Farming locations in Dark Souls 3 are places where players can efficiently work for items and souls. 


Farming Information

To increase soul farming, equip the Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Mendicant's Staff  and/or Shield of Want.

All soul farming methods can be improved by equipping the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (10% at+1 to 35% at +3 - found before starting NG+ if you have The Ringed City DLC), the Shield of Want (20%), the Mendicant's Staff (20%), and the Symbol of Avarice (50%), which - when all pieces are equipped - will increase the total number of souls gained for killing enemies 237.60% (291.6% with CSSR+3). The buff works by multiplying the number of souls dropped by the smallest multiplier (buff) first and then multiplying the product of that calculation by the next smallest buff, etc, for all items that increase the buff. As an example, say you have equipped the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (10% buff or a multiplier of 1.10) and the Symbol Avarice (50% or 1.50). If an enemy that drops 1000 souls is killed, the number of souls gained will be 1000*1.10=1100 and then 1100*1.50=1650. The total buff, to simplify future calculations, would be 1650÷1000= 1.65 (165%) so instead of two calculations just multiply: (number of souls dropped)*1.65=(increased number of souls gained by buff.

To increase item drops, equip the Crystal Sage's Rapier, Covetous Gold Serpent Ring, and Symbol of Avarice. You can also use  Rusted Coin  or Rusted Gold Coin, although only the first one is unlimited in NPC 'shops'.


Farming Item Location Notes
Souls Every Main Boss Room and Pontiff Bonfire

By far the best way to get tons of souls is to just bossrush through every mandatory boss then go to next NG when you get used to it each run takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours and nets out a whopping 1.2 mil on just NG+ with no soul boosting items so with soul boosting items you get about 4 mil and goes up from there plus its a lot more fun than sitting in one spot grinding nonstop and when you get bored just start to PvP at pontiff because at that point you get about 4% of the souls you need to lvl if you are an invader and 15% if you are a host being invaded so depending on how good you are at PvP you can get 1 lvl every 15 min including waiting to invade or be invaded and loading times and the occasional loss and also along with getting souls you also get boss souls you can go for Titanite Slab if you decide to spend an extra 10 min and you can get an extra 5 free lvls every NG from Yoel so this is by far the fastest method to get lvls and since there are 2 that don't require nonstop farming it ends up being really fun to do and I can do them both for hours considering I have 3 max lvl characters using this method.

Souls Lothric Castle Bonfire

Probably the best and easiest farming spot. Just kill the knight right next to the bonfire, rest, and repeat. If you use Shield of Want, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Symbol of Avarice and the Mendicant's Staff (just switch to it right after you killed the knight) you'll receive 5900 souls per run (approximately 15-20 seconds) and a load of items (use the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring to optimize this method!) you can sell afterwards for even more souls. On a SL 100 build 240,000 souls per 10 minutes are no problem to achieve.

Large Titanite Shard Lothric Castle Bonfire

Chance of dropping Sunlight Medal, Ember and Titanite Chunk as well. Repeatedly kill the Lothric Knight walking away. Using the Symbol of Avarice here is also ideal as you are right next to the bonfire. 2-3 Great Chaos Fire Orbs will kill the knight with the Witch's Ring.

Also a good place to farm souls.With the Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, and Shield of Want this method yields 15000 souls/min, including stopping to pick up items. (With Coventous Serpent Silver Ring and Shield of Want, including picking up items: about ~95k souls per 10 minutes) Large Titanite Shards can be sold to Shrine Handmaiden for 300 souls each, so full stack (99) is worth nearly 30k souls.

Souls Anor Londo Bonfire

One of the best places for souls. Go up the stairs from the Bonfire, lure down the first Spear Silver Knight. Once dealt with lure down the Sword Silver Knight. Go right through the arch to encounter a red eye Sword Silver Knight. With Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Shield of Want, and the Symbol of Avarice, killing the spear and sword knight on the stairs gets you 9900, and takes 32-45 seconds as a SL100 pyromancer. The red eye will give you 7920, totaling 17820, but will add 15-25 seconds per run. I found that if you can quickly(within 25sec) kill the first 2, it's worth it to add the 3rd. If the RNG gives you trouble on the first 2, just skip the 3rd and run back to bonfire.

With Black Bow of Pharis and Hawk Ring: go up the stairs, aggro spear knight, return down, then use bow to hit sword knight at the top of the stairs. Silver Knights can't cross the bridge connecting bonfire area and stairs, so while they are standing there you can safely aggro red-eyed Silver Knight using a bow so he will fall to death. Then deal with two knights you've lured first. Great Chaos Fire Orb is especially effective as you can hit them both and deal additional damage by pool.

Per Run: 17.82k 10 Minutes:184k. 1 Hour:1.1M

Very high chance to drop Silver Knight Armor. Drop rate for shards seems to be about 30% Large Titanite Shard 70% Titanite Shard.

 Souls  and  Titanite Shards (lower chance for Large)

 Pontiff Sulivahn Bonfire  Good place to farm souls before taking on Anor Londo. With Covetous Silver Serpent Ring and Shield of Want it nets 17160 per run. From bonfire proceed to the elvevator shortcut. On the bridge kill all Deacons, run down the stair where the two hostile NPC's were and kill two Giants. Powerful weapon is recomended (was using FUGS and they went down in 3-4 hits). Should take around 1min 30s to 3mins.
 Souls  Dragon-Kin Mausoleum Bonfire  One of the best souls farming spots for STR/DEX builds. Right next to the bonfire (at the base of the stairs), a summoned knight will appear. This knight will net you a base of 4000 souls. As long as you don't kill the bellringer that is above you, the knight will continue to respawn infinitely making it possible to stay here forever and farm.
1. A good strategy is to, equip Hornet Ring, a high AR large weapon (BIS Dragonslayer Greataxe +5 add. light. dmg. vs knights or BKGA +5), then simply backstab the knight as soon as the summoning sound cue ends and the light begins to fade.
2. It's not suggested to use Red Tearstone Ring and Dragon Torso Roar. You will probably one shot the knight but you won't be able to equip and efficiently use the step 3 farming items.
3. Equipping all available souls farming items will grant you a 9504 souls in 20 s, which makes it 1710 thousand souls in an hour. Start with a Silver Serpent Ring than equip Shield of Want in your left hand (you don't need to two-hand a weapon since there is no bonus in DS3) and a Symbol of Avarice to your head. Also, equip a Mendicant's Staff (no need for stats to have a bonus) as your secondary right-hand weapon. Now, when you kill the knight, switch your main right-hand weapon with this staff, to gain the additional bonus and achieve those 9504 souls (don't worry you have plenty of time).
Souls, Large Titanite Shards and Titanite Chunks  Grand Archives Bonfire


90.000 Souls in NG. 

Use Covetous Silver Serpent RingSymbol of Avarice (equip right before you engage to save HP on the way up), Shield of Want (as your shield) and Mendicant's Staff (equiped as your secondary right hand weapon). The trick here is to switch to your mendicant's staff just as the knight dies so that all the aforementioned items are "out" when the souls counter updates, this will give you 30.000 souls pr. kill in NG alone. 

Use the elevator up to where the Twin Princes boss is located but instead of crossing the bridge go upstairs and farm the 3 winged knights (Backstab fishing them is very easy since they have slow attacks). They seem to drop large titanite shards guaranteed and even some chunks. Use homeward bone or coiled sword fragment to get back to bonfire after every clear and send the elevator down everytime you get up to get the run as fast as possible. They also drop 1 titanite slab the first time you kill all 3 of them in one go, but only the first time. If you're having trouble killing these three, try using the Rapport pyromancy for easy kills.


 Grand Archives Bonfire


 Run straight into the archives and head towards the first pool of wax with the three scholars surrounding it, you will need to melee one down along the way. I use word of god miracle with both miracle boosting rings equipped and the +5 faith ring to one shot the entire pack. Make sure to use the unfaltering skill so they don't interrupt your cast. Coiled sword fragment back to the bonfire when they are dead and repeat. The entire run takes about 45 secs and nets 15k souls. Best method I've found so far.
Souls Keep Ruins Bonfire

A good early game spot for sorcerers or pyromancers. Turn around and kill the three Ghrus near the bonfire, then run out onto the bridge and look right. Note the three Elder Ghrus off in the distance. Jump out onto the rocks bordering the path and walk to the third one. Now take out your binoculars or your bow, aim at the nearest Elder Ghru, and fire off an arrow or a long-range sorcery. A well-aimed Soul Spear will aggro the nearest and leftmost Elder Ghru, which can either save time or doom you depending on your damage output at the moment. Let the Ghru come into lock-on range and pound it with fire or magic; repeat for the other two Elders. Nets about 6k, or 10k with the Covetous Silver Serpent and the Symbol of Avarice. Also yields a decent supply of Embers and (Large) Titanite Shards if you really feel like leaping into the poisonous muck and boning homeward or running around; I usually don't.


Dark Set (Shrine Handmaid pays 500 souls fore very piece)

Farron Keep Perimeter Bonfire

 Two routes here, fast/easy and longer/harder.  Fast route - Turn around from bonfire and kill the three enemies with their backs to you before you get to crystal lizard.  A single run takes about 30 seconds and nets ~1200 souls with Covetous Silver Serpent ring.  Long route - Walk forward and stand in doorway until Darkwraith breaks off and attacks.  Deal with him and stick to the right, killing enemies along the way and eventually circling back around to the left where the other Darkwraith will be fighting enemies and easy to finish off.  Takes between 2-3 minutes per run, nets ~2600 souls with CSS ring.

There's also a bow technique. Hawk Ring and Black Bow of Pharis are recommended. Dash through doors and before Darkwraiths can see you hide behind a big tree. Then aggro enemies at the distance by shooting at them. Ghrus sitting on stairs near Abbyss' Watchers bonfire can't be aimed normally, only aiming higher works due to long distance. Aggroed Ghrus will rush at Darkwraiths, which will rest upon Abbyss' Watchers doors after dealing with all ghrus. You have free time to use rusted coins before attacking weakened (but it is possible to even kill one of Darkraiths in that way) Darkwraiths after running through doors which them can't pass.

 Souls  Boss Cooping

Putting a white sign of coop is one of the best ways of easy farming souls (specially in late game), most bosses are insanely easy with 2-3 people (even with the boss scaling) and long range attacks like spells can make some bosses a joke.

Equipping the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring and the shield of want is recommended, and for even more one can always equip the symbol of avarice, bosses usually give you more than enough time to equip it when they die, making it really worth as it will increase 50%.

The Boreal Dancer its a pretty decent one as it can be accessed at nearly any point of the game, and if beaten in coop, drops 15.000 souls (27.000 with ring+symbol+shield)

 Souls, Large Titanite Shard and Titanite Chunk

 Lothric Castle

Twin Princes Bonfire

This is especially viable for Sorcerer who are able to one shoot the Knights outside the Lothric, Young Prince bossfight. Head outside and shoot a Crystal Soul Spear into the back of the four Knights walking down the stairs, nets you 17-20k/min. After testing several farmspots I still think that this is the fastest way to earn Souls as a Lategame Sorcerer. See this video for how to do it.

 Souls Grand Archives Bonfire

 Take the shortcut lift to the top, go on the roof of the grand archives, then kill the 3 winged knights (30k/min in NG+, didn't test in NG)

Fastest souls I've found is this at >100k/min in NG. Avarice, CSSR+3, Shield of Want, and Mendicant's Staff. take the elevator and rapport the twin axe knight, then go to the left and bait the 3rd knight towards the fight. Then rapport the one that the axe knight is fighting, and once its all over and done with rapport the final knight and use spells with the staff or hit it with the shield. My average run is 2:10 with 214,813 souls and some winged knight gear/titanite.


Yhorm the giant's bonfire

(Profaned capital bonfire if boss hasn't been defeated)

The white robed jailers and the gargoyles outside of Yhorm's boss room provide alot of souls for relatively little risk. Just make sure you don't end up fighting the gargoyles with the jailers aggro'd and you'll have yourself with a 20K souls, 2-3 minute, low risk run.

(Large Titanite Shard)

Church of Yorshka bonfire

When spawning at the bonfire, take the exit to your left (not the one where you go down the stairs). Keep left and head for the hole in the balustrade. Drop down on the Boreal Immolator (Irithyllian Fire Witch) with a drop attack and, if necessary, give her a few more punches. Head up the stairs and back to the bonfire. Takes around 45s and yields 3564 souls per run with Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Symbol of Avarice and Shield of Want. While the souls yield may be mediocre to low in comparison to other spots, it is a no-brain run also suitable for lower levels. You can easily stunlock the enemy after your drop attack and finish him off. Also you have a chance for large Titanite Shards. On PS4, the homeward miracle offers no advantage, because loading time takes as long as running back.


Archdragon Peak

This is the fastest and easiest way to farm souls I've found up to now. You have to put at least 48 in intelligence, and equip the four items to increase soul rate (as the Mendicant's Staff will be your main weapon, reinforce it in order to one shot the snakes). The only spell you have to use is crystal soul spear.

Once you are at the bonfire, turn back, lock the snake on the right. Here, you have to kill two snakes simultaneously (with a correct position, the spear will kill the second one too). Then simply kill the snake on the left, and go back to the bonfire.

In NG: 11k per run (12s.) / 500k for 10min / more than 3 milion/hour


Archdragon Peak (Dragon-kin Mausoleum Bonfire)

This is one way that was found orginally by Oroboro, and is quite easy and effective. Starting from the bonfire, in the first room you enter there is a Serpent-Sorcerer who will infinitly spawn a summon across the room. This summon can be farmed for 4000 souls each and 4400 with CSS. The Sorcerer will not attack you so long as you stay around the summon area. It should be noted that with decent timing (Just not to soon) you can backstab for massive damage and kill in one or two hits following for a fairly efficent farming. Once the summon is dead, he is resummoned within about 5-10 sec.

In NG(equipped w/Symbol of Avarice, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, Shield of Want and switching to the Mendicant's Staff before gaining the souls): 9,504 per kill(20 second cycle) / 28K per minute / 1.7M per hour


Great Belfry

Unequip all armor (unless you have Symbol of Avarice) in order for reach max speed. Run across walkway by the bell and hit the Man-Serpent Summoner until he is one hit away from death. Wait for him to summon the rapier champion and then kill him. Kill the rapier champion and repeat. If you want to boost souls gained, equip Shield of Want in left hand and Mendicant's Staff in second right hand slot. As soon as you get the final hit on the Man-Serpent Summoner, swap to it then switch back to main weapon and do the same for the rapier champion. Equip Covetous Silver Serpent Ring. 


    • Anonymous

      17 Mar 2020 06:29  

      On the Tower on the Wall once you have unlocked the elevator down to the wraith, a really good loop is to head down from the bonfire to the elevator. At the bottom, step off the elevator before aggroing rhe wraith, put on the symbol of avarice, then shoot the wraith in the back with a bow. As he runs toward you, backstep onto the elevator. You will shoot up and he will fall into the shaft. As you ride up, Homeward to the bonfire and repeat. Easy 4.1k per 2 minutes.

      • Anonymous

        04 Feb 2020 17:13  

        Quite early game spot I like, personally, is the dilapidated bridge if you've already opened the gate across the bridge, you can drop kill the three rats and , with the silver serpent ring get 573 souls about every 20-30 seconds depending on how quick you go.

        • Anonymous

          14 Jan 2020 22:43  

          Found a sweet farming spot using toxic and poison mist the 3 winged knights on top of the archives just stand on the terrance below where they stand after you lure them to jump

          • Anonymous

            02 Jan 2020 05:17  

            Respec glitched for 99 Int and went to Lothic Castle bonfire. Used a Sorcerer's Court Staff + 9 in one hand, Scholar's Candlestick in the other. Symbol of Avarice on head. Young Dragon Ring, Bellowing Dragon Ring, Magic Clutch Ring, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring. Aimed a Crystal Soul Spear so it would hit both Lothric Knights near the bonfire, swapping the Scholar's Candlestick to the Shield of Want after the cast. 9,900 souls each time, did it 61 times in 10 minutes for 609,300 souls.

            • Anonymous

              31 Dec 2019 18:41  

              Filianore's rest bonfire: Kill the ringed knight with paired swords takes approcimately 1 min and the same souls as the ascended winged knights. It's pretty equal to the winged knights method unless you can kill him really quick. But he drops chunks and twinklings and scales. Way better than just large shards which if you please as well you can sell them for more souls. I usually use my melee build but maybe try a dark dagger with dark clutch ring the mask that gives dark bonus and hornet ring if you're good at backstabbing he takes about 15 secs. The total run takes about 45-60 secs. Very risky but very rewarding. Though the highest one is definetly at archdragon peak using crystal soul spear.

              • Anonymous

                24 Dec 2019 15:28  

                Distant manor bonfire. Killing a sewer centipede gives 990 souls with shield of want + cssr. There are 8 centipedes in sewer. Less risky with slumbering dragon ring. +6 raw dragonslayer axe kills with two swings. Best spot before anor londo and profaned capital imo.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Aug 2019 07:32  

                  Ringed City Inner Walls bonfire is the best IMO. I’m using the Symbol of Avarice, Shield of Want and the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +3, Kill all of the mobs (beware of 2 enemies that build up curse, not good bad if you take them out quick) kill the preachers in the building and the two ringed knights and it gives me 150,000 souls

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Aug 2019 06:06  

                    Farm the Golden Winged Knights up the elevator from the grand archives bonfire using rapport, with all the usual items on, Mimic head, silver and gold serpent rings, the staff, and the shield of want, they drop like 30000 each and there's 3, so run out onto the roof and then back so 2 fall down in front of you, use rapport on 1, then use rapport on whoever wins the fight and kill them yourself, then just use rapport on the last guy with his back turned, the just backstab them till they die. Rinse and repeat

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Jul 2019 05:26  

                      My favorite farming place is filianores rest the ringed knight with just ssr+3 and shield of want on regular no you get about 27k souls a minute

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Jun 2019 23:45  

                        With 99 Int, a Court Sorcerer's Staff +9, the three magic damage rings, and a Scholar's Candlestick, I can one-shot the knight next to the Lothric Castle bonfire. With the Symbol of Avarice and Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +3, that's 5k souls in less than 10s. I prefer this over the other methods because it's 100% foolproof - you can literally cast from the bonfire, so it's cast, rest, repeat with no need to move. I respec out of 99 Int when I'm done farming, since that's not really ideal for SL120 builds or lower.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Jun 2019 01:02  

                          If anyone is loyal to miracles with 60 faith in the first playthrough, go to archdragon peak and kill the drakeblood summon in the room with sitting dragons. Equip both miracle rings and lightning clutch with covetus serpent ring +3. Use Talisman+10(NOT CANVAS, because this one offers 226 spellbuff for +10 with 60 faith and has same hyper armor to counter-attack greatsword worshippers). Put Talisman for your left hand(So you can proc Unfaltering). And put Shield of Want in your right hand(Obviously it stacks with Serpent Ring). MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SUNLIGHT SPEAR BECAUSE ITS THE BEST NUKING SPEAR(be close and direct, he wont dodge your miracle anyways). You'll be dealing 810 in just New game and he'll die in two hits. Absolutely do not kill the Serpent summoner as she will continue to summon the drakeblood knight. He offers 6480 souls each time you kill him and he'll respawn consistently which gives you time to heal up(And the best part is that he offers more estus since hes an NPC player) and kill him over again. Stand in between the bell so you dont get hit by projectiles. This is less time consuming and allows consistent gameplay and farming. I find this the best place to test miracle damage and soul farming.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 May 2019 09:54  

                            Am I the only one that knows that without boosts or NG the dark knight outside the Faron keep bonfire and to the left a ways drops 2500 souls? I’m able to level up maybe 10 times an hour.

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Mar 2019 16:32  

                              Archdragon Peak: Excellent spot, however there is room for improvement: Double kill 2 guys, then kill the one on the left. If none of them drop an item, restart. If 1 or more of them drop an item, do a circle, kill the 4th guy, and restart. Why? Because these guys drop lightning gems, large titanite shards, and titanite chunks. In scope of farming, often enough to make it viable to run and pick up all the loot. LTShard is 4k at the maiden, and if an item drops it's most likely to be it, so there's the insurance.

                              • Anonymous

                                23 Mar 2019 12:55  

                                Lothric Castle. Make sure your homie crystal souls arrow hits both knights. 29k souls every run (with all soulboosts) about 7 runs per minute = over 200k souls per minute. Best in the game.

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Mar 2019 00:22  

                                  For farming I usually use the Ringed City Streets bonfire on ng+, what I do is equipe all one of all the souls up items and then kill all the ringed knights and the judicator giant, doing that gives me about 100 k. souls per once-through

                                  • Anonymous

                                    02 Mar 2019 00:13  

                                    Since Rapport has no limit on affected targets, I decided I would rapport and backstab the third knight while the first two duke it out. Using all the soul farming gear EXCEPT the staff: 3 winged knights 94770 @ 1m 45s, 54154 / min, 3.249m / hr. Far and away the best, clearing nearly 100k in just over a minute and a half with time taken to collect items.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      01 Mar 2019 22:53  

                                      Finally got enough faith to use rapport and tested the winged knights. Using CSSR+3, Shield of Want, Symbol of Avarice, and Mendicant's staff (for the first one to die, not the second): 69498 @ 1m 36s, 43436 / min, 2.625m / hr. I found it useful to use the slumbering dragoncrest ring so I could cast rapport without being attacked. Very time-efficient and very safe since one knight will kill the other and be weak enough that you can cast rapport on it and finish it off without risk.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        01 Mar 2019 06:05  

                                        I tested anor londo vs lothric castle bonfire farming (melee, CSSR+3, Shield of Want, Symbol of Avarice) using a stopwatch, timing from beginning to return to bonfire, and I came up with the following: 2 anor londo silver knights: 12100 @ 30s, 24200/min, 1.452m / hr [][] 2 anor londo silver knights + third red-eye knight: 21870 @ 54s, 24300 / min, 1.458m / hour [][] 2 lothric castle knights: 16100 @ 37s, 26100/min, 1.566m / hr [][] 3 lothric castle knights: 25758 @ 58s, 26626 / min, 1.599m / hr. So, for a melee build, clearing the 3 knights and 2 clerics at lothric (pulling the last one with a bow) is the most efficient per minute without using magic. I might respec and parse out the souls/min for using rapport on the tower knights before the prince fight.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          21 Feb 2019 00:32  

                                          Anor Londo is alright, but I found Lothric Castle knights are really efficient. Using the Black Knight Sword's poise button, I clear through 3 knights and 3 priests and run back in around a minute, with my soul absorption gear netting me a total of about 21000 souls per run. After selling all the drops, I had farmed ~700k in a half hour and have all the embers and large titanite shards I could ever need (and a couple dozen chunks)

                                          • Anonymous

                                            15 Feb 2019 21:15  

                                            Someone honestly needs to remove that first entry. Speedrunning the entire game while also making it progressively harder is not "farming".

                                            • Anonymous

                                              01 Feb 2019 05:10  

                                              From the lothric castle bonfire cast rapport then follow with toxic mist on all three lothric knights then by the time you run back they'll all of died.

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