Elden Ring: How to use the Blasphemous Claw

Learn how to use the Blasphemous Claw in Elden Ring to parry attacks from Maliketh, The Black Blade.

If you’ve explored Crumbling Farum Azula to its fullest in Elden Ring, you’ll likely have found the Blasphemous Claw. Obtained after beating invader Recusant Bernahl, the Blasphemous Claw serves a single purpose which is to help you beat Maliketh, the Black Blade. We have a full guide to the Maliketh fight available, but here we’ll explain how to use the Blasphemous Claw in Elden Ring in detail to make the whole thing easier.

Elden Ring: How to use the Blasphemous Claw

Elden Ring how to use the Blasphemous Claw Maliketh
The Blasphemous Claw will give you a hint that it's used in the Maliketh boss fight. 
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To use the Blasphemous Claw in Elden Ring, you’ll first need to equip it. We recommend adding it to one of your quick item slots rather than you pouch, as this way you can access it instantly by holding Triangle on PlayStation or Y on Xbox rather than having to cycle through pouch items in the middle of the boss fight.

The Blasphemous Claw can only be used in the Maliketh, the Black Blade boss fight, and only at specific times. During the second phase (after the Beast Clergyman), what you’re looking for are attacks which make Maliketh’s sword glow golden yellow. When you see the blade flash yellow ahead of a strike, you need to use the Blasphemous Claw right as the attack is about to hit you.

Elden Ring how to use the blasphemous claw guide - an image with an arrow pointing to the glowing gold weapon of Maliketh as he hangs off a ruined pillar in the boss arena
Look for this golden glow to prepare you for a parry. 
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There’s a generous timing on this parry window here, but if you use the Blasphemous Claw correctly, you’ll see a large red effect bloom out from you, repelling the hit. This will stun Maliketh for a lengthy period of time, allowing you to deal heavy damage to him. Maliketh will flail his weapon slowly while stunned, so avoid getting hit as you move in to hurt him back.

Here’s how using the Blasphemous Claw to parry looks in practice:

The primary attacks Maliketh uses which can be parried by the Blasphemous Claw are a leaping slam when jumping off a pillar, and attacks which follow his aerial Black Blade projectiles. In both cases, Maliketh’s weapon will glow yellow ahead of the strike, so prepare to use the Blasphemous Claw in advance.

Now that you know how to use the Blasphemous Claw in Elden Ring, you’re ready to take on Maliketh and unbind the Rune of Death. Read our Maliketh boss guide for more key tips to help you overcome this powerful enemy and open up those parry opportunities.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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