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

      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

                    Is this worth buying? Someone told me it was bad a while ago, but it looks fun and has some cool weapons.

                    • 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.

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