The spirit of a Rotten Stray can be summoned for aid in battle by using Rotten Stray Ashes.
...Though it is only a small creature, it is as violent as it is nimble.
Stray Location in Elden Ring
Where to Find Stray:
- Players can encounter Strays in the caves of Limgrave, such as Limgrave Tunnels.
- Roaming the west shores of Castle Morne, and inside the castle itself.
- Can be found in the upper parts of The Shaded Castle
- Unsightly Catacombs
- Old Altus Tunnel
- Can be found in parts of Caelid, including Caelid Waypoint Ruins.
- Can be encountered in some sections within Leyndell, Royal Capital.
- Can be found in the Swamp of Aeonia in Caelid.
- Can be found in the Consecrated Snowfield in the Mountaintops of the Giants.
- Can be found in the Mohgwyn Palace area.
- Can be found in Crumbling Farum Azula.
Stray Drops in Elden Ring
- 52 - 1829 Runes
- Thin Beast Bones
- Beast Blood
- Ruin Fragment (only from some Large Strays)
- Sanctuary Stone (only from Braided Strays from Farum Azula)
- Sacramental Bud (only those from Writheblood Ruins)
|Enemy Type||Buildup Type
||Drops||Notes and Locations
No buildup type.
|Can be found across the Lands Between.|
Inflicts Scarlet Rot buildup
|Can be found in Caelid.
They are covered in the same mushrooms that make up the landscape of Caelid.
Inflicts Hemorrhage buildup
|Two are near the Second Church of Marika, many are in and around the Writheblood Ruins, and many are found around and within the large, shallow pool of blood with the Blistered Giant Crows in the Mohgwyn Palace.
Like several other enemies that can inflict Hemorrhage buildup, they are covered in large red blisters.
No buildup type.
|Can only be found in Crumbling Farum Azula.
They wear jewelry and have braided hair (unlike other Strays, which lack most hair) that match that of theAzula Beastmen. This seems to imply they are or were pets of the Azula Beastmen, as Strays have no dexterous hands to braid with, though it is possible their relationship could have been more complex than that, due to the Beastmen's canine biology.
Elden Ring Stray Notes & Tips
- Strays are fast and vicious; using a good shield is a good way to deal with them.
- Deals Standard Damage. Some variants can additionally inflict Blood loss or Scarlet Rot.
- Like most animal-type creatures, they are susceptible to Fire Damage and Status Effects (most notably Hemorrhage).
- There are occasionally somewhat larger individual Strays that have more health and drop more Runes. They have a slightly different color than the normal-sized Strays.
- Strays are essentially the same as Dogs in that they have the same behavior, moves, and drops, though Dogs do not have buildup subtypes. Strays are also far more common.
- At one point of Elden Ring post-launch life, Blistered Strays, or as they were called at the time, "Bleed dogs," were the most dangerous creatures in The Lands Between. This was because of a bug related to how game registered their jump attack. Due to this glitch, one attack could easily guard-break the player and deal 1500 HP of total damage.