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Watch Elden Ring bosses fight each other for a change

A YouTube series pits Elden Ring bosses against each other

Godrick the boss of Stormveil Castle in Elden Ring Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon
Nicole Clark (she/her) is a culture editor at Polygon, and a critic covering internet culture, video games, books, and TV, with work in the NY Times, Vice, and Catapult.

Elden Ring bosses are terrifying. I say this as someone whose gotten chewed out by Tree Sentinel dozens of times, and who had to rune farm a full 10 extra levels to be able to face Margit the Fell Omen. (And these are just the early game foes.) But how might these enemies stack up against each other? If you’ve been curious about this — or if you’d just like the experience the sweet, sweet justice of seeing them fight each other for a change — you’re in luck. YouTuber and modder Garden of Eyes made a series of videos showcasing Elden Ring bosses fighting one another, in a series entitled “Boss VS Boss.”

These matchups pit later game bosses against one another, and the results are entertaining and vindicating. There’s something rewarding about seeing other powerful entities fumbling with some of these boss attacks — and if these are bosses you’ve manage to slain, dear Tarnished, it puts into perspective just how intimidating you must be.

[Ed. note: Spoilers ahead for a number of Elden Ring’s major bosses.]

Each of the videos follows a similar cadence, with an introduction card that notes how much HP each boss has. Then they duke it out in a series of three to four matches — a nice touch that shows off how evenly matched some of these foes are, despite wild HP disparities between some of them.

There’s the highly requested Malenia vs. Maliketh matchup, which puts these two Shardbearers head-to-head.

Here’s a matchup with a royal bend: Morgott, the Omen King and Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon.

There are plenty more matchups, like Godfrey fighting Radagon, and Malenia fighting Starscourge Radahn. Garden of Eyes has made similar boss fight videos for Bloodborne — and the work required to mod these games sounds labor intensive. “Creating these videos requires modding and digging inside the PS4 files, which involves deep understanding and working with the different formats and tools used to properly get these boss fights to work,” reads Garden of Eyes’ Patreon.

Luckily, this work pays off in a series of videos that are equally fun and intimidating, to watch.

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