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The Hardest Bosses In 'Elden Ring' That Will Crush Your Soul

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We are ranking the hardest Elden Ring bosses! Featuring both optional and mandatory bosses, this list showcases the most monstrous nightmare fueled creatures to the coolest looking knights. As the game features over 80 boss encounters, players are faced with a variety of bosses that forces them to be adaptable and be quick on their feet, as one wrong move can mean the difference between life and death. The most difficult bosses in Elden Ring challenges players in ways they have never expected, this can come in many forms such as size, speed, strength, and aggression.

Not only does every boss on this list have a name that strikes fear in the hearts of players, but they also have a vast moveset that is sure to send players back to the closest site of grace. What are the hardest Elden Ring bosses have you faced numerous times?

Vote up the hardest Elden Ring bosses of all time and be sure to check the best character classes in Elden Ring!

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    Malenia, Blade of Miquella

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    While Malenia, Blade of Miquella is not one of the largest bosses, she is definitely one of the toughest bosses in the game as many players have compared her to the Orphen of Kos in Bloodborne, and Sister Friede in Dark Souls 3. She is earns her spot on the list due to her long range of attacks and her second phase where she delivers faster combos, emits copies of herself, and unleashes a massive rot bloom attack that not only takes a lot of time to dissipate, but can take away a considerable amount of players health. 

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    Maliketh, the Black Blade

    Photo: fromsoftware

    Split into two parts, Maliketh, the Black Blade is the second phase of the Beast Clergyman boss battle, and the difficulty between the two is night and day. Maliketh not only unleashes a variety of AOE attacks, but he moves across the stage in such an epically bombastic manner that will shock players to their core and makes them wonder how they are going to get close enough to hit him. 

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    133 VOTES

    Crucible Knight Ordovis

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    Crucible Knight Ordovis is a boss battle that will give veteran soulsborne players a flashback to particularly infamous duo in Dark Souls. Like the infamous duo, Crucible Knight Ordovis and his fellow Knight is a double boss battle where they both own a unique attack pattern. This boss earns its place on the list as both knights can deal an incredibly large amount of damage to players and their extremely aggressive nature makes it difficult for every player no matter what kind of build they create. 

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    Starscourge Radahn

    Photo: fromsoftware

    One of the most ambitous boss fights in the game, Starscourge Radahn is a ferocious warrior, and is arguably one of the strongest demigod players have to face. Taking place on a war torn battlefield, the entire encounter almost feels like a raid as players can summon up to 7 NPCs for assistance, however their efforts are not going to make the encounter any easier. Radahn is extremely balanced as a boss, and due to his size all of his attacks have a large AOE forcing players to run from his attacks on their mounts for majority of the battle. 

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