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. Updated to Patch 1.07.

 

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.

 

Where to find Rotten Breath

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Elden Ring Rotten Breath Guide

  • Dragon Communion Incantation
  • Stamina Cost: 48
  • Deals standard physical damage
  • Inflicts Scarlet Rot (65 buildup per tick, upto 10 ticks on fully charged cast) on opponents.
  • Scarlet Rot inflicted by this spell deals (Max HP * 0.0033) + 13 per second for 90 seconds.
  • 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 at least 60 FP but will use up to 104 FP with no additional benefit 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.
  • NOTE: As of Patch 1.07, the Scarlet Rot buildup this spell causes has been reduced from 110 per tick to 65 per tick.

 

Builds with Rotten Breath

 

 

Elden Ring Rotten Breath Notes and Tips

  • Updated to patch 1.07. See Patch Notes for details.
  • Other notes and player tips go here. 
 
Elden Ring Incantations
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    • Anonymous

      Honestly, even with the nerf it can still put in the work. But you really need to meet certain conditions to pull off a proc. First of all, if you just tap it or even hold it for a second or two, it's generally not going to be able to proc rot on even bosses weak to rot. You really need to commit and fully charge the spell in order to get in that status build up. And on bosses with high resistances, you'd have to do that twice, so that leaves you pretty vulnerable, especially against late game bosses.

      So, to get good mileage out of this spell, you would need a sizeable FP bar and someone who can tank enough hits for you to get two fully charged casts off. I'm sure you can all imagine what summon can be super tanky.

      Mimic Tear + Erdtree's Favor +2 + Crimson Amber Medallion +2 + Raw Meat Dumplings + Boiled Crab + Great Stars w/Prayerful Strike + Plus Shabriri's Woe Talisman (I think most people know this already, but if you put on Shabriri's Woe before summoning the mimic tear, you can take it off after summoning and the boss will go full aggro on the Mimic Tear).

      Anyways, with a super tanky summon like the one above, you would have plenty of time to proc rot and also do a pretty big amount of regular physical damage on top, if you've got the FP bar. All of this can also apply to Dragonice, and even more effectively for that spell since it has a higher proc for frost.

      • Anonymous

        with the plague that is overleveled phantoms being so rampant after the sale I don't even feel bad using this.

        • Anonymous

          I have no problem with this incantation but ... Summons really use this to defeat Margit. I just don't feel that this incantation teaches you anything but how to roll away.

          • Anonymous

            Hot take: This incantation was completely fine all along and didn't need a nerf IF it required more stat investment, especially considering Arcane is quiet usefull to further enhance Cheese builds by adding bleed and even then. Even Oracle Bubbles requires more investment!

            • Anonymous

              I get you summoned me so I can be a distraction for you to cast off your spells but I can’t survive long enough to do that when you keep spraying this **** all over the place.

              • Anonymous

                This is still soooooo cheesy in PVE, feels like cheating. Even more OP with high faith (dealing direct damage besides scarlet rot).

                • Anonymous

                  If this does physical damage, does that mean it scales with str/dex? Or does it still scale with faith/arc depending on which seal you're using?

                  • Anonymous

                    I see a lotta chatter in here suggesting this breath is OP.
                    I do like it, but I don’t use if often as I prefer Frost! I stopped progressing in my own midway through 3rd play-through (stopped at Fire Giant) and prefer co-op’ing. That Frost is Fn’ awesome, especially with two others just wailing on Frosted enemies.
                    But boy did they Fn’ nerf Rot Breath. When fighting the Fire Giant, I liked hittin’ him with Rot right at the beginning of his 2nd phase. What use to take me one flask now takes almost 3 to proc rot on him. I’m callin’ foul on this nerf. How come it’s ok for invaders to one-shot me with their moon veil crap, but it’s not ok to proc Rot on ‘em in one shot?

                    • Anonymous

                      the rot itself wasn't the issue... its the stunlock combined with it being basically unavoidable in a gank situation.

                      • Anonymous

                        I invaded a host who would just spammed this, had no actual weapon, just a seal in one hand and a shield in the other. I smacked them out of the attack and they just crumpled when they realized they couldn't cheese me like they had everything else. Don't do rot breath kids, it turns your brain into mush

                        • Anonymous

                          I really like this in concept. Was actually using in a poison/rot build, but dropped it as it was way too easy to use and did way too much damage to bosses without even having to try.

                          IMO needs higher stat requirements, use the 'lesser' version of scarlet rot ((Max HP * 0.0018) + 15 per second vs (Max HP * 0.0033) + 13 per second for 90 seconds), and either reduce the rot build up or reduce the damage by like 60-80% as the rot proc would be worth it as it is.

                          Or they would have to nerf rot, but that would affect the other sources of it, and they are not the great as it is. This one is only good because its super easy to apply due to its range and lack of requirements, does a decent amount of damage regardless of the rot, and uses the stronger version of rot.

                          This also applies to Ekzykes's Decay, but its not used as much because it needs higher requirements mainly as its basically the same (just difference in range and AoE shape).

                          This could also just be a me thing, and wanting more Rot incantations (and poison ones lol) thats not either useless or OP. With this being so strong, its basically pointless in using any other sources of rot (out side of duels at least).

                          • Anonymous

                            this is wrong, it doesn't deal any magic damage, only physical, tested with magic damage boosting buff/gear & no damage increase

                            • Anonymous

                              side effects may include: brain rot, inability to use any other attack, and low vigor. ask your doctor before trying rot breath

                              • Anonymous

                                The game is treating you like crap? Bosses move faster than a Bloodborne boss on Speed? Rot Breath has you covered. Instant removal of any frustration, for the low cost of 15 FTH (and 12 ARC if you don't have that).

                                • Anonymous

                                  I hate this spell, not because it is cheesy, but because as a summon who uses melee who is constantly in the thick of battle and must be aware of every attack a boss throws at me, it sucks when I can’t see through the darn Rotten Breath.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    its insane that this can exist in the same world as elden stars. 15 measly faith for an instant win button

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This one spell has overhauled my entire ER strat. If any boss is tricky enough that I can't beat it in two or three tries, I grab this attack and my Bloodhound's step, summon my teleporting Meat-Shield Luthel the Headless, and spew rot at the boss until it catches the red foggy death. Proceed to run away, bloodhound's stepping if necessary, and just run away until the boss gets grinded out of it's misery or I need to re-rottify.
                                      Radahn? Draconic Tree Sentinel? Regular Tree Sentinels? Bell Bearing Hunters? Renalla? Dragons except Exzykes? Baeful Shadows? This strat works on everything.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        "what if we made fire breath, but it does physical split damage and applies the strongest DOT status in the game? yeah, that would be balanced" -John FromSoftware

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Warning to all me fellow faith/arcane Tarnished who like using the Breath attacks:
                                          If you're in co-op, be mindful of your fellow Tarnished. Breath attacks (and their upgrades) make it really hard to see! So if the boss is meleeing a buddy and you start breathing some form of cloud at the boss, your buddy won't be able to see any of the hits coming their way.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This thing is maybe the best incantation in the game for PVE. Trying an RL1 run and this is the saving grace. Especially since most bosses don't attack for at least 5 seconds after you enter the arena, making it a free full cast, which is nearly guaranteed to rot. Which is going to be at least 50% of their health gone. Then either kill them normally, or dodge till you can reapply. Plus you can get this literally right away, since greyoll is a free kill, which drops 5 dragon hearts. (Or kill agheel, since he's early on and very easy on horseback). Idk if the dragon communion seal even affects this spell but it's similarly very early, quite easy to get, and weightless. (Those banished knights are very weak to guard counters posture breaking them, just mind the dragonfire)

                                            It's doubly powerful on field bosses since you don't have to engage with them properly. I wanted to try deaths poker at RL1, so just spawned the bird, rotted him to start, then sat in the eyesocket of the nearby giant skull where he couldn't hit me. Step out, rot him again, dead. Gonna suck at the endgame when the big bosses don't get rotted, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

                                            • 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.

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