Every Status Effect in Elden Ring Explained

 In Elden Ring, different status effects can help the player deliver massive amounts of damage.

Elden Ring is challenging. Every enemy poses a threat, no matter how small, if you’re not prepared. It depends on your build and what sort of stat you are prioritizing.

Finding a great weapon is one of the more manageable tasks on your journey to becoming Elden Lord. Some incredible weapons can mutilate bosses.

But to truly make the best of some of these weapons and builds, you’ll need to understand Status Effects.

What Does Every Status Effect in Elden Ring Do

There are seven different types of status effects that the player can inflict or be inflicted by in Elden Ring.

As you journey through Elden Ring, you’ll become familiar with plenty of the status effects in the game through bosses or environmental hazards.

Each of the seven status effects usually has a devout group of enemies that use them to try and reign on your Elden Lord parade. Players will want to avoid specific status effects altogether due to the limitations they impose.

Other times these status effects are the basis of a player’s entire build. So it’s worth knowing what exactly each status effect does and how to use it to your advantage.

Here’s everything you need to know about all seven status effects in Elden Ring.


Poison is a status effect that many gamers already know all too well. In Elden Ring, Poison will slowly tick away at your life. Thankfully, you don’t suffer from poison until your poison meter has been completely filled.

Depending on your build and its poison immunity, it could take a while before the poison meter is full. This means you can take a few hits from a poison blade or cloud before you start to panic. But once you do have poison, it can be deadly.

Various enemies will emit poison clouds that will slowly feel the meter. Once you are poisoned, you will see a “Poison” icon across your screen.

Thankfully there are a few ways to cure yourself of poison. If you have the Speckled Hardtear in your Wondrous Physick, then it will cure you of all status effects.

There are also a few Incantations that will help you, including:

Flame Cleanse Me

Cure Poison

Lord’s Aid

Law of Aggression

And the Neutralizing Boluses, a craftable item, can help minimize the effects of poison. This one is handy because if you don’t have a Faith build, you can still craft multiple of them to mitigate poison gain effectively.

Furthermore, if you are fighting an enemy that constantly inflicts poison, then these items will permanently boost your immunity as long as you have them equipped:

Immunizing Horn Charm

Mottled Necklace

Mushroom Set

Guardian Set

Ant’s Skull Plate

Spiralhorn Shield

Perfumer’s Shield

Coil Shield

But poison doesn’t have to be all terrible news. Players can also inflict poison onto enemies as well. Often being able to poison an enemy can be the difference between life and death.

Players can inflict poison using any Poison Affinity weapons, skills, or Incantations. There are even Spirit Ashes like the Miranda Sprout that will deal heavy amounts of poison to your enemies.

Scarlet Rot

Scarlet Rot is a status effect that infects the host and destroys them from the inside. One of the most challenging bosses in Elden Ring is Malenia, Blade of Miquella, who uses Scarlet Rot in her second form.

It can be devastating when inflicted with Scarlet Rot due to how much damage it takes away. When inflicted with Scarlet Rot, the player will begin to lose health at an alarming rate.

This can be especially deadly when navigating the Scarlet Rot-infested lands of Caelid. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways for players to reduce the effects of Scarlet-Rot.

These items will permanently boost your immunity and robustness as long as you have them equipped:

Guardian Set

Mushroom Set

Ant’s Skull Plate

Spiralhorn Shield

Perfumer’s Shield

Coil Shield

And these Incantations can help cleanse you of Scarlet Rot build-up:

Flame Cleanse Me

Law of Regression

And you’ll also be able to use Preservering Boluses to cure yourself of Scarlet Rot or to mitigate the rot build-up! It is necessary for players that are trying to make their way through Ranni’s quest since, at one point, you’ll enter the Lake of Rot.

And without the necessary items, you’ll find yourself dying to Scarlet Rot one too many times.

But, most enemies can also be inflicted with Scarlet Rot. Some of the most powerful Incantations like Scarlet Aeonia use Scarlet Rot as a status alignment.

And if you have weapons like the Rotten Greataxe, you can inflict Scarlet Rot build-up with each hit.

Have you heard of the player that’s defeated Malenia over a thousand times, Let Me Solo Her?

Blood Loss

Blood Loss is perhaps the most powerful status effect that players can use for themselves. Most enemies in Elden Ring can be inflicted with blood loss, and one of the strongest weapons in the game is the Rivers of Blood, which uses blood loss as its main form of damage.

But there are also various enemies that can inflict blood loss and your character, which can be deadly. But there are a few items that will help build up your resistance to blood loss.

These include:

Stalwart Horn

Mottled Necklace

Dragonbolt Blessing

Immutable Shield

And you can also use Stounching Boluses, Bestial Constitution, and Lord’s Aid to reduce any hemorrhage build-up! This is important when fighting enemies in Moghwyn’s Palace since a lot will deal hemorrhage attacks.

If you’re thinking of getting the White Mask Helm to complete the OP Health Regen Vampire Build, then use these tips to help you navigate the battle.


Frostbite is another powerful status effect that can either deeply hinder the player or tremendously help them. This status effect occurs when there is a build-up of Frost. This usually occurs from frozen spells. When inflicted by Frostbite, all damage taken is increased by 20%.

The Consecrated Snowfield is known to house a few enemies that can use frost damage, including Borealis the Freezing Fog.

Thankfully, players can minimize the effects of Frost using these items:

Thawfrost Boluses

Flame Grant Me Strength

Despite Frostbite doing massive damage to the players, it can also be used as a powerful weapon against enemies. The Forst Mage Build uses Adula’s Moonblade and Ranni’s Dark Moon to inflict Frost on enemies and lower their magic defenses quickly.

Have trouble locating the Consecrated Snowfield? Here’s our complete breakdown of how to get to the snowfields and one step closer to Malenia!


Madness deals 100 +15% of the target’s total damage. So if you’re low on health and catch Madness, then it’s almost a sure way to die. It also lowers your Focus Points.

It’s also one of the status effects that you will see around the least since there are not many enemies that can use Madness. Most of the time, you’ll actually be inflicting it on yourself using Madness Incantations which are incredibly powerful.

A few of the Madness Incantations that you will find in Elden Ring include:

Frenzied Burst

The Flame of Frenzy

Inescapable Frenzy

Unendurable Frenzy

Howl of Shabriri

It’s recommended that when using Madness Incantations, you use the Frenzied Flame Seal to increase their potency and effect.

To reduce Madness effects for a Madness-based build, use Clarifying Boluses.


Sleep can render you completely vulnerable. This can be incredibly dangerous in Elden Ring, where even one hit can kill you. When inflicted by the sleep, you will be unable to move for either 60 seconds or until you get hit.

Thankfully, if you raise your Focus, you will be able to mitigate the sleep status effect. Sleep is a status effect that players will use more thane enemies.

There are very few enemies that do inflict sleep, but there is a lot that can be inflicted by sleep. So it’s always helpful to carry some Sleep Pots or Sleepbone Arrows.

There are also two weapons in Elden Ring that can inflict sleep on their enemies. St. Trina’s Torch and Sword of St.Trina.

Death Blight

Death Blight is the most dangerous status effect. It is the only status effect that can only be inflicted on Tarnished. Players will not be able to use it themselves unless it’s against other players in PVP.

When Death Blight inflicts players, their character instantly loses all their HP. There is no way to reverse this effect. Once it is inflicted, it is automatically Instant Death.

But players can mitigate its effects by strengthening their Vitality and using these items:

Rejuvenating Boluses

Order Healing

Law of Regression

If you do intend to use Death Blight in PVP, then it’s best to use the Death Flare ability from the Eclipse Shotel. The Death Lightning Incantation and Fia’s Mist Sorcery will also help inflict Death Blight on your enemies.

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