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This Broken Elden Ring Attack Is Seriously Frustrating Players

"Elden Ring" is a challenging game, but players have argued that it's far from a balanced game. Developer FromSoftware is usually on point when balancing its games, but it's hard to keep everything in check when it comes to the massive world of "Elden Ring." Unfortunately, when an imbalanced strategy makes its way to a PVP scenario, it can frustrate any unlucky player on the receiving end. For example, the recent infinite death loop hack made the game unplayable for many players before FromSoftware released a patch.

And although the latest V1.03 patch aimed to iron out some of the title's most prominent bugs and exploits, gamers continue to discover new ways to break "Elden Ring." The newest bug plaguing online play revolves around the Carian Retaliation Ash of War, and it's seriously frustrating some players.

The Carian Retaliation Ash of War on its own seems balanced enough and can be found relatively easily. To get your hands on the Carian Retaliation Ash of War, head over to Carian Manor and talk to Pidia, Carian Servant, located on the balcony after dropping down from the three-sisters upper area. With this, players can use small or medium shields to parry spells in mid-air, absorb them, and throw them back at enemies, making any fight against a sorcerer seem trivial.

However, the glitches associated with Carian Retaliation have the potential to both overpower and hinder "Elden Ring" players.

How does the bug work?

A new bug in "Elden Ring" makes the Carian Retaliation Ash of War much more powerful than intended. 

To try this bug out yourself, players will need to equip a spell in their right hand and have the Carian Retaliation shield in their left hand. Players can then launch a spell, then immediately press the parry key to absorb it and launch it at enemies, dealing massive damage. The launched projectile will scale off your shield damage rather than your spell damage, meaning the projectile has the potential to do way more damage than the spell would on its own.

But, not only is the Carian Retaliation bug overpowered in PVE scenarios, it also decimates players in PVP due to its bugged projectiles. When you parry your own spells, the projectiles sent out will be invisible to other players, making them almost impossible to dodge in a PVP battle. If you're curious to see what this looks like, JellyDiscrete- has an entertaining video on Youtube showcasing this bug in action. 

There is no word from FromSoftware yet about a potential fix, but gamers can always opt to play offline if they don't want to run the risk of being on the receiving end of this bug.