Summon Range Calculator is used to determine if players can connect with each other in Online play.

 

Soul-Level Based Matchmaking

If you are looking to play with a friend, please use a password: this will remove the limits to multiplayer and scale the strong party down to the lower one.
The official wiki password is Fextra.
Below is a general calculator for ranges. This quick reference has an error margin of + - 10 levels at high levels.
Please note that weapon upgrades also take a part in matchmaking.

Host's level:

 



Below are an Excel Sheet and matchmaking formulas provided to calculate precise matchmaking ranges.
Further below, there are Soul level and weapon upgrade level recommendations for easy matchmaking.

Detailed Calculator by Pound_Cake94 (Excel Sheet takes a bit to load)

 

The Formula is Covenant Dependent:

The following table is depicted as active from patch 1.13 by From Software.

Co-op Sign Summons SL : Host's Level
Upper: SL + 10 + ( SL * 0.1 )
Lower: SL – 10 – ( SL * 0.1 )
Remarks: Also affects Warrior of Sunlight and Mound Makers
Way of Blue (Auto) SL : Host's Level
Upper: SL + 15 + ( SL * 0.1 )
Lower: SL – 15 – ( SL * 0.1 )
Remarks: Affects Blue Sentinels and Blades of the Darkmoon
PvP Dark Spirit Invasion SL : Invader Level
Upper: SL + 20 + ( SL * 0.1 )
Lower: SL – ( SL * 0.1 )
Remarks: Red Eye Orb, etc?
Mound Maker Invasion SL : Invader Level
Upper: SL + 20 + ( SL * 0.15 )
Lower: SL – ( SL * 0.1 )
Remarks: Invasions from  Mound Makers
Covenant Invasion (defend territory) SL : Host Level
Upper: SL + ( SL * 0.1 )
Lower: SL – 20 – ( SL * 0.2 )


Legacy Table (pre patches)

  • Min/Max is given as the Host's min/max level relative to the invader's or phantom's level.
Condition Min Max
Summoning a White Phantom, Warrior of Sunlight, Mound-Maker or no covenant Host - 20 Host + 20
Defending Summons of: Blades of the Darkmoon or Blue Sentinels Host - 10 Host + 30
Territorial Invasions by: Watchdogs of Farron or Aldrich Faithful Host - 10 Host + 40
Invasion from Warriors of Sunlight or no covenant Host - 10 Host + 30
Invasion from Mound-Maker Host - 10 Host + 35

 

Weapon-Based Matchmaking

Dark Souls 3 uses Soul Level + Upgrade Level to determine multiplayer ranges.  If  a player has a weapon at +10, they can be matched with players who have +8 or more. If a player has no upgrades, they can be paired with players with up to +1 weapons.
Players have deduced that weapons that only go to +5 operate as double their numbers. So +1 is +2, +2 is +4, etc.

*Even if you no longer have a weapon of the max level you managed to upgrade, the game "remembers" what is the max upgraded level you had.

Host Highest Upgrade

Guest Highest Upgrade

+ 0

+ 1

+ 1

+ 2

+ 2

+ 3

+ 3

+ 4

+ 4

+ 6

+ 5

+ 7

+ 6

+ 8

+ 7

+ 9

+ 8

+ 10

+ 9

+ 10

+ 10

+ 10

 


 

ember-icon Optimal levels for Co-op

While sitting on one of these level tiers, you can summon phantoms and be summoned by hosts ranging from one tier below you through to one tier above you.

Host Soul Level or phantom

Weapon Upgrade Level (Special weapon upgrade level)

1 +0 (0)
11 +1 (0)
22 +2 (1)
34 +3 (1)
47 +4 (2)
61 +6 (3)
77 +8 (4)
94 +10 (5)
113 +10 (5)
134 +10 (5)
150 +10 (5)

 

  Recommended Level and Upgrade for Invasions

Area

Level

Upgrade

High Wall of Lothric 1-12 +0 to +1
Undead Settlement 15-20 +1 to +2
Watchdogs of Farron / Crucifixion Woods 20-30 +2 to +3
Farron Keep 35-45 +2 to +4
Cathedral of the Deep 35-45 +2 to +4
Catacombs of Carthus 35-45 +4
Smouldering Lake 45-60 +6
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley 45-60 +6 to +7
Irithyll Dungeon 45-60 +6 to +7
Profaned Capital 60-70 +7 to +8
Aldrich Faithful / Pontiff's Back Porch 40-60 (125) +4 to +7 (+10)
Anor Londo 60-70 +6 to +7
Lothric Castle 70-75 +8 to +10
Consumed King's Garden 70-75 +8 to +10
Untended Graves 70-75 +8 to +10
Grand Archives 70-75 +8 to +10
Archdragon Peak 70-75 +8 to +10
Kiln of the First Flame 80-90 +10
The Painted World of Ariandel 80-90 +10
The Ringed City 80-90 +10
Spear of the Church From 75 to 125  +10



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    • Anonymous

      If I could change a few things to make PVP more accessible, I would allow characters to decrease their SL and only count the weapons in their inventory for the Weapon-Based Matchmaking. That way we could take our one 125SL character, decrease its SL to 45, equip only +4 weapons and PVP in lower level areas (like road of sacrifices). Currently, doing this is only possible with dedicated low SL characters (which is a pain).

      Of course, this changes bring some problems, like weapon swapping or having upgraded Estus. For Weapon Swapping: I would make it only count the current weapons in your inventory (ignoring any upgraded weapons in your bonfire storage). And for Estus: I would make the Estus Flask count as a weapon for the purposes of upgrades (a +9 Estus would count as if you had a +9 weapon).

      • Anonymous

        Hey FROMSFOTWARE - remove SL and Weapon Matchmaking, give all weapons an arbitrary VS PLAYER damage scaling, seperate from PVE - and Balance stats from higher levels invading lower levels to match.

        Boom. Like, this isn't a difficult concept.

        Now everyone can invade or co-op everywhere, and nobody can twink.

        • Anonymous

          Hi I've made a counter twink build would anybody be able to dupe rings armor and weapons to me please? PSN ID : zT_Smokez . Thanks in advance

          • Anonymous

            I'm SL 35 +4 because I love the catacombs way too much. Fellows with soul levels from 32 to 50, always play embered please. Specially if you need to fight Wolnir. <3

            • Anonymous

              In your experience, is SL 40 +4 good to find matches at Farron Keep, Cathedral and Catacombs? And at Irithyll or Pontiff?

              • Anonymous

                This is out of date btw. In patch 1.35 they did what DS2 did to keep super late game alive. SL 351 is the max for matchmaking. You can be matched with anyone from 351-802 but not below 351. Which is an excellent change. For the last 2 days I’ve been doing a bunch of pvp in the area after Pontiff started at sl 356 and man there’s a ton of people all the time. Constant invasions. It’s also not as unbalanced as you might think. While the damage difference of an 802 and 351 is quite large the hp and defense isn’t. So it balances out quite well.

                • Anonymous

                  This frustrates me. It assumes there would be a consistent number of players regardless of your level and in 2021, that's not the case. I think I've seen a player summon twice since I started playing months ago.

                  • Anonymous

                    Is the end game meta still around SL120? I'm currently 95, but I just stopped levelling mostly because I don't like that one questline with Yoel that forces you to level up. Heard from a friend it locks you out of some things if you abuse it too much per playthru.

                    • Anonymous

                      Is the summoning mechanic only relying on soul and weapon level?
                      I am currently on a SL-1 +0 weapons run and sometimes I place a summon sign in case another player wants some help in their challenge run.
                      However, when I am getting summoned (e.g. Ariandel Chapel), it is usually by someone using equipment that surpasses the summon range limits described on this page (like player able to onehand the Wolf Knight's Greatshield or the Greatsword).

                      • Anonymous

                        hey if anyone want to add me for coop I'm 69 lvl in dark souls 3 my friends they don't play dark souls so if anyone interested for coop my gamertag it's DangerClose8022 send me message on Xbox to start playing I have 2 characters 1 mage 146 lvl and pyromancer 69 I'm in Crousifixion Road

                        • Anonymous

                          upgraded rings is is it matter if u want to be summoned in dark souls 3 im 69 lvl and I'm looking to co op with random players I'm in high wall of lothric with random players I meant

                          • Anonymous

                            upgraded rings is is it matter if u want to be summoned in dark souls 3 im 69 lvl and I'm looking to co op with random players I'm in high wall of lothric

                            • Anonymous

                              hey I wanted to ask if anyone know I'm 69 lvl in dark souls 3 and I want to be summoned in High wall of lothric is it possible?

                              • Anonymous

                                RIP me. Had soo many souls and leveled up to 140 (NG). Now I can't see signs anymore. But I can offer help against Midir and Gael instead.

                                • Anonymous

                                  What is the best soul level to find people who haven't yet beaten Deacons, Watchers and/or Wolnir? (both for helping and for invasions)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Just a quick question.

                                    If my friend happend to give me a Havel's ring +3

                                    While I am on SL 20

                                    Will it be possible?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      The amount of twinks early on is mind-boggling. Every single encounter I have with another player before level 40 is a ****ing twink. It's so ****ing sad.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Bro matchmaking is completely broken. I just attempted to invade for the pale tongues for a questline on some people. EVERY SINGLE PERSON had 2 phantoms with them of players that were easily above level 200. They had so much health, armor, weapons and stats. My level 20 character weidling base weapons was dealing 10 damage to them per swing. How am I supposed to even invade and fight one person when they're matching me against people at least 100 levels higher and with significantly better equipment. One time i invaded against a guy with 1 phantom level 100+ AND THEN the game decided he didn't have enough back up and then sent him a way of blue phantom that was level 100+. DUDE I JUST WANT ONE PALE TONGUE JESUS. I just ganked by people hundreds of levels higher with end game gear ****.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          If I get it right. Red with +6 can invade a "no password" world with a host with +8, who can have a phantom with +10. Isn't that a huge af disadvantage?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Guys question, if im at lever 125 is there anyway i can co op with a friend who is now starting the game ?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Guys, a question here. I have a +7 weapon and according to this page i can invade up to +5 - 9 guys. But a summon calculator i googled recently insists on a range of +5 to +10. Which would explain some of the weird encounters I’ve had during Pontiff invasions. So who should I trust more?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                me and my friend are trying now for 2 days to play co-op, we have the exact network settings and password but i cannot see his summon sign. I'm level 29 and he is level 37 so according to the calculator i can host and play with him, but we cant play. Is this a problem with the servers or are we are doing something wrong? thanks.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  What’s the key to ds3 pvp? I want to farm vertebrae shackles throughout a playthrough running for the pyromancy trophy, wanted to get started invading early, as soon as I get the covenant and red eye orb. It’s just not possible, I was expecting the soul level range to help me face players around the same range, giving me the chance for an equal opponent, but no! EVERY single one is way stronger, ie. has top tier end game items that require high stats and a bunch of phantoms, spamming their crystal soul spear etc, no chance at all WTF

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    *Has a go at PVP by invading in Crucifixion woods at slvl 30, +3 weapon, with standard gear from the area on NG, gets summoned to host in full Lapp armour and Onyx blade with three other phantoms* kms

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Well, I was under the impression that upgrading a weapon was the normal thing to do until it was maxed, lol.
                                                      I have like, three weapons at +10, and am around SL110. Is my multi-player experience gonna be gimped?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        There's a meta for PvP at 100, and another at 120/125. At 100, you're at probably the last threshold to be able to invade people still in NG in the Ringed City or Painted World, while also being able to play with level 125s in the Pontiff's area, albeit at a level disadvantage.

                                                        At 125, you've established you're basically aiming for Aldritch area PvP (and the occasional Ringed City NG+ invasion), with full builds like Dex/Int, Quality, Str/Faith, and others who have 'completed' their characters.

                                                        110 is also a good sweet spot. You can still invade down to level 100s in all situations, but still get to play with the 125s.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          +8 upgrade seems to be optimal for mid/late game coop/pvp as it will let you connect with players with +6 up to +10 upgraded weapons.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            kinda **** calculator i still end up with level 50 journey 4 asses serving my brain fresh on a plate even tho im sl 30

                                                            • It's a thing that the game lets you do, even without hacking. Just like how the game lets people summon their level 802 buddies that have 20 attunement slots and full havel's while using whatever weapon they want while still mid-rolling. Both suck to fight if you're trying to go 'legit,' but both happened regardless. On both sides, it's something you have to deal with.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Despite these restrictions, twink invaders are still a real issue. Perhaps not as big as an issue as they could have been but it's still pretty bad.

                                                                Haven't played in about 3 years, came back to play with a friend new to the series and twinks everywhere. It's discouraging, and I found out the other day about the seed nerf.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I read about beeing 125 SL is the perfect level for PvE and PvP. If i'm 126 SL will it afect too much this "perfect" level ?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I have a question about being summoned. Helping a buddy after he lost his original file, when he summons me, does my level scale to his? My SL is currently 407, and his is around 115.

                                                                    He also wants to duel me once he hits 120 for all the help I’ve given him, so would I scale, or stay at my actual SL?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      It would be really nice if you could reverse-reinforce weapons. I grinded for a +7 weapon at SL35 and I can't find anybody to play with :(

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I want to play as SL50 to invade and also help people as sunbro against Wolnir, Sulyvahn and Yhorm. Should I have +4 weapon level or +6?

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          if i have a +2 weapon (titanite scale) i can summon a +3 phantom (normal titanite)? or be summon by a host with a with a +3 weapon?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I wish there is a way to tell you which ng level you are summoned to as a helper. I once got summoned to a Pontiff fight and he one-shot me (40 vigor all gear on) on the first hit....must be a ng++ I guess

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              One question:
                                                                              Is DS3 like DS1 about level when invading?

                                                                              I mean, in Dark Souls 1, if you invade, you could invade anyone from your level and above... with this, someone could still get PVP even by being high level, is this the same or a high level has no chance of getting PVP? You invade only by this same phanton range?

                                                                              • Total newb question here....What exactly do I need to do in order to summon help when I get stuck on a boss? So far the only summons I have been able to find are what I believe are just NPCs like the two that help against Pontiff S. How do I summon a real player?

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I'm currently helping people kill Soul of Cinder so if anyone needs help my signs down and ready. I'm currently on a 3-0 win streak with helping people beat him.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I need help with the dancer of boreal. Im trying to beat it early and I accidentally killed the vordt boss so I can't summon the swordsman. Please help

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Hello, if i have weapon +2 on my 20 level - can i invade +0? And what about bows? Arbalets? Maximum Arbalets can be+10,if i up arbalet +2 can i invade +0? Thanks

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I knew I shouldn’t’ve upgraded my special weapon. Now I have to go to the next tier or make a new character.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Wait so how does this work? Who can I invade/get invaded by if I have a level 150 character with a +5 Twin Princes' Greatsword?

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            The Weapon-Based Matchmaking of this page is inaccurate. You can't invade a player with +0 weapons if you have a +1 weapon.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Has anyone ran into ganks with a super overlevled phantom, the one I ran into was almost all naked and he one shot me and other invaders with Chaos bed vestiges, is there a glitch to have a over SL phantom not get nurfed

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                We had so many memories, From.. But now..? Their making new games, new franchises... We had a blast. May the flames guide thee and praise the sun!!

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  That calculator is completely inaccurate. Im level 80 and my buddy is level 39. I can come into his world at anytime and i have +7 weapons and he hasnt upgraded at all. Mabey this is just the passeorded matchmaking but either way that calculator is completly false. Mabey only good for invasions.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I have a SL120 character, and I want to get all the trophies with him, but I also wanna be able to pvp. That means I have to go through ng+ trying to do usurpation of fire ending, but i will have to lvl up an additional 5 times with yoel. Is there any workaround? Like, can you ditch lvls when respecing on Rosaria or sth?

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I am sl 47 and i have a straight sword of sunlight +4 or whatever its name is. Im in farron keep and i was able to get quite a lot of invasions. My weapon acording to this site is +8 which is the recommended for the final areas of the game. How is this posible?

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I'm trying to get summoned as a Blue on a low level character, but this page seems to contradict itself. I punched host level 1 into the calculator and it says the upper limit for Blue Summons is 11.1. The thing is the formula given says (host)SL+15+(SL*.1) which to me is 1+15+.1=16.1. I know most people aren't running deprived, but still is the calculator or formula more reliable? Or are my reading and math skills just terrible? Also what is the highest Weapon upgrade you can have as a Blue to be summoned to a Host with +0 weapons? I always thought it was just -/+1 from your weapon level, but I'm seeing people say you can match with 2 weapon levels below yourself so is going to +2 safe for low level sentinel summons?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Only if that was true, **** invaders that are lagged, or run for the mobs, or using boss weapons from the final bosses on the first areas....

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I'm SL77 +7 and invasions are slow as Aldrich Faithful but at SL70 I have no problem, I really needed these 7 too rip

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I'm sl 70(61 was a mistake but the rest became temptation) my weapons are still at +6. Am I no longer able to maximize hitting the sweet spot for mid level invasion for all the covenants?(for context once in a while i can invade in irithril. will sometimes be in embers. no areas before that.)

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Okay. I'm soul level 20 and special weapon +1. (Onyx blade) Just loking to put my warrior of sunlight summon sign down to help players defeat the dancer early game. I don't care for pvp with this build JUST jolly co-op. I've put hundreds of hours into gameplay with this build helping others (they stand away and watch mostly, which I get it) WRECKING the dancer and DEMOLISHING vordt! Could I keep my soul level 20, and upgrade to +5 and still be summoned to help early gamers punish the dancer and vordt? And will that take my chances of co-op with random players entirely away from making vordt pancakes?

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  I have a question: If I upgrade a weapon to +10 for example and then I sell it, making a much lower level weapon be now my highest level weapon, will the matchmaking search for + &lt;7? Or will it go back to a lower level?

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    I have a character at SL 120 and a +7 weapon and have been PVPing at aldrich's area, would upgrading my weapon to a +10 get me more or less invasions/summons there? which is more active?

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Guys one question, i just finish my sl 1 run now and i wanna try some new builds, my question is about reinforcement of weapons.The game still go remember my weapon level upgrade after i reload my previous save file backup? Like this my backup save now have 0 upgrade level reinforcement and i go to + 4 and after i return to the old file backup, the game go to remember my upgrade in 0 our + 4 reinforcement?

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Does invasion levels carry over from other saves? For example: Main Character Lv.130, playing on alt character Lv.20, Lv.20 gets invaded by players with higher gear. I've been having this issue where my lower level characters have been invaded by characters with gear close to end game but I'm still progressing through high wall. Also, players who are summoned as co-op, can they increase the chance of being invaded by higher levels also?

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Does anyone know if there's a summon condition between the normal version of Ds3 and the fire fades edition?

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