PvP Builds that have been created by Dark Souls 3 players, designed for Player vs. Player combat. Feel free to share and add yours to help other people, or to simply show off your awesome creativity! You can add your build to the table below as well as make your own Wiki page for it. There is a seperate page for PvE builds.

The current soul level meta for PvP is up for debate, but popular opinion and aggregate data () show that the majority of players generally accept a meta that begins at soul level 120 and ends around soul level 150, though tournaments and organized events may have their own more concrete limits. Optimal PvP matchmaking therefore would be anywhere between soul levels 120 through 150, with soul levels 130 through 140 being the most optimal.

Currently, the most popular location for "Fight Clubs" is in Anor Londo; on the balcony directly after the Pontiff Sulyvahn bossfight. There are a few other community-favourite areas for fight clubs as well, one of which being the first High Wall of Lothic bonfire (although this area is mostly for players either in or ready for NG+), and another being the Kiln of the First Flame bonfire. These areas are at risk for containing "gank squads" though (groups of players waiting to kill would-be PvPers), so the Hollow Arena is a safer choice if you wish to avoid them.

Disclaimer: Builds listed here aren't necessarily well-made nor always created by their claimants. Anyone can post builds of varying effectiveness fitting various playstyles. Use your brain when browsing and don't expect these builds to be min-maxed or optimized, for general usage or your own playstyle. Also please note, the current meta and location for fightclubs are subject to change with the dynamic of the community.


How to create and add your build

  1. Create a wiki page, or a video showcase to link, for your build. To create a page, click the New Page + link at the bottom of the page and select "Build" template.
  2. Edit this page by ADDING A ROW to the table below with a link to the page you created and an overview.
  3. You can use our Dark Souls 3 Build Calculator and produce a link to add to your page.
  4. Do not overwrite your build over someone else's! Read instruction no.2 to find out how.


PvP Builds

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Build Name Soul Level Starting Class Burial Gift Preferred Primary and Secondary Weapons Brief Description

 The Underdog (WIN 1V4's) IN DEPTH GUIDE

120  Knight  Any Refined Exile's Greatsword +10  Heavy STR Build. Will be way better when Poise is turned on... If Poise gets turned on.   
Mad King 21 Deprived None

Crucifix of the Mad King
Dark Blade

Low Level Invation Build
Dominate with Hyper Armor, & 2-Hit-Combo

Vessel of Blackflame 1 2 5 Deprived None

Black Blade


Pyromancer's Parting Flame

Solomon Pendragon

Strength | Dexterity | Intelligence | Faith

Katana Man HUAAA 120 Mercenary None

Frayed blade & Washing pole

The manliest katana user in all da land. Everytime you say his name you must follow it with a HUAAAA

Hollow Gank Spank



Life Ring

Rotten Ghru Curved Sword/Warden Twinblades

Dex/Luck Build that still works after patch

Poise Daddy





Agressive/High Damage/Easy for Beginners

Darkness of the Abyss




Lucerne / Whip / Pyromancy Flame

Fast / Safe / Aggressive / Range and Melee.

Iron Knight Tarkus



Young White Branch

Greatsword & Black Iron Greatshield

This build is for those who wish to remember the good ol' days of Dark Souls one, where poise actually existed. Show those Casuals how to Git Gud.




Not important

Dragonslayer's Axe only

A very strong build for low-level invasions.

I added some tips for lower and higher SL builds with this same weapon, it's in the description of the page.

Deathly Hollow




Right Hand: Hollow Onikiri and Ubadichi

Left Hand: Old Wolf Curved Sword

This build focuses on the attack buff received from consecutive hits (OWCS and Pontiff's Right Eye stack), and this is most efficient with a quick-hitting Hollow Onikiri and Ubadichi.

Darkness my old friend



Doesn't matter

Dark Hand & Pyromancy Flame

Dark Hand is very strong on low level builds, but what is when you boost this with the Blindfold Mask and Dark Clutch Ring?

Darkmoon Ronin

Sunlight Priestess

Moonlight Enigma

Blackflame Forlorn

Branded Struggler












Divine Blessing


Fire Gem


Black Blade & Dragonrider Bow
Pyromancy Flame )

Onikiri-Ubadachi & Falcon Shield
Saint's Talisman )

Moonlight Sword & Caestus
( Darkmoon Longbow )

Onyx Blade & Caestus
Pyromancer's Parting Flame )

Dragonslayer & Caestus 
Mechanical Arm )

Alexander Strength & Dexterity 

Samantha Dexterity & Faith

Azrael Dexterity & Intelligence

Alastor IntelligenceFaith

Guts Strength & Dexterity



Knight, pyromancer

fire gem


Lvl 40 pvp analysis

Last Dragonslayer

100 and higher Deprived

Doesn't matter

(Prefer "Black Firebomb" for the first Boss)

Dragonslayer Helm
Dragonscale Armor
Smough's Gauntlets
Lorian's Leggings
Dragonslayer Spear
Canvas Talisman (Tears of Denial,Sunlight Spear,Lightning Stake)
Chloranthy Ring
Ring of the Sun's First Born
Sage Ring
Lightning Clutch Ring


Close combat is the key

use the weapon art from dragonslayer spear


Edgy Build

120 Pyromancer

Doesn't matter

Izalith Staff and Dark Edge

 Pure edge.   

Cursed Guardian 

120 Pyromancer

Does not matter

offhand Greatsword and Demon's Fist

Sorcerer's Staff

(Soul GreatswordFarron Flashsword)

 A strength and intelligence build with an odd weapon combination. Catches players off guard with a surprisingly high damaging fist weapon. Decently versatile. Not a build for someone who wants to win at everything, it's just for fun.  

Strength build 

(3 Hit Ko)

115+ Knight

Life Ring

Demon's Greataxe +5


I haven't mentioned a few things on the build - I highly suggest using fully upg Brigand axe and use lighter gear or add a bit of weight ratio in order to fit it all. Pm me for any questions or ideas :)

Build link here


Great Machete Knight

107 Knight

Life Ring 

Great Machete

 Wandering knight with unusual weapon of choice - Great Machete, he/she uses to stun enemies, thus defining peculiar combat style. However, along with unusual Great Machete, knight is also capable of using more traditional secondray weapons: Rapier's or Mail Breakers  

PvP Build Halberd+Parry

120 Assassin (but any) Life Ring

Gundyr's Halberd

 The Underdog (WIN 1 V 4's) IN DEPTH  GUIDE  
  120 Knight Any

Refined Exile's Greatsword +10


Strength/Dexterity build focused on striking down opponents with elegant strokes. Optimised for PvE and High Volume PvP.

Channel Your Inner Underdog... 



135 Knight Any


+10  Greatsword


+10 Blessed Caestus

+Any Cleric's Sacred Chime


Build .

Not the best AR. The levels added really only exist to get to use Bountiful Sunlight. It helps you play a little more reckless as and Ultra Greatsword user.

Mage moonlight pvp 120 Sorc any works

Moonlight sword Cresentmoon sword and court or crystal staff 

 20+ vigor, 20 end, and 50 + int and stats required for moonlight rest of stats u can play around will if u want max dmg build i suggest going int/str dedicated but i have survivbility over that  

AbandonCtrl Dex Pvp Like a Gladitor

120 Knight Any Works

List Coming Son

 As of Now its 37 Vigor, 40 End, 20 Vit, 24 Str, 40 Dex, 18 Faith. This build will focus around Tears of denial for our Buff and Fast attacks More Info Coming Over the next few weeks.  
Versatile Duelist (Strength) 92 Warrior Any

Heavy Dark Sword +10


Heavy Zweihander +10

 A Strength build built around the power of the Dark Sword while still being able to easly deal with parry builds.  

Vanguard of Lanafir

80-120 Knight Any

Immolation Tinder


[Simple] Shotel


This build is purely PvP and very situational otherwise.


You don't need to resort to OP, waiting-to-be-nerfed, weapons to be victorious. Just be creative and have fun! ()



125 Knight Any

RH1: Twin Princes' Greatsword

LH1: Golden Wing Crest Shield

(Optional) LH2: Pyromancy Flame

 Build Stats  
LOW LVL PVP   9 Mercenary Fire Gem

Fire Uchigatana +2 

Pyromancy Flame +2

 very good build for low lvl invasions  
Fume Ultra Greatsword Overload 90  Warrior  Any  Fume Ultra Greatsword +5   Pace control and stamina superiority  
*CLICK HERE FOR WINS*   100 Warrior  Any  Fume Ultra Greatsword +5   This build focuses on good pokes, big combos, and efficient use of rings. Morne's is a badass set of armor with great stats.  
Dex-Faith build  100  Knight  Any  Carthus Curved Sword +10 is nice but any like dex weapon could fit   Dex build for miracle buffs. Can make some serious damage, back from DS1.   
Farron Hunter   100 Mercenary   Any  Farron Greatsword +5  High damege output. High mobility plus the ability to parry.   
Dragonslayer Axe   125 Deprived   Any Dragonslayer Greataxe +5   Insane single hit damage. Quickly KO baited opponents w/ a massive AOE attack.   
 Wolf Knight  85  Knight Any  Farron Greatsword +5  30 vig, 10 att, 30 end, 22 vit, 22 str (27 w. ring), 35 dex (40 w. ring), 9 int & fai, 7 lck. Use Knight's RingHunter's RingRing of Favor and Hornet Ring. Shield and Rapier in left had for close range. Switch between them to mix it up.  
Shining Warrior   100-110 Cleric  Fire Gem   Zweihander+10
Others reccomended in the build.
 Faith + Strength build    
Gunhavel Bass Cannon  90  Warrior Any 

Deep Zweihander+10, Pyromancy Flame+10, Grass Crest Shield+5

 meme build, do not take seriously but works well in pvp and pve alike   
 Smough, the Destroyer  120-140  Knight Any 

 Smough's Great Hammer+5Grass Crest Shield+5

 Simplistic STR melee build, as the god himself. Hammer in two hands, Shield on your back. A build for anyone on the all-offensive who wants to destroy literally anything in the game.   
 Tap The Bumpers To Win  100 Pyromancer  Any  Pyromancy Flame +10 and a Chaos Thrall Axe +10  A pure pyromancy build to mess around in PvP with   
 Black Knight Greataxe Hybrid  120 Knight   Any Black Knight Greataxe+5, Refined Drakeblood  Greatsword+10 plus a Caestus for Parrying  STR/DEX Hybrid Build netting 695 AR for the BKGA  
Wolf Knight Artorias 90+   Knight Firegem 

 Wolf Knight Greatsword +5

Cosplay build, focused around Artorias the Abysswalker. Good in PvE and PvP.    
 Thunderstruck 113+  Knight Any  Refined Lothric Knight Greatsword +10  Lothric Knight Greatsword + Lightning Blade + Sacred Oath
Balanced 40/40 Str/Dex + 30 Faith
Dark Blood Knight 120 Mercenary Firegem Dark Onikiri and Ubadachi +10, Caitha's Chime +5   Tanky build focused on Dark, bleed, and trickery  
 Bleed Spamming  120  Mercenary  Any Hollowed Warden Twinblades +10   Spamming fast attacks to apply bleed. Simple  
Paladin   110 Knight   Any Mace +10, Gotthard Twinswords +10, Dragonslayer Swordspear +5   "Put your Faith in the Quality".
A versatile PvP build with buffs.
 Cathedral Knight 120  Knight  Any  Heavy Cathedral Knight Greatsword +10   Heavy STR Build. Will be way better when Poise is turned on... If Poise gets turned on.   
Amored Hunter 120+  Knight  Life Ring 

HollowSlayer Greatsword +5


 High STR+DEX build focused on greatswords and invasions.  

 "Do you bleed? YOU WILL."

120 Knight Any

Hollow Washing Pole +10

 Darkdrift +5

 We heard you liked making people bleed, so we put bleed on your bleed so things will bleed while they bleed. Made WP Hollow so it'd scale with luck, which in turn raises bleed rate as well. Carthus Rouge and Kukri make this much easier. Darkdrift is for turtles. I also bring Sacred Flame and PF +10, but that's just for parry humiliation finishes.  

Quality twinsword warrior


100   Warrior  Any

Refined Gotthard Twinswords +10

Grass Crest Shield 

 High damage Quality build and awesome pvp weapon, use 2h, shield just to boost stam regen  

Mad Sage

120 Pyromancer Any

Immolation Tinder

Sacred Bloom Shield

 Pyro PvP/PvE build.  

Profaned Lothric Spearman

125 Knight/Warrior Any

Lothric Knight Long Spear

Profaned Greatsword


Quality build with fun, easy to use PvP set-up

Can easily be adjusted for use at SL 100


Thorny Yhorm of the Sunlight

120 Deprived Any

Yhorms Great Machete +5

Sunlight Straight Sword


Heavy STR build focused on maximizing AR

Effective for both PvE and PvP


Reinhardt (OVERWATCH)

201 Knight Any

Greatshield of Glory

Gargoyle's Flame Hammer

 Build based off Reinhardt, a character of Overwatch  
      Phat GIantdad                    THELEGEND                   99                  Knight                          Any                           FIRE zweihander                                             GIANT build
The True PvP Build Sir McFiggles 131 Deprived Any

Sharp Sellsword Twinblades +10

Yorshka's Chime +10

DEX/FAITH build revolving around baiting opponents and punishing them with absurd damage.  Amazing in PvP but also very effective in PvE as well
Mirrah Weapon Master  Skripach  120+  Any  Any

 Refined Estoc +10

Refined Exile Greatsword +10

Refined Gotthard Twinswords +10

and more

 Fashion souls Quality + Faith build (buffs included)
Yuria of Londor Build Cosmos 89+


Sovereignless Soul or any

Darkdrift +5

DEX Cosplay/fast-offensive build good for PvP and PvE

High DPS Onikiri and Ubadachi Claw Anarkroi 137



Hollowed onikiri and ubadachi +10


Hollowed Claw +10

High dps bleed build

The Classic Brawler Toasty V 120



Bare hands

Smough's Great Hammer+5

Baiting people into a fist fight, work on parries and when you think they're low enough, whip out your weapon and finish them off with a final reposte.

Quality Build (Claymore Anime Cosplay) Buildmaker 120



Refined Lothric Knight Greatsword +10

Pyromancy Flame +10

High AR ultra-greatsword. Use superior damage and hyper-armor to easily defeat opponents 

Paledrake Sorcerer Buildmaker 120 


Life Ring

Moonlight Greatsword +5

Court Sorcerer's Staff +10

Basic sorcery build. High damage greatsword and ranged offensive spells. Good for both PvP and PvE

Lucky Ember Horder Mad 120


Life Ring

Anri's Straight Sword +5

Grass Crest Shield +5

Luck build good for PvE and PvP, focus on stamina and flury attacks

Havel The Invincible Orandula 140



Heavy Giant Shield +10

Aggressive build that attacks and defends simultaneously, near unstoppable in PvP

Jack of All Trades 

mage lean

ARTEMIS_FOWL14s   156+ 



or any class

Farron Ring, Corrvetius serpent ring, ring of favor, chloranthy ring

any shield, lothric holy sword, or any one handed sword or two handed sword along with a simple gem,crystal gem for magic damage and FP regerneration

shield with a blessed gem for health regeneration 

Dont use this build unless you are good with  high dextirity. A jack of all trades build is a special build that leans mostly to vigor and dexterity and Intelligence and almost then leans towards the weapons and stats you want or need however almost every stat must be evened out. 

Also used as a hiders build in pvp

Is also best for soul farming

WARNING Do not use this build unless you absoulutly want it or need it!


ARTEMIS_FOWL14s 100-135


ring of favor,  

MoonLight Greatsword


Must be in the moonlight warriors covanent to have this build if you wish to join you must be playing on PS4 consol and must join at starting level or level 25 any higher of a level you cannot join.

Just automatic wins

Meese_Commander 140-160


Dark Clutch, Fire Clutch, Lightning Clutch, Dragonscale 

Crystal Great Scythe  +2, light crossbow +1

Just level up strength and faith and you win


HihgLordWolnir 140 (Maximum meta range) Knight

Chloranthy Ring+3, Flame Stoneplate Ring+2, Obscuring Ring, Ring of Steel Protection+3.

Dragonslayer's Axe, Dagger and Dragon Crest Shield.

Level up Vigor/Endurance/Vitality to 40, Strength to 60 and Dexterity to 14.

Giant Lord


HihgLordWolnir 140(Maximum meta range) Knight

Chloranthy Ring+3, Havel's Ring+3, Ring of Favor+3, Ring of Steel Protection+3

Greatsword  and Caestus

A cosplay of the Dark Souls 2 Giant Lord.

Caestus Godmod

Any between 40 and 100 Mercenary Life Ring

Caestus and Sorcerer's staff

A godmode Caestus build that melts everything

Masked Mutineer

120 Knight N/A

Sharp Crow Quills +10

Silver Knight Sheild

This Collum isnt even supposed to exist

This is a high Dex/Quality build.  Not a hard hitter, but a fast one.

Artlas Emberman (Rogue Pyromancer)

120 Pyromancer Rusted Golden Coin


RH2: Demon Scar

LH1: Pyromancy Flame

LH2: Caestus

I agree with the guy above me, what the hell happened? Chaos Zweihander, OP pyromancies, great Fashion Souls, we got it all!


    • Anonymous

      16 Nov 2018 09:15  

      I'm too lazy to login and edit the page. But here's NaughtySunBro(SL 120) Starting Class: Cleric Vitality: 36, Attunement: 18, Endurance: 13, Vitality: 20, Strength: 36, Dexterity: 16(DONT TELL ANYONE), Intelligence: 7, Faith: 50, Luck: 13 What rings you gat bch? Chloranthy+3, Havels+3, FaP+3, Prisoners Chain. EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT. Spells: You get three slots. I use Deep Protection, lightning bow, lightning blade Weapons: RH: Lothric Knight Greatsword(Heavy or Lightning, your choice) LH: Grass Noob Shield, Sunlight Talisman, Yorshka's Chime. Armor: Helm: Black Iron Helm, Chest: Armor of the Sun, Arms: Black Iron, Legs: Black Iron SRSLY OWNS 1v1s If you're gonna be invading in to groups. Sub the two spells and heavy gem for lightning and wrath of the gods. BREAK EVERYONES POISE. STUNLOCK. PWN EVERYONE. It's not quite GiantDad, but it's almost as easy to play.

      • Anonymous

        08 Oct 2018 06:49  

        Low level Hide n' Seek Master build... 1: HIDE N' SEEK NINJAMANCER RINGS: Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring Obscuring Ring Untrue Dark Ring Hornet Ring Silvercat Ring Flynn's Ring ARMOR: Deserter's Trousers Worker's Gloves Grave Warden Robe WEAPONS: +2 Caestus (raw) +2 Mailbreaker (raw) +2 Astora Straight Sword (raw) This dude is meant to be played on High Wall of Lothric. Become fully hollowed. when people invade you, you do not wear the untrue dark ring; that ring is for when you invade people. it's much easier to hide if you're not cool-aid colored. You equip the cat ring if you are discovered. it's fun to run away when you won't take the damage that they will if they commit to following you. The way you start out with this build is using either the Collapse, Prostration, or Curl Up gesture near the very first mob of Hollows. in your own game, you'll want to kill the bell ringing chick and the other aggro hollow. Then you blend in with the other useless hollows. The invader will run past you. you then get up and backstab them as they attempt to look around/up the staircase without revealing themselves. I made this build a few years ago. The whole purpose was to make a "True Assassin" build. It became my favorite build, to this day. Also, another tip: You'll want to make your guy as pale-skinned and skinny as possible. Gotta look like a hollow even when you equip the untrue dark ring.

        • Anonymous

          08 Sep 2018 05:43  

          Fiz essa construção de força na qual fui bem durante o jogo, utiliza o Conjunto de Catarina, Escudo de Emblema de Asa Dourada +5, Machado Grande de Matador de Dragões +5. Essa construção visa em ficar abaixo dos 70% da proporção de peso ( esquivas mais rápidas), com o Anel de Farron possibilitando mais utilizações da habilidade da arma.

          • Anonymous

            13 Aug 2018 06:44  

            i gotta say in the hundreds of hours ive played in pvp 99% of the people i play against are honorable which is pretty damn good

            • Anonymous

              11 Aug 2018 16:59  

              I am trying to make a Mage duelist using Crystal Sage Rapier and clerics candlestick. Vig:17 Attu:20 End:27 Vit:30 Str:15 Dex:40 Int:50 Fai:15 Luck:10 Lvl:135 Starting Class: deprived What rings should I use?

              • Anonymous

                17 May 2018 21:42  

                this is my personal set up, and I think it is very good, especially with a quality/dex/str build. It comprends: silver knight helm and armor, exile gauntlets and leggins, black knight sword and shield. I tried to post it calling it "wandering gwyn knight", but for device problems I failed. If this english looks weird to you american and english it is because I'm italian, but ANYWAY I use mainly these rings: havel's ring, estus ring, blue tearstone ring, chartus milk ring.

                • Anonymous

                  04 Aug 2017 08:01  

                  Maiden in Black - SL 120 - Sorcerer - Starting item doesn't matter; Vig 26 - Att 35 - End 30 - Vit 7 - Str 12 - Dex 16 - Int 60 - Fai 11 - Luck 12. Weapon of choice; Friede's Great Scythe+5. Offhand; Court Sorcerer's Staff+10 and Grass Crest Shield+5 for utility. Rings; Bellowing Dragoncrest - Sage - Slumbering Dragoncrest - Wolf(allows casting when hit by anything that isn't an ultra/great/scythe). Spells; Great Farron Dart(for poking; it's not necessary) - Crystal Soul Spear - White Dragon Breath - Homing Crystal Soulmass - Snap Freeze(for utility). Armor; Crown of Dusk with the Firekeeper set. This build is for those who have skill at rolling and casting without lock on. Keep moving, whittle down your opponent and then finish off with weapon art. This build is primarily for invading but works for Blue Sentinel/Darkmoon cov as well.

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Jul 2017 20:53  

                    These builds are all pointless. you invade someone, and then you just place yourself among some enemies. boom done. almost no one has a seed of a giant tree. Why use "builds" if you can just troll? This is btw what I experienced all day as a blue phantom. gj pvp community. real skill

                    • Anonymous

                      18 May 2017 14:31  

                      After being ages lurking in the darkness of this forums, i decided to bring my own mage builds for sl100 and sl160, so you can see them soom

                      • Anonymous

                        15 May 2017 17:45  

                        a good build i call oni slayer pve/pvp build lvl 120 here stats you need deprived 39 health 40 dex 40 stam 11 strength 10 vit 10 int 10 fth 10 luck. You need a brass armor set and you need stamina ring. life ring, steel ring and ring of favor and main weapon onikiri+10 sharp gem i got to gold rande pvp with this build.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Apr 2017 01:19  

                          For those who want to try Bloodborne in DS3, I bring to you - THE DARK ONIKIRI+UBADACHI BUILD (SL 100)

                          Starting class: any, but I like Deprived best...
                          VGR: 15 STR: 13
                          ATT: 14 DEX: 40
                          END: 15 INT: 35
                          VIT: 12 FTH: 35

                          Weapon: DARK ONIKIRI + UBADACHI, with scaling + HUNTER'S RING + DARK CLUTCH RING, gives about 560 AR - highest AR I can make with any katana, unless someone can prove me wrong(?)

                          Use CAITHA'S CHIME for dark miracles like DEEP PROTECTION and DORHY'S GNAWING

                          and of course, for extra end recovery, use CHLORANTHY RING and maybe GRASS CREST SHIELD

                          This build is awesome for both PVE and PVP - since not many people have good dark defense, I like to invade lots and win to get Pale Tongues or whatever have you. Basic idea is just like bloodborne - roll lots, swing fast (don't be afraid to r1 spam like a casul), and look kinda cool depending on your armour. Personally, I like using the BRASS SET minus the chest, substituted for the FIREKEEPER ROBE.

                          Is this good? I think so.

                          - Love, IamDavidGustav on steam

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Apr 2017 18:17  

                            Fix phantom range promoting spacing? No, too much work.
                            Fix roll punish to punish mindless rolling? No, too much work.

                            The ***** you got paid for? Just eliminate pvp then

                            • Anonymous

                              14 Apr 2017 03:03  

                              Can someone delete the build at the bottom?
                              The Moonlight Warrior one is just an Ad to get people to join their clan.
                              Please delete, admins.

                              • Anonymous

                                27 Mar 2017 05:08  

                                Hello Peps
                                I would like to know what is the current Soul Level Meta for Pvp. My main is at level 75.
                                Thanks in advance :)

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