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What Is Mohg’s Nihil and How to Block it in Elden Ring?

Here's a full run down of Mohg's Nihil move and how to block it in Elden Ring.

The most spectacular mechanical element of Mohg’s fight is his Nihil Countdown which has obliterated most players the first time they face him. There’s a specialized counter to this move that can be found before the fight. So what is Mohg’s Nihil and how to block it in Elden Ring?

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What Does Nihil Do in Elden Ring?

Mohg’s Nihil, meaning “Nothing” in Latin, is the vocal incantation he does at 50% HP that does massive damage to the player, bleeds them, and greatly heals Mohg. More specifically, throughout the first phase of the fight, Mohg will thrust his trident into the air at 90%, 75%, and 60% health. Each time he’ll mark the player with a red ring with a total of three. Then, at 50% of his HP, he’ll start chanting “Nihil” three times in succession and each chant consumes one of the aforementioned rings for heavy damage and hemorrhage that heals Mohg.

After the three chants, Mohg will also transform, gaining wings and new attacks as you enter the second phase of the fight. Essentially, players either have to out-heal the Nihil chant to survive it for the second phase of the fight or block it. I would suggest blocking it since there’s a trick that negates this move almost completely.

How to Block Mohg’s Nihil in Elden Ring

Instead of trying to outheal Mohg’s Nihil chant, I highly recommend you find the Purifying Crystal Tear, which blocks Nihil’s damage and bleed effect. The Purifying Crystal Tear can be found by defeating Eleonora the Violet Bloody Finger NPC invasion at the Second Church of Marika in the Altus Plateau. The closest Site of Grace to it is the one I marked above and the invasion will only trigger if you’ve progressed Bloody Finger Hunter Yura’s quest.

More specifically, to get Eleonora to spawn Yura must reach the Second Church of Marika which requires two things:

  • You’ve been invaded by Bloody Finger Nerijus at the Murkwater Cave in Limgrave, where Yura will help you.
  • You’ve helped Yura near the Site of Grace in front of Raya Lucaria by interacting with his Red Summon Sign.
  • You’ve talked to Yura at the Second Church of Marika.
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If Yura makes it to the church and you talk to him, you can fight Eleonora, and defeating her gives you the Purifying Crystal Tear. When mixed into your physick, you can drink it during the first phase of Mohg’s boss fight and it will block all three Nihil detonations. That said, Mohg will still heal.

That’s it for my guide on what is Mohg’s Nihil and how to block it in Elden Ring. For more Elden Ring guides, check out the best ways to farm runes.


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