Decaying Ekzykes

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Location Caelid
Drops

Caelid:
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 38,000 Runes
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 114,000 Runes (NG+1)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 125,401 Runes (NG+2)
Dragon Heart

HP ≈ 23731 (Great Enemy Boss)
Strong VS
Weak to
Physical-type Damage
Elemental-type Damage 

Decaying Ekzykes is a Boss in Elden Ring. 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.

Decaying Ekzykes is a pale white dragon with patches blighted by scarlet rot. It can be found in south Caelid, guarding the highway and breathes out a mist of scarlet rot as opposed to fire like many other dragons. Seeing as dragon communion requires the heart of the dragons, it's possible that Ekzykes previously sought out revenge against those who partook in the practice given it's title of Dragon Communion Revenger. 

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. Riding Torrent during this fight may help you avoid it's large AOEs and various breath attacks. It is recommended to bring Consumables and/or put on Equipment that can alleviate the build-up of Scarlet Rot as many of Ekyzykes' attacks can quickly inflict the status effect. It drops a Dragon Heart and unlocks Ekzyke's Decay for purchase when defeated.

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.

 

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

 

Elden Ring Decaying Ekzykes Boss

Decaying Ekzykes is a Great Enemy Boss found in Caelid, along the Highway in the south.

  • This is an optional boss
  • This is a Great Enemy class Boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Caelid Highway South
  • Is multiplayer allowed for this boss?
  • Spirit Summons are available for this boss
  • Defeating Decaying Ekzykes unlocks Ekzykes's Decay at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion

 

Elden Ring Decaying Ekzykes Location

Decaying Ekzykes can be found by traveling along the Caelid Highway in the south. It can't be missed if you are following this main road. [Elden Ring Map Link]

 

Decaying Ekzykes Combat Information

  • Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases - a firebomb will do the same damage in phase 1 as in phase 2.
  • Deals Standard Damage. Can inflict Scarlet Rot.
  • dragon icon 40px Dragon type
  • Parriable: No
  • Can be poise broken, which allows for a critical attack.
  • Hits to the head deal extra damage.

 

Absorptions:

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

Resistances:

The resistance numbers is the buildup amount to trigger it. For example if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of whatever aux buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs.

 

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:

  • Always stay ahead of the breath. Ride far away if you are not close enough to get to his side.
  • Beware of his breath's ability to bounce off surfaces.
  • Use spells with very long range such as Loretta's Greatbow.
  • Aim for the head when possible for more damage.
  • Consider using bleed weapons (such as Reduvia) for extra damage, as Ekyzykes is particularly weak to Hemorrhage.
  • Bring along Preserving Boluses to get rid of rot build up (provided you survive a hit from his breath in the first place)

 

Mounted Strategy

While mounted on Torrent, keep your distance, and wait for Ekzykes to use various "scarlet breath" attacks against you. If and when you have an opening, charge in, and use the free time to get a few hits in on a wing, or leg. Retreat when necessary, and repeat.

Use the terrain to your advantage as often as possible, as putting something between yourself and Ekzykes is the best way to avoid its scarlet breath. Taking the high ground is also an excellent way for ranged combatants to play it safe and avoid the scarlet breath, allowing them get some free damage in.

 

Melee Users

Striking Ekzykes' head will deal extra damage. However, due to its massive size (compared to other wyvern bosses) the head is rarely accessible. Because of this, the wings or legs should be one's primary target for dealing damage, despite the lower damage output. Because of this, it is extremely advantageous to use a weapon with Hemorrhage, as Ekzykes is particularly weak to blood loss. Melee users will benefit greatly from using the mounted strategy (above), as the breath attack can be extremely difficult to move away from on foot.

Magic and Ranged Users

Magic and Ranged players have an added advantage for this boss by being able to remain out of the range of his scarlet breath, for the most part. Use the surrounding elevated terrain to your advantage, as well as long-range spells, such as Loretta's Greatbow.

Arcane/Luck Users

This particular strategy is much like the "Mounted Strategy" shown above except using the Arcane scaling for blood loss and frostbite. Just like in the latter strategies you should definitely employ patience. As long as you stay on your horse you should be able to run in and do a quick 3-hit combo with your bleed, frostbite or perhaps (and even better at that) both of said afflictions. With just 35 Arcane it should only take 3-5 hits to inflict frostbite and 5-7 hits to make Ekzykes bleed. Attack Ekzykes feet then run to a distance using your horse. If you see Ekzykes is going to use a breath attack then quickly climb onto the cliff around their area until they stop (jumping with your horse towards the dragons' feet would be preferable) then go back to slapping their feet. Rinse, repeat, victory.

       

Decaying Ekzykes Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
 Smash The dragon puts its foot up the air, slamming it on the ground and producing a cloud of Scarlet Rot  There is a lot of time between the moment the foot starts going up and the moment it's slammed, so you have plenty of time to go on the other foot. Try avoiding being trapped between the feet, for the cloud is very harmful.
Talon Smash The dragon flies up and hovers in the area for a moment, before diving down and striking with its talons as it lands violently. Riding towards and under him will cause the dragon to fly over your head and land behind you. You can quickly turn around to get one or two hits in.
Frenzied Dash Decaying Ekzykes locks onto a target and performs a mad dash towards them, slamming his head from side to side as he reaches them. Dash sideways as he approaches and reposition towards his wing or legs to get a few hits in.
Tail Sweep If positioned behind the dragon, he may spin 180 degrees around, sweeping his tail in a large arc. You can avoid getting hit by following his leg position as he turns. Remain under him. Moving outwards will cause he tail to hit you.
Rot Breath (Straight) Decaying Ekzykes breathes out a fog of scarlet rot directly in front of him. The breath has a deceptively large hitbox and seems to bounce off the environment.  Stay far to his side or behind him to avoid getting caught by bounced fog particles. Getting hit by this fog is almost always a death sentence as the rot will kill you if the breath itself doesn't. If you are in front of him while he performs this move, Ekzykes will also slightly adjust his aim as he breathes so always stay ahead of the breath.
Rot Breath (Ground) Decaying Ekzykes aims his face at the ground directly in front of him and breathes out a fog of scarlet rot. The fog bounces off the ground and quickly spreads in a very, very large radius around the dragon. Stay very far away from the dragon as soon as you see him aiming at the ground. This attack's hitbox is very deceptively large and seems to affect further than the fog is visible.
Rot Breath (Sweeping) Decaying Ekzykes slowly turns its head to one side and begins breathing out his rot fog and then sweeping it across to the other side. If you are close enough to the dragon, you can ride towards his side or legs and get your hits in. If in medium range or further out, do not risk it. Ride far away instead until the fog dissipates.
Rot Breath (Flying) The dragon flies away, breathing out a constant fog of Scarlet Rot. The breath has a huge hitbox in front of the dragon, forming a cone  If you are under the dragon, you'll notice the attack by the characteristic noise and by the type of jump if you are experienced enough. Seemingly, double-jumping is a good way of avoiding damage.

Decaying Ekzykes Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Voice Actor: ??
  • Other Notes and Trivia Go Here

 

 

Decaying Ekzykes Image Gallery

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    • 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.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous


                                                                                                                        Going outside the dragon church towards the graveyard there's a big branching black tree. Stand there and the dragon will just walk forward into the cliff and spit gas. No flying, nothing. The gas will reach up so run back and wait. You can see him turn around and walk back a bit, that's the safe opening. I don't consider this cheese I just imagined his brain is already rotten and this is the best he could come up with.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          So as far as I understand it, Ezykes was in Caelid specifically to deal with Dragon Communion, but they have too much brainrot to do anything but ambush the historical road the old dragon hunters used anymore.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Does anyone use the "Flame of the redmanes" ash of war?
                                                                                                                            Landed it 2-3 times in this boss and he gets stunned.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Total nerd that ate like 20 blade of death's to the face

                                                                                                                              I will carry the memory of this fight forever in my heart, thank you dragon nerd

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                No he doesn't sleep, yes you can "bug" the AI on the rocky hillside with a tree. either you de aggro him by hiding up there then sneak back down do more damage because you were out of combat rinse repeat. Bleed, Fire, Ice all work against him. Poision and rot he is more resistant to but you can still slowly kill him with it. Torrent + Lance Talisman + *insert weapon* does also work and was what I did. With golden scarab you get 45k runes and one dragon heart. I didn't have enough kukri's but throwing 27 at 60 strength does 3/4's of his health.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Rot Breath (Ground) attack is russian roulette. Will either deal damage or will not deal any damage at all due to bugs. It glitching is the only way to realistically do this boss at SL1 melee without a horse or cheese strategy. If it does no damage you might be able to get out fast enough on horse before it does begin to hurt you, or maybe you get free attacks if it glitches during the entire effect. Otherwise, this will require you to chug flasks as others mentioned until its effect is over.

                                                                                                                                  • Took me a lot of time to defeat this boss. At first, I was using bloodhound's fang +5 but I can't defeat him at all. Bloodhound's fang is super slow so you need a fast weapon.

                                                                                                                                    What I did was:
                                                                                                                                    Upgraded my uchigatana to +13
                                                                                                                                    Upgraded Banished Knight Oleg to +4
                                                                                                                                    Equip armor with high immunity
                                                                                                                                    Wonderous Physick Mix with Strength-knot Crystal Clear and Opaline Bubbletear

                                                                                                                                    Talisman:
                                                                                                                                    Green turtle
                                                                                                                                    Erdtree's favor
                                                                                                                                    Arsenal's charm (can't equip radagon's scarseal because it increases my damage taken)

                                                                                                                                    Strategy:
                                                                                                                                    I mostly attack his wings instead of legs but if his wings are out of reach, either attack his head (if reachable) or legs. Avoid scarlet rot as much as possible. After 3-5 hits just make sure to jump your horse as it always does this tail attack if you are under him.

                                                                                                                                    If you see him flying, run as much as possible. Cause it either does this scarlet rot AOE or jumps to you.

                                                                                                                                    With uchitagana it took me 2 times. Bloodhound's fang, took me 10-15 times till I gave up.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      this bossfight is awful and you should cheese it & fight it dishonestly, here's how i did it with my slapdash build:

                                                                                                                                      non-infused twinblades +7 with 20/20 str/dex, 15 int, ice spear weapon art.

                                                                                                                                      ekzykes is extremely weak to frostbite and as with most midir-reuse dragons hitting it in the head does a lot more damage and stagger damage. at the start of the fight, you should get two free ice spears to the face - if you have an alternative good way of applying frost, that can work too, though ice spear is a projectile and can hit ekzyke's head which is much further up than other dragons and very rarely lowers to person-height. typically, the ice spears will do 700~ damage, and the frost proc will do 3.3k~, which are good chunks of damage. after applying frostbite, get on your horse and try to out-space all of the dragon's attacks, before getting a few hits in on the head with your weapon. twinblades' horseback attacks have good vertical reach, so that helped in a number of scenarios. you can usually get about 3 attacks in during his longest recoveries. horseback combat is super boring, but doing this fight on foot is even worse. whenever frostbite wears off - as you can tell by no chilly mist emanating from the dragon's torso - try to find opportunities to land two more ice spears.

                                                                                                                                      if the dragon does either of the at-the-ground aoe breath attacks, run away on the horse as fast as possible. it can be difficult to react to the breath attack where he stays grounded even if you ARE on the horse, and depending on what the terrain behind you is, death may be inescapable, but if you play very passively and make sure you make a lot of space you can usually get out of the way in time. if you stagger the dragon by hitting the head enough, getting off the horse is a good idea since ripostes deal good chunks of damage and you can recover from them safely enough.

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        he is not immune to poison but it took the jellyfish ash 2 minutes to get his poison high enough while he was bugged

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