Elden Ring’s Best Ending Explained

Elden Ring's Best Ending Explained

Warning: Get ready for an epic adventure filled with major spoilers for Elden Ring! Proceed at your own risk.

Elden Ring, the spectacular RPG from FromSoftware, is bound to go down in history as one of the greatest games of its generation. With its vast open world, known as The Lands Between, this game offers players an incredible array of options that have helped cement its status as a true masterpiece. Combining elements from previous FromSoftware titles, such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, Elden Ring has become the pinnacle of the developer’s success. Even over a year after its release, it continues to be a top seller, thanks in part to one of its stand-out features: its RPG mechanics.

The narrative of Elden Ring is a culmination of the genius of director Hidetaka Miyazaki, known for his knack for creating immersive worlds, and the collaboration with fantasy icon George R.R. Martin. Together, they have crafted a story that lives up to the awe-inspiring lore of the Dark Souls series that preceded it. The game revolves around the Golden Order and its branching storyline, which allows players to make choices that determine various endings for their Tarnished character after defeating Radagon and the fearsome Elden Beast. With six possible endings, you might think there would be controversy over which one is the best. However, the dark nature of most endings actually leads players to a relatively unanimous opinion.

The Bleak Nature of Most Elden Ring Endings

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The endings in Elden Ring depend on the player’s choice of mending Runes on the Elden Ring itself, and each choice leads to a different outcome. It’s widely agreed that the Age of the Duskborn, Blessing of Despair, and Lord of the Frenzied Flame endings are all clearly bad outcomes, resulting in some form of corruption for the Tarnished. Each ending offers a distinct flavor of desolation, whether it’s breaking the cycle of life and death, afflicting everyone with the cursed Dung Eater’s curse, or literally burning the entire world in a chaotic blaze. Pursuing any of these endings requires giving in to dark desires.

While half of Elden Ring’s conclusions are less than positive, the remaining half tries to provide a more optimistic tone. However, even the default Age of Fracture ending, which fulfills Melina’s will, carries a sinister undertone that casts doubt on the player’s status as an Elden Lord. The Tarnished’s power over the Elden Ring following its mending may be a better alternative to the corrupt rule of Marika and Radagon, but in the worlds created by FromSoftware, good morals rarely survive unscathed.

Elden Ring’s Most Underrated Ending

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The Age of Stars, achieved through Ranni’s questline, is widely regarded as the best ending by most players. However, the Age of Order is a lesser-known, yet equally positive outcome for the game’s world. By using the Rune obtained from Goldmask after uncovering Marika and Radagon’s true nature, players can bring about the Age of Order, which results in the purification of the world’s imperfect gods. This is different from the complete departure of the Elden Ring’s influence seen in Ranni’s plan. Depending on one’s perspective, either change for The Lands Between can be seen as the ultimate ending of the game.

With the upcoming Shadow of the Erdtree DLC on the horizon, there’s even a chance that new endings could be introduced, just as we’ve seen in previous FromSoftware titles. But until then, both of Elden Ring’s more optimistic endings stand tall in their new vision for the game’s world after Marika’s fall. The Age of Stars provides freedom from all godly influence, while the Age of Order promises a world with gods incapable of senseless conflict. It’s an appealing choice for those who seek a world governed by peace and reason.

Elden Ring is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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