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

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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).