Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Introduces New Challenges and Adorable NPCs

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Introduces New Challenges and Adorable NPCs

FromSoftware Pushes Difficulty Envelope with Scadutree Fragments and Surprising New Elements

Elden Ring's latest expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree, has introduced players to a host of new features and challenges. Among these are the Scadutree Fragments, which have proven essential for progressing through the harsh new environments of the Land of Shadow. Here’s an in-depth look at what’s new in this expansion, from innovative leveling systems to endearing NPCs that players are finding hard to harm.

Scadutree Fragments: The Key to Surviving Shadow of the Erdtree

In Shadow of the Erdtree, players can now utilize Scadutree Fragments to enhance their abilities. These fragments, when used at a Site of Grace, increase the player's damage output and reduce the damage they take. Surprisingly, players have discovered that it’s possible to collect enough fragments to reach level 14 without having to defeat a single boss.

"Scadutree Fragments are vital to progressing in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree. You use them at a Site of Grace to increase your DLC exclusive level, buffing your damage dealt and reducing your damage taken," reports a dedicated fan.

This revelation came to light when Reddit user Galdiuz2 shared a map outlining a path across the Land of Shadow, allowing players to reach level 12 without encountering any bosses. Further contributions from the community have highlighted additional fragments that can bring a player’s level up to 14, making the expansion more manageable.

"You can actually get to 14," commented another user, gilgabroVII. "There is at least one more in the starting zone, two more in the Scadu Altus, and three in the [Cerulean Coast]." This strategy allows players to explore side areas and collect fragments, potentially making their journey through the DLC significantly easier.

Bugs and Glitches: Double Trouble with Shadow of the Erdtree’s Final Boss

Despite the excitement, Shadow of the Erdtree has not been without its issues. Some players, including Twitch streamer MissMikkaa, have encountered a bug causing the final boss, Radahn, Consort of Miquella, to spawn a clone. This glitch, while not widespread, adds an unexpected layer of difficulty to an already challenging fight.

"Elden Ring's final boss is tough enough without being spawned twice," commented one player. The community hopes this bug remains a rare occurrence, as facing two Radahns simultaneously is a daunting task for even the most seasoned players.

Adorable Yet Formidable: The New Blacksmith Trolls

A surprising addition to the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion is the introduction of new blacksmith trolls in the underground magma forges. These stone creatures, who can only be harmed by attacking the crystals on their backs, have captured the hearts of many players due to their endearing behavior.

"These smiths keep fire slimes as pets!! Awe!!! AWEEEE!!!!!" tweeted @MarikasMischief. Players have reported seeing these trolls petting magma slimes and napping peacefully, making them reluctant to engage in combat with these seemingly benign creatures.

"Wait no I killed all the slimes and left the smiths," lamented another player, showcasing the emotional conflict between gameplay mechanics and the newfound affection for these NPCs.

Final Thoughts

Shadow of the Erdtree has successfully expanded the Elden Ring universe with its challenging new content and lovable new characters. While players grapple with the increased difficulty and occasional bugs, the community’s response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially towards the charming new blacksmith trolls.

As FromSoftware continues to refine and enhance the expansion, players can look forward to even more adventures and challenges in the Land of Shadow. For now, exploring the new areas, collecting Scadutree Fragments, and navigating the treacherous paths of Elden Ring’s latest DLC promises to be an unforgettable experience.


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