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- Recommended Levels: 30 to 50
- Bosses: Murdiella Mal
- Sanctuaries: Unclaimed
- Clearing this area opens ??
Mal's Floating Castle Map
NPCs in the area
Keys & Other
- Example lore note
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Full Mal's Floating Castle WalkthroughA full walkthrough including all the items, enemies and bosses is shown below. You can add links, images. and other details. Click here to go to the Speedrun Walkthrough.
Mal's Floating Castle is an optional area that you can tackle if you are a Completionist, or looking for some extra loot. You need to have obtained the Hardlight Brand to reach the castle, however it is easier to also have and use the Dart Brand as well. To obtain those, you need to have completed the Dome of the Forgotten and potentially the Ziggurat of Dust (upper) respectively.
The quickest way to get to the Floating Castle is to travel to the Red Hall of Cages sanctuary, and head to the right, towards the Dome of the Forgotten. It is a long walk downhill, that then turns into an uphill climb again in steps. Start heading uphill, and have your Torch lit (using the Hardlight Brand). Right by the 3rd step going up, you will start seeing a cloud to the left of it.
You need to have your Torch lit, and then either use the Dart Brand (referred to as 'dart-jump' from here on) to jump towards the cloud which shall turn into a ledge, or otherwise use the exploit by pressing both the jump and dodge button at the same time (here-to-fore refered to as the 'long-jump' from here on). By using the long-jump exploit you are able to do this before completing the Ziggurat, however otherwise you can instead use the dart-jump to leap from the first ledge to the next that is left of the first one, slightly below it. Then repeat the same to reach the next ledge. At last you will see a tree with branch-ledge on it. Dart-jump (or long-jump) to it and then head up towards the Obelisk.
Use the Obelisk and do not move to the left or right whilst going the long ways up. You will land onto another set of wooden platforms. On the bottom-left-most platform will be a Guardsman's Halberd. On a platform to the right, will be a Stone Guide. Keep climbing up the platforms to the very top, where you will see 2 walls facing each other. You need to wall-jump your way to the top using the Shadowflip Brand. This will bring you the Mal's Floating Castle entrance.
Just to the right will be a door, that leads to an unclaimed Sanctuary. You can claim it for the Creeds of your choice by using their idol at the altar as usual. To the right of the sanctuary you will find another Stone Guide. Dont go any further as you will only fall to your death. Head out of the sanctuary to the left to find a set of stairs going upwards in the opposite direction. Climb them and open the door to enter the depths of the Floating Castle.
Inside you will find a giant Crypt Keeper. These dual-wielding beasts hit hard, but can reward Shimmering Pearl upon death (useful for Transmutation of weapons). Head to the right to find a chest in the corner of the room, which is in fact a Mimku. Jump up the breaking wooden platform and then wall-jump on the wall to the left of it to reach the ledge on top, with an exit on it. Outside, jump up the ledge and then head left, into the next room, where you will find 2 Mother Merle and a Spear Imp. ()
The boss of this area is Murdiella Mal, the Queen of Moonless Sky. She is an insectoid Kraekan who uses Holy attacks, and is weak to slash type attacks of all elements. For tips & strategies on how to defeat this boss, see the Murdiella Mal page. After defeating the boss, head left and jump down the ledges to a floor with 2 chests on either end of it. The one on the left is a Mimku. The one on the right holds the samurai armor set - Demon Haidate, Demon Kote, Demon Domaru and Demon Kabuto.
Head back up to the boss area using wall-jump / dart-jump and leave to the right, via the wooden platforms. Go down till you reach the ridge with a chest and ladder on it. To the left of the ladder, will be another small cliff area (below the level of the rest of the floor further left). Jump onto it and walk into the wall there to reveal an illusory wall. Go inside and jump over the ridges to collect a Gray Pearl. ()
You are now done with this area. You can return to the sanctuary and travel away using a Stone Guide at the sanctuary, or use a Calling Horn to port away to another sanctuary. It is possible to escape by jumping off just left of the sanctuary, the way you came, this requires a fair amount of HP to survive, but is possible. Confirmed
It is also possible to leave the area via the area past Murdiella Mal, jumping down to the platform directly above the stairs, and jumping directly left with your torch lit (using the Hardlight Brand) and using both dash-jumps (using Dart Brand), you will land on a solid cloud, continue jumping onto the clouds, dashing every time. You will appear at Castle of Storms (Possible to travel both ways).
Mal's Floating Castle Video Walkthrough
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