Elden Ring features not one, but six different endings, each with varying unlock requirements. Here are the different endings explained, as well as how to unlock them.
Whether you’ve finished the game for the first time, or have yet to reach the finale, Elden Ring boasts a total of six different endings.
We’ll give you the rundown on how to unlock each of the endings, and then explain what each of them entails.
This article is about to go over every ending of Elden Ring, and as such, will include spoilers. If you still need to complete the game and don’t want to have the ending ruined, turn back now.
All Endings in Elden Ring and How to Reach Them
Elden Ring’s six different endings offer varying finales for our Tarnished and The Lands Between. Here are the six endings:
- Age of Fracture
- Age of Duskborn
- Blessing of Despair
- Age of Order
- Lord of the Frenzied Flame
- Age of the Stars
While some believe there is a secret seventh ending, called Age of Absolute, this has yet to be found. As such, we won’t be including it on this list. At least, for now.
Age of Fracture
Age of Fracture Unlock Requirements
Complete the game and choose the “Mend the Elden Ring option”
Age of Fracture Ending Explained
Simply put, the ending is the standard ending. The Tarnished becomes the Elden Lord, which is what the entire journey was for.
If you steam through the game and simply want to complete it, you’ll likely see this ending. The other endings require questlines, making certain choices, etc. to beat, whereas this one is fairly simple.
Age of Duskborn
Age of Duskborn Unlock Requirements
The main unlock requirement for the Age of Duskborn ending is to complete Fia’s Questline to receive the Mending Rune of the Death Prince.
The basic rundown of completing Fia’s Questline is this:
- Meet Fia in the Roundtable Hold. At some point, she’ll ask you to give someone a dagger
- Hand the Weathered Dagger to D, the incantation merchant sitting in the main room
- When you next come back, head past the blacksmith and you’ll find Fia again over D’s body. Speak to her.
- Head to the Deeproot Depths (the main way is after defeating the Valiant Gargoyle bosses in Nokron, Eternal City)
- Climb the Roots to reach the Across the Roots Site of Grace. Activate it and prepare for a boss fight with Fia’s Champions.
- Speak to Fia again and ask for another hug. Take the “talk in secret” option. She’ll tell you she’s looking for a Mark of Death.
- You’ll need a certain item that comes from Ranni’s questline, which we can help you with. You’re looking for the Carian Inverted Statue. Once you’ve got this, head over to the Carian Study Hall, and in the first room (or at the Site of Grace) is a pedestal. Place the item on the pedestal.
- Reach the Divine Tower of Liurnia, and you’ll find the Mark of Death that Fia wants.
- Head back to Fia and speak with her. Give her one last hug for the Radiant Baldachain’s Blessing.
- Get up, hug her again, and then teleport away and back. Fia will be asleep. Interact with her to enter her dream and kill the Lichdragon Fortissax boss fight. Once you’ve won, Fia will be dead and you can pick up the Mending Rune of the Death Prince
Age of Duskborn Ending Explained
Using the Mark of Death on Godwyn’s corpse gives him second life as the First of the Dead. Fia lays with him and bears the first of Dead demi-gods, which is in the form of the rune given to you.
The Tarnished use this rune to begin the Age of the Duskborn. The Lands Between becomes shrouded in a fog, and the idea of life within Death is embedded into the Order.
Blessing of Despair
Blessing of Despair Unlock Requirements
The main unlock requirement for the Blessing of Despair ending is to complete Dung Eater’s questline to earn the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse.
You can use the link below to get a more detailed rundown of the questline.
- Find Dung Eater. He can be found in the room next to the Twin Maiden Husks in the Roundtable Hold. If the door isn’t open, you’ll need to progress through the main story to Leyndell, Royal Capital.
- You’ll need to find your first Seedbed Curse before you can progress the questline.
- Once you’ve found a Seedbed Curse, find Dung Eater in his room. He’ll speak to you again and give you the Sewer Gaol Key.
- Head to the Sewers in Leyndell, Royal Capital, and find the door that you can use the Sewer Gaol Key on. Speak to the Dung Eater and pick the “leave your Gaol” option.
- Head to the Roundtable Hold and head to his room. You’ll find a message asking you to meet him in the Outer Moat.
- Speak to Boggart in the Outer Moat area and then teleport away and come back. Speaking to him again will cause the Dung Eater to invade you. Defeat him, then find him again in the Roundtable Hold where he’ll ask for more Seedbed Curses. Bring them to his real body in the Sewers.
- Offer the Seedbed Curses to earn the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse
Seedbed Curse Locations
You can find the Seedbed Curses in these locations:
- Leyndell, Royal Capital: Head east from the Leyndell Catacombs Site of Grace, to the round building. You can find it at the top.
- Volcano Manor: Head to the Temple of Eiglay Site of Grace, take the path on the right. In the building at the end, take another right and head up the stairs. The Seedbed Curse is on a corpse.
- Outer Moat, Leyndell: Found on the body of Blackguard Big Boggart, once you’ve progressed his questline.
- Leyndell, Ashen Capital: You can find the next Seedbed Curse in Dung Eaters’ room, in the alternate version of the Roundtable Hold.
- Elphael Brace of the Haligtree: Travel north, then west from the Prayer Room Site of Grace. You can find the Seedbed Curse on a corpse in a chair.
- Elphael Brace of the Haligtree: From the Prayer Room Site of Grace, make your way down the stairs and go back onto the right. Find the room at the bottom, jump the railing to the right, and land on the platform. The Seedbed Curse is on a corpse, at the bottom.
Blessing of Despair Ending Explained
Choosing the option “Use the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse” will activate the Blessing of Despair ending. In this ending, the Tarnished begin the new age as the Elden Lord.
However, The Lands Between has now been taken over with a reviled, and disgusting curse. You can thank the Dung Eater for that.
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The curse turns everyone, and their children, and their children’s children, into Omens, by absorbing their souls after death. Omens are described as being a signifier of the divine, and this ending stops the Greater Will from devouring your soul when you die.
While it’s undoubtedly a grey ending, it’s a cursed blessing.
Age of Order
Age of Order Unlock Requirements
The main unlock requirement for the Age of Order ending is to use the Mending Rune of Perfect Order. This requires completing Goldmask and Brother Corhyn’s Questline.
If you’re struggling, you can use the link below to receive a more detailed rundown of the Questline.
- Find Corhyn north of the Altus Highway Junction Site of Grace. Speak to him and he will say he’s still looking for Goldmask.
- You can find Goldmask on the northern part of the broken bridge. You can use a teleporter on the southern part of the broken bridge to get there easily.
- Return to Corhyn and tell him where Goldmask is. He will move to stand next to him.
- You can find Brother Corhyn and Goldmask on a cliff near the colosseum in Leyndell, Royal Capital. They’re to solve a riddle. You can find the riddle’s answer near the Erdtree Sanctuary Site of Grace, or follow the above guide.
- After solving the riddle, read the message and head back to Goldmask and Corhyn to tell them what the message says.
- They’ll next be found on a bridge south of Stargazer’s Ruins, You’ll need to be in the Mountaintops of the Giants to be here.
- After this, reach and complete Crumbling Farum Azula. You can find Goldmask’s body at the bottom of the cliff near the Colosseum in Leyndell, Royal Capital. Loot his body to find the Mending Rune of Perfect Order.
Age of Order Ending Explained
The Age of Order is implied that a new Golden Order is created, which unlike the last one, is perfect. It also implies that all of the Gods behave in the universe.
However, everything else connected to the Erdtree seems to remain the way it was before. Meaning The Lands Between still is a broken place.
The Elden Ring is mended, similar to the Age of Fracture ending, but this ending insinuates that an eventual shattering of the Elden Ring will occur again in the Age of Fracture ending.
Lord of the Frenzied Flame
Lord of the Frenzied Flame Unlock Requirements
This ending requires that you meet with the Three Fingers to inherit the Frenzied Flame. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be locked out of any other ending unless you use Miquella’s Needle to remove the Frenzied Flame.
The Three Fingers can be found near the Cathedral of the Forsaken, below the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds. You’ll need to remove all armor to interact with the door.
A cutscene will play in which the character is embraced by the Three Fingers. Your Tarnished will receive yellow eyes, as well as burn scars all over their body.
Lord of the Frenzied Flame Ending Explained
If you’ve interacted with the Three Fingers before Melina’s sacrifice at the Forge of the Giants, she will leave you. At the next Site of Grace, she will tell you that she will bring death to you.
Also, there will be an extra scene at the end, where Melina, now without the mark on her eye, promises to bring Destined Death to the Tarnished.
There is a theory that the ending is followed by none other than the Dark Souls series. This has yet to be confirmed. What we do know is that the Erdtree is pretty much burnt to a crisp and it’s likely that those birds with knives on their feet died too. So, everything is balanced as it should be.
Age of the Stars
Age of the Stars Unlock Requirements
To unlock the Age of the Stars ending, you’ll have to complete the Ranni the Witch questline.
Ranni’s Questline is fairly lengthy, requiring a lot of steps to complete. In this case, we’d recommend reading through our Ranni Questline guide to reach the Age of the Stars ending.
Age of the Stars Ending Explained
Instead of mending the Elden Ring, you’ll summon Ranni the Witch using her summon sign. Ranni will take the Tarnished as her Elden Lord and establish a new order, bringing an end to the Golden Order.
She leaves The Lands Between, with her order and ourselves, marking the first time that The Lands Between has been left without a ruler. She also removes the influence of the Greater Will from the land.
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You learn throughout Ranni’s Questline that she is a messenger of the Moon, another Outer God like the Greater Will. By removing the Greater Will, the Guidance of the Erdtree is replaced with the Guidance of the Stars.
This brings Free Will to the people of The Lands Between. Many argue that the Age of the Stars ending is the “best” ending for the game, and it’s hard to go against that.
And… breathe. We’ve now gone over all of the endings for Elden Ring. If you’re missing The Lands Between, find out how to play New Game + and what you should do before starting it.
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