The Dragonscale Blade is one of Elden Ring’s most unique katanas. It’s one of the only sources of cold lightning in the game. Unfortunately, acquiring the weapon is one of the worst experiences in Lands Between, as you not only have to reach one of the worst areas in the game , but you also need to beat a boss surrounded by Scarlet Rot.
Nonetheless, this Elden Ring guide will give you all the advice you need to get the Dragonscale Blade with relative ease. If you want to know how to get rid of scarlet rot, we have a guide for that here.
How to Get the Dragonscale Blade Katana
The Dragonscale Blade is a reward for killing a world boss of the Draconian Soldiers in the Lake of Rot. We’ve covered how to get to the Lake of Rot in a standalone article and in our guide to Ranni’s questline, so check them out if you want to know how to reach this gruesome place.
From the Grace site by the Lake of Rot, head slightly southeast and you should see the Draconian Soldier sleeping in the lake.
Your best bet is to not try to beat it on the first try. Instead, approach the boss – even wake him up – then die. Rather than reviving at Grace’s site, respawn at Marika’s Pyre when you have the chance.
The stake sits on a small platform with an obelisk, and you’ll spawn right next to a button on the ground. Pressing this button causes three large platforms to rise out of the lake around the Draconian Soldier, giving you solid ground to fight on and saving you from being constantly afflicted with Scarlet Rot.
How to beat the dragon soldier
Fighting the boss is a fairly simple process. Most of his attacks are slow and easy to dodge. At this point in the game, you should be able to deal 400-500 damage per attack, so killing him shouldn’t take too long. If you’ve gone with Faith, fire magic is incredibly effective. You can always respec if needed.
Otherwise, turn counter-clockwise and stick to the back of the boss. It doesn’t have zone-crossing attacks like the lower zone version of the River Ainsel, because it only has one phase. This Draconian Trooper also mostly stays in his starting area, so while he will move to chase you for a while, like all world bosses, he will eventually teleport back to his spawn point if you give him enough of space.
Defeating the Dragonkin Soldier immediately nets you 58,000 Runes and the Dragonscale Blade, which comes with its unique Ash of War called Ice Lightning Sword.
The Blade’s Ashen of War does the same thing as the Lightning Blade – charging the blade with electricity then slamming it into an AoE – but the weapon also applies Frostbite buildup for extra damage while the buff is on. asset.
Now that you have the Dragonscale Blade in your arsenal, check out our other Elden Ring weapon guides on the Blasphemous Blade, Twin Blade, and Black Moon Greatsword. We’ve also covered tons of other Elden Ring topics here, so head over to our guides hub for everyone.