Who Are The Strongest Elden Ring Characters? (2024)

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15 Rykard, Lord Of Blasphemy Can Devour Gods His Power is Such that The Tarnished Needs a Specialized Weapon to Stand a Chance 14 Mohg, Lord of Blood, Was Aided by the Formless God He Received Great Bloodflame Magic 13 Ranni the Witch Orchestrated the Night of Black Knives Her Stealth Ensured that the Majority of the Lands Between Occupants Didn't Know of Her Involvement 12 Astel, Naturalborn Of The Void Is An Alien Threat It Has an Impressive Control Over Gravity Magic 11 Morgott, the Omen King, Has Renounced His Accursed Omen Heritage His Goal is to Become an Elden Lord 10 General Radahn Is Legendarily Powerful Even After Losing to Malenia, He Is Incredibly Strong 9 Malenia Is A Near-Perfect Warrior And Not Yet At Her Peak She is One of the Finest Warriors in the Lands Between 8 Dragonlord Placidusax Was A Lord Before The Erdtree He Ruled Over Ancient Dragons From the City of Farum Azula 7 Godwyn The Golden Was Once The Finest Of The Demigods He Defeated and Then Befriended the Dragon Fortissax 6 Godfrey, First Elden Lord Is A Warrior Of Epic Proportions He Has Mythical Levels of Martial Prowess Despite not Employing Magic to Bolster Himself 5 Maliketh, the Black Blade, Was Feared by the Demigods He Died With Guilt But Proved His Superior Power 4 Lord Of Frenzied Flame Is An Apocalyptic Threat Just By Existing Their Burning Presence Scorches the Surrounding Earth 3 Miquella of the Haligtree Created Unalloyed Gold He Can Subdue the Power of the Frenzied Flame 2 Queen Marika The Eternal Is Nearly A God She is Imbued With the Power of the Greater Will 1 The Elden Beast Embodies The Greater Will With That Comes an Impressive Set of Abilities
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The Lands Between in Elden Ring are riddled with powerful beings. Even aside from the simple warriors and monsters that dot the landscapes, the Tarnished player character rubs shoulders or clashes blades with a host of mythical heroes, demigods, and outright gods in their quest to become Elden Lord. Furthermore, there are other beings that The Tarnished hardly interacts with directly that have earned renown through their previous, impressive exploits.

Given that The Tarnished faces powerful characters at various points in their quest, some are easier than others for gameplay purposes, giving the player a fair boss fight. However, from the lore alone, it is clear that some characters in Elden Ring have far more power than others, such as Dragonlord Placidusax and Queen Marika.

Updated on July 4, 2024, by Natasha Elder: Elden Ring is a game that is divisive in how difficult it is. Some claim that those who can't beat it need simply learn the mechanics while others state they want to engage with the lore and the world without dying hundreds of times. Many characters in the lore of the game itself further support its difficulty, given their godlike abilities and status. With the release of Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree downloadable content (DLC), we wanted to take another look at the strongest characters in the game's lore. We also want to shed light on additional characters with incredible power.

15 Rykard, Lord Of Blasphemy Can Devour Gods

His Power is Such that The Tarnished Needs a Specialized Weapon to Stand a Chance

Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Volcano Manor

130,000 runes, Rykard's Great Rune, Remembrance of the Blasphemous

89,613

Fire

Standard, Slash, Pierce, Frostbite

Rykard was originally one of the less powerful of Elden Ring's pantheon. He was subservient to his siblings and served as the Praetor in Leyndell, unlike the glory and titles won by his siblings. After the Shattering, however, Rykard defected from Leyndell and merged with the God-Devouring Serpent in an attempt to gain immortality, becoming known as the Lord of Blasphemy.

In his current guise, Rykard is powerful indeed. He is capable of devouring and gaining the power of the other demigods and gods in the Lands Between, and The Tarnished is required to use an optimal Elden Ring build to have a hope of defeating him. This is especially true given that he has two different forms with unique sets of abilities. Even in death, he boasts of not being truly beaten, indicating he may have even greater power not seen.

14 Mohg, Lord of Blood, Was Aided by the Formless God

He Received Great Bloodflame Magic

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Moghwyn Palace

420,000,000 runes, Mohg's Great Rune, Remembrance of the Blood Lord

18,389

Fire

Standard, Slash, Strike, Pierce, Hemorrhage

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Mohg, who is known in Elden Ring as the Lord of Blood, is one of the stronger characters in the game according to its lore. Unlike his brother Morgott the Omen King, Mohg embraced the fact that he was born as an accursed Omen. As a result of his status as an accursed Omen, Mogh was imprisoned in the Subterranean Shunning Grounds below Leyndell.

While underground, Mohg encountered an Outer God by the name of the Formless Mother. She ignited his blood with fire, which resulted in him having access to bloodflame magic. With this magic, Mohg claimed one of the shards of the Elden Ring and earned the title of Lord of Blood, subtly gathering followers in the process. His influence over others, as well as his god-given powers, have made him a daunting foe.

13 Ranni the Witch Orchestrated the Night of Black Knives

Her Stealth Ensured that the Majority of the Lands Between Occupants Didn't Know of Her Involvement

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  • Ranni the Witch can be found at Ranni's Rise in the Church of Elleh.
  • Before being called Ranni the Witch, Ranni was called Lunar Princess Ranni.

Being an Empyrean and demigod, Ranni the Witch originally could have replaced Queen Marika as the ruler of the Lands between. Despite the power this seemingly would have given her, she did not want to be a puppet for the Greater Will. Instead of being resigned to her fate, she decided to be proactive and orchestrated the Night of Black Knives, which resulted in the death of Godwyn the Golden.

Ranni the Witch also transferred her soul into the body of a doll, thus escaping her role as an Empyrean. While she is somewhat limited due to existing inside the body of a doll, the influence and magical abilities that Ranni the Witch has displayed have still made her one of Elden Ring’s strongest characters. She is still planning on succeeding Queen Marika as a god, but she wants to usher in a new era instead of following the Greater Will’s orders.

12 Astel, Naturalborn Of The Void Is An Alien Threat

It Has an Impressive Control Over Gravity Magic

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Grand Cloister

80,000 runes, Remembrance of the Naturalborn

11,170

Magic, Fire, Lightning, Holy, Frostbite (immune)

Standard, Slash, Strike, Pierce

Many FromSoftware games have hints of eldritch horror, and Elden Ring is no exception. A player may entirely miss Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, and its kin in a playthrough, as the beast is only essential to Ranni's questline and exploration of the underground areas. However, to those who encounter Astel, it is an unforgettable experience.

Nonetheless, there is an impressive level of threat to the creature's lore. It is an alien being birthed from a falling star, and one of the most powerful gravity-magic users in the Lands Between. In addition to its gravity-based attacks, it is also able to teleport. Thus, it is evasive in addition to strong. Its most notable feat is destroying the so-called Eternal City, which it supposedly did with ease by bringing down meteors into it.

11 Morgott, the Omen King, Has Renounced His Accursed Omen Heritage

His Goal is to Become an Elden Lord

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Leyndell, the Royal Capital

120,000 runes, Rykard's Great Rune, Remembrance of the Omen King, Talisman Pouch

10,399

Holy, Sleep

Slash, Lightning

Born to Queen Marika and Godfrey the First Elden Lord and twin brother to Mohg, Morgott, the Omen King, was immediately confined to the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds because he was born as the accursed Omen. Morgott, the Omen King, eventually seals his accursed blood into a blade, which he disguises as a staff, to escape his confinement.

After Queen Marika shattered the Elden Ring, Morgott, the Omen King, claimed one of the Great Runes and claimed Leyndell. He then fought off various champions that were trying to damage the Erdtree in the belief he would eventually be made Elden Lord. He also had command of the Night’s Cavalry, which further boosted his power. His ingenuity in succeeding despite his early disadvantages, as well as his domination over champions, demonstrates his superior skills.

10 General Radahn Is Legendarily Powerful

Even After Losing to Malenia, He Is Incredibly Strong

Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Redmane Castle

70,000 runes, Remembrance of the Starscourge, Radahan's Great Rune

9,572

Holy, Sleep

Pierce, Scarlet Rot

Of all the demigods active in the Shattering, none command more respect than the imposing General Radahn. He is a legend in his martial prowess, leadership, and magical ability, making him one of the strongest Elden Ring characters lore-wise. During the Shattering, Radahn was considered one of the greatest threats in the Lands Between, his threat level was only tied with his half-sister Malenia.

When Malenia and General Radahn fought, it was a perfect stalemate until Malenia unleashed the Scarlet Rot. In the present day, Radahn has lost his senses and is devoting huge amounts of power to holding back the stars — but he's still so dangerous that The Tarnished is advised to summon a small army to best him. The fact he poses this much of a threat despite devoting considerable amounts of his power to holding back the stars proves he is one of Elden Ring’s strongest characters.

9 Malenia Is A Near-Perfect Warrior And Not Yet At Her Peak

She is One of the Finest Warriors in the Lands Between

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree

480,000 Malenia's Great Rune, Remembrance of the Rot Goddess

33,251

Poison, Rot, Holy

Fire, Frostbite, Hemorrhage

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Malenia, Blade of Miquella, has become notorious as Elden Ring's hardest boss, becoming a legendary challenge for players. Her lore more than matches this reputation, as it is stated that she is one of the finest warriors in the Lands Between, as well as the match of the legendary General Radahn. In Elden Ring lore, Malenia is also a demigod, and she's known as one of the Twin Prodigies along with Miquella of the Haligtree.

Malenia has more than just her terrifying skill with the blade, however. She is an Empyrean, and thus a candidate to replace Queen Marika as the bearer of the Elden Ring. Furthermore, she is the host of the Scarlet Rot, having devastated Caelid with it in the past. She has the potential to become even more powerful by becoming a true Goddess of Rot.

8 Dragonlord Placidusax Was A Lord Before The Erdtree

He Ruled Over Ancient Dragons From the City of Farum Azula

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Crumbling Farum Azula

280,000 runes

26,651

Magic, Fire, Lightning, Holy, Poison, Scarlet Rot, Hemorrhage, Frostbite

Pierce

To those in the Lands Between, the Erdtree is the symbol of ultimate power, as well as the anchor of the rule Queen Marika and the Greater Will have over the world. It isn't a key part of the world, however, with other beings and other Outer Gods holding sway over the Lands Between and the Elden Ring before its appearance.

Dragonlord Placidusax is one of these beings, claiming to be the first Elden Lord who ruled over the other Ancient Dragons from Farum Azula, predating Marika's Golden Order. Even his scales are powerful on their own, as they are used as smithing stones that enable the crafter to make god-slaying weapons. Although he has suffered defeat, he is still an important being in the lore and, should The Tarnished go out of their way to fight him, still a significant threat.

7 Godwyn The Golden Was Once The Finest Of The Demigods

He Defeated and Then Befriended the Dragon Fortissax

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  • Godwyn The Golden can be found at the Deeproot Depths and Stormveil Castle.
  • Godwyn was the first demigod to die in Elden Ring lore.

In the current day of Elden Ring, Godwyn the Golden is a semi-animate corpse, forever tormented by the Cursemark of Death and spreading undeath like a parasite over the Lands Between. Despite his current half-animate state, he still has the reputation of, in life, being the finest of the demigods in both spirit and body. The son of Queen Marika the Eternal and Godfrey the First Elden Lord, he had high expectations that he lived up to.

Among his many feats is the defeating of Fortissax, a previous Elden Lord, in single combat. As an even greater show of power, however, he refused to kill Fortissax and instead forged a friendship with him. Together, they established the Ancient Dragon Cult, wherein Leyndell Knights could learn dragon incantations, proving he was highly influential. It's only with Godwyn's death that the Shattering began, and things took a turn for the worse.

6 Godfrey, First Elden Lord Is A Warrior Of Epic Proportions

He Has Mythical Levels of Martial Prowess Despite not Employing Magic to Bolster Himself

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Leyndell, Ashen Capital

300,000 runes

21,903

Holy, Sleep

Pierce, Lightning, Slash

The warrior known as Hoarah Loux, who becomes Godfrey, First Elden Lord, isn't just powerful by the standards of warriors. His strength is such that, in eons past, he was able to attract and become the consort of Marika the Eternal, Queen of the Lands Between, and bearer of the Elden Ring. He was so strong that he employed Serosh, the Lord of Beasts, as an advisor so that he wouldn’t waste his resources fulfilling his passion for battle.

As the "first" Elden Lord, Godfrey led the war against the giants — the merest of which proved a significant threat for The Tarnished — and vanquished them. In the game proper, he returns and poses a significant threat to The Tarnished as both vie to become Elden Lord. Unlike other characters, he doesn't use magic or divinity to bolster himself, just mythical levels of prowess and strength. He's an intimidating opponent who has earned his place as one of Elden Ring’s strongest characters lore-wise through his past accomplishments and current martial feats.

5 Maliketh, the Black Blade, Was Feared by the Demigods

He Died With Guilt But Proved His Superior Power

Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Crumbling Farum Azula

220,000 runes and the Remembrance of the Black Blade

10,620

Holy, Sleep

Standard, Slash, Strike, Pierce

Half-brother of Queen Marika the Eternal, Maliketh the Black Blade is an Empyrean who eventually becomes the vessel of the Elden Ring. Before that, however, he defeated the Gloam-Eyed Queen, who led the Godskin Apostles. Fittingly, he wields a black blade that has the Rune of Death sealed within. With this sword, Maliketh the Black Blade was feared by all Demigods, and his name was eventually synonymous with “death of the Demigods,” indicating the incredible power he wielded at his peak.

Additionally, he commanded the Black Blade Kindred, further increasing his ability to attack with significant amounts of power. Although he is eventually brought down by The Tarnished, much to his sorrow, Maliketh’s impressive, successful martial history has made him stand out from the rest of the Elden Ring characters.

4 Lord Of Frenzied Flame Is An Apocalyptic Threat Just By Existing

Their Burning Presence Scorches the Surrounding Earth

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Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Midra's Manse, Northwest of the Fingers of Ruin of Rhia and near the Second Floor Chamber Site of Grace

410,000 runes and the Remembrance of the Lord of Frenzied Flame

47,171

Fire, Poison, and Scartlet Rot

Frostbite, Hemorrhage, and Holy

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The Lord of Frenzied Flame is an Outer God who desires to destroy that which the Greater Will and the Golden Order have built. While the exact history of the Frenzied Flame is unknown, there are hints that the Frenzied Flame may have initially been linked to the other Outer Gods. However, it was separated from them entirely. The Lord of Frenzied Flame is a title that has belonged to multiple people, and the Tarnished can become the Lord of Frenzied Flame, themselves.

However, in choosing to do so, The Tarnished becomes something much greater and much worse. Harnessing the power of the Three Fingers and the Frenzied Flame, they can become the Lord of the Frenzied Flame. Far worse than a mere Lord, becoming the Lord of Frenzied Flame is near-certain doom for the Lands Between, as his very presence burns the land around him and threatens to reduce it to ashes.

3 Miquella of the Haligtree Created Unalloyed Gold

He Can Subdue the Power of the Frenzied Flame

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  • Miquella of the Haligtree can be found at Mogwhyn Palace in the Land of Shadow.
  • Miquella of the Haligtree was born from the union of Queen Marika the Eternal and King Consort Radagon.

One of the Twin Prodigies, Miquella of the Haligtree was born cursed. Forever stuck in the body of a perpetually young child, Miquella worked to overcome the curses that he and his sister were afflicted with. In doing so, he created unalloyed gold, which was able to ward off the interference of the Outer Gods, temporarily halting the rot that Malenia was afflicted with. Even more impressive, the needles that Miquella of the Haligtree crafted with unalloyed gold counteracted the power of the Frenzied Flame.

Miquella eventually started sowing the Haligtree, which he hoped to eventually grow into an alternative to the Erdtree. In doing so, he provided a safe place for the persecuted, gathering followers and, thus, more power as a result. He also approached godhood due to his status as an Empyrean.

2 Queen Marika The Eternal Is Nearly A God

She is Imbued With the Power of the Greater Will

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  • Queen Marika the Eternal is located inside the Erdtree.
  • Queen Marika the Eternal ascended to godhood because of her status as an Empyrean.

Queen Marika the Eternal is the demigod at the center of Elden Ring's pantheon, and the person who bears the Elden Ring itself. She is the parent of most of the other demigods in the setting, many of whom are strong Elden Ring characters in their own right. Much of her power comes from being imbued with the power of the Greater Will, an Outer God that currently holds sway in the Lands.

Although she never fights during the game, people speak much of Marika's power throughout The Tarnished's playthrough. Furthermore, she has the power to shatter the Elden Ring itself, rending the laws that govern reality with her might. In addition, she and the famed Radagon of the Golden Order are the same person, meaning that all of his strength and accomplishments are hers.

1 The Elden Beast Embodies The Greater Will

With That Comes an Impressive Set of Abilities

Location

Drops

HP

Stronger Vs

Weaker To

Elden Throne

500,000 runes, Elden Remembrance

22,127

Holy

Standard, Slash, Strike, Pierce

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The final boss of Elden Ring, the Elden Beast was sent by the Greater Will on a golden star to act as the living incarnation of the concept of Order. He fights against The Tarnished once Radagon, Queen Marika’s male self, is defeated, transforming her body into a sword. There are also implications that he was the one who had trapped Queen Marika in Erdtree, as he tries to crucify The Tarnished similarly.

The Elden Beast seems to be an embodiment of the Greater Will itself, with a not-insignificant part of the power of an Outer God. In its brief appearance, it demonstrates its strength through its torture of Marika, and by using her and Godfrey's body as a weapon in its fight. Furthermore, it has an impressive array of golden Holy attacks and is highly evasive, making it a difficult opponent to fight.

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Elden Ring

Once ruled by the immortal Queen Marika, keeper of the Elden Ring, the Lands Between are now divided between several demigods. As the battling demigods fought over the ring, they created the Shattering, granting each of them a shard. As the Tarnished, it is up to the player to confront these demigods, collect their Great Rune pieces, repair the Elden Ring and become the Elden Lord.

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Released
February 25, 2022

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RPG , Action

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