Endings for Dark Souls 3 refer to the events that ocurr leading to and after the final boss battle, before initiation of New Game Plus cycles. There are four endings in the game and three trophies/achievements available to unlock. Endings "2" and "3" listed belong to 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 Shrine. 
  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 the Firekeeper after obtaining Soul of the Firekeeper.  The Purging stone and Velka Statue are safe to use, however. 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", which will have Anri set up a gravestone for Horace.
    2. Otherwise, choose "say nothing". If Horace is still alive and you inform Anri of his whereabouts in Smouldering Lake, Anri will later 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 step 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

      I'm a bit confused about the last ending. Yoel dies only if you enter the Catacombs? And why does the guide say that the questline ends prematurely since Yoel's death is a core part of it?

      Also, is it possible to kill SoC before Gael, or does killing SoC lock you out of the DLC?

      • I think gael is more fitting of a final boss for lord of hollows while soul of cinder is more fitting for end of fire and linking the flame

        • Anonymous

          ENDING QUESTION.
          I did just get into ng++ doing "usurpation of fire" ending in my ng+. So I still have dark sigils on me.
          I was wondering if I can do the normal ending even with dark sigils on me. Since thats the last ending Im missing I wanna be sure about it.
          If so, I would like to know if I can recruit yoel as well so I can lvl up those 5 free lvls and get the normal ending or it is nedeed to get off the dark sigils.

          • Anonymous

            Potentially worth noting unless I'm the only one that got worried about this:
            For the Usurpation ending, when you're about to interact with the fire at the end, it somewhat confusingly still says "link the fire" as the command, despite that being exactly what you don't want to do. But that DOES lead to the Usurpation ending if you've taken the proper steps.

            • Anonymous

              Doesn't giving Firekeeper soul locks out usurpation of fire ending ? You need to remove point 1 for getting all endings.

              • Anonymous

                Bought this game and all the DLC's on sale a year ago but never had the time to play

                Flash forward to me binging this game over winter break before heading back to college, this game creates such an awesome atmosphere between visuals, movesets and soundtrack. Got ending two, time to go for #1 and #3

                Thank you, Dark Souls. For real tho

                • Anonymous

                  After two weeks of fighting the soul of cinder I don't care what ending I got. I'm just glad i can say I beat this unnecessarily hard game

                  • Anonymous

                    Given that the Dark Souls games apparently take place in a multiverse, all of the endings are canon. I never played two, but the Untended Graves in Dark Souls 3 could be the outcome of refusing to link the flame in Dark Souls 1. Incidentally, it is apparent that the fire is supposed to eventually fade, but that the cycle is unending. The great ocean that Aldritch dreamt about is most likely the coming of a new age of ancients, which would replenish the world and give a new flame kindling. It's essentially what happens in life: Something dies, it's body goes into the ground and provides nutrients to the soil, and new things are born from it. It is a perpetual cycle, but Gwynn keeping the flame going ate up all the nutrients, humanity, causing the world to decay. Now the cycle will be able to finish and restore the world.

                    • Anonymous

                      So that's why i didn't get the End of Fire ending achievement cause when the firekeeper said kill me and snatch these eye at me so i killed her. damn.

                      • Anonymous

                        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

                          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

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

                            • Anonymous

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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

                                              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

                                                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

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I've been playing this game since it came out. I seem to have just discovered a fifth ending. Do End of Fire, and rather than killing the Firekeeper, walk away from her. The game skips the little bit of dialogue she gives when the screen goes black. Not very exciting, but still a different ending.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Just do the steps to get all 4 endings available.
                                                    Kill the soul of cinder
                                                    Quit the game
                                                    Upload saved game to USB storage
                                                    Do one ending, get trophy
                                                    Quit game
                                                    Overwrite saved data with USB stick
                                                    Do another ending
                                                    Get another trophy
                                                    And so on....

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Mfw no achievement for killing the fire keeper and i have to do an entire new playthrough to get the ending steam achievement.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        #6 is part 1 and 2 is one of the most confusing things ive ever read. Finding this somewhere else. Proof read please.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I hate that the Hollow ending is locked behind mandatory levels. Is it wrong to want the chance to choose between all the endings without locking myself out of one? Also It doesn't feel the same without Yuria, and I like having all NPCs at Firelink.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            This might seem like a stupid idea, but what if, at the last cutscne of End of Fire, your character is equipped in a way that they can't attack? Like having an unusable spell and twohanding a spell tool? I got this curiosity after triggering this ending by throwing a Sunlight Spear at the firekeeper

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I feel like the correct ending is to let the fire fade, everyone seems so tired of the linking of the flame.
                                                              Linking the flame only prolongs the inevitable and all the gods are dead, it's time for a new age, even if it means the ashen one and fire keeper must live through all that time since it's their duty to link the fire

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                How to get all 4 endings, 1. Obtain firekeeper soul and give it to the firekeeper. This will allow her to heal your Dark Sigils.
                                                                Is that not out of order there? Won't that void the Usurpation of Fire ending?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  So here is a scenario, I summon Yuria (Did all of her quests), but I give the firekeeper eyes to the firekeeper. When I defeat SoC, can I still collect Yuria's stuff after doing The End of Fire ending?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    To the Sun Bros still playing the game and helping out, thank you. Just finished my first playthrough of DS3 and this has been the first time I've experienced the multiplayer aspect of the games to this extent.

                                                                    Cheers.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I have cleared the game first time with the "Usurpation of Fire" ending, but I want the the two shades to help me um the other endings to fight against Soul of Cinder. Can I do the entire questline of Yuria, summon her to the final battle and return to Firelink Shrine to cure the Dark Sigils to do the other two endings? Or is this not possible?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        for anyone else wondering the same, you can kill the boss, touch the flame, and not start NG+. it lets you pick to stay in NG and start NG+ at firelink shrine instead.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          going for ending 4. at what point can you collect yurias gear before or after touching the fire? does touching the fire automatically send you into a newgame?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Hmm... I've been thinking lately about letting the fire fade and then I remembered the sunless realms (world in which we help sirris), it is as the name suggests sunless and therefore dark as if the fire faded, flame gives light and this reminded me about a certain spell from ds1, a spell which in that part of the trilogy was to be frank quite useless but it's description had an interesting information in it: "Light is time". Hmm... If light is time and the world without flame has no light then, wouldn't the "Letting flames fade" ending make the world in fact timeless? What I mean by this is: if you let fire subside in ds1 then it's no wonder we don't see it in any other game, because in those world's time stopped flowing. Sorry if this makes no sense.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I did the wedding and got terrified when my character stabbed her face with the avowal sword jesus im only 9 years old no joke

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I just killed Horace in smoldering lake and went back to Anri but she not there only a glowing light on the ground is did i do something wrong by chance or should I continue and and see if she’s at the church

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Can I still summon Yuria in the final boss fight in step 4 of "How to get all 4 endings in one playthrough ( Can only choose one in the end though )" ?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    What if you've already talked to anri twice and killed the priests before getting the dark sigils? Does it mess up the ending?

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Does anyone know if there is a point where you cannot perform the wedding ceremony? Assuming all the prerequisite steps are done, could you get married just before soul of cinder? Or is there a boss/event that fails the quest outside of the above mention steps. Thanks

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        So I accidentally killed the abyss watchers before the deacons did I just fail the usurpation of fire ending?

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I wish Yoel didn't make you increase your level. I'm doing the fourth ending but I'm already in NG+ and I don't want my level to be any higher.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            how we should get the 4 endings if we have to give firekeeper soul and heal the dark sigils? this will disrupt the progress of usurpation of fire ending

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Can I give the Fire Keeper her soul to cure my dark sigils after going through with the 4th ending? I'm going through the Usurpation of Fire ending, but before I enter NG+, I want to know if I can heal my dark sigils after getting that ending.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I acidently just gave the firekeeper eyes of a firekeeper, but I want to get the usurpation ending!! what do i do??

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  So I’m confused , I’ve done every ending except the one where you kill the firekeeper, do you kill her during a cut scene or before, I don’t understand and if you do kill her how?!!!

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    So I summoned Yuria for the last boss fight, she survived, but neither armor nor blade was at the summoning place..

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      so I did the usurpation of fire ending and killed the soul of cinder, and summoned Yuria and she had died during the fight and when I went back to firelink shrine she was still alive, did I do something wrong?

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Pls help i have a question.. In Ending 4 part 7. was mentioned that i can't kill anything in area of church but what is meant by area? First thing was ambush of something like garden next to/behind that church.. am i screwed now?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Holy***** the full screen ads on mobile are out of control. Where can we complain about this with visibility?

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            If you kill friede before soul of cinder and don’t talk to yuria before you usurp the fire, she doesn’t die and still thinks you didn’t usurp the flame. I can’t find the dark drift anywhere

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I need someone to explain me the Ending 3. Why I have to kill the fire keeper, What is the purpose? I don't get it

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                alright now i’m confused. when you usurp the flame for the sable church, what exactly are you doing? i thought the sable church wanted the age of dark to come about and wanted you to let the flame die as opposed to linking it again. how is that different from the firekeeper letting the flame die out

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  on my first playthrough, i messed up pretty much every questline in the game. The one thing i don't like about this game, are that the NPC questlines are not very straightforward

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    you know, i really love how miyazaki sets up quest lines, very straightforward and not hard at all to follow, impossible to miss. like to get this 1 item for a trophy, first of all you must talk to this npc five times and specifically say no when asked a question, because if you say yes they'll move elsewhere and you'll be locked out of the quest line until ng+!! then, you have to go to this very obscure part of this poison swamp and help them fight an impossible miniboss and make sure you don't get them killed, otherwise you're also screwed! and next, after the npc moves somewhere else, make sure you defeat this certain enemy in an area but if you defeat the main boss, they'll be dead, also make sure you communicate with them before obtaining this rare item from another npc, otherwise they'll be hostile and they'll kill another important npc, which will leave you with not one but 2 messed up quest lines!!!! and when you finally succeed the npc's quest line, the reward is a miracle that you'll never use in the game at all!

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Sometimes i think that we are all just a bunch of fools trying to stop the inevitable. The abyss is unstoppable, the world ends, and there will always be more undead, because after all is said and done and even the gods are no more, the only thing remaining in this world are those who were cursed. It's a sad story really, humanity never got the chance to fully blossom, meanwhile gods have brought this world to ruin, with their schemes and lies they turned people against themselves. Children of the Abyss(Karla)? Holy Knights? oh please those names are just different types of shackle put on humans by those who want to rule. Dragons, Giants, Humans, Pygmies, noone stood against Gwyn and his fears, save for darkwraiths who tried to do something, well i dont deny that they may be evil, but a whole city was sunk in order to stop them, showing us that Lord of Sunlight would sacrifice many innocent lifes just so his rule remains unthreatened, tell me again, who's evil here?... even as a king he was the enemy. Ages passed and now we are left with a world broken beyond repair... but there may still be some hope for us. Because somewhere in the depths of a burning, yet cold painting, a girl is waiting for her uncle to return with pigment, so she could draw a better world for all of those left behind.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Idk how so many people accidentally killed her.. i just tried to get that ending as ive done all the others, spamming r1 and r2, but nothing.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          FFS I think my usurpation of fire ending is broken or something. I talked to anri. afterward that I whent off and killed the rest of the bosses without entering the smouldering lake. then I went into the smouldering lake and killed horace. where is anri???? not at the church. not in the catacombs??? excuse me??

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            I just finished the 4th achievement but when I go back to the fire link shrine Yuria of Londor is still standing there and I thought her gear would be there and it's not! What is going on?

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