The Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, has finally been released on June 21st, offering players more bosses, weapons, dungeons, and content to explore. Priced at $40, this expansion is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. While some may find the price steep for a DLC, FromSoftware’s track record with popular expansions for games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne has built trust among players.

To access the DLC, players must defeat two bosses: Starscourage Radahn and Mohg, Lord of Blood. However, as the global player base struggles to overcome these challenges, with over 45% and 61% of players still not having beaten them respectively, it’s clear that not everyone is ready for the expansion.

In anticipation of the DLC’s release, a free patch was introduced on June 20th, offering quality-of-life improvements to the inventory system, friend-and-foe summoning, and even new hairstyles for players of the base game. Furthermore, FromSoftware released a final trailer to build excitement among players.

During a hands-on preview event, new content such as bosses, areas, weapons, spells, and summon ashes were showcased, providing players with plenty to look forward to. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the legendary director behind Elden Ring and the DLC, shared insights into what players can expect from the expansion, promising challenging bosses and more details on the poison swamp.

Shadow of the Erdtree introduces over 100 new weapons, eight new weapon types, ten major bosses, and various dungeons, spells, and summons. Players can bring these new additions back to the main game, enhancing their gameplay experience. To unlock the DLC, players must defeat Radahn and Mohg, ensuring they are adequately prepared for the new challenges ahead.

While the story of the DLC remains shrouded in mystery, trailers have hinted at characters like Miquella and Messmer the Impaler, providing glimpses into the narrative players can expect. With the launch of the DLC, players can delve into a new area called the Land of Shadow, separate from the original game world, offering new adventures and quests.

To prepare for Shadow of the Erdtree, players are advised to be between levels 120 and 150, ensuring they are adequately equipped to face the challenges ahead. Additionally, new empowering mechanics like Shadowtree Blessings can help players deal more damage and receive less, providing an edge in combat.

As players gear up for the expansion, focusing on building their characters, upgrading weapons, and collecting runes will be essential for success. Guides on finding weapons, upgrading equipment, and farming runes are available to help players optimize their builds and strategies for the new content.

With the release of Shadow of the Erdtree, Elden Ring players can look forward to an exciting new chapter in their gaming journey, filled with challenges, mysteries, and adventures waiting to be uncovered in the Land of Shadow.