Elden Ring Ending Guide: How To Get All Different Endings – CNET

Elden Ring has multiple endings. Here’s a no spoilers guide on how to get each.
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If you’ve played a FromSoftware game before, you probably suspected Elden Ring would have more than one ending. Dark Souls 3 had four different endings, and Bloodborne had three, so it makes sense that Elden Ring, the biggest FromSoftware game yet, would follow this path. 
Elden Ring does in fact have multiple endings, and the tricky part is you can only see one per playthrough. Yes — once you beat the game you’ll have to do it again in New Game Plus to see what other conclusions Elden Ring offers. 
Below is a guide on how to get all the different endings contained in Elden Ring. It’s not an ending explainer piece, and won’t show any of the endings themselves. There are no spoilers below.
As befits a gigantic game like Elden Ring, this is a complicated question. The simplest answer is that there are six different endings. However, four of those endings are very similar. They’re variations on what you could call a neutral ending. The two others are « special » endings that will take a bit more time to unlock.
When you beat the final boss, you’ll be prompted to do an action which triggers the ending sequence. If you have certain items in your inventory, using those items will be added to the prompt list. You’ll get a slightly different ending depending on which item you choose. 
Remember: You only get to see one ending per playthrough, so even if you have all four endings available to you, you can only see the one you pick.
Each Key Item that grants an ending option is obtained by finishing a certain quest line. Here’s what they are:
You’ll get this by completing the quest line associated with Fia. To do this, you’ll need to begin Ranni’s questline, which takes you through the Lost City of Nokron, the Divine Tower of Liurnia and gives you access to the Deeproot Depths. There you’ll find and interact with Fia, fight the Lichdragon Fortissax dragon and get this Mending Rune. 
This Mending Rune is associated with Corhyn, who like Fia you first meet at the Roundtable Hold. Corhyn can be found near the Atlus Highway Junction. If you travel further up the highway, you’ll find the Forst-Spanning Greatbridge Site of Grace. Next to it is a transporter, which takes you to another bridge in Atlus where you’ll meet an odd, silent chap wearing a golden sunflower mask. Travel back to Corhyn and tell him about the masked man, and this will start a questline. 
If you complete it, you’ll be able to find the strange masked-man in Lynedell, Capital of Ashes (once that area is unlocked in the main story), where you can collect the Mending Rune of Perfect Order. 
If you complete Corhyn’s questline, you can collect the Mending Rune of Perfect Order here once you unlocked Lynedell, Capital of Ashes.
To get this key item you’ll need to complete the Dung Eater’s sidequest. The Dung Eater’s spirit shows up in the Roundtable Hold after you get your first Great Rune. Give him a Seedbed Curse, which can be found in Leynedell, and he’ll give you keys to the capital’s sewers, which starts you off on his journey. You’ll go into the sewers, fight his spirit in a swamp and find four more Seedbed Curses to give him. Once you do, he’ll award you the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse. 
Find the Dung Eater in the Roundtable Hold and give him a Seedbed Curse. He’ll give you a key to Lynedell’s sewers, where you can meet him in the flesh.
To get what would best be described as « the bad ending », you’ll need to complete the Three Fingers sidequest. To do so, you’ll need to travel back down the same sewers the Dung Eater’s quest had you sludging through. 
When you drop into the sewer system you went through to find the Dung Eater, you’ll find a hole on the right if you look hard enough (you may need a lantern). In the screencap below, moving forward takes you to the Dung Eater, moving through the wall takes you towards the Three Fingers.
It’s a dark and perilous trip, involving a dungeon which takes you to the Cathedral of the Forsaken. Once there you’ll fight a boss, platform down to the bottom of a shaft and find a Site of Grace. Take off all your armor and unequip your weapons, and you can be embraced by the Three Fingers.
With the Three Fingers leaving their mark on you, fight the final boss and… see what happens. 
Nokstella, the Eternal City. One of the places you’ll go to in Ranni’s questline. 
To get the best ending possible — where best means the best outcome for your character, not necessarily the most satisfying to watch — you’ll need to fully complete Ranni’s questline. 
As noted above, this sidequest is initiated at Ranni’s Rise in Liurnia of the Lakes. It’s a big one, introducing you to a few characters and journeying you through not one but two lost cities, plus a literal land of rot. There are also quite a few bosses in this questline. The upside is you’ll learn some valuable lore, get some helpful items (like Iji’s Bell Bearing) and, at the end of it, unlock what will probably be remembered as Elden Ring’s « good » ending.