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


    • 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 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??

                        • Anonymous

                          09 Apr 2017 16:47  

                          I was invaded by a Darkspirit seilios in the Cathedral of the Deep in NG+.Cant find anything in the web about him.He was a *****ing Troll.

                          • Anonymous

                            08 Mar 2017 03:58  

                            Is there an item that can cause a player to have some sort of wind effect? I got invaded at Archdragon Peak right before the Ancient Wyrnn fight. Had Host of Embers as a title, and was surrounded by high wind/ash. The Ashen Warrior I think they were called. Had a lot of health, flung sunlight or lightning spears at me or the ground, and used the Dragonslayer Greatspear as a weapon when I got him around half health. I beat him, but I definitely had a WTF moment when they started walking towards me after the invasion message popped up. Played like an NPC/Boss; didn't fish for backstabs or anything. I'm not complaining, it was definitely interesting and fun when my heart started calming down, I'm just curious if it's something that I could replicate for when a friend of mine starts playing Dark Souls 3 himself at a later date.

                            • Anonymous

                              Invading NPC Phantoms [DKS3 Wiki]06 Mar 2017 23:19  

                              Hey there. A bit late but the person you two are talking about is me. Spirit/Soul of Fire is a custom miniboss that I have been working on. There isn't an invade message and as of recently there's no death one either. I play like an Npc intentionally.

                              My steam profile is Furrydog or Nameless King

                              • Anonymous

                                20 Feb 2017 01:21  

                                For any1 wanting to kill the NPC's:
                                Use the spell that makes you invisible and the one that makes you silent. The NPC's can't do crap

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Feb 2017 15:40  

                                  I don't understand the color coding of invading player phantoms (as opposed to summoning phantoms on your own), as some are red and some are purple. I was wearing the slumbering dragoncrest ring and used the spook spell, had the PURPLE invading phantom (should be attacked by both me and environment) run through some tough enemies (phantom was clearly visible in environment); yet, the enemies did nothing to the invader. In fact, some of the environment's enemy's attacks went through the invader doing absolutely nothing.

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