Well, I just had my Elden Ring ‘moment’. A brush with greatness. Or, an homage to greatness at any rate.
Struggling to finish off Malenia yesterday after a few hours and a few dozen attempts, I began early this morning. In addition to the tried-and-true Blasphemous Blade I’d started to develop a new strategy (more on that in a moment) and I was alternating between just me and my Mimic and summoning usually 2 cooperators. I was surprised by the number I had to choose from at this early morning hour and then delighted to spot a warrior going by the name of “Let Me 1v1 Her”.
I had to laugh. Sure, nothing to lose. Obviously inspired by the legend, he was dressed a bit differently, if still using the two Katanas. We bowed, I buffed us, and the battle commenced.
He was the real deal. I did not lay a finger on Malenia but stood in rapt attention as he whittled her down between acrobatic leaps and bounds. First stage he took absolutely no damage. Second stage I worried the initial rot bomb might have gotten him but he got away and healed quickly. Later in the fight she caught him in a combo and he was under half-health but again got away and healed. But ultimately, it was over before it started. He fucking killed the shit out of her and outside of the videos of “Let Me Solo Her” I had not seen anything like it.
A quick note on what I’ve been experimenting with. With my current character’s play through I’ve been using The Lion Greatbow that you can receive after defeating Radahn a lot. I use it to snipe, I use it to cheese, but I’ve also been having a lot of success with it against bosses (esp. very large ones) when I can set up my Mimic for melee and then switch to the bow and ruin them with the Radahn’s Rain skill. But also, against more human sized opponents, the knockdown ability is strong. So I thought, “Why not against Malenia?” It does an excellent job of knocking her down once you get the timing down and don’t fire until she finishes one of her animations. She’ll only dodge if she’s paying attention to you and not another cooperator or mimic.