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

      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.

              • Anonymous

                07 Aug 2020 02:40  

                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

                  08 Jun 2020 14:09  

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

                  • Anonymous

                    31 May 2020 20:21  

                    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

                      02 May 2020 22:37  

                      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

                        28 Apr 2020 02:54  

                        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

                          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

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