Rotten Breath

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Spell Type Dragon Communion Incantations
FP Cost 36 (4) Slots Used 1
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Channels dragon to spew scarlet rot breath

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Rotten Breath is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Rotten Breath spell allows the caster to conjure a cloud of rot and decay.

 

One of the incantations of Dragon Communion.

Transforms caster into a dragon to spew scarlet rot breath.
Charging extends duration.

Those extraordinary individuals who perpetuate Dragon
Communion are called the dragon-hearted.

 

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Elden Ring Rotten Breath Guide

  • Dragon Communion Incantation
  • Stamina Cost: 48
  • Deals Standard Physical damage.
  • Inflicts Scarlet Rot (110 per tick) on opponents.
  • Like other generic Breath incantations, this spell has long wind-up time of 2 seconds.
  • Covers wide area and can occasionally ricochet from walls and non-destructible objects.
  • Duration can be extended to breathe again, and you can swivel your character while casting to spew in different directions.
  • Full cast requires 104 FP, before any FP-conservating buffs.
  • It takes on average 5 seconds including initial wind-up to complete the full cast.
  • Unlike the named Breath spells, cannot be cast while jumping.
  • Can be used while on horseback, even with the Sacred Seal being equipped in off hand.

 

Builds with Rotten Breath

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blood Dragon Written Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blood Dancer Written Guide

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dragon Kinght Written Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
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    • Anonymous

      Love it when hosts run away from this boss and spam this, blocking my view and showing that they really don't know how this game works.

      • Anonymous

        aside from bleed, scarlet rot is pretty deadly. i have a build called dragon priest who uses shield axe as main weapon but when facing a boss, i use this incantation on boss while being aggroed by a summon. melts all of them to the point of being too cheese of a tactic.

        • Anonymous

          Even if you don't spec into faith or arcane in the slightest, it's worth hitting the prereqs just for this spell. Unless you actually want the game to be challenging, that is.

          • Anonymous

            PSA: Please don't use this in Co-op on bosses that are already inflicted with scarlet rot, it makes it ten times harder to see whats going on when you're in melee range.

            • Anonymous

              Do we know how much buildup this causes? Like if an enemy requires 500 buildup to get rot, do we know how long we need to use this spell to cause 500 buildup?

              • Anonymous

                Do we know how much buildup this causes? Like if an enemy requires 500 buildup to get rot, do we know how long we need to use this spell to cause 500 buildup?

                • Anonymous

                  FYI you can smack the user with a heavy to beat them out of this, as long as you aren't getting pounded by two other max level phantoms at the same time.

                  • Anonymous

                    Absolutely melts all bosses at least from beginning till Mountaintop. At faith 40-50 even melts black kindred gargoyles.

                    • Anonymous

                      For me at least, I think It's fair to use this against hosts and summons in invasions. You usually got the disadvantage of being an invader against three other players who might be as skilled as you. However, things go different about this incantation in 1v1 duels.

                      • Anonymous

                        This incantation needs a higher stat investment or some other way to keep it from being used in places like Limgrave and stormveil at low levels. Maybe it should have been in Leyendell or harder to access at low levels? It's annoying to be invaded by someone using this spell if you are co-oping. Alternatively, it could have been deadly poison instead but still be available early on so that it cannot cheese early invasions against people who have no cure for scarlet rot.

                        • Anonymous

                          Running to the side of the attack seems to keep me safe from spammers wrath. Used this method to absolutely destroy a guy who used it with 800 hp.

                          • Anonymous

                            Try this if you are tired of just barely missing swings against the bigger bosses or if you find yourself chasing after them for a majority of the encounter

                            The Scarlet Rot will nullify all that downtime and cut the fights in half

                            Don't give up skeleton!

                            • Anonymous

                              if youre having trouble with Radahn and want to get to nokron ASAP or do rannis quest this absolutely melts him

                              • Anonymous

                                Turns out From included several easy modes in this game. Great! I hope it encourages new players to experiment with the other spells once they get bored of this one.

                                • Anonymous

                                  How much damage does this deal with respect to incant scaling? I assume the physical damage scales off your seal. And I assume the scarlet rot application rate scales with arcane (incant scaling too or not?). But I'd like to know the hard numbers.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Sorry if this is a stupid question but with the breath abilities does it scale purely with your seal's level or does your faith impact it significantly? I ask as an int build who doesn't want to spend more than the required min to equip this. Will it still handle well with just 15 faith and 12 arcane if my seal is leveled well?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Best rot incantation, if not best incantation in the game. You get in it in early game.

                                      Why would you ever use Scarlet Aeonia?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I have easy over 1000+ hours in DS and ER, let me tell you this is one of the most broken things they've ever added in a fromsoft game PvE wise. I have and will continue using this spell to run thru the whole game sub lvl 30 with basically zero weapon upgrades for my twink invasions builds. When you just need to land 1 long attack then just focus on dodging only 2 times you can easily kill most bosses if they're not immune to scarlet rot. Can be used on horseback? are you kidding me lol. Tbh the way id fix this is make it cost 3 spell slots just like the Scarlet Aeonia incantation, and make it apply normal scarlet rot, and ezykes decay can be the one that applies the "deadly" scarlet rot that does even more damage. Blows my mind they added a spell that lets you give the strongest form of scarlet rot to enemies as much as you want as long as you got the FP for it that you can grab at the start of the game without fighting anything, but were too afraid to put black key bolts in a shop and have a max of 90 per game?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Ok after some testing I would not recommend Ekzykes decay over this spell. Ekzykes Decay costs more than rotten breath, cant be cast from horseback, and has the same amount of scarlet rot buildup. I did some tests on the giant next the the secluded cell in Stromveil castle.

                                          Using Antspur Rapier with a rot buildup of 50 it took me 5 hits to proc scarlet rot
                                          After using Rotten Breath first, I only needed one hit with Antspur Rapier to proc the scarlet rot
                                          After using Ekzykes Decay I also needed one more hit from Antspur rapier to proc scarlet rot

                                          So it seems both Rotten Breath and Ekzykes Decay gives a rot buildup of about 200

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Recommend this incant for any build. Kills dragons and most open world enemies (and Radahn) with relative ease. And you can fire this off on horseback to boot.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Anything susceptible to rot gets handled by a charged cast of this. Amazing vs duo bosses or anything that can be rotten. Huge aoe on it. S-tier incantation. Get this asap.

                                              • Thank god everyone is too busy abusing sorcery to realize this exists. The only possible way for you to dodge this spell is to immediately run in a perfect circle around the caster. If you try to run away from it, the broken range will still get you. And if you try to run towards the caster and get behind them, it will probably still catch you. If you get touched by the spell at all then you're ****ed because you'll just get stun locked into the full cast. And your only hope at that point is to roll spam and down two hope to god they are out of fp. Because if they aren't then get ready to eat another cast of that ****. This spell is so broken, that even bloodhound step can't save you. Not only a menace in pvp, but pve aswell. Melted through my entire first playthrough with this spell and is almost always a guaranteed kill on any player that gets caught in it. Another fun fact, is that you can free aim this spell and can pretty much do full 360s with this ****, making any method of dodging invalid. From my experience though, most people who use this spell will just stay locked onto you because luckily they don't know what free aiming is, so the circling method tends to be the only kind of effective way to dodge this spell.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I'm unclear of the damage type. The info here says Physical and that would be logical, but when a host used it on me as I was under the effects of the Tear which converts elemental damage into health, I was receiving HP. Furthermore, I heard the chime noise which indicates I'm recovering health.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    How do you manage to use it properly? I've tried it against bigger enemies and bosses put remain unable to proc the scarlet rot unless I charge and perform the full attack, which cannot be done before getting hit; most of the time, either the scarlet rot does'nt proc, or I lose fp for nothing by getting hit immediately

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Seeing greyoll taking 300+ tick damage from Scarlet rot is something else. This incantation is god-like. I always blast it once per fight, because that is just 30-60% of their health gone. On my bleed build this incantation makes me complete overkill and I love it

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Useful at 1v3 fights against gankers. The rotten breath actually bounces off surfaces somewhat so if they hide inside a building, you can fumigate the whole room from outside lol

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Imagine using this in a 1v1 let alone a 1v2 get some skill and stop spamming status effects and running away

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Io vado nella CATTEDRALE draconica a est ma non c'è l'incantesimo... Ora la domanda é devo uccidere il drago che si trova vicino o devo fare altre cose

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Io vado nella CATTEDRALE draconica a est ma non c'è l'incantesimo... Ora la domanda é devo uccidere il drago che si trova vicino o devo fare altre cose

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Total game changer.
                                                                Decent initial damage, can push back smaller enemies, DOT damage is great. Stat req is minimal. Doesn't cost a great deal of FP to cast. You can hold it for a longer cast.
                                                                10/10 spell.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Might be obvious, but if using it without lock-on, you can still adjust the direction of the breath using the camera.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    How do you unlock it? I don't have it in the dragon communion, even though wiki shows unlock condition as None

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Still a very good incantation. Used it on my newer dex/arcane build to clear out the bosses of Ranni's quest line at Level 67, after the patch. A single full breath attack, cast with the Dragon Communion Seal and 20 arcane, was enough to apply rot to all the bosses I encountered; Rahdan, Mimic Tear, Godskin Noble, Baelful Shadow, Astel, Adula, and Blaidd. Helped a lot in defeating them quickly.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        This should be absolutely insane thanks to the Arcane scaling buff and Dragon Communion Seal giving S Tier Arcane scaling right?

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Flame, Grant Me Strength and Golden Vow both stack for damage increase on this Incantation. At 99 arcane, 60 faith, blue dancer charm with no armor equipped, ritual sword charm, and faithful's canvas talisman, i get over 1200 damage per hit from rotten breath. This skill is insanely useful for farming runes! At the Moghwhyn Dynasty Ledge Road I get around 50000 runes per run off the albinauric trash mobs with the golden scarab equipped as well. I use the mixed physick with cerulean hidden tear and faith-knot crystal tear after I activate Flame, Grant Me Strength and Golden Vow for even more damage and free Rotten Breath casts for 10 seconds. Just rinse and repeat easy 50k every minute or less. you are welcome :)

                                                                          • Definitely nerfed, not mentioned in patch notes.

                                                                            Less range, I was able to hit more than 3 enemies 100% rate pre-patch in the same spot (Albinauric farming area). Seems to have less width as well unless you're aiming right at center.

                                                                            Rot only does 18 damage when inflicted compared to 40, and it's MUCH harder to inflict. Damage has been reduced, even though it's still good.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Best Boss cheese incantation. For the most part just stay back and let it do its work.
                                                                              You can easily bring a boss down too half health before you have to cast it again.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Why is it that I can’t use rotten breath it isn’t high lighted in my magic slot ? Help me please ? I’ve already bought it and have the fai, and arc to use it but i can’t and it isn’t highlighted

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  This spell has kinda spoiled my current play through. I know it’s my choice to use it or not but, I know it’s there and if I die 20+ times to a boss the temptation to larval tear and use this is there. I know… “just don’t use it if you don’t like it” and I agree, but I wish it wasn’t there at all. I killed Radahn before phase 2 with this.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Rotten Breath is almost on the same level as Bad Breath in Final Fantasy games. Remember to brush your teeth kids. (Or not if you got any tough bosses to fight)

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Personally, no where near as good as everyone is making out. The Scarlet rot proc is great, but the spell itself is terrible. Long cast and a low range make it quite hard to land at least two hits to get the spell going

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Trivialize end game content if you upgrade it. Be warned tho, you'll feel dirty using it, it's basically the easy mode some ppl asked.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          This incantation can be hard to land (you gotta charge it for full effect). But when you do, it can trivialize most bosses. It does wear off when switching phases though. I had to stop using it because it was ruining my enjoyment of the game. I only use it now if I'm really struggling or desperate for some runes.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Rotten Breath seem to draw aggro from bosses the most, so you can either use it to draw aggro away from your party or put it on mimic tear to let it draw aggro away from you

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Most OP incant for PVP 100%. Does extremely high poise dmg, very wide arc and very long area of effect. It even goes trough certain walls.

                                                                                              Def a broken spell and I hope the dev will at least reduce the poise dmg on this, because there's currently no viable counter to this in PVP other than trying to run away or somehow interrupt the thing before it is casted. It is not punishable because of the tracking, meaning if the person is channeling it, you cannot go for a backstab or try to avoid it sideways because the caster can 180 with the tracking. + it has low fp cost, which means potential for spamming + it has very high total dmg.

                                                                                              Very toxic in pvp, please fix.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Most OP incant for PVP 100%. Does extremely high poise dmg, very wide arc and very long area of effect. It even goes trough certain walls.

                                                                                                Def a broken spell and I hope the dev will at least reduce the poise dmg on this, because there's currently no viable counter to this in PVP other than trying to run away or somehow interrupt the thing before it is casted. It is not punishable because of the tracking, meaning if the person is channeling it, you cannot go for a backstab or try to avoid it sideways because the caster can 180 with the tracking. + it has low fp cost, which means potential for spamming + it has very high total dmg.

                                                                                                Very toxic in pvp, please fix.

                                                                                                • This spell might just be better than Ekzyke's Decay. It seems to go further and cover a wider range based on my testing. Depending on the terrain the decay can miss completely, whereas this won't. The initial damage from the Decay is stronger but when you invest in faith and arcane, it really doesn't matter because the damage is absolutely insane regardless. Not to mention you're primarily using this for the rot effect anyways.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    For some reason when I have it equipped it just won’t let me use it. I meet the faith and arcane requirements, so I’m confused. Can anyone help?

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      i used this one on too many bosses combined with my element of choice breath, getting them first try. Kind of regret it, turned the game into a breeze. Combine that with a mimic tear that distracts the boss while casting and you got yourself a deal.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        For note: it is at the CATHEDRAL of dragon communion, not the church, seeing a lot of confusion in the comments (mine included)

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Well I got this and to be honest its not game breaking at all. I still died to the second boss 7 times before I finally got her. It didnt even help, the bosses in this game will kill you pretty fast so you have to cast this, long cast time, short range, high FP cost, hit them, do it again, wait for it to tick down and then do it all over again. And while your doing all that, the boss is spamming high damaging spells at you so.... yeah. Much easier to concentrate on just wacking boss with a weapon. Its useful on stuff you can cheese using elevation but you can just do that with poison arrows anyway

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