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


    • 06 Jan 2019 00:55  

      How is the Cathedral of the Deep considered more difficult than Farron Keep? I think the only reason less people go there first, is less people find the Crystal Sage first. That area is marginally more easily traversed than the poison swamp, fast enemies, and Dark Wraiths of Farron. Not to mention the difficulty difference between the Abyss Watchers and the Deacons is pretty significant too.

      • Anonymous

        27 Sep 2018 11:48  

        Can you get summoned by the host without a password if your normal weapon is let's say +4 when host has +3 weapon?

        • Anonymous

          08 Aug 2018 04:45  

          I think its pointless to use have a +2 weapon for invasions. either go +1 or +4 for low sl pvp because if someone is going to upgrade it there weapon with titanite they're not just going to stop at +1 or +2. So either go +1 if you want to match up with +0's and go +4 if you want to match up with = +3's and +4's.

          • Anonymous

            23 May 2018 16:56  

            It would've been better to set up the levels by categories. If you're level 11, you can hang out with everyone low-leveled. If you're lvl 22 you can hang out with anyone on the SL 11 threshold. If you're SL 34 you can meet with people at lvl 22.
            Would it have killed you to have put a little thought into it? Because I think the playerbase is getting killed instead.

            • Anonymous

              30 Apr 2018 19:49  

              what about weapons that only go to +5? Do they still count as +10?
              also, do shields count as weapons? like if i have a lvl +10 shield, but have a lvl +2 sword?
              (or +2 sword, +2 shield in my hands, +10 staff as second weapon)

              • Anonymous

                24 Mar 2018 04:24  

                This guide has many holes. Here we go...covens play a hand in invasion/summons. Hollow curse build will increase invasion and decrease helpers. Cant find help? Cure your hollow or join a more helping coven. Also open up matchmaking to more than just your region. That helps as well. Lvls are too low here. Way too many players jack up early so no matter what lvl, during day hours you shouldnt have that many problems. Happy gaming. And remember, you may be a vet, but acting out with insults makes you sound like a child.

                • 13 Mar 2018 11:06  

                  Ahh i know pain. SL 15 +1 and just made it to Anor Londo and oh boy cant wait for the next phase bosses. All just to be a low level invader. Praise in Dark Hand and infused weapons

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Mar 2018 17:46  

                    Im SL76 and Im a complete noob rn with a +8 weapon and i was wondering that if i do NG+ would there be new items that would be useful to get?or would it not be even worth it?

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Feb 2018 05:30  

                      So I'm SL172 and I'm still on NG (No plus) because I was doing the game with my friends and they both decided to make new characters and I didn't so I did it with them again + farmed lots of souls... So would I need to get to NG++ for more common summons by randoms since I'm way higher than what I'm apparently supposed to be?

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Feb 2018 03:17  

                        SL75 with a +8 weapon and only just got to Consumed King's Garden.

                        Been seeing fewer and fewer summon signs and messages around places the more I advanced, even when being embered. Anything involving PvP such as invasions or being summoned as a blue spirit happened way less as well.

                        I don't know if I'm overleveled or if the areas themselves just didn't have players with an optimal level range at the time I went through them.

                        Eitherway it just felt lonely...

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Jan 2018 02:04  

                          On my first (and hopeless) playthrough, I chose Deprived and died frequently. After getting to SL20, I gave up and started a second playthrough as a knight.

                          I was concerned about getting plowed to death by Vordt, so I grinded for about 5 days until I was SL61. Nothing was really challenging until Irithyll.

                          Moral of the story, if it takes over 15 minutes of grinding for one level, you should probably move on.

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