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If you’ve made it decently far in Elden Ring, then you’ve likely come across the affliction known as Scarlet Rot. This is one of the deadliest and most annoying buildups you can acquire in the game. Once it sets in, your health quickly drains. To make matters worse, the buildup bar takes over a minute to run out, meaning you’re stuck with Scarlet Rot for much longer than other afflictions. Luckily, there are some ways to stop the rot from spreading.

Players will likely need to know how to cure Scarlet Rot if they’re trying to get through the Lake of Rot in Elden Ring. This lake is pure Scarlet Rot and there’s no way to avoid getting the affliction if you make your way through it. The Lake of Rot is found underground and can lead to some valuable loot, so finding a cure for Scarlet Rot is key. It also helps to know the cure for any future encounter with it.

Below, you can see every way of removing the Scarlet Rot disease in Elden Ring.

Curing Scarlet Rot in Elden Ring

Elden Ring Scarlet Rot
The Preserving Boluses item in Elden Ring. | Provided by FromSoftware

The first and easiest way of resisting Scarlet Rot is to craft and consume Preserving Boluses. This is a craftable item in Elden Ring that eliminates the buildup of Scarlet Rot. In order to craft it, you need to have found the Armorer’s Cookbook [6], which is found on a corpse in Siofra River. You also need the following materials:

  • x2 Dewkissed Herba
  • x1 Crystal Cave Moss
  • x1 Sacramental Bud

You can find Dewkissed Herba in Siofra River, Crystal Cave Moss in Still-Water Cavern at the beginning of Liurnia and Sacramental Bud in Mt. Gelmir. Once you have everything you need, craft the Preserving Boluses and bind it to an item armament slot. Whenever you have a buildup of Scarlet Rot, consume it and then keep going.

Another way of getting rid of Scarlet Rot is to use the Incantation “Flame, Cleanse Me.” You can find this on a corpse at the Fire Monk Camp on the eastern isle of Liurnia. You need to have 12 Faith and a Seal of some sort in order to use the Incantation. It requires 10 Stamina to use each time.

These are the two ways to cure Scarlet Rot in Elden Ring. If you don’t have either on you, chugging Crimson Tear Flasks is your best bet.

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