Dragonlord Placidusax

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Location Crumbling Farum Azula
Drops

210,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG Co-op Host)

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686,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes (NG+5)

700,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes (NG+6)

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Remembrance of the Dragonlord

HP ≈ 26,651 (LEGEND)
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All Elemental Damage

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Dragonlord Placidusax is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring Dragonlord Placidusax Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Placidusax easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Placidusax.

Dragonlord Placidusax is a massive, two-headed dragon found in Crumbling Farum Azula. The Old Lord's Talisman suggests that Placidusax had at least two more heads that had been removed by the time the Tarnished reaches him. He was Elden Lord at some time before the reign of Marika and the Golden Order and presumably ruled alongside his God - a god who later fled. The Ancient Dragon and Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones are said to be scales of the Dragonlord. Due to their unique ability to twist time, Weapons upgraded with these Smithing Stones are capable of harming and slaying gods.

This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so yields useful Items and Runes. It is recommended to equip and consume Equipment and Items that boost your Lightning and Fire resistance when fighting against this boss. He drops the Remembrance of the Dragonlord when defeated.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. Legend bosses drop their own unique Remembrance capable of being transformed into powerful Weapons, Spells, Ashes of War, and Talismans for the player.

 

 The Dragonlord whose seat lies at the heart of the storm beyond time is said to have been Elden Lord in the age before the Erdtree. Once his god was fled, the lord continued to await its return.

Elden Ring Dragonlord Placidusax Boss

Dragonlord Placidusax is a Legend Boss found in Crumbling Farum Azula

  • This is an optional Boss
  • This is a Legend type Boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Beside the Great Bridge
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this Boss. In order to be summoned, player has to put his sign near entrance to boss fight arena.
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this Boss

 

Elden Ring Dragonlord Placidusax Location

Entrance is in the lowest section of Crumbling Farum Azula. From the Beside the Great Bridge [Map link] grace, turn around take the elevator back down into the church. Go past the Beastmen and exit the church. Head straight ahead out of the church, towards the cluster of trees, and look over the edge for a platform to fall down to. Follow the path to the end, and look for a cubby on the stone floor that doesn't have bones in it. Approach and look for the Lie down prompt. See it on the Elden Ring Map here.

 

Dragonlord Placidusax Combat Information

  • Health: 26,651 HP
  • New Game Health: NG+1 (26,677), NG+2 (29,344), NG+3 (30,678), NG+4 (32,012), NG+5 (34,680), NG+6 (36,013), NG+7 (37,347)
  • In a multiplayer session in NG, Placidusax has 42,641 HP with 1 summon (1.6X HP Multiplier) and 61,297 HP with 2 summons (2.3X HP Multiplier), 2023 poison, rot, blood, and frost resistance with 1 summon (1.5X Multiplier), and 2698 poison resistance with 2 summons (2x Multiplier). The rune reward is 210,000 for the host and 70,000 for all phantoms.
  • Defenses do not change between phases - phase transition grants him few new attacks.
  • Deals Standard Damage, Lightning Damage and Fire Damage.
  • Counts as neither dragon icon 40px Dragon type nor ancient dragon icon 40px Ancient Dragon type, and so does not take extra damage from dragon weapons or Dragonwound Grease.
  • Weak spot: Heads (very difficult to hit, can only be reliably attacked when it is poise broken)
  • Can be poise broken, which allows for a critical attack. Poise: 160.

 

Absorptions/Defenses

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 are 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. Poise regenerates after 6 seconds without any hits or upon a poise break.

Elden Ring Dragonlord Placidusax Boss Guide

Dragonlord Placidusax Boss Video Guide

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Dragonlord Placidusax Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Dragonlord Placidusax:

Melee Users

Dragonlord Placidusax’s attacks are quick and hit hard, but have a generous amount of time between them where you can get easy hits in. Like other dragons, his weak spot is his head(s) but unlike other dragons, the opportunities you will get as melee to hit him in the head are rare and unreliable. The safest spot to attack Placidusax is around the base of his tail near his hind legs, behind his wings. This puts you in a position where you will avoid his wing ram, won’t trigger his tail swipe, and unlike other dragons, he has no attacks with his back feet that you’ll have to worry about.

When the fight begins, you will want to quickly close the distance to Placidusax. He will summon large lightning bolts around the arena but these are out of the way and won’t require dodging. Differing from lightning strikes used by previous bosses, instead of small direct bolts, the lightning that Placidusax summons are large AOE bolts, and you can take note of their general size while running towards him. He will summon a second wave of these bolts around the time you get within striking range. You should be moving immediately when the red indicators show up, not just to get out of the way but to give yourself more time to attack. Between each strike you can get 1-4 hits in safely before needing to move again, depending on the speed of your weapon. For colossal weapon users, you only have time to get one heavy/jump attack in before needing to move for the next lightning bolt. After three lightning strikes hit, the move will end.

Following this, Placidusax has a few different moves for the first half of the fight that are all relatively simple and trigger based on your location to him.

Placidusax has two different swiping attacks that he will use often where his hands grow long, red lightning claws. When he raises his left hand (your right if facing him), he will do a wide horizontal slash that is easily avoided by rolling into the direction the claw is coming from. When he raises his right hand (your left if facing him), he will bring the claw vertically down into the ground and cause a small lightning explosion on impact. This, too, can be easily avoided with one dodge by rolling towards him. The explosion is small enough and quick enough that you do not need to worry about being hit by it from rolling too soon.

Placidusax also has a couple fire breathing moves you’ll need to look out for. He will jump away a short distance and then both heads will spray flames into the ground in front and in a semicircle around him. Luckily, the distance the flames travel is generously short and in most cases the distance he jumps away from you will be further than his flames will end up reaching. Just wait for the flames to dissipate and run back in. He will also breathe flames down his left or right side at you, depending on which flank you are attacking. If positioned near his back legs, the area around the base of his tail will actually be curved up high enough for you to roll under it to the other side, making this attack trivial to avoid and giving you a huge amount of time to punish the boss.

Two other physical attacks of note that can be triggered based on positioning: if you are on his side near his wings, he will slam his wing down into the ground and then ram it outwards, causing massive physical damage; and if you are too far away from his body near his tail, he will spin and whip horizontally with his tail.

Once you get Placidusax near 50%, he will rise into the air and disappear, signaling the phase change. Storm clouds will form somewhere in the air and you must rotate your camera to look around for them, as Placidusax will rematerialize out of them in a fast dive attack towards you with one set of claws out. It looks more menacing than it actually is, and a single roll towards him will carry you through it unscathed. He then follows this up with a few attacks where he will disappear and reappear quickly in sequence, doing a claw attack each time. You can target lock when he appears for the first attack and the lock will remain on him even when he disappears for all the following attacks, taking away any difficulty of having to guess where he’s going to appear. The claw attacks in phase two now have a second portion to them, where he will follow up the swipe or slam with dragging his claws back the opposite direction. The timing does not change, however; you just now have to roll twice instead of once. If you are feeling bold, you can roll towards his armpit while avoiding the first claw swipe, and the second part of the swipe will naturally miss you, allowing you to get in a quick hit or two before he disappears. As part of this disappearing/reappearing phase, he might also pull out a new attack where he does a short flight/lunge across with claws out; essentially a baby version of the dive he did to open the phase. Like his other attacks, a single roll under and towards him is all you need.

At any point for the rest of the fight, he can start doing the entire above sequence again, so just be on your guard and ready to start dodging when he dissolves. The trickiest part is that he can summon the lightning bolts from the first half while doing the divebomb and phasing in and out. You will have to be rotating the camera to look for where he’s going to dive from, while also sprinting to keep out of the large lightning blasts that are targeting the area. The attacks themselves aren’t too difficult to avoid, but the large amount of visual clutter going off can make it tough to see what’s happening.

Placidusax’s flames also receive an upgrade in the second half, and both heads can suddenly turn their fire into laser beams that cut back and forth across the arena, causing massive damage if they hit you. These move fast and look unpredictable but there is a pattern where one head starts far and makes three swathes back and forth, getting closer to him with each pass, and the other head moves in the opposite pattern, starting close to him and making passes left and right while getting farther from him with each pass. If you are not near him when this starts, your best bet is to try to move far enough to one side so that you only have to worry about dodging one laser. If you are close to him, you can quickly run under the lasers and have several seconds of free time to attack him. Just be cautious of the lasers at the end of this attack as he brings them both back in towards his body. Even if you aren’t close enough to exploit the opening at the start of the attack, at the end of the attack he spends a couple seconds shooting the lasers into the sky and roaring, allowing you to still get in a couple free hits.

The last new attack you might encounter in the second half is Placidusax will summon a large lightning spear/pole and stab it into the ground, causing a large red circle AOE to appear before setting off a massive explosion. This move seems to be all show though, as you have several seconds to run away out of it before it actually goes off, even if you don’t notice the spear until it’s already in the ground. The attack will also cause your audio to go mute, giving you a very apparent audial cue that you need to be moving away.

Besides the new additions, Placidusax can also still use any of his attacks from the first phase so be mindful of positioning and you’ll breeze right through the fight. His moves leave plenty of openings for free hits without needing to make your own windows so as long as you don’t get greedy, you should make it through the fight without much issue.

Magic and Ranged Users

Shard Spiral can deal tremendous damage to the boss (enough to even skip the 2nd phase if lucky). Use Godfrey Icon along with your other magic buffs. During the first phase use the spell after charging it fully and use it close to the boss so more of the spell travels through him. During the transition to the 2nd phase after reaching the middle of the boss's health bar spam the uncharged shard spiral while you are still locked on to him and he should be either dead or nearly dead. Night Maiden’s Mist can be highly effective, as it often stands still when attacking, while Tiche or some other summon draws most of his attention. Just be wary of the phase two disappearance moves, as sometimes it can be hard to tell when he's done and can catch you if you commit to a spell too early. 

As for incantations, Swarm of Flies deals great damage to the boss, applying Hemorrhage pretty quickly. First phase won't be hard as the boss stay still, but in second phase dragon is getting much more mobile, so casting more than 2 spells after his attacks is very dangerous. It is also highly recommended to use Bloodhound's Step to easily dodge and keep distance to use spells safely. Other notable incantations are Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike and Pest Threads for both of which the user needs to be close to the dragonlord in order for them to deal tremendous damage. Pest Threads is more FP efficient than Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike but requires better positioning than the other in order to deal the most damage. Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike is able to shred the dragonlord's HP a lot faster so it is recommended if you have high FP.

 

Dragonlord Placidusax Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike Placidusax will roar, summoning lightning strikes across the arena. Red sparks will appear before the lightning lands. Three of them will target the player sequentially, while others are randomized.  Equip Lightning damage negation. Move out of the strike zones or roll through the strikes, and attack Placidusax between lightning strikes.
Overbalancing Swipe Placidusax raises his right arm and summons claws of red lightning. He then lunges forwards to slash at the player, falling partially onto his side as he does. Roll to your left through the attack.
Claw Swipe Placidusax raises his left or right arm and summons claws of red lightning. He then sweeps them from his left to his right (if attacking with his left hand) or from his right to his left (if attacking with his right hand). Roll through the attack, preferably in the direction Placidusax is swinging his arm from.
Claw Smash Placidusax raises either his right or left arm up high and summons claws of red lightning. He then slams them down in front of his chest, creating a large burst of electrical energy. Move towards Placidusax’s flanks, or dodge late through the blast.
Claw Scrape After a Claw Smash or Swipe, Placiudsax keeps his electrical claws active and pulls them back along his body. Roll backwards to exploit the attack’s short range.
Double Claw Slam Placidusax raises both of his hands and summons claws of red lightning. He then slams them down in front of himself, causing a large electrical explosion. This attack is only used as a followup to his Overbalancing Swipe. Sprint behind Placidusax, or roll late through the attack.
Rearing Claw-Firebreath Combo Placidusax raises his left arm and summons claws of red lightning. He delays for an extended period and then swipes from his left to his right, rising onto his hind legs as he does. He then spews golden fire in wide arcs in front of himself. Sprint behind Placidusax and attack his tail and hips. Do not stand in his crotch; the fire goes far enough back to reach you there.
Crawling Claw-Firebreath Combo Placidusax raises his left arm and summons claws of red lightning. After delaying for a moderate period, he swipes from his left to his right, then begins breathing golden fire in wide arcs in front of himself. Sprint to Placidusax’s side or hips and attack him.
Rearwards Firebreath This attack is commonly used when the player is at Placidusax’s hindlegs or sides. Placidusax looks back over his shoulder, then begins breathing gouts of golden fire along that side of his body and in front of himself. When at Placidusax’s side, keep an eye towards the front of his body. If the dragonlord looks at you and fire particles begin to appear in his mouth, immediately sprint backwards and away from his body.
Repositioning Firebreath Placidusax leaps backwards and to his left or right, spewing a gout of golden fire at the ground between himself and the player as he lands. Wait a moment for the fire to dissipate, then pursue Placidusax.
Leaping Claws Placidusax rises slightly and begins to glow with tendrils of red lightning. He then leaps forwards at the player, summoning claws of red lightning on his right hand and swiping as he hits the ground at their location. As he lands, Placidusax spins himself around to face the direction he jumped from. Roll to your left, then pursue the dragonlord.
Boulder Throw Combo This attack is occasionally used when Placidusax wants to adjust his positioning and face the player more closely. The dragonlord raises his left arm and summons claws of red lightning. He then scrapes them across the ground in front of him and along his left side, turning slightly to face the player as he does. Then, Placidusax digs his right hand into the ground and flings a spread of rocks at the player. Move backwards out of the range of the claw swipe, then roll forwards through the rocks to attack Placidusax.
Wing Slam-Swing Combo This attack is only used when the player is at Placidusax’s left side. The dragon raises his left wing, then slams the edge of it into the ground at his side. After a moment of hesitation, he whips his wing outwards and up. Roll once to dodge the initial slam, then roll through the followup wing swing and attack Placidusax.
Bite A rarely used attack employed when the player stands to the side of Placidusax near his front end. Placidusax will look to the side that the player is on and then bite once with each head, one after the other. Move away from Placidusax to get slightly out of range, and then jump attack one of his heads as he finishes the second bite.
Tailslam Turnaround Placidusax commonly uses this attack to turn around when the player is standing behind him. The dragon curls to his left or right side, raising his tail and slamming it down onto the ground as he turns around. Move towards the tip of Placidusax’s tail or back up. Alternatively, roll through the attack.
Tailsweep Turnaround Placidusax commonly uses this attack to turn around when the player is standing behind him. The dragon curls to his left or right side, sweeping his tail across the ground as he turns around Move towards the tip of Placidusax’s tail or back up. Alternatively, roll through the attack.
Bolt of Placidusax Placidusax raises his left hand and summons a massive bolt of red lightning. He then slams it into the ground in front of himself, dealing heavy damage to anything caught under the attack and embedding the bolt in the floor of the arena. At this point, waves of red lightning begin to emanate outwards from the bolt along the ground while Placidusax raises his hand above it. The Dragonlord then slams his right hand down on the bolt, detonating it in an enormous explosion of red lightning. Sprint away from Placidusax. The rings of red lightning that emanate from the bolt roughly indicate how far the explosion will reach; stand just outside where they stop, then run in to attack the Dragonlord as the explosion dissipates.
Stationary Thundercloud Form
(phases 2 and 3 only)
This attack is always used to initiate phase 2. Placidusax turns to mist and vanishes. A few moments later, a stationary stormcloud with red lightning appears in the sky. The dragonlord appears within it, then swoops down to strike at the player with claws of red lightning on his left hand. As he lands, he will spin to face the direction he flew down from. When Placidusax disappears, turn the camera around the arena to identify which direction he will be swooping from. Then, as he swoops down at you, roll to your right through the attack, turn around, and pursue Placidusax.
Traveling Thundercloud Form (phases 2 and 3 only) Placidusax leaps forwards into the air, turning to mist as he rises higher. Moments later, a stormcloud with red lightning will appear and beging to move to the player’s left in the sky. The dragonlord then emerges from the cloud, diving downwards and striking with claws of red lightning on his right hand. He slams into the ground and drags them as he slides, creating a massive burst of red lightning in his wake, but unlike the Stationary Thundercloud Form, Placidusax will not turn around to face the player as he completes this attack. After Placidusax disappears, turn the camera around the arena to identify which direction he will swoop from. As he appears, move left, and then roll late as he dives down to strike you. Then, turn around and pursue the dragonlord.
Teleportation (Phases 2 and 3 only) Placidusax turns to mist and vanishes, reappearing shortly afterwards in another location. He will often reappear with an attack already beginning, and if he was performing a combo when he vanished, he will often continue that combo when he reappears. Lock onto Placidusax; the lock should follow him to some extent and make his reappearance easier to locate. If he was performing a combo, be ready for the potential followups. Otherwise, prepare to dodge whatever attack he emerges with.
Placidusax’s Ruin(phase 3 only) Placidusax will use Ancient Dragon's Lightning Strike, but will instead turn to mist and disappear early in the animation. A single bolt of red lightning will be summoned on the player’s location. Moments later Placidusax will execute his Stationary Thundercloud Form, appearing in the sky and swooping down to strike them. As he turns around following this move, Placidusax will breathe gouts of golden fire across the ground in front of himself. These gouts of fire then turn to devastating golden lasers, and Placidusax sweeps them sequentially across the arena before firing them into the sky.

Ideally, after dodging the lightning bolt and divebomb, you will be able to either sprint up to Placidusax and hug his side where the lasers and fire do not reach or sprint far enough backwards to be out of range of the lasers. If this is not possible, you will have to dodge some or all of the lasers. They move according to the following pattern (all directions are in reference to the player’s point of view; that is, “right head” is the head on the right when looking at Placidusax from in front of him, left and right are the player’s left and right, etc.):

1: Placidusax begins with the right head aiming diagonally to the right and the left head aiming diagonally to the left.

2: Right head beam sweeps to the left (dodge to the right).

3: Right head beam sweeps back to the right (dodge to the left)

4: Right head beam sweeps to the left and left head beam sweeps to the right (dodge to the right, because the right head beam extends farther)

5: Both beams are brought back towards Placidusax’s chest, then fired along the ground in a straight line in front of the Dragonlord (move sideways)

Frequently, you will be in a position where the only beam long enough to reach you is that of the right head in step 4. If you are not confident in your ability to dodge this attack, consider mixing an Opaline Bubbletear into your Flask of Wondrous Physick to massively reduce the damage should you fail.

Dragonlord Placidusax Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • The position that Placidusax is in, with his two heads looking towards the sky, is similar to how the Two Fingers commune with the Greater Will. He may be attempting to reach and/or contact his god, who apparently fled the Lands Between.
  • According to the Old Lord’s Talisman, he is depicted as having four heads.
    • This is contradictory to the analysis of Placidusax model/artwork, which reveals that he had five heads, as he has three stumps where the heads should have been.
  • Placidusax is said to be the previous Elden Lord before the arrival of the Erdtree.
  • Placidusax has an extra model with one of his remaining heads cut off. This was suggested that you could cut off one of them during the fight, but this was likely cut due to the heads being out of reach of melee attacks.
  • The Red Lightning Bolt he summons is reminiscent of the Bolt of Gransax, used by the massive ancient dragon inside the Royal Capital. Ironically, this dragon is much larger than Placidusax himself, taking up a large portion of the dungeon.
  • Though he has no actual idle animation while hovering before the fight, Placidusax will flinch when struck by arrows while doing so. Each wing, including the vestigial stumps of his second pair, each arm, each leg, the tail, each head, and his entire body (shot to the torso) can flinch.
  • The Dragon King's Cragblade, the weapon you can get from his Remembrance, is a possible reference to the tail-cut weapons from Dark Souls I, where cutting off the tails of certain dragons will net you a special weapon. Placidusax's own tail appears to have been cut off as well. 

 

 

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    • I had a really rough time with this dude on my sorcery NG 3+ no spirit ashes run. Tried tons of things, meteorite of astel, comet azur, full lightning resist armor, bolt of gransax, naked, dark moon build, everything.

      What finally worked.:

      Adula's Moonblade Placidusax Build

      Snow Witch Hat for cold damage
      Omen set for rest of armor for physical and lightning resist
      Crimson Amber Medallion +2, Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, Erdtree's Favor +2, Boltdrake Talisman +2

      Faith Tear and Magic Tear Physick, Faith tear to get to enough faith to cast Golden Vow and Golden Lightning Fortification when you warp in. I think I had about 84% lightning resist with it all going.

      Carian Regal Scepter +10 in casting hand and Carian Glinstone Staff in off hand to boost Adula's Moonblade.

      Just ran under him and sliced as fast as possible, flasking when needed, and killed him before phase 2 just tanking the lightning damage before Golden Vow and Golden Lightning Fortification wore off (70 seconds).

      This fight was an incredible challange befitting the former Elden Lord in the age before the Erdtree.

      • Anonymous

        I had never been to him but saw him marked on my map. I selected it, area loaded and when my guy stood up, ol placidusax spawned in and landed on my head (no damage).

        I was stuck in a death loop bc I would die fighting and respawn at the non existent bonfire. Tried to beat him for an hour with a completely incorrect build until I finally noticed I had just enough time before the game locked me out of the map to jump out to a different grace.

        I'll be back

        • Anonymous

          On NG+6 this boss is a pain man. So much HP it seems never ending. Even with bleed, since it takes so long to hit.

          • Anonymous

            I've yet to beat him, but for some reason I can teleport directly to his arena. There's no Site of Grace when I arrive - I'm just there. Is that normal? I've not seen any mention of it.

            • Anonymous

              Used Shard Spiral like suggested and he died so fast I was waiting for the cutscene and real boss to show up...

              • Anonymous

                My favorite mechanic this boss does is the one where you have to wait for a lift and run 5 minutes every attempt 10/10 so glad there isn't a statue to spawn at there phew

                • Anonymous

                  The secret ingredient is Astel's Wing. Swooped in with the big magic bomb sweep attack and when it poise breaks - ignore that. Just keep hammering with the attack. I ran in, had a shitty start and took some hits. Still, moved in and got the poise break tho, just kept laying it down. It managed to fly off, fine, restore health, mana. Good transition, dodged the re-appearance into phase 2 and got in close after a dodge and thankfully both the mimic and I landed big swooping magic hits with the Wing, poise breaking again. It was all over, just sitting there laying it down, blew him up entirely from 50 to 0 in just a few attacks. With talismans, 65 Dex, 31 Int. Goofball twinsage hat to drive up int. Alexanders, the Carian seal to reduce FP use, lightning proof charm +2.

                  • Anonymous

                    Lmao i just used shabriri's woe, put the drake talismans and crimson amber +1 talisman and full lionel armor, summoned mimic tear and switched back to my normal set and he didnt attack me once

                    • Anonymous

                      if anyone is struggling with this boss i'd recommended pumping hp and fp and spamming black blade incantation while ur summon distracts him

                      • Anonymous

                        So ... Envoy longhorn, shard of Alexander, and use the weapon art. He didn't even change phase for me. I actually feel that doing that to this poor Dragon.

                        • Anonymous

                          So here's what you're gonna do as a sorcery build: get the infinite fp physic and Meteorite of Astel from the Consecrated Snowfields. Use a summon to take aggro and get directly beside his butt, preferably on the right side of him. Chug that flask and send a hail of rocks directly down on his head until he's dead. He's got like no poise so you should be able to do this pretty easily, even skipping his second phase.

                          • Anonymous

                            Easiest of all the lategame bosses, but still, who the f*ck thought it was a good idea to not put a Marikas stake there. I literally died to the falldamage more aften than to him.

                            For anyone struggling with him, take Chrimsonwhorl Bubbletear and opaline Bubbletear so u can pretty much not die to his phase 3 start and than just run over to his tail, hit and back off, repeat that for like 200 times. Maybe consider bleed to have at least some dmg. Did him with 66 Strg 42 Fth dualwielding Ordovis Greatsword and Blasphemous Blade, and I still had my attacks sometimes not even turn his healthbar yellow. He just has a tone of HP, even compared to other lategame bosses, plus he has no fcking weakness to dragonwound grease, for like no reason. Literally, just bleed him, if u aren't running some heavy as **** high damage weapon, that can kill him with less than 200 hits.

                            • Anonymous

                              I would highly recommend killing Maliketh first and getting both of his Remembrance items. Placidusax has a HUGE amount of health, but Destined Death does damage depending on the target's max health.

                              • Anonymous

                                fun fact, if you play with 9 vit and get hit while he is dying, you will die and the boss battle will be completed.

                                since the battle is completed and you cannot access the arena again, the 200k runes you should have got will forever be stuck in the void.

                                and this absolutely didn't happens to me.... nooooooo, like i'd ever play with 9 vit and lose all those runes in such a stupid and not intended way
                                ... i'm not crying

                                • Anonymous

                                  I didn't know how to find him so I fought the Beast before I went looking, after I beat hum I looked at the map and the grace was just there, I can teleport to the fight whenever I want but I lost that amazing animation, thought It could be a bug of something.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I use ancient dragon lightning strike + godfrey icon + lightning scorpion charm. It definitely decimate him!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Beautiful boss, definitely a DPS check though. Stars Of Ruin is extremely effective in the first phase when he's less mobile.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        In New game + i decided I would concentrate killing the dragons having run like the coward i am throughout NG. At this point I have beaten Agheel, Ekzykes, and Smarag. In LotL doing Varre's quest I noticed a Site of Grace in Azula, and was surprised to see it was called Placudisax, so, curious, I warped there. Surprise! Boss Fight from which when you die you respawn there, and unless you save and quit or are very quick in the map (press back, y, x, a to warp to roundtable hold) its die and repeat. How? Why? Is this a thing?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Fight is unbelievably badass when you do it legit but rocking in there with the envoy gear and blowing bubbles to melt him in 10 seconds just makes me laugh every time

                                          • so i'm seeing a lot of comments about deathloop / players claiming being locked into the fight due to the SoG that spawns for Placid, specifically when people try warping there in a new playthrough .

                                            PSA.
                                            you are NEVER locked into a fight . EVER. It's called SAVE AND QUIT. loool

                                            in all seriousness, so long as it doesn't get patched, (which i don't see why they would or likely would've happened by now) you can ALWAYS leave a boss arena this way and it'll revert you to either the fogwall or bonfire you last rested at (although weirdly enough one time it took me all the way to the very start of crumbling farum lolol, but besides the point).

                                            still amazes me that so much of the community still doesn;t know about this, i kinda noticed it right away when i was noob and stumbled where i shouldn't have lol . one dude on here even said he made his game crash to acheive this lmao please don't, same result in the end yes but you can do it without harming your pc or console lol. i personally believe this is a nice touch for keeping souls safe as past DS installments didn't allow this. Kudos to ER for allowing this to survive the latest patches.

                                            in summation just know that if you ever in a situation where you either don't really wanna fight, just wanna peep ya head in to check things out, or hell even if you DO fight but your phantoms get cheesed in 4 secs and you simply just cannot exist without them lol. wait for em to fully dissolve and commit that sh*t to muscle memory: start, up, x, L1, x, left, x.

                                            NEVER try using the map/warp in a boss arena lol. visions of impossible and then likely STUPID.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Hello reader.
                                              There is no reason to scroll down further.

                                              The comments are filled with crybabies, not capable of beating this boss.
                                              I personally think this boss is absolutely badass, and indeed a battle i will remember. He also drops 2 awesome items, through his rememberance.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                His laser eyes are the pinnacle of BS. And where is the Stake of Marika?! Such a cool boss and arena undone by ridiculously stupid choices from the Devs

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  rykard's rancor is listed under suggested incantations for this fight. it's a sorcery, not an incantation. i demand to talk to the manager!

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Ancient Dragon's Lightning Strike completely melts this boss in like 2-3 hits, you can do it with 1 hit if you use all the buffs.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I seem to successfully roll thru his diving swipe from the clouds in second phase, but still die becaue the ground is burned? I don't get this ****. Suggestions?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        great fight but does so much damage, saving grace is he doesn't attack as often as other bosses in the game

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I really, REALLY wish we got an upgraded Dragonclaw incantation from his Remembrance, what with the lightning claws he can materialize. Massive missed opportunity imo.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Trying to no hit this boss on melee he absolutely rocked me. After a while switched to Radahn's Greatbow & 13 Spears with its weapon art killed him

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Visually one of the best fights in the series (his godzilla mode with lightning and double death beams looks incredible) and definitely my favorite in ER. Feels a bit more like an "old school" Souls boss because he is tough without relying on bullshit like WAY to many of the bosses in ER do.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                You know you'ra a menace when even the biggest baddest dragon in the game needs to constantly run away from you to survive the fight.

                                                                Also f*ck whovever decided NOT to put Stake of Marika there. Did they even playtest that fight?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Not a particularly challenging or complex fight. But damn it's a spectacle. The arena is breathtaking. His moves are epic. It's a fight that makes you feel like a total badass.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    i still found it a little bit weird that fightincowboy is the first one to probably kill this boss
                                                                    Weird because it probably should have been found earlier i think

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      On the point of his grace being active while he's alive: As soon as you spawn, SPAM the hell out of the map key before your ability to gets locked and get out if you're spawn trapped like I was. Report it as a bug so the devs can fix it. Never making that mistake again, and I think it's an oversight because that was far worse than being rushed the moment you enter a boss room, it broke the game and made it unfair entirely. Couldn't summon spirits or players for help due to the activations locking you into an animation so that his lightning spam can kill you. I also think someone from the site should put that tip onto the actual page to help unsuspecting, confused, or forgetful players from feeling wholeheartedly screwed if they enter unprepared... like I did without golden lightning fortification, Pest Threads, and other buffs as a caster.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        His grace site remained active for me even into NG+ where I got confused and travelled there unprepared. Do not do this... You will be spawn trapped in that boss fight if you die, cannot change spells or physick, stop to summon spirits/players because of animation locks of the bell and finger remedy with his lightning spam. The only way my caster, who needed to change spells, could escape was to force my PC to choke up and the game to crash, which fortunately spawned me at the previous location I traveled from.
                                                                        I nearly felt forced to start fresh after HUNDREDs of hours... Fromsoft definitely needs to patch the grace site from being active before reaching Farum Azula in NG+. The spawn trap is a game-breaking oversight by the devs that needs to be addressed because unsuspecting, confused, or forgetful players may travel there unprepared.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          im in NG+ and when i first unlocked the first grace, i somehow unlocked the Dragonlord grace along with it. I teleported to it and im in the middle of the fight- is there a reason for this??

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Bro he didn't do any of his big moves I just pickaxed his armpit repeatedly while mistiming dodges on his red lightning thing that spawns on the ground (just a 3-shot on me so no stress lol) and then when he got poise broken the critical hit wouldn't register so I got like five good R1s on his head instead which was actually better probably

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Latenna the Albinauric's ashes, planted just outside the circle of pillars. Fully upgraded, she has a considerable HP pool, so the fight's not over if he turns on her for a moment. Just hit him again as quick as you can to get his attention.

                                                                              Why Latenna? Two reasons: First, of all damage types, he's weakest to Pierce damage (Latenna had his HP down by about 10% before I could complete my initial approach). Second, and even better, she still tracks him during his "disappear" attacks, so if you lose him you can watch her arrows to find out where he is. :)

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                No grade or stake of Marika at the bottom of the platforms to his boss arean is the most bullshit part of this boss.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  This is on of the coolest, if not hands down *the* coolest boss in the whole game. When you see him do his flying lightning mist attack, this is just *gold*!

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    The ruins greatsword weapon art does great damage on him. Just keep track of the range when using, as his size can make him look closer than he actually is.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      This article says "Ideally by dodging his dive bomb" without actually saying how tf to dodge the dive bomb in the first place. Its like saying "Want to dodge this attack? Just dodge it lol." Does anyone have any tips for how to do this? He comes in so quickly from seemingly nowhere that I have no indication when to dodge...

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I killed him with Antspur Rapier and Rogiers Rapier in NG+4. Just in case someone will try him with melee weapons.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Maybe using blackflame tornado every chance i get is a bad idea... I didn't even know he had a midir laser

                                                                                          • so i had a bug, where the grace dragonlord placidusax was on my map, but i didnt kill him, so i teleported there and it stuck me in a deathloop where i would respawn directly underneath him until i killed him.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I'm sure someone has probably already commented this, but in case not; he's a god, so Black Flame incantations work on him.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Quite literally the only thing that is asinine about this boss fight is having to travel all the way back and dealing with skipping cutscenes.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  If this dude is this powerful when half of his heads are missing, and he's very withered and scarred with some very nasty injuries, I can only imagine how awesomely powerful he was in his prime, he probably would've made Darkeater Midir seem like a defanged puppy by comparison.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I've just beaten it on the first attempt, bolt of gransax's weapon art was really good for this and the fight strategy tips on this page are right about ancient dragons lightning strike taking chunks out of its HP.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Why recommend pest threads? I have good FTH and nice incant scaling on a couple of seals but I've tried using it on a lesser dragon near fort faroth and the damage from it wasn't worth
                                                                                                      the FP of casting it.
                                                                                                      Also, I thought swarm of flies had a big nerf after all the whining and b**ching about it being OP and "broken" in PVP?

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        First, I wish this boss had few more hints, cues and lore pieces scattered around other than the ring. Secondly, I don't like bosses that show you an attack animation or a cue, then punish you because why not? Just have a magic lingering wave attack follow up. It is a lazy, disingenuous attempt at making fights difficult and forcing you to learn patterns rather than purely react. Just make the game straightforward. Also those clipping firebreath attacks are extremely annoying. Otherwise a really cool fight. It would probably be amazing if it didn't have the usual cheap artificial difficulty and camera/hitbox shenanigans that plague Elden Ring. P.S I have no idea how I missed the platform; I do remember wanting to go down and explore. I think the annoying birds diverted my attention to find a site of grace ASAP.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Despite the fact that i was not hot on alot of the other dragon fights in the game, this is one of my favorite fights in the whole game.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            at ng +6 i used the waypoint that was alrdy on map. used blasphemous blade he was so damned easy this time dunno why he didnt even used his worst attacks

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Holy crap guys I just obliterated this guy (NG) in 2 minutes! RL 128, 46 FTH, 7 INT, I used a +25 Gravel Stone Seal and Ancient Dragon's Lightning Strike. I charged it and used Godfrey's Icon with the spell, and casted it 3 times and he flipping died. This was before he even reached half health, I'd say 2/3 health at lowest!!!

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                My favourite dragon boss in the game purely because he doesn't suffer from Scrawny Leg Hitbox syndrome so I can actually hit him with thrust weapons

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Why is the waypoint alrdy shown at ng+ 7?? Just startet New run and was able to teleport right to placidusax is that intendet??

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    First off, all you people claiming this boss sucks or is just in the game to make it more tedious are being ridiculous. He’s an optional boss, you don’t have to fight him. He also is in a place that is hard to get to (or at least I thought so considering I didn’t know about him until NG+) similar to the dragon (I forget his name) in the Dark Souls 3 DLC, he’s there for lore purposes and for a fun/challenging fight. I do agree it would be neat to have an age of dragons ending, but who knows, maybe that might come in a later dlc. But saying this boss sucks or is just here to make things hard is completely wrong and shows how little you understand From Software games. Some bosses are there for fun and/or lore.

                                                                                                                    Secondly, I was surprised to know he even existed when I started NG+ cause I completely missed him on my first run under the assumption I had beaten all optional bosses thus far. His design and attacks are super interesting. Also, from what I see in the comments is most people with the site of grace glitch are finding it in NG+, so maybe that has something to do with it, like you missed this boss your first game, why not try it now kinda thing, it could be a feature for all I know. But that’s my theory.

                                                                                                                    Finally, I think he’s not classed as a dragon or ancient dragon because he went further than that and is an elden lord (or at least was) plus he is found in a place taken over by beasts, not dragons (yes i know there still are dragons there, but hear me out) perhaps he is a mix, possessed by death roots turning him into more of a beast than dragon, but I’m just kinda guessing. I feel, at least lore wise, it’s because he is/was an elden lord…or From Software just wanted to make the fight a little more challenging making him immune to dragon based attacks, I don’t know. But I’m excited to fight him (yes I haven’t fought him yet so I kinda have no ground to stand on, but I can still as a From Software Fan talk about him) in this NG+ play through! I hope you Lords and Ladies and theythem Elden ring holders are having a lovely day/night and have fun playing Elden Ring some more! Goodbye!

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Although Ranni's ending was cool, and i like her, If I'm being honest i would've preferred to team up with Placidusax and help him kick out the Golden Order/Greater Will jackasses, so he can reclaim his rightful place as Lord of the Lands Between so we could rule the lands together and usher in an Age of Dragons, I'm sick of the Dragons in Fromsoft games getting shafted.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        When he went King Ghidorah on my ass and vaporized me with his mouth beams, i wasn't even mad, this dude might've not been that difficult compared to some of the other endgame bosses, but he is probably one of my favorite bosses alongside Godfrey(Hoarah Loux) and Malekith just for how cool he is, and he didn't really feel cheap or unfair at all.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Somehow I had his site of grace on my map, and I have no idea how I got it. Is this a bug? Or did I unlock the site of grace by doing something?

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Awesome fight, insane attack sequences, atmospheric and overall one of the best bosses in this game. Too bad the run to him is just garbage, even if it is short. I died a few times just to the janky terrain.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              My guess on the teleport being available is.. if you’re a plug that became a frenzied flamer. Then the game (much like the real world, when making a poor decision) makes you pay.. for not paying attention to the lessons.. (knowledge) knowledge is understanding, understanding what’s right from wrong.
                                                                                                                              ~Did you not get the memo?
                                                                                                                              ~Or Torrent?
                                                                                                                              ~Do you even know why you’re able to level up?

                                                                                                                              If you want to be a Lord then act like one, listen, learn and take care of business.

                                                                                                                              Another guess.. you crashed your set of hooves (parents car) and spent all their runes ($’s) along the way. Congrats. You beat the game of life?! #PLUGLIFE

                                                                                                                              Trials are meant to improve you, not impair you.

                                                                                                                              BDD

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                He wasn't as brutally hard as Mohg or Maliketh for me, but goddamn was his fight awesome in terms of spectacle and fun factor.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Post patch 1.06 you CANNOT use spirit ash anymore. I'm on NG+ and you do *not* get the icon on the left side of the screen to show its available, and I've tried every spirit ash I have (Tiche, Mimic, Cleanrot, Rolo, etc) nothing works.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Latenna absolutely slays this dude. Drop her right outside the inner circle of pillars and the damage does not stop. Also helps track his teleporting attacks.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      You say resists elements but i used magic breath both normal and named and it was tearing him down like he was nothing

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        This badass aswell as Fortissax and Lansseax makes me wish that there was an Age of Dragons ending, as a huge dragon simp I'm mad that there isn't an option.

                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          That move set is mental. There are a few bosses like that but the most recent one for me was full grown falling star beast. It has a similarly stupid move set and I only saw a fraction of it before I killed it. It was piss pointless.

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