elden ring has its fair share of ultra-tough bosses, many of which are optional. But one boss fight in particular is still a topic of conversation weeks after the game’s release. Of course it is Malenia, Blade of Miquella battle, which is quite an unusual test of skill.
Malenia is hidden deep in a secret area that you can only access after solving a puzzle in another hidden area. If you’ve completed all of these challenges, it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that the main boss of the area is going to give you a little trouble.
As with most major boss fights in Elden Ring, Malenias has two phases. But aside from her main trick of always healing when she lands a hit, her most dangerous attack in the first stage is the Waterbird Dance, aka the anime bullshit move.
The waterfowl dance is quite the spectacle, with Malenia leaping into the air and landing to perform a multi-slash hurricane combo that somewhat resembles the shape of a sphere. Not only is this attack animation long, it also runs at multiple intervals. You can dodge any of them if you’re good enough (and our Malenia bosses guide recommends that you just back off and let them finish), but most players will get hit; therefore it is their most devastating attack in this phase.
However, there is an ingenious, shockingly simple counter to this move. As Reddit user ToxicBird7 discovered, you can knock Malenia out of this attack with one throw of a Freezing Pot and cancel it out entirely.
When it connects, the Freezing Pot will force Malenia to stop landing back on the ground and continue the fight normally. To craft the Freeze Pot you will need three items: The Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook 6 (which contains the recipe), a Ritual Pot, and two Ripened Crystal Buds.
In the video above, ToxicBird7 shows exactly where to get all the parts and craft the Freezing Pot. When thrown, the Freezing Pot causes an instant large freeze formation. Malenia does take Frost damage, but it’s not clear why that particular item ends the attack instead of slowing it down.
If you’re struggling with Malenia or any of the game’s big bosses, our Elden Ring bosses walkthrough will show you how to easily defeat them all.
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