Elden Ring comes to players straight out of the oven, baked to perfection by FromSoftware. It comes to us from the creative minds behind the Dark Souls series, in collaboration with world-famous author George R. R. Martin. Elden Rin is a departure from the traditional souls game with a more heavy fantasy setting. This allows FromSoft to flex its creative muscles more than previous titles due to the sheer scale and scope of the game. This can be seen by the more easy-to-follow narrative as well, the story is more explicit than other souls games and thankfully you don’t have to delve deep into item descriptions to figure out what is actually happening. That being said there are a couple of different endings and we will discuss the Elden Ring Best Ending and how to achieve it.
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Elden Ring Endings
Now Elden Ring has a total of six endings if we count the variations of the vanilla ending. There are three variants of the vanilla ending with slight changes made to them and their implications for the future of the Lands Between and there are three other completely different endings, each with its own implicit and explicit implications for the Lands Between.
However, to get to any of these Elden Ring endings you must first best the final boss of the game in combat. Radagon, of the Golden Order is not one to take lightly. One misstep and you will be drawn, quartered, and stomped in a tarnished pulp. But after defeating him you will face the incarnation of the Greater Will itself, The Elden Beast. Upon slaying this fearsome entity you will then be faced with a choice, your decision will then lead to one of the six endings.
Well known to be the vanilla ending to the game. This sees you mend the Elden Ring and become the new Elden Lord of the Lands Between. Lore wise however this is the cookie cutter Fromsoftware ending where nothing is truly resolved, the system that created Radagon is the same system we have claimed thus solving nothing and perpetuating a broken cycle of stagnation.
Most NPCs in the game point you towards becoming the Elden Lord and saving everyone but in the end that all amounts to nothing considering the knowledge we gain about Radagon and the Elden Beast.
The orange light blankets the area and the sun setting as your character takes their throne. Symbolizing the end of age despite our recent ascension to the lord. Overall one of the most middle-of-the-road endings one could get in their playthrough.
Age Of Duskborn
Another deviation from the Elden Ring vanilla ending. This is achieved by completing the questline of Fia and receiving the Mending Rune Of The Death-Prince, a rune gestated but not discovered by Fia.
With this mending rune in our inventory after having slain Radagon and the Elden Beast we receive the option to mend the Elden Ring with this rune rather than do so normally. By doing this we begin to see a fog befall the Lands Between and ash raining down. We sit in this dreary world as the Elden Lord who enabled death to be brought back into this world.
This rune creates an order of Death Restore rather than the Golden Order which sealed death away upon its creation. This ending in Elden Ring is a bit more deviant compared to the other Elden Ring endings as it completely restores an element of nature that the Golden Order had removed.
Age Of Duskborn ending does provide some more thematic resolution as now the curse of endless life has a way to be broken with the possibility of death. Definitely, one of the better endings in terms of thematics and overall can be considered by some as the Elden Ring best ending.
Age Of Order
Now is where we deviate from the vanilla ending slightly. We achieve this Elden Ring ending by completing the NPC Questline for Goldmask and Brother Corhyn. By doing so we unlock the Mending Rune Of Perfect Order, an item you can pick up from a dead gold mask.
With this mending rune in our inventory after having slain Radagon and the Elden Beast we receive the option to mend the Elden Ring with this rune rather than do so normally. Afterward when you are sat on your throne golden light fills the sky signifying a more stabilized order for the Lands Between.
However, when we move to the lore we see that the rune is meant to fix the instability of ideology in the golden order due to the fickleness of gods. An interesting fact we also learn is this rune was discovered, not created or gestated. Even though there is golden light shining we can see that the system still remains the same as it was before, broken but simply reverted to a past variant with more stability. It can be assumed that over time we will reach the same point again as we are now perpetuating the cycle after our ascension. Not considered to be one of the Elden Ring best ending for sure.
We can now move onto completely different endings, this is one of the three unique endings that you can achieve. Upon completing Dung Eater’s questline you receive the Mending Rune Of The Fell Curse, a loathsome rune gestated by the Dung Eater.
After having slain Radagon and the Elden Beast we can choose to mend the Elden Ring with this rune. After doing so the world becomes decrepit and the sky is consumed by rot. The tree has lost its golden luster and turned a ghostly white. The throne is consumed by a damp fog and this has ushered in a new age blessed by despair.
Lore wise it makes sense and ties in with the Dung Eater as he is known in the canon of this world. But reading more into the lore we see that maybe defilement of the natural order by the seabed curse is good as it allows for a world to exist without the need for an urd tree to shepherd the souls.
Maybe this could be what the Age of Duskborn tried to bring about, True Death. Hence the name refers to the blessing of despair. This is one of the more nuanced and better-received endings and is in many people’s opinion the Elden Ring best ending.
Lord Of Frenzied Flame
Another one of the three unique endings but known superficially as the bad ending. This can be achieved not by the means of any rune but rather by interacting with the Three Fingers at any point before the final boss. After meeting the Three Fingers you are marked with burns.
It is important to note that if you do decide to go with this ending then you are locked into it and there is only one way to change this but let’s not get into that right now.
After defeating Radagon and the Elden Beast you become Lord of the Frenzied Flame. Your head is replaced by a chaos flame orb and the urd tree is burned to ashes. The Lands Between is incinerated and it seems as if the very fabric of reality is burning away to the sounds of distant screams and fire crackle.
However we must look deeper, if we go and listen to the Three Fingers we learn that the Greater Will made a mistake. This mistake can be rectified but it requires for everything born of that mistake to be returned from whence it came. This returning would make all into the One. which is not specified in the lore but it appears to be a god from which all other gods were birthed.
This is definitely an intriguing conclusion but it isn’t a fulfilling one for the player as it leaves us with more questions than answers. Overall a very well executed what-if scenario but not something that would leave the player emotionally satisfied.
Age Of Stars
Finally, we reach the universally considered Elden Ring best ending. Here, after completing the questline of Witch Ranni, we summon her to the stone platform where we defeated Radagon and the Elden Beast.
Ranni then begins her dialogue which initiates a new cutscene. This dialogue is both ominous and hopeful with her mentioning how the age of the stars has arrived, implying that the age of the Golden Order and the Greater Will has been overturned. You then take Ranni’s hand as her eternal consort.
Now the themes Ranni talks about in her dialogue such as fear, doubt and loneliness are usually seen as negative but if we read deeper into it we can see that they also signify independence. A concept that was opposite the ideals of the Greater Will. We see this afterward as well when Ranni is gone and we talk to her through the site of grace located in her chamber.
The whole idea is that Ranni has begun a new age and become the Elden Lord but rather than stay on this plane she has left with her order and abandoned the people. This can be seen as removing the crutch of fate from people and letting them forge their own path without predestination and giving the Lands Between true freedom. It is also considered one of the Elden Ring best endings because unlike the others you are not maidenless in the end.