I accidentally killed my favorite NPC in Elden Ring and lost the will to live


I accidentally killed my favorite NPC Ring of Fireand my life as I know it is over. Here’s how you can avoid making the same mistake.

Early Shadow of Erdtreeif you travel towards the Belurat dungeon, you will encounter two NPCs at the Main Gate Cross. One of them is Ansbach, a retired ancient warrior. And the second is Moore, a plump and tranquil merchant knight who will sell you useful consumables, as well as a note about opening sealed spirit springs.

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Who is Moore in The Shadow of Erdtree?

Moore is adorable, leaning over his little pot and hesitantly saying that he likes finding things for the rest of Miquella’s followers. I immediately fell completely in love with it. We have a lot in common: I also love things and finding them. And it’s so cute and round. Wow, a beacon of lithe and hope in the darkness of the shadow realm!

You can ask Ansbach what Moore’s deal is and he will warn you that Moore has been working with the scavenger’s offspring and not harming them if you meet him.

What this dialogue doesn’t explain to you, which I will, is that the scavengers’ offspring are Rot Kindred, centipede-like creatures that you can recognize from the base Ring of Fire plays as really nasty enemies that shoot at you with strings.

You see where this is going.

Why is Moore fighting you?

It was slow evening. I was tired and on autopilot and I saw a Kindred of Rot lying on the ground in front of the Crusade Church and I thought: What the hell! and I hit him with my sword. The indigent guy died and I was immediately attacked by Moore. He told me to stop hurting the forager’s brood. Before I knew it, we were dueling to the death.

Moore is a tough but honestly quite tame enemy. He throws immense pots that cause crimson rot but are simple to avoid. He also crouches behind his shield and lunges at you. He has a lot of health but hey, I do a lot of damage. After killing him I went back to Main Gate Cross hoping it was just a bad dream and found his bell where he used to sit.

I’m devastated!

Moore’s shield didn’t stop me from murdering him.
Photo: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Based on a quick survey of my colleagues who are also playing the DLC, we’re not sure that killing this particular Kindred is the only trigger for Moore’s hostile attitude. I’ve heard from a few colleagues that they killed Kindred and weren’t attacked – so it’s possible that causing a Moore invasion is more intricate than destroying a single worm. Only time will tell.

Why you shouldn’t kill Rot Kindred

But there’s no point in killing the Rot Kindred anyway! If you see one in Shadow of Erdtree DLC, know that they are apparently amiable and you can talk to them and they will give you the items they get. In fact, healing Kindred in the Church of Crusade will give you the Gatherer Strain cookbook, which is not available anywhere else in the game.

More importantly, you won’t have to kill cute, round little boy Moore and get his really good gastrointestinal armor. (But at what cost?!?!?!)

What if I’m a psychopath and I want to kill Moore?

If you are indeed a diseased bastard and for some reason want Moore dead, make sure you do so after meeting Thiollier in Pillar Path Cross Grace. Talking to Moore after meeting Thiollier will give you the opportunity to obtain Black Syrup from Moore. Giving this to Thiollier will unlock Thiollier’s Potion, a critical and powerful poison that you can utilize later in the game.

After that, I think you can kill Moore if you want. But please let my boy live!

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