Elden Ring player discovers easy counter to one of Malenia’s nastiest attacks

Of all the challenging boss fights FromSoftware has released players over the years, I don’t think I’ve seen one inspire more groans than the Malenia fight near the end of Elden ring (opens in new tab). She has basically everything that makes a fight difficult in Souls games. She hits incredibly hard, runs towards players trying to evade attacks, and won’t be surprised by her meager hits. At least not with conventional attacks. A month after launch, an Elden Ring player discovered the easiest counter we’ve seen so far for one of her deadliest attacks: a pot.

Light spoilers for the Malenia boss fight below.

The Reddit User Shared Strategy toxicBird7 (opens in new tab), which has racked up over 12,000 upvotes and a bunch of Reddit awards, is shockingly simple. Her attack, her Waterfowl Dance, the spinny-sword-slashy combo she does a lot in her first phase, can be canceled completely by throwing a Freezing Pot. See the strategy in action below:

simple_accessible_counter_for_malenias_waterfowl from r/Eldenring

If you’re like me and you’ve spent the last 100 hours of Elden Ring ignoring most of the throwing pot rituals, don’t worry. toxicBird’s helpful video also covers where to find the recipe needed to create the Freezing Pot. You’ll need the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook (6) to unlock the recipe, which can be found in a side room in Caria Manor.

Once you have the recipe, all you need is ritual pots (the larger version of cracked vases) and a specific flower called rim crystal buttons that grow in the Giants’ Mountains.

The video also shows you where to find them – you’ll find a cluster of crystal buttons near some large pillars near the Inner Consecrated Snowfield bounty spot. Since the ritual pots are reusable, all you need to make later are crystal rimmed buttons. The problem, as toxicBird points out, is that a single Frozen Pot will only stun Malenia twice before its stamina increases. After that, you’ll need to cast two, which is harder but possible.

The good news is, depending on your attack power, twice might be all you need to get through her first phase. You can do a lot of damage in that time, especially when you don’t have to worry about dodging Waterfowl Dance. I wish my friend knew about this strategy before I saw him lose to Malenia about 70 times (at least half of them as a direct result of Waterfowl Dance).

Thanks, Radar Games (opens in new tab)

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