Elden Ring's PvP has been busted open by players who have discovered an Elden Ring build that's nearly unstoppable. Using a specific weapon and spell, these players are able to repeatedly stack a debuff on enemies that instantly kills them, and what's worse: if done correctly, it can lock you in animations so that you never die unless you force quit the game.
Those utilizing the 'Deathblight' build are taking advantage of 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 that inflicts the death effect on enemies. The death ailment presents like a normal poison meter that builds up over repeat exposure, but once it fills up, it instantly kills you with a gruesome animation where your character is impaled by thorns. Non-PvP players will have probably encountered this with certain PvE enemies like the basilisks.
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