Elden Ring director and FromSoftware CEO Hidetaka Miyazaki has officially declared his favourite boss in the game to be Starscourge Radahn.
Speaking to Xbox Wire Japan (and independently translated by IGN), Miyazaki was asked what his favourite boss in Elden Ring is and was also asked to explain himself over the infamous, terrifying Spider Hand enemy found in Caria Manor.
"It's tough to decide", Miyazaki said about the bosses, "but I'd have to say Radahn. As an individual character he's really alluring, and I really like the Radahn Festival situation. There’s a literal sense of festivity and exuberance, but also a unique tinge of sadness and loneliness."
He also laughed that, when the Radahn Festival was first brought up - which is perhaps the most ambitious boss set piece in any FromSoftware game, in which various champions from across the land battle alongside you for glory against Radahn - "no one on the team took it seriously".
His second favourite boss, Miyazaki added, is either Godrick, the Grafted or Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, but one of his other favourite designs in the game is the Spider Hand, the giant 12-fingered hand that scuttles after players in Caria Manor.
"Spider Hand is one of my favourite designs," Miyazaki said. "It’s something you don’t want to even look at because it’s so horrible. I wonder if the way to overcome your issue is to face it head on and beat it."
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Before Elden Ring was released, Miyazaki had given his favourite bosses across all of his games as the Old Monk from Demon's Souls, but he didn't comment if Radahn had dethroned that choice.
In our 10/10 review, IGN said: "Elden Ring is a massive iteration on what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its relentlessly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path."
To make those choices with the best available information, check out our guide that features everything you could ever hope to know about Elden Ring, including collectible locations, boss strategies, and more.
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