Do You Have to Burn The Erdtree in Elden Ring?

The Erdtree is a colossal tree present in the Leyndell, Royal Capital, and is the representation of the Elden Ring. The state of the tree can change depending on the condition of the Elden Ring. The tree also derives its powers from the Elden Ring and showered the lands with a golden aura that represented its grace, that is before the Elden Ring was shattered.

There are a total of 6 endings that the Elden Ring fans know of but all of them require you to make the choice of burning the Erdtree. If you are confused as to what you should do, then there is no need to worry since we will answer your questions in this blog.

Is Burning the Erdtree Optional?

Unfortunately, no, burning the Erdtree is not optional, rather it is mandatory to do so in order to progress through the game’s storyline. The player can however delay the burning of the Erdtree indefinitely but that would also mean they would not be able to finish the game.

You can burn the Erdtree by yourself or ask Melina to do it but burning the Erdtree right away might not be the best choice since there are adverse effects that come with burning it.

A Point of No Return

Burning the Erdtree is accompanied by massive changes that occur in-game. The Royal Capital becomes the Leybdell, Ashen Capital, and the sewers which you could move through before now become easily accessible.

After the Erdtree is burned many traders and NPCs also die or go missing particularly the ones present in the Roundtable Hold. This also causes many side quests unavailable since the NPCs governing them will have gone missing which in turn makes several powerful and useful items inaccessible as well. Therefore, it would be wise to first complete all these side quests before you enter this point of no return.

After Burning the Erdtree

Once the Erdtree is burned, the player is transported to the Crumbling Farum Azula. This is a very difficult dungeon especially since it is one that is encountered late-game. In the Crumbling Farum Azula you must defeat Maliketh, The Black Blade, after which you will be teleported to Leyndell, The Ashen Capital which is the site for the last boss battle in Elden Ring.


Following are some questions that are frequently asked by Elden Rings fans:

How do you burn the Erdtree?

The Erdtree can be burnt by utilizing the Forge of Giants which holds the Flame of Ruin. You can either use it by sacrificing Melina or if you have inherited the Frenzied Flame.

Who is the last boss in Elden Ring?

Once you begin the fight against the final boss of Elden Ring you will have to fight against Radagon of the Golden Order and in the second phase of this fight, you have to fight the Elden Beast which is also the true final boss of Elden Ring.

What are the different endings in Elden Ring?

There are a total of 6 different endings of Elden Ring. These endings include The Age of Fracture, The Age of Stars, The Age of Order, The Age of Duskborn, Lord of the Frenzied Flame, and Blessing of Despair. Your decisions in-game affect the ending you get.


A major part of the Elden Ring world is an enormous tree called the Erdtree. The Erdtree’s source of power is the Elden Ring and its form is also dependent on the Elden Ring. At a certain point during the game’s progression players are asked to make the choice of burning the Erdtree.

Although burning the Erdtree right away might not be the best option, it also seems impossible to avoid it. In this blog, we hoped to lift the confusion of the masses to make the choice easier for them. If this was helpful to you then let us know in the comments below.

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