Poison and Scarlet Rot are two of the most troublesome ailments in Elden Ring. Not only are they incredibly common, they’re also incredibly dangerous. FromSoftware’s infamous fixation on poison swamps certainly isn’t helping matters. Despite this, there are ways to cure these often frustrating conditions. This guide aims to inform about what these conditions do, and where you can find remedies for them.
Poison and Scarlet Rot work in largely the same way. Like all status ailments in Elden Ring, they build up gradually as you’re exposed to them. You become afflicted when the buildup, indicated by a bar at the bottom of the screen, maxes out. However, where these ailments become especially dangerous is in how they deal damage. They both continuously drain the player’s HP until either the buildup meter runs out, or the player dies. Scarlet Rot drains more HP than poison, but the principle is the same.
Luckily, it’s not too hard to acquire the means necessary to cure these ailments. However, the methods of unlocking them are a little bit out of the way and obscure. The easiest way to cure ailments in Elden Ring is with the use of items called boluses. In the case of poison and Scarlet Rot, you need to use Neutralizing and Preserving Boluses respectively. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to get your hands on them. You will likely simply find many on your travels through the Lands Between. Beyond that, they can be crafted or bought from merchants. Furthermore, magic users can also use incantations to cure these status effects.
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The first method of obtaining Preserving and Neutralizing Boluses is through crafting. In Elden Ring, you find many materials with which you can create a variety of items that will help you on your quest. Boluses are one such type of item. You can craft Neutralizing Boluses, which cure poison, with one Herba, one Cave Moss, and one Great Dragonfly Head. For the Scarlet Rot curing Preserving Boluses, you need two Dewkissed Herba, one Crystal Cave Moss, and one Sacramental Bud.
HOW TO UNLOCK CRAFTING IN ELDEN RING
Before you can craft anything, though, you have to unlock the ability to do so in the first place. All you need to do to unlock crafting is head to the Church of Elleh in western Limgrave. It’s one of the first Sites of Grace you run into north of the start of the game, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. However, if you don’t know where it is, here’s an image to help you out.
Once you get there, all you need to do is speak to the nomadic merchant wearing red and white at the end of the church. Talk to him, and select “Purchase” from the menu that appears. Buy the Crafting Kit off of him for 300 Runes, and you’re set. You can now craft whatever you want, as long as you have the recipes.
WHERE TO FIND THE RECIPES FOR THE BOLUSES
In order to craft certain items in Elden Ring, you need to find cookbooks that contain their recipes. Unfortunately, the recipes for Neutralizing and Preserving Boluses are not unlocked by default. You must find two separate cookbooks in order to be able to craft either of these items.
For Neutralizing Boluses, head to the beach on the west coast of Limgrave. Underneath a large rock on the southern end of the shore is a merchant. Buy the Armorer’s Cookbook  off of him. This contains the recipe for the poison curing boluses, among a few other useful items.
The recipe for Preserving Boluses is quite a bit farther out of the way. You must go to the underground portion of the map via the elevator at Siofra River Well in western Limgrave. From there, head northwest until you reach the Siofra River Bank Site of Grace. Jump your way up the small ledge nearby and head southeast, past the giant stone wall. At the end of the path, you should see an item on a corpse near two Ancestral Followers. You can fight the enemies or run past them. Either way, grab the Armorer’s Cookbook from the corpse. You can now craft the item you need to cure Scarlet Rot.
WHERE TO BUY THE BOLUSES
Unfortunately, you are not able to purchase Preserving Boluses from merchants. The only way to get them is by finding them in the overworld or crafting them using the methods detailed above. They’re mostly found in Caelid, which makes sense given the prevalence of Scarlet Rot in the region.
You can purchase the Neutralizing Boluses from the same merchant on the beach in Limgrave you bought the recipe from. The location of said merchant is listed above. The poison cure boluses cost 600 Runes each. However, the merchant only has so many of them in stock at any given time, so be careful not to exhaust your supply.
HOW TO CURE POISON AND SCARLET ROT WITH INCANTATIONS
If magic is more of your speed, that’s an option as well. There are a few different incantations that cure these two status effects in particular. For starters, the Cure Poison incantation does exactly what its name says. However, if you want to cure both effects at once, you can’t do much better than the Flame, Cleanse Me incantation. The former is available for sale, while the latter can be found in the overworld.
Acquiring the Cure Poison incantation is as simple as buying it from Brother Corhyn in the Roundtable Hold for 1000 Runes. Getting the Flame, Cleanse Me incantation is a tiny bit more complicated. You must go to the Church of Vows in Liurnia of the Lakes. From there, travel east and slightly south. You should reach the Fire Monk Camp. Flame, Cleanse Me will be found on a corpse at that location.
Now that you know how to cure poison and Scarlet Rot in Elden Ring, these conditions hopefully won’t be as much of a problem for you. But that’s far from the end of Elden Ring’s troubles. Check out some of our other guides for more tips, advice, and tutorials.
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