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

 




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    • Anonymous

      If you click on the individual pages for these locations, they have different level ranges listed from the ones here. This needs updating, lol.

      • Anonymous

        If you click on the individual pages for these locations, they have different level ranges listed from the ones here. This needs updating, lol.

        • Anonymous

          On my first run I was SL170 by the end, so on my second I capped myself at SL80 until I beat gael... It was harder but way more fun

          • Anonymous

            If everyone would just stay at SL-1, then summoning/invading would be way easier. :)
            What is the point of levelling-up anyway? Fashion Souls?
            (to be fair, this would be a valid reason)

            • Anonymous

              High Wall should be SL10-SL15.

              Undead Settlement SL15-SL20.

              Farron Keep SL25-SL35 (the higher you go the more ganks you'll encounter).

              Cathedral & Catacombs SL35-SL50

              Lothric Castle & Consumed King's SL60-SL75.

              Untended Graves SL65-SL80.

              Grand Archives & Archdragon SL75-SL90.

              Kiln SL90+.

              Both DLCs (which aren't even mentioned lul) SL90-SL125.

              NG+ is SL100+ at the mimimum.

              • Anonymous

                I came here because this is my second soulsborne game and feel as if most of the bosses have been pretty easy...I was looking forward to a fight with the dancer and beat her first try without much of a fight...I'm level 70 with a +7 sharp infused astora UGS quality build (favoring dex a bit over strength). I really don't think its because I'm good. I stopped summoning for boss fights because it made them all easy and I'm still beating them first shot...I didn't really farm very much, just a little from the maggots and silver Knights, but mostly for items not levels...I dunno!

                • It’s so hard to not spend souls in this game. Especially as someone who plays PVE mostly and rarely dies in NG because of being so familiar with the game.

                  I hope Elden Ring bumps up the matchmaking gaps a lil more because sometimes I’m in the mood for PVP but then realize I’m too overleveled for a certain area.

                  • Anonymous

                    I was doing dancer of boreall valley as third boss bcs i killed emma and i thought thats boss i have to do xd with lvl 30 xd

                    • Anonymous

                      Yeah I definitely over leveled here. I didn't know you could just home bone out of the soul of cinder fight so I beat the entire game first and that made me level 120(I did grind a bit) so that's 50 levels above the average. With this playthrough I killed dancer because I forgot dancer was optional when you first are at lothric, and got an early +10 too so I was decimating most bosses.

                      • Anonymous

                        I'm interested in rec lvls for dlc areas too. Just finished the painted world first playthrough. Friede defeated solo at sl 104. Anything less would have been difficult tho I do have some inefficiencies in my point distribution. Started as herald to chase some sort of dex/faith style build ya know... I felt like soft caps in end and Vigor were almost necessary. Unless you play darksouls like a god of course.

                        • Anonymous

                          I must have done something wrong then, since i got to Irithyll at SL52 and a +7 weapon, having killed the Dancer early and farmed large shards/chunks by the Greatlance lothric lancer

                          • Anonymous

                            I don't get why people have to force a low level especially if you aren't playing online. I play pve and i like to get some supplement spells and stuff so who cares if my attunment is 18 just so i can have spook and hidden body and a buff. Then i want some luck to get some items, and some vitality so i dont have to wear crown headpiece all game. who cares if you got 30 vitality and 30 luck, just play your game its pve, everyone is a try hard in dark souls, let them fight online.

                            • Anonymous

                              yo...lvl 70 in archdragon peak...83 in ng+ wtf...im lvl 78 and im stuck on the DANCER...guess im not madefor dark souls.

                              • Anonymous

                                This chart feels like way too low... I have to actively try not to overlevel with souls in my inventory and even then I'm 20 levels ahead of the curve

                                • Anonymous

                                  So here we have the recommended level and upgrade ranges. But what are your recommendations as to which areas are fun to invade in? I'm asking fellow invaders here.
                                  For example if you try invading in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley you'll have a huge area where it's often impossible to find the host.
                                  For farming covenant items I recommend the first bonfire after demon prince. You'll often invade into an area where the host has just died, because apparently a lot of people die to the orange archers.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I'm pretty new to dark souls 3, and the soulsborne genre as a whole. So far my friend who has over 300 hours on ds3 has carried me through my first playthrough. At the moment I am sl 78 and am ready to start a ng+. I feel like although my sl does seem a little low I do need to work on my skill at understanding my enemies and how to fight them. After looking at the comments here I am realising just how toxic people are and how oblivious they are at realising their own mistakes. Not trying to be toxic, just saying my opinion.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Whoever made this is complete bull****. I'm at level 125 and still getting my ass kick Archdragon Peak and also trying to defeat lothric. It's toxic man.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Doing my first solid play through over this summer, and I regret farming (easy to do esp on Farron watchdogs) bc I was too high lvled to do a lot of stuff and missed my opportunity to do Farron covenant. My suggestion for anyone as noob as me is to do covenant stuff ASAP bc it’s a good time. Later game don’t worry, you can always put on Aldrich faithful for a fight, and if ur +70 SL people on NG+ might be able to spawn for bosses. But most bosses are harder w/ too many guests and the NPC helpers aren’t ****. Oh yeah, take those Pilgrim levels early before he dies and you seal off ur FTH build from half the dark miracles lol

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Not a good player here only have beaten one of the Soulsbornekiro games, but I was wondering if somebody could make a suggested levels for bosses page I need a level for Nameless King and Soul of Cinder (I am 84 +10 weapon)

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Not a veteran but have played Dark Souls 8 years ago and I picked up Dark Souls 3 deluxe edition in Steam Golden Week sale. I did some jolly co-operation for Dancer of the Boreal Valley. Before I knew, I had 180k souls so I levelled up since it will be a waste not to. I am already at SL 65 with +6 Heavy Claymore in Catacomb of Carthus (I haven't even started this area). Obviously, I am over-levelled for invasion here. Should I keep levelling up or should I wait until I finish Anor Londo or should I go to Ashes of Ariandel.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              It does say for matchmaking, bosses will be easier or harder depending on your build and playstyle, if you loose to a boss five times in a row its probably worth leveling up once or twice, rinse a repeat till you succeed.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                How do people stay that low, i am level 110 when reaching ringed city, i do not farm souls and buy many consumables/upgrade materials, i also kill aldrich after competing the dlc. Are people not leveling on purpose or are they dying so often, they can use ring of sacrifice if they are afraid of dying before retrieving. I don't know but these recommendations seem very low-ish.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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.

                                                          • 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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                        • 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

                                                                            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

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    • 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

                                                                                        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?

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