Elden Ring’s Erdtree is its most notable landmark. It is visible from almost any point in the Middle Ages (at least in the upper world), and towers over all areas of the game, even the high mountain peaks of the Giants to the far north of the map. It is, to put it mildly, very large. But how big is ‘big’ exactly?
Well, FromSoftware YouTube specialist Zullie the Witch took it upon herself to figure it out. In a video titled ‘How Big is Erdtree?’ Zullie tried to measure Elden Ring’s giant golden glowstick while explaining their method:
“At the base, we could measure from where it meets the ground,” Zullie explains, “but the trunk continues for hundreds of feet below it.” Looking at the top of the tree, Zullie notes that “The trunk also cuts off abruptly at the top of the tree, but it is naturally crowned by many branches that extend further up.”
With all this in mind, Zullie measures the tree from its base below the upper world to the tip of its highest branch and concludes that the total height of the Erdtree model is approximately 5,048 meters high (or 16,562 feet). This is higher than the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc, which has a height of 4,808 m, or 15,773 ft.
However, this is only if you include the entire model. As Zullie points out, trees are “usually not measured from the roots”. If you measure the Erdtree from the point it emerges from the ground, then its height is a little less impressive 4,452 m or 14,606 ft. It is still higher than many large mountains, including Japan’s Mount Fuji. It is also five times taller than the largest man-made structure on Earth, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
But how does Erdtree fare compared to other video game talbois? Well, it is only a young tree compared to the Citadel in Half-Life 2, which after nine years of arguments and research was concluded to be 8,773 m high, which is close to the height of Mount Everest. However, there is still a lot of debate about that measurement, so maybe Elden Ring’s Erdtree can win in this height-based bun match yet.