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Elden Ring: 10 Things Shadow Of The Erdtree DLC Can Avoid

Posted: Mar 18, 2023

After much anticipation and more than a few rumors, Fromsoftware finally announced its first expansion for Elden Ring. We know not much about Shadow of the Erdtree. Some concept art tease Miquella’s involvement, but that won’t stop us from speculating or hoping for certain things. 

As good as the base game is, there’s a lot we’d like to see the expansion avoid or tone down. Let’s take a look at 10 such things here.

After much anticipation and more than a few rumors, Fromsoftware finally announced its first expansion for Elden Ring. We know not much about Shadow of the Erdtree. Some concept art tease Miquella’s involvement, but that won’t stop us from speculating or hoping for certain things.   As good as the base game is, there’s a lot we’d like to see the expansion avoid or tone down. Let’s take a look at 10 such things here.  1. Near-Infinite Boss Combos Margit, The Fell Omen, was a good boss for that one time. The fight provided opportunities to learn to parody, time your dodge rolls and pay attention to a boss’s delayed attacks.  However, the overly long combos were still annoying, and they only got worse the further one progressed. As bosses get faster, use spirit summons to dwarf you in size or get lifesteal on attacks. Dealing with combos that go on seemingly forever as you roll and roll while looking for an opening becomes a chore.   It also doesn’t help that the recovery time between some boss combos is so fast, making you think there’s an opening before the onslaught resumes. If the expansion does have such a boss or two, hopefully the combos get reigned in to be closer to something like Slave Knight Gael or even Isshin Ashina instead of Maliketh.  2. More Double Boss Fights  Since Ornstein and Smough in the first Dark Souls, Fromsoftware has been trying for that next big, memorable boss fight. It succeeded here and there.   And Elden Ring has some memorable double bosses. Some were outrageously frustrating the one pre-nerf duo comes to mind, and others felt kind of there with the expansion having the focus return to solo fights would be nice.   There’s nothing inherently wrong with double boss fights, but a break from them now and again wouldn’t be so bad. By the way, if you want to kill bosses more easily, equipping yourself by using Elden Ring Runes is a good choice.  3. Mimic Chests The base game is notorious for no Mimic Chests, but that didn’t stop so many Souls veterans from attacking a chest just to be sure. Over time, opening a chest and not having most of your health eaten away was a refreshing feeling.   Here’s hoping that Shadow of the Erdtree continues with this, though the expansion will more than likely have something equally or more annoying to entrap players.  4. Cryptic NPC Questlines For every quest in Elden Ring, that’s mostly straightforward, like delivering Irina’s Letter to her father in Castle Morne. Some are incredibly cryptic. How would you know how to start the White Mask Varre Full Quest? Would you have guessed to look for Hyetta after Irina’s Quest or figured out all the steps for Ranni’s questline without a guide?  Fromsoftware alleviated some of these issues with an update showing NPCs on the map. But following questlines is still quite unwieldy. Not that everything has to be spelled out or given waypoints, but it would be nice to have some indicators on when an NPC’s questline has begun and how to continue it.  Some warnings, like crossing a threshold in the story for the quest potentially, failing would also be helpful.   5. More Scarlet Rot Areas  Remember, when everyone thought poison-filled swamps were the worst thing ever, Fromsoftware seemingly took that as a challenge and so the Scarlet Rot was born and while it’s bad enough to suffer from the status, watching your health tick down at an almost unfair rate. The worst part is that vast environments are dedicated to it. See the Lake of Rot.  Shadow of the Erdtree may not do away with it entirely, especially given Miquella’s relation to Malenia, the Scarlet Rot Queen. At the very least, we can hope that it doesn’t encompass entire areas. Watch the Monkey’s Paw curls and give a Scarlet Rot reign instead.  6. More Katanas Surprisingly, Katanas aren’t the weapon type with the most options in the base game. That honor goes to Daggers, Straight Swords, Great Swords and so on. Nevertheless, with a number of powerful weapons in its category, like Moonveil and Rivers of Blood, it would be nice for other types to have their chance to shine.  Claws, Whips and Fists could all use an infusion of new weapons and it wouldn’t hurt for magic wielders to get more options besides Seals and Staves.  7. Platforming Challenges In terms of platforming mechanics, Elden Ring falls somewhere between Dark Souls and Sakuro.  The jump button increased one’s exploration capabilities, especially given the range of vertical surfaces to climb. Nevertheless, some areas like old Haligtree are a little precarious when it comes to platforming.   Part of that is on the Legacy Dungeons itself but it would be nice for the expansion to avoid leaning too heavily into more platforming and if it does, areas that wouldn’t outright torture you with their challenges as you’re desperately exploring and trying to survive would be nice.  8. Smaller Endgame Areas  Beginning the base game opens up this massive world of possibility and punishment. What awaits around the next corner? Where could this innocuous door lead and what kind of horrors await in this decrepit dungeon?  It’s an excellent blend of mystery and freedom, as you can go just about anywhere. However, this feeling starts to diminish near the end. With the final areas being relatively smaller, an exploration being less of a factor. How Shadow of Erdtree resolves this is unknown, but maintaining that feeling of wonder while exploring to the end would be great.  9. More Recycled Bosses Most video games tend to reuse bosses, even a massive title, like Elden Ring. That’s been in development for years does it. With over a hundred bosses, it makes sense to see a few reused, even if it’s weird to see some like Astel reuses as the boss of a random dungeon.  But this is a new expansion, and it doesn’t have to cram as many new bosses as possible. It can afford to focus on quality over quantity. If you’re going to reuse enemies as bosses for some of the new dungeons, that’s understandable.  But if 10 new bosses are added and even one is recycled, it’ll be an odd experience.  10. Boring Side Dungeons The quality of the Legacy Dungeons varies, but at least they’re each unique and worth exploring. The same goes for the side areas. We’ll never forget Windmill Village or Castle Morne, but the side dungeons are different.  Many have simple layouts and are pretty boring. You’d have the odd trap here and there, that one Chariot riding foe and some interesting fights. But they’re mostly forgettable. Here’s hoping the expansion breathes some life into them, giving us more reason to travel off the beaten path.  Please note: If you use the code “CSCCA”, you can also get 5% off.

1. Near-Infinite Boss Combos

Margit, The Fell Omen, was a good boss for that one time. The fight provided opportunities to learn to parody, time your dodge rolls and pay attention to a boss’s delayed attacks.

However, the overly long combos were still annoying, and they only got worse the further one progressed. As bosses get faster, use spirit summons to dwarf you in size or get lifesteal on attacks. Dealing with combos that go on seemingly forever as you roll and roll while looking for an opening becomes a chore. 

It also doesn’t help that the recovery time between some boss combos is so fast, making you think there’s an opening before the onslaught resumes. If the expansion does have such a boss or two, hopefully the combos get reigned in to be closer to something like Slave Knight Gael or even Isshin Ashina instead of Maliketh.

2. More Double Boss Fights 

Since Ornstein and Smough in the first Dark SoulsFromsoftware has been trying for that next big, memorable boss fight. It succeeded here and there. 

And Elden Ring has some memorable double bosses. Some were outrageously frustrating the one pre-nerf duo comes to mind, and others felt kind of there with the expansion having the focus return to solo fights would be nice. 

There’s nothing inherently wrong with double boss fights, but a break from them now and again wouldn’t be so bad. By the way, if you want to kill bosses more easily, equipping yourself by using Elden Ring Runes is a good choice.

3. Mimic Chests

The base game is notorious for no Mimic Chests, but that didn’t stop so many Souls veterans from attacking a chest just to be sure. Over time, opening a chest and not having most of your health eaten away was a refreshing feeling. 

Elden Ring Mimic Chests

Here’s hoping that Shadow of the Erdtree continues with this, though the expansion will more than likely have something equally or more annoying to entrap players.

4. Cryptic NPC Questlines

For every quest in Elden Ring, that’s mostly straightforward, like delivering Irina’s Letter to her father in Castle Morne. Some are incredibly cryptic. How would you know how to start the White Mask Varre Full Quest? Would you have guessed to look for Hyetta after Irina’s Quest or figured out all the steps for Ranni’s questline without a guide?

Fromsoftware alleviated some of these issues with an update showing NPCs on the map. But following questlines is still quite unwieldy. Not that everything has to be spelled out or given waypoints, but it would be nice to have some indicators on when an NPC’s questline has begun and how to continue it.

Some warnings, like crossing a threshold in the story for the quest potentially, failing would also be helpful. 

5. More Scarlet Rot Areas 

Remember, when everyone thought poison-filled swamps were the worst thing ever, Fromsoftware seemingly took that as a challenge and so the Scarlet Rot was born and while it’s bad enough to suffer from the status, watching your health tick down at an almost unfair rate. The worst part is that vast environments are dedicated to it. See the Lake of Rot.

Shadow of the Erdtree may not do away with it entirely, especially given Miquella’s relation to Malenia, the Scarlet Rot Queen. At the very least, we can hope that it doesn’t encompass entire areas. Watch the Monkey’s Paw curls and give a Scarlet Rot reign instead.

6. More Katanas

Surprisingly, Katanas aren’t the weapon type with the most options in the base game. That honor goes to DaggersStraight SwordsGreat Swords and so on. Nevertheless, with a number of powerful weapons in its category, like Moonveil and Rivers of Blood, it would be nice for other types to have their chance to shine.

Elden Ring Katanas

ClawsWhips and Fists could all use an infusion of new weapons and it wouldn’t hurt for magic wielders to get more options besides Seals and Staves.

7. Platforming Challenges

In terms of platforming mechanics, Elden Ring falls somewhere between Dark Souls and Sakuro.

The jump button increased one’s exploration capabilities, especially given the range of vertical surfaces to climb. Nevertheless, some areas like old Haligtree are a little precarious when it comes to platforming. 

Part of that is on the Legacy Dungeons itself but it would be nice for the expansion to avoid leaning too heavily into more platforming and if it does, areas that wouldn’t outright torture you with their challenges as you’re desperately exploring and trying to survive would be nice.

8. Smaller Endgame Areas 

Beginning the base game opens up this massive world of possibility and punishment. What awaits around the next corner? Where could this innocuous door lead and what kind of horrors await in this decrepit dungeon?

It’s an excellent blend of mystery and freedom, as you can go just about anywhere. However, this feeling starts to diminish near the end. With the final areas being relatively smaller, an exploration being less of a factor. How Shadow of Erdtree resolves this is unknown, but maintaining that feeling of wonder while exploring to the end would be great.

9. More Recycled Bosses

Most video games tend to reuse bosses, even a massive title, like Elden Ring. That’s been in development for years does it. With over a hundred bosses, it makes sense to see a few reused, even if it’s weird to see some like Astel reuses as the boss of a random dungeon.

But this is a new expansion, and it doesn’t have to cram as many new bosses as possible. It can afford to focus on quality over quantity. If you’re going to reuse enemies as bosses for some of the new dungeons, that’s understandable.

But if 10 new bosses are added and even one is recycled, it’ll be an odd experience.

10. Boring Side Dungeons

The quality of the Legacy Dungeons varies, but at least they’re each unique and worth exploring. The same goes for the side areas. We’ll never forget Windmill Village or Castle Morne, but the side dungeons are different.

Elden Ring Castle Morne

Many have simple layouts and are pretty boring. You’d have the odd trap here and there, that one Chariot riding foe and some interesting fights. But they’re mostly forgettable. Here’s hoping the expansion breathes some life into them, giving us more reason to travel off the beaten path.

Please note: If you use the code “CSCCA”, you can also get 5% off.

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