Invading NPC Phantoms in Dark Souls 3 are hostile spirits that invade your game at different locations and stages of progression. They are often challenging foes who drop valuable items. Their armors can often be found after defeating them in differing locations.



List of Invading NPC Phantoms

Note: You must be in Host of Embers ("Embered") and the area boss must be alive for the phantom to spawn.

Invading NPC Location Drops
Holy Knight Hodrick  Dilapidated Bridge area at Undead Settlement Vertebra Shackle
Yellowfinger Heysel

Road of Sacrifices, from the Halfway Fortress bonfire go down the path and walk towards the center of the area. Heysel will invade you if you're close to one of the giant crabs.

Farron Keep, from the Farron Keep bonfire go to the right side. The phantom will invade you in the area with a lot of Basilisks.

Xanthous Crown & Heysel Pick (only the first time)
Longfinger Kirk Cathedral of the Deep, near the bottom lever on the ground floor between the two giants. Does not invade if you have already killed Deacons of the Deep. Barbed Straight Sword & Spiked Shield. After killing him, the Armor of Thorns can be found in Rosaria's Bedchamber.
Alva, Seeker of the Spurned Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, from the Distant Manor bonfire, go down the stairs and outside the building. Alva will invade you on the small path to Irithyll Dungeon. Murakumo. Once killed his armor can be found by Karla's cell in Irithyll Dungeon
Knight Slayer Tsorig

By the rats in the Catacombs of Carthus; near the barred gate with some Embers, traps you at the dead end. Does not invade if you have already killed High Lord Wolnir.

Knight Slayer's Ring


Creighton the Wanderer

Irithyll of the Boreal Valley (twice) First time as part of Sirris' quest line on the bridge.

Second time (only after beating him the first time) in the graveyard near the Church of Yorshka bonfire. Does not invade if you have already killed Pontiff Sulyvahn.

Dragonslayer Axe (only if you kill him in the graveyard)

The Mirrah Chain Set can only be obtained if you killed him both times. Simply return to the bridge where you helped Sirris for the first time.

Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild

Untended Graves, she'll invade you on the way to the fog gate. She'll spawn at the same spot where you found the first bonfire in Cemetery of Ash.

No items, only souls

Londor Pale Shade

Farron Keep, from the Farron Keep bonfire go to the right side. The phantom will invade you in the area with a lot of Basilisks.

Irithyll of The Boreal Valley, from the Distant Manor bonfire, turn left and enter the water area again. Take the first right turn past the enemies to enter the building. The phantom will invade you after you exit the room with the Silver Knights.


Manikin Claws (only the first time)

If you kill the phantom both times you can get the Pale Shade set in Firelink Shrine where you could talk with Yoel of Londor.

Livid Pyromancer Dunnel

Painted World of Ariandel in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC. Through the illusory wall in the room full of fly enemies, take the root path down. Enter the colosseum at the bottom while embered and he will invade.

Floating Chaos

Moaning Knight

The Ringed City DLC. Invades inisde the mines near the Ringed City Streets bonfire. Around the pathway where Darkeater Midir appears.

Invades regardless of whether or not you are embered.

Blindfold Mask
Silver Knight Ledo

The Ringed City DLC. Up a ladder and on a pathway inside a ruined castle tower near the swamp below Shira in The Ringed City

Invades regardless of whether or not you are embered.

Ledo's Great Hammer
Seeker of the Spurned

The Ringed City DLC. Near Shira across the bridge and left. He invades and hides around a small corner, guarding a small area.

Invades regardless of whether or not you are embered.

Wolf Ring +3


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    • Anonymous

      If you aren’t being invaded even though you fulfill all the requirements, try going online. There is a bug where you won’t get invaded if you’re offline, even if it should be possible. I was unable to get Creighton to invade, but when I switched to online, he invaded immediately. Tested with Ava as well, and the bug worked exactly the same, no invasion if offline, invaded when online.

      • Anonymous

        how to i stop other players from pulling me out of story mode and into their game
        the loading screen and other time wasted are very irritating and unnecessary for regular humans

        • Anonymous

          Out of curiosity and want for the solaire gear can you get a seed from fighting these invaders or only the pvp kind?

          • Anonymous

            No NPC Is Invading Me. I've Searched For A Long Time But Couldn't Find A Solution. Only Holy Knight Hodrick Invade Me

            • Anonymous

              I found a secret invasion while mapglitching called "draiden VI" while mapglitching i havent been able to find anything on them

              • Anonymous

                For those with issues of not having npc's invade due to the requirement to be connected to steam (if you know, you know): open steam_emu.ini (may need a code editor like notepad++). Set offline to 0. Load game and let the game attempt to connect. If fails, just start the game in offline mode, npc's will spawn anyway. It seems the game code just needs to check if it attempted connection or not. Reports that it may brick your saves, I had no problem doing it when my char was in Farron Woods

                • Anonymous


                  For NPCs invasions you need
                  1. Steam ONLINE
                  2. Game ONLINE/OFFLINE doesnt matter
                  3. Embered
                  4. Boss Alive
                  5. The right trigger zone.

                  Hate that steam be ONLINE fact. Since patch 1.05. (Current 1.15)

                  • Anonymous


                    Since the patch 1.05
                    You need "steam" to be online for the NpCs to invade except for hodrick. (The game can be played in offline mode but steam must be online)

                    Pisses me off..

                    • Anonymous

                      Hi, I'm writing this because I'm a little confused on certain aspects, I don't know who to ask. This is my first walkthrough of DS3. So I got invaded by an NPC in the Kiln of the First Flame, some Lilian of Londor (I'm spanish, so I would assume it would be Lilliane). She wears Yuria's set and wields a katana and the dark hand. The thing is the katana at the very least has the weapon art of the Frayed blade, at least the strong attack one.
                      I haven't found info about her here.
                      So did you know about this? I would assume so, still... (Of course, do you know if you get equipment from defeating her?)

                      So my playthrough went like this. Got the game with the full dlcs, complete edition. Basically got teh dark sigils, and Yuria calls me Lord of Hollows, defeated Friede before Sulivahn so got to speak to her about it. Killed the pilgrim at Yorshka's church to save Anri and proceed with her questline to defeat Aldrich, then spoke to Yuria in Firelink, she breaks ties and she disappears from Firelink. Gave eyes to the Firekeeper, chose the great betrayal, all before putting the lords' cinders and then I'm at the Kiln. Haven't gotten to the Ringed city yet, it's what I'm gonna do before Soul fo Cinder. And this happens.

                      So anyone has a clue about this?

                      • Anonymous

                        I don't know about others, but with Ringed City + latest updates, I need to be Online to be invaded by NPC phantoms. The only NPC phantom that does invade offline anymore is Holy Knight Hodrick. He can also summoned as a mad dark spirit in Crucifixion Woods if I'm embered, but no other time do I get invaded even by NPC phantoms when playing offline.

                        • Anonymous

                          You can actually still fight Knight Slayer Storig after Wolnir. I did on my first play through. I'm pretty sure I missed him in the Catacombs (unless you can actually fight him twice and I just don't remember--I'm on NG+ right now, but not there yet, so I'll make sure to check). Either way, you get a chance to encounter him in the demon infested underground area in the Smouldering Lake. He's like right after the Basilisks on the way to the giant crossbow. Funnily enough, you can actually make him fight himself! I was able to summon him as a white phantom at the bonfire right before the old demon king. I just happened to be using him to make it easier to get to the crossbow, primarily for the basilisks who I HATE. And yeah, I got the notification that he was invading and I was like "wtf" and then sure enough there was his evil twin!

                          • Anonymous

                            No mention whatsoever that you must be in Online mode in order to be invaded by NPC invaders? Nice wiki ngl.

                            • Anonymous

                              The ringed city invaders can be used to infinitely farm seeds of a giant tree because you don’t need to ember, just die by the fastest means possible and repeat.

                              • Anonymous

                                The NPCs seem to be weaker than the NPCs in DS2. They often parry you easily if you attack indiscriminately.

                                • Anonymous

                                  If you’re still about to start a first play through, knowbthat once you defeat the boss of an area, you’ll no longer be able to be invaded by NPC’s in that zone. Such as: killed Abyss Watchers? Well now you can’t get Henselt to invade until next playthrough.

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