By the time you get to the Fire Giant, you need to know that you are very close to finishing the game. There are still many challenges ahead, but you are extremely close to finishing your journey to become the Elden Lord. You might be wondering if there are any consequences for defeating the Fire Giant, and we can’t say too much without spoilers.
Keep in mind that we will be explaining what happens towards the end of the game in the rest of the article, so MAJOR SPOILER WARNING to anyone who doesn’t want to know anything about the endgame in Elden Ring. If you are worried about missing anything after the Fire Giant fight, we will tell you everything you need to know.
When it comes to defeating the Fire Giant, there are a bunch of things you definitely need to do before you defeat him. You will need to explore Leyndell, the Royal Capital, and the Subterranean Shunning Grounds, defeat the nearby NPC invaders, find the Bolt of Gransax, complete the Dung Eater’s questline, and level yourself up to around Level 130-140.
Keep in mind that defeating the Fire Giant won’t initiate any big changes. It is what you do afterward that brings the changes around the world. What we can say is to go to the top of the giant chalice and rest at the Site of Grace. Once you do so, don’t talk to Melina unless you want to initiate the next part of the game.
Things to do before Fire Giant
We did say that we would put Spoilers in this article so basically if you defeat the Fire Giant, Leyndell will be covered in ash once you commit the Cardinal Sin after talking to Melina. It will take you to the Crumbling Farum Azula and you can go on from there. It will lock you out of a few things and you will miss a bunch of important items.
Just try your best to not defeat the Fire Giant until absolutely everything is done. You might miss out on a very important quest or fight that you can only do once you start a new game. As soon as you unlock the bowl and defeat the Giant, you can’t go back and you will regret not being patient.
Here are the 6 things to do before fighting Fire Giant in Elden Ring:
1. Explore Leyndell, the Royal Capital
If you didn’t know already, once you defeat the Fire Giant and you commit the Cardinal Sin at the top of the giant bowl, the entire city of Leyndell gets covered in ash. You pretty much lose access to the entire city except the underground section so make sure to explore everything you can before defeating the Fire Giant.
If you don’t explore it, then you will have to wait for another playthrough to get everything from that location. You also lose out on a bunch of upgrade materials as well so if you want extra materials, then explore the entire city area before it gets destroyed. It will also get rid of some optional bosses as well so make sure to take advantage of that before it is gone.
2. Explore the Subterranean Shunning Grounds
This one isn’t as important as exploring the city above this place because it is the underground area we mentioned previously. You do have access to it after the city gets covered, but it is probably best to explore the area before doing so. It also lets you see a new cutscene at the end of the game if you accept the Frenzied Flame before committing the Cardinal Sin.
Just be warned that accepting the Frenzied Flame will lock you out of every single ending except the Frenzied Flame Ending so keep that in mind. It is also a pretty difficult area that is easier to get to if you keep the city from being covered. Just try to finish everything you need to do in the city before defeating him.
3. Defeat the nearby NPC invaders
There are a bunch of NPC invaders that are around the Mountaintops of the Giants. Apparently, there are a few of the NPCs that don’t spawn once you defeat the Fire Giant so make sure you defeat them before they are gone forever. They give you some really good gear and items so it is definitely worth defeating every single one of them.
We aren’t sure which ones don’t spawn, but there are at least a few of them that don’t. We can tell you to look up all the different NPC invader locations and go defeat them all. If you defeat them all, there is no way to miss them because you will already have their items. Just make sure to defeat as many as you can.
4. Find the Bolt of Gransax
If you didn’t know, there are Legendary weapons in the game. They range from curved swords to greatswords. The Bolt of Gransax is one of those weapons. It is a spear that you will need to get the Legendary Armament achievement. It is a necessary thing if you want to complete all the achievements in the game.
Once the city gets covered in ash, you will lose access to this weapon until you start a new playthrough. It is sitting on the massive dragon spear in the middle of the city. all you have to do is find where the tip of the spear is and work your way up. You will eventually find the Bolt of Gransax on the weapon itself. All you need to do is pick it up.
5. Complete the Dung Eater’s Questline
This is another thing that has to do with the underground area. We aren’t saying you lost out on the entire quest if you defeat the Fire Giant, but it is easier to do since you are going already in the underground area anyway. It is a very odd questline that you actually have to be careful. If you meet the Dung Eater in the sewers, don’t kill him.
You will get his armor, but you will lose out on the rest of the questline. Just make sure you do the quest as you are exploring the Subterranean Shunning Grounds. It is not the longest questline, but it does give you access to an alternate ending at the end of the game. If you want any other endings, make sure to not accept the Frenzied Flame.
6. Level up to around Level 130-140
There isn’t a recommended level for most things in the game, but once you get to the end, you really need to be prepared for anything. If you have completed all the other things on this list, you should probably be at a decently high level. We would recommend that you be at least above Level 130 to defeat the Fire Giant with a decent challenge.
It is not super fun when you have to spend hours and hours on a boss fight and not get anywhere. Having your level higher will give you a better chance of defeating bosses quicker. Plus, the next area you go to isn’t going to be kind to you if you have a lower level. The game just gets harder from there so make sure you are ready for anything.