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CURSE DRAGON


"Not even these stray wyrms are free from the pestilence of this accursed place. I've seen that putrid breath drive Pawns mad and reduce Arisen to foul puddles, armor and all...never thought I'd miss the flame." -Barroch's Notes


DescriptionEdit

Dragon's Dogma - Cursed Dragons

Cursed Dragons come from origins unknown and bear a striking visual similarity to the Ur-Dragon, however there are a few notable differences. Cursed Dragons are smaller and less brutal than the Ur-Dragon. Cursed Dragons do not have multiple hearts; instead, they have a single purple crystal in their chest.

Cursed Dragons are undead dragonkin, brought back to life by foul magick. Instead of breathing fire, they breath a vile and foul gas, which rots any time-sensitive items in the Arisen's inventory. The Cursed Dragon uses a combination of Ur-Dragon-like abilities and has 11 bars of health like most other boss monsters found on Bitterblack Isle.

Also, like the Ur-Dragon, the Cursed Dragon can indeed be slain by a Pawn if one strikes the final blow to its heart.

Information and StatsEdit

General InfoEdit

Type Undead / Dragon / Boss
Experience gained

Base Exp of 66,000

Can be more or less depending on a few factors such as:

Location


Debilitations/ResistanceEdit

 
Debilitation Resistance
Burning  Weak
Drenched  Immune
Tarring  Immune
Frozen [1]  Resilient
Blindness  Immune
Curse  Immune
Lower Defense  Resilient
Lower Magick  Resilient
Lower Magick Defense  NA
Lower Strength  Resilient
Petrification  Immune
Poison  Weak
Possession  NA
Silence  Weak
Skill Stiffling  NA
Sleep  Immune
Torpor  Weak
  1. While they are vulnerable to the Frozen status, it is impossible to shatter Dragonkin.


AttacksEdit

Attack Type Description
Poison Breath Mag/Spec A massive stream of poison is let loose from its mouth. Can cause Poison. The Cursed Dragon can use this move while moving forward or backing away from its target(s). The attack has a chance to rot any time sensitive items in the Arisen's inventory.
Cursed Breath Assault Mag/Spec If under 50% health and grounded, the dragon will often rear back and inhale, slowly turning to face the Arisen, charging up for a ferocious roaring breath attack. It will then roar, knocking back pawns and the Arisen who are not under cover, then fire three breath "bombs" (similar to the Cockatrice) which can inflict curse, poison or torpor -- in addition to heavy damage.
Dive Phys A powerful lunge from the air.
Charge Phys Charges at a target on the ground.
Grab (Arisen) Phys The Arisen is grabbed and then slammed into the ground.
Grab (Pawn) Spec/Status A Pawn is grabbed and then slammed into the ground. The Cursed Dragon will rarely try to seize control over the pawn. However if done, it causes Possession, which turns the Pawn against the Arisen.
Slam Phys Will take flight and slam its stomach into the ground, dealing massive damage.
Spin Phys If the Arisen or one of his/her Pawns are holding onto the Cursed Dragon while it is in flight, it will spin rapidly, draining a massive chunk of stamina.
Stomp Attack Phys A powerful attack with its feet, staggers targets.
Sweeping Blow Phys A sweeping blow with Front Claws.
Tail Sweep Phys A powerful spinning attack with its tail, knocks targets off their feet.
Tail Lash Phys If the Arisen or pawns linger near or under the tail, it may whip back and forth for high damage with knockback.
Roar Spec/Status A mighty roar that possesses all Pawns within range. Causes Possession, which turns the Pawn against the Arisen.
Biting Assault Phys An onslaught of three powerful bites meant to catch fleeing enemies.
High Lassitude Mag/Status One or more areas of effect sigil are created, inflicting Torpor on those who remain within it.


RewardsEdit

Tactics (Offensive)Edit

  • Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Screenshot 31

    Killed by a Pawn using Comestion as the Arisen here is a Warrior. The drops can be seen below the abdomen.

    Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Screenshot CD

    Exact moment of death showing the violet glow of the shattered heart. Killed via High Miasma from a Pawn as the Arisen here is a Mystic Knight wielding a Holy enchanted Virge of Madness.

    The heart crystal on the chest is its weak spot, though blows and arrows to the head can stagger it.
  • Vulnerable to Fire (High Comestion, Dragon's Ire, Sapfire Daggers, etc).
  • Vulnerable to Torpor. Use a Gold Rarefied Rusted weapon if possible. The higher the enhancement of the Rusted weapon, the greater chance it will inflict Torpor. A Torpor-inflicted Dragon is MUCH easier to climb, attack and shoot at when it is moving in slow motion. Obviously, one should switch back to a more powerful weapon after Torpor is inflicted.
  • All vocations : Simply climb it and attack the heart! Since it is bigger than other Dragons, it is also easier to grab on by standing in front of the chest and jumping up to grab it. It may be necessary to carry stamina restoratives since climbing quickly depletes stamina. The augments Adhesion, Arm- Strength, Opportunism, and Dexterity can be helpful when climbing enemies, as well as Gloves of Might.
  • Fighters: Attacking the heart at close quarters makes it difficult for the Dragon to retaliate. The Cursed Dragon's only effective attack at this point is trying to grab its attacker or performing a spin attack or biting which can all be easily blocked or dodged. Dragon's Maw can be effective in this battle, due to invincibility frames preventing the effect of blows which would normally hurt or knock down the Arisen.
  • Striders & Rangers : Thousand Kisses is very effective after climbing up to the heart. Fivefold Flurry/Tenfold Flurry using Blast Arrows can inflict significant damage from relative safety. Brain Splitter and the Eminence augment can fell a Cursed Dragon in as few as four jumping attacks.
  • Assassins : Dire Gouge is very effective against all Dragon hearts. And since the Cursed Dragon almost exclusively uses brute force and bites over poison breath and magic, it is vulnerable to the Masterful Kill and Clairvoyance counterattacks. This skill can knock down the beast when used against its head during its bite attacks.
  • Rangers: The Cursed Dragon can be killed extremely quickly using Blast Arrows by shooting accurately into the crystalline heart.
  • Mages & Sorcerers : Both Fire and Holy-based abilities are highly effective. Spells like High Comestion and High Bolide can inflict large amounts of damage. Use High Lassitude to inflict Torpor on the Dragon to slow it down dramatically. Holy enchanted Focused Bolts (from your staff/archistaff) are extremely effective at knocking down & damaging a cursed dragon; even a modestly level Arisen with a Lv.1 calibre staff can make short work of a Cursed Dragon.
  • Mystic Knights : Stone Forest/Stone Jungle skill is also very effective because it is Fire-based and does a great deal of damage even with weaker tier weapons. Great Cannon with fire enchantment works very well from long range, too. Setting traps with a Ruinous Sigil/Great Cannon pair of sigils for the Cursed Dragon to move into is extremely effective. Perfect Blocking a blow with a Great Cannon already on the field will not only throw the Cursed Dragon's damage back at it, but fire the Great Cannon, for an extra attack. Damage is additionally increased from a Perfect Block when the Mystic Knight's Magick Shield is charged with an elemental Riposte.
  • Magick Archers : Explosive Volley will be able to tear a Cursed Dragon apart very easily. Hunter Bolt can deal considerable damage to the Cursed Dragon itself without even hitting the heart as well as staggering him.
  • When the Dragon stands on its hind legs for a roar attack, there is a large window of opportunity to climb its chest and hit the heart crystal directly with melee attacks.
  • While the Cursed Dragon is hovering, using spells or arrows to attack the head and then immediately attack the heart afterwards is a good way of quickly grounding it.

Tactics (Defensive)Edit

  • The Cursed Dragon will cast High Lassitude to slow the party down. Come prepared with Torpor-resistant armor or Silence it with Silentium or "Golden" weapons (like Golden Bastard sword or Golden Snags daggers).
  • The Stability augment is very useful against all Draconic enemies (including the Ur-Dragon and Griffins). All wind attacks are nullified against the Arisen or pawn with this equipped, meaning that one cannot be blown over backwards or interrupted while casting spells or charging skills.
  • The Cursed Dragon's biting assault (three bites) reaches out to anyone who tries to run from it. Rushing towards the creature after the first bite makes it easier to avoid the remaining attacks and manage some hits to the chest as well.
  • This particular dragon can be "cheesed" by forcing him into the air, and felling him with a high-damage arrow shot, ending the combo with a few shots to the heart. This process is tedious but will wear down the dragon for those who have difficulty with his standard attack patterns.

Tactics (Pawn specific)Edit

  • High level pawns can potentially annihilate the entire party if they become Possessed, so look for pawns with a 100% resistance to Possession (such as the Hellfire Cloak). One Sobering Wine will clear all debilitations from the party, including Possession, and provide immunity for the next 90 seconds.
  • Consider hiring a Mage pawn with the Legion's Might staff equipped. It auto-resurrects pawns after Dragon roars and conventional deaths. This will allow the Arisen to focus on attack and not running around reviving pawns (with the staff). The Legion's Might staff is best for support Mages to heal allies, enchant weapons, inflict debilitations, and distract powerful enemies (since the staff has a low magick stat).
  • Pawns can actually land the killing blow due to the undead nature of the Cursed Dragon, just like the Ur-Dragon.

Dragonforging equipment with The Cursed DragonEdit

  • Cursed Dragons are capable of Dragonforging equipped armors and weapons with no enhancement, although higher the level of enhancement higher is the chance of successfully Dragonforging equipment.
  • Farm the Cursed Dragon at the Duskmoon Tower or Midnight Helix by using Rancid Bait Meat.
    Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Screenshot 23

    I will avenge you, brother.

    • A Cursed Dragon will spawn immediately in the Duskmoon Tower Pre-Daimon, in Post-Daimon killing the Dire Dragon which spawns in the area is required.
      • If one does not place a Rancid Bait Meat then the Cursed Dragon will spawn only after the corpse of the Dire Dragon has decomposed.
      • If one places the Meat before killing the Dire Dragon then as soon as it is killed the Cursed Dragon will spawn, before the corpse decomposes.
        Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Screenshot Share

        Join me for a snack?

    • In Midnight Helix a Cursed Dragon can spawn alongside the large monster of that area if other smaller enemies are killed or if Rancid Bait Meat is used.
      • Meaning, a Cursed Dragon can spawn alongside the chained up Gorecyclops (Condemned) in Pre-Daimon and alongside the Frostwyrm in Post-Daimon. However, if the already freed Gorecyclops (Condemned) appears in Post-Daimon then Death will spawn instead of the Cursed Dragon.
    • If the player is fast enough, the Rancid Bait Meat can last long enough for multiple Dragons, possibly 4 or even more Dragons.
  • Post-Daimon, a Cursed Dragon is likely to appear in the Tower of Treasons Repaid when Banshees are present and can be farmed conveniently using the method described above.
  • Equipment that has been purified from Lv.3 Bitterblack items have a very high chance of being dragonforged.

NotesEdit

  • When encountered as a dungeon boss with the Dark Bishop it is severely downgraded, with the actual boss being the Dark Bishop. The Cursed Dragon will have a rather small bar above its back like a normal foe and will have no glowing heart crystal. When one defeats the Dark Bishop this Cursed Dragon also gives 66,000 Exp. The Dark Bishop actually gives 72,000 Exp by itself for a total of 138,000.
  • Memorize the spot where a Cursed Dragon appears at each location because when the screen goes black he can spawn from mid-air and fall, which may be sufficient to kill a low level or badly equipped Arisen by crushing him/her.
  • If the Cursed Dragon is encountered together with another boss enemy, such as the Frostwyrm or Condemned Gorecyclops in Midnight Helix or the boss enemies in the Tower of Treasons Repaid, it is possible to reap the XP from both enemies even if they engage each other to the death. Simply land a single blow on each enemy while they are attempting to kill each other, making sure they do not break off to chase YOU. The Cursed Dragon will even engage Death.

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