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Farming locations in Dark Souls 3 are places where players can efficiently work for items and souls. 

 

Farming Information

To increase soul farming, equip the Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Mendicant's Staff  and/or Shield of Want.

All soul farming methods can be improved by equipping the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (10%), the Shield of Want (20%), the Mendicant's Staff (20%), and the Symbol of Avarice (50%), which--when all pieces are equipped--will increase the total number of souls gained for killing enemies 237.60% (291.6% with CSSR+3). (The buff works by multiplying the number of souls dropped by the smallest multiplier (buff) first and then multiplying the product of that calculation by the next smallest buff, etc, for all items that increase the buff. As an example, say you have equipped the Covetous Silver Serpant Ring (10% buff or a multiplier of 1.10) and the Symbol Avarice (50% or 1.50). If an enemy that drops 1000 souls is killed, the number of souls gained will be 1000*1.10=1100 and then 1100*1.50=1650. The total buff, to simplify future calculations, would be 1650÷1000= 1.65 (165%) so instead of two calculations just multiply: (number of souls dropped)*1.65=(increased number of souls gained by buff.

To increase item drops, equip the Crystal Sage's Rapier, Covetous Gold Serpent Ring, and Symbol of Avarice.

 

Farming Item Location Notes
Souls Lothric Castle Bonfire

Probably the best and easiest farming spot. Just kill the knight right next to the bonfire, rest, and repeat. If you use Shield of Want, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Symbol of Avarice and the Mendicant's Staff (just switch to it right after you killed the knight) you'll receive 5900 souls per run (approximately 15-20 seconds) and a load of items (use the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring to optimize this method!) you can sell afterwards for even more souls. On a SL 100 build 240,000 souls per 10 minutes are no problem to achieve.

Large Titanite Shard Lothric Castle Bonfire

Chance of dropping Sunlight Medal, Ember and Titanite Chunk as well. Repeatedly kill the Lothric Knight walking away. Using the Symbol of Avarice here is also ideal as you are right next to the bonfire. 2-3 Great Chaos Fire Orbs will kill the knight with the Witch's Ring.

Also a good place to farm souls.With the Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, and Shield of Want this method yields 15000 souls/min, including stopping to pick up items.

Souls Anor Londo Bonfire

One of the best places for souls. Go up the stairs from the Bonfire, lure down the first Spear Silver Knight. Once dealt with lure down the Sword Silver Knight. Go right through the arch to encounter a red eye Sword Silver Knight. With Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Shield of Want, and the Symbol of Avarice, killing the spear and sword knight on the stairs gets you 9900, and takes 32-45 seconds as a SL100 pyromancer. The red eye will give you 7920, totaling 17820, but will add 15-25 seconds per run. I found that if you can quickly(within 25sec) kill the first 2, it's worth it to add the 3rd. If the RNG gives you trouble on the first 2, just skip the 3rd and run back to bonfire.

Per Run: 17.82k 10 Minutes:184k. 1 Hour:1.1M

Very high chance to drop Silver Knight Armor. Drop rate for shards seems to be about 30% Large Titanite Shard 70% Titanite Shard.

 Souls  and  Titanite Shards (lower chance for Large)

 Pontiff Sulivahn Bonfire  Good place to farm souls before taking on Anor Londo. With Covetous Silver Serpent Ring and Shield of Want it nets 17160 per run. From bonfire proceed to the evevator shortcut. On the bridge kill all Deacons, run down the stair where the two hostile NPC's were and kill two Giants. Powerful weapon is recomended (was using FUGS and they went down in 3-4 hits). Should take around 1min 30s to 3mins.
 Souls  Dragon-Kin Mausoleum Bonfire  One of the best souls farming spots for STR/DEX builds. Right next to the bonfire (at the base of the stairs), a summoned knight will appear. This knight will net you a base of 4000 souls. As long as you don't kill the bellringer that is above you, the knight will continue to respawn infinitely making it possible to stay here forever and farm.
1. A good strategy is to ,equip Hornet Ring, a high AR large weapon (BIS Dragonslayer Greataxe +5 add. light. dmg. vs knights or BKGA +5), then simply backstab the knight as soon as the summoning sound cue ends and the light begins to fade.
2. It's not suggested to use Red Tearstone Ring and Dragon Torso Roar. You will probably one shot the knight but you won't be able to equip and efficiently use the step 3 farming items.
3. Equipping all available souls farming items will grant you a 9504 souls in 20s, which makes it 1710 thousand souls in an hour. Start with a Silver Serpent Ring than equip Shield of Want in your left hand (you don't need to two-hand a weapon since there is no bonus in DS3) and a Symbol of Avarice to your head. Also, equip a Mendicant's Staff (no need for stats to have a bonus) as your secondary right-hand weapon. Now, when you kill the knight, switch your main right-hand weapon with this staff, to gain the additional bonus and achieve those 9504 souls (don't worry you have plenty of time).
Souls, Large Titanite Shards and Titanite Chunks  Grand Archives Bonfire

 

90.000 Souls pr.run in NG. 

Use Covetous Silver Serpent RingSymbol of Avarice (equip right before you engage to save HP on the way up), Shield of Want (as your shield) and Mendicant's Staff (equiped as your secondary right hand weapon). The trick here is to switch to your mendicant's staff just as the knight dies so that all the aforementioned items are "out" when the souls counter updates, this will give you 30.000 souls pr. kill in NG alone. 

Use the elevator up to where the Twin Princes boss is located but instead of crossing the bridge go upstairs and farm the 3 winged knights (Backstab fishing them is very easy since they have slow attacks). They seem to drop large titanite shards guaranteed and even some chunks. Use homeward bone or coiled sword fragment to get back to bonfire after every clear and send the elevator down everytime you get up to get the run as fast as possible. They also drop 1 titanite slab the first time you kill all 3 of them in one go, but only the first time. If you're having trouble killing these three, try using the Rapport pyromancy for easy kills.

 Souls

 Grand Archives Bonfire

 

 Run straight into the archives and head towards the first pool of wax with the three scholars surrounding it, you will need to melee one down along the way. I use word of god miracle with both miracle boosting rings equipped and the +5 faith ring to one shot the entire pack. Make sure to use the unfaltering skill so they dont interrupt your cast. Coiled sword fragment back to the bonfire when they are dead and repeat. The entire run takes about 45 secs and nets 15k souls. Best method Ive found so far.
Souls Keep Ruins Bonfire

A good early game spot for sorcerers or pyromancers. Turn around and kill the three Ghrus near the bonfire, then run out onto the bridge and look right. Note the three Elder Ghrus off in the distance. Jump out onto the rocks bordering the path and walk to the third one. Now take out your binoculars or your bow, aim at the nearest Elder Ghru, and fire off an arrow or a long-range sorcery. A well-aimed Soul Spear will aggro the nearest and leftmost Elder Ghru, which can either save time or doom you depending on your damage output at the moment. Let the Ghru come into lock-on range and pound it with fire or magic; repeat for the other two Elders. Nets about 6k, or 10k with the Covetous Silver Serpent and the Symbol of Avarice. Also yields a decent supply of Embers and (Large) Titanide Shards if you really feel like leaping into the poisonous muck and boning homeward or running around; I usually don't.

 Souls Ferron Keep Perimeter Bonfire  Two routes here, fast/easy and longer/harder.  Fast route - Turn around from bonfire and kill the three enemies with their backs to you before you get to crystal lizard.  A single run takes about 30 seconds and nets ~1200 souls with Covetous Silver Serpent ring.  Long route - Walk forward and stand in doorway until Darkwraith breaks off and attacks.  Deal with him and stick to the right, killing enemies along the way and eventually circling back around to the left where the other Darkwraith will be fighting enemies and easy to finish off.  Takes between 2-3 minutes per run, nets ~2600 souls with CSS ring.
 Souls  Boss Cooping

Puting a white sign of coop is one of the best ways of easy farming souls (specially in late game), most bosses are insanely easy with 2-3 people (even with the boss scaling) and long range attacks like spells can make some bosses a joke.

Equiping the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring and the shield of want is recommended, and for even more one can allways equip de symbol of avarice, bosses usually give you more than enough time to equip it when they die, making it really worth as it will increase 50%.

The Boreal dancer its a pretty decent one as it can be accesed at nearly any point of the game, and if beaten in coop, drops 15.000 souls (27.000 with ring+symbol+shield)


 Souls, Large Titanite Shard and Titanite Chunk

 Lothric Castle

Twin Princes Bonfire

This is especially viable for Sorcerer who are able to one shoot the Knights outside the Lothric, Young Prince bossfight. Head outside and shoot a Crystal Soul Spear into the back of the four Knights walking down the stairs, nets you 17-20k/min. After testing several farmspots I still think that this is the fastest way to earn Souls as a Lategame Sorcerer. See this video for how to do it. 

 Souls Grand Archives Bonfire

 Take the shortcut lift to the top, go on the roof of the grand archives, then kill the 3 winged knights (30k/min in NG+, didn't test in NG)

Fastest souls I've found is this at >100k/min in NG. Avarice, CSSR+3, Shield of Want, and Medicants staff. take the elevator and rapport the twin axe knight, then go to the left and bait the 3rd knight towards the fight. Then rapport the one that the axe knight is fighting, and once its all over and done with rapport the final knight and use spells with the staff or hit it with the shield. My average run is 2:10 with 214,813 souls and some winged knight gear/titanite.

 Souls

Yhorm the giant's bonfire

(Profaned capital bonfire if boss hasn't been defeated)

The white robed jailers and the gargoyles outside of Yhorm's boss room provide alot of souls for relatively little risk. Just make sure you don't end up fighting the gargoyles with the jailers aggro'd and you'll have yourself with a 20K souls, 2-3 minute, low risk run.

Souls
(Large Titanite Shard)

Church of Yorshka bonfire

When spawning at the bonfire, take the exit to your left (not the one where you go down the stairs). Keep left and head for the hole in the balustrade. Drop down on the Boreal Immolator (Irithyllian Fire Witch) with a drop attack and, if necessary, give her a few more punches. Head up the stairs and back to the bonfire. Takes around 45s and yields 3564 souls per run with Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Symbol of Avarice and Shield of Want. While the souls yield may be mediocre to low in comparison to other spots, it is a no-brain run also suitable for lower levels. You can easily stunlock the enemy after your drop attack and finish him off. Also you have a chance for large Titanite Shards. On PS4, the homeward miracle offers no advantage, because loading time takes as long as running back.

Souls

Archdragon Peak

This is the fastest and easiest way to farm souls I've found up to now. You have to put at least 48 in intelligence, and equip the four items to increase soul rate (as the Mendicant's Staff will be your main weapon, reinforce it in order to one shot the snakes). The only spell you have to use is crystal soul spear.

Once you are at the bonfire, turn back, lock the snake on the right. Here, you have to kill two snakes simultaneously (with a correct position, the spear will kill the second one too). Then simply kill the snake on the left, and go back to the bonfire.

In NG: 11k per run (12s.) / 500k for 10min / more than 3 milion/hour

Souls

Archdragon Peak (Dragon-kin Mausoleum Bonfire)

This is one way that was found orginally by Oroboro, and is quite easy and effective. Starting from the bonfire, in the first room you enter there is a Serpent-Sorcerer who will infinitly spawn a summon across the room. This summon can be farmed for 4000 souls each and 4400 with CSS. The Sorcerer will not attack you so long as you stay around the summon area. It should be noted that with decent timing (Just not to soon) you can backstab for massive damage and kill in one or two hits following for a fairly efficent farming. Once the summon is dead, he is resummoned within about 5-10 sec.

In NG(equipped w/Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Shield of Want and switching to the Mendicant's Staff before gaining the souls): 9,504 per kill(20 second cycle) / 28K per minute / 1.7M per hour

Souls

Great Belfry

Unequip all armor (unless you have Symbol of Avarice) in order for maxium speed. Run across walkway by the bell and hit the Man-Serpent Summoner until he is one hit away from death. Wait for him to summon the rapier champion and then kill him. Kill the rapier champion and repeat. If you want to boost souls gained, equip Shield of Want in left hand and Mendicant's Staff in second right hand slot. As soon as you get the final hit on the Man-Serpent Summoner, swap to it then switch back to main weapon and do the same for the rapier champion. Equip Covetous Silver Serpent Ring. 

 




    • Anonymous

      16 Feb 2018 22:55  

      If your extremely lazy (like myself) you can go to the white birch at the cathedral of the deep. Of course this only works if the giant archer is still alive, but if he is then he'll shoot everything down for you. Unlike the other spots the enemies here respawn (pop out of the ground) and net 200 souls each without soul boosters. I've found that if you kill everything on the lower area and stand in the center things won't attack you.

      Obviously this isn't optimized for time so to expedite the process you'll want all of the soul boosting gear (but NOT the symbol of avarice). Then you can let the game run in the background for however long you want while you go take care of something else.

      • Anonymous

        08 Feb 2018 11:39  

        Other early farming places:

        - Tower on the Wall, go down the stairs in the direction of the dragon, let the dragon burn everything, repeat, ca. 1k souls each time

        - Vordt of the Boreal Valley, go back, kill the knights, repeat, ca. 2k souls each time

        • Anonymous

          24 Jan 2018 23:21  

          The Onyx Blade works extremely well on the Ascended Winged Knights. Combined with Hidden Body and Rapport, it provides a very fast way to farm a ton of souls. Personally my favorite method.

          • 24 Jan 2018 19:18  

            In the Dragon-Kin Mausoleum with with Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +3 and Shield of Want, the knight gave me +19,000 souls per spawn as long as I just left the bonfire. Second spawn would be a slightly weaker knight and net me only 9,000, but running back to the bonfire caused the stronger one to spawn every time. I got over a million souls in like 20 minutes. It was - n u t s -

            • Anonymous

              19 Jan 2018 16:37  

              There's one farming spot at Dragon-kin Mausoleum Bonfire, and there's another one at Dragon-kin Mausoleum Bonfire, excepted it's noted as being found by Oroboro.

              I'm pretty sure they're talking about the same exact thing, just written differently.

              • Anonymous

                18 Jan 2018 03:29  

                Can anyone confirm this? I reached 350% souls when farming those three Man-Serpents at Archdragon Peak using crystal soul spear.
                I have 81 intelligence, with Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Shield of Want and Mendicant's Staff +10. These Serpents worth 3000 each in NG+ so I should get no more than 9000 for one kill. And so it is.
                BUT, when I equipped Young Dragon Ring, Bellowing Dragon-crest Ring and Magic Clutch Ring along with all above equipment, I got 10500 souls for on kill.
                After several experiments, it turns out that once your magic damage (or spell buff?) reaches a certain level, you will get another 20% more souls. For example, if I lower my intelligence, or use Mendicant's Staff +8, the souls gained return to normal.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Jan 2018 04:52  

                  Anor Londo Staircase, 2 Silver Knighton stairs: Cast Affinity, run up stairs, cast Black Fire Orb when affinity launches = one move kill. Repeat on next knight, run back to bonfire. 9,900 souls in 30 sec
                  19, 800 /min, or 1,188,000/hr, + high drop rate of Large Titanite Shard (4,000), 2x Titanite Shard (1,600), and multiple Silver knight armor pieces, (500 each). Each kill = drops.

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Jan 2018 13:13  

                    Killing SL802 hosts and phantoms will yield ~495K souls. Killing SL802 dark spirits (red eye, red soapstone, covenant defenders) will yield ~1.85M souls.
                    Not very conveniant but very nice if you can get to SL802.

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Jan 2018 02:13  

                      Keep Ruins Bonfire, Great Chaos Fire Orb + Witch's ring + great swamp ring + fire clutch ring + silver serpent ring + shield of want + symbol of avarice. You can kill the 3 Ghrus outside the door with 2 casts by stepping just through the doorway and casting at the first caster, the other 2 turn as you cast the second locked on the guy on the right, switch to target the guy on the left just as you release your cast. Run forward and switch to the bow, shoot 3 arrows in a row, one at each of the 3 elder Ghrus on the right. You can kill 2 with one cast once they walk out from under the bridge together, cast and kill the 3rd. Takes about 40 seconds, that's 11,723 per run, 17,585/min, 1,055,070/hr

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Dec 2017 19:06  

                        Dragon Barracks, up the stairs to the left. Red eyed knight with a spear and great shield. if in full soul farming gear can net you 9500 per run of around 20 to 30 seconds. 3 great chaos fireball and it´s done. got almost 500k souls in 15 to 20 minutes at most.

                        • Anonymous

                          11 Dec 2017 14:25  

                          Maybe dragon barracks is a better place to farm souls and large titanite shard(sure drop).....just equip Chaos bet vestegies drop down the bridge kill both pus of man :) you'll get 10k souls in 20 secs and return to last rested bonfire and repeat the above steps.

                          • Anonymous

                            06 Nov 2017 09:41  

                            I prefer Anor Londo, at least with pryo. 2 Chaos Vestiges kills all three and they drop armor which sells for 1K each. And if you ever wanted to upgrade EVERYTHING to at least +3 that's where you'll be able to do so.. they each drop 2x titanite shards about 100% of the time.

                            • Anonymous

                              05 Oct 2017 20:29  

                              Soul Farming as a Sorcerer in NG: at 60 Int, Magic Clutch Ring, Young Dragon Ring, Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring, Serpent Ring +3, Symbol of Avarice, Shield of Want, Logans Catalyst +9/10 (+9 is probably enough at 60 int)
                              Go to Lothric Castle Bonfire, if you position your character correctly, you kill both knights with one Soul Stream. 12.000 Souls in 10 Seconds.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Sep 2017 18:38  

                                Isn't 8 levels' worth of souls a bit much? You only get 5 free levels with Yoel, the 3 sigils you get from Anri don't affect your stats...

                                • Anonymous

                                  15 Sep 2017 00:08  

                                  At NG 9, just before twin princes fight. The three winged knights at the top of the tower give you 80k souls per kill with shield of want, cov. ring +3, as well as symbol of averice. Simply rapport the knights, let them duke it out. With mendicant staff, it came out 96k

                                  • Anonymous

                                    24 Aug 2017 04:37  

                                    Ringed City Streets with CGS+3, SOA, CSS+3, Mendicant Staff, Crystal Sage's Rapier, etc....
                                    Farm the first locust preacher at the bottom of the stairs. They drop souls up to Soul of a Champion like crazy.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      21 Aug 2017 17:57  

                                      Dragon Barracks bonfire red eye knight kneeling down (up the stairs you'll be facing as you port in). Easy kill, loot body, roll off and reset easy to get two kills in under one minute. On new game netted 9504 (switch to staff) along with large shards and chunks of titanite. Not on ng+ yet, if someone wanted to test that for numbers.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        21 Aug 2017 01:57  

                                        Am I the only one who realized that you can farm infinite souls AFK at cathedral of the deep??? Go to the place right after the graveyard where you find the bone shard and the giant shooting at the infinite respawning enemies. Go behind one of the tombstones and use a white branch. The giant will kill all the enemies for you! Its not many souls but if you go AFK for about 3 hours you will have like 10M.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          20 Aug 2017 22:56  

                                          TITANITE SHARD FARM... (Catacombs of Carthus)

                                          Have on the Gold Serpent ring, the regular Serpent Ring, the Shield of Want, and the Symbol of Avarice. Go to the Old King's Antechamber bonfire. Go down the stairs and kill all the mobs in the area. You can get at most 6 titanite shards (and some large titanite shards) every 1-2 minutes (You dont have to kill the fire breathing dudes they don't drop anything ever).

                                          • Anonymous

                                            18 Aug 2017 13:56  

                                            Twin Princes bonfire run down an kill the greatsword wielding knight and the shielded one next to him. With symbol of avarice, gold and silver +3 rings and shield of want. Nets about 20,000 souls for about 1 mins work.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              12 Aug 2017 19:35  

                                              Ringed city streets - get the short cut open and kill the ringed knight under the bridge. A drop attack n a few hits after should do it. 17k per kill. soul extraction too fast for mendicant staff

                                              • Anonymous

                                                26 Jul 2017 17:09  

                                                at archdragon peak on NG++, with symbol of avarice, shield of want, silver serpant ring+2 and medicants staff, i made 980k souls in 10 minutes, also collecting lots of large shards and lightening gems, few chunks and various items that can be sold for a few souls. if you dont collect items, you could easily get over 6mil souls per hour here, from NG++ that is

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  25 Jul 2017 18:07  

                                                  souls: equip shield of want, symbol of aviarice, the silver serpent ring. Go to the grand archives roof, make the ascended winged knights jump of, use the rapport pyromancy on one of the 2 on the right immideately, and watch. when one dies, switch your right hand to medicaments staff. you can rapport and backstab the other ascended winged knights. gives about 100k/cycle.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    25 Jul 2017 07:21  

                                                    IMO the dragon barracks is the best place for easy farming. Just run up the short stairs to the left of the bonfire and kill the red-eyed spear knight resting up there. He's totally unaware of you and is a guaranteed backstab to start off. I usually just use a zwiehander +10, hornet ring, and maybe power within while wearing shield of want, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +3, and symbol of avarice will net you about 19,100 souls. (It's not much less even if you don't have +3 version) Run only takes about 26-30 seconds.

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