Your journey through the Lands Between is long and difficult, and after all that hard work you deserve a satisfying Elden Ring ending. However, you’ll surely know by now that Elden Ring does not spell everything out for its players. There are multiple endings, and it is entirely possible to miss some of the relevant content altogether.
Depending on certain choices and questlines, your ending will be drastically different. This makes it all the more important you are armed with the knowledge of exactly how to get all Elden Ring endings.
Here’s our full Elden Ring endings guide to provide everything you need to know about the endings, and hopefully answer all related questions. It will be virtually impossible to keep this completely spoiler-free, but we will limit the spoilers as much as possible.
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How many Elden Ring endings are there?
Elden Ring has a total of six different endings, which arise depending on some of the choices made and questlines completed during your quest.
The six endings in question are:
- Age of Fracture Ending
- Age of Order Ending
- Age of the Duskborn Ending
- Blessing of Despair Ending
- Age of the Stars Ending (Ranni Ending)
- Lord of the Frenzied Flame Ending
What is the best ending in Elden Ring?
The short answer is that there isn’t a canon “true” ending. Each ending leaves a different conclusion that is open to interpretation. One person’s best ending may be another person’s worst.
This leaves a tricky choice – if it’s all subjective, which ending should you aim for? Honestly, the first four endings are pretty similar, at least in respect of the cutscene you receive at the end. However, the final two are fairly significant departures and take a bit more work to obtain.
There are some small SPOILERS below.
The following endings result in the Tarnished becoming Elden Lord, with the outlook of the world a bit different in each one:
- Age of Fracture Ending
- Age of Order Ending
- Age of the Duskborn Ending
- Blessing of Despair Ending
As for the Age of the Stars Ending, this takes the conclusion in a very different direction centring around Ranni the Witch, who has her own questline. I’ve seen lots of people in Elden Ring communities online consider the Ranni ending to be the best ending so if you particularly liked Ranni, then this might be the ending for you.
Finally, the Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending is something entirely different again. I believe this is the ending most would consider the “bad” ending, but again depends on your own perspective. Instead of becoming Elden Lord, the Tarnished will become the Lord of the Frenzied Flame. Without spoiling anything major, this conclusion runs contrary to the general thrust of the story and will result in you making an enemy of Melina.
How to get all Elden Ring endings
Here’s the important bit. The conditions to acquire each Elden Ring ending will be taken one by one. In the interests of avoiding spoilers as much as possible, I will provide the general thrust of the ending without giving any significant details.
How to get the 4 Elden Lord endings
The requirements for the four endings that result in the Tarnished becoming Elden Lord are covered below. Honestly, there isn’t much difference between the four ending cutscenes themselves.
Age of Fracture ending
There are no specific requirements here. Reach the end of the game, regardless of whether you complete any questlines.
You will then have a choice at the end of the game to touch Fractured Marika and “Mend the Elden Ring”. Choosing this will provide the Age of Fracture ending.
Even if you completed all of the relevant questlines including Ranni’s, you will still have this choice and can get this ending. The only way you can fail to have this option is if you inherited the Flame of Frenzy and didn’t reverse it afterwards. We’ll explain this a bit further down.
Age of Order ending
The Age of Order ending is obtained by completing the questline of Brother Corhyn. He is found in Roundtable Hold and is one of the first people you’ll have met. He’s the thin man in the main room who sells you incantations.
Once you have reached Altus Plateau, Brother Corhyn will embark on a quest of his own and move to a road on Altus Plateau, just north of the Altus Highway Junction. Speak to him there to get things underway. You’ll also have to find Goldmask, who is in the northern area of Altus Plateau, close to the Bower of Bounty Site of Grace (leap up with Torrent).
This is a pretty lengthy questline which will require you to obtain two Great Runes and find the colosseum on the outskirts of Lyndell. It’s also possible that Corhyn can die during your efforts, but if this happens you can still continue the questline by finding Goldmask instead.
You will earn the Mending Rune of Perfect Order from this questline. Like the other Elden Lord endings, as long as you have this in your inventory you will get the choice when mending the Elden Ring at the end of the game. Again, this will rely upon you not inheriting the Flame of Frenzy beforehand.
Age of the Duskborn ending
This ending depends on Fia’s questline. This is the lady in bed at Roundtable Hold who will offer to hold you. If you complete her full questline, you will have another option when you touch the Elden Ring: “Use Mending Rune of the Death-Price”.
Fia’s questline can be started by speaking to her after reaching Altus Plateau. Receive a Weathered Dagger by embracing her again and kick off the questline, which eventually leads you to the Deeproot Depths and a boss fight against Lichdragon Fortissax who drops the Mending Rune. You can actually skip a lot of this questline by going straight to the Deeproot Depths late on the game, which will start the questline at a far later point.
If you have the Mending Rune of the Death-Price in your inventory, then you will have the option of this ending (unless you inherited the Flame of Frenzy and didn’t reverse it).
Blessing of Despair ending
The fourth and final ‘Elden Lord’ ending is the Age of Despair ending, which doesn’t sound too good and requires completion of Dung Eater’s questline.
I found this to be one of the easier questlines. Find Dung Eater beyond the Twin Husk Maidens in Roundtable Hold and he will give you a Sewer-Gaol Key. Unlock the door in the Subterranean Shunning Grounds beneath Lyndell and talk to him. Do not kill him here or the questline will become unavailable.
After a few more tasks (including a battle where you do have to defeat him) and providing multiple Seedbed Curses, the questline will be complete.
After this, you’ll get the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse which unlocks the Age of Despair ending. Don’t worry about getting locked into this ending if you don’t want it. You’ll have the choice to use this Mending Rune, but can elect not to.
How to get the Age of the Stars ending (Ranni Ending)
The Ranni ending is arguably the most popular ending of Elden Ring, unlocked by completing Ranni’a questline. Be warned: this questline is long. However, it’s likely you will complete some of its steps organically, such as beating Radahn and unlocking the Eternal City of Nokron.
Ranni’s questline is commenced by speaking to Ranni at Ranni’s Rise and agreeing to serve her. You can access Ranni’s Rise in the northern part of Liurnia of the Lakes, just after beating Royal Knight Loretta in Caria Manor. If Ranni rejects you at this point, you will need to speak to Rogier at Roundtable Hold before returning.
Once the Ranni questline is underway, speak to the three other people in her service. She will send you to Nokron, an underground city which is only unlocked after defeating Radahn in Caelid. Find the Fingerslayer Blade and give it to her to continue the quest, before scaling the Divine Tower of Liurnia.
You must then climb Renna’s Rise (near Ranni’s Rise, but was initially locked) and find Ranni’s doll by teleporting to the Ainsel River Main. The next steps will require you to defeat the Baleful Shadow boss in Nokstella, find the Discarded Palace Key for Raya Lucaria Grand Library and make your way through the Lake of Rot to find the Cathedral of Manus Celes.
Eventually, the entire quest will result in you placing a Dark Moon Ring on Ranni’s finger. If you do this, Ranni will declare you her consort and you will know the Ranni ending is now unlocked.
When this questline is completed, a new option will arise after beating the final boss. Instead of touching Fractured Marika, you must instead examine the blue summon sign on the floor nearby. This will summon Ranni and trigger the Age of the Stars ending instead.
How to get the Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending
The final ending does not specifically require a person’s questline to be completed, but there is still some work to do.
To inherit the Frenzied Flame, you must find the Three Fingers by the Cathedral of the Forsaken. This is reached by travelling down through the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds beneath Lyndell.
Once you find the Cathedral of the Forsaken, defeat Mohg, the Omen (a similar but different battle to Mohg, Lord of Blood) before breaking a false wall behind the altar. You must also beat Morgott in Lyndell before you can get any further. Proceed forward and carefully drop down along the planks and platforms. The Longtail Cat Talisman, which prevents fall damage, is a godsend here.
At the bottom, there is a doorway which can only be accessed if you remove all of your equipment. Enter and inherit the Flame of Frenzy, which will set you on a path towards the Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending. Unlike all other endings, this does not give you a choice at the end of the game and you will be locked in.
There are some cosmetic changes made to you character if you inherit the Flame of Frenzy. These can be undone by selecting ‘Cosmetics’ from Fia’s room in Roundtable Hold or speaking to Rennala in Raya Lucaria Grand Library. However, undoing the cosmetic changes does not change anything about the ending.
How to reverse the Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending
If you inherited the Frenzied Flame and didn’t know any different, then the good news is that this ending can be reversed prior to the final boss. The bad news is this is quite a laborious task that includes completing Millicent’s questline.
This can be started at Gowry’s Shack and requires you to find an Unalloyed Gold Needle to heal Millicent. There are numerous steps to this quest but one of them is beating Malenia, Blade of Miquella, arguably the toughest optional boss in the game.
If you beat her, you can use a flower in her boss arena to convert the Unalloyed Gold Needle into Miquella’s Needle, which is the item you need. Once you have Miquella’s Needle, you must use it at the boss arena in Crumbling Farum Azula where Dragonlord Placidusax is fought. This will reverse the Flame of Frenzy permanently – once you’ve reversed it, there is no way of getting this ending again.
Is there actually a 7th ending?
Some rumours went around that a 7th Elden Ring ending, known as the “Age Absolute” ending was actually cut from the game late on.
The rumours circulated on April the 1st… which should tell you everything you need to know.
Indeed, this was all an elaborate April Fool’s joke, and there is not in fact a seventh “Age Absolute” ending. This title was instead an alternative name for the “Age of Order” ending.
How to get all Elden Ring ending trophies
Despite six conclusions, there are only three trophies on offer pertaining to the Elden Ring endings.
To get all three, you’ll have to complete the following:
- Any one of the Elden Lord endings (ie. The first four listed above; there is no need to get all four)
- The Age of the Stars ending (Ranni ending)
- The Lord of the Frenzied Flame ending
This means the only ways to get all of these trophies will be to play through Elden Ring three times, or check the section below which explains how to manipulate your save file accordingly.
The trophies will be called “Elden Lord”, “Age of the Stars” and “Lord of Frenzied Flame” respectively. There’s a pretty even spread of the trophies so far, but it looks like Ranni’s ending actually has the edge in the months after Elden Ring’s release.
Can you get all Elden Ring endings in a single playthrough?
Despite FromSoftware’s intentions to the contrary, you can obtain all Elden Ring endings in one playthrough. This takes some intricate work with your save file, but it’s a way of scooping all of the ending trophies or achievements without having to spend a bunch of extra time playing.
This is how to get all endings in one playthrough:
- After beating the final boss but before triggering the ending, upload a backup of your save file to the cloud or to a USB device
- Trigger either the Elden Lord or Ranni ending and acquire the trophy
- Download the save file you backed up, overwrite your existing save file and boot it up
- Trigger the other ending (whichever one you didn’t get above)
- Download the backed up save file and overwrite again
- Fast travel out and meet the conditions for the Frenzied Flame ending
- Return to the final area and trigger this ending
On PC and Playstation this is bit easier. Playstation has the Upload/Download Save Data option from the Home screen (press the PS button whilst playing).
Xbox, is apparently far trickier. You can largely follow the same steps but with some differences that may seem a bit risky:
- XBOX ONLY: Go offline in between the final boss and the ending
- Trigger the Ranni or Elden Lord ending
- Go into the Add-Ons section and delete your save file
- Go back online and your console should recover the last save file and award the achievement
- Load the save file, go offline again and trigger the next ending
- Delete your file again and go back online
- Reload the recovered save file again and get the next achievement
- Fast travel out and fulfill the Frenzied Flame requirements
- Return and obtain the final ending – you don’t need to go offline anymore since this will be the final ending achievement
Now, plenty of people have confirmed this works but it seems to be temperamental as to whether it always recovers the save file from before or after the final boss. Some have needed to beat the final boss again, which is a pain but still better that playing through the entire game. Apply the steps at your own risk.
Hopefully our Elden Ring endings guide has shown you how to get all Elden Ring endings, allowing you to make the choice that suits you best.
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