How to Defeat Decaying Ekzykes in Elden Ring

Fight this deadly dragon and come out on top with this guide!

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema
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How to Defeat Decaying Ekzykes in Elden Ring

The Lands Between is filled with tons of bosses that are waiting to fight you. Some of these bosses are optional while others are required to become the Elden Lord. However, if you are on a mission to defeat all dragons, then this guide will show you how to defeat the Decaying Ekzykes in Elden Ring.

This boss fight is like most dragon fights in Elden Ring but with a few differences. If you are having issues with this foe or want to find him, we will help you out. With that said, let’s dive right in and check out how you can find this dragon and how to defeat it.

Elden Ring: How to Beat Decaying Ekzykes

Decaying Ekzykes is a dragon that deals tons of damage and can mess up your day thanks to his Scarlet Rot. Even if you are prepared for him by fighting other dragons, he will use a few new attacks that can throw you off guard. However, worry not because we will show you a solid strategy to defeat him.

If you are curious, this is an optional boss that isn’t required to beat the game. However, if you want to get extra Runes and test your might against the many dragons in Elden Ring, you’ve come to the right place.

Where to Find It?

Location of Decaying Ekzykes.
Location of Decaying Ekzykes.

Finding this dragon is extremely easy. You can find this dangerous dragon at the Caelid Highway South while exploring the area. Keep in mind that since this area has tons of strong enemies, you need to be extremely careful.

Since this is an optional boss, you can completely skip it. If you are having issues fighting this dragon, make sure that you level up your character and visit this area later. Caelid has insanely strong enemies that can deal tons of damage and have high HP. So, make sure that you are well-prepared for this fight.

Tips to Beat Decaying Ekzykes

Initially, this fight might seem quite difficult for newer players. However, if you have faced dragons before in Elden Ring – and you might have because the game has tons of dragons – you will know that this boss fight is similar to that. He does all the classic dragon attacks like a bite, stomp, tail sweep, and more.

The best method to attack the Decaying Ekzykes– and all dragons for that matter – is to stay near its hind legs and whack at them. Do not stand directly behind the dragon or he will spam his tail sweep attack. If he stomps or swipes his tail, you can easily dodge that by rolling or jumping.

Plus, this dragon is extremely weak to Fire. Use Fire Grease or other fire-based attacks to help you win the fight easily. If you are a ranged user, use spells with very long range to deal damage to him while he cannot reach you.

If possible, make sure that you bring a few Preserving Boluses with you so that you can avoid the Scarlet Rot from his attacks. If it builds up quickly, your HP will vanish quickly without you even realizing it.


Once you have finally defeated the Decaying Ekzykes, you will want to know what reward you will get. Fortunately, the rewards are worth it and will help you progress through the main game by leveling up your character. Here is what you get for defeating this mighty dragon:

  • 38,000 Runes
  • One Dragon Heart    

Getting the Dragon Heart is a great thing because you can trade it at the Church of Dragon Communion for Dragon-based Incantations. This will help you defeat future bosses and enemies without any issues since you can get strong Incantations that will deal a lot of damage.


That’s everything you need to know about how to defeat Decaying Ekzykes in Elden Ring. This boss can be quite annoying at first but it is just like any other dragon fight in the game. If you have already faced a dragon before, you will know its attack patterns and how to defeat it.

What are your thoughts on this boss? Did you have a tough time fighting it? Let us know which boss is your favorite in the comments below!

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By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.
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