 announcement trailer (pic: Bandai Namco)
One of the hardest boss fights in Elden Ring got even harder following last week’s patch, but that wasn’t intentional.
Last week’s Elden Ring patch did a lot to not only rebalance the game, but also fixed several major and minor bugs. Unfortunately, it seemed to introduce entirely new ones, such as one involving one of the hardest boss fights in the game.
Malenia, Blade of Miquella is already an intense and difficult encounter. One aspect that makes her especially tough is that she can heal herself whenever she lands an attack on the player. For whatever reason, the recent patch changed this so she’d regain health even if she missed.
A new patch is now available and fixes the issue, with Bandai Namco’s patch notes reading ‘Fixed a bug with Malenia, Blade of Miquella in which her HP was not healed correctly in the online multiplayer environment.’
From the sound of it, the bug may have only occurred whenever players worked together to fight Malenia, which has been a common strategy since many struggle to beat her on their own.
This wasn’t the only thing the patch fixed. As Bandai Namco warned last week, the Cerulean Hidden Tear item was also unintentionally altered, causing its effect to not last as long as it should, but that’s no longer a problem either.
Apparently, Malenia wasn’t the only boss not always working properly, as the patch notes state that one of the bugs fixed was one that caused bosses to die at unintended times.
The full patch notes can be found on Bandai Namco’s website, but be warned, it does briefly mention the final boss, so don’t read them if you wish to avoid its identity.
Bandai Namco and FromSoftware have tried to make the notoriously difficult Elden Ring marginally easier for players since its launch, although not by adding an easy mode or anything so extreme.
Last month, another patch added map markers that tell you where important characters such as merchants can be found, so you no longer need to rely on memory or the marker system.
While this has all come after launch, Elden Ring’s reputation hasn’t put off players. In less than three weeks, it sold 12 million copies worldwide, outperforming all of FromSoftware’s other Soulsborne games and cementing Elden Ring as a major new franchise for Bandai Namco.
Elden Ring is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.
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