How to Defeat Glintstone Dragon Smarag in Elden Ring

This comprehensive guide will help you find and defeat the challenging Glintstone Dragon Smarag in Elden Ring.

Glintstone Dragon Smarag is one of many dragons in Elden Ring. It has a basic combat style and few magical attacks, like Flying Dragon Agheel in Limgrave. This guide will help you find and defeat Glintstone Dragon Smarag in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Glintstone Dragon Smarag Location

Glintstone Dragon Smarag can be found close to Raya Lucaria Academy in Liurnia. He will be sleeping beside a rock near the Temple Quarter Region.

He guards the Glinstone Key that helps you to enter the Academy of Raya Lucaria. By defeating him you can get this key and can get inside the academy.

Glintstone Dragon Smarag Recommended Level and Weaknesses

Glintstone Dragon Smarag is going to be a difficult task. Hence, make sure that you are at least level 45 or above before trying to take him down.

The weak point of Glintstone Dragon Smarag is his head. Targeting that will do extra damage. If you are a melee player, it might be overly risky to move closer to reach his head. Using lightning spells from afar will be more feasible for spellcasters.

Glintstone Dragon Smarag Attacks and Counters

Following are the attacks of Glintstone Dragon Smarag;

The first attack is his Double Bite. To do this attack Smarag turns his neck on the side of the target and then takes a bite at the target location.

To counter, you have to be in continuous random motion around the body of the dragon so that you’re never at the same place for long. You can also roll backward when he does his attack.

Wing Slam is one of his attacks where he raises one of his winged arms and then hits the target on the ground. If you get hit, you’ll be knocked out and receive heavy damage. to ground and deal heavy damage.

To counter, you just have to roll around his targeted location. Never stay at the same spot for long.

For his Stomp attack, he raises his left foot and slams the ground to cause heavy damage.

To counter, just move towards his back. From there, fire some lightning spells on his head to interrupt his stomp attack.

In Tail Swipe, he moves his tail to the opposite side of your location and then performs a sweeping attack.

To counter, make sure to not stand behind the dragon near his tail. If you are there for some reason and feel that he is about to do his tail swipe, roll forward or run to the opposite side of his tail.

His most magical attack is his crashing dive. To do this attack, he flies in the sky and hovers above the target for few seconds before crashing onto the ground.

To counter, run between his legs and arms or if you are riding, ride in a circle around him and when he is about to crash on the ground, jump to escape the impact.

If you are in few meter range, he will use Charge attack by roaring and charging at you.

He has reduced mobility during this attack, so you can quickly move aside to get out of range.

During Glinstone Dragonbolt, he throws blue flaming bolts at you that gain speed with distance.

You need to mount up and ride around the boss at distance. When the bolt reaches you, jump.

Flying glintstone breathe attack is also one of his attacks that has two types. In the first one, he flies and fires his blue flame in a circle around him. This fire covers a large area. To tackle this flame, you can only run in the opposite direction of the flame.

In the second type of this attack, the dragon fires the flame in a straight line in front of his head. It’s easy to dodge as you just have to be at either side of the dragon.

In his last Grounded Glinstone breath, he throws flames from his mouth from his left to right.

You can easily dodge this one by sprinting or jumping off your mount at the moment of impact.

Paired Attack

Glintstone Dragon Smarag can pair his tail whip with his bite. Here, he will take his tail to the left side and his head to the top of his body. He will then sweep his tail towards the right and try to bite you at the same time.

This attack is difficult to dodge as you have to jump and roll away at the same time. Jump when the tail approaches you and roll backward when he shoves his head forward to bite you.

How to Defeat Glintstone Dragon Smarag in Elden Ring

The key advantage is the open battlefield where you can sprint around on your Torrent. This flexibility allows you to challenge it with ease. And the scarabs nearby will replenish your flasks if you are low on them.

There are multiple Strategies you can imply to defeat the Glintstone Dragon Smarag

You need to ride your mount and hit the dragon with slash attacks until it dies. We recommend you use an upgraded blood loss weapon for this fight. If your mount dies, you can summon it again for the cost of one healing flask.

The scarabs can replenish your flasks if you run out of them, so you can focus on fighting the dragon rather than healing. Keep sprinting towards its back to avoid its magical attack that tracks you down.

If the boss starts flying, it will charge directly or spit fire at you. You can mount up and start sprinting away pretty easily.

If you are a mage and don’t want to use the aforementioned tactics, you can easily follow the tips below to best the dragon.

You can climb up the pillar behind the Glintstone Dragon Smarag and start attacking with your magic attacks.

We recommend you attack it with Rock Sling, which can just track down the boss even if it strays away and you will have a lot of cover to avoid most boss attacks.

The last strategy will be focused on people who solve each problem in Elden Ring with pure muscle. You can Charge into the boss and stay between its legs and keep attacking it until the boss dies.

Glintstone Dragon Smarag Drops

Once you defeat Glintstone Dragon Smarag, you will be rewarded with 14000 runes and a dragon heart. You will also get the Glintstone Key to open the Academy of Raya Lucaria.

How to cheese Glintstone Dragon Smarag

To cheese this boss, you only need a few sprays of poison mist. When you face the dragon for the first time, gain aggro and lead him to the rock in the corner of the arena. You can use your mount for this purpose.

Wait here for some time so that you lose aggro. Now circle the arena using the corners and reposition yourself to the back of the dragon. Sneak up to him and reach his tail. If you do this right, he will not notice you.

Spray him with poison mist and see his health go down one tick at a time. This will, however, take a while but you’ll be able to defeat the boss without having to actually fight him.

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