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Bosses With The Best Lore, Ranked

Making up lore for a mind-blowing 238 bosses in Elden Ring is no easy feat. At times, the game’s creators did falter a bit, especially with the repeat bosses or twin bosses; but several of the bosses managed to add more than just context to their design & existence. Some of the lore surrounding certain bosses made them way too memorable.


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Certain explanations as to why that boss was dying or why some giant was riding a skinny, normal-sized horse definitely added character to these bosses. The more players know about them, the more they become legendary & worthy enough to cosplay. That’s something to keep in mind when dying to these Elden Ring bosses over & over again.

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10/10 Gideon Ofnir

Well, anyone who dies to Gideon Ofnir deserves to stay “maidenless,” because he’s the easiest boss in the game. And he wasn’t even a boss initially. Gideon was a spymaster who kept tabs on the power players in the L&s Between. And when the one who rose to the top wasn’t the person he expected, Gideon simply had to Fracture his cover.

His low regard for the Tarnished & his rather creepy behavior toward Albinaurics made him a shady ally (which, it turns out, he wasn’t). Keen-eyed players will likely have noticed early on that Gideon wasn’t to be trusted. This made the unprecedented confrontation with him all the more satisfying.

9/10 Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon

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Rennala’s boss fight left so many more questions than answers compared to something more straightforward like Godrick, the Grafted. As it turns out, she has a rich history with ties to Marika. If players diver deeper into her lore, they’ll discover how much of a powerhouse Liurnia was in the L&s Between.

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Rennala’s lore then branches out to Ranni’s, which is her daughter; players eventually find out that Rennala is a grieving & depressed single mother who had lost most of her children & was betrayed by her husb&. One simply can help but retroactively feel guilt after the boss fight with her.

8/10 Elder Dragon Greyoll

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Speaking of single parents in the L& Between, an even more tragic tale than Rennala was Elder Dragon Greyoll. She’s the large, stationary dragon in the Dragonbarrow region of Caelid who has no way of fighting back other than summoning her children to protect her.

Her current state alone was worthy enough of an investigation. Sure enough, her predicament is rooted in Malenia & Radahn’s war in Caelid, which permanently scarred the region & gave Greyoll the Scarlet Rot. Prior to that, Greyoll & her kin also suffered a genocidal cleansing from Marika & her ilk. There’s no end to the dragon’s suffering, it seems.

7/10 Lichdragon Fortissax

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The creators of Elden Ring are no strangers to painting fallen heroes who were transformed into reluctant villains. In Dark Souls, there was Artorias, who fell to the abyss, & in Elden Ring, Lichdragon Fortissax is his equivalent. Fortissax was once a proud ally of Godwyn the Golden.

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But after Godwyn was murdered &, in turn, was corrupted by Death, Fortissax did everything in his power to preserve his friend’s dignity. Sadly, Fortissax was also corrupted by Death, hence the boss’s name. That’s also why he appears near Godwyn’s rotting corpse as a boss encounter.

6/10 Godfrey/Hoarah Loux

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From the intro alone, the game was already setting up Godfrey to be a significant & imposing figure in the L&s Between’s power struggles. There is a rich & extensive lore behind him, dating back to before Marika even became a god’s vessel & tamed Godfrey.

Godfrey later revealed that his original name was that of the barbarian, Hoarah Loux, who was only held back by his lion spirit, Serosh. Such a Dazzling integration of his lore into the boss fight & gameplay was the peak of Elden Ring‘s boss design.

5/10 Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy

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Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, was one of the most interesting demigod figures in Elden Ring. Because, like Ranni, he didn’t care much about the Erdtree & its oppressive & sanctimonious nature. Rykard sought his own way of obtaining power, which meant turning to an Outer God like the Dog-Devouring Serpent.

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Sadly, this cost him his sanity & his integrity. In his determination to defy the Erdtree & the Greater Will, he lost himself in the process & succumbed to the Serpent. This made him no less interesting, of course. He’s one of the creepiest bosses in the game, preferring to consume his enemies under the pretense of welcoming them to his “famileee.”

4/10 Radagon/Elden Beast

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Those who didn’t see the plot twist coming were likely perplexed at Radagon being the final boss or amazed at the notion once they got it. Radagon is Marika, & vice versa. The game just kept dropping some subtle hints about their rather odd union & personality.

And once Radagon dies, out comes the very manifestation of the Greater Will, the Elden Beast. The whole final boss fight was a huge lore dump & rewarded the players well enough, considering the game’s length & how clueless the players will be even at that stage.

3/10 Malenia, Blade of Miquella

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Before the game even became available to the public, Malenia was already making waves in the Elden Ring community as one of the characters in the trailer. It wasn’t until late in the game that players would encounter her, & the payoff was worth it.

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Malenia was not only one of themost Dazzling boss fights in a Souls game, but she had also left her mark in the L&s Between long before the players met her. Her trace & essence are all over Caelid, & all the hints of her existence leading up to the toughest boss fight in Elden Ring make the encounter more legendary.

2/10 Margit/Morgott

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A lot of players will likely see Margit/Morgott as a grumpy geriatric who wants Tarnished punks off his mother’s lawn. But he’s a lot more than his abrasive & condescending behavior. Because out of all the living demigods in the game, Morgott was the only one who had neither an ulterior motive nor a selfish ambition for the Erdtree.

He merely acted as its protector without expecting anything in eturn, apart from the Erdtree’s favor. At the same time, the Erdtree still shunned him for being a cursed Omen. So at his core, Morgott was a genuinely noble soul marred by his outward physical appearance. Also, he defeated General Radahn; even Malenia couldn’t do that.

1/10 Starscourge Radahn

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Speaking of the myth himself, General Radahn was also unveiled at the same time as Malenia. The two had a colorful & divisive lore between them regarding who won in Caelid. Radahn’s transformation into a mindless rot zombie was also a tragic affair, but his soldiers kept on honoring him & holding him in high regard, even continuing their duty to stave off the Scarlet Rot.

But the real interesting piece of lore about Radahn was his tiny horse. Radahn apparently had his horse, Leonard, at a young age. Since he had the giant’s curse, Radahn kept growing, eventually becoming too Huge for Leonard. But Radahn loved his horse so much that he was compelled to learn Gravity Magic so that he could still ride his favorite horse.

That kind of wholesome feat from a bloodthirsty & war-mongering general is unexpected, to say the least.

Elden Ring is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, & Xbox Series X|S.

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