Elden Ring DLC: rumours, the Colosseum and everything we know

Elden Ring DLC ​​seems likely, but what does our next journey to the Lands Between look like? Here’s everything we know.

Elden Ring’s massive commercial and critical success means the potential for DLC is high. The game already has several unused assets built in and DLC rumors are flying. However, the question is what will the Elden Ring DLC ​​look like? And how many expansions will there be? Previous FromSoftware games have all taken a very different approach when it comes to downloadable content.

There are also the Elden Ring endings to consider. Will the game play after you become (or refuse to become) Elden Lord? Or could the DLC offer new endings to unlock, or just exist independently of them, as some previous Souls expansions have? Here’s everything we know about Elden Ring DLC ​​based on rumors, leaks, and FromSoft/Bandai Namco’s track records.

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Of course, as we discuss late and post-game content, spoilers will be lurking for those who haven’t completed Elden Ring.


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Players can finally enter the Colosseum.

Does the Elden Ring DLC ​​have a release date?

Yes, the first Elden Ring DLC, the free Colosseum update is coming December 7, 2022.

As expected, this will be a multiplayer-focused DLC that will allow players to compete in one-on-one duels or as part of a three-tarnished team as they face off against an additional three players.

We imagine the Colosseum update is simply the first DLC and a more story-driven expansion will arrive sometime in 2023.

Elden Ring DLC ​​Rumors and Leaks

It has been speculated that Elden Ring’s first DLC will be a PvP-focused expansion, possibly set in the colosseum in Caelid. In the base game, this is guarded by a Giant Pot Warrior who rewards you with a talisman if you can defeat 3 NPC dualists before him. The huge building behind him looks important, but there’s no way to access it in Elden Ring yet.

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As originally reported by VGC, Twitter user Sekiro Dubi points out that since the game’s 1.07 update, data miners have found “new Colosseum map files, assets, textures” – suggesting the large unused areas are for use in future DLC.

Such a location would be the perfect setting for a PvP-focused DLC. PvP boss fights in Souls games are a much loved feature, this is when another player is called upon to be the boss instead of a standard AI encounter. Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls 3 all had such a boss fight, but Elden Ring oddly omitted this feature.

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It’s worth pointing out that Dark Souls 3 only added a PvP boss fight in its second and final DLC, which is why it’s entirely possible that one will appear in Elden Ring DLC ​​as well.

On December 6, 2022, the Colosseum leak was found to be correct and the update was launched on December 7, 2022.

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Players can compete in teams of 3 in the Colosseum.

New bosses leak

Sekirodubi has also found more clues hidden in the code of the latest patch of Elden Ring.

This time, the update includes references to new items and hairstyles, as well as up to 30 new bosses. Up to 16 new/NPC or enemy characters dubbed “Someone Yet Unseen” have also been spotted by the dedicated dataminer.

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Finally, Sekirodubi has found more evidence of a PvP DLC with the word “Colosseum” now in the game code. It’s starting to look like even if the Elden Ring DLC ​​doesn’t offer a PvP mode/boss challenge, we’ll still visit that big circular structure at some point.

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Can this big arena contain PvP DLC?

Elder Dreams

As first reported by Eurogamer, dataminer Lance McDonald has discovered that Elden Ring once contained items and quests that involved exploring the dreams of certain NPCs. While the content has been removed from the main game, it can be kept for the final DLC.

In the cut content, an NPC named Monk Jiko asks the Tarnished to bring him something called Dream Mist. To get it, the player must invade the NPC’s dreams. This opens up plenty of creative possibilities and allows players to fight literal nightmares on top of all the other horrors lurking in the Lands Between.

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Extended endings

The DLC of Bandai Namco’s last two games with FromSoftware, Dark Souls 2 and 3, contained DLC that extended the ending of the base game. However, it did so without contradicting or altering an ending the player had already unlocked.

The Three Crowns DLC in Dark Souls 2 allowed the player to complete an additional quest, after completing all 3 DLC packs, unlocking a new ending. This one essentially gave the player a third option, in addition to linking or rejecting fire.

Those who completed both Dark Souls 3 DLC packs were treated to a free ending, one in addition to any other ending the player had unlocked by playing the base game.

This essentially provided the characters with a way to escape the dying world by entering a painted world. It will be interesting to see how the Elden Ring DLC ​​affects the different endings of the game or the world we explore.

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Miquella is still slumbering in his egg at the end of Elden Ring. Probably turning into something powerful and grotesque.

Elden Ring DLC ​​bosses

Even as you hunt every Shardbearer in Elden Ring, there’s one demigod who will escape your assassination attempt. That’s Miquella the Unalloyed, still safely asleep in his egg as the credits roll.

Miquella is the twin brother of Malenia and is said to be the most powerful demigod in Elden Ring. So if this is the case, why don’t we ever fight him? One answer is that we can get his shard from the Elden Ring by killing his captor and half-brother Mohg, the Lord of Blood, so we don’t have to bother with him. Even Gideon Ofnir says we should leave Miquella alone, but was that shortsighted?

FromSoftware doesn’t do anything by accident when it comes to Souls bosses, which is why we suspect Miquella’s absence is intentional. Let’s not forget that the demigod slumbers in his egg to become powerful enough to heal his family, especially his sister, whom he wants to heal from her scarlet rot.

He probably won’t be happy when he wakes up to find that a new Elden Lord has risen and slaughtered his entire family – including Malenia. This perfectly positions Miquella as the big bad of any Elden Ring DLC. Not only will he grow in power, he will also hold a grudge against the Tarnished once he realizes what has happened.

Barbarians of the Badlands

A leak is said to reveal the first Elden Ring DLC, including a new location, the Badlands.

Elden Ring DLC ​​is considered more of a when than if, but if a new leak is to be believed, we’ll soon be taking a foray from the Lands Between to the Badlands ‘beyond the fog’.

The leak was revealed by Twitter user @hy_plus, who shared an image full of upcoming game content that includes “Elden Ring: Barbarians of the Badlands.” As for the validity of the leak, the account followed up with another tweet which (roughly) translates to saying “That photo actually spread the dodgy news circulating in China so I deleted it first”.

Elden Ring players will remember the Badlands as a region outside the Lands Between, and as the place where the Tarnished were exiled when Godfrey/Horah Loux “lost his grace” and was stripped of his title as the first Elden Lord.

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Godfrey after taking on his god persona.

It’s also worth pointing out that Horah Loux was the King of the Badlands before marrying Queen Marika, the Goddess of the Lands Between. He then became her consort and general of her armies, changing his name to Godfrey.

Most of the Tarnished – including Godfrey – died in the Badlands, but were resurrected in Elden Ring’s prologue and returned to the Lands Between to inherit Elden Lord’s mantle, beginning the game’s events.

Elden Ring DLC ​​set in the Badlands can be played before or after the events of the game and could give us more insight into the history of the Tarnished. It would also add a new land to explore and, as you’d expect, a lot more bosses.

Take all this with a grain of salt, of course, as the leak has not been confirmed by FromSoftware and Bandai Namco.

Ray tracing and new areas

Elden Ring’s 1.07 update is now live and the community’s dataminers have uncovered some rather interesting things that are likely coming to the game soon.

The first thing to notice is that FromSoft appears to be upgrading the game’s visuals with ray tracing. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the developers so far, but according to Souls guru Lance McDonald, dataminer sennoutantei has discovered “menu strings related to ray tracing functions” in the update’s code.

Perhaps more excitingly, the update also “contains references to two new maps that are otherwise not yet in the game data.” While we don’t know what these areas will or will look like, this is almost certainly from preparing the game for upcoming DLC.

Two new areas could give an idea of ​​how many DLCs are coming to Elden Ring, or they could all be part of the same expansion. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more.

So that’s all we know about the Elden Ring DLC ​​so far. For more information on the biggest upcoming releases, visit our pages on some of the most anticipated games that have been announced:

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