Why is Moore fighting you in Shadow of the Erdtree?

I accidentally killed my favorite NPC in Ancient Ring, and my life as I know it is over. Here’s how to avoid making the same mistake.

(Ed. note: This article contains spoilers for Moore’s story in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree.)

At first Shadow of the Erdtree, if you head to the Belurat Legacy Dungeon, you encounter two NPCs at the Main Gate Cross. One of them is Ansbach, an old retired warrior. And the other is Moore, a rotund, soft-spoken merchant knight, who will sell you some useful consumables, as well as a note about unlocking sealed spirit springs.

Who is Moore in Shadow of the Erdtree?

Moore is adorable, crouching on his potty, and he hesitantly tells you that he likes to find things for the rest of Miquella’s followers. I immediately fell completely in love with him. We have so much in common: I also love things and finding things. And it’s so cute and round. Wow, a beacon of light 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 foraging brood and not to harm the brood if you encounter them.

What this dialogue doesn’t explain to you, what I will, is that the foraging broods are the Kindred of Rot, centipede-like creatures that you might recognize at base. Ring of Elden game like truly obnoxious enemies who pull your strings.

You see where this is going.

Why is Moore fighting you?

It was late at night. I was tired, on autopilot, and I saw a Rot Vampire lying on the ground outside the Church of the Crusade, and I thought: What is it, hey! and I gave him a blow with my sword. The poor guy died and I was immediately taken over by Moore. He told me to stop hurting the forager brood. Before I knew it, we were fighting to the death.

Moore is a tough foe but honestly pretty tame. He throws large pots that inflict Scarlet Rot, but they are easy to dodge. He also crouches behind his shield and rushes you. He has a lot of health but hey, I do a lot of damage. I returned to Main Gate Cross after killing him, hoping it was just a bad dream, and found his bell ringing where he sat.

I’m devastated!

Moore, a burly knight from Elden Ring, crouched behind a massive shield.

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

Based on a quick poll of my colleagues who also play the DLC, we don’t know if killing this specific Kindred is the only trigger to turn Moore hostile. Some colleagues told me they killed the Kindred and weren’t invaded. So it’s possible that triggering Moore’s invasion is more complex than eliminating a bug. Only time will tell.

Why you shouldn’t kill the Kindred of Rot

But anyway, there’s no point in killing the Kindred of Rot! If you see one in the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, be aware that they are apparently friendly and you can talk to them and they will give you collected items. In fact, healing vampires at the Church of the Crusade will give you a Forager Brood cookbook that is not available anywhere else in the game.

Most importantly, you won’t have to kill the sweet, rotund little boy Moore and get his very good verdigris armor. (But at what cost ?!?!?!)

What if I’m sick and want to kill Moore?

If you are indeed a sick bastard and want Moore dead for some reason, make sure you do so after meeting Thiollier at 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 Concoction, a critical and powerful poison that you can use later in the game.

After that, I guess you’re free to kill Moore if you want. But please let my little boy live!

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