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

      24 Sep 2021 21:06  

      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

        03 Sep 2021 11:13  

        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

          24 Aug 2021 20:41  

          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

            24 Aug 2021 10:07  

            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

              22 Aug 2021 07:43  

              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

              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

                17 Aug 2021 01:27  

                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

                  11 Aug 2021 08:23  

                  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

                    09 Aug 2021 03:14  

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

                    Playing DS3: every loss results in poop

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Aug 2021 10:51  

                      Ah yes, the home of the newly created private steam profiles from third world countries with their laggy mess, phantom range, exploit abusing, passive play, cancer builds, instant consumable use, instant weapon swap, and dung pie stocks.

                      • Anonymous

                        04 Jul 2021 17:18  

                        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

                          29 May 2021 05:41  

                          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

                            18 Apr 2021 18:27  

                            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

                              13 Apr 2021 22:40  

                              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 15:17  

                                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

                                  17 Feb 2021 19:48  

                                  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 12:52  

                                    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

                                      29 Jan 2021 20:32  

                                      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

                                        25 Jan 2021 21:01  

                                        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 12:27  

                                          "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 12:37  

                                            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

                                              18 Dec 2020 20:13  

                                              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.

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