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Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree trailer is full of new ways to die 

Finally, the long wait is over. Shadow of the Erdtree, the next DLC for Elden Ring, is now visible to us for the first time, and it looks incredible. The three-minute teaser is jam-packed with amazing wizardry, terrible bosses, and a tonne of stuff to unpack. So let’s get started straight away.  

The Enigma around Miquella  

Elden Ring’s primary campaign left many wondering about the fate of Miquella, Malenia’s twin brother and a demigod destined to live as a kid forever. In the main game, Miquella was discovered sleeping in a cocoon designed to transform him into an adult inside Mohg’s palace. Although it’s implied that Miquella is dead during Mohg’s boss battle, cut lore dialogue shows that Miquella is actually still asleep. It looks like the stage is set to solve the mystery surrounding this missing family member, especially with the first Shadow of the Erdtree keyart depicting Miquella riding a spirit horse. 

How to Get in to the DLC  

The DLC is typically accessible straight within the game’s environment in previous FromSoftware titles, such as by touching a painting or finding a hidden cave. For instance, it’s really cool that you have to touch a monster’s head in Bloodborne. In our most recent interview with director Hidetaka Miyazaki, he confirmed that Miquella’s cocoon is, in fact, a possible entrance point into the DLC. You are also prompted to “touch the withered arm and travel to the realm of shadow” by a voice at the end of the trailer. Entering Miquella’s head could be the method to access this “realm of shadow,” as legend suggests that his soul might be in the Land of Dreams.  

What Makes the Erdtree Incorrect? 

The Erdtree, a massive golden tree that looms over the Lands Between, is the most stunning feature in Elden Ring. The Erdtree’s radiance reflects the Golden Order founded by Queen Marika, and it represents the blessing of the Elden Ring. The Erdtree, which depicts the current state of the Lands Between and its ruler, can have rather varied appearances depending on which of the main campaign’s endings players choose.However, Elden Ring is home to another magnificent tree—well, really, several, but we won’t get bogged down in the details here. The Haligtree, located far to the north of The Lands Between, where Milenea resides, is the other big tree and one that is intimately related with Miquella. It appears to us that the tree in the 

When, if not now, might you?  

Elden Ring makes mention of the Land of Dreams, however it may actually refer to the past of the Lands Between rather than an alternate realm. Time travel is a common technique used by FromSoftware in their DLC. Artorias of the Abyss in Dark Souls and The Old Hunters from Bloodborne transport players to a nightmare version of the past. In Dark Souls 3, FromSoftware also propelled players into the future with The Ringed City. In the event that The Shadow of the Erdtree is set in the past, this propensity might also apply to Elden Ring, which would explain some of the other facts that surface later in the teaser. 

Fresh (Armoured) Faces  

A brief cut to what appear to be a few new characters—and, more significantly, some new armour that players might uncover in the DLC—can be seen in the teaser. The first is a set of knight armour with a cape and a pointed crescent accent on top of the helmet that is kind of like the Carian Knight set. The next character is also armoured; he is donning a Roman Legion-style outfit complete with a helmet that resembles a face and a plume on top. Interestingly, adversaries who follow a certain demigod are represented by several armour sets in Elden Ring with plumed helmet motifs, such as the Godrick Knight Set and the Gelmir Knight Set, which belong to warriors that serve Ryckard.  

A youthful Rennala? 

The Carian Royal Family, headed by Queen Rennala, and their magical Raya Lucaria Academy are one of the groups in Elden Ring. This new character looks a lot like Rennala, from their pale face to their ostentatious attire, sitting on a throne in an empty hall. However, if our hypothesis—that Shadow of the Erdtree takes place in the past—turns out to be accurate, this character might even be a youthful Rennala. 

Picture Perfect  

In the end, Elden Ring is about a quarrel amongst aristocratic family members. Since nobility adore self-portraits, players will find these siblings’ paintings all across Elden Ring, with Rykard and Radahn’s works being particularly abundant in Volcano Manor.  

Another portrait can be added to the collection; it shows an elderly guy sitting with his hands resting on his lap, accompanied by an enigmatic woman wearing a cloak. We can infer that the nobles and other notable personalities depicted in Elden Ring are significant figures in the Lands Between because portraits of them are kept for them. 

Unceasing Farum Azula  

Many of the crumbling structures players see in the current Elden Ring timeline may be presumed to have been in better condition in the past if the DLC is set before the events of the main game. Does this formidable stronghold resemble Farum Azula before to its collapse? Similar architectural features include the thick blockwork that is broken up by arches and the vortex that pulls parts of the castle upward, which is where we know Farum Azula finishes up. 

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