In the grim and unforgiving world of Elden Ring, no character can truly be considered a hero, not even the protagonist. But one community member rose to fame last week: a naked man wearing nothing but a jar on his head waiting outside the door for the game’s toughest boss at the polite request of a name: “Let me put it solo”.
Let Me Solo Her (who asked in an email to go by his moniker Elden Ring or LMSH for short) is a lowly, selfless player who dropped his summon sign outside the door of the boss fight in Malenia, since last week or more. Malenia, while not a required fight to complete Elden Ring, is the culmination of several side quests and has become notorious in the community as one of the toughest battles FromSoftware has ever devised. So naturally, there are a lot of players who feel they want to complete it for completion, but find it difficult to do so. Enter LMSH.
While Elden Ring is largely a single-player adventure, players can choose to cooperate using certain items that will reveal “Summoning Signs” – golden marks on the ground that allow them to summon other players. (who chose to be summoned) for their games and work together until a dungeon is completed, a boss is defeated, or someone dies. In LMSH’s case, he simply drops his summon sign in front of Malenia’s boss door and, when summoned, heads inside the boss’s chamber and immediately proceeds to destroy Malenia without the help from no one else. This both allows whoever hosts it in their game to kill and continue the story, but also provides a hell of a sight.
LMSH’s story is simple: he fell in love with Souls games after playing Dark Souls 3, and has already been an avid PvP player in other FromSoftware games. When Elden Ring came out, he chose the Samurai class and played the game like anyone else. He is currently on New Game+ and is currently working on completing all side quests.
But as skilled as his fights against Malenia seem from the outside, LMSH hasn’t always been a killer of Malenia. He tells me his first attempt to kill Malenia in his own game was tough – it took him 242 attempts and he needed two summons to finish him off. But it was because of this extreme difficulty that LMSH felt motivated to help others.
“I chose Malenia to help others because I fell in love with her design,” says LMSH. “All of her attacks are very graceful and she is ruthless as a leader. Her infamous waterfowl dance is considered the [hardest] to dodge a FromSoft boss’s moveset to date, so I decided to prove to others that it wasn’t impossible.”
So he started working on his build and training. He has about 200 total hours on this character, is at level 179, and has no plans to level up any further. Currently, LMSH uses two katanas – a Rivers of Blood +9 in his left hand and a Cold Uchigatana +25 with Hoarfrost Stomp. Her talismans, for those wondering, are the Green Turtle, the Viridian Amber Medallion, the Exultation of Kindred of Rot, and the Claw Talisman.
At one point, he undressed and put a pot on his head. I ask him why.
“It’s a running tradition of Soulsborne games that naked players are the most powerful beings in the game,” he replies. “Why wear armor if you’re not planning on getting hit at all? And the pot is a lucky charm from the Iron Fist Alexander character that I look up to.”
Now, with hours of practice, LMSH is a Malenia master. He says he’s gotten really good at easily reading his animations, attacks, and sound queues. He’s lost count of how many Malenias he’s defeated, but he estimates it to be somewhere between 300 and 400. LMSH doesn’t have a perfect track record, however, and admits he’s lost to her “more than I wouldn’t want to admit it.”
“Sometimes the lag between the host and myself is too big, so sometimes I get killed instantly, or I miss the crucial moment of dodging on Malenia’s waterfowl dance,” he says. “I would like to express my apologies to those whom I have failed.”
One myth he would like to debunk, however, is that he abandons people who try to help him. Even though his name explicitly instructs players who summon him to allow him to fight alone, LMSH does not drop if others join him. Anyone running with the same name who leaves at the first sign of cooperation is apparently an impostor.
“The ‘Let me solo it’ in this video is not me,” he says. “I always wear a jar on my head and I don’t give up any fight against a Malenia boss. If the host or another summon decides to help, I have no problem.”
LMSH has quickly become a legend in the Elden Ring community due to their support for such a large and unusual appearance. A push of fan art rep destroying Malenia has popped up in recent days, including a 3D printed sculpture which LMSH says it will get for itself. He is thrilled by the community support for his unusual business, and the many kind words expressed by the players he has helped.
Although he wants to upgrade to New Game+ 2 eventually, LMSH says he really enjoys fighting Malenia, especially because dodging her waterfowl dance “is so satisfying.” He intends to help out other players in his spare time for a bit longer, and notes that you can find his summon panel outside Malenia’s gate on PC, usually between 3:00 PM and 10:00 PM CST.
“I would like to thank the Elden Ring community for all the support and hype around my character,” he concludes. “My summoning sign will always be down for other tarnishes in need.”
Rebekah Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.