This page is dedicated to helping new players with Dark Souls 3. Everything from the important basics to more advanced concepts. For help with the japanese version of the game, check this mini-guide.

Getting Started Guide

You can read our getting started article or watch the video:


Movement and Actions

Use the left stick to move around. (See the controls page for full control configuration.)
Push the left stick a little to walk, or all the way to run.
When you approach something you can examine, open, or pick up, you'll see an onscreen message. Press X (PS4), A (Xbox controller) or E (PC) to perform the corresponding action.
Press the R1/R2 buttons to perform a light/heavy attack or the L1 button to guard (if a shield is equipped on your left hand).
Press the □ (PS4) or X (Xbox controller) button to use the currently equipped item.


Rest at one of the many bonfires found in the world to restore your health and FP (focus points). Bonfires also replenish your Estus Flask uses; bonfires also cure all status effects. (poison, toxic, etc.)
Resting at a bonfire resurrects most enemies you have killed since your last rest, certain enimes will not respawn.


When you die, all the souls you possess will remain on the spot, and you'll return to the last bonfire you rested at.

Blood Stains (Green)

When you die, you'll drop all of your possessed souls on the spot.
The souls you drop will turn into a blood stain (green) and remain in the area you died in.
Return to the place where you died, and you'll be able to recover them.
If you die again before you can reach the spot, the older blood stain will disappear.

Rolling and I-Frames

When you execute a roll, you are temporarily immune from damage. Your roll speed (and the number of frames for which you are invincible) relies on your equipment load. At 70% or greater equipment load, you will "fat roll", a much slower rolling animation in which you are largely vulnerable.

Mastering rolling makes the game substantially easier. Make sure to look into the effects of Poise and Carthus Milkring. The combat page also has useful information.

Battle Skills

A new mechanic for the series, battle skills are weapon abilities executed with L2. Any weapons equipped to the left hand (including any two-handed weaponry) can execute these abilities which consume FP.

Battle Skills vary, and can be useful in a number of situations. Mastering when and how to employ certain battle skills can drastically improve your play.

Online Play

There are two ways to engage in online play: Cooperative (Co-op) and Invasion (PvP) :

  • Co-op involves summoning white phantoms or being summoned into another player's world. When you are in Lord of Cinder mode, you will find white summon signs on the ground; activate these signs and you will summon another player into your world until you either kill the area boss or cross a particular time limit (40 minutes). Summoned players keep their souls if they die in another player's world, and receive a portion of all souls acquired through cooperative play (do not wear a Ring of Sacrifice while summoned, it will still break). In addition, certain covenants make it easier to be summoned in certain situations. To be summoned into another player's world, you must leave a summon sign using the White Sign Soapstone acquired from the Shrine Handmaid.
  • PvP can involves being summoned as a Red Phantom invader, using a Cracked or Full  Red Eye Orb to invade a random player's world, summon a Red Phantom by touching red summon signs or invade automatically if some convenants conditions are met. When invading, area enemies will not attack you as long as the host doesn't use a Seed of a Giant Tree. The objective of an invasion is to kill the host player (or any phantom if you are in the Mound Maker), which earns you a number of souls. If you used an orb, you will earn an Ember as well. Some covenants also give additional items.

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    • Anonymous

      I have a question, when we finish the game and start again with the same character, do the enemies get stronger?

      • Anonymous

        Hi there, the game is not allowing me to level up beyond SL 100 even though I have enough souls to go above that. There have been some unclear mentions of fusing other characters to go above SL 100 but I cannot figure out how to do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

        • Anonymous

          GUIDE TO ALLOCATE STATS FOR A SL100 BUILD. When you choose to limit your final level, you have to avoid wasting points. With the different scaling letters, a lot of players will choose to meet the so-called soft/hard cap levels. But in my opinion, it's not Worth it for scalings inferior to A generally. No scaling (for raw/deep/fire builds)? Just meet the requirements, obviously. E scaling? Same, because more than 6 points allocated to that is yet waste. D scaling? 7-16 points. C scaling? 17-26 points. B scaling? 27-33 points. A scaling? 34-46 points. S scaling? 47-66 points. Not more, except when the scaling is a "super" S, aka for bare fists run… Dont go over 66. Notably for STR, because 2-handing the weapon will allow to reach 99 anyway.

          • Anonymous

            hallo i am at the dancer and can't beat him so can some one help me pls my level is 49 and i am use the PW is THE SUN

            • Anonymous

              I am currently doing a level 1 playthru and would like some help on endgame bosses( prince lothric, cinder, friede, nameless) if anyone wants to help me ill will leave a message by the bosses saying "Message required ahead, therefore try ____" it will be filled in with the PW i will be using. the message will only be placed when i am online and at the bosses. any help would be really appreciated.

              • Anonymous

                RULE NR.1 : DO NOT GET HIT! GAME EXPLAINED! GIT GUD CASULS Check back in another entry of the Ultimate Guide from Anonymous

                • Anonymous

                  Hey guys Can i have a PVE build for an assassin? That's my first run and i can't find literally stat builds anywhere.

                  • Anonymous

                    I am a new player and need help with using bows and crossbows. I can equip them and equip the arrows/bolts, and fire them, I just can't seem to get the hang of aiming them. I would have expected to have an aiming point visible. Do I need to change camera settings? Currently I look at the game from behind and above the character - Knight.

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Jul 2018 12:19
                      i am worried about something, i leveled up my vigor to probably 17 and my health bar expanded(which were good news) but after i died maybe 2 times the health bar shrink pretty small , like when you start a new game, so. anyone knows what should i do to expand it again? and if so, how? and does this mean i wasted my souls leveling up the vigor? i would be so thankful if you could help me

                      • Anonymous

                        I am at level 180 I have around 80 luck and i use blood gems on my weapons. Does anybody know why bleed won't work for me?

                        • Anonymous

                          Looking for anybody interested in helping me, first run trough the game (currently stuck at nameless king), we could talk on discord or skype if anyones down.
                          Steam ID + Username: 212185894 + afrojack_44 (should appear as Jack)

                          • Anonymous

                            If anyone needs help with ANY of the bosses, feel free to leave your ID in the replies section.
                            I'm more than willing to help you out as a sunbro.

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