Hollowing in Dark Souls 3 is accumulated when the player dies while branded with a Dark Sigil. The amount of Hollowing gained per death is equal to the number of Dark Sigils in the player's inventory. At 15 or more Hollowing, the player becomes Hollow.


General Information

Speaking with Yoel of Londor allows the player to gain a free level five times in exchange for being branded with a Dark Sigil each time. While the first level up needs no hollowing, the following need respectively: 2, 6, 12 and 15. The player becomes a hollow when the hollowing counter reaches 15. Three additional Dark Sigils can be obtained from Anri of Astora through Yuria of Londor's questline, but these do not give the player any more levels.

All Sigils appear under Key Items, and each hollows the player for one point in death. For example, when three Dark Sigils are in the player's inventory, the player will gain 3 more Hollowing each time they die.

Once Yoel has given all five Sigils, he dies and Yuria of Londor appears where he used to be.



Removing Dark Sigils and Hollowing

Once the player has given the Fire Keeper the Fire Keeper Soul, she can remove the Dark Sigil from the player and remove all Hollowing, which costs a number of souls equal to the player's last five levels. The levels are not lost, the player is just paying the cost for the previously "free" levels. This will cancel Yuria's questline, Londor Pale Shade's summon signs, and make the Londor Pale Shade invade the player at certain in-game areas. Note that curing the Dark Sigil in this way will make it impossible to get any more Dark Sigils for that playthrough, and the player will not be able to get the Usurpation of Fire ending.


Reversing Hollowing

The player can reset their Hollowing counter back to zero by using a Purging Stone. Purging Stones will only reset the player's Hollowing and do not remove the Dark Sigil, and using a Purging Stone will not abort Yuria of Londor's questline. Purging Stones can be purchased from Yuria of Londor, or bought from the Shrine Handmaiden if you give her the Hollow's Ashes or Yuria's Ashes. They can be farmed from Sewer Centipedes in the Profaned Capital toxic swamp.

Alternatively, it can be healed by Velka or the Purging Monument if you select the Dissolution option.


Hollow Weapons

Obtain info about the Hollow infusion on the Upgrades page.


  • If you die while wearing a Ring of Sacrifice and are not hollow, your character will not become hollow when they revive (though you will still accrue hollowing). You can continue to postpone becoming hollow with more Rings of Sacrifice all the way up to 99 hollowing, at least until you run out of rings. Note that Hollow-infused weapons will not give their Luck bonus if you are not hollow, even if you have 15 or more hollowing.
  • As of Patch 1.03, your character loses their shadow and reflection in the water when Hollowed. This is believed to be a bug or a mistake since Hollows in Dark Souls I & II still have their shadow and reflection.


    • Anonymous

      18 Jan 2018 23:11  

      I don’t have a hollowing count and can’t get my free levels from Yoel does anyone know why this is happening and how to get my levels?

      • Anonymous

        16 Jan 2018 15:08  

        (sorrt ik im a noob but) why bother with removing hollowing? i dont see the point as there arent any clear punishments for being hollow

        • Anonymous

          12 Dec 2017 17:56  

          Needs an edit in the section titled "Removing Dark Sigils and Hollowing." The cost isn't previous five levels. The cost is next five levels. You can test this by gaining one level from the pilgrim and check the cost to remove curse and next level at the fire keeper.

          • Anonymous

            15 Oct 2017 20:26  

            So, not only do you get ADDED health when embered, but dying and hollowing have no real adverse effect on the game, you simply look like a zombie and thats it. Way to toss another core mechanic of the game along with sin. DS2>DS3 there I said it...

            • Anonymous

              13 Aug 2017 20:00  

              Something to note that is be eh important and should be on this page is "In terms of gameplay, if your hollowing level is above 15, weapons infused with a Hollow Gem will boost the player’s Luck attribute. A +10 Hollow weapon will give a +5 bonus to Luck, which can be doubled by dual-wielding..." (

              • Anonymous

                13 Jul 2017 07:44  

                So can I just kill my self 10 times collect all 5 dark sigils buy dark hand kill yuria for the ashes and get motion blade then reverse it all with the fire keeper soul? Or is it not that easy?

                • Anonymous

                  06 Jul 2017 01:39  

                  I went to velka and choose the dissolution to heal the hollowing when i only got 3 levels from Yoel. My question is will this mess with the storyline?

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Jul 2017 06:02  

                    The removal of your shadow and reflection when hollow isn't a bug, but a purposeful choice. Like many things in Dark Souls this relates to the convolution of time, as well as a whole new level of deterioration of hollows, you being a new, unique ashen hollow explains why this was not present in the previous titles. This trait is not present in the bosses because they are no longer bound by the hollow curse, if ever they were. I, frankly, see it as as evidence that you've become a paradox, as the fire that burned you to ash was the same fire which cures the curse, thus brandishing the curse once more turns you into something new, as such you become the dark lord. But as these games have always existed in a realm of cycles, with one ending explaining that even with the fire completely fading it will one day return, one must ask the question, are you the final chosen undead as well as the first cursed hollow?

                    • Anonymous

                      29 Jun 2017 09:25  

                      Curing my dark sigils is gonna cost me about 3 million souls. Is it this high because I leveled up more after my hollowing? Because I did the math and that doesn't count for the levels I got from yoel or my levels from where I am. Take it from me boys this***** ain't worth the levels at all. I wonder if it's better just to buy purging stones instead

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Jun 2017 18:30  

                        Hi all, does your character go back to human formula when starting ng+ or do you stay as a ugly shriveled up prune?

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Jun 2017 08:38  

                          When you don't die enough cause the game is too easy and you have better things to do than jump off a cliff a hundred times

                          • Anonymous

                            26 May 2017 13:26  

                            What kind of wiki article is this? It doesn't define hollowing. What is hollowing? What are the benefits and penalties? Why is it in the game, what does it mean other than a free boost in levels?

                            • 22 May 2017 03:46  

                              Quickest and best way for full hollowing without messing up any of storyline is this. Once you find Yoel on the bridge, send him back and make it to the next bonfire, 'Undead Settlement'. Go back to Firelink, talk to Yoel, and draw out strength. Then go back to Undead Settlement bonfire. From here, its easy. Just jump off ledge next to bonfire 15 times until you are fully hollow. If you have souls just pick them up before each deathly plunge. Then go back to Yoel and draw out strength 4 more times (or adding levels). Next time you go back to Firelink, he will be gone and Yuria appears. This way you wont go too far in the game before not being able to do it.

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