Dragonlord Placidusax

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Location Crumbling Farum Azula
Drops

280,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes

560,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+1)

616,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes (NG+2)

630,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes (NG+3)

672,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes (NG+4)

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

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

714,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes (NG+7)

Remembrance of the Dragonlord

HP ≈ 26,651 (LEGEND)
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Dragonlord Placidusax is a Boss in Elden Ring. Dragonlord Placidusax is a massive, two-headed dragon and is found in Crumbling Farum Azula. 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.

 

 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 and 61,297 HP with 2 summons, 2023 poison, rot, blood, and frost resistance with 1 summon, and 2698 poison resistance with 2 summons. 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 (difficult to hit)
  • 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 right 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

  • According to the Old Lord’s Talisman, he is depicted as having four heads. He appears to have lost two of his heads in some sort of conflict, possibly against Godfrey or some other foe.
    • This is contradictory to the analysis of Placidusax model/artwork, which reveals that he likely had five heads. There is some probability, that fifth head was malformed and not treated as one by someone responsible for the creation of Old Lord's Talisman.  
  • Placidusax is said to be the previous Elden Lord before the appearance of the Erdtree. 
  • The Red Lightning Bolt he summons is reminiscent of the Bolt of Gransax, used by the fallen ancient dragon inside the Royal Capital. Ironically, this dragon is also 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.
  • He may sometimes glitch out and stand completely still, leading to an easy kill.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      Midir was 10x better. I somehow beat him first try because of how properly timed his attack were. I was actually possible to dodge every single attack first try. THIS guys attacks are so cahotic and random it makes me sick.

      • Anonymous

        Placidusax fire is not sacred? Does not have the same red hue as other dragons (ancient or normal)
        Placidusax also has golden eyes.

        • Anonymous

          Rain of arrows + arrow damage/range talismans + rot/poison arrows + boltdrake/dragoncrest greatshield talismans = you don't need a stake of marika.

          • Anonymous

            I wonder if there is a significant connection to Miquella and Dragonlord Placidusax. Almost all empyrean demigods are influenced by some powerful Outer God trying to ascend them to gods. Now the connection here is Dragonlord Placidusax is waiting for his gods return makes me assume that he also had an Outer God that he was following orders from who possibly had the power to create the Heart of the Storm, a place ignores time, his Outer God might have the ability of time manipulation. Miquella is cursed with eternal youth and he also similarly is locked into a time stasis with his body leading me to believe that whatever Outer God that Placidusax still awaits, is possibly the same Outer God influencing Miquella. Even Malenia acknowledges him as the most fearsome and this might be one of the reasons why. In conclusion, Dragonlord Placidusax is probably waiting for Miquella to be ascended to godhood and the reason why his god left is to search for a candidate that can withstand ascension, there might have been an attempt to ascend him a long time ago seeing as how we met him only having 2 heads, he probably lost 1 from the ascension while the other 2 heads were lost from possibly a long term decaying disease as consequence from the attempt, you notice this because the Old Lords Talisman depicts 4 heads instead of 5.

            • Anonymous

              The biggest shame about this boss is the fact that it's arena is one-time use, meaning you cannot use it for PvP

              • Anonymous

                Much better tha Fia's quest dragon (forgot his name), phase 3 Teleporting Radhan style divebomb swipe is sweet. Arena's vibe is great. nothing to complain about.

                • Anonymous

                  I wasn't mentally prepared for this man to pull out the Lance of Longinus and call down an orbital ion strike. One of my favorite bosses in this game.

                  • Anonymous

                    one of the best fights in the game, very fun and mostly balanced. perhaps a bit on the easy side, I think he could have used a buff. I don't understand how they did teleporting attacks so right with him while doing them so poorly for Radagon.

                    • Anonymous

                      I finished Azul Farula and some time later I just noticed that I have a "Dragonlord Placidusax" grace to teleport to which somehow immediately took me to the boss arena where he immediately spawned without parcour or lieing down... It even let me fast travel out even during the fight.

                      This happen to anyone else?

                      • Anonymous

                        If you’re a high faith pyromancer and having trouble beating this guy, use a spear with black flame tornado and stick to using only the godslayer incants. A fully charged black fireball/scouring black flame does around 2k dmg with DoT included, and black flame ritual can easily deal upwards of 4K dmg with a single cast. Not to mention black flame tornado which completely shreds him, I was hitting him for 5-6k without the shard of Alexander with a single cast. Didn’t use any destined death stuff but since it also had DoT I’m sure it’s just as useful

                        • Anonymous

                          If Darkeater Midir is Godzilla, then Plascidusax is King Ghidorah. He's gold, he's a dragon, he generates lightning and he has three heads. Or did, the left head is missing. Oh and he has four legs instead of two and a single tail. Not to mention his breath is a golden beam fire rather than lightning, but close enough. I honestly don't think it's a coincidence that the developers got some inspiration from the Godzilla franchise. Look at the giant dragon corpse in the Royal Capital. That thing is twice the size of Darkeater Midir, which was probably the most likely source of inspiration for the design of ancient dragons, like Lansseax and Fortissax.

                          • Anonymous

                            Used the Royal Greatsword's Wolf's Assault and made this relatively easy; The two-hit combo does upwards of 2.2k. The tedious part is getting him to sit still in phase 2, but luckily enough they give you enough openings to make it happen

                            • Ancient Dragon's Lightning Strike does a huge amount of damage to him, but in phase 2 it takes FOREVER to get a chance to use it because you have to be standing next to him and he just keeps teleporting and flying away from you before you get a chance to do anything. I got him down to like 25% health in the first 20 seconds of the fight, and then had to wait an entire 5 minutes to finish him off!

                              • Anonymous

                                i caught a bug
                                i reach a maliketh and killed a dragon sentinel. so my last bonfire is great bridge.

                                BUT
                                when i decide teleport from roundtable by bonfire list i saw a plasidusax bonfire.
                                rather strange i thought and teleported in.

                                i appear in place of bonfire but no grace here and boss hp line on my screen. in other words i spawn under a belly of plasidusax and slice him to kebab.

                                and no. on the map NO bonfire mark, but in list - it was present.

                                of course after draconian kebab, alls got normal.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Was getting wrecked by this guy for over an hour, before deciding to switch up my strategy. Pulled out Radahn's Lion Greatbow and melted him with less than 10 Radahn's Spears. Don't make the same mistake I did and deprive yourself of the satisfaction of beating him with your favorite weapons. I want to fight him again and beat him with my trusty spear. Sorry old pal. It was a cool feeling to adapt my strategy to a boss and come out unscathed, but now I feel bad for not letting my favorite weapon take the glory.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I melted him with Ancient Dragons Lightning Strike. Made the fight from difficult to easy. Much harder for melee players

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Beat him first try with mimic tear, level 125, Greatsword w/Giant Hunt. The advice to stand behind his back feet was top tier. Reminds me of fighting giant enemies in DS2.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        dead in about 10-20 seconds using Envoys Long Horn's (+10) bubble attack with the necessary skill buffs and 40ish faith. hit 3 times staggered. 3 more while staggered = dead.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Can "The Queen's Black Flame" be included on the list of suggested ashes of war? After the initial strike of Destined Death, it doesn't hit as hard, and the Queen's Black Flame ash has all the same effects as all the other black flame spells, on top of hitting extremely hard.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            people gape their mouths over epic attacks too much. this fight is so tedious for a colossal user, never lowers his damn heads and that fire attack that covers the entirety of the floor if you dare decide to attack his side once is just the sprinkle on the pile of ****.
                                            Midir is entirely less annoying. if you want us to fight these bosses that have all these crazy attacks, let me do ANYTHING beyond roll and attack.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              For sorcery, not too difficult with shard spiral and bloodhound step. When the fight starts, charge in and spam him with shard spiral. You can easily get him down to 1/2 - 1/3 life remaining if you have decent enough damage. After that, it's just a matter of getting out of his way when he's about to swipe or divebomb you. Zoom in again and shard spiral. Rinse and repeat.

                                              • Not a huge fan of these boss fights where you have to spend a fair amount of time chasing them. Feels like Elden Beast but with lightning attacks instead of holy attacks.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Didn't expect to bring him down so fast with my trusty Keen Zweirhander infused with anti-dragon grease while spamming giant hunt and crouch pokes.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    dark souls vet wakes up from coma, has no clue what elden ring is, plays it and gets to this fight without fighting any other dragon: ok a dragon boss, let me infuse my blade with lighting and... huh? what , wait a minute why is there lighting, what? im doing no damage, why isn't what is this, lighting, dragons can't use lighting, game bad im sad, huh midir laser?! oh and now im dead

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      They "fixed" the long runback with a fast travel point to the arena. Problem is, he spawns right on top of you, leaving you little time to get ready/buff. The same thing happens when you die. Luckily you can still fast travel for the first 5 seconds or so.

                                                      • For those wondering what reason the Tarnished could possibly have for killing an elderly dragon on life support who's essentially chilling in a cozy time pocket, you might already know that Blacksmith Hewg was cursed by Marika to work eternally until he could forge a weapon capable of 'slaying a God' - a considerably ill-fated, impossible task. That is, until we find an Ancient Dagon Smithing Stone, which are used to upgrade a weapon to its most powerful.

                                                        The description of the Ancient stones explicitly tells us that they are actually scales from Placidusax's body, capable of 'twisting time' and thus killing a god. Seeking such stones would align with our endgame goal. While we can obtain some Ancient stones by chance, the most surefire method would be to pay a visit to the quarry itself, no?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Literally just spammed corpse piler and swapped to two cleanrot swords with bleed then just ran away and spammed roll

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            All mages out there use fully upgraded lhutel the headless instead of the mimic because mage mimic is not so tanky and dies in the middle of the fight leaving you alone. Lhutel teleports and evades the dragons’ attacks giving you excellent time and space to get close and rock sling and stagger and kill this boss. On top of evading the boss’s surprise moves Lhutel has lightning attack and the dragon is weak to lightning. Also use boltdrake talisman +2 if you can it will help with your health a lot. Good luck all mages out there !!!

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              AOE fire attack is such a cheap move from Bandai Namco.
                                                              Also, include your SL and weapon when you say 'this boss is easy'.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This fight just barely beats out Midir for me because of how amazing the visuals are, I really don't get the complaints about the teleports because he always teleports TO you and keeps your camera locked onto him, the only time I ever have to really run in this fight is to dodge the laser attack... after which he always teleports TO you with an attack that's easy to punish.

                                                                Also the runback is nothing lmao have none of you played ANY of the other games, even Midir had much longer runback

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I know there's some disagreement, but this is my favorite boss in the game. Sufficiently challenging and lacks a lot of what makes the other bosses too annoying.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    This fight just barely beats out Midir for me because of how amazing the visuals are, I really don't get the complaints about the teleports because he always teleports TO you and keeps your camera locked onto him, the only time I ever have to really run in this fight is to dodge the laser attack... after which he always teleports TO you with an attack that's easy to punish.

                                                                    Also the runback is nothing lmao have none of you played ANY of the other games, even Midir had much longer runback

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I know there's some disagreement, but this is my favorite boss in the game. Sufficiently challenging and lacks a lot of what makes the other bosses too annoying.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        This fight just barely beats out Midir for me because of how amazing the visuals are, I really don't get the complaints about the teleports because he always teleports TO you and keeps your camera locked onto him, the only time I ever have to really run in this fight is to dodge the laser attack... after which he always teleports TO you with an attack that's easy to punish.

                                                                        Also the runback is nothing lmao have none of you played ANY of the other games, even Midir had much longer runback

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I know there's some disagreement, but this is my favorite boss in the game. Sufficiently challenging and lacks a lot of what makes the other bosses too annoying.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Summoning latenna+10 just outside the pillars of the inner arena and wearing shabriris woe or gladiator helm that keeps his attention on you worked for me. Mimic and tiche kept getting whomped by the lightning strikes...

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Most epic fight in the game so far. Still have to finish Malenia (difficult, but not epic imo), Godfrey and the bosses after him though.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                as said by may 26 anon, it seems that some of his body parts are not in the best condition, i'm wondering if we'll get to fight him or a dragon that's extremely similar with all of its body parts in pristine condition in the DLC

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Cheesed him with poison arrows (mighty shots) from a safe distance (when not activated). Slow but efficient...

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    just found out that if you look close enough you can see that he was probably a three-headed dragon and got one of them cut off. you can see that he isn't in a good a shape by looking at his tail and wings too...

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Just shredded him with dual rapiers and rotted wing insignia. No shame in using BHS for his bullshit teleports.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Envoy Longhorn bubble cheese was the only way I could kill this boss =/
                                                                                        Only boss I'd have to cheese the whole game, felt like it should have been Final Boss.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Similar to Elden Beast, this boss is visually stunning, but in my opinion it's really boring to fight. I seem to spend half the fight running after it and the other half waiting for him to stop teleporting around. Seriously, he literally did his teleport then slash move probably 15 times in a row. It's also incredibly difficult to see anything if you're trying to melee attack him. Hitting his body does the most damage, but I have no idea what move he's going to do because he's so large you can't see anything. Amazing looking fight, but the actual fight is disappointing.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Is there any quest or anything in general that points you toward the location of this boss? I had to look up how to find it.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Wild Strikes on a Heavy Great Stars worked wonders for me. You can out-poise him with it, then ignore the riposte and keep swinging to proc the bleed. Camera is a proper twat though, he's such a big tub of gravel and goo that you can't see his backwards breath attacks coming until it's too late

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I believe it’s a pretty neat detail that you can find this guy’s corpse outside of the Godskin Duo’s arena.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  if we were to have a go back in time dlc like artorias dlc or old hunter dlc, his arena would be a perfect place as the "entrance" to such dlc

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    genuinely this is such a terrible boss, hes the last remembrance i need for rl1 it’s literally taken more attempts than malenia

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      This ****in dragon lord douchen***** WILL NOT let me summon ANYTHING. Players/ashes NOTHING, not only have I saw videos of other players using spirit ashes, it has actually let me summon my mimic & BKT like 12 hrs ago but, 8 attempts=****, I summoned 3 total players earlier as well, first 2 fell attempting the dreaded hops required to reach the boss arena…no I am not joking. Other occasion just had 1 summon he made it there safely, we entered the arena, the earth., quaketh the dragon roar… ok not a roar, more like clearing his throat before asking if we would like cream or sugar with our coffee… then he just ****s off…left work early. DAMNIT!!! Where’s my weed…

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Took forever to find someone to summon, but finally got 2 guys that… ok 1 guy other guy fel… they both fell… goddamnit

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          would love to fight this guy at full strength instead of half. i thought he had 2 heads bc he had 3 and one was missing, but if you look at his talisman he had 4 :0

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I Dont Know Why.... but i got to The Boss withput knowing How. i Just wanted to Port to Farum Azula and try again agains the Cleric Beast and when i did the Button out of Muscle Memory i spawned in Front of this ****. and Every Time i Died i Respawned at his Feets
                                                                                                            how comes that?

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Finally did it. Pest threads was my saving grace as on massive enemies it hits them a ton of times (there are other spells which are uniquely good against large enemies). Very tough fight. It really shows the limitations of the engine as you spend half the fight fighting the camera. It can be very hard to keep track of him when there is lightning going off, he teleports and then flies at you.

                                                                                                              As with many fights in elden ring, defense is useless, dodging is dicey so you just need to burst down the enemy before you get unlucky with one of the cheesy mechanics.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                this boss reminded me of my darksouls 3 midir ptsd :I i hate it. Thanks to dragon lightning i won againt this big twoheaded dum dum lizard

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Classic fromsoft "run back" when you die. Stake of Marika? What's that? No, youre going down the elevator, fighting the 3 beastmen, jumping down all the rocks and watching the entire cutscene each attempt.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    60 faith, +10 envoy longhorn, holy boosting phisique and shard of alexander helped me to complete the fight in a minute and a half. That thing is absolutely bonkers against bosses. Channel your inner Squidward and doot your way to a mountain of runes.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Maliketh’s black blade +9 or +10 and a +10 mimic tear is pretty effective. Finished him off before he even got to use his laser beams.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Has something been patched or is this a glitch? His grace appears on my map without me fighting him yet. When i warp to it, he spawns on top of me. If i die, i respawn right there in the arena.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          When viewed with a model viewer you see three neckstumps(the files also say left_cut_neck, right_cut_neck and front_cut_neck) and 2 heads(one female, one male). He had 5 heads! But the old lords talisman only has 4?

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            An awesum battle.
                                                                                                                            An easy way is make a tanky mimic +10
                                                                                                                            Go to the back of the dragonlord and keep on attacking its tail with a bleed weapon. Easy peasy... ;)

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