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When does Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree DLC take place?

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With the highly anticipated release of Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree approaching, fans are eager to understand how it fits into the game and how to prepare. Here's an explanation of the time period Shadow of the Erdtree takes place in the Elden Ring universe.

Two years after the launch of Elden Ring, players are impatiently awaiting the arrival of the DLC. Shadow of the Erdtree promises to introduce a new realm for exploration and challenging boss fights.

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Following the expansion's first trailer, players may be wondering how the new content fits into the existing game, as well as how to prepare for it. Thanks to the trailer, comments from director Hidetaka Miyazaki, and previous games from FromSoftware, we have the answers.

Here's what we know about the time period in which Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree takes place.

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How does Shadow of the Erdtree fit into Elden Ring?

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree takes place after the fight against Mohg, Lord of Blood. The trailer begins with a view of the arena where you fight Mohg, which Miyazaki confirmed in an interview with IGN as being the “panointed entry point to the Land of Shadow where players will enter the DLC area “.

It is therefore likely that the cocoon with a hanging arm, presented in the trailer, will open, allowing players to access the new map.

This matches previous DLC from FromSoftware where new content takes place alongside the main story rather than after it – which makes sense given Elden Ring's different endings.

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This also means that Shadow of the Erdtree is likely to introduce an adjacent and complementary ending similar to those of Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3.

Mohg is an optional boss that is accessible quite late in the game, meaning you'll need to play a good game of Elden Ring to access the DLC. So it seems that the developers want you to get attached to the Underdark and its lore before Shadow of the Erdtree introduces its new characters and revelations.

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