For those eager to dive straight into the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, a word to the wise - there are certain requirements that must be met before you can play it, so it's best to prepare beforehand so you don't get caught out!


Given the DLC price, it would be a bit painful if you had a huge slog ahead before being able to enjoy it.

You're most likely not alone, however, as 62 per cent of players haven't defeated the necessary bosses in order to proceed, as spotted by Paul Tassi for Forbes.

One such boss is Mohg, who is a real challenge that will require only the best Elden Ring weaponry to defeat, something made easier if you find as many Smithing Stones as you can.

Once you do, you'll be able to fully explore the new location and go up against the monsters and bosses that populate its sordid lands.

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But there's not much time left until the release date, so let's get straight to it!

Elden Ring DLC requirements: What must you do before you can start Shadow of the Erdtree?

Before you can play Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, you will need to defeat two enemies - the blood monarch Mohg and Starscourge Radhan - and touch Miquella's arm from the cocoon on Mohg's throne, according to the game’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki.

The broken cocoon will be interactable once Mohg is defeated in Mohgwyn Castle, and you will be whisked away to the Land of Shadow.

But to overcome him, it is recommended the player is at around level 100. We have a handy dandy guide on how to defeat Mohg should you need a helping hand.

Radhan can be found at Redmane Castle, and it is recommended that you are at level 70 or above before fighting him.

Miyazaki also confirmed in the same interview that the DLC and the base game are not connected, and so players will be able to move between the two at will.

Are you prepared for Shadow of the Erdtree’s launch? If not, tool up, take a deep breath and fire up Elden Ring. We certainly will be.


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