“Yeah, what the heck, I forgot about this”: Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree Missed a Huge Opportunity to Explain 1 Relationship

FromSoftware should've explored more with Miquella's character.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree

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  • Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree is one of the best DLCs ever released.
  • It adds tons of new things to Elden Ring's massive universe.
  • However, FromSoftware still needs to address some aspects of Miquella's character in the DLC.
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Elden Ring‘s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion has managed to cement itself as the highest-rated DLC on some databases. It is considered to be one of the most impactful expansions ever and introduces a brand-new map and a wealth of new content, enhancing the base game’s core experience.

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The DLC delves deep into the Land of Shadow, guided by Empyrean Miquella, and explores new storylines, enemies, and bosses. Despite that, it seems like the game has fumbled big time by missing the opportunity to explore one of the most mysterious relationships showcased in teaser images.

Shadow of the Erdtree Has Failed to Explore One of The Most Interesting Relationships

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FromSoftware should’ve expanded on this connection in Elden Ring. (Image via FromSoftware)

Elden Ring‘s incredible lore is detailed and intricate, partly due to contributions from Game of Thrones author, George R.R Martin. With the recent release of Shadow of the Erdtree, there’s one name on many gamer’s lips… Miquella. He’s the demigod known as an Empyrean, who can succeed Queen Marika as the vessel.

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Despite the game’s latest DLC shedding light on the Empyreans’ character, unanswered questions remain. One of the most hotly speculated topics about the Empyrean is his relationship with a particular Torrent, as shown in the DLC’s teaser images.

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In the game, Torrent is a mount players can unlock as a consequence of making a deal with a strange figure, Melina. It stands as one of the best mounts in the game and is connected with many legendary characters.

Due to the mount’s popularity among the player base, many wonder why the Empyrean’s relationship with his mount wasn’t explored despite being shown in the game’s teasers.

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Despite the DLC’s focus on the Empyrean, a lot of things around his character remain a mystery. We don’t know if the mount shown in teasers belonged to the Empyrean or if the developers simply wanted to trick gamers into believing that he had a clear connection with Ranni, Melina, and the Tarnished.

That’s not all; the Empyrean removing the veil wasn’t even present in the game. It’s still not known which outer gods chose him and if they had anything to do with his eternal youth curse.

Can Elden Ring Still Expand Miquella’s Lore With a DLC?

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Hidetaka Miyazaki has confirmed that the game won’t get more DLCs. (Image via FromSoftware)

With the latest expansion focusing on Messmer’s character, it seems like game director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, and his team ran out of time to dig into the Empyrean’s character. This has many in the community hoping his lore can be expanded with future DLCs and updates.

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Unfortunately, Miyazaki has already confirmed that Shadow of the Erdtree will be the only expansion for the base game. It’s not surprising, considering it’s rare for FromSoftware to release more than one DLC for its titles.

The company’s next major title remains a mystery, but gamers hope to see an Elden Ring sequel. While we might not get DLCs for the base game, FromSoftware could always deliver a full-blown sequel of some kind featuring fan-favorite characters.

How do you think the Empyrean is related to the mount shown in DLC teasers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Dhruv Bhatnagar

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Dhruv has been an avid gamer all his life, with an emphasis on multiplayer titles. After switching to PC, he has dabbled in the world of GTA Online ever since its release. He aims to spread his passion for gaming through his writing.