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All the Elden Ring endings explained and how to get them


  • Elden Ring has six possible endings, influenced by player choices before the final boss fight.
  • The four Elden Lord endings involve different quests and decisions, including maintaining the status quo or embracing chaos.
  • The Age of Stars, associated with Ranni, is the most common ending, while the Lord of the Frenzied Flame is the rarest.

Elden Ring is a massive game in scope and scale. Even after you’ve defeated the game’s vast quantity of bosses and made your way to the heart of the Erdtree, it’s time to choose your ending.

Naturally, Elden Ring has more than creator FromSoftware’s other games, with six possible endings to your time in the Lands Between.

Players who have the the DLC Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree take note – once you’ve finished the DLC and seen its ending, you can travel back into the Lands Between and finish off the first game to see one of its endings.

While the game will always culminate in the climactic boss rush in Leyndell and a showdown with the Elden Beast, what the player does in the run-up to the finale will determine which of the six endings they can obtain. Check out our guide to the endings and the steps to take to get each one in this handy Elden Ring endings guide.

The 4 Elden Lord endings

There are three achievements for finishing Elden Ring, and you can get one of them, the Elden Lord achievement, for four different endings. Despite covering over half the possible endings, it’s not the most common game completion achievement, and only 36% of Steam players have snagged it.

The Age of Fracture ending

This could be considered the ‘default’ ending, and it’s the ending players will get if they don’t do any sidequests or meet any extra requirements. In this, the player becomes the Elden Lord, maintaining the status quo as ordained by the Greater Will. The player mends the Elden Ring and brings order to the Lands Between.

You have used your runes to mend the Elden Ring, but to what end? Will the cycle start again with some new lowly tarnished looking to change fate? This ending leaves a lot of room for ‘what comes after’, much like the endings in Dark Souls where players choose to relight the first flame.

How to obtain the Age of Fracture ending

  1. No unusual prerequisites are needed
  2. Beat the game as detailed in our progression guide
  3. When prompted, select the ‘Mend the Elden Ring’ option after the final boss fight

The Age of the Duskborn ending

This is the ending that Fia, the Deathbed Companion, is looking to achieve. Naturally, this means players will need to finish Fia’s questline (and some of Ranni’s) to get this ending. In this ending, Fia severs the connection between Erdtree and the cycle of renewal present through the Lands Between. Those Who Live In Death can’t be persecuted if everyone’s the same kind of zombie.

Souls stop returning to the Erdtree, which dies as a result. It becomes a blackened, zombie tree, spreading Deathblight through the lands – but nobody cares because everyone lives on after death. ‘Duskborn’ refers to the rebirth into death faced the first time you ‘die’. A bleak ending indeed, and one that Fia is very clear about wanting to achieve. You brought it on yourself.

How to obtain the Age of the Duskborn ending

  1. Complete Ranni’s questline up to obtaining the Carian Inverted Statue by defeating Radahn and fetching the Fingerslayer Blade from Nokron
  2. Complete Fia’s questline by killing the Fia’s Champions boss in Deeproot Depths, obtaining the Cursemark of Death, defeating the Lichdragon Fortissax, and getting the Mending Rune of the Death-Prince
  3. Beat the game
  4. When prompted, select the ‘Use Mending Rune of the Death-Prince’ option after the final boss fight

The Age of Order ending

The Age of Order ending takes the status quo maintained by the player in the Age of Fracture and ramps it up to eleven. The Elden Lord creates a new Golden Order to rule over, with no chaos and no interference from those pesky Outer Gods or any silly free will. Sitting in diametric opposition to chaos, the Greater Will demands order.

While nothing seems wrong with this ending at first, it wouldn’t be very FromSoftware to have a ‘good’ ending. If you look deeper than the surface level, life under the Perfect Order of the Greater Will is repressive, with no freedom. It’s not a bad ending by any means, but it isn’t a cheerful one.

How to get the Age of Order ending

  1. Complete the Brother Corhyn and Goldmask questline – note that you need at least 37 intelligence to progress past a certain point (you could always rebirth to get the stats needed and then rebirth back again if magic’s not for you)
  2. Beat the game
  3. When prompted, select the ‘Use Mending Rune of Perfect Order’ option after the final boss fight

The Blessing of Despair ending

This is probably as close as Elden Ring gets to a ‘bad ending’ in the traditional sense. In the Blessing of Despair (and blessing seems like a strange word to be using here), the player works with the Loathsome Dungeater to take the curse he is afflicted with and apply it to reality itself by using it to mend the Elden Ring. Yuck.

Dung Eater has become so damaged and deranged by his curse that he has started to see it as a blessing he wants to share with the world. Souls can no longer return to the Erdtree, resulting in an age of despair and rot forever.

How to achieve the Blessing of Despair ending

  1. Complete the Loathsome Dungeater’s questline by giving him five Seedbed Curses
  2. Beat the game
  3. When prompted, select the ‘Use Mending Rune of the Fell Curse’ option after the final boss fight

The Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending

This is the absolute opposite of the Golden Order ending, where players eschew the Two Fingers and the Golden Order entirely, instead choosing to embrace the Three Fingers. No Gods, no masters, no order. The world is engulfed by flame and chaos. Judging by the clues gained along the way, everyone goes absolutely mad, too.

And to top it off, your constant companion throughout the game, no not Torrent, Melina, appears in the final cutscene to swear to chase the Lord of the Frenzied Flame (you) across the world to get vengeance and bring Destined Death upon you. At least you have ended the suffering of the Lands Between – you can’t suffer if you’ve been burned to dust, right?

It’s also the rarest ending, with just 29% of Steam players achieving the Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending achievement.

How to get the Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending

  1. Follow Hyetta’s quest, giving her Shabriri grapes along the way, until you find her in the Subterranean Shunning Grounds. Note – if you progress beyond this point, you are locked into this ending (unless you do a rather long quest to get out of it – beware, it involved beating the infamous Melania. If you do reverse this, you will then be locked out of the Frenzied Flame ending, so make your mind up before you do)
  2. Enter the Cathedral of the Forsaken and allow the Three Fingers to embrace you
  3. Beat the game
  4. When prompted, select the ‘Become the Lord of the Frenzied Flame’ option after the final boss fight – it will be the only option as this path locks you out of the other paths.

The Age of Stars ending

Despite involving one of the game’s longest questlines, The Age of Stars ending is the most common one, with 43% of Steam players seeing this ending. This is probably because it’s the ending associated with Ranni, everyone’s favorite blue wife.

Ranni is opposed to the status quo and refuses to let things continue as they are. She went so far as to kill her own body, inhabiting the various doll-like forms we see her in, so she was immune to control by the Greater Will. Being born an Empyrean meant she had no say in her destiny and had to become a possible replacement for Queen Marika.

Ushering in a new god, the Dark Moon, Ranni and the Tarnished player character rule together, with Ranni as queen and you as her Royal Consort. It’s not clear where you go exactly, because part of Ranni’s ethos is to be removed and apart from that which she is governing (she saw the direct intervention of the Golden Order as a failing). Some confusion has been caused by a localization and translation error in the final cutscene, explained in detail by Frontline Japan.

How to get the Age of Stars ending

  1. Complete Ranni’s questline. It’s a pretty long affair and ends in the player marrying Ranni, which is a nice change from the usual bleak outcomes in Elden Ring.
  2. Beat the game
  3. Do not interact with the corpse of Marika! Instead, look for Ranni’s distinctive blue summon sign and call her to join you.

Featured image credit: Bandai Namco

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