Recommended levels for matchmaking, by location, for Dark Souls 3. Please see our Online and Summon Range Calculator pages to understand matchmaking. Players can summon each other across NG+ cycles.

  •  +10 can be achieved as soon as you hit +9, there are early ways to get a slab.


New Game
Area Level Upgrade
High Wall of Lothric 1-20  +0-1
Undead Settlement 20-25  +1-2
Road of Sacrifices 25-35  +2
Farron Keep 35+  +3
Cathedral of the Deep 40+  +3-4
Catacombs of Carthus 45-50  +3-4
Smouldering lake  50+  +5-6
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley 55+  +5-7
Irithyll Dungeon 55+  +6-7
Profaned Capital 55+  +6-7
Anor Londo 50-60  +6-7
Lothric Castle 55-60  +7-9 (10)
Consumed King's Garden 55-60  +7-9 (10)
Untended Graves 60+  +7-9 (10)
Grand Archives 65+  +7-9 (10)
Archdragon Peak 65-70  +8-9 (10)
Kiln of the First Flame  70+  +9-10


New Game +
Area Level Upgrade
High Wall of Lothric 70-100 +10
Undead Settlement 70-100 +10
Road of Sacrifices 100-120 +10
Farron Keep 100-120 +10
Cathedral of the Deep 100-120 +10
Catacombs of Carthus 100-120 +10
Smouldering lake 100-120 +10
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley 100-120 +10
Irithyll Dungeon 100-120 +10
Profaned Capital 100-120 +10
Anor Londo 100-120 +10
Lothric Castle 120-150 +10
Consumed King's Garden 120-150 +10
Untended Graves 120-150 +10
Grand Archives 120-150 +10
Archdragon Peak 120-150 +10
Kiln of the First Flame 120-150 +10


    • Anonymous

      03 Apr 2020 03:40  

      I have the DLC, so I always screw myself over as far as getting randoms because i'm sl40 at the cathedral with a +10 weapon lol

      • Anonymous

        23 Feb 2020 14:46  

        I really don't get these recommendations... if you level naturally, as in buy all equipment/items you need and then spend the rest of your souls on levels, then you'll be WAY higher than these recommendations. On my first playthrough I was level 85/90ish by the time I reached Lothric Castle, and that was after buying most spells and a lot of items. What are people spending their souls on??

        • Anonymous

          11 Feb 2020 04:57  

          My policy for making area specific builds or whatever is to go by upgrade level per 10 SL, up to 80, past 80 I just go right to +10.

          • Anonymous

            10 Feb 2020 17:15  

            I guess always having the souls+ ring equipped made me a little overleveled... oh well, it's my second playthrough so I'm not missing out on much.

            • Anonymous

              22 Jan 2020 20:46  

              The weapon upgrade level for invasions is still valid in 2020, but the level is not. Five levels lower would be more accurate for every area.

              • 26 Dec 2019 19:30  

                Kiln of the First Flame - level 108 myself. did not ever grind, but had helped a friend with coop some areas. i guess you have to purposly not level up or be losing souls to be so underleveled

                • Anonymous

                  21 Oct 2019 10:12  

                  From what I've encountered this chart is no longer accurate. It seems like players are more active with lower soul levels in each area. My rough estimate is that people are more around 10 levels lower than what the chart says in each area.

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Oct 2019 09:24  

                    From what I encountered, pontiffs is the best place also the bonfire before that, Wear either a way of blue so players your lvl will be summoned to you from another location, also u can be a sentinal (same thing but reverse) also a blade of dark moon which also reacts as a summon sign from a distance, just keep faith and have patience, I'm at all 181 and at pontiffs with ng ++ and I'm getting it pretty good so maybe you guys ain't putting your signs in the right place, or fully max your weapons your equipping, so try this out and let the world know the proof

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Sep 2019 21:50  

                      And if my weapon is a boss weapon that only upgrades to 5+? does it scales the same way so that in smouldering lake i can already have my weapon maxed out?

                      • Anonymous

                        02 May 2019 04:22  

                        Would not recommend the wiki-recommended level and upgrade for Catacombs of Carthus. I'd actually recommend being lower on the range rather than say, lvl 49 with a +4 weapon. With a +10-capable weapon (i.e. not something that maxes out at +5, which count as double their normal value) at +4, I could find but ONE person to summon and he was inexperienced and got himself killed immediately. I'd aim for a lower level for that place or higher, possibly. On my other characters, I was usually at a different range and found people, though to be fair, the catacombs suck. People just don't want to coop there. It was a good range for the boss, though, fortunately. Two summons were there without effort.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Apr 2019 07:31  

                          I'm lv32 , first play of the game, and already went to Irithyll with the doll. This level might apply only for easy-gaming. This is for "match making" but who the hell can beat champion gravetender early?

                          • Anonymous

                            17 Apr 2019 04:39  

                            NG, SL90 (+6/+3) Where can i find my most invasions? Was hoping to get summoned as a blue, but I guess I may have outdone the area past pontiff.. oh well.. now just tryna find the next best thing.. am I forced to upgrade my weapons past (+6/+3) just a guy tryna get Darkmoon blade haha

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