Elden Ring Deathblight builds are ruining PvP

Elden Ring PvP was opened by players who discovered an almost unstoppable build. By using a specific weapon and spell, these players are able to repeatedly stack a debuff on enemies that instantly kills them, and even worse: if done correctly, it can lock you into animations so that you never die unless you force quit the game.

Those who use the “Deathblight” version get two powerful items: the Eclipse Shotel weapon and the Fire’s Deadly Sin incantation. The Eclipse Shotel’s Ash of War move called Death Flare which inflicts the death effect on enemies. Deadly Ailment acts like a normal poison meter that builds up over repeated exposures, but once it fills up it instantly kills you with a gruesome animation where your character is impaled by thorns. Non-PvP players will likely have encountered this with certain PvE enemies like the basilisks.

In a pairing that’s probably unintentional, combining the Eclipse Shotel’s Death Flare attack with the Fire’s Deadly Sin spell – which normally lights you on fire – creates a lingering death AoE for as long as the spell lasts. incantation. While in this state, players only need to stand near enemies to quickly inflict Deathblight.

The result of this bad combination was that a number of players invaded other people’s worlds to hunt them until they died with almost no recourse. Reddit user TeenyTinyWyvern posted a video where they get hit by this attack and enemy players combine it into a backstab animation over and over again for almost an entire minute. According to Teeny, the only way out was to get them to stop doing it or shut down the game.

the_horrendous_state_of_invasion_pvp_warning from r/Eldenring

“Keep in mind: the only reason I was able to get away with it was because another invader showed up and caught their attention,” they wrote.

A few of us at PC Gamer also got their asses kicked by this version of Deathblight and others like it. Apparently the build also works with Bleed and Frostbite, and can even affect friendly summons. Nothing about this seems fair, and it’s unclear if FromSoftware is aware of the exploit. The build has been around since close to the game’s release. If you’re planning on doing PvPing, be aware that you might come across someone who does this and be forced to suffer the loss or ALT-F4 of your game.

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