Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-02-28 11:26 JST)
Margit The Fell Omen, an early boss in FromSoftware’s latest title Elden Ring, has players around the world collectively crying out in agony.
Compared to FromSoftware’s previous titles, Elden Ring contains a higher degree of exploration for players with its “open field” design. But while the game is more open, it does take care to let players know what the main route is. Especially with Godrick the Grafted being placed as a boss to wrap up the early game. However, to get to him, you must first go through Margit the Fell Omen.
Since the game is more open, whether this is the first boss you fight or not will depend on the player. But if you stick to where the game leads you, Margit will most likely be your first boss encounter. That’s why we can see so many players taking to social media to talk about how strong the boss is just after the game’s release.
Searching “Margit” in either English or Japanese will bring up tons of users either sharing their pain of defeat or the thrills of victory. A number of Japanese players have called the boss especially strong with someone even saying they spent their whole day off but still couldn’t beat him. Players around the world seem to share similar sentiments.
Margit skillfully uses a wand, a knife, a sword, and a hammer to chip away players’ HP and sanity. Many are of the opinion that Margit is especially tough for an early boss which got us interested in taking a look at the achievements to see just how many players have cleared it.
If we take a look at the Steam achievements for Elden Ring and compare Margit to other first bosses in FromSoftware’s previous games, it actually doesn’t seem that low. According to Steam’s global data (achievement names may contain spoilers), Margit has been defeated by 52% of players as of this writing. If you think of it as half of players still haven’t defeated it, then it looks rather low.
But Dark Souls III’s early boss, Vordt of the Boreal Valley, has a completion percentage of 64%, while the first boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa, has been defeated by 59% of players. In other words, while the percentage of players that have defeated Margit may be lower than previous titles, it doesn’t seem that incredibly low when you consider the game has only just released.
On the other hand, if you head straight toward Margit at the start of the game, it will certainly seem stronger than a first boss. Perhaps that strength is a sign to players to go out and explore a bit first. The game’s official Japanese website also has a page with tips for the early game that mentions an NPC that sells an item useful in your bout with Margit. Perhaps the site is sharing an effective strategy because so many players are struggling.
It’s probably best to think of Margit as a boss that’s been tuned for players that have done some exploring and sharpened their combat skills. If you go straight in without any preparation, it might actually seem like an unstoppable demon. Plus, with Elden Ring giving players more freedom, the achievement numbers may be low due to players just exploring without fighting Margit The Fell Omen at all.
Elden Ring is now available on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.