FromSoftware is known for its vague and confusing lore and giving little to no guide about the game. You may find it impossible to defeat the fire giant and decide to progress without burning the Erdtree. But sometimes it might not be possible because burning the Erdtree can be the only solution to further the story.
There are still so many things we don’t know about the Elden Ring. Thanks to its overgrowing community, players have managed to crack open some of the hidden secrets. Edtree is one of those, and players are finding new ways to experience the game.
Burning Erdtree is quite compulsory to reach the end boss level. However, you can choose not to. Let’s talk about the choices players have, and the consequences it comprehends for Erdtree is the single most important aspect in the Lands Between.
Do You Have to Burn the Erdtree?
The simple answer would be no. You don’t always have to burn the Erdtree but you can defeat the endgame boss and complete the game. In normal cases, after burning the Erdtree at the Forge of the Giants, you will get teleported to Crumbling Farum Azula, far away from the lands. But there’s a way you can get there without burning the Erdtree. Here’s how you do it.
You can skip the entire game by using this glitch, but you would probably be under-level to defeat enemies and the boss of this endgame area. Nevertheless, you have a choice to activate this glitch. Here’s how you get to Crumbling Farum Azula from Limgrave.
- Go to The Four Belfries, located on the northwest side of Raya Lucaria Academy.
- Get the Imbued Sword Key from the chest located at the very top.
- Go to The First Belfry and activate the portal by using the Imbued Sword Key. Make sure to activate the correct one amongst the four, or you have to go out and find another Imbued Sword Key.
- Teleport to Farum Azula in Frantumi.
- Now teleport back to roundtable hold or any site of grace, and as soon as the loading screen appears, force close the game by pressing Alt+F4 or simply switch off your device.
- Open Elden Ring, and you will be teleported to the Crumbling Farum Azula. Make sure to activate the nearest site of grace before teleporting back to Limgrave.
A word of advice for Elden Ring players, If you choose to follow this path, you will skip almost ninety percent of the game if you can defeat the boss waiting at the end of Farum Azula.
Defeating the boss of the endgame area will automatically set the tree ablaze, and you can’t turn back missing out on most, if not all, of the story of Elden ring. No matter what path you choose, the Erdtree will get burned at the endgame. You can either choose to skip the Fire Giant boss fight and burning of the Erdtree cutscene or proceed to play normally.
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