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Dark Souls 3 NG+ Guide: How to find NG+ and NG++ Rings

The location of every reinforced ring exclusive to NG+ and NG++ (with screenshots).

New Game Plus (NG+) is the wondrous ability to start a finished game over from the beginning, with all of your earned equipment and abilities -- often pitting you against enemies scaled to compete against your endgame abilities

In Dark Souls 3, NG+ -- or Journey 2, as they call it -- not only promises more Souls, but grants you the chance to do things differently. If you botched a shop upgrade for a vendor in Firelink Shrine, you can start over and fix it; if you messed up an NPC quest, you can go back and see it through.

Additionally, you can transpose your twisted souls into spells, weapons, or rings that you passed up in the first playthrough. In Dark Souls 3, NG+ will even tweak and expand the available loot found throughout the world.

The Soul items scattered all about are replaced by more potent versions in NG+. More importantly, some previously empty corpses are freshly stocked with ring upgrades in NG+ and NG++ -- and I'm here to show you how to find them.

That's right, the reinforced rings from Dark Souls 2 are back, but you can't get a single one of them without starting NG+. Prepare yourself for death, death, and more death.

Dark Souls 3 NG+ and NG++ Rings

For this guide, I'll cover every reinforced ring you can find in chronological order starting from NG++ (Journey 3). At this point, every ring is available for you to pick up. Note that all +1 rings are found starting in NG+ (Journey 2).

Speckled Stoneplate Ring +1

It's hard to miss the Speckled Stoneplate Ring +1 if you go after the Giant Crystal Lizard in the Cemetery of Ash. It's on a corpse right at the top of the incline.

If you've never been here, go back to the tutorial area and head down the path with the orange message that says "Turn back."

Wolf Ring +2

After you kill Ludex Gundyr, open the large double doors leading out to the graveyard in front of Firelink Shrine. Head through the doorway and turn around. The ring will be on a corpse slumped up against the wall on the right.

If you can't find it, remember that +2 rings won't show up until NG++ (Journey 3).

Fleshbite Ring +1

The Fleshbite Ring +1 will require some finesse in jumping. From the Tower on the Wall bonfire at the High Wall of Lothric, descend to the floor with two thieves and walk outside. Descend the ladder onto the roof of the building with the dark blob hollow and make your way towards the other ladder -- the one with the lamp sitting at the top.

From here, you can see the Fleshbite Ring +1 on the roof across from you. Line up your jump between the ladder and the lamp and you should make it. Waltz over to the corpse for your reward.

Ring of the Evil Eye +2

Head back to where you found the Fleshbite Ring +1. Instead of jumping the gap, slide down the ladder and enter the building with the Lothric Spear Knight. Pass him and descend into the room with the Estus Shard on an anvil.

To the right of the staircase where you find the Cell Key hides the Ring of the Evil Eye +2. It's behind a couple of barrels where the prism stone is sitting in the screenshot below.

Poisonbite Ring +1

From the Dilapidated Bridge bonfire in the Undead Settlement, head forth into the graveyard near the White Birch Tree. Hiding behind a well between the Cleric's set and some umbral ash is the Poisonbite Ring +1.

Life Ring +1

From the church in the Undead Settlement, take the elevator up and roll off onto a wooden platform about halfway up. You should hear the vocal pondering of Siegward as you ride past, if you've been following his quest.

From the wooden platform, head out onto the balcony and look behind the last pillar on the right to find the Life Ring +1.

Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2

After fighting the Fire Demon with Siegward, head up onto the roof of the building the two Evangelists are in. Near Flynn's Ring you can fall down onto the roof of a hut. Drop to loot the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2.

Chloranthy Ring +2

From the Road of Sacrifices bonfire, head forth down the path. Kill the enemy mage and look down. There is a ledge on the left you can drop down to that holds a corpse coveting the Cloranthy Ring +2. A pair of Brigand Twindaggers sits on the ledge right below it.

Lingering Dragoncrest Ring +1

From the Crucifixion Woods bonfire, drop down into the shallow water near the giant crab enemy. You can pick up the Grass Crest Shield near a tree here.

Head forward into the water and pick up the Lingering Dragoncrest Ring +1. Be wary, though; the giant crab will attack you if you're not using stealth spells like I am in the screenshot.

Ring of the Evil Eye +1

The Ring of the Evil Eye +1 is hidden behind the statue just before the Deacons of the Deep boss in the Cathedral of the Deep. Be sure to deal with the enemies nearby before grabbing it.

Ring of Favor +2

The Ring of Favor +2 is on the roof of the Cathedral of the Deep. From the Cleansing Chapel bonfire, turn around and take the shortcut on the left. Head into the room on the left and take the elevator up. Wrap around the outside of the tower and climb up the ladder.

Drop down onto the rafters below and climb to the top. On the left is a great axe-wielding hollow guarding the Ring of Favor +2.

Magic Stoneplate Ring +1

From the Farron Keep bonfire, head out into the poison swamp and turn right. Trudge along until you come to an area dense with curse frogs. Kill them off safely and grab the Magic Stoneplate Ring +1 from a corpse slumped against a tree.

Dark Stoneplate Ring +2

The Dark Stoneplate Ring +2 is hiding behind a wall near the Keep Ruins bonfire. Behind the bonfire and across the bridge burns one of the 3 flames of Farron Keep. Follow the wall along the back to find a corpse slumped against a grave coveting your reward.

Wolf Ring +1

The Wolf Ring +1 is just outside near the Keep Ruins bonfire. Just head out towards the stone gate and head around the left side of the building.

Ring of Steel Protection +2

The Ring of Steel Protection +2 is near the entrance of the Catacombs of Carthus. From the Abyss Watchers bonfire, head down the stairs and across the expansive bridge. On the left you'll see a pillar with a corpse holding the Ring of Steel Protection +2.

Thunder Stoneplate Ring +1

After passing the first rolling ball of corpses, head down the corridor. On the right you'll find an alcove littered in pots (some of them trapped). Near the front of the alcove is the Thunder Stoneplate Ring +1. It's just in front of the Carthus Milkring.

Flame Stoneplate Ring +2

From the Demon Ruins bonfire in Smouldering Lake, head down into the large room with fireball casters. Run down the stairs and take a right. Head down the hall straight ahead of you and whack the illusory wall at the end. Kill the Black Knight guarding the Black Knight Sword and grab the Flame Stoneplate Ring +2 hiding around the corner.

Bloodbite Ring +1

The Bloodbite Ring +1 is around the right side of the mechanical ballista at the top of Smouldering Lake.

From the Demon Ruins bonfire, head back into the room with fireball casters and run down the stairs. Hang a right and this time duck into the hall on the right. Take the first right up the stairs and kill the 3 rats in the room.

Continue down the hall and head down the large staircase. Kill the Curse Frogs and continue down the hall. Head up the stairs and take care of the Black Knight across the bridge. Continue up the ladder and follow the path until you reach the enormous ballista and the Bloodbite Ring +1.

Chloranthy Ring +1

The Chloranthy Ring +1 is hidden behind the pedestal where the Ring of the Sun's Firstborn is displayed.

From the Church of Yorshka bonfire, head back out and follow the left path into a building. Drop down from the break in the railing and kill the Fire Witch. Head up the stairs and turn right. Around the pedestal on the left lies the Chloranthy Ring +1.

Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +1

The Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +1 is sitting on a ledge just past the the house full of ghost hollows in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.

From the Church of Yorshka bonfire, head down the stairs into the graveyard and turn left. Head right into the room full of ghostly hollows. Head through the opening on the other side and carefully drop down to the ledge below to nab the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +1.

Wood Grain Ring +2

From the Distant Manor bonfire in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, head up the stairs and through the sewers crowded with spider monsters. Climb the stairs, cross the kitchen, and ascend into a room crowded with paintings and 3 Silver Knights.

Head outside and turn around. The Wood Grain Ring +2 is around the left side of the building.

Ring of Favor +1

The Ring of Favor +1 is on the upper floor of the Pontiff Sulyvahn boss room.

From the bonfire, head out into the courtyard and turn left up the stairs. Duck into the corridor on the left of the Giant Courtyard and head out the door on the other side. Climb the stairs and turn right, dashing through the doorway.

Cross the bridge here and head straight to find a corpse with the Ring of Favor +1.

Havel's Ring +2

Have's Ring +2 is hiding among the rafters of the Prison Tower.

From the Anor Londo bonfire, head back onto the rotating mechanism. Don't turn it, but head down the stairs. You should see a bonfire atop the tower across the way. Walk straight, into the air, and follow the invisible path towards the tower. When you near the bonfire, roll off towards it and light it.

Carefully drop down the rafters of the tower. Havels Ring +2 is on the ledge right below the Painting Guardian set.

Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +1

The Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +1 is sitting on a ledge next to the elevator near the Irithyll Dungeon bonfire.

From the room with the Giant, drop down to the bottom floor with the rats and duck into the doorway. Take the elevator up and roll off to loot the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +1.

Magic Stoneplate Ring +2

From the Profane Capital bonfire, slide down the indoor ladder and drop out the crack in the wall. Head right down the stairs and grab the Magic Stoneplate Ring +2 at the bottom.

Flame Stoneplate Ring +1

Climb the ladder against the church surrounded by toxic swamp in the Profane Capital. Walk along the roof to the front of the building. Carefully drop down onto the ledge below and pick up the Flame Stoneplate Ring +1.

Wood Grain Ring +1

The Wood Grain Ring +1 is in the toxic swamp behind the elevator at the entrance to the Consumed King's Garden.

Instead of heading straight into Lothric Castle from the Dancer of the Boreal Valley fight, take a left.

Sage Ring +2

On the elevator that brings you down to the Consumed King's Garden, roll off to the ledge early. Head outside and turn right, dropping onto the staircase below. Turn left and roll across the gap onto the adjacent staircase to pick up the Sage Ring +2.

Life Ring +3

After the Champion Gundyr fight in the Untended Graves, you'll find the Life Ring +3 behind Holy King Lothric's throne in Dark Firelink Shrine.

This is the only +3 ring in Dark Souls 3, yet it is still found in NG++ (Journey 3).

Ring of Steel Protection +1

Upon entering Dark Firelink Shrine in the Untended Graves, head right up the stairs and check the right side of the tower to grab the Ring of Steel Protection +1.

Havel's Ring +1

Havel's Ring +1 is found in Archdragon Peak on the path to the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone.

From the Great Belfry bonfire, go left down the stairs and head up the path past the 3 large serpent men. On the other side of the building to the right is Havel's Ring +1.

Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +2

Ring the bell near the Great Belfry bonfire and kill the Nameless King. The Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +2 is found in the area you're teleported to after the fight.

From the Nameless King bonfire, head straight down the path. The Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +2 is found up the set of stairs on the right just before the Dragonslayer set.

Life Ring +2

This is the only +2 ring you can pick up in NG+ (Journey 2).

From the Dragon Barracks bonfire in Lothric Castle, head up the stairs and across the bridge. Duck into the dark room on the right and climb the ladder here. Take a left, heading back outside and head forward to the overlook of a crystal lizard.

Carefully drop down onto the ledge below and pick up the Life Ring +2.

Dark Stoneplate Ring +1

The Dark Stoneplate Ring +1 is found near the Braille Divine Tome of Lothric.

From the Dragon Barracks bonfire, head up the stairs and across the bridge. Enter through the iron gate and head up the stairs. Head outside and turn left. Drop to the ledge below from the crack in the railing and kill the dark blob in the wyvern's claw.

Head inside the building and walk right out onto the balcony where the Dark Stoneplate Ring +1 sits.

Thunder Stoneplate Ring +2

From in front of the Dragonslayer Armor boss room, enter the church to the right and veer left out onto the balcony with the Red Tearstone Ring. Drop down onto the roof from the crack in the railing and head right to find the Thunder Stoneplate Ring +2.

Lingering Dragoncrest Ring +2

Head to the roof of the Grand Archives with 3 golden Winged Knights. Kill them and head up the stairs. Follow the balcony around and enter the alcove to find the Lingering Dragoncrest Ring +2 on the corpse inside.

Sage Ring +1

From the roof of the Grand Archives with the 3 golden Winged Knights, head inside at the base of the tower and drop down onto the rafters inside. Down on the stone rafters you'll find the Sage Ring +1.

Finally, now you have all of the reinforced rings exclusive to NG+ and NG++. Now you're equip to dive into further levels of NG+ and combat the onslaught of death from player invaders. How are you liking Dark Souls 3 so far? Sound off in the comments below!

Published Apr. 25th 2016

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