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How to start the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC

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Elden Ring does not allow players to access the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC from the menu, so you will need to prepare before you can take on the challenges that await you in the expansion.

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FromSoftware is known for providing access to its DLC after defeating bosses and progressing well in the story, like in Bloodborne where you have to defeat Vicar Amelia before you can begin the story of The Old Hunters. Elden Ring is no exception, as Shadow of the Erdtree’s new content is locked behind bosses.

Shadow of the Erdtree launched on June 21, and for those returning to the Underdark, preparation is necessary. You must complete specific tasks before you can begin the DLC, which involves defeating some of the game’s toughest bosses.

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Mohg in Elden Ring

Mohg is the boss that prevents you from accessing Shadow of the Erdtree.

How to start the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC

To start Shadow of the Erdtree, you must defeat the two bosses Radahn and Mohg, then reach a very specific location. This information was first revealed in a Famitsu interview with Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Defeat Radahn, the Bane of the Stars, in Caelid

The first boss is essential to complete Ranni’s quest, an essential step for players aiming to usher in the Star Age. You must defeat Radahan, the Scourge of the Stars, which is located at the Red Lion Castlesoutheast of Caelid.

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It is recommended to be above level 60 before facing Radahn, but experienced players can try their luck earlier, as several NPCs can assist them during this fight.

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Defeat Mohg, the Blood Lord, at Mohgwyn Palace

You must defeat Mohg, the Blood Lord, which is located in the Mohgwyn Palace, a secret level of the Siofra Underground River. This location is accessible via a portal located west of the consecrated Snowfields.

It is recommended to be above level 90 before facing Mohg, but you can try your luck earlier, as there are specific items and Crystal Tears that can make the fight easier.

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Once these bosses are defeated, you can begin the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC by interacting with the cocoon in the Mohg Arenabecause it contains the body of Miquella, the central point of the story of Shadow of the Erdtree.

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Do you have to be at a certain level to access Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC?

No, there is no level requirement to start the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC in Elden Ring.

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As long as you have completed the requirements listed above, killed the two mandatory bosses, you can technically access the DLC at any level.

What level should you be at to start DLC in Elden Ring?

Ultimately, the choice is yours as to when you want to begin your journey in the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC. With no set level requirement, you can technically start as soon as you’ve defeated Radahn and Mohg, although these fights can be quite far into the base game experience.

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As a result, you should be at a fairly high level with many improved stats. You probably won’t reach these sections of the game without being at least level 100, although we recommend being at a slightly higher level before starting the DLC.

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Starting Elden Ring DLC ​​between levels 150 and 200 is ideal to ensure that your Stamina stat is maxed and that you don’t run out of health upon entering Shadow of the Erdtree. Any level up isn’t really necessary for one key reason: the DLC relies on a different scaling system.

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Whether you are level 200 or 500, you will still find the DLC difficult at first. Shadow of the Erdtree uses the Tree Blessing system of the Shadow Realm. Rather than relying on your usual attack and defense stats, this system requires collecting Shadow Tree Shards to improve your most important qualities.

So no matter how much you grind in the base game, Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree has its own form of difficulty to maintain a balanced playing field. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what level you are when you start, as long as you’ve done enough to boost your Health, Stamina, and any other stats relevant to your build.

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