New Game Plus is a feature of Dark Souls 3, wherein once the Final Boss is defeated, players have the option of replaying the game with their current stats and gear. After the credits, players are presented with an option to head straight into the next playthrough; if they opt not to, they can start the next playthrough later, from the Firelink Shrine bonfire. The consecutive playthroughs bring new challenges as enemies have increased health and damage, and there are new Souls and Rings hidden for players to find in order to continue developing their character.


Shows the increasing difficulty by playthough
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Changes with Game Plus

  • Enemies have more hit points, and deal increased damage. Contrary to the bottom, but confirmed in Microsoft Excel (Yhorm and Iudex were tested, they don't have the same rate of health progression), the HP increase is variable.
  • Access to upgraded Rings: +1 for NG+ and +2/+3 for NG++. (base rings also still obtainable)
  • Soul  pickups are changed to higher level versions which give more souls when consumed or sold.
  • From NG+3, the only known changes are enemy health, defense, resistance, damage, stamina damage, and the souls gained for killing enemies and NPC's. There are an unlimited number of NG+, but enemies stop getting stronger after NG+7.
  • Multipliers for NG+ and beyond 
    • NG+ is variable based on the location of the game the enemy is in and NG+2 through NG+7 multipliers use NG+ as a base.

What carries over to New Game Plus

What doesn't carry over to New Game Plus

  • All Key Items. This includes Dark Sigils, Tomes, and Ashes (and their respective vendor ware unlocks). With the exception of Champion's Bones.
  • All Coals reset.
  • Unlocked shortcuts.
  • Discovered Bonfires.
  • All NPC states. (i.e. NPC quest progression resets, dead NPCs come back to life, NPC invaders will invade again, etc.)
  • Sky changes. (no more black sun and red clouds)
  • Pickle Pee, Pump-a-Rum trade state - all trades are reset except for the head carvings, of which you can only have one of each.

To-do Checklist before New Game Plus

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    • Anonymous

      14 Oct 2021 19:13  

      all of the items in key inventory will go when u start ng+ everything else will move over, keeping all the key items would make the game too easy.

      • Anonymous

        11 Oct 2021 04:43  

        Am i ready to start journey 2?

        Level - 138

        Vigor - 42
        Endurance - 39
        Vitality - 40

        Anyone tell me if its good enough for journey 2

        • Anonymous

          07 Oct 2021 18:31  

          Soul rewards for killing ennemies seams to be locked after NG++, the three golden winged knights on the archives roof gives around 85000 souls each at NG++ (using all farm items) they give the same exact amount at NG+3 etc....

          • Anonymous

            25 Sep 2021 06:50  

            Do anyone know why there's no option of Begin New Journey in linkfire shrine bonfire. I always killed final boss.

            • 03 Sep 2021 11:13  

              game just totaly freaked out on me, i was just about to do the lord of cinders fight, and suddenly the game made several repeating sounds (like your selecting things in your inventory) and im in the cemetary at the games start, on new game plus, didnt get to do ashes or ringed city, got jipped out of getting my loot from those dlc and the souls form them, and missed out on getting sunlight spear from lord of cinder soul! fk u game!

              • Anonymous

                14 Jun 2021 09:08  

                When I start an NG+ will I load up the items in the box? Or just the ones from the inventory? Or the equipped ones?

                Sorry if my English is bad.

                • Anonymous

                  31 May 2021 12:01  

                  OK, help me out here. I think i just found a Bug in the game. I got thrown into NG+ without beating the final Boss...
                  Here is what happend:
                  -I defeated Deacons,
                  .cleared out the top of the cathedral,
                  -gave 2 pale tongue to rosaria,
                  -baught the Armour for Siegwald from Patches
                  -went back to Firelink shrine
                  -switched my covenant Item from "Way of the Blue" to "Blue Sentinels"
                  -warped to crucifiction woods
                  and there the magic happend. I took 2 steps and a loading screen appears. next thing was the short cutscene where i rise from my coffin.
                  I didnt know exactly what happend but when i defeated the crystal lizard and found a "intrepid Hero Soul" i knew i m in NG+.

                  Is this a Bug or not?? please help me out here

                  • 27 Apr 2021 20:40  

                    Never saw the point in doing NG+ unless you’re completely in love with the game and don’t mind the repetition.
                    I find that building the character is most of the fun and by the time I’m done with the game my build is pretty much complete. Only way I can see myself doing NG+ is if I bumrush (ignoring optional bosses) my way to Soul of Cinder and continuing my build to fight Gael in NG+

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Apr 2021 11:07  

                      Is DS3's increase of difficulty the lowest of all souls games? I remember in DS1, in NG+4 a maxed black knight glaive build would struggle against the 4 kings with power within, but i'm not having much of a bad time with bosses on DS3's NG+4... and i don't even have a meta PvE build

                      • 05 Feb 2021 18:49  

                        Some people are still unsure on if everything is just the same after ng+7. I just tested it in ng+8 and ng+9 with the first enemy you can encounter. And yes it is the same.

                        Damage: 465, and 728 were the ones for the most common attacks
                        Souls: 153

                        Damage: 465, and 728, for the same attacks
                        Souls: 153

                        So yes everything after Ng+7 is the same, at least for normal enemies. You can test this yourself at the end of your game. Maybe bosses do get a bit more difficult but I highly doubt it.

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Jan 2021 23:09  

                          Man From really dropped the ball on Ng+ for Ds3. Ds1 introduced a nice basic concept of stronger difficulty with each ng+. Then Ds2 heavily expanded on it by adding more meaning to it such as new armors/spells/weapons that weren't available in the first new game. Heck you could even get ambushed by a boss out of their arena in Ds2 Ng+. Yet for some reason Ds3 just completely retconned that and went back to basic Ds1 ng+ style.

                          Not saying Ds3 Ng+ sucks, but after Ds2 I know they could've done so much more than adding a couple of rings that would get outclassed by the DLC versions

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Jan 2021 09:22  

                            How difficult is NG+? i just finished my first playthrough yesterday and killed gael, i only need the other 3 endings and the "master of (arcane magic)"
                            but would it be easier to use my SL 134 character or use a different character?

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