Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree ending explained

Radahn final battle

The Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC has a complex narrative and challenging boss fights at the end, where players battle against the Promised Consort Radahn. It becomes crucial to understand the ending of the DLC to grasp the full scope of the story.

The game involves the journey through the Lands Between, a world ruled by demigods and governed by the Golden Order. The important characters here are Radahn and Miquella, a demigod who aspires to create a gentler world.

What is the plot of Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

The Shadow Realm is a new setting introduced in the latest DLC, wrapped in mystery and dark secrets. This realm is very contrasting to the landscapes of Erdtree and displays Miquella’s rebellion against the Golden Order.

Miquella is revolting against the Golden Order to break free from the oppressive cycle imposed by Erdtree and Marika. He thinks that the world is much more compassionate and should not stay under the principles of the Golden Order.

Miquella's Crosses
Miquella’s Crosses (Image via FromSoftware Inc.)

On the quest to make a new peaceful world, Miquella creates a new shadow realm where he sheds parts of himself to transform into a new being. The places where he sheds his parts are manifested as Miquella’s crosses and can be explored further in the game.

Another important aspect of Miquella’s transformation is St. Trina who is an alternative self of Miquella and plays an important part in the game. This displays the duality and complexity of Miquella’s character and the crosses scattered throughout the map are the remnants of his discarded body.

Who is Promised Consort Radahn

Radahn is the Promised Consort of Miquella and this being is similar to St. Trina born from Miquella’s remnants. The DLC’s narrative reveals that there is a pact between Radahn and Miquella which involves Radahn becoming Miquella’s consort and in turn, Miquella helps him to become the ruler of the Shadow Realm to form a gentler world.

Radahn the Promised Consort (Image via FromSoftware Inc.)

The final stage of Shadow of the Erdtree is the battle against Radahn and Miquella. Players must be well prepared for the battle and have a proper understanding of the mechanics involved in the fight. Once Radahn has lost half his health, Miquella will come to his aid.

Shadow of the Erdtree ending explained

Once Radahn and Miquella are defeated, a cutscene is shown from Miquella’s memory where he addresses Radahn reaffirming their bond and vision of the new world.

There is a striking similarity between Miquella and his mother Marika regarding their actions in their respective worlds. Both the characters pursue their visions of creating a world through means involving violence and sacrifice.

Miquella's memory
Miquella’s memory (Image via FromSoftware Inc.)

The ending of Shadow of Erdtree is a rich tapestry of lore and emotional depth. Miquella’s vision, Radahn’s transformation, and the final battle against them provide a gripping conclusion to the DLC. The exploration of the ending shows the complexities of the characters and reflects on broader themes of the Lands Between.

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