Elden Ring: The Best Bosses in the Game

From Software games have always been acclaimed for their bosses, and Elden Ring is no exception. With one of the most extensive lists of bosses and mini-bosses, we had a great time fighting our way through them. As a result, we were compelled to make a list of the top ten bosses in Elden Ring. While ranking them, we considered factors such as quality, design, arena, lore, and difficulty.

It goes without saying that this is just our opinion. As the number of bosses is easily above ten, several well-known bosses may have been dropped off the list. Also, there will very definitely be MAJOR SPOILERS, so proceed with caution.

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10. Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy

There have been a few “gimmick” bosses in the Souls series, as well as Bloodborne and Sekiro. In Elden Ring, Rykard is just that. He is the ruler of Volcano Manor on Mt. Gelmir, and he is very important in the lore. After the Elden Ring was shattered, he and his acolytes turned against the Two Fingers and retreated to the heart of the volcano in the northwestern section of the Lands Between. The questlines that link this region to the rest of the world are also among the best in the game.

Rykard, on the other hand, is a gimmick boss, as previously stated. You are pitted against the God-Devouring Serpent, who has corrupted the demigod, after you enter the arena. Fortunately, you have the Serpent Hunter left in the arena, which is the only weapon capable of killing it and Rykard. The boss is fantastically designed, and the arena is no less spectacular, but the usage of this weapon trivializes the fight. Of course, it’s not as simple as Yhorm the Giant from Dark Souls 3, but it’s still simple. Combine that with the possibility of using Mimic Tear, and he has no chance against you. Despite the fact that it is a terrific dramatic battle and a brilliant gimmick boss, he pales in contrast to some of the other outstanding encounters on this list.

9. Fire Giant

In contrast to Rykard, the Fire Giant is a mandatory boss that must be defeated in order for the story to progress. He is the keeper of the Forge of the Giants, a crucial place in the Lands Between. While he is similar to the many giants seen throughout the game, he is much more than that. The boss’s initial phase goes smoothly since he is very vulnerable on his left foot, which is where the majority of the damage can be done. The struggle becomes considerably harder and better as the second phase arrives, following a remarkable transformation.

The boss’s arena pales in comparison to the others on this list, but the Fire Giant is a fantastic battle, both on foot and on horseback. It’s an exciting fight since you have to dodge his fire assaults, stomps, and thrusts. His design and attacks are fantastic, and he is a fair encounter in the game’s latter stages. The only major complaint thrown at him is that he is more of a damage sponge than a genuine threat to the player. Yes, his rolls have the ability to one-shot you, but practically everything else can be avoided. The Fire Giant, as magnificent and strong as he was, fell fairly easy in my playthrough, which is why it rates so low on this list.

8. Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon

Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, another crucial lore boss, may be found towards the conclusion of Raya Lucaria Academy. One of the most intriguing locations in the early game is the gorgeous legacy dungeon, which is full with challenging sorcerers and traps. The boss who awaits at the end does not disappoint either. Rennala is a significant character in the story, and her connection with one of the game’s NPCs leads to the most intriguing ending of Elden Ring.

Her initial phase is a simple task because she offers no significant risk to the player. Running and killing the golden-glowing clone in the library is enough to render her incapacitated for a couple heavy blows. However, when phase two arrives, everything changes. From the gloomy library to the moonlit lake, the once-idle boss transforms into a true threat. The fight with Rennala is thrilling to say the least, with many spells and the summoning of actual dragons. However, if you learn how to dodge the spells and ignore the summons, she’s a squishy boss, and it won’t take long to beat her down. Even in the early stages of the game.

7. Godrick the Grafted

Godrick the Grafter, perhaps the first Shardbearer boss encountered in the game, is a spectacle of a fight. He is a boss that can be found near the end of the game’s first legacy dungeon, Stormveil Castle. He has certainly given many players a run for their money. While Margit is the game’s first roadblock, he is only a “trap” laid for the players. He is not meant to be battled at the start of the game, but rather after a few more exploration. Godrick, on the other hand, is a real adversity test.

His arena and design are awe-inspiring. The many arms of his grafting victims give him a menacing and intimidating appearance. One that the majority of gamers will undoubtedly find wonderful. The difficulty of the final battle is also not lacking, since Godrick is a formidable enemy, especially in the early game. His second phase, as well as his significance in the plot and the location of the fight, landed him in eighth place on our list.

6. Maliketh, the Black Blade

Maliketh, the Black Blade, one of the game’s later bosses, is undoubtedly a sight to behold. Those who have completed D’s questline and arrived in the Beast Sanctum early have also encountered Maliketh. He was, however, disguised as Guranq, the Beast Clergyman. It is the last boss of Farum Azula, the game’s final area. Given the stunning scenery of this region, the battle with Maliketh is equally enthralling.

His combos, his presence in the arena, and the general vibe are all fantastic. He isn’t as challenging as some of the other bosses on our list, but he’s a sight to behold, especially for those who aren’t prepared to deal with scarlet rot. The arena is gorgeous, as is the whole Farum Azula, with tornadoes looming over the action below. Maliketh is a fantastic boss, but the others on this list are far superior.

5. Dragonlord Placidusax

I must admit. Dragonlord Placidusax is one of the few bosses in the game who intimidated me. His demeanor, the arena, and his stature were all as spectacular as they could be. He is one of the game’s most obscure bosses, as his position is not clearly marked, and he is often overlooked. I missed him the first time I went to Farum Azula, so I went back before the game ended to finish him off. And what a lovely struggle that was.

Placidusax, as his name indicates, is essentially just a dragon. Having fought around 7 or 8 in my playthrough, if you include the Magma Wyrms, the fight should be similar. Not quite. Placidusax’s size, along with the immense breadth of the arena, results in a moveset that is so diversified that he has little similarity to the other dragons. His health pool is also no laughing matter, as he will not go down easy. Overall, Placidusax is a wonderful example of a boss who teaches you how to deal with hardship. You are barely a fraction of the size of this massive beast, yet you are the only one who can bring him down.

4. Elden Beast

Elden Beast is the last boss of Elden Ring. The initial part of the fight, in which we see Radagon, a crucial figure in the story, is no simple task. He is the one responsible for the havoc that has spread over the Lands Between, wielding the hammer that broke the Elden Ring. After defeating him, we saw him turn into the Elden Beast, a creature that radiates Erdtree strength.

Both battles are spectacular, each with their own unique characteristics. Radagon is a human adversary who can unleash deadly combos on the player, but the Elden Beast is a creature larger than life. Its  spells, attacks, and methods are tough to stop, and it is a formidable force. The two battles, or phases, when combined, provide one of the finest sequences in the game. Despite this, they have yet to reach the podium since several battles have surpassed them in terms of brilliance.

3. Godfrey, First Elden Lord

Certainly not the most difficult boss in the game, but rather one of the easier ones. However, Godfrey greatly outstrips the other bosses on this list in terms of lore, presence, and boss fight. He is the first Elden Lord, and his death set in motion the shattering of the Elden Ring and the action of the game. He is also known as Hoarah Loux. Having returned, he is the last bulwark between the player and the Erdtree.

His boss fight is incredible. The arena, which was shared with Morgott in an earlier battle, is one of the greatest in the game. It’s one of the few places that shows Elden Ring’s shift from Dark Fantasy to High Fantasy, as though it’s straight out of a scene from Lord of the Rings. Yet, Godfrey is capable of devastating attacks that can melt the player’s health. Nonetheless, with enough practice, he can be defeated with little effort. His epicness and significance propel him to the third spot on our list. However, the first two bosses are just in a different league than the others.

2. Starscourge Radahn

Starscourge Radahn, arguably one of the most difficult bosses ever developed by From Software, is a tribute to Elden Ring’s excellence. His questline, plot, arena, and battle experience are among the greatest we’ve ever seen in gaming. He is a demigod with a shard of the Elden Ring, and he is as strong as one can be. He is still formidable, despite being cursed by the scarlet rot and wandering the wastelands of Caelid. The battle festival that precedes his boss fight is one of the few times when collaboration feels better than victory alone.

His arena is massive, his combinations are lethal, and his design is fantastic. He is unquestionably one of the most difficult bosses in the game, if not all From Software titles. His battle is spectacular, transitioning from bow to swords to transforming into a meteor, and is a good example of an epic boss fight that is both challenging and rewarding. Radahn is a fantastic boss, but only one other can dethrone him as the best boss in Elden Ring.

1. Malenia, Blade of Miquella

Although Elden Ring is still in its infancy and has not been given enough time to mature, I will be the first to confess. Malenia is From Software’s most difficult boss ever. Malenia is in a league of her own against the likes of the Orphan of Kos, the Nameless King, and the Darkeater Midir. Although this remark may be attributed to Malenia’s most obvious characteristic, health regeneration, it is much, much more than that. She is secluded from all the violence in the Lands Between, concealed behind in a corner of the world, sitting at the base of the Haligtree. She’s just waiting for someone to end her, because she’s never lost a battle in her life.

Malenia uses no additional gimmicks other from the regenerative feature. It’s simply a one-on-one battle. Her combinations, movement across the arena, and dialogue send shivers up the spine. Once slain, she resurfaces as the Queen of Rot, a powerful adversary that will put even the most seasoned Souls gamers to the test. I’m not scared to admit that she was the only one for whom I asked the aid of a player summon since her fighting was too much for me. Despite her difficulties, no one can deny that her design is one of the greatest ever, and the fight is one of the most memorable in recent years.

With such a large roster, and such differences in areas and bosses, Elden Ring has the possibility of being the most diverse in terms of boss preference in the community. Do you agree with our list? Do you think we snubbed someone important? Tell us in the comments below!

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