Elden Ring Stats Reveals the Biggest Cause of Player Death in the Lands Between

Dying to Malenia is a rite of passage

If you spent the better half of a day dying to Malenia, Blade of Miquella, who has never known defeat, you’re not alone. Bandai Namco has just released stats highlighting just how many times the Tarnished have died to Elden Ring’s iconic bosses to celebrate Elden Ring’s one-year anniversary.

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And what better way to celebrate than to reminisce on how many times were skewered, crushed, and otherwise humiliated?

Elden Ring Stats Reveals the Biggest Cause of Player Death in the Lands Between

All in all, players engaged one of the many bosses of Elden Ring 5.9 billion times since launch. Of those billion, Malenia was the one players threw themselves against the most, garnering 329 million attempts. A huge number, considering that Malenia is an optional boss that requires significant work to get to.

The other four top boss attempts are:

  • Margit the Fell Omen, and 281 million attempts
  • Limgrave Tree Sentinel at 277 million attempts
  • Radagon of the Golden Order at 148 million attempts
  • Starscourge Radhan at 139 million attempts

It’s unsurprising to see Margit the Fell Omen and Limgrave Tree Sentinel topping the list, as they’re some of the first bosses any players encounter. But once those bosses are conquered (or avoided, in the case of the Limgrave Tree Sentinel), players seem to follow Elden Ring to its epic and branching conclusions.

But there is one killer that’s even bigger than Malenia. Over 9 billion deaths were caused by non-bosses in Elden Ring, with 69% of those deaths being attributed to enemies and NPCs, 15% being caused by status effects like Poison and Scarlet Rot, 14% being caused by Falls, and 2% being caused by other players.

I wonder how many of those falling deaths were on the Haligtree on the way to Malenia? Or how many of those Scarlet Rot deaths were in Caelid… Malenia’s death toll is likely much higher than we might think.  

But Elden Ring isn’t just about dying (a lot). It’s also about ushering in a new age, which might be hinted at in Elden Ring’s teased DLC: Is that Miquella in Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree?.

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Daphne Fama
A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms