Endings for Dark Souls 3 refer to the events that ocurr leading to and after the final boss battle, before initiation New Game Plus cycles. There are four endings in the game and three trophies/achievements available to unlock. Endings "2" and "3" listed belong are the same achievement/trophy, as they are simple variations of each other.


Ending 1: To Link The First Flame

  1. Kill the Soul of Cinder and link the first flame.


Ending 2: The End of Fire

  1. Obtain the Eyes of the Firekeeper from the Untended Graves' Firelink Shrine. 
  2. Give them to the Firekeeper and exhaust her dialogue. Make sure to select "yes" when prompted.
  3. Kill the Soul of Cinder, and summon the Firekeeper via the summoning sign. It's next to bonfire.
    1. Can either watch the cutscene, or attack the Firekeeper in the final moments . Each has different results and you will NOT unlock the ending achievement if you kill the Firekeeper.


Ending 3: "Unkindled Ending" (Variation of ending #2)

  1. Complete the steps above but kill the fire keeper during the last moments of the cutscene.
  2. No achievement for this ending


Ending 4: Usurpation of Fire

  1. Find Yoel of Londor  near the Foot of the High Wall bonfire. Recruit him and talk to him at the Firelink. 
  2. Request his "strength" by allowing him to level you up. Do this all five times. One level per two deaths. Must be done before killing the Abyss Watchers. Doing this will cause the door to the catacombs to open, and upon entering kills off Yoel. This will cause a premature ending to the questline. Also NEVER cure your Hollowing, by talking with Firekeeper after obtaining Soul of the Firekeeper. Purging stone and Velka Statue are OK. You should receive 5 dark sigils from him. Note: You can "cure" your hollowing via Purging Stone. This gives you your human appearance whilst keeping your dark sigils. This doesn't impact this path. So long as you DO NOT cure the dark sigil via Firekeeper.
  3. Find Anri of Astora  at the Halfway Fortress bonfire. Exhaust all dialogue.
    1. Speak to them again at the Firelink Shrine after killing the Deacons of the Deep.
  4. Find Anri in the Catacombs of Carthus in a hallway next to the first rolling skeleton ball. Exhaust all dialogue. 
    1. Choose dialogue option "no".
    2. Never tell Anri of Horace's whereabouts.
  5. Enter the  Smouldering Lake and kill Horace in the cave. 
    1. To find the cave, hug the right wall when entering the lake.
  6. Find Anri on the path near the wooden bridge before the High Lord Wolnir boss.  Exhaust all dialogue. 
    1. If you killed Horace beforehand, choose dialogue option "Tell Anri of Smouldering Lake" will have Anri setting up a gravestone for Horace.
    2. Otherwise, choose "say nothing", if Horace was Alive and Anri headed to Smouldering Lake, Anri will be found dead.
  7. Find Anri at the Church of Yorksha fire. Exhaust all dialogue. DO NOT kill the pilgrim/assassin in the corner of the room disguised as a statue.  (NOTE: Even after Anri leaves, the pilgrim/assassin may still be there disguised as one of the statues.  Don't attack anything in that area until you have progressed past number 8 (wedding)).
  8. After killing Pontiff Sulyvahn, speak to Yuria at the Firelink Shrine. Exhaust all dialogue options using talk. 
    1. If done correctly she will tell you your spouse awaits you at the Temple of the Darkmoon. (If she won't mention the wedding, try warping to the pontiff's bonfire and using that to warp back to Firelink Shrine).
  9. Perform the "wedding" ceremony in the Darkmoon tomb. The tomb is located behind a false statue in the room before the rotating tower to Anor Londo.
    1. Talk to the Pilgrim NPC and accept the sword. Use the sword on your spouse and receive 3 dark sigils. You should have 8 Dark Sigils by now.
  10. After talk to Yuria one last time at the Firelink Shrine, She will congratulate you on your ceremony and tell you to link the fire. (She will tell you to link the fire if you've put all four remains of Lords of Cinder and unlocked the final area even if you haven't performed the wedding rites with Anri; this does not mean you can skip the wedding rites).
  11. Kill the Soul of Cinder and touch the fire. Enjoy. (Do not summon the Firekeeper if you gave her the Firekeeper Eyes as it will activate the "End of the Fire" ending.)
  12. BONUS: Go where Yuria stood to collect her gear (Black set and Darkdrift). (Only if you summoned her for the final boss).


How to get all 4 endings in one playthrough ( Can only choose one in the end though )

  1. Obtain the Firekeeper Soul and give it to the Firekeeper. This will allow her to heal your Dark Sigils.
  2. Do Step 1 and 2 of Ending 2.
  3. Do Step 1-10 of Ending 4.
  4. Kill the Soul of Cinder. You should be able to see the Firekeeper summon sign. You can safely exit the Kiln without disrupting your progress.
  5. Obtain enough souls to heal the Dark Sigils.
  6. At this point, you have all the prerequisites to do any of the endings. You can freely choose one and continue to NG+
  7. Follow these steps to obtain any of the endings:
    1. Ending 1: Heal your Dark Sigils, then interact with the first flame.
    2. Ending 2: Summon the Firekeeper.
    3. Ending 3: Summon the Firekeeper, then attack her.
    4. Ending 4: Simply interact with the first flame.

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    • Anonymous

      02 Aug 2021 17:42  

      Why does "Betrayal Ending" link to this page, then the term "Betrayal Ending" is not used for any of these endings? Which one is the "Betrayal Ending"? Why link it here with that term and not the actual term used here to identify which ending it is?

      • Anonymous

        27 Jul 2021 20:27  

        Just my two cents but the Usurpation of Fire ending shows us that the curse has been broken seeing that the sun goes from red to white (perhaps humanity?) even the Unkindled ending where you steal the flame has a red ecylpse so its clearly that simply not rekindling turns the world dark but something regarding the dark sigils breaks the curse and through that ends the cycle, love to hear more but i doubt we'll ever get a conclusion.

        • Anonymous

          20 Jul 2021 01:11  

          So I can cure my hollowing through the velka statue but not through the firekeeper? This is accurate yeah?

          • Anonymous

            11 Jul 2021 13:23  

            Secret 5th Ending:
            You, Gael and Patches, the last three sane humans piss on the flame and let it die along with all of Gwyn's dreams

            • Anonymous

              24 May 2021 13:32  

              Happy to notice anri lives as a hollow in the fourth ending (he/she shows up in the final cutscene kneeling with the other hollows).
              Surprised that the marrying ritual was actually effective in the end.

              • Anonymous

                18 May 2021 02:26  

                There should be a secret ending boss fight whereby firekeeper steal the 5 flames of the 5 lords as they are descending, thus starting the secret final boss fight!

                • Anonymous

                  25 Apr 2021 17:11  

                  So can I get the 5 free level ups from Yoel but still be able to get To Link The First Flame or The End Of Fire without healing my dark sigils?

                  I'm just making sure beforehand so that I don't have to end up shelling out over 1 million souls to avoid the Usurpation ending.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Apr 2021 21:49  

                    To be honest, I kind of feel bad for the firekeeper in the 3rd ending. I went with that ending and when I saw that you *SPOILER ALERT* step on her head, it broke my heart. I absolutely loved the firekeeper and seeing myself betray her after all those things she did for me...

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Apr 2021 02:54  

                      I wonder, what does the protagonist become after usurpin the Flame? I mean, the four Lord Souls are a tiny part of that Flame and those Four were powerful enough to literally reshape the world. Now, Ashen One consumes the whole Flame, even if it's very weak at that time. What is he after that?

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Apr 2021 22:36  

                        So if I were to do all these steps:
                        • aquire the summon sign for the Firekeeper,
                        • upload my game via PS+ before the fight,
                        • beat The Soul of Cinder without her,
                        • download my game,
                        • and then summon her for the fight,
                        I can get both trophies for endings 1 and 2 in one play through right? This is basically what I did to get the Bloodborne platinum. I already have the trophy for ending 4.

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Mar 2021 01:23  

                          Well did my ng++ with this ending now... i thought finally i get the platinum trophy but nope i just missed to exhaust 1 Dialog Option with anri and missing 1 Gesture =/ a whole new ng+++ for 1 gesture ... but the game is great =)

                          • Anonymous

                            03 Mar 2021 12:29  

                            there is actually a "mistake" here you dont have to kill Horace to get ending 4 i got it in my first playtrough without even finding him

                            • Anonymous

                              13 Feb 2021 20:41  

                              I just finished my first playthrough, and got the usurpation of fire ending without even knowing the steps :P, i screamed and cried and pooped

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