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

      15 May 2020 23:05  

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

      • Anonymous

        17 Jan 2020 11:54  

        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

          25 Oct 2019 01:17  

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

          • Anonymous

            03 Sep 2019 21:55  

            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.

            • Anonymous

              15 Apr 2019 20:59  

              I was invaded by someone (Idk if its a npc i never saw it only the name) at the fire demon in catacombs his name was captain kalios or something Like that

              • Anonymous

                12 Dec 2018 19:26  

                If you kill an npc invader, are they still alive? (e.g. Hodrick) I want to know, since I killed the phantom before realizing who it was. (2:00 in the morning when it happened, don’t judge)

                • Anonymous

                  11 Apr 2018 21:28  

                  Just to correct some misinformation I often see floating around:

                  You CAN be invaded by NPC phantoms while playing in offline mode. The only requirement is that you need to be connected to the internet.

                  Switching to offline mode doesn't actually take you offline, it only stops you from interacting with other players (summoning, invasions, messages). Your'e still connected to the Dark Souls 3 server (note the "Logging in to Dark Souls 3 server" message when starting up the game), which is a requisite for NPC phantom invasions. For what reason, I have no idea.

                  The only way to stop NPC phantoms completely is to stop the game from connecting to the servers. This can be done by blocking the game's internet access through your firewall, or simply disconnecting the PC from the internet entirely (unplug ethernet, turn off wi-fi, etc.).

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Apr 2018 15:07  

                    This doesn't include Ornstein. I was invaded my him during my second playthrough on the High Wall on Lothric. I had reached the second bonfire on the tower where you face the first Lothric Knight, and had then come back to shoot arrows at the live dragon that landed on and was spewing fire from the previous tower. As soon as I went over to the gated/locked doorway under the dragon's tail, Ornstein invaded and came running up the adjacent stairs, welding his lightning dragon spear weapon.

                    • Anonymous

                      31 Oct 2017 04:16  

                      Note Worthy Question here; Does Way of Blue work against NPC invasions? i.e. Can Blue Phantoms be summoned against NPC invasions?

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Oct 2017 20:56  

                        Got Heysel's gear from the man grub in Rosaria's Bedchamber even though I missed the invade...what gives?

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Sep 2017 18:55  

                          Do NPC invaders respawn indefinitely after killing them so long as you haven't killed the boss of the area?

                          • Anonymous

                            19 May 2017 20:35  

                            Just very curious at something that just happen to me. I invaded some dude in the archives and for some reason I couldn't lock on! Only at really close ranges and he happened to have a fume ugs so he eventually pummeled me.

                            Is there any spell that could have limited my range? Or perhaps because we fought in the dark room after the first group of scholars?

                            • 13 May 2017 21:50  

                              Are invading NPCs immune to environmental effects? Just got caught by Heysel in the Farron Keep swamp and, despite her chilling in the muck for a good three minutes, didn't seem to be taking any poison damage.

                              • Anonymous

                                24 Apr 2017 08:05  

                                To all my fellow pirates, if you want to fix the NPC invaders not showing up, locate the steam_emu file in your Dark Souls 3/Game folder and change Set Steam connection to offline mode from Offline=1 to Offline=0.

                                • Anonymous

                                  23 Apr 2017 15:58  

                                  I have a question: when a invader falls down in a abyss, is it possible to get loot the invader normally would drop??

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