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Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree: Should you start a new character?

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With the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree expansion expanding an already vast game, should you start a new character or use one of your existing builds?

As with most Souls games, to play the Elden Ring DLC ​​you will need to meet certain requirements before you can venture into the Shadow Realm. Shadow of the Erdtree is designed for those who have reached the endgame content of the Elden Ring base game, so be aware that you will not be able to start a new character and jump straight into it.

Before you can access the Elden Ring DLC, you will need to have defeated Radahn and Mohg. Mohg is an endgame boss in Elden Ring and it takes many hours to reach him. It is also recommended to have completed the Miquella Sacred Tree dungeon. Although not required, it is recommended, as not only is Miquella’s lore closely tied to the Sacred Tree, but the location also serves as a test of your character’s strength.

Character from Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree DLC

Should you start a new character?

We advise you not to do this. Indeed, if you start a new character in Elden Ring, you will have to replay many hours to reach the point necessary to access Shadow of the Erdtree content.

If you have a character who has already defeated the Radahn and Mohg bosses, you can simply return to the Mohg boss arena, approach Miquella’s egg, and begin your new adventure. Even if you have completed the game and seen any of the endings, this content will still be available to you – provided you have not moved on to the next New Game+ cycle.

Of course, if you want to do it again, go for it. Just know that you’ll have a lot of adventures to experience before you can access Shadow of the Erdtree’s new content.

Should you upgrade to NG+ before starting DLC?

We also advise you not to start your next New Game+ game. before starting the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.

As with a new character, when you enter New Game+, you will be back at the beginning and will have to replay the entire story and defeat Radahn, Mohg and ideally the Sacred Tree before you can jump into the expansion. Although you probably already have all the equipment and items you need, it will still take many hours to get back to the point required for the DLC.

It is important to note that each NG+ cycle makes the game more difficult and Shadow of the Erdtree content will already be the hardest content in the game. Therefore, do not make it even more difficult by entering the next NG+ cycle . If you already have an endgame character, consider completing the DLC with them before moving on to your next playthrough.

If you already have a character who has gone through several NG+ cycles and can enter the DLC without starting over, use your existing character as they will likely be strong enough to explore the Shadow Realm, regardless of the increase in difficulty brought by the being beyond NG+.

Basically, don’t be afraid to jump into the DLC with a high-level character who has already completed the game multiple times. Only start again if you need or want to.

While waiting for the arrival of Shadow of the Erdtree, consult the Elden Ring section of our site so as not to miss any news about the game from Fromsoftware.

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