Recommended levels for matchmaking, by location, for Dark Souls 3. Please see our Online and Summon Range Calculator pages to understand matchmaking. Players can summon each other across NG+ cycles.

  •  +10 can be achieved as soon as you hit +9, there are early ways to get a slab.


New Game
Area Level Upgrade
High Wall of Lothric 1-20  +0-1
Undead Settlement 20-25  +1-2
Road of Sacrifices 25-35  +2
Farron Keep 35+  +3
Cathedral of the Deep 40+  +3-4
Catacombs of Carthus 45-50  +3-4
Smouldering lake  50+  +5-6
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley 55+  +5-7
Irithyll Dungeon 55+  +6-7
Profaned Capital 55+  +6-7
Anor Londo 50-60  +6-7
Lothric Castle 55-60  +7-9 (10)
Consumed King's Garden 55-60  +7-9 (10)
Untended Graves 60+  +7-9 (10)
Grand Archives 65+  +7-9 (10)
Archdragon Peak 65-70  +8-9 (10)
Kiln of the First Flame  70+  +9-10


New Game +
Area Level Upgrade
High Wall of Lothric 70-100 +10
Undead Settlement 70-100 +10
Road of Sacrifices 100-120 +10
Farron Keep 100-120 +10
Cathedral of the Deep 100-120 +10
Catacombs of Carthus 100-120 +10
Smouldering lake 100-120 +10
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley 100-120 +10
Irithyll Dungeon 100-120 +10
Profaned Capital 100-120 +10
Anor Londo 100-120 +10
Lothric Castle 120-150 +10
Consumed King's Garden 120-150 +10
Untended Graves 120-150 +10
Grand Archives 120-150 +10
Archdragon Peak 120-150 +10
Kiln of the First Flame 120-150 +10


    • Anonymous

      01 Sep 2017 08:03  

      I am around level 160, just beat High Kind Wolnir(probably his name) and I haven't seen signs or been summoned since the undead settlement and I really don't wanna have to kill pontiff Sullyvan allone, is it to do with my level? P.S. I'm only writing this at 2 am, I tried to play co-op around 1 pm.

      • Anonymous

        17 Aug 2017 05:13  

        OK IM VERY NEW TO DARK SOULS SO I LEVELED UP AS FAST AS POSSIBLE By getting summoned in others worlds back to back in high wall of lothric..... i am currently in road of sacrifices at level 52..... its impossible to summon or be summoned... I DIDNT KNOW IM SORRY I CANT SUMMON AND I SUCK SO I CANT PROGRESS AT ALL

        • Anonymous

          14 Aug 2017 01:32  

          I struggled to beat the game on my first ever DS3 experience (never played the other iterations). But I felt I was a bad player. After a new character restart I am now level 18 w/+1 weapon upgrade (none twinkling) and about to slap Aldrich. So now after reading this I am feeling pretty good about my game play now!

          • Anonymous

            01 Aug 2017 23:57  

            To be honest I disagree with most of these I always try to be 5-10 levels below recommended and I normally get pvp that way. Its funny actually as by pure coincidence I finished my first playthrough on this game on the exact same level as I did Dark souls 1 (that level was 63)
            Anyway I still think that most of these are too high however the weapons I always seem to get to +9 by the time I beat pontiff if not before (I do use dlc)

            • Anonymous

              01 Aug 2017 17:38  

              Regarding this list, the initial zones level range is fine, but once it hits "Smouldering lake" and so on with all those 50+, 55+ 50-60... I mean there are like 6 zones where you aren't supposed to gain more than 5 levels according to this list? doesn't make much sense to me. I've done 2 playthroughs ending around 90~ (not including dlc content) and had no problem summoning or being summoned. The only farming I did was for some weapons or to get an ember back helping someone doing a boss.

              I mean if you are 70 at the end of the game either you are really bad using up your souls or you are really effing good at this game and you are saving those souls to buy all the stuff plus duplicates.

              And this list doesn't take into account the 2 dlcs zones. The amount of souls you get killing stuff on the ringed city zone is ridiculous (after the two demons boss).

              • Anonymous

                29 Jul 2017 00:26  

                This list has to be talking about upgrading 3-5 stats. For me i like my vigor, dex, str, endurance, vitality, luck, and faith so lvl 210 looks good to me at the end of NG. Deprived class all the way.

                • Anonymous

                  17 Jul 2017 12:06  

                  huh... I was certain I over-levelled, but would you look at that.. My level is perfectly reasonable (hm.. maybe my way to high dmg comes from not levelling health at all, and having most points in strength, agi etc)

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Jul 2017 07:06  

                    Whoops. Halfway through Irithyll on first time playthrough and only level 25. Sure its a bit difficult I suppose but isn't that the point?

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Jul 2017 03:03  

                      I don't see how the levels aren't higher. For example, Last night I beat the dancer of bull*****valley and that weird seathe looking creature at around lvl 75 and had enough souls to level up twice from the dancer alone. you have to be incredibly stupid not to cash in your souls after a boss fight. Not to mention bying stuff from the shrine handmaid. I do my best not to "over level" but I guess i'm too good at keeping the souls I get and spending them accordingly.

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Jul 2017 00:04  

                        lol im still in NG and going to the grand archives at lvl 107 and thinking im not strong enough with my weapon in +10

                        • Anonymous

                          04 Jul 2017 01:26  

                          I m not sure but I think these levels should be higher (i mean should had been made higher by developers). If you dont buy A LOT of stuff or die too much and lose souls, you are guaranteed to be at least level 70 in the Grand Archives for example (assuming you do your best to not kill mobs more than once)

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Jun 2017 19:36  

                            I'm getting an absolute spanking in "Irithyll of the Boreal Valley" at level 36! Was worried until I checked this list.

                            • Anonymous

                              18 Jun 2017 21:43  

                              If this lvl progression is right i must be bad at the game. Lvl 50 and made it to the crucifixion woods bonfire with dual weilding +3 weapons. At the rate im going i might be over lvl 200 before i beat the game.

                              • Anonymous

                                29 May 2017 17:37  

                                Whenever I feel it's hard to invade in an area, I go check this list.
                                Most of the times I was underleveled..not bragging , just saying.
                                Also check what your highest upgrade on ANY kind of equipment is.. flames, staves, shields... another way of underleveling there!

                                • Anonymous

                                  27 May 2017 08:34  

                                  the list is actually really good, sl30 im roc, sl40 in cathedral, sl45 in cathacobs all insta invasions, while at sl50 in cathedral i had to wait 10 minutes to get an invasion

                                  • Anonymous

                                    19 May 2017 13:58  

                                    I have noticed the Aldricht Faithful covenant invading does not work anymore just like it did before in ng.. After the 1.14 update came out the invading is totally vanished with my 55lvl +10 weapon.. Before the update i did lots of invading as Aldricht. I know it is basically working propelry now but has anyone else noticed this?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      16 May 2017 08:47  

                                      Seeing a lot of comments about how this is way too low of a level, or that they are at 190 on NG+3. I just finished NG+5 and I am at 169, running into little to no issues getting through. Are you guys summoning people for boss battles???

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