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Do You Have to Burn the Erdtree in Elden Ring?

Do You Have to Burn the Erdtree in Elden Ring?

Whether you should burn the Erdtree is a choice that will present itself as you progress through Elden Ring storyline.

Burning the Erdtree is referred to as the Cardinal Sin, showing how momentous of a decision it is.

The magnificent glowing of the Erdtree can be seen in almost every region in Elden Ring.

It is the emblem of the Golden Order and obtains its strength from the Elden Ring.


Should I Burn the Erdtree?

The Erdtree shining in Elden Ring

To advance in the main storyline, you must burn the Erdtree.

The only way to get to the final boss is by burning the tree, thereby committing the Cardinal Sin. Therefore, you have no option but to do so.

However, if you want Melina to ignite the tree then you should make sure you don’t obtain the Frenzied Flame.

Whatever your decision is, you cannot progress unless you burn the Erdtree.

Melina is an NPC that serves as the player’s guidance throughout the story of Elden Ring.

She initially encounters the Tarnished at the start of their quest to become Elden Lord.

While the players are resting at various Sites of Grace, Melina joins them wearing a black robe.

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She provides direction throughout the game, allows you to level up, and teleports you to specific important locations.

Melina also does have an important role in the game, especially when it comes to the Erdtree and how it will influence the ending of the game.

What Happens After You Burn the Erdtree?

Leyndell is transformed into the Ashen Capital after the Erdtree is burnt down.

After destroying the Erdtree, you will be sent to Crumbling Farum Azula, where you must defeat the boss at the end of the Malikth section.

Following that, the game will transfer you to the Ashen Capital, where you must kill the final boss.

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Burning the Erdtree has a number of effects, including making Leyndell the Ashen Capital, killing some of the Roundtable Hold’s NPCs, and locking up several areas.

It is preferable to postpone access to what is beyond the Erdtree until last because you will also have to battle Godfrey the First Elden Lord and Sir Gideon the All-Knowing to get there.

Achieving the Age of Order ending is the only way to reverse the Erdtree from burning.

Things to Do Before Burning the Erdtree

There are several things you need to consider doing before burning the Erdtree in order to progress through the plot of Elden Ring.

Some side missions must be completed, areas need to be discovered, and other NPCs questlines before you get locked out of it.

Here is a list of important things to do before burning the Erdtree:

  • Complete every side mission
  • Fully explore the Royal Capital area and the sewers
  • Complete the Corhyn and Goldmask questline
  • Finish the quest line for Dung Eater
  • Get the legendary Bolt of Gransax weapon