Elden Ring’s non-compulsory megaboss Malenia is a kind of memetic videogame exams of ability now. Just like the Emerald Weapon in Ultimate Fantasy 7 or the White Palace in Hole Knight she represents the final word problem in her game, and would possibly simply be the boss design high-water mark in FromSoftware’s notoriously boss-centric physique of labor. So why not make this combat much more troublesome?

That is the proposition of Unalloyed Malenia from modder MiquellaTheUnalloyed. The mod additional breaks up the combat with two new phases together with a moveset change within the first half and a full heal partway by way of the second, in addition to a bunch of different tweaks. The combat’s additionally been injected with new additions to Malenia’s moveset, together with the second, secret Waterfowl Dance that by no means made it into the ultimate game, plus some animations lifted from Sekiro and Bloodborne.

Truthfully, all of it appears a bit a lot to me, however at the same time as a self-professed Elden Ring freak, I am most likely not the audience. “I extremely don’t suggest this mod when you’ve got solely efficiently accomplished vanilla Malenia a couple of instances,” writes mod writer MiquellaTheUnalloyed. This factor is mainly microtargeting these individuals who combat the identical überhard Soulsborne bosses on a day by day or weekly foundation and put up it to YouTube.

Certainly, I first got here throughout the mod by way of Ongbal, a Souls YouTuber who focuses on no-hit boss movies⁠—although they really did take some harm of their first Unalloyed Malenia video, such is the brand new combat’s difficulty. Watching somebody who’s actually, actually good on the game take her on might be the optimum strategy to get pleasure from Unalloyed Malenia.

On the story entrance, I admire the work put into the mod’s alternate ending for Malenia’s character, which appears to depend on datamined dialogue traces. It can save you Malenia’s life with the titular Unalloyed Gold Needle from the bottom game (learn: some Elden Ring Lore shenanigans, a pleasant man on YouTube can clarify all of it in 40 minutes or much less), however I infinitely desire the pointless tragedy (with only a sprint of ambiguous, halting optimism) in Malenia and Miquella’s story as initially informed by FromSoftware.

And, actually, it is a story we’re nearly positive to revisit within the upcoming Shadows of the Erdtree growth to Elden Ring, which appears to give attention to Malenia’s mysterious brother, Miquella. I simply hope there’s not one more more durable model of Malenia squirreled away in there as effectively⁠—I’ve joked concerning the existence of Blue Malenia (referencing an notorious DLC boss palette swap in Darkish Souls 2) sufficient instances previously two years I am nervous I’ve willed it into existence.