Elden Ring is filled with laborious bosses, a lot of whom haven’t any downside rapidly displaying you the closest gravesite should you’re misplaced, and defeating them is usually a matter of slowly whittling away at their prolonged well being bars till you breathe an enormous sigh of aid because the phrases “Enemy Felled” lastly seem. One participant, nevertheless, wished to dish it out to these bosses each bit in addition to they do, after which some. So he beefed up his Tarnished to one-shot most of the recreation’s hardest adversaries, from Morgott to Radahn, amongst others.
BushyGames, a Twitch streamer and Elden Ring speedrunner, uploaded a virtually 50-minute video to YouTube on Might 16. The video confirmed Bushy attempting—and succeeding—at beating FromSoftware’s action-RPG by killing each primary boss with a single hit. There have been a few guidelines Bushy put in place earlier than embarking on such a troublesome activity. For instance, he might solely carry out one assault per enemy or per boss part (for these bosses, reminiscent of Rannala, who’ve a number of phases, which makes it unattainable to completely deplete their well being bar with a single assault) and should keep away from utilizing a budget beam spell Comet Azur except he “completely has to to finish the problem.” In any other case, he gave himself free rein to make use of any merchandise or approach out there to help him in his quest. That included stuff like buffs and glitches, of which Bushy used loads to outlive the hellish run.
After creating his Tarnished named One Punch Man, Bushy scoured the Lands Between for gear. He collected objects just like the Axe Talisman and Spiked Cracked Tear for elevated charged assault harm. He gathered varied smithing stones and weapons expertise, such because the Ash of Warfare: Willpower, which powers up the energy of your subsequent assault. He additionally cheesed the horse-riding Night time’s Calvary boss by forcing it to leap off the bridge, all earlier than nabbing his idolized weapon: the colossal strength-scaling Large-Crusher hammer. Bushy leveled up right here and there, too, however he didn’t spend as a lot time on these screens as he did simply exploring the Lands Between for assets and slaying enemies for runes.
Issues picked up as soon as Bushy obtained the Large-Crusher. He leveled the hammer up a number of occasions and carried out some Improper Warp skip glitches to rapidly get across the map to search out high-quality assets—like superior smithing stones to additional strengthen his weapon—earlier than testing his one-hit assault capabilities in opposition to his first actual boss struggle: the Deathbird in Liurnia of the Lakes. Bushy tried as soon as, buffing himself with objects just like the HP-recovering consumable Bloodboil Fragrant and the defense-increasing spell Golden Vow, solely to shave off about half of the boss’ well being bar together with his hammer’s single, mighty thwack. A failed second try was considerably higher, with Deathbird one way or the other hanging on to the tiniest sliver of well being after Bushy’s assault, however the third time was the attraction.
After three hours of farming and leveling his hammer yet another time, Bushy buffed up his Tarnished with the identical objects, walked as much as the Deathbird, and killed the rotted factor in a single blow. “Bang! Whoo,” Bushy exclaimed in pleasure. Not gonna lie, I felt it, too. He repeated the method for each primary boss, going from Margit, the Fell Omen to Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, performing a self-buffing ritual earlier than beginning every struggle.
Not each encounter went as supposed. Radahn, for instance, compelled him to swap out some stock objects to maximise his harm, choosing the Flame of Frenzy spell till he was higher in a position to wield the Jellyfish Defend’s assault power-raising Contagious Fury ability. And the Fireplace Large bullied him for, like, an hour. However after a little bit of trial and error, Bushy one-shotted all of Elden Ring’s primary bosses, or within the case of these with a number of phases, he worn out every part with a single hit. What made this much more spectacular was that, as a result of Bushy used buffing spells that additionally occurred to inflict self-damage, such because the assault power-increasing ability Seppuku, he fairly often had 10% or much less well being through the struggle. Discuss a glass cannon.
Bushy informed Kotaku that whereas he solely killed the bosses “essential to beat the sport,” he’s assured that each boss part will be executed in a single hit. That stated, he did name out some Elden Ring jerks who gave him a tough time.
“The ultimate boss Radagon and Elden Beast had been essentially the most troublesome to one-shot and I even needed to break my self-imposed rule of no Comet Azur to correctly one-shot Elden Beast,” Bushy stated. “Some individuals commented that Comet Azur shouldn’t be thought of a one-shot anyway since it’s a sequence of hits reasonably than one occasion of injury, however I disagree. The analogy that I give is a shotgun, it fires one shot however hits a number of occasions.”
All informed, Bushy spent somewhat over 25 hours gathering, testing, and executing the total run. He stated he discovered loads about Elden Ring from this and even picked up suggestions from the sport’s neighborhood and commenters on his video.
“It was a enjoyable run with a lot of problem-solving, and I’m very shocked it was even potential within the first place,” Bushy stated. “On prime of that, after posting the video I acquired loads of feedback and messages that permit me know of different objects that might have helped or improved the construct, these included Historic Dragon’s Lightning Strike with a religion construct, the Rusted Anchor greataxe and Zweihander colossal sword—each of those have thrusting assaults which allow one other harm buff known as ‘counter harm,’ which is inaccessible on any non-thrusting weapon—and the Marais Executioner’s Sword for its distinctive Ash of Warfare that may output a ton of injury. I didn’t use any of these things within the run, however they’re all choices that may carry out higher in some circumstances in comparison with what I used.”
I assume if there’s any takeaway from Bushy’s run, perhaps it might be this: In Elden Ring, one of the best ways to win is to “output a ton of injury” in a single hit.
Who knew? Should you’re curious, right here’s BushyGames’ closing construct:
- Weapons: Large Crusher, Lusat’s employees with Comet Azur (each of those finally upgraded to max stage)
- Weapon buffs: Willpower and Royal Knights Resolve
- Physique buffs: Exalted Flesh, Bloodboil Fragrant, Flame Grant Me Energy
- Aura buffs: Golden Vow Ash of Warfare, Golden Vow Incantation, Rallying Customary (Commander’s Customary)
- Defend buffs: Contagious Fury (Jellyfish Defend)
- Distinctive buffs: Religion-Knot Crystal Tear, Energy-Knot Crystal Tear, Spiked Cracked Tear, Magic-Shrouding Cracked Tear, Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear, Terra Magica
- Talismans: Radagon’s Soreseal, Starscourge Heirloom, Two Fingers Heirloom, Axe Talisman, Magic Scorpion Allure, Fireplace Scorpion Allure, Crimson-Feathered Department Sword, Ritual Sword Talisman, Kindred of Rot Exultation, Lord of Blood’s Exultation.
- Armor with particular results: Black Dumpling, White Masks, Mushroom Crown