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

      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.

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Feb 2018 03:27  

                      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

                        02 Feb 2018 22:41  

                        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?

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Dec 2017 18:19  

                          All this time I've been playing at SL120-130 only to realize it is meta as *****, I should be doing SL85 that's where the fun is at.

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Nov 2017 10:37  

                            People talk about hacking; cheaters that feel good for beating someone in an unfair fight. But is this on PC? Or do people hack on the console as well?
                            I'm not planning on doing the arena, just curious if the arena itself would be pointless on PS4 because of lame players.

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