Elden Ring is an iconic title for many reasons, but one of the pillars of its design is its incredibly challenging boss fights. From Malenia to Mohg and every boss in between, many Elden Ring fights will test a player’s patience, knowledge, and skill.
Because of the high level of difficulty, some players will go to extreme lengths in order to prepare for fights. Preparation varies in the game, with some Elden Ring players farming ridiculous amounts of runes to others searching for the best armor and weapons for the fight they are heading into.
However, there is another way for players to prepare themselves for fights: buffs. In the game, there are tons of buffs that a player can apply to their character; these buffs can have myriad effects on the character, and there is at least one buff that can improve the effectiveness of each play style or build. Much like a player picking the best colossal weapon for their Elden Ring strength build, the right buffs can make a ton of difference in fights. Recently, one player took this philosophy to the extreme, applying an insane amount of buffs before entering a fog wall.
Reddit user BambaTallKing captured the moment their host began to apply what is most likely every buff they have acquired thus far. The host actually applied so many buffs that they had to stop and restore their mana in the middle of their buffing, and even added in Elden Ring‘s Flask of Wondrous Physick to further strengthen themselves. The result was an average Elden Ring character turning themselves into a one-man army, powering up before a fight in a way reminiscent of the Overlord anime.
However, unfortunate news came when other Reddit users pointed out flaws in the player’s buffing strategy. For example, one user pointed out that most of the buffs used would cancel each other out or override previously applied buffs. Another user noted that by the time the player was done applying buffs, many of the ones cast earlier would expire. Yet another user joked that the player probably followed up all of that buffing by dying immediately, to which BambaTallKing replied the player indeed did die almost instantly.
While it is truly disheartening to hear that not only were the buffs mostly ineffective but that the player died almost immediately anyway, it was hilarious to see a player that at first seemed so prepared for the fight. Perhaps the player could benefit from a spell that one-shots Elden Ring bosses rather than a string of buffs, but maybe they are committed to their path of powerups.
Elden Ring is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.