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


    • 13 Mar 2018 11:06  

      Ahh i know pain. SL 15 +1 and just made it to Anor Londo and oh boy cant wait for the next phase bosses. All just to be a low level invader. Praise in Dark Hand and infused weapons

      • Anonymous

        03 Mar 2018 17:46  

        Im SL76 and Im a complete noob rn with a +8 weapon and i was wondering that if i do NG+ would there be new items that would be useful to get?or would it not be even worth it?

        • Anonymous

          21 Feb 2018 05:30  

          So I'm SL172 and I'm still on NG (No plus) because I was doing the game with my friends and they both decided to make new characters and I didn't so I did it with them again + farmed lots of souls... So would I need to get to NG++ for more common summons by randoms since I'm way higher than what I'm apparently supposed to be?

          • Anonymous

            18 Feb 2018 03:17  

            SL75 with a +8 weapon and only just got to Consumed King's Garden.

            Been seeing fewer and fewer summon signs and messages around places the more I advanced, even when being embered. Anything involving PvP such as invasions or being summoned as a blue spirit happened way less as well.

            I don't know if I'm overleveled or if the areas themselves just didn't have players with an optimal level range at the time I went through them.

            Eitherway it just felt lonely...

            • Anonymous

              31 Jan 2018 02:04  

              On my first (and hopeless) playthrough, I chose Deprived and died frequently. After getting to SL20, I gave up and started a second playthrough as a knight.

              I was concerned about getting plowed to death by Vordt, so I grinded for about 5 days until I was SL61. Nothing was really challenging until Irithyll.

              Moral of the story, if it takes over 15 minutes of grinding for one level, you should probably move on.

              • Anonymous

                21 Jan 2018 14:14  

                Meta SL were higher in the past. 80-90 on Peak and Kiln for example. You might think veterans cause the decrease in SL. But it's the opposite. More and more casuals are carried through the game with 1 to 3 buddies. Me too had hosts literaly sitting around in the boss room. Expecting the victory delivered to them on a silver platter.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Nov 2017 14:27  

                  This DS3 seems so easy compared to previous ones or Demons souls. My 3½ year old just killed pontiff yesterday at ng+ SL119 without rolling or shielding. He had Anri there to tank ofc and I kept saying when to quaff estus but still.. Oh those times when one tried to make demons world totally white or dark and then beat phantoms.. those were the times

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Oct 2017 11:06  

                    I am sl 30 at anor londo, with weapon +6 upgrade. I cannot see summon signs and i can also rarly now invade. Why is this happening?

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Oct 2017 02:25  

                      Did dancer when i was sl41 went back and did everything until catacombs then went for Lotheric Castle (my weapon got to 9 @the castle) did the dragonslayer and went back for pontiff @ sl73 :) #2ez4me

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Oct 2017 04:02  

                        Hmm running through catacombs with a +2 uchigatana and soul level 36... well that'd explain why I had to take it slower... maybe I'll level some lol.

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Oct 2017 20:29  

                          I've kept within the level ranges throughout each area but my highest weapon upgrade is still +1. Could that be why I'm not seeing any summon signs anywhere despite being embered and online? Do people actually follow this?

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Oct 2017 17:03  

                            I'm on ng+3 at SL 274, and killed the soul of cinder in a few minutes, how should the dlc be for me? (All stats 40+)

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Sep 2017 04:13  

                              Im level 1 at fillianores rest trying to beat gael, use to get invasions cause i had the watchdog covenant but now my weapons are upgraded to high. Wondering if you put the high lvl weapons in ur item box if it would allow for more pvp.

                            Load more