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 theCovetous 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%. (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 1650รท1000= 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 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.


 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)

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.

(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.


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


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


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. 


    • 21 Jul 2017 09:07  

      Ran the Lothric Castle bonfire farming spot for exactly 10minutes on NG with the Symbol of Avarice, Mendicant's Staff (forgot to equip a couple of tmes), Shield of Want, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +3 and the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +3

      Netted 244215 souls just by the killing, after selling everything that dropped (except embers) i ended up with 262615 souls. Just wanted to try it out and confirm it if anyone was interested. A really good alternative to the winged knight's in the Grand Archives for those having problems with those

      • Anonymous

        21 Jul 2017 05:10  

        I have my own early game grinding spot at the halfway fort that should be added. After unlocking it backtrack to the 4 enemies before the bridge and kill them for 694 souls with Silver Serpent ring. It takes roughly 35 seconds. Every hour you make 66,763 souls which for early game is alot around that point. If someone could add this I would be grateful since there isn't many earlyish game grinding spots. Thanks

        • 21 Jul 2017 00:07  

          Might be worthwhile to add the Judicator Argo (Spears of the Church) fight to this list. On NG+ difficulties it is possible to make about 500k - 600k souls per fight if you equip soul farming gear right after killing your opponent, and you will receive a covenant reward as well. It cost souls to reactivate the fight, but it is a LOT less than what you receive, resulting in a net profit of around 500k souls per fight. For players that enjoy PvP, such as myself, this is a VERY effective soul farming location that also happens to be a lot of fun for PvPr's.

          • Anonymous

            16 Jul 2017 08:38  

            The Archdragon Peak first bonfire is without a doubt the most effective method. I get approx. 850K souls/10 minutes.

            • Anonymous

              01 Jul 2017 23:45  

              Good caster soul farming method for those that don't feel like going Grand Archives:
              Mendicants Staff + Shield of Want + Symbol of Avarice/Crown of Dusk (if you dont have Symbol helm)
              Covetous Silver Serpent Ring + Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring + Young Dragoncrest Ring + Magic Clutch Ring
              Buff staff at bonfire, use Soul Stream on first knight. Position it right and you take out the knight after it too. Rinse and repeat.

              • Anonymous

                25 May 2017 03:23  

                At the archdragon peak bonfire you can also one hit the four serpents with a strong weapon such as DSGA +5 and get about 12k every run

                • 22 May 2017 05:31  

                  Imo the best pure soul farming method with highest output of souls per minute is Grand Archives. Will need Avarice helm, Silver Ring, Shield of Want, good weapon but not ugs, and a bow. Be ready to drink estus a few times during the run. The goal of the run is to dunk head one time at lowest level, and make it just past the 4 candlestick guys just above bridge without the wax expiring.
                  - Equip Avarice helm and head straight for first wax pool - kill all 4. Dunk head, go to right and up stairs and take both candlestickers out there. Re-estus. Then head to first set of stairs on left, equip bow, look up shoot down two rodents up on wall. Switch to weapon, kill them as they should rush you. Go up stairs to Candlestick guy to left (where you jump down to get crossbow). Then go back to other Candlestick guy. Then run over (lower outside balcony is to the left) to Candlestick guy on stairs patrolling and two rodents behind him on the bookstaircase. Take them out. Proceed to bridge, take another candlestick just around corner first. Jump down to bridge. Re-estus. Run across and up the stairs to left. Re-estus. Take out 4 candlestick guys in anti-clockwise order.
                  - So basically this run is from first 4 candlestick guys, dunk head at wax pool, follow a singular path to where all the candlestick guys are finishing right before where you go outside for the first time where the Gargoyles are. The last candlestick guy patrols above, and can be taken out with a bow in 3-5 headshots if you want. And almost all Candlestickers can be taken out easy if you head straight at them before they have time to react.
                  I just did a NG+1 run with Avarice, Shield Want, and Serpent Ring +3 (ringed city), and it netted me just over 177k souls in almost 5 minutes. Once you get the path and pattern down, this is my favorite easiest farming run with highest output of souls/minute. For a regular ng run, it should net just under 80k in 5 minutes, which is great to do a few times to buy what you need in Firelink.

                  • Anonymous

                    15 May 2017 09:13  

                    The thing with multipliers is, that the direction in which you multiply is not of interest (commutative law). Theoretically, this would make only a difference, if the system rounds down/up between the single steps of multiplications. So i would recommend to trim the part with multiplications above

                    • Anonymous

                      14 May 2017 09:36  

                      For the lothric castle one with the knight walking out. If you time crystal soul spear right you can kill them ita difficult but you can do it.

                      • Anonymous

                        10 May 2017 17:08  

                        from the bonfire Percy to the elevator shortcut? what elevator shortcut? would you care to elaborate because it's obviously a cryptic Secret.

                        • Anonymous

                          08 May 2017 14:29  

                          Ringed Knights have a high drop rate for Chunks, nearly guaranteed 1 chunk per knight, with a good chance for 2 chunks, even with no farming gear on, the knights themselves give good amounts of souls too!

                          • Anonymous

                            04 May 2017 23:09  

                            the best place to farm souls is in the last dlc at the "ringed city streets" bonfire, if you go out and kill all the locusts using the silver serpent, gold serpent, shield of want and symbol of avarice you get up to 90.000 souls per run, it takes like, 2 minutes max and locusts drop all type of soul packs, including the champion soul that gives 25000 souls per pack, so the farming potential is absurd

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Apr 2017 15:02  

                              Can someone edit the Lothric castle bonfire's description to mention that the first lothric knight has 100% chance of dropping large titanite shard even without item discovery gear?
                              Also the best spot for farming titanite chunks are the ringed city's Harald legion knights which are quite common drop and are is quantity of 1 or 2.

                              • Anonymous

                                28 Apr 2017 19:09  

                                The most efficient farming spot I have ever found is at the arch dragon peak bonfire. This method I have tested and use often, it produces about 11 million souls per hour at maximum efficiency. There are 3 enemies to kill before resting again, on my NG+9 they drop 11,117 souls each and it only takes about 10 seconds to perform the entire method from start to finish, but requires extreme amounts of INT. I recommend at least 70, you'll need CSS to one shot the man serpents with the mendicant staff's lower spell buff with the shield of want.

                                Step one. Adorn your desired or required soul drop buffs with only CSS attuned. Place only your most adept magic rings on, magic clutch, young dragon, bellowing dragon, with silver covetous. Symbol of avarice is optional, but one shot kills are a must.
                                Step two.
                                You'll be attacking the three enemies visible to you when you face away from the cliffside, the man serpents. The idea is to one shot them for max efficiency. Target lock the first man serpent on the right, closest to you, but do not aggro him. The goal is to kill the man serpent behind your first target with the same kamehameha wave. (so you have to learn how to line them up properly, it only takes a few tries.)
                                After this, you can strafe a little more to the left and grab the lock on the third man serpent as your first and second targets die. This is much easier if you are not in the detection range of these enemies.
                                Step three.
                                As the third dies, turn around and walk a few steps back to rest at the bonfire. Rinse and repeat. This is incredibly easy, it literally requires no effort, and is THE MOST efficient soul farm I have found, with being able to nab over a million souls in just about 5 minutes on NG+9.

                                Cons? High INT only for maximum efficiency.

                                • Anonymous

                                  28 Apr 2017 03:57  

                                  I've recently returned to ds3, and I've personally found the Anor Lando farming spot incredibly useful for my pyromancer playthrough. If anyone is having trouble, the knights are incredibly susceptible to dark damage, and die in two to three casts of black fire orb. It may not be the best overall spot for farming, but it's definitely very viable for a pyro build, a mage using dark magic, or a build that doesn't put out enough physical damage for some of the other spots.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    23 Apr 2017 20:24  

                                    Found another great souls farming spot that's very low risk and IMO better than the others listed (and less boring).

                                    Start at Grand Archives bonfire and take the elevator up. Run back into the building through the courtyard where the 3 NPCs were and towards the kickdown ladder. Dunk your head in wax, then kill the 5 wax dudes in the area (they yield ~5500 souls each and are die in 2-3 hits with an upgraded weapon). Then run down and drop down to the first large wax pool and take out 5 more wax dudes. Finally wrap back to the bonfire and repeat.

                                    In total should get ~50000 souls per run and it's doable in just under 2 minutes. That's a quarter million souls every 10 minutes, and 1.5 million souls per hour.

                                    • 18 Apr 2017 14:52  

                                      Really? My method isn't there?.. Its so much Faster and easier.. Ridiculous.
                                      Ill repeat, equip it all, anor londo bon, get a bow, aim to knight at the right, shoot.after 8 tries I was making him fall in 2 seconds 9/10 times. Its a legit broken spot and the only one that fast. You barely need to move at all.

                                      Im NG+ right now and its 31104 souls every 7 seconds if you're slow! There's no comparing with other method ppl, wake up

                                      • Anonymous

                                        18 Apr 2017 05:08  

                                        I'm pretty sure this little "optimisation" is new, letting you *maintain* a 1000 souls per second average indefinitely - including load screen times.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          07 Apr 2017 20:46  

                                          So, today I found out that you can infinitely farm Judicator Argo, because you can just keep reviving him. I'm getting 300.000 souls every time I beat a Spear of the Church (which is done with one Ringed Knights Paired Greatswords L1 combo even after the patch) and reviving him costs only 88.000. Now I am on NG+++ and I'm wearing the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring as well as the Shield of Want, so maybe thats why i'm getting so much souls, but I'm getting over a million in 20 minuten and I don't think that's supposed to be possible. I can't find anyone on the internet flipping out about this, so is this a glitch, only a NG+ thing, or am I the first one to discover this and can i feel special now?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            04 Apr 2017 05:14  

                                            in the ringed city the ringed knights are amazing for chunk farming drops almost 2-4 almost everytime i kill one

                                            • Anonymous

                                              03 Apr 2017 12:04  

                                              thought I would contribute: for the anor londo souls farming - after standing up from the bonfire, if you dont waste time, you can just pull out a bow and shoot the red eye knight on his platform to the right. this gets his attention, and he will walk off the edge to his death, giving you lots of souls for little work. sometimes takes an extra arrow or two once he's standing right at the ledge.

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