Hollowing

 
  • Effect: Player becomes progressively more hollow with each death. Unlocks free levels with Yoel of Londor at certain levels. Also augments the Hollow infusion to increase Luck making Hollowing a way to increase Luck without actually leveling up.
  • Mitigation: N/A. The option is voluntary.
  • Cured: Fire Keeper Soul turned into firekeeper, then pay to be cured. To remove the visual effects, use Purging Stone. Praying to the Statue of Velka

Hollowing is a "statistic" in Dark Souls 3 that is accumulated when the player dies while branded with a Dark Sigil. The amount of Hollowing gained per death is equal to the number of Dark Sigils in the player's inventory. At 15 or more Hollowing, the player becomes Hollow. A character can have a maximum of 99 Hollowing.

Being Hollow gives the character a progressively more shriveled appearance, only visible when naked or wearing gear that reveals the body. Hollow characters also receive a bonus to Luck when wielding a Hollow weapon. Hollowing does not have any other effect on the character in Dark Souls 3 (it does not reduce weapon damage or maximum HP). 

Branding

Speaking with Yoel of Londor allows the player to gain a free level five times in exchange for being branded with a Dark Sigil each time. While the first level up needs no Hollowing, the following level-ups need respectively: 2, 6, 12 and 15. The player becomes a Hollow when the Hollowing counter reaches 15. Three additional Dark Sigils can be obtained from Anri of Astora through Yuria of Londor's questline, but these do not give the player any more levels.

All Sigils appear under Key Items, and each hollows the player for one point in death. For example, when three Dark Sigils are in the player's inventory, the player will gain 3 more Hollowing each time they die.

Once Yoel has given all five Sigils, he dies and Yuria of Londor appears where he used to be.

 

Removing Dark Sigils and Hollowing

Once the player has given the Fire Keeper the Fire Keeper Soul, she can remove the Dark Sigil from the player and remove all Hollowing, which costs a number of souls equal to the player's next five levels. The levels are not lost, the player is just paying the cost for the previously "free" levels. This will cancel Yuria's questline, Londor Pale Shade's summon signs, and make the Londor Pale Shade invade the player at certain in-game areas. Note that curing the Dark Sigil in this way will make it impossible to get any more Dark Sigils for that playthrough, and the player will not be able to get the Usurpation of Fire ending.

 

Reversing Hollowing

The player can reset their Hollowing counter back to zero (and un-shrivel their appearance) by using a Purging Stone. Purging Stones will only reset the player's Hollowing and do not remove the Dark Sigil, and using a Purging Stone will not abort Yuria of Londor's questline. Purging Stones can be purchased from Yuria of Londor, or bought from the Shrine Handmaiden if you give her the Hollow's Ashes or Yuria's Ashes. They can be farmed from Sewer Centipedes in the Profaned Capital toxic swamp.

Alternatively, it can be healed by Velka or the Purging Monument if you select the Dissolution option.

 

Hollow Weapons

Obtain info about the Hollow infusion on the Upgrades page.

 

Notes

  • If you die while wearing a Ring of Sacrifice and are not hollow, your character will not become hollow when they revive (though you will still accrue hollowing). You can continue to postpone becoming hollow with more Rings of Sacrifice all the way up to 99 hollowing, at least until you run out of rings. Note that Hollow-infused weapons will not give their Luck bonus if you are not hollow, even if you have 15 or more hollowing.
  • As of Patch 1.03, your character loses their shadow and reflection in the water when Hollowed. This is believed to be a bug or a mistake since Hollows in Dark Souls I & II still have their shadow and reflection.

 




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    • Anonymous

      16 May 2021 14:35  

      It's funny scrolling though these comments after so many years, The further down I read the more confused I get.

      You would think there'd be an official answer by now, not just for this but for so many things throughout this trilogy, Isn't there an official guide/dev statements out there. What about the data miners!? I need facts lol

      • Anonymous

        12 May 2021 21:09  

        The +5 damage increased for being hollow with hollow weapon, is not worth it for fashion wise, unless wear clothing covering whole body.

        • Anonymous

          19 Mar 2021 23:07  

          i've done yoel's quest, and died a few times since and now i'm at 99 hollowing. is this normal or is this some kind of glitch that will magically make me OP when i can finally hollow my bleed weapon?

          • Anonymous

            20 Feb 2021 23:41  

            Can anyone tell me if hollowing increases the dps for chaos fire? ; seething chaos, chaos fire orb, bed vestiges etc etc

            • Anonymous

              10 Feb 2021 08:35  

              I wished Hollowing wasn't just free five levels and that it granted more of a unique access to abilities or interactions on par to being turned into a Beastman or Squidman from Bloodborne, or affected your stats more akin to Dragon form.

              • Anonymous

                05 Jan 2021 08:30  

                This page should try to explain what being hollow actually means before going in to the multiple details within details and their side paths. And just now I saw that this question has been asked in the comments for years and no one still bothered to see it as relevant information to write about. I'm done with these cryptic **** games with their bullshit and anal tryhard nerd calculator circlejerking ******* players. I hope Elden Ring sucks big balls with its same boring copy paste design since Demon's Souls.

                • Anonymous

                  26 Jul 2020 01:27  

                  I remember searching this up elsewhere and it said the higher ur hollowing was the lower the chances of finding others (a.k.a summons and being summoned) are. Mam idk what to believe anymore.

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Jun 2020 19:07  

                    when you cancell yuria's questline by removing the dark sigils anri will die anyways, other person will marry her and she will die anyways, when you reach the room she is already dead with the sword in the face. the wiki dont mention this, so if you want to get the other ending to anri's questline then kill yuria or the pilgrim in chameleon form

                    • Anonymous

                      17 May 2020 13:10  

                      what would happen if one were to get just one dark sigil from yoel? would you later on have to pay the 5 levels, or just 1?

                      • Anonymous

                        13 May 2020 22:02  

                        What the hell is going on with your eyes when you are hollowed? I don't get what this suppose to be, it looks like skin would be over your eyes.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 May 2020 06:36  

                          Finish a playthrough and get the usurpation of fire ending. Use a leftover purging stone the next playthrough and the hollowing womt come back since the sigils are gone. No where do I see this mentioned.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 May 2020 10:32  

                            When i started DS3 and died, i was confused, since in the previous titles that made you look like beef jerky, then i found out about this...

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Mar 2020 04:36  

                              The new full screen ads on this website are *****ing atrocious and making me consider never visiting this site again. I got three of them in the middle of typing this message! Maybe they're based on number of taps? Either way, it's *****ing bull*****

                              • Anonymous

                                01 Feb 2020 07:07  

                                So is there no downside to being hollowed, other than your dilapidated appearance? DS and DS2 would take away health when hollowed, but that doesn't seem to be the case with DS3. The damage boost of the hollow-salyer greatsword doesn't even effect pvp, so why not be hollowed?

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