Somehow, Elden Ring’s Most Forgotten Boss Now Has An Entire Fandom

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“I’m still not entirely sure if I was being trolled or not? But I really liked [YungBreezyGawd’s] submission because I feel like it represents everything [the Souls community] stands for,” Amazing Chest told Kotaku. “And that’s a big part of the reason I got into FromSoftware’s games myself. Trying over and over again despite constant setbacks. Pushing forward even though you’re this tiny force in a huge world full of monsters 10 times your size. It’s really inspiring stuff, even if it is a meme now.”

Since Amazing Chest’s video—and even a few days before it was uploaded—the Elden Ring fanbase has been championing and memeing the Soldier of Godrick. From calling him the hardest boss that totally needs a nerf to seeing how he stacks up against significantly tougher enemies, the community has fallen head over heels for the humble tutorial warrior. There were veteran players, like Souls badass Ongbal who’s known for flawlessly crushing FromSoft jerks, getting their shit rocked by the Soldier of Godrick. A few had shared their restrictive, “no-hit” runs against him. Some have even asked for help, claiming they couldn’t beat him after 10 hours. But none took their obsession as far as PlayerPhase, a player who’s been invading folks as the spitting image of the lonely soldier.

PlayerPhase, inspired by the “absurdity” of the memes for this pretty easy boss, respecced one of her four Tarnished to resemble the Soldier of Godrick. She geared herself up in all of the soldier’s garb, including equipping herself with the same sword the Soldier of Godrick uses, and set out to fight other Tarnished online, as well as confronting various bosses around the Lands Between as the Soldier of Godrick. Literally, as she even mimicked the warrior’s fighting style. The result was some funny encounters of PlayerPhase whooping hella ass.

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“For the Soldier of Godrick build I was going through New Game+ on my main character and just thought it’d be entertaining to challenge myself for most of the endgame fights,” PlayerPhase told Kotaku. “Was trying bow only or other stuff at first, but then I was a bit inspired by a video from Amazing Chest on YouTube. So I ended up switching my main character’s name to match the soldier, and tried my hand at Malenia and did some PvP on the side before finally switching the character back. I believe I was around level 200 or so at the time, definitely above the predefined ‘meta dueling level’ of the community. Which made it even harder to actually win any duels because I was limiting myself to how I thought the boss would move and act. Just made those few and far between wins even more hilarious, having players trade hits or get their rolls caught in a follow up attack they weren’t expecting to come out. Some players even played along with the meme, using emotes like ‘Grovel for Mercy’ when I entered their world. It’s really fun to see!”

And she may not be the only one who has taken up the mantle of Soldier of Godrick, either. One player posted a video on Reddit in which, after being invaded by someone other than PlayerPhase who is also committing Soldier of Godrick identity theft, they groveled for mercy before flinging themselves to their death out of sheer fear of facing the Soldier in battle. Whether a real encounter or a staged bit between friends, it speaks to the growing reputation of the Soldier of Godrick as the Keyser Söze of the Lands Between.

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I understand all the adoration. There’s something comforting about the Soldier of Godrick. I mean, this is the Lands Between, a desolate and frightening world full of rude boys that desperately wanna spill your blood. Yet here’s the unpretentious Soldier of Godrick. He’s just some dude, but he charges you head-on, proving that nothing, not even the imminent Elden Lord, is too tough for an iron will. In this way, the Soldier of Godrick represents the everyplayer, the idea that anyone can beat FromSoft’s games with a little luck and a lotta determination. It’s a heartwarming sentiment. He’s also the first boss you can actually beat without much hassle, which instills both joy in the game and confidence in your skills. Maybe it’s all just trolling by players with nothing better to do, but Amazing Chest loves these strange fandoms all the same.

“I love that people have rallied behind YungBreezyGawd’s performance in the form of this meme,” Amazing Chest said. “I like how the difficulty of this game brings us all together. It’s one of my favorite things about this community.”

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