Burial Gifts return in Dark Souls 3, just like the previous Souls games. One can be chosen by the player at the beginning of the game as sort of an extra bonus to help them get going. There are 9 gifts to choose from in total. All of the starting gift items are obtainable in-game, meaning these gifts provide a temporary advantage. A gift can only be chosen at the start of the first NG. The player may also opt to take none of these gifts during character creation.

Life Ring Life Ring  Ring set with a small red jewel. Raises Maximum HP.
Divine Blessing Warm, blessed holy water. Fully restores HP and cures ailments.
Hidden Blessing Pure, blessed holy water. Fully restores FP.
Black Firebomb
Black Firebomb x5
Firebomb charged with a special block. An uncouth gift for the departed.
Fire Gem Fire Gem Material used to upgrade fire weapons. More appropriate for a warrior than pretty trinkets.
Sovereignless Soul1 The sovereignless soul of one who slept beside you. Use to acquire many souls.
Rusted Coin Gold Coin x7 Burial item for good fortune after death. Greatly increases item discovery for a short while.
Cracked Red Eye Orb Cracked Red Eye Orb x4 Online play item. One use only. Become a dark spirit and invade another world.
Young White Branch Young White Branch Branch of a young white birch, perhaps an offering of peace. Can be used to blend into environment, but only once.

Notes for Players choosing Gift

For PvE the best options are the Life Ring, the Fire Gem or the Sovereignless Soul.

Everything else is either easily obtainable fairly early on, plentiful later in the game, or nearly useless until it can be obtained mid or late game.

The Fire Gem seems tempting, and rightfuly so, it's definitely an excellent choice for people who would like to focus on survival or magic stats, as the fire gem offers good damage but no scaling. Surprising amount of early found weapons scale well into the late game, for example Knight's starting long sword. Even if you go the damage fist path for at least few hours you won't match damage offered by this infusion. Otherwise firegem infusion is obtainable in the early mid game.

Early on, it is much more helpful to have the little buffer of health (especially versus Iudex Gundyr) or an extra level or two once you reach Firelink Shrine than having an extra Young White Branch, Rusted Gold Coin, or even a Divine Blessing. 

The Young White Branch grants immediate friendship with the Giant Archer of the Undead Settlement, removing the need of talking the archer.

1The "Sovereignless Soul" shows up as the "Soul of a Nameless Soldier" if chosen. Both will grant 2,000 souls if used.

    • Anonymous

      14 May 2019 18:54  

      My ranking of the Burial Gifts. (My opinion) - 9: Cracked Red Eye Orb Only for PvP and nothing else. Personally not into PvP. - 8/7: Devine and Hidden Blessings Two really good healing items that are an absolute waste if used early on. Seriously, don’t waste you choice on these. - 6: Young White Branch Fun for a few seconds. Only useful for PvP. - 5: Fire Gem For those who like adding a little something special to your weapons, but they’re better imbuing gems later in the game depending on your class. - 4: Life Ring Good for tanks like the Warrior and Knight class but I wouldn’t pick it up here since you can easily pick it up at the Handmaiden for cheap. - 3: Gold Coins Not really useful early with enemies that drop pretty much crap, but good later on. - 2: Black Firebomb Amazing item against Indux Gundyr do to his fire weakness, as well as the Pus of Man enemies you’ll encounter early on. - 1: Sovereignless Soul 2000 free Souls to get a few free levels or some items early on. YES PLEASE.

      • 24 Jan 2019 14:38  

        Literally the only useful items are Young White Branch, Firegem and Gold Coins. Everything else is either easy to find or cheap to get later. God knows CREOs are Garbo, since you can just go to Edgier Marvelous Chester near the top throne and get the full REO quest, Sovereignless Soul is for cowards that can’t put up with being equal in level to High Wall enemies, Divine and Hidden blessings are both worthless until NG+ when the damage taken to damage healed ratio isn’t in your favor any more, YWB is literally worthless unless you plan on never talking to the Giant Archer, Black Firebombs are for cowards that can’t fight Gundyr or Vordt like men, and Life Ring is trash. At least Gold Coins are rare af and Firegem serves a legitimate purpose without oversimplifying the High Wall and Undead Settlement.

        • Anonymous

          19 Aug 2018 22:48  

          For colletionists the Young White Branch is an absolute must, since it has a unique description. Avoid: anything else. If you're just a hoarder, the Hidden Blessing or the Young White Branch, since they're both the only items that can't be farmed (young white branches can't be farmed in general, I'm not nitpicking because the one given as a burial gift is theoretically unique). Avoid: anything else. A PVEer should, in my opinion, opt for the Life Ring (if they're really desperate for protection), Fire Gem (if they chose a class they're not confident with) or the Sovereignless Soul (if they don't know what to do and just want a safe option). Avoid: Young White Branch (it's possible to recover it without penalties if you're smart to go to the tower first) A PVPer instead should choose Life Ring or Fire Gem (if they decide to twink a little in the first areas), Divine or Hidden blessing (depending on the class, to have an extra advantage) or the Cracked Red Eye Orb (if they're really that desperate for competition before passing literally the first area). Avoid: Sovereignless Soul since it would just raise your matchmaking level. I would reserve the Gold Coins and the Black Firebombs for someone who's trying something specific like quickly (or while low level) making a build that requires a low drop rate item or to defeat early a high tier enemy.

          • Anonymous

            11 Nov 2017 08:56  

            honestly, you're better off choosing the gold coins or one of the blessings because there's only a finite amount of them available per playthrough (they can't be farmed). the other items are slightly useful early, but can all be obtained later on, and are pretty much insignificant in the grand scheme of things. my advice is just pick these up for rare swag points honestly.

            • Anonymous

              12 Oct 2017 00:18  

              The life ring is somewhat late game, and the slight extra health means you may take 1 additional hit in most cases.
              An invaluable bonus for a game such as this

              • Anonymous

                25 Sep 2017 18:01  

                I'm big on leveling up quickly, so I just went for the Sovereignless Soul. I guess the fact that I almost always equip myself with the Shield of Want and my strongest Silver Covetous Serpent Ring reflects that pretty strongly.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Sep 2017 17:14  

                  In my eyes the fire gem is most useful. ... You cannot use it for the first area (cementry of ashes & Iudex Gundyr) but afterwards, it almost double your attack rate, many enemies at the beginning are very weak to fire damage and last but not least, it seems that it is much more easy to stagger some enemies, if your weapon causes fire damage.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Sep 2017 19:04  

                    Following the thought of the comment below me, I'm guessing the ashen estus ring was our original burial gift for becoming an unkindled. I like to think we pretty much grave-robbed ourselves and took the ring when we go back in time to the Untended Graves. Then the gift we choose at character creation is the gift we left for ourselves in exchange.

                    If you left a;

                    Life Ring - *****ing pointless, embers fill that shtick, does the job better than 4 normal or 3 +3 Life Rings. Embers are consumable, but can be pretty much farmed.
                    Divine/Hidden Blessing - no one uses these consumables. It's the ol' 'this looks important/hard to get, I'll keep it for later' RPG superstition/mindset.
                    Black Firebomb - smart choice, Iudex Gundyr on easy peasy mode. It's lube for players new to Souls.
                    Fire Gem - another smart choice, can't use it for Gundyr, but useful in Cathedral of the Deep area. This lube only starts to take effect +6hrs later, but lasts longer.
                    Sovereignless Soul - *****ing cheap ass, you are a strict asian parent to your past self.
                    Gold Coin - Kudos, you gave yourself lottery tickets, but the grand prize is $25, and you only have 7 tries at 15% chance of winning.
                    Young White Branch - lube for a small specific area. Keeps giant archer dad from raping you with 7ft poles for arrows in the ass.
                    Cracked Red Eye Orb - Lawful evil alignment, being a douche by doing what the game allows you to do.
                    Nothing - Player characters in Dark Souls have always been douches. Douche to the NPCs, douche to the bosses, douche to Priscilla and her fluffy tail, and douche to other players by invasion. Choosing nothing means you're a douche even to yourself.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Jul 2017 05:39  

                      I tried going for the white tree branch and I don't think I'll ever use another gift again. Giant Bae will never leave me <3

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Jun 2017 19:55  

                        I like how the wiki states the best gifts are all something you can either get very early in the game, or as soon as you start... lol. The Black Firebombs are nice, but you get 5 regular Firebombs that you shouldn't even need to use against Gundyr 5 minutes into the game. Sorry, but the Young White Branch is the Master Key of DS3.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Jan 2017 02:43  

                          Fire gem is the best hands down, the damage it gives (infused) is a game changer for new players at least for Highwall and the better half of Undead Settlement.

                          • Anonymous

                            Use Gold Coins To Get Symbol of Avarice Before Vordt16 Jul 2016 12:43  

                            If you are lucky you can get the symbol of avarice very early on in the game, letting you get way more souls. Just get the two undead hunter charms in a vase early on. After that use the gold coins and undead hunter charms on the mimic chest the deep battle axe is in. It does work. If you can't get it there, wait until you get the paladins ashes and buy more undead hunter charms. It lets you level up way faster. If you jump on the firelink shrine roof using the tree, you can get the silver serpent ring early too, giving you even more. It makes the game super easy. Just kill the bosses, then hurry up and swap on the soul boost gear.

                            • Anonymous

                              My advice07 Jul 2016 18:15  

                              Gold coins x 7 or Fire Gem, don't bother the others since they are not rare and these 2 options are considers as rare.

                              • Anonymous

                                Young white branch30 Jun 2016 17:32  

                                The giant at the top of the tower in the undead settlement won't shoot you when your go to pick up the items, and him shooting the enemies at all three places, at the cleansing chapel, The crab near the keep ruins, and the little area near the dilapidated bridge, it helps out a ton, especially if you don't remember going up to him in person to get the young white branch, and if you accidentally use it, then you can just get another one from him.

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