During the Closed Network Test for Elden Ring, players could lure bosses into falling over cliffs, allowing them to claim victory using fall damage.
Using Elden Ring‘s Closed Network Test, astute players rapidly figured out how to fool various bosses into falling off cliffs. Last weekend, Elden Ring staged a Closed Network Test, giving a few lucky fans an early chance to tour The Lands Between before the game’s general release.
While the release of FromSoftware’s upcoming game is only a few months away, fans who were not chosen for the company’s recent Closed Network Test were offered the chance to buy scalped Elden Ring Network Test codes for hundreds of dollars. Players were chosen at random after signing up for a code online, with many of those who received codes opting to sell them for profit. The codes were auctioned off on eBay, with some bids starting at a startling $200 and many listings costing well over $300. Fans could join any of the five scheduled Elden Ring Network Test sessions using an Elden Ring Network Test code, with each session offering three hours of gameplay.
Professional Ease765 and G4GamingYT, both Reddit members, submitted footage of their Elden Ring boss encounters, in which both players used fall damage to defeat their frightening monster. Margit the Fell Omen, one of the most formidable bosses uncovered during the Closed Network Test, was the subject of G4GamingYT’s video. With Margit at nearly half health, the combat continued on a precariously high platform of Stormveil Castle. The Greater Foe launched an attack with their hammer, swinging it once before leaping into the air to prepare for a finishing slam. On the other hand, Margit did not stick his landing and instead fell off the platform after completing his attack, killing instantly.
While Elden Ring takes features from Dark Souls, Bandai Namco’s gameplay preview revealed that the game modifies its fall damage gameplay, which was often highly lethal to players in previous games. These changes do not appear to have affected the game’s bosses in Professional Ease765. The Redditor watched from below as Flying Dragon Agheel stood on the edge of a cliff, threateningly spouting fire before attempting to descend the cliff to fight. Unfortunately for Agheel, the cliff’s side proved too slippery for the massive dragon, and they both fell. While the fall was not particularly high from the perspective of a dragon, it was sufficient to bring down the huge boss.
While it’s reasonable that a fall from such tremendous heights would kill Margit, it’s astonishing that Flying Dragon Agheel would perish after such a shortfall. Although it’s unknown whether FromSoftware will make any improvements to boss fall damage before Elden Ring’s debut next year, tricking bosses into falling off cliffs is a viable approach for players seeking a quick victory.
On February 25, 2022, Elden Ring will be released for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: G4GamingYT/Reddit, Professional_Ease765/Reddit