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How to easily beat Decaying Ekzykes dragon in Elden Ring

Here's how you can beat the Decaying Ekzykes dragon in Elden Ring with ease.
How to easily beat Decaying Ekzykes dragon in Elden Ring
Elden Ring features a sprawling open world filled with secrets and dangerous encounters. At its core, it remains a brutally challenging Souls-like experience but with more freedom to explore and assess its unforgiving world.

Dragons are a constant threat that lurks in every region of Elden Ring's humungous open world. These are especially challenging encounters with every dragon capable of decimating you in a single shot. One such high-level dragon is Decaying Ekzykes, and here's how you can easily beat it.

Beat Decaying Ekzykes dragon in Elden Ring

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You can avoid Scarlot Rot damage by positioning yourself in the shown position. (Picture:FromSoftware)

You will come across Decaying Ekyzes in the Caelid region of the game, North of the Cathedral of Dragon Communion. As far as attack patterns go, Decaying Ekyzes works similar to Flying Dragon Agheel and Glintstone Dragon Smarag. However, unlike these Dragons, Decaying Ekzyes doesn't do fire or ice damage but Scarlet rot, which is arguably the worse elemental damage type in Elden Ring. 

If Decaying Ekzyes breathe Scarlet Rot in your direction, then no matter how far away you're from it, you will die instantly. However, there's one particular spot in the battle area where its Scarlet Rot won't reach you even if you're standing close to it.

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You can deal critical damage to Decaying Ekyzes after stunning it with. (Picture: FromSoftware)

This spot is over the cliff shown in the picture above. We recommend that you use a staff or a bow to do ranged damage from this particular spot. We used the Rock Sling spell to target its head, which then stunned it in 3-4 shots. You can run in to do critical damage and take away a massive amount of its health in a single shot, though we recommend doing that only when one-fourth of its health bar is left. 

Remember to target specifically the head if you want to stun the Decaying Ekzyes dragon. You can switch between targetting different body parts by pressing R3 on controllers in the appropriate direction. Stunning it three to four times should be enough to take it down for good.


That concludes our guide on how to beat Decaying Ekzyes in Elden Ring. Make sure to check our dedicated Elden Ring section for more news, guides, and features.

Featured image courtesy of FromSoftware.