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

Features

  • 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.

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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

 




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    • Anonymous

      The fact that brawls were completely empty for this long speaks volumes about how accostumed ppl are to have phatoms doing their job.

      • Anonymous

        By far one of the most cancerous things From has ever done; I can get killed in 3 hits, but whenever I hit someone, I apparently do **** damage! Talk about unfair to the highest degree.

        • Anonymous

          How the matchmaking works here? I'm SL 101, and would like to know with which level range i'm going to get paired with. Can i get paired with a SL 125, per example? (me being the sl 101? Thx.

          • Anonymous

            Basically Dark Souls 3 was aboard the Battle Royale train before there were a battle royale train in the first place

            • Anonymous

              "Where the honourable people play in ds3"

              I call bs on that statement!?

              What is honourable about being killed by cheap tactics.

              Like getting 1 shot by a single parry when having full hp, this is quote on quote "honourable" ? Bs i call that!

              Or people that only wait and bait to win. Making it a tedious patience match if nobody attacks 1st. And when you do try to attack you get instantly countered, by a parry, a backstab, by the dude hitting you back, all without even being able to do a single thing about becease you where quote on quote " impatient" f that i say to the people who play like that.

              Or the bow glitch guy's. Don't even need to explain what is wrong about that everyone knows how tedious that is to deal with in pvp let alone in arena.

              I hate that people play like this in arena too. Pvp isn't worth playing for fun anymore for me becease of these people who play with my patience in a game i try't to play for fun.

              I don't wanna deal with these type of players anymore. And everytime i play this i get one of these people in arena too.

              In pontiff it's everywhere becease of the people who gank in it. That's why they play like that and i understand that but in a "honourable match" a 1v1 using these cheap ways of winning instantly by making it not a fun fight, but a cheasey duel is just annoying more than anything else.

              Why can't the matchmaking give me people who are my level in skill to make it a fair duel?

              Why do i get the same people who killed me before again!? In arena!?!?!?!?

              This isn't worth it. Not one bit!

              It's sad to see pvp go this way, and i am truely sad/disappointed that it will stay this way in new from software games.

              I am a decent pvp player, i make mistakes in battle every now and then. Having people like me fight each other would just be nice instead of fighting these type of people who do every cheap way in game to win. Let these type of people fight there type this is just so unfair.

              And it just makes me wanna stop playing this game when i love these type of games greatly. :(

              • Anonymous

                People that wait and bait. Instantly killed with full hp by a parry from this dude. Bow glitch guy instant killed me.

                Why are these people allowed to play arena against me who is decent in pvp, and not one of these type of people?

                I thought this arena was for the quote on quote "honourable" people. Who wouldn't rely on these cheap ways to win.

                It makes me sad that sutch a good game that i played for so long is making me wanna stop playing it because of the people i have to face everytime everywhere in game.

                And keep this in mind i am decent in pvp. Who plays pvp for fun. And this is just sad/tedious/annoying/and disappointing me. To the point i almost no longer wanna play pvp, becease of the type of players i have to face everytime.

                • Anonymous

                  Elden Ring Arena Wishlist:
                  - Available in base game and no DLC required
                  - More customizability for custom matches (i.e. how much estus allowed, time limit, kill limit)
                  - Better maps

                  • Anonymous

                    It doesn't matter where you go. Arena. Fightclubs. Invasions. It's all filled with the same toxic tryhards that plague this game. Best to foget about it and move on to better online game.

                    • Anonymous

                      Ppl might be a little salty about the meta tryhards plaguing hollow arena, but idk where did you expect them to go with normal invasions being a complete waste of time.

                      • Anonymous

                        Red sign soapstone or arena for pvp. Otherwise you're a dishonourable POS who should learn to do things without trying to ruin others' experiences. :')

                        • Anonymous

                          So much salt & poop throwing lately. Can people just be decent and not do that? I bow because I'm happy for folks taking time to just hang out, try out stuff, & keep the duel arena somewhat active. And when I throw down a 'thank you' carving, I mean it.

                          • Anonymous

                            Brawls are empty for a simple reason: the stereotype that defines a host of ember, wich is a ganker. Whenever they loose the number advantage they can't even walk straight, and unfortunately this type of players composes 90% of the playerbase.

                            • Anonymous

                              If you like winning and hatemail, then let me add my two pennies:

                              I've been thinking a while on how to achieve both. At first, right at the start of the match, I used to run up to the opponent, and hurl two chaos bed vestiges in their face. It works surprisingly well, but afterwards it becomes difficult to win as a pyro, if they still have any life left.

                              Recently I came to a new method:
                              Rings: Obscuring Ring (essential!), Cloranthy Ring +3, Ring of Favour +3, Prisoner's Chain
                              Right Hand: Refined Corvian Greatknife+10, Millwood Greatbow +5 (!)
                              Left Hand: Sacred Bloom shield or Caestus, Arbalest
                              Items: Gold Pine Resin or Human Pine Resin, Black Rope Fire Bomb, Dung Pies (important!), Shiv

                              STATS: about SL135
                              Endurance: 30
                              Strength: 50
                              Endurance: 30
                              Faith: 30

                              STAGES:
                              Round Plaza or Kiln of Flame.

                              So, let me show you the ropes:
                              0) Before you enter the match, double hand the Millwood Greatbow.
                              1) As soon as the match starts, shoot the opponent player with an arrow. It gets around 300-400 HP right off the bat.
                              2) The opponent will either run to the side, or take cover; try your luck with the bow. Or you broke his spirit, and he won't move at all. Feel free to head shot him.
                              3) The oppenent is zig-zagging towards you. Equip the Refined Corvian Greatknife, load the Arbalest, double hand the Greatknife, and apply your Golden Pine Resin or Human Pine Resin. Here's where the faith comes into play.
                              4) The opponent is pissed, and tries to attack you at any cost. Punish him as soon as possible! Once you struck him with an R2 or R1 attack, he'll be stunned. Now's the time to you use your high endurance: R1 spam him to death!
                              5) The oppenent falls down like a sack of potatos. Aim your camera down, and unload your dung pies.
                              6) Congratulations, you're a winner!

                              • Anonymous

                                I'm no Chasethebro, ymfah, or any of those gitgud creators, but I like the PvP & don't do mods. So I stick for helping/invading, but mostly at the arena. I also play controller because I came from console, so I'm pretty much at a disadvantage VS someone who plays well with the keyboard & mouse. So yeah, its no fun getting ganked.

                                Aside from damage bursts and certain buffs/debuffs, there's nothing hybrid builds can't do that pure spellcasters can. But mostly, no one bothers with spells, so, you don't see many mages anymore. Maybe 1 out of 10. Poise is pretty solid as a mechanic and not too exploitable, but keyboards are damn good for input control, so people either kite then do run attacks, or attack after yours. People wear heavy armor anyway because because high defense is easy to get while <70% weight. So, even midroll is OP if you know when to dodge and how to manage your stamina. Like most people who stay for PvP, I've seen my fair share of salty MFs who optimized the **** out of their build just to win, twitch like they're playing LoL or some other high APM multiplayer game, and lord it over like its some achievement. No one explores builds anymore, and it's hard to explore, because nearly everyone just a different flavor of knight brawler using whatever weapon to get the win.

                                So when I invade/queue a duel and I can tell my opponent is new, and/or also running the game in vanilla, I just wind down & use the non-meta weapons like Winged Spear or regular Rapier. It's nice playing toe-to-toe with someone, not just to be the 'winner,' but just playing around. It's refreshing, and makes the game fun again when I see they're happy and had fun too. It's nice to give and let go sometimes. PvP could use less salt.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Yesterday I was extremely lucky and got into a 4 player brawl for the first time.
                                  I seriously don't know why anyone goes for the duel. It's plain, boring and gets stale very quickly. Free-for-all is fun and exciting. It's a pity not many players join in

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Playing DS2: nice balanced pvp arena with the occasional annoying bridge arena, but generally nice fights

                                    Playing DS3: every loss results in poop

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Man why do people take this game’s pvp so seriously? There is little to no balance whatsoever and everyone has a shitton of phantom range with lag. It’s not actually competitive in the slightest.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I can only ever find duels. I can't even get one other player to join for team matches and that's the only thing I was excited for when I heard about undead matches. I've had it since release and never got to play a team game. So disappointed.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Question I need a solution. I've tried to invade and be summoned multiple times and either says unable to be summed timed out, and unable to invade what do i do

                                          • Anonymous

                                            You know for a fact that even if they had rewards (souls, covenant items, DS2-esque enhanced phantom auras) people would still complain about the same **** they do now. The queue would be just as empty and only the "try-hard exploiters" (read: competent players) would be there regularly, exactly as it is now. Lie to me, sure, but don't lie to yourself.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Ds3 pvp could've been more alive if it wasn't dlc. I think most of us could agree ganking sucks as well as the fact that the host has twice as much privileges than the invaders

                                              • Anonymous

                                                God most of these maps are just so terriblely designed. People can just runaround the column in the kiln. Majority of dragon ruins is too narrow making some weapons which can make certain weapons more favorable and others almost useless. Grand roof can take almost a full minute to find your opponent. Plaza is good though

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  yo one day I will beat everyone in dark souls man and then once I am done with every other player i am coming for you

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    It's not the lack of rewards who killed the Arena. It's community. Nobody wants to play anything more than 1v1s and 1v1s are full of cancerous, pointing down and throwing **** casuals (if you are changing weapon in 10 seconds, idk if you shoild play PvP) who think that they are so pro when they're disrespecting opponent.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      A bunch of crybabies in here. Its Dark Souls.
                                                      Get over yourselves and just play the game.
                                                      Be thankful there is even an arena at all.
                                                      -"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        "There is no need for rewards here", "it's good enough without a reward"...

                                                        Listen, i have nothing against your point of view about the arena not needing a reward to be good, but it's as empty as gael's arena, so that defense is invalid. It's like saying that burger king doesn't need burgers to bring customers.

                                                        So it did need some sort of reward to keep ppl in. Wich never happened, and now it's too late.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          In my opinion it's good there are no rewards for the arena. People tryhard too much anyway, with rewards it could be hard to have any fun match. The badge is more than enough. Overall i like the arena. I just wish i could play some brawls or group fights, but nobody's ever in queue

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I don't hate it becayse of having no rewards, but for being the same sht as always. When you do 1 vs 1, you find the typical nolife who either uses every exploit in the game to win and disconnects when losing. When you queue up with more ppl, you find the main reason you get in here instead of just invading, wich are those unbalanced ganks you wanted to avoid (it's even in some way because you have your own gank bur still...)

                                                            It would get more ppl into it if there was a good reason. Like an item to restore moonlight ds to it's prime and deal pure magic damage again.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Even though the PvP in this game is kinda poo poo half the time I love having some fun with randoms and commiting seppuku and just having a genuine good time, people whine about "no rewards" but why should there be? Then people can just stand still and let you farm them for infinite rewards. If you complain about no rewards thats not really our problem. Hollow Arena is supposed to be for fun, not for being greedy. Anyway time to continue sucking ass at the game

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                To everyone commenting about how bad this is, nobody asked you, the wiki is here for people to learn not be your personal rage ventilation system.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Worst thing about the arena is that there are griefers who treat PVP like a fighting game EVO, exploiting every inch of the game mechanics to eke out a win. You're not wrong, but you're no better than the R1 spam cancer that plagued PVP at launch.

                                                                  • Why online is still good in Dark Souls 3 or Bloodborne? Because you play the game solo, waiting a PvP or a coop to start. No boring. Arena? You have nothing to do waiting for partners... Who wants to lose his time?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      What so bad about no reward? Here's the place to training or test your new build without other distractions

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Awful community. The gave us a fun extra mode to play with friends in 2vs2 or 3vs3 and like there is not a reward then nobody play it. Too silly.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I had glorious chance to experience an arena disconnect earlier. Right after they lost bam connection error. I thought it was a myth but people legit do this and it was satisfying as it gets!

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            "If YoU wAnT hOnoUrAbLe 1v1, gO tO tHe aReNa" i've seen this idiotic excuse many times and each time is more stupid than the last one. Do you really think a sane person would waste his time here, just for a duel? With no reward for your efforts? B*tch please, it's called HOLLOW arena for a reason.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              >Players can be matched with opponents up to 10 levels plus 10% of their own level higher than them

                                                                              why even bother putting hollow arena in the game if you aren't going to standardize levels and stats. we already have unbalanced PvP at pontiff

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                it's dead because Dark Souls PvP sucks and always will. DS players also want to desync their way to victory rather than have a more competitive environment where they might have to actually be good at a game for once.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Just the same as battle of stoicism:

                                                                                  -behind a dlc
                                                                                  -no rewards for participating (not even souls, wtf?)
                                                                                  -time limit in duels (unnecessary and annoying)

                                                                                  This gamemode was destined to die from the start. Yet another thing ds2 was better at.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    The matchmaking formula shown is 10 levels + 10%. Someone at 120 can be paired with someone from 98 to 144. Though, someone at 98 cannot be paired with a player at 120 as his range stops at 117. For White sign soapstone the host determines the range, how does it work in the arena ?

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      It is in dlc so players that have dlc dont have better items. Thats cause both dlcs have access to hollow arena

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        What does it mean when a player has it's chest bright? I've seen it some times and still don't know what it means...

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          POISE MIYAZAKI POISE REMEMBER IT???? I dont want to get staggered by a dagger when I'm in full Onion armour. Good *****ing lord

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            It doesn't really matter what level you are, the undead matching system will scale your level up or down to make the opponents to be practically equal in levels. I believe that the lower your level is, the better your chances are in winning matches. Especially if you have really good equipment + rings.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              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

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

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                      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

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

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Has anyone ever had an actual 6-player match recently without calling in people you know? I get 2v2 fairly consistently at SL120 but the most I've ever seen for a 6-player is with 4 players still remaining. Even that has been rare.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            So first playthrough I got a bit over excited with leveling, wanted to feel really powerful going into NG+ and was playing offline at the time. Ended up taking character to SL 240. Finally got online set up and wanted to give matchmaking a try, but it takes ages to find a match if it ever finds one. I'm guessing it's because the SL is double meta lvl and there's no one up there. So basically I done messed up, I get that, my question is are there any matches up that high and I just need to be patient? Or should I just start a second playthrough for matchmaking?

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