In a mad display of devotion, these gamers are fighting Souls series bosses over and over again until Elden Ring DLC is announced


Echoing the long, lonely wait for Elden Ring itself, stinky, maidenless tarnished now stand in not-so-mute vigil for any news of a big ole’ expansion. Some have turned to absurd performances of devotion on YouTube—we lived through the infamously long-running Elden Ring Daily Update (opens in new tab), and now new tarnished torchbearers are showing either a religious devotion to ritual, a hilarious commitment to a bit, or a little of both.

Back in May, a YouTube account named JPNB uploaded “Beating Malenia with a different build everyday until DLC is announced – Day 1 (opens in new tab).” The video is exactly what it says on the tin: a duel with Elden Ring’s notorious hidden ultraboss, the first by way of the Rivers of Blood Katana and Flame, Grant Me Strength incantation. Just a month later, in June, JPNB was featured on Kotaku (opens in new tab).