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


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    • Anonymous

      14 Apr 2021 04:40  

      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

        10 Apr 2021 21:17  

        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

          18 Feb 2021 01:48  

          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

            03 Feb 2021 18:52  

            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

              30 Jan 2021 02:32  

              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

                26 Jan 2021 03:01  

                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

                  12 Jan 2021 18:27  

                  "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

                    02 Jan 2021 18:37  

                    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

                      19 Dec 2020 02:13  

                      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

                        14 Dec 2020 23:51  

                        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

                          08 Dec 2020 15:41  

                          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

                            25 Nov 2020 16:38  

                            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.

                            • 15 Nov 2020 20:56  

                              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

                                10 Nov 2020 02:29  

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

                                • Anonymous

                                  08 Nov 2020 01:32  

                                  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

                                    18 Oct 2020 08:31  

                                    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

                                      13 Oct 2020 12:40  

                                      "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

                                        03 Sep 2020 20:09  

                                        >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

                                          01 Sep 2020 19:15  

                                          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

                                            28 Aug 2020 18:14  

                                            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.

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