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Elden Ring fan wins boss fight with an actual harp


FromSoftware should absolutely add a literal harp as a DLC weapon (pic: FromSoftware)

One player made an Elden Ring boss fight harder for herself by using a harp instead of a controller, and she won.

Being a FromSoftware game, Elden Ring is already insanely challenging as it is. Some players, however, aren’t content with its difficulty and have come up with ways to make things harder for themselves.

As torturous as it sounds, it’s always impressive when they manage to overcome their self-made challenges. Such as one player who won a boss fight by using a harp instead of a regular controller.

This comes courtesy of Anna Ellsworth, whose YouTube channel mostly does harp music covers, including music from Elden Ring – such as its main theme and the final boss theme.

A couple months ago, she uploaded a video explaining how she managed to turn her harp into a video game controller, and she’s demonstrated it in practice with the boss fight against Margit, the Fell Omen.

It certainly wasn’t easy, with Ellsworth admitting that previous attempts saw her accidentally roll off the nearby cliff edge.

She gets smacked around a bit in the attempt she uploaded to her YouTube channel, but she still manages to defeat him in just over two minutes despite the handicap.

She also shared the clip on Reddit, where she explained what notes she used for attacks and dodging, and that she was unable to use any heavy attacks because of her set-up.

‘A for dodge and G for light attack!’ said Ellsworth. ‘To my great sadness, I don’t have a heavy attack string because I needed that real estate for other actions. Maybe the other notes you were hearing were either move forward (C), move backward (F), stop (low G), or heal (low A).

‘The only control I have over the direction of the roll is just whatever direction my character is walking. It’s a little annoying because when I play with a controller, I tend to do a lot of forward-but-a-little-to-the-right rolls which I can’t do with harp unless I happen to be approaching from a certain angle. Mostly, it’s really just rolling into an attack and hoping for the best.’

She teases attempting the same challenge against another boss, Malenia, although that would be significantly harder. This is the same boss fight where a common strategy for winning is relying on the assistance of other players.

In the meantime, fans remain eager for Elden Ring to receive DLC. There’s definitely potential for it, with dataminers discovering cut content like a colosseum area.

YouTuber Sekiro Dubi has been dedicated to unearthing such content. One of their more recent discoveries suggests that there was supposed to be an entire side quest related to the character Vyke.

Elden Ring players will know Vyke as a boss encounter who you have twice throughout the game. Apparently, he’s also meant to be the character on the box art.

What the quest would have involved is a complete mystery as most of the audio and text files related to it are inaccessible. They could have provided a bit more backstory for the character and Sekiro Dubi even speculates that Vyke attempted to challenge the first Elden Lord, Godfrey, before the player.

This could feasibly be added as DLC down the road, but FromSoftware and publisher Bandai Namco have yet to announce any such plans. However, considering the game’s popularity, that feels like a matter of when, not if.

Elden Ring is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

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