Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s biggest game to date and one that is filled to the brim with things to do and places to explore. They have taken the open-world formula and added that FromSoftware finesse to it, putting it apart from the typical game in the same genre.
Not only the game has that rich lore and overall progression that they are so expert at creating but there is so much side stuff to do that one can easily lose track of the main quest.
Talking about the main quest, from the moment you step out of the tutorial dungeon, you will be presented with the vast green pastures of Limgrave and the majestic Erdtree will be towering over everything in the great distance. Soon you will be tasked to essentially reach the Erdtree and burn it to put an end to the miserable state the world has gotten into.
If you wish to progress further in the story, the player is forced to burn the Erdtree. There aren’t any alternate ways to progress, so it’s best to wait until you’ve done all the tasks that will be impossible once it’s burned.
You can do the following before burning the Erdtree:
- Complete your Quests
- Find all the Endings
- Explore the entire world
Do You Have To Burn The Erdtree In Elden Ring?
The moment you lay your eyes on the Erdtree and received your instructions from Melina you will realize that it’s an ever-present beacon that is there to constantly remind you that this is where you have to go. It is the single most important purpose of your tarnished life to reach the base of the tree and face whatever challenge awaits you and enter the tree to make some great impact on the Lands Between.
Once you reach the Erdtree and have fought all the bosses that stood in your path, you will be barred from entering the tree by thorns. Here you will be instructed by Melina that to bypass this barrier you are required to burn the Erdtree using the Great Forge in the Mountaintops of the Giants. After a grueling journey through the snow-covered peaks, you will reach the forge and burn the tree teleporting you to the Crumbling Farum Azula and triggering the endgame.
We won’t go into much detail as this might ruin your game’s story but burning the tree is necessary to end the game and something you will have to do eventually. Although once you have burned the Erdtree there will be some changes that occur in the world that are not reversible and some would even stop you from accessing certain areas. And considering this is the end game you should be prepared and have completed or explored everything that you might have missed to this point.
Luckily the game doesn’t end directly after the burning of the Ertree and you will have the freedom to check things off your list before the actual end.
Things To Do Before Burning The Erdtree Or The End In Elden Ring
As stated above there is a bunch of stuff to do before you end up burning the Erdtree and subsequently ending the game. Some of these things that you can do are:
Leyndell Royal Capital
The most apparent change to the Lands Between is that the Leyndell Royal Capital will be completely covered under a bed of sand and transformed into Leyndell, Ashen Capital. This transformation will render much of this location to be unexplorable which means that many of the items and areas will be lost to you.
So if you don’t want to miss out on any of this missable stuff, we recommend you to fully explore the Capital before you proceed onto burning the Erdtree.
Much of Elden Ring’s side/character questlines are tied to specific events and progression in the game. In true FromSoft fashion, the game doesn’t explicitly tell you what are the trigger points for progressing these quests so you have to either be very vigilant when talking to the NPCs or have done your homework for these specific points.
One questline’s ending of Goldmask and Brother Corhyn is closely related to the burning of the Erdtree so you must have done all the prerequisite steps before the burning to get the ending.
This goes for every other questline too so be sure to complete them before stepping into the end game or else you will miss out on some important things in the game.
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Speaking of important items and quests, there are a total of 6 endings in the game that require certain quests to be completed. As burning the Erdtree is the trigger point of the end game, you must be certain what endings are you going to opt for and to do so you must have completed the required questline.
It goes without saying that the world of Elden Ring is huge and every nook and cranny holds some secret or the other like hidden bosses and items like weapons and armor sets. It is best that before you burn the Erdtree and subsequently end the game you must have explored as much of the map as you can otherwise you will have to start over from scratch. There are some items in the game that are only available once per playthrough so it is advised to get them as soon as you can.
Elden Ring has a ton of other stuff that you can do before you end the game and we have just brushed the surface of what else you can do before burning the Erdtree and ending the game. Make sure that you have indulged in all the plethora of things you can do in Elden Ring for it will benefit your New Game+ run and even flesh out the story of the game.