How to find and beat Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring

Nicholas James • April 6, 2022 6:05 pm

Dragonlord Placidusax is a hidden boss in Elden Ring, found in the endgame zone of Crumbling Farum Azula. Here’s how to find it.

Dragonlord Placidusax is an optional Elden Ring boss, reigning as the primordial lord of the dragons in the Lands Between. He can be easily missed while exploring the sky-bound ruins of Crumbling Farum Azula after burning the Erdtree in the Mountaintops of the Giants.

How to find Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring

The quickest route to Dragonlord Placidusax is from the church below the Beside The Great Bridge Site of Grace.

At the bottom of the elevator that accesses the site, head out of the church to the courtyard with trees. A large platform is hidden off the balcony and can be seen by approaching the ledge. This platform leads to a large area with carved indents into the floor. Find the Lie Down prompt in one of the crevices and you’ll be taken to the Dragonlord. Worth noting is that a short detour can net the player one of the most important Bell Bearings in the game, which offers up high-level Glovewort.

This fight may be optional, but it’s still certainly a challenge for even high-level characters. Upon entering the arena, Dragonlord Placidusax will begin to charge several red lightning strikes. Sprinting forwards to the dragon should be safe, but try to immediately get behind the dragon. Staying close to the dragon while it’s on the ground and hiding under its legs will offer a great deal of protection.

After taking heavy damage, Dragonlord Placidusax will heave itself into the air. From there it will fly around the arena before swooping down. Roll into his outstretched claw to dodge it. The key to this fight is avoiding the dragon’s projectiles and its flying divebomb attacks. Be ready to spend more of the fight staying out of area effects and clear of projectiles than you do slashing at the Dragonlord itself.

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