Decaying Ekzykes

decaying ekzykes bosses elden ring wiki guide
Location Caelid
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1838,000, Dragon Heart
HP 23,731
Strong VS Weak to
All types of damage
(most notably  fire upgrades elden ring wiki guide 30Fire)
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite

Decaying Ekzykes is a Greater Foe Boss in Elden Ring. This dying dragon is infected with Scarlet Rot, but can still pose a dire threat to unwary travelers. This Elden Ring Decaying Ekzykes Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Ekzykes easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Ekzykes. Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. Great Enemy bosses can drop unique Spirit AshesWeaponsSpells, and other various Items. This is an optional boss as players are not required to defeat it to advance in Elden Ring, but it provides useful Items as well as Runes upon defeat.

Other bosses with the same basic attacks are Flying Dragon AgheelFlying Dragon GreyllGlintstone Dragon SmaragGlintstone Dragon Adula, and Borealis the Freezing FogLesser Dragon and Glintstone Dragon is a normal enemy with the same basic attacks.

 

 Ekzykes, Dragon Communion Revenger, did not forget his hatred even as he succumbed to the scarlet rot.

Elden Ring Decaying Ekzykes Boss

  • This is an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Caelid Highway South
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss (Summoning pool is near the closest Site of Grace) 
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Elden Ring Decaying Ekzykes Location

Directly southeast of the Caelid Highway South Site of Grace, along the main road. [Map Link]

Decaying Ekzykes Combat information

Negations (or Absorptions)

The negation numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if a negation is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% will be negated. Bigger number = less damage. A negation of 100 means no damage goes through, and a negation of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.

Resistances

The resistance numbers are the buildup amount to trigger it. For example, if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of the given buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs. The values after the "/"s indicate the increased resistances after each successive proc.

  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 23,731 29,734 32,707 34,194 35,680 38,654 40,140 41,627
Defense 114 118 121 124 130 136 141 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 38,000 114,000 125,400 128,250 136,800 139,650 142,500 145,350

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 1188 / 1645 582 / 1039 590 / 1047 599 / 1056 608 / 1065 616 / 1073 625 / 1082 634 / 1091
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 1188 / 1645 582 / 1039 590 / 1047 599 / 1056 608 / 1065 616 / 1073 625 / 1082 634 / 1091
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 245 / 287 / 385 / 675 120 / 162 / 260 / 550 121 / 163 / 261 / 551 123 / 165 / 263 / 553 125 / 167 / 265 / 555 127 / 169 / 267 / 557 129 / 171 / 269 / 559 130 / 172 / 270 / 560
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 245 / 287 / 385 / 675 120 / 162 / 260 / 550 121 / 163 / 261 / 551 123 / 165 / 263 / 553 125 / 167 / 265 / 555 127 / 169 / 267 / 557 129 / 171 / 269 / 559 130 / 172 / 270 / 560
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep Immune
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

Elden Ring Decaying Ekzykes Boss Guide

Decaying Ekzykes Boss Video Guide

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Decaying Ekzykes Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Decaying Ekzykes:

  • Ekzykes is extremely weak to Fire, so any fire damage you have (including Fire Grease) will be highly effective
  • Use Uchigatana or another weapon that inflicts Hemorrhage, since Ekzykes is vulnerable to both Hemorrhage and Slash it and it will do a substantial portion of its very large health pool
  • Use spells with very long range such as Loretta's Greatbow
  • Use Torrent to quickly escape the rot breath and even to double-jump over it without taking damage
  • Bring Preserving Boluses to get rid of rot buildup

 

 
Melee Users

Mount and Strike: The safest option is to stay on Torrent and keep your distance from Ekzykes until it starts doing a breath attack, then dash in. You can get some hits on its head while the attack finishes and still get back out with enough time to avoid getting damaged by another attack. This approach is slow and methodical, but good at keeping you alive.

Fight the Feet: As for Flying Dragon Agheel, most of Ekzykes's attacks can be dodged by running towards its feet. However, because its Stomp attacks kick up scarlet rot, it's more dangerous to stay underneath. To make a foot-focused strategy work, get in a few hits and then head back in front of the dragon. Once it does another attack, you can run back in to the feet and start the process over again.

Magic and Ranged Users

I Have the High Ground: Use the surrounding elevated terrain to your advantage. Most of Ekzykes' rot breath attacks won't be able to reach you when you're above ground level, making it much safer to attack its weak head repeatedly.

A Song of Ice & Fire: Ekzykes is extremely weak to fire and moderately weak to Frostbite,  so if you alternate between freezing him and hitting him with a large burst of flame you can deal a lot of damage. Faith builds can use Frozen Lightning Spear or Dragonice to freeze and O, Flame! to burn. Intelligence builds can use Freezing Mist or Glintstone Icecrag to freeze and Magma Shot to burn.

 

Decaying Ekzykes Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Most attacks are the same as Flying Dragon Agheel, except that instead of fire Ekzykes breathes clouds that deal damage and inflict Scarlet Rot and all its stomp attacks kick up similar clouds
Roar Raises its head and bellows, allowing Scarlet Rot fog to fall out of its mouth and linger at its feet for several seconds This fog doesn't spread very far, you can avoid it just by moving back. Close in again once the fog disperses
Rotting
Miasma
Turns its head towards the ground and lets loose a massive cloud of Scarlet Rot, covering an extremely wide area for several seconds. Only used below 70% health and only once every two minutes As soon as Ekzykes gets below 70% health, mount up if possible and run far away. Only return once the fog has cleared

Decaying Ekzykes Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

 

Decaying Ekzykes Combo Chart

ekzykes combo chart

 

Decaying Ekzykes Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Everyones complaining about the massive AOE like they don't have the ability to summon a damn horse on demand. Swallow your pride and run away for a couple of seconds

      • Anonymous

        Horse + Frenzied Burst worked well enough for me. Just have to be careful not to get stuck in an AoE or a beam attack.

        • Anonymous

          They really made this boss take 2x as much damage to fire and weak to everything else but people still want to complain

          • Anonymous

            Not only does the arena for this fight suck, with the boss constantly getting stuck on cliffs and making it extremely hard to hit him while he spews breath attacks at you, but he also has an extremely wide one-hit AOE attack that you can't escape on foot, so it forces you to use the worst and most horribly designed carpal tunnel-inducing part of this game: horseback combat.

            • if you're really struggling with this boss, just throw on any of the dragon flame spells and the flame-shrouding cracked tear and you'll melt straight through it. did around 2k-3k damage per cast of dragonfire. free aim so you can hit its body and boom, boss gone and free rot breath when you get to the church.

              any fire attacks work well too. frenzied burst can be good for long range and black flame spells are good for DOT.

              • Anonymous

                Putting Letenna on a high ledge near church did wonders. Continuous damage and distractions. She didn't take a single hit while I worked dragon and dodged rot on horseback

                • Anonymous

                  you know it's a good boss when all the wiki comments are salt posting

                  glintblade phalax weapon art hitting his head makes for very easy knock downs, just hit his legs until he gives you an opportunity for head shots (fly back>breath attacks, him landing on weird elevation, etc)

                  if you get blasted by the AOE just chug through it and pop an anti scarlet rot afterwards, dragon moveset is pretty telegraphed so you should have plenty of estus

                  • Anonymous

                    I can live with the giant rot AOE. What I can't live with however is the fact that they just had to make this dragon bigger. Big enough that it's a major pain in the ass to reliably poke it's stupid face

                    • Anonymous

                      This is THE most bullshit AOE in the game, I used to think ulcerated tree spirit was bs too but learned to deal with it, now this sh!t bypasses rocks and its direction is not always obvious or logical (fu*k3r spits forward but breath goes backwards to his ass). Its health is nothing big but unless you successfully cheese it from afar it's always a binary fight, not fun in the least.

                      • Anonymous

                        Somehow the rot breath always kills me if I get in touch with it in one hit. I'm a bit satisfied with all those dam one shot attacks from all does bosses...

                        • Anonymous

                          After many times of trial and error I can confirm that to avoid his ability Ocean of Rot, running to Liurnia is sufficient.

                          • Anonymous

                            I managed to get him stuck/broken climbing the rocks above his area and then just cheesed him w like 150 arrows/bolts

                            • Anonymous

                              I found Latenna a useful summon for this fight. Her arrows have fantastic accuracy and range so you can park her on a cliff and let her rain DoT while you ride Torent around in circles dodging the rot and keeping aggro away from her with an occasional ankle swipe (ideally with a bleed weapon.)

                              • Anonymous

                                kill greyoll or agheel and purchase freeze breath. get flame sling from roundtable
                                use breath on horse and run away
                                goto the hill area at his side and use flame sling
                                repeat
                                did it on a lv 5 wretch with two finger heirloom, +5 in arcane and dragon communion seal +5
                                (somber 1 from the chair guy right past the bridge,2 from blaidd, 3 from the chair guy near the mausoleum in liurnia, 4 from aenoia swamp, 5 from the area with the graven mass near street sage ruins.)
                                5 flasks all allocated for cerulean tears


                                OR

                                get rain of arrows from redmane paainting (sellia) at the area below the tree avatar in dragonbarrow
                                get a longbow from roundtable
                                get arrows reach talisman
                                get bleed/poison and fire arrows
                                hit him once and run towards the area with the graves.
                                climb up the small branch and go to the end
                                use poison arrows with rain of arrows. 3/4 rains should do the trick
                                than use bleed arrows and if bleed procs rain fire arrows and alternate
                                6 cerulean flasks needed
                                tested on a level 5 wretch with 5 points in dex.
                                (ps: bleed and fire arrows work the best because it cant absorb fire that much and bleed procs quite frequently with it. Also because of the placement ezykeyes will have his head towards you so all arrows from the rain will hit his head.)

                                beware of the rot cloud attack tho. if it happens run away using horse.
                                good luck gives about 45k+ runes with fowl feet only

                                • Anonymous

                                  I beat this game couple months ago and just seeing this name on the wiki triggers me. FromSoft if you ever come here to read "THIS IS A TERRIBLE BOSS FIGHT".
                                  Shamefully its not the only terrible one.

                                  This game was filled with shitty bossfights. The main ones and some other were dope but so much rehashing and uncreative ideas.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The tip to use Flame of Frenzy was a huge help. Cast that when under his belly a few times and he collapses for like 6 seconds. Then I used a bleed weapon to do big damage and hack away until he gets up. Target lock is not your friend until you're about to cast. Aim for belly or head w/ target lock. Also use any tank ash to help. On his second "collapse" he was done.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This page is extremely wrong. I dont know how much he has, but he definitely doesnt have 20,000+hp. I’d be surprised if he has more than 10,000hp.

                                      • I decided to break down and do an Arcane hyper-bleed build with dragon incantations, and rotting + frost breath on this guy before chunking him with dual bleed twinblade jumping attacks was very cathartic after dying to him so many times before on other runs.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          The more I play elden ring the more I get disappointed by it. Hard to believe it's supposedly Miyazaki's ultimate work. Well then I guess even the best directors can mess up sometimes. But idk man this is not the only boss fight that is exceptionally dog tier, some many others are, it's like fromsoft didn't even care. Maybe trying to attract masses they were not thinking for a sec how poor the impression will be on their souls-borne fans, like do they even care for us anymore?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Other tarnished are talking about cheese strategies or just how BS this boss is, and I'm just wondering how you pronounce "Ekzykes". Eckzeekeys? Eckzeeks? Eczema?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This is the ultimate proof that FS runs out of ideas with Boss fights. ''Let's just give to a dragon a 100mt massive Rot aoe, massive air stomp, massive whip attack, and let's call it a great Boss/fight!". Hands down, DS3 had the best Boss fights ever. Challenging and hard, but fair & unique Boss fights, without cheap tactics/attacks.

                                              • After trying to down this guy forever I finally discovered an easy way to snipe him. With your back to the Church of Dragon Communion, face his arena and crouch so he doesn’t see you (you should be facing northwest). Hit him with something ranged to wake him up, and then duck back down behind the rocks so he doesn’t see you. Wait until his aggro is off you - he’ll pace around in various directions looking to and fro for the idiot who dared to attack him. One his butt is facing you (his head is facing northwest) hit him with Lion Greatbow+Radahn’s Rain+Radahn’s Spears. There seems to be some kind of glitch when he’s oriented this way where you can hit him two or three times before he reacts. Duck back down as soon as he realizes he’s getting an unpleasant shower, then rinse and repeat until he croaks. Theoretically you could do this with any ranged weapon but I haven’t tried it.

                                                Important note: Make sure to equip your Arrow’s Reach talisman when doing this lest you waste arrows by raining on yourself.

                                                With this method you shouldn’t need to run from his rot breath until he does his really big cast, but I did just to be safe because my timing sucks. If you run to the back edge of the cathedral you should be safe - just make sure you take out that soldier in the cathedral first so you don’t get an ugly surprise.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Huge boss: ✓
                                                  Bad camera: ✓
                                                  Skinny legs: ✓
                                                  Invisible AOE hitbox: ✓
                                                  The new boss formula. I do enjoy the notion of fighting a huge dragon though (but I need good music like Midir's theme).

                                                  • Flame of frenzy deals very high damage to this boss and breaks his poise in 2 fully charged casts. So rush in, cast power within\whatever-its-called-in-this-game following up with fully charged flame of frenzy. Pretty easy to pull of while he is waking up. Dodge his stop attack (that's what he will do most of the time) then cast another fully charged frenzy. If done correctly it will open him up for a riposte but personally i don't bother & just use normal combos with bleed weapons or 2 fully charged collossal r2 instead. Get on you horse as he's getting up & get ready to ride the hell way as he most likely will use one of his huge aoe breath attacks. Wait for whatever bs he used to end but stay at mid-distance to bait his dragon breath. The moment it starts ride to his side and use frenzy flame again. Plenty of time to use it twice fully charged which will break his poise again. Unless you're heavily underleveled he should not survive any longer. Bleed & fire are your best friends here. If you cant \don't wont to use frenzy flame, jumping attacks with something heavy twohanded plus claw talisman break his poise just fine as well. Just dont stay too long under him if on foot as his aoe breathing attacks are next to impossible to dodge unless you are already on you horse.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Another BS Elden Ring boss that’s only challenging because its BS and ignores all the rules. Breath weapon goes through trees, ground, rocks. Stomp attacks damage doesn’t line up with animation.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        His breath weapon hits you even if you are behind him and he’s aiming it in front of him. Its stupid as hell.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Level 36
                                                          7 FP pots
                                                          30 Kukri knives
                                                          The cheez way I found for killing this dragon.

                                                          Since your most likely spawning at the church, Head to the ridge above the dragon. Target the body (Head moves to much) Spam Frenzied Burst - the side sweep scarlet rot will not hit you. BE WARY of the front scarlet spew as that will destroy you. At a certain point the dragon will fly up to the ridge. Soon as he does this, mount and ride to the bottom. Dragon tends to get stuck on the cliff. Also if you some how burn him down to 50% while still topside - he has an aoe nuke that will Kill you.

                                                          So if you have the dragon topside snagged on the cliff (target body from down below), spam as much frenzied burst till he is under 50% health or near. I used 7 fp pots and then quickly started spamming Kukri knives. Just a little health left, dragon will stance break...just keep spamming. Easiest way I found so far for being way under leveled. Enjoy!

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Weird question I have about Elden Ring bosses; If they're going to have negative resistances across the board, why not just give them lower health proportional to their highest resistance? Opposite goes for bosses with 40% resistance in everything, why not just give them more health instead?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I made a comment on 19th june about dying over and over, I have since beaten it. latenna at +4 summoned at the highest point possible overlooking the dragon was doing a surprising amount of damage to it, much more than I was expecting to see from her. I've tried lhutel and the wolves for this, lhutel lasts less than five minutes, I think the wolves die faster, neither summons did any worthwhile damage to the dragon at higher upgrade levels than latenna. I don't know if it had something to do with where I summoned her, maybe some of its attacks weren't hitting her but she lasted a lot longer than any other summon I've tried. I wouldn't have been able to do it without her.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Here's a tip: use your horse

                                                                I do agree that the arena is small but with a bit of practice, a well timed getaway on your horse allows you to comfortably dodge all of the breath attacks

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  "All the other dragons laugh at me", thought Ekzykes, "But we'll see who's laughing after I finish all this garlic!"

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Dark Eater Midir is one of my favorite bosses in DS3. It rewards patience and learning the move set. Awesome big arena to fight a giant dragon. Dragons in general in Elden Ring have terrible design/ arenas. This one is the capstone of design failure. I am not apposed to a hard boss fight but the disappearing outside of a tiny fish bowl arena where he can get glitched on rocks and OHK with his breath attack is next level un fun.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I'm having more trouble with this dragon than I've had from anything else up to this point in the whole game. Nothing I've tried so far has even gotten close to killing this dragon. I use frenzied burst from an elevated advantage point with two talisman that boost faith and the ffire scorpion talisman, I can deal some decent damage with frenzied burst, but it makes no difference, if I use an armour that has decent immunity stats same thing, no difference at all. it usually kills me before its health is even halfway. Its the AOE attack listed above as rot breath (ground) that kills me every time. I can't get out of the area it covers quickly enough even on torrent, the preserving boluses seem pretty useless against this attack as well. If I can eat a bolus quickly enough and reset the status bar for the rot, all that happens is it starts to build again very quickly and I die anyway.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        first playthrough rushed caelid with dragonburnt ruin chest, took 30 minutes to kill with a +2 straight sword

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I had a lot of respect of him (as of everything in this Scarlet Rot hell called Caelid), but he was surprisingly easy with help from Latenna+3 and a Fire Claymore+12 with Flames of the Redmane. Put Latenna on the hill behind him, then attacked from the other side. He couldn't decide whom to attack, constantly switching targets and rarely used his Scarlet Rot. Mostly relied on melee attacks, which are easy to avoid. Just use Torrent to get out of his AoE quickly.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I just beat this guy after coming back from a few weeks ago. Surprisingly easy with Rogier's Rapier (+16)Glintblade phalanx, as he stunned switch to Godskin Peeler (base no upgrade) and using charged Black Flame Tornado. Power bar melted like butter

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              You can ranged him down if you stay at the tree beside the road from cealid highway south grace. He won't follow you there, you can hide away from his breath attacks, but you need to run away from the spot on Torrente when he breaths under him as that AoE will engulf you. Using bloodloss arrows certainly speeds it up.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Flame of the Redmanes breaks his guard in two or three hits. If you can get him right in the face twice, he'll go down n two. Otherwise, blow the flame anywhere in his vicinity, and he'll drop for a crit in three uses.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  This guy was hard, but I had a lot of fun fighting him actually. What I eventually beat him with was a combo of rock sling at his face to stun him, using misericorde to crit, and then going in and out on torrent using a bleed weapon. Used my jellyfish to soak up a little aggro too

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    You can summon Latenna on the hill with the big tree that's right behind him, if she's positioned right he won't hit her and you can ride around on Torrent while you both chip away at him. I was using a faith build and Blackflame and Flame Cleanse Me got me through the fight

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I found kukris very helpful during the (very rare and short) moments when you can aim at his head. Four kukris can cause bleed and ~2300 dmg (35 str - 14 dex)

                                                                                      • Despite being resistant to Poison, it is not immune. If you go to the right onto the cliff next to it's "arena", it is possible to cheese it fairly easily with Poison arrows.

                                                                                        Most of it's attacks will miss, with the exception of the huge AOE breath, which you can avoid by running behind one of those roots. Once it's right up against the wall, the breath attacks should reach up, so stick behind the root, and occasionally run further away from the AOE. Takes around 20-25 Poison arrows to proc.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          if you kite him from one his of his arena to the other passing between his legs you can lock him into only two moves. his breathe attack, which you'll be underneath him for hacking away at his legs, then you come out behind him and avoid his tail swipe. rinse and repeat. you might get unlucky and have the breathe bounce off the walls of his arena but for the most part you can do this over and over without getting hit once.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I was having a lot of trouble with him until I discovered a simple trick: Aim for his wings with a bleed weapon. I used the morning star. Being out at his wings means his stomps are almost a non-issue, and you can get a lot better view of his incoming rot vomit.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              As a faith build, what really helped me was running *under* him while aiming for his head. I may have gotten lucky, but he only seems to cast breath abilities when you're relatively far away and in front of him - being directly under him just made him stomp around a bit, which is much easier to deal with. As of killing the boss, I am a lv52 faith build with lv8 finger seal. I was using Black Flame.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                As a melee player I really hated this guy at first when I just insta-died time after time from his breath attacks and saw no way of escaping them.

                                                                                                But after I learned that the breath attack doesn't spread across the whole of Caelid as long as he vomits onto open ground, the fight got waaay more managable.
                                                                                                Just don't let him vomit into one of the cliff walls, that's when things go to hell.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  There's something seriously wrong with game flow, the area around this boss is super easy for my level (41) and then this boss seems scaled for way higher level players and gear, I barely do any damage to his insane hp pool and any attack of his oneshots me

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Worst boss I've ever encountered in a souls game just because of the AOE. It's just too big and does too much damage. Unavoidable damage is a new thing for the souls series, and this guy has the most of it I've encountered so far. I wonder what their intentions were with this design.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Needs verification, but I am pretty sure I killed this dragon without fighting it: instead, I killed all dragons around him (they are all midlife by default).
                                                                                                      When the last dragon died, the huge one died too, and I received the rewards.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        My approach was probably the biggest "hit your jead through the wall 'till it breaks" method, I put on Star Fists, summoned mimic tear and punched the dragons toes until he bled to death, instead of running when he did his breath attack I instead spammed flasks to heal through the damage, ignored the scarlet rot and kept punching until the dragon died. (Well, I died first. My mimic tear just barely finished it off for me.)

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Did this *******'s AOE get buffed? Fight feels like ass since the last patch with his garbage going all over the ****ing place.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            If you want to defeat it easily:
                                                                                                            Pick any fire incantation
                                                                                                            Ride your Torrent
                                                                                                            Two hand your talisman
                                                                                                            Ride under his maw
                                                                                                            Cast spell 2-3 times
                                                                                                            Run away on the hill nearby
                                                                                                            He will fly there
                                                                                                            Cast 1-2 times your spell
                                                                                                            Run away down the hill
                                                                                                            Wait for Ekzykes to come down
                                                                                                            Cast
                                                                                                            Repeat

                                                                                                            This way he want hit you with scarlet rot.

                                                                                                            Easy.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Weak dragon died to a swarm of flies are you kidding me? After I killed him while alt tabbed I said "what a push over"

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                it is 4:40 am and i took 2 hours to beat this boss as a lvl 29 wretch using golden halberd. i dont think i was supposed to be here at this point in the game

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Black flame does effective damage, I was averaging 1.2 k a hit with crits going for almost 4k. His breath attack is murderous

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    After a few tries, this guys isn't too bad. Just make sure you stay very very very far away whenever you see him use any breath attacks because those will stagger and scarlet rot you to death if you get caught in any one.

                                                                                                                    Other than that, don't lock on with the camera and hit-and-run his back legs with Torrent. Enjoy your 38k runes.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      My sister was riding down the road. She then saw one of those skulls that give you a golden rune when you break them fly onto the road. She looked down at it. When she looked back up, this guy was standing there

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        I haven't seen many people mention this in detail, so for all of you who don't know: If you go all the way to the right and ride past the other dragons to get to the fort behind him without aggroing him, you can attack his tail, free. I didn't even know that he could get up and it would be an actual boss fight, until I looked him up just now and saw all this. Fire and Bleed seem to be the go to for this one.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Placidusax ruin did like 13k on ng+3 lol, black flame tornado on his head did nearly half his health. Feels good to stick with faith

                                                                                                                          • He can stomp at you, stagger torrent and then scarlet rot cloud kills you. Every time i died on this boss it was some kind of oneshot until i killed him hitless. I dont really hate him tho

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              an extremely easy way to kill is to use Latenna the Albinauric in the place of grace near the cathedral of the dragon leaving it on the stone next to a dead tree then attack the dragon and keep your distance this will make it return to the starting place doing con que he will be able to attack and stay still as long as the kogador doesn't attack and just wait for Latenna the Albinauric to kill him or else join the battle

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                second day playing, lvl 16 can't kill anybody in the area. So out of boredom i start hacking away at the tail of the boss doing 24 damage, but every 30 seconds or so i suddenly do 13,000. Killed him and got 76,000 runes. Don't know why but now i big level. The weapon i used was like wolverine claws from the big castle with the guy who rips out the dragon's head and uses it for a weapon.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  The topography of his arena causes him to constantly get stuck on crap where you can't hit or approach him and once his aoe bugged and caused me to get stuck inside it with my horse galloping away in place bumping into an invisible wall, this boss is dog ****

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    I found this boss extremely fun. At first I hated him but I left for 3 hours and then spent an afternoon on him. While it may be a little bs, this is my favorite boss that I’ve fought very under leveled

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      There's a dead tree beside the road closest and directly East of Caelid Highway South Site of Grace. Climb it on horseback then position yourself onto the higher branch stub. From this point you can get him with arrows only dealing with an occasional rot breath affliction. Wear max immunity resistance gear to mitigate as much as you can and pelt away.

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        I dont know if it was bugged or what, but I started at the Fort Faroth Grace and just went up to his side and hacked away with the Uchigatana and he never fought back. Granted about 70k runes

                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          Can anyone confirm the drops? We killed each other at the same time and I got runes and 1 dragon heart. Is there anything else? Do you get locked out of getting items when you kill each other at same time?

                                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                            Can anyone confirm the drops? We killed each other at the same time and I got runes and 1 dragon heart. Is there anything else? Do you get locked out of getting items when you kill each other at same time?

                                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                              What a pain in the ass! It took me 6 tries to beat him and what worked for me onmy 6th try was to add blood loss effect on my Lordsword Greatsword and also use Latenna by putting her on a high ground from where she can keep pew pew with her bow. i was on horse for the whole battle which makes it much possible to run away from his rot attacks and whenever i got the chance i went slashing his legs like crazy to cause blood loss.

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