Malacoda is a demon who appears in Inferno of Dante's Divine Comedy. In the poem, he is part of a demonic troop called the Malebranche, who guard the fifth bolgia of Malebolge. The Malebolge is found in the eighth circle of Hell, Fraud, where corrupt politicians are immersed in burning pitch.
Malacoda acts like his lesser relatives, Barbariccia and Draghignazzo, but he's faster and stronger. If Malacoda spots Soma, he will swoop back and then charge down at high speed with his halberd, inflicting high damage if not avoided.