Shadow of the Erdtree, the eagerly awaited expansion for Elden Ring, is set to drop this month. Ready to rise once more, Tarnished? To get you prepped for FromSoftware’s biggest expansion yet, we’ve gathered all the crucial info about Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, from its release date and trailer to story details and more.

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Shadow of the Erdtree Release Date

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Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree launches on Friday, June 21, 2024. The official announcement came on February 21, dispelling earlier hopes for a February release.

Pre-Load and File Size

Pre-loading for Shadow of the Erdtree begins mid-week on Wednesday, June 19. The DLC will take up 16.502 GB, so make sure you have enough space if you’re planning on getting Shadow of the Erdtree.

Story Trailer

You can watch the official Story Trailer for Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree here:

Shadow of the Erdtree Story

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The narrative of Shadow of the Erdtree centers on Miquella, the eternally youthful son of Marika and brother to Malenia, the Goddess of Rot. Though a key figure in the lore, Miquella never made a proper appearance in the base game, only featuring in an optional section and item descriptions.

Miquella, cursed to remain in a child's body, sought to cure his and Malenia's curses under the Golden Order. Failing, he abandoned the Order, created the Haligtree to rival the Erdtree, and cocooned himself within it. However, he was kidnapped by his half-brother, Mohg, Lord of Blood, who aimed to awaken and ascend Miquella to godhood. The Tarnished can defeat Mohg before this happens, leaving Miquella in a cocoon coma.

In Shadow of the Erdtree, Miquella has ventured to the Land of Shadow for unknown reasons, and players must trace his steps. The trailer hints at Miquella awaiting his "promised Lord" and following the path of his mother Marika, who once visited this land, purged in an unsung battle and set ablaze by a character named Messmer.

The latest story trailer suggests Miquella's journey involves betrayal and a metamorphosis, abandoning his lineage and the Golden Order. The "tyranny of Messmer" hints at a new boss, with Miquella's journey possibly leading to a transformation away from his cursed existence.

Available Platforms

Shadow of the Erdtree will be available for digital download on all platforms. Physical editions with the DLC code are exclusive to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Editions and Pricing

- Standard Edition: Includes the base game and *Shadow of the Erdtree* DLC for £69.99/$79.99/€79.99.

- Deluxe Edition: Comes with the base game, DLC, digital artbooks, and soundtracks for £89.99/$99.99/€99.99.

- Collector's Edition: Features a statue of Mesmer, a 40-page artbook, and the soundtrack (without the base game), priced between £224.99 and £249.99.

Other interesting things to know about Shadow of the Erdtree

- It’s FromSoftware's largest expansion to date, featuring a map larger than Limgrave (whilst not as expansive as the Lands Between, it's still going to be pretty huge).

- George R. R. Martin has not contributed to the DLC; it expands on existing lore.

- More than 10 new bosses and eight new weapon categories.

- Challenges rivaling the notorious Malenia fight.

- Enhanced connectivity between field and dungeon areas.

- The return of poison swamps.

Prepare to tread the shadows, reclaim your glory, and may the flames guide thee, Tarnished.