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Ashes of Ariandel is the first of two DLCs in Dark Souls 3. It was released on October 25th.  It is recommended by the developers for players that have cleared Lothric Castle.

  • On April 21st, DARK SOULS III: The Fire Fades GOTY Edition was released, which includes the base game as well as both expansions, Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City.
  • Ashes of Ariandel launched October 25th on PS4, Xbox One and PC for $14.99, or is part of the Season Pass.
  • Initial screenshots can be found in this article.
  • Due to an error of releasing the DLC for testing, it was available for download, to owners of the Season Pass, during the patch on October 20th/21st between 1:00 UTC and 7:00 UTC. The DLC was quickly removed from the store to await its initial release date.

 

Ashes of Ariandel DLC Information

Journey to the snowy world of Ariandel and encounter new areas, bosses, enemies, weapons, armor set, magic spells and more. Will you accept the challenge and embrace the darkness once more?

"I've seen your kind, time and time again. Every fleeing man must be caught. Every secret must be unearthed. Such is the conceit of the self-proclaimed seeker of truth. But in the end, you lack the stomach. For the agony you'll bring upon yourself..."

Journey to cold and gentle Painted World of Ariandel, a home for the forlorn and the lost, and uncover the secret of the rot corrupting this land. You, the Ashen One, must show this world flame to burn the rot away. And perhaps, one day, it will house another painting, of a cold, dark, and gentle place, to make someone a goodly home.

 

How to Access the DLC

In order to access Ashes of Ariandel, players must purchase and download the DLC, then proceed to speak to an NPC at the Cleansing Chapel Cathedral of the Deep. Speak to himthen agree to be given a rotten scrap of painting at which point you will be transported to the beginning of the DLC. If you complete the events of The Ringed City before this then a piece of a painting will be at the corner of the shrine instead. Note: You do not need to do the DLC to complete the game or any of the trophies of the game.
PS4 Users: If you purchased the Season Pass, you must go to the Dark Souls 3 add-on page for Ashes of Ariandel on the PlayStation Store and download each DLC individually.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ashes of Ariandel Index

 

Ashes of Ariandel Screenshots

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    • Anonymous

      By far the worst dlc I've ever played. Glorified suicide runs for loot. Caused me to stop playing ds3 indefinitely.

      • Anonymous

        If you liked DS2 and its constant 1v10 fights, obnoxious enemy placement and hyper aggressive 2000 HP enemies, boy do I have a DLC for you!

        • Anonymous

          The environments are beautiful, and there are some cool weapons, but the amount of annoying and ganking enemies here just makes this seem more like a big chore than a legitimate challenge. There's also only one boss (the other "boss" is just a generic npc with mobs you've already faced before)

          • Anonymous

            looks pretty, but its just annoying, compared to main game experience it just feels like its designed to fck you up so you *fun* is prolonged... im just glad im through it

            • Anonymous

              I just started to play ds3, after playing fo so long ds1 and 2. I got scared after i read the reviews here about this dlc. Anyway i gave it a try at level 70 character quality build with claymore lvl 10 black knight shield lvl 5 and long bow lvl 9. If you take your time and pull one enemy at a time it is possible to pass the area and get lots of good loot. I died a few times of course but it was fun.

              • Anonymous

                This is the worst DLC in the Souls series in my opinion. Doesn't mean it's bad, it just doesn't stand up to all the other additional content FromSoftware has put out in the other games.

                • Anonymous

                  Scusate ma io non riesco a trovare l accesso. Ho finito prima the ringed city ma non so da dove si accede

                  • I've heard the biggest criticism isn't so much the quality as a lack of it. It may not have the most quantity of content, but I think what's there is fairly good. The ice aesthetic is gorgeous, Sister Friede and Father Ariandel are probably the closest things to Bloodborne if you don't have a Ps4/Ps5 to actually play Bloodborne, and a lot of the enemy designs are pretty neat.

                    • Anonymous

                      Great. Touch the picture, he said. It'll be fun, he said. I'm at level 31 and have the feeling I'm doomed.

                      • Anonymous

                        Is there no information about the first npc in the start cave? The guy that reminds Crestfallen Warrior from DS1.

                        • Anonymous

                          Beginner here: so when should I go through this? I assume that most people did it after they beat the base game. But I´m wondering if it pays to do it earlier, since you can right after reaching the Cathedral

                          • Anonymous

                            he is inside of a house in the corvian settlement he is like one of those featherless bastards except he talks if you beat the dlc and kill friede and then go back to him he gives you a titanite slab

                            • Anonymous

                              Who is "The Crow"? Why are they listed yet i can't find anything on google for them and there isn't a wiki page?

                              • Different opinions are often met with hurt feelings rather than sincere understanding of why there's criticism. So with 110% seriousness and sincerity; It's pretty, the combat and terran mix things up, it IS interesting. However it's not worth 15$, 10 max. It's short with only 2 Bosses. It was designed so that your time is spent exploring a few multi-level enviorments and looking for loot. Not time spent on actual content. 2nd) It's INTENTIONALLY designed so that several key items, weapons and access to casteble Frost Aux are placed here. Meaning it's an intentional attempt to remove stuff that should be in the regular game to goad you into buying it. This is barely above microtransaction in my eyes. If you like a game that's great but to understand how it's made means you understand better what you think is good and bad. By the way, DLC was bought for me as a gift. Otherwise I'd refused to let them or buy it all.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Just downloaded both DLC's but am a bit of way through a play through, up to the catacombs, can i still access the DLC on this playthrough or do I have to start a new one

                                  • Anonymous

                                    When DLCs are made, they're usually designed to be stand-alone experiences. What impresses me more is that both AoA and TRC are both narrative halves of each other. Each stand up on their own with their respective styles and experiences, but together they complete a new chapter. It seems so obvious and novel, but almost no other DLCs are designed to recombine like this.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      So if you go to the dreg heap first. Before you even access the painted world... gael will be gone and you cant access it..

                                      • Anonymous

                                        So in the beginning of the DLC after dying once near the cave you spawn in, I heard humming went back in the cave and found an NPC that no one seems to have listed before. He was sitting on the fly crap and was saying i should lay in it. Anyone know who this is?

                                        • They should've merge Ashes of Ariandel with The Ringed City, definetely....we would basically have The Old Hunerts 2.0, as far as the overall quality goes. I mean....6 bosses, a crapload of new stuff, the online feature....if all of this were part of a single dlc, it would have been worth the price...

                                          • Anonymous

                                            If anybody is willing to give me souls (soul of a great champion,etc) to level up my other Characters I'm willing to drop you dlc weapons pm me on psn Yousef_sonoforyx

                                            • Anonymous

                                              The reason why they made the second dlc longer and harder because they did not want to hear everyone bi-tch and complain any more.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Stop complaining and play the *****ing game. Plus dlc's are not meant to be like another game. Most dlc's are just a new mission and a new area. So stop *****ing how short the dlc is.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  why is this article so worthless? most other stuff on this site is pretty good. how about telling how to initiate the dlc? that should be obvious....

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    What's wrong with people who speedrun this as fast as they can, then complain about how short it is?
                                                    You cant even enjoy it like that.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Loved the DLC however the difficulty was a bit low even on NG+ and it was really much to short. Usually when you want more its a good thing but finishing it blind in under 3 hours felt a bit lackluster, would still recommend though.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I rushed to get to the end of the game to play the ringed city DLC and have just gotten to the slave knight gael boss fight but now i can't enter the first DLC. Any clues as to why this is happening or will killing slave knight gael just close off the first DLC for this playthrough?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Im having problems with going into the snowfield. It loads but then freezes at the loading screen help please.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I have wierd symbols(Looks like 3 embers next to each other) next to the bonfire selection, if i try to teleport somewhere. It seem to change which bonfires are affected. Does someone know what they are, and what they do? im really confused.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Can you summon people into the dlc who don't have it (like in dark souls 2)? And yeah it was a little short for dlc but it added much needed arena- which needs more maps and perhaps other modes that are more akin to d2's arena for team matches

                                                              • Bought today ... Finished it in a couple of hours.. got all new stuff.. after seeing what they did in the old hunters i expected much more.. i guess it's always 1 DLC per game but this time they split it in 2 parts just so they could milk us some more.. will think twice before buying next souls game

                                                                • I started ng+ a day before I bought dlc. now I'm just at the second boss ng+. do I have to wait until I get to the
                                                                  cathedral of the deep and talk to npc before I can enter the dlc. the cathedral isn't on my travel log anymore
                                                                  since I started ng+.
                                                                  THANKS for the HELP!

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Guys i would like to ask a question. I dowloaded and installed the dlc but when i am not connected to the Internet it says ad on must be installed again. Does it mean i have to be Online to play? Cause that really gets me angry, i mean i dowloaded the thing, why i cannot play when i'm not connected to Internet? Thanks

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I happen to think the 'anime' weapon arts were amazing. I love anime, possibly to the point where I'm considered a weeaboo. I sometimes pretend I'm playing a Dark Souls anime, and the weapon arts just make me feel like a badass. It fits perfectly, and there's no harm in having a few weapons like that.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        weapon arts are too goofy for Dark Souls. This isn't anime territory but they pushed that stuff into it without any need and goes over the top with the DLC weapons. All in all PvP feels old and uninspired. It could be so much more but all they have basically 1v1 in different variations. No capture the flag, king of the hill, castle rush. Nothing. And what is your reward to get gold in the arena? Also nothing. No armor, no weapons. In mmorpgs you call that ultra late game. When there is nothing more to explore or to do and you have to invent events for yourself because lack of content. But in Dark Souls this "ultra late game" begins after 10h...

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          The Old Hunters DLC was supposed to be 2 part as well. Patience guys. They are taking their time making the DLC worthwhile. You just enjoyed the first half of it. The second is coming and it's gonna be GLORIOUS

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            This was crap, only two bosses and practically no story at all, like even less than usual. A half understood story is all very well when you're borrowing books for free miyazaki you prick, not when you're paying 70 quid for a game

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Just a quick question, does the dlc scale with your slvl or do i need to be a high level to be able to have a chance at beating it?

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Rather disappointed with ashes especially with how better and awesome the bloodborne DLC was. Hell that was almost like s new mini game in itself I just hope they release some more stuff down the track

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  DLC was ok... a bit shallow in length, and was also a disappointment in the same regard considering no added trophies on PS4. I'm glad I picked this game up for cheap in Hastings' closing sales, otherwise I'd have felt a little more than hosed for shelling out an extra $15 for one simple level. The landscape, enemies, and items are a minute but pleasant offset to this otherwise trivial addition to DS3.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Very disappointing, took 5 hours to do everything and killed each boss first time. A complete and total disappointment

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      im struggling on new game ++ and i need help im SL 120 and i cant find any summons is no one playing anymore or am i just the wrong SL?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I have the game DS3 on PS4 and I have bought in Disck, but the dlc I have installed it in order to play it, but it didn't work out, can anyone help me and tell me how can I play the game

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I have tried everything... re downloading the game and dlc, the great rotwood was already defeated along with the deacons, i talked to velka, i went to the shrine and reloaded where gael spawns, I started new game ++ and did all of this again. HE, WILL NOT, SPAWN!!!

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I have played DS3 for quite some time and 1 thing I was really hoping for was a recovering mp system like in demon souls. I have always wanted to make a caster class but refuse to because I hate limitations.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I thought the dlc was pretty good! I enjoyed every minute of it, even the ones where my ass was getting handed to me! People complain it was too short but it felt alright. Coming from Destiny this $15 was WELL worth the purchase. In my opinion both bosses were rather tough. That blasted wolf and them fools who gotta show their final form was a good fight. Weapons are really cool too! All-In-All if youre a fan of the game youll definitely get a lot of fun out of it. Cant wait for the next dlc

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Have to redo the game to get to cathedral of the deep. Can anyone help to make it faster if so my gamer I'd is a_faccadio

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Im not sure if anyone else was having this problem but for some reason was not letting me summon anyone for friede.. maybe one person out of 30. Overall the dlc was fun but very short. My favorite part was vilhelm honestly. That was a fun area. But for how much time they had to make a 20 dollar dlc. Cmon the whole game was 60 thats 1/4 of what the game cost for 1/10 of the content. Friede was op and the gravetender was cake. The wolf was no harder than vordt. Honestly solod this in about 5 hours. Bloodbornes single dlc was much more fun and had a better story imo. Ok weapons. Theyre more just fun to mess around with especially the crow claws. But i probably wouldnt use them on a boss or npc boss. Anyway. Im looking forward to the second dlc. I just hope it has more content. And a better variety of enemies. You got this fromsoftware. Dont let me down.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Its a great DLC but short ok. but the PvP ... i know litle changes that would balance and improve it. 1 thing that would get rid of so many problems ... just add a secound skill page .. jep a secound stat page wich has a max souls lvl and only and automaticly applies wehn you enter the arena .. that would make the match making better becous you could be matched with EVERYONE and not only the ones in you lvl range. it would balance becous you could also do a max statt for Vitality so that you cant wear full havel+ an ultra great sword for example.

                                                                                                    + you could have implemented a new currency wich you get in pvP from wich you could by the +1 and+2 rings so you can do a pvP charakter without needing to do NG+ and NG++ well with the extra skill page for the arena that wouldn even be neccessary but still would be nice to get something from the PvP then just a rank.


                                                                                                    but worse is that i cant do 2v2 pvP with a friend .. that killed it for me. Arena is now well, useless to me. I Like to lvl higher so i cant find people for brawls and for a unrewardet 1 v 1 i dont need the arena we allready have our spots for pvp ...

                                                                                                    The the new spells. oh boy as soon as i found the Ice weapon buff i was like. wow you can finaly use the ice weapons .. no they arent buffable, not even with ice... so we now with the DLC have 3 ice weapons and only 1 is good to use and thats the DLC Scythe ... and i dont even know if the normal scythe does apply ice or only the 2t one in the weapon art

                                                                                                    and the offensive ice spell is a misst wich is quiet useless unless you PvE enemy is weak to ice or the PvP Enemy just stands still in it ...

                                                                                                    I like the kontent it hase but some things are just Unnecessarily bad little changes and it would have been awesome without complaints

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