Game Progress Route in Dark Souls 3 features the recommended progression to avoid missing NPCs, areas or items. For detailed information, please see the Walkthrough and Maps pages.

An overview of NPC quests is outlined in the Side Quests page.


Game Progress Route

Location Required Steps Optional Steps
1. Cemetery of Ash Defeat Iudex Gundyr

Defeat Crystal Titanite Lizard for  Titanite Scale

2. Firelink Shrine

Light the bonfire in Firelink Shrine

Port to High Wall of Lothric

Speak with Blacksmith Andre, Shrine Handmaiden, Hawkwood and Fire Keeper

Access the nearby tower upon buying the tower key (20.000 souls) from the shrine hand maiden.

       - Access the roof of firelink to gain access to a crow's nest where you can exchange items for better items.
      -  The tower leads to some very useful items including an estus shard, estus ring, homeward bone, fire keeper soul, fire keeper armour, the covetous silver serpent ring, and a crystal lizard. Make sure to grab the Estus Shard!

Defeat Sword Master Saber to get the Uchigatana and his set of armour.

3. High Wall of Lothric

Defeat Vordt of the Boreal Valley

Speak with Emma, High Priestess of Lothric Castle to get the Way of Blue Covenant

Grab the Estus Shard on the anvil, in the room where you get the Cell Key.

Rescue Greirat of the Undead Settlement from his cell below Tower on the Wall bonfire (requires Cell Key).

 Fight the Darkwraith mini-boss below the Tower on the Wall bonfire after obtaining the dungeon cell key from Leonhard in firelink shrine.

4. Undead Settlement Defeat Curse-Rotted Greatwood (optional boss)

Speak with Yoel of Londor below the Foot of the High Wall bonfire.

Acquire the Warriors of Sunlight Covenant from a hidden room in the building after the congregation in front of the tree

Grab the Estus Shard  from the corpse the Evangelist is kneeling on, in front of the big pyre of fire.

Acquire the Mound-Makers Covenant by climbing into the cage of the saw wielding enemy with an empty cage on his back, across the bridge and over the house from the Undead Settlement bonfire. You can only do this before Curse rotted Greatwood has been slain. Afterwards, you can still obtain the covenant by Sirris within her quest.

Rescue Cornyx of the Great Swamp from a cage up on top of a building.

Rescue Irina of Carim from her cell (requires Grave Key) and speak with Eygon of Carim.

Help Siegward of Catarina defeat the Demon.

Befriend the Giant (who will assist you again later).

Grab the Undead Bone Shard from a corpse in the area where the Giant is shooting arrows. It is on the right-most piece of land and requires you to roll/jump over a small gap onto it.

Grab the Mortician's Ashes from a corpse in the area where the Giant is shooting arrows. It is beside the path you take from the Dilapidated Bridge bonfire. Make a U-Turn through the trees and keep running forward.

Defeat Curse-rotted Greatwood to acquire the Transposing Kiln

Get access to Velka, Goddess of Sins within the sewers to cleanse yourself of commited sins (requires key from shrine hand maiden)

5. Road of Sacrifices Defeat Crystal Sage

Speak with Anri of Astora.

Speak with Horace to acquire the Blue Sentinels Covenant.

Speak with Orbeck of Vinheim.

Grab the Estus Shard  by going around the stone structure, dropping down into a ditch that leads to a campfire. Turn around and the shard should be behind you.

Defeat Exile of Farron and other NPC.

Acquire Farron Coal.

Great Swamp Pyromancy Tome found in the swamp on the right where two knights attack you with greatclubs, it's in the water next to a tree, near a crab.

6. Farron Keep Defeat the Abyss Watchers

Pray to the Old Wolf to acquire the Watchdogs of Farron Covenant.

Acquire Sage's Coal near the Darkwraith in the swamp.

Acquire the Sage's Scroll near the dead mushrooms.

Acquire the Golden Scroll in the cave near the Basilisks.

Grab the Estus Shard  on a corpse on the outside of a wrecked tower, guarded by a few slugs.

Grab the Undead Bone Shard on a corpse inside a wrecked tower, guarded by a bunch of slugs.

Defeat Crystal Titanite Lizard for  Titanite Scale (in Road of Sacrifices shortcut accessed from here)

Ascent the ladder in the poison swamp, get past the Old Wolf and access a bridge to fight a Stray Demon

7. Cathedral of the Deep Defeat the Deacons of the Deep

Grab the Estus Shard  near the stone pillar with a bunch of praying enemies. Not too far from the entrance to the Chapel.

Grab the Undead Bone Shard near the White Birch Tree that the Giant is shooting arrows at. This can be found on the way to the big double doors as a side path to the right.

Acquire the Rosaria's Fingers Covenant by pulling the levers and crossing the bridge formed or by dropping from the rafters.

Defeat Crystal Titanite Lizard for  Titanite Scale.

Acquire Unbreakable Patches as a merchant in Firelink Shrine.

Give Siegward of Catarina his armor (he is stuck in a well just before the cleansing chapel entrance).

Deep Braille Divine Tome is found on a mimic within the cathedral past the sleeping giant.

8. Catacombs of Carthus Defeat High Lord Wolnir

Follow the first rolling skeleton ball down the ramp and as you enter the tunnel look to your right. You will see a skeleton wearing a hat, kill it. The next time the skeleton balls rolls down, it will crash and break apart at the end of the tunnel dropping an Undead Bone Shard

Speak with Anri of Astora twice.

Get Carthus Pyromancy Tome.

Get Grave Warden's Ashes.

Smack the wooden bridge to access smouldering lake.

Defeat the fire demon guarding the entrance to smouldering lake

Confront Horace in Smouldering Lake.


9. Smouldering lake


Old Demon King(optional boss)

Acquire Izalith Pyromancy Tome

Defeat Old Demon King (with summoned phantom Great Swamp Cuculus) If Cuculus survives the fight, return to the cage where you free Cornyx to find her armor set and the Spotted Whip weapon.

Defeat giant worm the get an Undead Bone Shard

Go to the room filled with the Fire Orb Demons. At the end of the hallway there will be a dead Fire Demon corpse. Grab the Undead Bone Shard that is in front of it. Beware of blob.

Turn off ballista but make sure you collect the stoneplate ring behind the wall that can only be destroyed by the ballista first.

Grab the  Estus Shard  from the hidden path found through an Illusionary Wall in the same room as the Old King's Antechamber bonfire

10. Irithyll of the Boreal Valley Defeat Pontiff Sulyvahn

Speak with Anri of Astora at the Church of Yorshka bonfire.

Find Siegward in the lake area to advance his questline

Summon Sirris of the Sunless Realms on the Bridge

From the Church of Yorshka bonfire, go down the hallway stairs and right along the cliff. You'll notice a graveyard. Behind one of the tombstones is an Undead Bone Shard. Also, if following the Sirris quest line, if you are embered, Creighton the Wanderer will invade you here. Kill him then head back to the bridge where you helped Sirris to find his armor set.

11. Irithyll Dungeon None

Rescue Karla from her cell. (Requires Jailer Key found in Profaned Capital)

Grab the Estus Shard  from a Mimic found after a locked gate and a drop.

Access Archdragon Peak by praying among other NPCs using the Path of the Dragon gesture

Grab the Profaned Coal

12. Profaned Capital Defeat Yhorm the Giant

Grab the Undead Bone Shard on a corpse in the area past the first gargoyle. 

Rescue  Siegward from his cell

Unlock shortcut to Irithyll Dungeon bonfire

13. Anor Londo Defeat Aldrich, Devourer of Gods

Get married to Anri of Astora back in the Darkmoon Tomb

Acquire the Blade of the Darkmoon Covenant by crossing the invisible path

Grab the Sun Princess Ring after Boss upstairs

Grab the Giants Coal

Grab the Estus Shard  found in a chest by entering through the big double doors and hugging the left wall.

After defeating Aldrich, if still following the questline for Sirris, teleport to the Cliff Underside bonfire in the Undead Settlement and make your way to the Curse-rotted Greatwood's boss room. You will see her sign in the room before the big hole. Use it to be summoned to her world and help defeat Holy Knight Hodrick.

Upon returning to your wall, fall into the pit to find the Sunset Armor. Head back to Firelink Shrine and talk to Sirris who will swear her loyalty to you. Accept the offer and exhaust her dialogue.

14. High Wall of Lothric Defeat Dancer of the Boreal Valley  
15. Lothric Castle Defeat Dragonslayer Armour

 Run onto the bridge with the two dragons and just before it ends, fall off one of the sides. An Undead Bone Shard can be found underneath the bridge.

pick up Braille Divine Tome of Lothric to advance Irina's questline

16. Consumed King's Garden (Optional)

Defeat Oceiros, the Consumed King  Grab an Estus Shard  found by starting from the Dancer's bonfire, going up the ladder and to to the left, then jumping off the elevator halfway to reach some more stairs.
17. Untended Graves (Optional) Defeat Champion Gundyr  Obtain the Eyes of a Fire Keeper
18. Grand Archives Defeat Lothric, Younger Prince

Grab the Estus Shard  near the  Hunter's Ring

In the area where you fight some gargoyles, there will be a broken window. Go through it to find an Undead Bone Shard

After defeating Lothric, place his Cinders on his throne (and place the other Cinders on their thrones if you have not done so already) and speak with the Firekeeper to select outcome. Additionally, if you are following the Sirris questline, head from the Iudex Gundry bonfire out through the arch, and hug the right, following the cliff. The Sunless Talisman can be found here, as well as the Sunset Shield, and her armor set will now be purchasable from the Handmaiden.

After selecting outcome, speak to the Firekeeper when she is next to the bonfire, wait for the kneel prompt at the bonfire and kneel. A cutscene will play and you will be taken to the Kiln of the First Flame.

19. Archdragon Peak (Optional) Defeat Ancient Wyvern and The Nameless King  
20. Kiln of the First Flame Defeat Soul of Cinder

After defeating boss, you will then have the choice of the following endings:

  • Use the bonfire resulting in the 'To Link the Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement.
  • If you have obtained the Eyes of a Firekeeper from the Untended Graves area and have given it to the Fire Keeper you can use a summon sign next to the bonfire to trigger the 'The End of Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement. During this scene you have a short window where you can attack the Firekeeper after the cutscene for what is effectively a 4th ending option.  (WARNING:  If you opt for the 4th option, you WILL NOT get the achievement for The End of Fire)
  • If an optional quest line is completed involving Yuria and Anri to become Prince of Londor, you can usurp the flame by wrestling the flame from its mantle triggering the 'Usurpation of Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement. To progress this option, you must take all 5 levels from Yoel, and not cure the Dark Sigil at any point.
21. New Game Plus  

You can choose to stay in your current game cycle to farm, buy upgrades, and participate in online play.

Otherwise you can choose to go to your next game cycle to find better rings (up to NG++), increased difficulty, redo quests, and complete other endings. Some items are only obtainable in NG+ and beyond.


Progression Maps

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    • 17 Mar 2017 17:04  

      Still don't understand why Nameless King is so far in game progress LOL You can literally go to Archdragon Peak being in Irithyll Dungeons and fight him.

      • Played with this open yet still messed up questlines16 Jul 2016 12:47  

        could have probably read all of this a little carefully. Question: Is it even possible to complete every questline in one playthrough or will there have to be sacrifices?

        • Progress Route vs. Farron Keep page24 Jun 2016 12:03  

          Yo fextra,<br/><br/>love the website, thanks for compiling all of this, huge help.<br/><br/>On this page, you recommend Farron Keep before this, but on the Farron Keep page, that suggestion is reversed. Do you recommend the Farron Keep first for quest/npc purposes and the Cathedral before Farron for the purpose of the two items found in the Cathedral that you mention above?<br/><br/>thanks, peace

          • That ending!09 May 2016 19:16  

            The ending where you attack the firekeeper after the cutscene is rough. You treat her like dirt. I had to do it for all the endings but I'm sorry Firekeeper-chan!

            • Ending07 May 2016 19:08  

              I'm doing the lothric castel, i made the yuria quest line and i had the eyes of the firekeeper, if i gave the eyes to the firekeeper, what happens at the end ?, the 'Usurpation of Fire' or the 'End of fire' ending?, the other question is, does anyone know how tho save Grayrat at the last time?

              • About Lothic's Cinder not being able to be placed28 Apr 2016 16:14  

                You can't place it point blank. Go to the platform just below it and you'll get the queue. It's still possible at the foot of it, but the placing would be facing just over the slight step down. Image:

                • help me please someone!!24 Apr 2016 04:48  

                  ok I have killed all the bosses even the optional bosses this is my 2nd playthrew. I gave the fire keeper her eyes and the other item she took... but it will not let me place the last lord of cinders head on there throne... I do not understand why. did I do sompthing out of order.. I need help bad. if I have to start fresh with a new character I'm just gona trade it in. to many hours for sompthing to go terrabley wrong now

                  • Out of order?23 Apr 2016 06:43  

                    i could be wrong but at step 11 it says to get acess to archdargon peak by using the guesture, but dont you get the guesture from the consumed kings garden which is step 14?

                    • This feels like the shortest soulsborne game yet22 Apr 2016 22:49  

                      I take my time. It took me 65 hours to beat pre-dlc bloodborne without chalice dungeons. DS1 took me about 90 hours and DS2 took me about 120. I'm only 32 hours in and almost done.

                      • Getting all the ending achievements in one play through22 Apr 2016 01:04  

                        This worked for Bloodborne so I don't see why it wouldn't work now but if right before you trigger an ending you upload your save to your respective cloud storage (I know PS4 keeps a back up save this way, it won't ever load unless you download it back to your hard drive) then pick an ending, quit, delete the local save and redownload your cloud save (Before you chose an ending) simply choose the next ending. You still have to fill all the criteria, obviously, but if you do Anri and Yuria's stuff during the game and get the eyes of the fire keeper, you can go ahead and nip all three in one go.

                        • Beginners route21 Apr 2016 12:24  

                          While Farrons keep is generally okay for a veteran to beat after the crystal sage that shouldn't be the suggested route for a beginner. Cathedral is clearly meant to be next and contains many items for dealing with farrons keep environment. Also note playing out of order makes certain NPC dialogue redundant<br/>

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