Elden Ring, an action role-playing game by FromSoftware, features the majestic Erdtree, a symbol you encounter from the beginning. This guide will help you understand the importance of the Erdtree, whether you have to burn it, and what to do before taking this crucial step in the game.
What is the Erdtree in Elden Ring?
The Erdtree is a gigantic, luminous tree located in the center of the Lands Between, the fictional world of Elden Ring. It is the physical representation of the Elden Ring, and its appearance changes if the Ring is affected in any way. Players will grow fond of this towering presence as they progress through the game.
Burning the Erdtree: A Necessary Step?
Yes, burning the Erdtree is necessary to reach the final boss and complete the main storyline. However, you do not have to perform the act yourself. Melina, the Kindling Maiden, will sacrifice herself at the Mountaintops of the Giants to burn the tree with the Flame of Ruin, clearing the layer of thorns blocking access to Crumbling Farum Azula. Alternatively, you can choose to save Melina by taking her place and burning the tree with the help of the Three Fingers.
What to Do Before Burning the Erdtree
Before proceeding with this crucial step, make sure to explore the game thoroughly and complete all available tasks, as some areas and quests will become inaccessible after burning the tree.
Explore Leyndell, the Royal Capital
Leyndell will turn into ash and become covered by sand after the Erdtree is burned, transforming it into the Ashen Capital. Make sure to explore its Royal Districts and sewer system before igniting the tree.
Set up Alternative Endings
To trigger different game endings, complete certain questlines and obtain specific items. For example, to get the ‘Age of Order’ ending, you need the ‘Mending Rune of Perfect Order.’
Explore the Lands Between
The game features a vast and beautiful world that will change significantly once the Erdtree is burned. Explore every corner and discover its secrets before progressing the main storyline.
Complete the Game’s Quests
Most NPCs in the Roundtable Hold vanish after the tree is ignited, so talk to them and complete any missions they offer, such as the Dung Eater’s or Ranni’s questlines.
Obtain Unique Weapons
Some weapons, like the Bolt of Gransax, will become locked after burning the tree. Acquire them before taking this step.
What Happens After Burning the Erdtree?
After burning the Erdtree, you can continue exploring the Lands Between and completing the game. However, be aware that some locations will become inaccessible, the world’s visuals will change, and certain items and NPCs will no longer be available. Unique bosses like Godfrey, the First Elden Lord, Sir Gideon, the All-Knowing, and Maliketh, the Black Blade, await your challenge.
Reviving the Erdtree
If you obtain the Age of Order ending, you can bring the Erdtree back to life, relieving any guilt you may have for destroying it.
Burning the Erdtree in Elden Ring is a necessary step to progress the main storyline, but the game’s non-linear structure allows you to explore the world and complete side quests before taking this crucial action. Ensure you have thoroughly experienced everything the game offers before moving forward with this pivotal event.
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