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Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree main boss order

Here are the bosses you'll need to beat to complete Shadow of the Erdtree.

Messmer the Impaler holds a ball of fire in his hand in Shadow of the Erdtree.
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Just like Elden Ring, beating Shadow of the Erdtree's main bosses is a vital part of completing this new expansion and solving the mystery of the Shadow Realm.

While the Shadow Realm isn't nearly as vast as The Lands Between, there are still plenty of fearsome bosses to defeat, and knowing Shadow of the Erdtree's main boss order gives you a handy indicator of how much more you've got left to go before you get to the final boss. After all, the number of main bosses you have to defeat is surprisingly small (at least compared to the number of Remembrance bosses in Shadow of the Erdtree), so read on to learn which bosses you need to beat to complete Shadow of the Erdtree's main story, as well as a list of all the other key Shadow of the Erdtree bosses and their locations that we've discovered so far.

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Shadow of the Erdtree main bosses list in order

Like Elden Ring, there's some flexibility in how you tackle these bosses, but for the most part, you'll likely be defeating Shadow of the Erdtree's main bosses in the following order:

  1. Divine Beast Dancing Lion (Belurat, Tower Settlement)
  2. Rellana, Twin Moon Knight (Castle Ensis)
  3. Messmer The Impaler / Base Serpent Messmer (Shadow Keep)
  4. Romina, Saint of the Bud (Ancient Ruins of Rauh)
  5. Promised Consort Radahn / Radahn, Consort of Miqeulla (Enir-Ilim)

It's quite a short list compared to Elden Ring's 12 main bosses from the base game, but that's perhaps to be expected given the slightly smaller size of the Shadow Realm in general.

All Shadow of the Erdtree bosses and locations

However, while the main story bosses may be small in number, there are plenty more other key bosses in Shadow of the Erdtree to test your skill against. Here's a list of all the other named bosses we've found in Shadow of the Erdtree so far, and their locations:

Gravesite Plain

Scadu Altus

  • Furnace Golem (outside Shadow Keep)
  • Furnace Golem (below Cathedral of Manus Metyr)
  • Furnace Golem (blocking the entrance to the Ruins of Unte)
  • Furnace Golem (in the water near the Ruins of Unte)
  • Ghostflame Dragon (near Fort of Reprimand)
  • Black Knight Edredd (Fort of Reprimand)
  • Ralva the Great Red Bear (near Moorth Ruins)
  • Curseblade Labirith (Bonny Gaol)
  • Red Bear (Northern Nameless Mausoleum)
  • Rakshasa (Eastern Nameless Mausoleum)
  • Jori, Elder Inquisitor (Darklight Catacombs)
  • Swordhand of the Night Anna (Finger Ruins of Miyr)
  • Metyr, Mother of Fingers (Finger Ruins of Miyr)
  • Golden Hippopotamus (Shadow Keep)
  • Commander Gaius (outside Shadow Keep, Back Gate)
  • Scadutree Avatar (Scadutree Base)

Ancient Ruins of Rauh

  • Rugalea the Great Red Bear (near Scorpion River Catacombs)
  • Death Knight (Scorpion River Catacombs)

Southern Shore

  • Furnace Golem (Cerulean Coast)
  • Ghostflame Dragon (Cerulean Coast)
  • Demi-Human Queen Marigga (Cerulean Coast)
  • Putrescent Knight (Stone Coffin Fissure)
  • Death Rite Bird (Charo's Hidden Grave)
  • Furnace Golem (Charo's Hidden Grave)
  • Jagged Peak Drake (Foot of the Jagged Peak)
  • Jagged Peak Drake x2 (Jagged Peak)
  • Ancient Dragon Senessax (Jagged Peak)
  • Bayle the Dread (Jagged Peak)

Abyssal Woods

  • Madding Hand (Abyssal Woods)
  • Midra, Lord of Frenzied Flame (Midra's Manse)

Scaduview Hinterland

  • Tree Sentinel Duo (Hinterland entrance near Shadow Keep, Back Gate)
  • Fallingstar Beast (near Finger Ruins of Dheo)

More to come...

Need more help? Improve your stats by finding all of Shadow of the Erdtree's Scadutree Fragment locations and Revered Spirit Ash locations. Alternatively, see which Erdtree bosses you've still got left to beat, and track down some great new early weapons to help you on your adventure.

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