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What is the Erdtree in Elden Ring?

Updated: Feb 28, 2023 3:38 pm
What is the Erdtree in Elden Ring?

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Elden Ring has got to have one of the most impressive vistas in any video game, and with such an impressive draw distance, you can look out upon the world; to Caelid, Limgrave, Leyndell and many more locations.

Unless you’re facing the surrounding waters, you’ll most likely notice the collosal golden tree, engulfing a huge quantity of the map with its branches. This is the Erdtree, an artefact of reverance and ancient power in the Lands Between.

But what is the Erdtree in Elden Ring really? We’ll be getting into the lore, the purpose and much more behind the mysterious Erdtree in the article.

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What is the Erdtree?

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According to the Elden Ring wiki, the Erdtree (黄金樹, Ōgonju) is a giant, golden tree that towers above the Lands Between. The Lands Between is blessed by the Elden Ring, which is the source of the Erdtree that symbolizes its presence. It is the heart of the Golden Order.

A stranded soul says this of the Erdtree to confirm it’s ethereal representation of the Golden Order: “Ohh, Erdtree, great Erdtree. The Golden Order itself, unwavering, stretched to the sky.”

The blessing of the Erdtree, and the blessing therefore of the Elden Ring – a divine force above all in the game – shines through as a golden light, known as the Grace of Gold. In the same way perhaps the Norse viewed great warriors souls upon death, the remembrances of demigods and greater champions in Elden Ring are hewn into the Erdtree.

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Why is the Erdtree important in Elden Ring?

The Erdtree is not only a huge part of Elden Ring’s world building, it’s also one of your most crucial objectives; to get to the base of the Erdtree is one of the first things you are tasked with doing right at the beginning of the game.

Everything you do in Elden Ring furthers you towards that goal, and you’re reminded of that wherever you are. It is so large, you will see the Erdtree from every point in the map.

This is reminiscent of games like Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, in which the apocalyptic moon that is constantly drawing nearer to the ground, a constant reminder of the task at hand.

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Elden Ring Erdtree Lore

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This would be quite the lengthy article if we were to get into all of the many examples of the Erdtree’s mentions in the fragmented Elden Ring lore that we pick up from items, weapons, NPCs and more.

Perhaps the best thing to do is link to the Elden Ring Wiki page for the Erdtree’s Lore. However, the short hand version of events for the Erdtree goes as follows.

The Crucible was once the primordial of the Erdtree long ago. It was essentially the force of life, and all things were blended into it. The Erdtree itself was birthed around the time of the Giant War. At one time in opposition to all things, the consensus slowly became that the Erdtree was a symbol for order.

At some point, either before or after the Elden Ring was shattered by Queen Marika, the connection between the Erdtree and the great roots was severed. This is where Minor Erdtrees are from.

The fate of the Erdtree is dependent on the player’s choice of ending.

As for the newest DLC for Elden Ring, there’s no current release date yet, however we have given our own prediction. This is sure to be quite the impressive story we hope. We only know that it’s in development, so very little is still known. We’ll be sure to update you when more information becomes available.

Will Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC be free?

Elden Ring’s Colosseum DLC was free. However, as for the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC we’re not sure. With added content and story, we’re sure that there’s a greater chance that the newest 2023 Elden Ring DLC will cost something.

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