Online or Multiplayer is part of Dark Souls 3. Players are encouraged to summon and be summoned and experience the game with others. Please see the Hollow Arena page for information relating to PVP arena.


Online Information


  • Servers are dedicated
  • Online play is platform specific; no cross-platform play.
  • Online interaction happens when the player has used an Ember by summoning of phantoms via signs they place on the ground with a White Sign Soapstone. You may also encounter unwelcome invasions from hostile players using invasion items and covenant mechanics.
  • Up to 6 players can interact in the same session, which happens seamlessly during gameplay, each player taking on the roles of cooperator and/or hostile invader. The different Covenants and soapstone signs change the ratio of companions to invaders. It is possible to have anything from a 3v3 to a 1v5 scenario. Even 4vs2 (4 Friendly, 2 Enemy) Check Dried Finger Notes 
  • The amount of souls gained by the phantom post boss fight appears to be 25% of the boss's normal reward (Tested on Soul of Cinder).
  • Using the Dried Finger resets the invasion timer and allows a host player to summon a 3rd phantom as well opening themselves up to a 2nd invading phantom.
  • Matchmaking is once again level-based, as well as taking into account the upgrade level of a player's weapon. Please see the Summon Range Calculator for details on the exact level ranges.
  • You can summon other players regardless of NG/NG+ differences. There are no NG conditions for matchmaking.
  • Password Matching (as seen in Bloodborne Online) is a feature and disregards the aforementioned soul level and weapon upgrade level matchmaking in lieu of a normalizing adjustment to phantom attack power. Password matching DOES NOT allow you to summon a friend in a cleared area with a White Sign Soapstone. However, you can still summon them using a Red Sign Soapstone
  • In addition to the basic online parameters listed below, Covenants also alter the multiplayer experience for players. Several of the covenants are defense pacts that send players in to defend a specific area from being completed by exploring players, each with their own specific mechanics.
  • Phantoms have half their current estus charges when in a host's world, rounded down (i.e. 1 flask turns into 0, 3 turns into 1, etc).
  • Covenant signs cannot be swapped out when trying to connect to someone else's world. 
  • Other players summon signs will disappear as long as yours is active.
  • Hosts, friendly phantoms, and hostile phantoms can get an estus chargeback if another hostile or friendly phantom dies.
  • Some bosses will only allow you to summon a specific amount of phantoms.
  • 6 player PvP matches can be quickly made in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley by equipping the Way of Blue Covenant in the area after the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire.
  • For killing an invader, the host receives 15% of the souls required for the invader's most recent level-up (rounded down). See the Level page for the soul requirements.
  • For killing the host of another world, invaders receive 4% of the souls required for the host's most recent level-up (rounded down).
  • For killing an invader summoned via Red Sign Soapstone , the host receives roughly 1% or less (topping at 0,75%) of the souls required for the invader's most recent level-up (rounded down).
  • For killing the host of another world which summoned the invader via Red Sign Soapstone, the invader will receive around 1,875% of the souls required for the host's most recent level-up (rounded down).
  • Remember, accepting items via online play is risky, some of these may be hacked items in which you can get banned for. So be careful about who you accept items from


Phantoms (Ghosts)

Other players will be shown in the game world as phantoms (ghosts). You cannot interact with phantoms, and they cannot interact with you. Use other phantoms as a guide to what may happen next in-game.


Examine a blood stain left behind in a spot where another player died, and you'll view a replay of that player's death. Like with phantoms, you can use this as a guide to what may happen next.


The messages you can write in the main menu will be sent to other players. You'll also receive messages written by other players in your world. Messages can be rated. If other players rate your messages, you'll regain a little HP.

Use a White Sign Soapstone to cast a soul sign, and that sign will be sent to other players' worlds. If you're summoned from the sign, you'll be transported to the summoner's world. Soul signs can be cast by anyone, whether living or undead, but you must have the power of the Lord of Cinder to summon other players.

white_sign_soapstone-icon.pngCo-Op Play

Use a White Sign Soapstone, and you'll be able to play co-op with up to Three other players. However, playing with three other players requires the host to use the Dried finger. The summoning player is called the "host", and the summoned players are called the "clients". You cannot become a host if you've already defeated the boss of the current area. If you've turned voice chat on in the network options, you can chat between the host and the client.

Starting Co-op

  • The clients use a White Sign Soapstone to place a soul sign.
  • The host then examines the soul sign and summons the client.
  • The host and client play together in the host's world.

Success Conditions

If the host defeats the area's boss, the clients will receive rewards and return to their own worlds.

Failure Conditions

If the clients or host die or any return items are used, the client will return to their own world.

red_eye_orb-icon.pngCompetitive Play

Use a Red Eye Orb or Cracked Red Eye Orb and you'll be able to invade other players' worlds and play against them competitively. The invaded player is called the "host", and the invading player is called the "client". Up to two people can invade a world at once. Invaders treat each other as enemies and can attack and damage each other. You may also use a Red Sign Soapstone to be summoned to duel.

Starting Competitive Play

  • Please see Hollow Arena for PVP arena information.
  • The client uses a Red Eye Orb.
  • The client automatically invades the world of the selected host.
  • The host and client play against each other in the host's world.
  • You cannot invade into a host's world if the boss is dead.
  • Players can also use the Red Sign Soapstone to leave a summon sign for duels.
  • The red soapstone sign can still be used to be summoned into a host's world that has already killed the boss.
  • RSS phantoms don't take a health penalty.
  • If the host uses a Dried Finger, the invasion timer is reset, making more rapid invasions possible.
  • When Summoned by RSS you can profit of the health bonus from ember form if you embed BEFORE placing your sign, resulting in being a red phantom with 1.3x health.

Success Conditions

If the host is defeated, the client will receive rewards and return to their own world.

Failure Conditions

If the client dies, the host enters a boss room, or any return items are used, the client will return to their own world.

ember-icon.pngLord of Cinder

In order to summon other players, you must use an Ember to obtain the power of the Lord of Cinder. Using an Ember allows you to become a multiplayer host. When in Lord of Cinder mode, your character's appearance will change, and you'll have the following effects until you die:

  • Maximum HP boosted 1.3x
  • Able to summon other players via soul sign as well as be invaded.
  • The icon next to gauges change.

Note: If you're summoned by another player while in Lord of Cinder mode, your maximum HP will go back to normal until you return to your world.

    • Anonymous

      04 Aug 2020 23:12  

      Recently I started NG+ and 2 of my firends wanted hop in and have fun together at swamps. The problem was: when I summoned one of them I could not summon the other and vice versa (we played before I went NG+ as 3 with no problems). It turned out I could summon the 2nd friend only after using Dried Finger (all attempts done via passowrd). Dose that have something to do with one of the mbeing a NG+ and other not?

      • Anonymous

        02 Aug 2020 22:17  

        So. Do I understand that if you already kill a boss in specific area then I cant help other player with the same boss ?

        • Anonymous

          31 Jul 2020 18:45  

          Just to make things clear. If im in a NG+ at sl 120 with +10 weapon, can i still be summoned by a sl 1 +0 player and go through each stage with him?

          • 27 Jul 2020 17:50  

            So I was playing on my Artorias cosplay, didn't have the armor and I just killed Abyss Watchers, and I went to Cathedral cause I hadn't been there yet. Immediately, I get invaded by a guy under the character name "Trump" had full Lapp's armor, a dark hand, and a bow of some kind. He walked almost EVERYWHERE with the lightning arrow miracle drawn. 2 Blue sentinels join and we chase him to the roof with thralls, I hit him with the WNGS, he staggers but then INSTANTLY goes into a sacrificial flame and does 3000+ damage. Keep in mind he had lightning arrow drawn when I hit him. I was playing on PS4. I did not know people hack on PS4 now.

            • Anonymous

              23 Jul 2020 21:28  

              Being a helper phantom is quite boring especially if you get to help a host who runs around and dies every 10 seconds, farming them rewards is boring af as a helper, invasions on the other hand never managed to bore me, the thrill of a hunt is amazing, as you slash away at each other hoping that the next hit will kill your adversary the adrenaline makes it Soo worth it, I invade even after I got all the rewards from Rosaria and Mound, and it's still fun.

              • Anonymous

                21 Jul 2020 21:56  

                Question : I killed a red invader in ng+ and it triggered an effect like tears of denial on me (but I don't have it). What is it ?

                Sorry if its a stupid question, I tried to find the answer but can't find anything with the term I used...

                • Anonymous

                  20 Jul 2020 03:33  

                  Man, it's fun to help the newbies. You can do the same bosses again and again and actually helping someone. I'm helping people as Solaire at a Soul Level 29 and with non-upgraded weapons. They usually have another guy with them, so that shows that they have some difficulties to kill the boss or simply find him. This is how I play dark souls. And man, I find this more fun than a simple invasion just to flex my own skills.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Jun 2020 16:20  

                    I got the returning home message during an invasion due to lack of input watching a fight, how long has this been a thing? Or did I just not notice previously?

                    • Anonymous

                      01 Jun 2020 23:59  

                      If you leave items/ prism stones in a hosts world as an invader, will they stay in their world if you leave?

                      • Anonymous

                        21 May 2020 00:32  

                        Is there a list of censored names? Don't wanna try to name myself something funny and find out nobody else can see it...

                        • Anonymous

                          09 May 2020 23:45  

                          So is there not a way to get inveded even after defeating the boss in a certain area? I am near end game and I miss the thrill of being invaded.

                          • Anonymous

                            07 May 2020 23:30  

                            i have a question regarding online connectivity as i can't really find it elsewhere. when summoning/being summoned/invading how upgraded can your weapons and flasks be for X level bracket(s), it's been a while since i last played and can't remember all the tiny details in this particular area other than make sure you are within 10 or so levels of host/phantom (provided i remembered that correctly) unless you use a password of course

                            • Anonymous

                              17 Apr 2020 22:27  

                              Can my friend who just started the game summon me while I’m on NG+ around level 160? I’d like to interest him with dark souls but I’m afraid that he won’t be able to finish the game on his own .Or should I create a new character and just play with him at equal level?

                              • Anonymous

                                10 Apr 2020 14:32  

                                Who wants to farm covenants together, it’s so boring :’( , I’ve been farming concord kept for 2 days !!

                                • Anonymous

                                  08 Apr 2020 02:02  

                                  When I get invaded, sometimes I get a message saying who invaded me, other times I get no message. What determines this?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    22 Mar 2020 04:54  

                                    If multiple phantoms use soul farming items (symbol of avarice, shield of want, silver serpent ring), do the effects stack for everyone?

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