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FAQs or Frequently Asked Questions about Dark Souls 3 will be covered on this page. Below is a list of FAQs from the community with their answers (where known). If you have a question that is not answered in the list below, put it in the comments section for an answer.

FAQs

 

Getting Started

I'm new. Where to begin?

  • Check out the New Player Help page for an all-you-need-to-know crash course on the Souls games.

 

I am lost! Where do I go?

  • The wiki's recommended order for approaching the game will be listed under Game Progress Route. You may find an easier way that matches your build but we have tried to create a seamless and logical process. We have also created a map of all the locations, and the links between them.

 

What's the best starting class?

  • Starting Classes overview can be found here.

 

What Starting/Burial Gift should I pick?

  • Starting Gifts in Dark Souls 3 are now known as Burial Gifts. The Life Ring is ideal for new players as it gives more room for leverage. In general though, you really shouldn't worry about your initial gift. Unlike in previous games, the starting gifts are all common items that are easily obtainable later in the game.

 

What are Covenants?

  • Covenants are sort of like Factions the player can dedicate himself/herself to that grant benefits. They affect Online play and there are 8 covenants to choose from in Dark Souls 3. Covenants each have two "levels", which you progress along in different ways depending on the covenant. Unlike in previous games, you can freely switch between covenants on the fly and without penalty.

 

How do I level up?

  • You need to talk to the Fire Keeper at Firelink Shrine. She is at the center of the Shrine, which is unlocked after you defeat the first boss in Dark Souls 3. Each level up costs progressively more souls, but they all have exactly the same effect, i.e. increasing one of your attributes by one point.

 

Where is the jump button?

  • There is no dedicated jump button. To perform a jump you must run, release the run button and then tap it again. This will perform a jump. Details on the Control scheme can be found in our Controls Page.
  • At least on PS4, pressing L3 while running will trigger a jump.

 

What is a Bonfire?

  • Bonfires are the checkpoints of Dark Souls, but they also serve other useful purposes. When the player encounters a new Bonfire, it must be lit (activated) first. Once this is done, using the Bonfire will have three main effects: 1) It will fully restore HP, FP, and Stamina, and refill both Estus Flasks fully. 2) The activated bonfire will serve as the new spawn point should the Unkindled die. 3) Most enemies will respawn (some sub-bosses and other significant enemies will not respawn). Players are also safe from the surroundings while resting at the Bonfire. Note however that the room with the Bonfire is not necessarily safe as enemies can still follow you to the Bonfire. See more information on our Bonfire page.

 

What are Souls?

  • Souls are a form of currency and experience points in Dark Souls 3. They are collected automatically from enemies when they die (whether you killed them or not), but can also be found as loot items. In the latter case, these need to be used in the inventory screen to obtain usable souls. Players spend souls to level up their character as well as to purchase items from merchants. Each level up requires an increasing number of souls. If the player dies however, all the souls that he's collected so far are lost, and are left at the bloodstain where he was killed. If the newly resurrected player can make it back to the bloodstain he can recover the lost souls. However, if he dies again on the way back to the bloodstain he will lose the souls permanently.

 

Can you sell items?

  • Yes. Deep in the Firelink Shrine you can meet an unnamed Handmaid, who will sell you various items and spells and purchase anything you don’t want in return for Souls. You should think very seriously about selling items, as they typically don't yield many souls and many items are impossible to re-obtain if you change your mind.

 

Gameplay

How do I unlock this door?

  • See the Key Items page for a list of keys, where they are found, and the doors they unlock. In general, doors are unlocked by opening them from the other direction. If you see a locked door that says "does not open from this side", you just need to keep exploring and eventually you'll find your way to the other side of the door, typically opening a shortcut. If a door is locked, then the key for it may be in a completely different area, so it's usually best to just make a mental note and keep exploring, rather than fixating on finding a key nearby.

 

My weapon broke! What to do?

  • Visit the Blacksmith at Firelink Shrine to repair weapons.
  • Alternatively, you can use repair powder to manually repair a weapon at risk / broken weapon.

 

Can I Farm enemies?

  • As in many RPGs, there are a few places that are better for farming. There are not a lot of "the best" farming areas in the game but there are a few better than others. Some Farming tips can be found on our Walkthrough page. In general, helping others while in spirit form is a great way of farming, because if you die you keep all your souls. Find a tough area for your level and set your sign at the initial bonfire, (Central Irithyll is a good place for this), and farm away!

 

Will Soul Memory Return?

  • Soul Memory will not make a return in Dark Souls 3.

 

How to upgrade my weapon?

  • Weapon upgrades are performed with various Shards, as in previous games. Titanite Shards upgrade weapons to +3, Large Titanite Shards upgrade weapons to +6, Titanite Chunks and Slabs etc. Twinkling Titanite makes a return, along with Titanite Scales, to upgrade unique or especially rare weapons. Be very careful using Twinkling Titanite and Titanite Scales, as they are much rarer than standard Titanite.

 

Can I use Weapon Skills with a shield?

  • All shields have their own Weapon Skill. For many, this will be the Parry. For some, it will be Shield Bash, or something else. There are a couple of shields (notably the Warrior's Shield and the Shield of Want) which let you use your right-hand weapon's skill while the shield is equipped. For more information, see our Shields and Skills pages.

 

Why do I move so slow?

  • Movement, rolling, backstepping and distance of jumps and other actions are determined by Equipment Load. It also affects the amount of iframes you gain when rolling. Typically, you want to be below 70% Equip Load, as above this your rolls will be extremely slow and clunky.

 

ONLINE

How does multiplayer work in DS3?

  • If you are connected to the internet, the game acts as a perpetual lobby. Rather than sitting on a lobby screen waiting for people to play with you (like in shooters, or fighting games) you are able to walk through the world and interact with others seamlessly through "signs" and apparitions. While connected to the internet you can also be "invaded" by other players. Invasions happen randomly (you can be at any point in the level except for the boss room). However, there are level limits that prevent someone of a high level to help you beat a boss or invade you in PVP. For more info, see the Online page.

  • Also important to note is that you can only be invaded while your Ember is restored (you will know if this is the case because the icon by your health bar will be laced with glowing red lines, and you will have more health than normal.

  • If you die, your ember will fade until you use the Ember consumable item to restore it again.

  • Killing a boss or helping someone kill a boss will also restore your ember.

  • You can only summon other players while "Embered up", but you can put your sign down and be summoned even if you aren't Embered.

 

How do I play with my friends?

  • A White Sign Soapstone is the key to accessing co-op. Use the Soapstone to cast a ‘soul sign’ on the ground. These glowing markers can be seen by other players in their own instances of the game, and if activated summons the soul sign’s caster to assist the ‘host’ player as a friendly phantom. The game also features a password matching feature allowing friends to connect seamlessly.

  • Go into the settings menu and set a password.

  • Then tell your friend to set the same password in his/her settings menu.

  • Now organise to be in the same place at the same time in the game (e.g. by the first High Wall of Lothric bonfire)

  • One of you will need to be Embered in order to summon.

  • The other one (who may be Embered or not) uses the "White Sign Soapstone" item on the floor.

  • While your password is active, you will only see your friend's sign. It might take about a minute for the sign to register in your game.

  • While your friend is in your game, his/her game will not progress at all, although he/she will earn souls. Your friend will also not be able to loot (or even see) loot items in your game. Once you defeat the boss as the host, your friend will be sent back to his/her world. So if you want to keep pace with each other, you will typically explore the level once as a host, then as a guest in your friend's game.

  • When you're done with your co-op session, remember to take the password off to allow you to play with strangers again!

 

How do I write messages?

  • You write messages through the Options Menu. Messages are composed of various pre-selected words or phrases, slotted into pre-existing templates. Once you put your message down, other players will be able to see it in their game (although not all players' messages are visible at the same time, so if your friend just wrote a message don't worry if you can't see it immediately). Messages can be rated positively or negatively. If other players rate your messages positively, you'll regain a little HP.

 

Will there be voice chat?

  • If you've turned voice chat on in the network options, you can chat between the host and the client. Players should be able to communicate via PS4 Party Chat or the Xbox One equivalent. PC Players will have to use 3rd party software such as Teamspeak or Skype.

 

Healing during online play

  • Phantoms have half their current estus (rounded down) when in a host's world. Hosts, friendly phantoms, and hostile phantoms can get an estus use back if another hostile or friendly phantom dies.

 

Fextralife Wiki FAQ

Why does Fextralife have ads?

  • Fextralife is a volunteer network. We use advertisement revenue to pay for software, servers, optimization and to fix bugs and add features. We have organized and paid for Dark Souls game/console giveaways and will continue to promote and support the community. We do not have pop-ups. If you are getting them, please report the ad to our administrators on the Fextralife Forums.

 

How do I join the wiki?

  • You can edit the wiki as a guest but the best way to go about this is to Register an account and then participate in our Dark Souls 3 Forum to bring up wiki ideas, issues and suggestions.

 

How to edit the wiki?

  • For instructions on how to edit pages on the wiki, please see this guide.

 




    • Multiplayer10 Jun 2016 20:22  

      I haven't been able to summon anyone for weeks. I even started a new game. Network connection is fine (I play other multiplayer games on my Xbox one). I see summon signs but it never connects. I've played all the Dark Souls. Frustrating so much I'm ready to stop playing altogether.

      • Covenant simbol obscured29 May 2016 15:46  

        For every covenant I equip I can see in the left upper corner the simbol of the covenant obscured (like more gray). Everything works but I'm curious about what it means. Any help?

        • Xbox one party chat issue29 Apr 2016 18:30  

          I play with my wife and have never had a issue using party chat...recently in DS3 She can hear me but the volume is very low and she must turn things up in game just to hear me in a party chat. Is anyone else having this issue?

          • Sold boss soul to handmaid, how to get it back?17 Apr 2016 19:34  

            I accidently sold soul of the blood of the wolf(abyss watcher boss soul) to the handmaid in the fire shrine. Is there another way to get the boss soul again? Would hate to restart a new character to get it again.

            • Default jump button is wrong13 Apr 2016 22:27  

              The game defaults to Left Stick for jumping for me (on PC). I have to rebind it to B button to make the run button also perform a jump like in Dark Souls 1.

              • Icon13 Apr 2016 12:32  

                What's the icon next to the health/mana/stamina bars? I just started and haven't joined a covenant which is what I thought it would be. Mine currently looks like rocks and lava.

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