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 Ashes, Weapons, Spells, 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 Agheel, Flying Dragon Greyll, Glintstone Dragon Smarag, Glintstone Dragon Adula, and Borealis the Freezing Fog. Lesser 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
- Health: 23,731 HP
- Defense: 114
- Stance: 120
- Parryable: No
- Dragon type
- Is vulnerable to a critical hit after being stance broken
- Weak point: head (+50% damage)
- Inflicts: Scarlet Rot
- Drops 38,000, Dragon Heart
- Defeating Decaying Ekzykes unlocks Ekzykes's Decay at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Caelid
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.
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+ and Beyond (click to reveal)
|Poison||1188 / 1645||582 / 1039||590 / 1047||599 / 1056||608 / 1065||616 / 1073||625 / 1082||634 / 1091|
|Scarlet Rot||1188 / 1645||582 / 1039||590 / 1047||599 / 1056||608 / 1065||616 / 1073||625 / 1082||634 / 1091|
|Hemorrhage||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||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|
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
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
|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|
|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
- Ekzykes's Decay calls Ekzykes the "Dragon Communion Revenger", suggesting that it hunted those who consumed Dragon Hearts at the nearby Cathedral of Dragon Communion, explaining his presence.
Decaying Ekzykes Image Gallery
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