How to Beat the Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring

Need to beat the Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring?

Elden Ring’s vast world is filled with various enemies and bosses of every difficulty. They are placed in The Lands Between for players to test their might, combat prowess, and equipment strength. 

Besides that, some of these bosses are required to be defeated in order to progress your storyline. 

Among Elden Ring’s many hidden bosses is the Dragonlord Placidusax. It’s considered to be one of the most challenging bosses to find and fight, which is located in Crumbling Farum Azula. 

This monstrous NPC in Elden Ring outside of time and space has an array of flash, lightning-based attacks that can wipe you out if unprepared. While Dragonlord Placidusax looks very intimidating, you’ll notice that the entire encounter is manageable once you get the hang of it. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to find and beat the Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring. 

Let’s get right into it!

Locating the Dragonlord in Elden Ring

The Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring is an optional boss you’ll encounter at Crumbling Farum Azula. This boss is found at the lower entrance of the Crumbling Farum Azule, where you can travel to the Beside the Great Bridge Site of Grace. 

Elden Ring Map

From this Site of Lost Grace, make a quick turnaround and ride the lift going down to a church. 

Keep your guards up while crossing through the church, as there are several enemies like the Azula Beastment lurking in the area. 

Turn right from the Azula Beastment enemies and make a quick left to exit the church. 

Search for the tree with a lit brazier and look over the edge for a platform before jumping down. Continue heading down by following the path and jumping onto various platforms until you reach a shallow grave with no remains present in the grave. 

This should prompt you to “Lie Down”, which a cutscene should play and reveal the boss, the Dragonlord Placidusax. 

Dragonlord Placidusax Encounter

The encounter with Dragonlord Placidusax is one of the most visually stunning fights, alongside the Ancestor Spirit boss in Elden Ring. However, don’t let this catch you off guard, or you’ll be wiped out of existence.


One of the vital things to remember in this fight is that the boss’ only weakness is Physical Thrust DMG. Equipping weapons that deal this damage should make the encounter easier. 

The Dragonlord Placidusax attacks quickly and deals tons of damage, so changing your flask allocations may come in handy if you wish to survive the rest of the battle. Additionally, you can summon Spirit Ashes in this fight or call other players for assistance. 

Luckily, the Dragonlord Placidusax doesn’t feature mechanics that make it different from other battles in Elden Ring. 

Similar to other dragons in The Lands Between, its weakest point is on its head. However, don’t expect the Dragonlord to give an opportunity to target its head. 

Vulnerable Zones

Since you won’t likely hit the Dragonlord’s head all the time, the best area of attack is around its tail, behind the wings, and around the hind legs. Due to this, it’s crucial for you to find a safe spot where you won’t get hit by its wing and tail swipes. 

dragonlord placidusax in Elden Ring

Fortunately, the Dragonlord Placidusax doesn’t have any back attacks, so you can target its legs without worrying about the dragon kicking you. 

In addition, it also has some ranged attacks, so it’s best to keep this a close-quarters battle to avoid the boss from triggering lightning bolts with AoE. 

You should also take note of the Dragonlord’s Dragonfire, which launches an attack of golden embers. This can be avoided by keeping some distance between you and the boss. Thankfully, the range of the Dragonfire is relatively short. 

However, you’ll have to wait for the flames to burn out before starting to attack again. 

dragonlord placidusax in Elden Ring

Once the Dragonlord’s HP reaches 50%, it will ascend and disappear for a short period, which marks a change of phase. Draonglord Placidusax will come back and perform a diving attack, which you’ll have to avoid, or you’ll suffer massive damage. 

dragonlord placidusax in Elden Ring

During this stage of the encounter, the real boss fight starts. 

In the second phase, Dragonlord Placidusax will use fewer attacks while teleporting throughout the battle. To deal damage, you’ll have to dodge its lightning claw attack, which should generate an opening to land several strikes before it teleports again. 

It would be best to close the gap between you and the Dragonlord as its following attacks will likely miss you. 

That is it for our guide on how to defeat the Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring. If you have questions, please leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help. 

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