As announced by Bandai Namco, Update 1.04.1 has “fixed a bug with Malenia, Blade of Miquella in which her HP was not healed correctly in the online multiplayer environment”. This should mean that in fights where you have summoned co-operative player help, Malenia won’t be able to regain her health unless her blows actually connect with a player. That’s good news for anyone trying to overcome the game’s hardest boss with friends.
There’s good news for spell casters, too; the Cerulean Hidden Tear has been fixed. Update 1.04 accidentally slashed the duration of the Tear from 15 seconds down to 7, but thankfully this hotfix restores it back to its original form. Drink this when mixed in the Flask of Wondrous Physick and you’ll be able to cast spells without draining FP for the full 15 seconds now.
The update has also “fixed a bug that caused some bosses to die at unintended times”, as well as fixing a bug that prevented the final boss from working properly “under certain circumstances.” Those circumstances are not mentioned in the post, but they shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
In addition, some text issues have also been rectified.
This should put patch 1.04 in a good position, as other than these problems the update was well recieved by the Elden Ring community, especially in regard to its alterations to colossal weapons and Faith abilities. It did nerf Swarm of Flies, though, so anyone who relied on that to defeat Malenia may be slightly disappointed.
In other news, a dataminer has broken into Elden Ring’s mysterious colosseum area and found what could be the first indication of upcoming DLC.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.