A lot of Elden Ring players have had their first dragon experience: Minutes after first appearing in the massive open world, you can accidentally walk or run east during the dragon summoning ceremony and be leveled by the giant Agheel.
But that’s just the beginning. The more you discover Elden RingThe more you’ll find that the landscape is dotted with dragons, the more it can start to feel like a Skyrim release (except for dragons that are much larger and more beautiful). We know that these giant creatures can’t be fought at first glance, but you can really defeat them! Here are top tips to help you.
Your Torrent magic steed is one of your best allies when fighting dragons, allowing you to quickly reposition, dodge breath attacks, and track dragons as they fly. to another location. The only caveat is that you can’t ride a Torrent if you’ve already summoned other players to your game, so we recommend you try fighting the dragon first. You can use your soul summoning to help without sacrificing Torrent, but ghosts are bad at fighting dragons, often dying or being left behind before they can be of much help. Choose a ghost pack for best results.
If you hate swinging weapons on horseback, you can dismount when approaching a dragon and fight on land, but be prepared to re-ride immediately if the dragon ascends to use air attacks breathing – you usually can’t run faster on foot. Also keep in mind that if Torrent dies in the middle of battle, you’ll have to use one of your lifesavers to revive him.
Dragons exist in the open world and do not regenerate health if you do not rest at the Place of Grace or enter the dungeon. That means you can just…walk away if things get too hot. This allows you to explore the area and possibly craft some new materials to help you survive. You can also try killing groups of enemies nearby, which can refill your tank so you’re ready for the second round. Just be careful to retreat, because if the dragon follows you, you could be in deep trouble.
If Torrent doesn’t help you much, there are usually summon points near the dragon location where you can get help from other players. Of course, this will make the dragon stronger, but cooperation can have valuable benefits, especially since the dragon will only focus on one of you at a time. Try to find players that are faster or have longer range to summon, as they will survive longer.
Again, since this is open world, you can return to the summoning location and summon more players if you have enough Summoning Fingers. Technically, this means you can throw more and more summons into the meat grinder while backing up on your own, but that won’t teach you much dragon fighting skills.
The dragons will try to stomp and claw when you’re below them. These are usually the most heralded and easiest dragon attacks to avoid, so this is a good place to be. Just be ready to move quickly when the dragon flies or start using a breath attack. Many dragons are associated with certain elements (red rot, red lightning, frost, etc) and have powerful AOE attacks that you also need to dodge. After fighting the dragon for a while, you will quickly receive its attacks: Unlike many bosses in the game, the dragon does not have many different attacks and does not change much during the fight .
When you spend a lot of time behind the dragon, expect a tail swipe to come your way. These attacks are slightly faster than some dragon attacks and are best avoided with a quick scroll or a well-timed Torrent jump.
A common method for dealing with tough dragons is to inflict a damage status on them and wait for their health to drop. A bleeding weapon and a bleeding Ashes of War skill are a great strategy to drain a dragon’s health while staying safe. Red rot and frost can also work well, but dragons seem to be very resistant to common poisons.
Look for overhanging trees, hills, ruins, and valleys in the nearby area. You don’t want to get stuck on these by accident while running, but you can use them to get ahead of breath attacks and similar problems when fighting your dragon.
Sometimes this happens. Sometimes it’s a scripted event and the dragon has permanently moved to another place on the map. But if it seems unscripted, don’t panic. Sometimes, dragons naturally shed their feathers when they reach certain areas. Do Not try to rest at the Site of Grace or go into the dungeon when this happens. Instead, go a little further, and then come back. Usually, you will find that the dragon has returned and still has its health intact.
Locking on the dragon allows you to focus on it and specifically target a part of its body. But… this is not always a good idea. The targeting system can be a bit tricky when fighting something bigger like a dragon, and you might end up facing the wrong direction or restricting your movement at a critical moment. When in doubt, don’t target the dragon lock unless you’re playing a ranged construction or need to track it as it flies away.
You get a lot of runes to level up and a Dragon Heart. Dragon hearts are a fun item: They’re almost completely useless in the game unless you’re building spells. If you have enough Faith and Arcane, you can learn special Dragon spells by trading hearts at the Dragon altar.
You can find the Church of the Dragon Procession on a southwestern island shortly after the start of the game (accessible via Coastal Caves), but if you’re willing to brave – or run through – dangerous enemies If you are dangerous, we recommend going south of Caelid to find the Cathedral of Dragon Communion. You will find more advanced dragon spells here. These spells take a lot of time and FP to cast, but they can produce devastating results when the timing is right. You can also find Dragon Communion Seals to strengthen them.