Hollow Arena or Undead Match is a Location in Dark Souls 3. It is a PvP exclusive feature that is accessible to owners of the Season Pass, Ashes of Ariandel or The Ringed City DLC.


Undead Match Information


  • There are 2 game types in the arena: Duel and Brawl. All matches are timed events. 
  • Duels are simple "to the death" events, which end when one player dies. Players are not able to use Estus during a duel but they are provided with five flasks of Ashen Estus.
  • In a Brawl, players fight and die over and over, and the player with the most kills at the end of a match is the victor. In Brawls, combatants are allowed a maximum of one Estus and one Ashen Estus flask, which become refilled by killing an opponent (once per life) or respawning after death. Brawls have several different formats, team-based 2v2 and 3v3 or more chaotic formats like 4 player and 6 player free for alls. Upon dying players spawn back in with a potent Wrath of Gods blast to prevent spawn camping.
  • Players can be matched with opponents up to 10 levels plus 10% of their own level higher than them, i.e. a level 100 player will be able to match with level 120 players at the highest.
  • Players can use a password to guarantee a match with each other. Within a range of 20 levels plus 20% of the lower player's level, the higher level player will fight with their normal stats, but outside this range, the higher level player will get their stats downscaled according to the lower level player's stats. This is indicated by a light blue chestplate and sword icon next to their name.
  • Using a team password in 2v2s and 3v3s allows for matches between duos of different level ranges. The higher level team may get downscaled as a result.
  • Similar to the Battle of Stoicism in Dark Souls, there is a floating crown mechanic to indicate the player in the lead.
  • Players can earn Badges for success in combat.
  • Kiln of Flame was the first map, and three more maps were added in later patches. 


Password Matchmaking

The password matchmaking in the arena allows for a variety of customizations. You can set a password to allow for matching with the friendly team only and the enemy team is matched with another, or you can have everyone use the same password and finally, you can select which team to be a part of. This should make coordination with friends a lot more user-friendly.



How to Access

  • Defeating Champion's Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf or completing Lapp's questline earns you the Champion's Bones. Burn these in the Firelink Shrine Bonfire to unlock access to the mode.
  • Once access to the arena is obtained, players will be able to teleport directly there via Firelink Shrine bonfire by using "Undead Match" option. Starting a fresh NG cycle doesn't remove that option.


Available Maps


    • Anonymous

      10 Jan 2020 09:24  

      We can only hope Dark Souls 4 will: 1. Not make pvp mode a DLC 2. Properly implement pvp in a way where people can spectate public matches going on in person, and participate if they sign up 3. Have it represent factions and have a light quest with light rewards for pvping under each faction so people will participate more, but not make it so simple as "winning = rewards" 4. Leaderboards And many more great ideas since DS2's pvp tournaments.

      • Anonymous

        27 Dec 2019 02:05  

        the description is absolutely wrong. There is no such thing as "brawl", people only play duels. *only* duels.

        • Anonymous

          03 Oct 2019 18:40  

          Can anyone tell me if i can raise up my rank by winning in password duels? I've been a gold rank until constantly getting killed by havels ;-;

          • Anonymous

            04 Sep 2019 12:18  

            I just made a group to help people connect with each other and try different features of the pvp arena It's called Dark Souls III PVP Events - Hollow Arena on Steam and can be found at groups / ds3arena

            • Anonymous

              10 Aug 2019 02:36  

              Does anyone play online anymore? After 600 hours I decided it's time to try online.. boom, softban because of some mods i tried in the past.

              • Anonymous

                12 Jun 2019 22:56  

                At SL 120 do people upgrade their weapon to +10 for Hollow Arena- or is it restricted like how invasions are?

                • Anonymous

                  11 May 2019 19:03  

                  I can only assume a 6 man brawl is lag hell, I still want to try it one day if I can ever find 5 others who aren’t fed up with lobby wait times.

                  • Anonymous

                    30 Jan 2019 04:03  

                    So why do people consider sl120-140 to be a meta? That's pretty overleveled characters i would say, you can make some ridiculous staff at this level. I think level 80-100 is much better as you have actual builds there, which specialize in some areas while making sacrifices in others

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Dec 2018 23:36  

                      I killed Lapp in Dreg Heap and he didnt drop the champion ashes for undead arena, how do I unlock arena now? I didnt feel like doing his questline again. Please help.

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Aug 2018 21:13  

                        I´m sry guys, I am deparate. Is there a working password? One that will simply get my SL10 char into fights? I have never managed to participate in one, I would love it so much. Thanks.

                        • Anonymous

                          19 Aug 2018 08:58  

                          Useless feature! I don't want to make duels with people who come with 0-10.000 Souls. They should have added, as a requirement for the access, the number of Souls owned by each challenger. (With a difference of max. 20%).

                          • Anonymous

                            21 May 2018 05:20  

                            I've read that password matching does not give you "score" for those medals/badges, wich I found logic in 1vs1 for possible "let you win" situations.
                            But is the same for Brawls with passwords? For example, do I earn score in 2vs2 or 3vs3 if Im playing with a friend in my team by password against 2 other friends (same password)? Or even if against 2 strangers (no same password as us)?

                            • Anonymous

                              19 Apr 2018 23:01  

                              Can we discuss the return of DS1 lagstabs in the arena? After the first 1 or 2, I figured it was just poor connection, but it began happening over and over, and I even managed to pull it off a few times.

                              Nothing like having your opponent panic roll around you as you spam R1, only to transition into a backstab out of nowhere. Most times it happens to me is when I have a weapon with a slow warm--up. I get strafed half-way, and then backstabbed from my side.

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Apr 2018 22:42  

                                Does armor matters anything in the arena? Run around with Gundyrs set, sacrificing rings slots and statpoints in vit to be able to wear it and even curved swords (that should in theory do not even half the damage against heavy armor) are hitting like I am wearing paper! Outside the arena in invasions or fight clubs armor matters from my experience but in the arena everything goes through! Is this supposed to be "balanced"? When I'm sacrificing valuable stats to be able to wear this set? Even worse the armors poise is negletated aswell as it seems to me. Every little hit throws me back now suddenly. Knocks me out of my attacks! As if I'm not wearing 3 tons of metal here. Sure. I can handle it. I'm winning. But that's not the point here.

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