Rotten Duelist is an enemy in Elden Ring. Rotten Duelists appear only in the Consecrated Snowfield and are afflicted with Scarlet Rot. Only two of them will spawn, and will always drop their items once upon death.

 Rotten Duelist appears a boss - see Putrid Grave Warden Duelist for more information.

Elden Ring Rotten Duelist Locations

Where to Find Rotten Duelist:



Drop Rate

Additional Info

Rotten Duelist Helm 100% Dropped by a Rotten Duelist in the Consecrated Snowfield. From the site of grace, head west to reach an open graveyard with a Rotten Duelist. He drops the Rotten Duelist Helm as well as the Rotten Battle Hammer. [Map Link]
Rotten Duelist Greaves 100% Can be found by killing a Rotten Duelist that's facing the cliff edge located a little northwest of Ordina, Liturgical Town which is located in the northern part of the Consecrated Snowfields. [Map Link]
Rotten Battle Hammer 100% Drops from a Rotten Duelist in the Graves northwest of Consecrated Snowfield Site of Grace in Mountaintops of Giants. [Map Link]
Rotten Greataxe 100% Dropped by Rotten Duelist to the north of Ordina, Liturgical Town. [Map Link]

Elden Ring Rotten Duelist Drops


Rotten Duelist Notes & Tips

  • Deals Standard and Strike Damage. Can inflict Scarlet Rot
  • Weak to Slash, Fire, Hemorrhage and Frostbite
  • Highly resistant to Poison and Scarlet Rot
  • Parryable: Yes
  • Is vulnerable to a critical hit after being stance broken or parried
  • Can be backstabbed
  • Use magic and long range attacks, as it has an extended hammer and greataxe that can reach longer ranges than close melee.
  • You could also use the him as your temporary ally, just bait out his charge move and lure him all the way down to where the Death Rite Bird is, then use Bewitching Branch on him.


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    • You can use him to fight the death rite bird below the cliff,
      Just bait his charge attack and lure him on horseback (torrent) all the way down, and charm him with bewitching branch.
      Thie dude can solo the death rite bird with some buffs like golden vow, barrier of gold

      • Anonymous

        On my RL1+0 run, Zweihander was the easiest way for me to deal with these guys. Slap Giant Hunt on it, add Blood affinity. Then Giant Hunt -> charged R2 -> breaks their poise -> riposte -> Giant Hunt -> charged R2, and so on as long as you have FP. Since they have almost no armor, they bleed all the time.

        Parrying works well too, but only against the hammer wielding guys. Axe wielders are a huge pain: you can't parry most of their attacks, while they have infinite poise and high damage. So, in the end of the day, a colossal weapon was the only option for me.

        • Anonymous

          If only their weapons had dropped with the chains.
          My rotten duelist cosplay feels unfinished without the massive chain attacks.

          • Anonymous

            From please give us Rotten Duelist ash in DLC. Especially if they do the cape throw animation evertime you summon them.

            • Anonymous

              There’s one overlooking a cliff, and using the fully charged Ancient Lighting Spear from the Bolt of Gransax sent him over the edge, made quick work of him. Just gotta go a long way around to gather the stuff where he died.

              • Anonymous

                I usually don't get surprised by anything in this game, but i just recently saw these guys' grab attack for the first time, which honestly really caught me off guard. Definitely one of the cooler non-boss moves i've seen so far

                • Anonymous

                  I'd think it'd make more sense if these dudes were in Caelid, considering how scarlet rot is nowhere to be seen in the snowfields.

                  • Anonymous

                    All his drops, drop, only once.

                    By the by. Why does this enemy only have 3/4 pieces of equipment? So annoying that he doesn't have any gloves for a full-set. They really need to sort that kind of thing out.

                    • Anonymous

                      The one with the Greataxe has a right hook bash after you attack that is physically impossible to dodge which is lame since even daggers don't recover in time before he executes it. Doesn't hurt a lot but super obnoxious if you plan to use bubble or any 100% HP buff talisman. Also uses a shout effect that boosts its resistance to bleed and probably other boosts be warned and don't take unnecessary risks thinking it will work.

                      • Anonymous

                        The one in the Consecrated Snowfields is very useful because of the aggro hat. You can put it on, summon your Mimic, take it off and be absolutely sure you won't get aggro as long as your Mimic lives, which honestly is a great benefit in duo or trio boss fights.

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