Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel DLC Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel DLC RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Five Souls Bosses "The Ringed City" Needs to Beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

The Souls series is almost at an end. Since 2009 many of us have been subjected to death, death, and more death -- before embracing victory over the games’ gruelling bosses.

The second and final DLC of Dark Souls III is almost upon us, and after that, these landmark titles will be put to rest. With that in mind, “The Ringed City” needs to deliver something remarkable to end the series on a high. Most importantly, the bosses need to be fantastically brutal battles that will bring all of our skills (and patience) to their breaking point. To remind ourselves of what’s so great about this aspect of the series, we are going to take a look at a boss in Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls III and Bloodborne that have us gripping the controller for dear life.

Old King Allant

Old King Allant, Demon's Souls

The often-forgotten predecessor of Dark Souls and Bloodborne harbours a final fight that requires precision timing and avoidance of an extremely deadly attack. The false king himself, a diabolical demon in disguise, will spare no expense in slicing you to pieces with his razor-sharp sword. His astute yet oddly creepy stance will keep anyone on edge, but the main reason to watch out for this one is because of an attack that has never been seen again in a Souls title.

If you’re unlucky enough, Allant will impale you and literally suck out your soul level, physically diminishing you of your strength. It’s a dastardly punishment for players but what it does is make this boss stand out as one of the first of the series to really hammer in the nature of the entire series.

Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough

Dragonslayer Ornstein, Executioner Smough, Dark Souls

The gruesome twosome, the deadly duo, fatty and beanpole; whatever you want to name these characters, they will always remain as one of the most iconic and toughest bosses in Souls history. The knights of Gwyn and guardians of Gwynevere perfectly complement each other, requiring you be agile and fast against Ornstein, but extremely hardy and defensive against Smough.

If fighting against the two isn’t tricky enough, vanquishing an empowered Ornstein or Smough, due to the death of the other, is no easy task. Each of them will combine their own powers with that of their fallen comrade and become an entirely new boss all on their own, which makes for a test of endurance amongst much else. Once you enter the city of Anor Londo, be ready for lightning bolts, hammers to the face and merciless butt slams.

Fume Knight

Fume Knight, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls 2, Raime

The release of Dark Souls II saw a lot of criticism from fans, as it apparently didn’t possess the charm of the previous game. However, with the release of the DLC, players got their wish. The Fume Knight, also known as Raime, is a formidable foe. Wielding a longsword in one hand and humongous greatsword in the other, he will demand precise timing in order to even land a hit. If you unfortunately manage to be on the receiving end of any of these swords, you will seriously pay the price.

What the Fume Knight does more so than many other bosses in the series is force you learn the patterns of his attacks inside and out. Only after the quadrillionth attempt was I able to destroy him, but because of the never-ending deaths, the satisfaction gained from finally seeing him fall to his knees was something that will never be forgotten.

Ludwig the Accursed/Ludwig the Holy Blade

This monstrosity appears as a repulsive beast in his first phase, and he has the strength to match. His aggression persists throughout this part of the fight and as you struggle for a second of respite, he will scream and squeal at you as he bashes his deformed body into your face.

This intricately designed yet hideously vile form doesn’t last, though, as the second phase brings forth Ludwig’s true nature. With his Moonlight Greatsword in hand, Ludwig the Holy Blade grasps onto the tiny fragments of humanity he has left to destroy you. The glorious beams of light that radiate from the sword can sometimes feel impossible to dodge, but the game brilliantly causes the entire fight to be a dance between hunter and beast, as you whittle down the health of this tough yet undeniably enjoyable boss.

Nameless King

Nameless King, Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls III

The final game of the series didn’t shy away from memorable bosses either, far from it. The Nameless King, although optional, is a boss that every player of Dark Souls III will want to experience. Flying in on a giant storm drake, the odds immediately look bleak, but with perseverance the drake will fall and an even tougher fight will begin.

Fighting the Nameless King one-on-one is easily one of the most difficult challenges that Dark Souls III presents, but nonetheless it is hard to deny how fantastic the battle is. Rolling through his swipes, lunges and strikes looks brilliant but mastering this won’t come quickly. Due to his surprisingly large health pool, the Nameless King will require plenty of concentration before finally accepting defeat and bequeathing his soul to you.

As a fan of the series, how did you fare against each of these bosses? Are there any others that particularly stand out to you? Let’s hope “The Ringed City” will end this legendary franchise on a high and have us fighting some awe-inspiring bosses.

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The End of an Era: Dark Souls 3's Second DLC Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/9edaj/the-end-of-an-era-dark-souls-3s-second-dlc-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/9edaj/the-end-of-an-era-dark-souls-3s-second-dlc-announced Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:58:12 -0500 uniquecontent

Since the mixed reception for Ashes of Ariandel, the first DLC for Dark Souls 3, gamers have looked forward in hope that the second piece of DLC will end the game -- and the franchise -- with a bang. 

Details for the second and final DLC have now been confirmed, with The Ringed City set for release on March 28th at a cost of $14.99. 

As something of a Dark Souls fanatic, I can't wait, particularly after seeing some of enemy and boss hints in the new trailer: 

The description for The Ringed City also has me itching to return to this dark and beautiful world for a final time: 

At the close of the Age of Fire, as the world ends and all lands converge upon themselves, a lone adventurer descends into the madness of the earth and uncovers the secrets of the past. As players make their way to the fabled Ringed City they will encounter ancient beasts, a new cast of characters teetering on the edge of insanity, new armour, weapons, magic, and at the bottom of it all, a long lost city filled with new horrors for players to overcome.

As we expected however, this expansion will mark the end of an era -- and the final installment in the revolutionary and iconic Dark Souls franchise. So hopefully fans will be happy with everything included in the Ringed City DLC.

On top of confirming the DLC, Bandai Namco confirmed that a new release version of the game will also be available, including both sets of DLC. Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition will be released on April 21, 2017. 

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Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide - How to Find The New Weapons, Armor, and Spells https://www.gameskinny.com/071vh/dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-guide-how-to-find-the-new-weapons-armor-and-spells https://www.gameskinny.com/071vh/dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-guide-how-to-find-the-new-weapons-armor-and-spells Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:42:36 -0400 Autumn Fish

Dark Souls 3's first DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, comes with a bundle of new weapons, armors, and spells to play with. There is more equipment in store here than any DLC for Dark Souls games of old has ever offered -- and we're here to guide you through how to find them all. We've even included screenshots for your convenience.

Half-baked directions giving you conniptions? Can't locate that final, missing weapon? Well, Champion of Ash, you've certainly stumbled into the right place. Fret not, fret not -- the loot is all but yours now. With our screenshot guide to Dark Souls 3 in hand, you'll learn exactly how to find all of the new weapons, armor, and spells introduced in Ashes of Ariandel.

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How to find every Weapon - Ashes of Ariandel Guide

Ashes of Ariandel introduced a whopping 13 weapons, 2 shields, and a pyromancy flame. What's more, each weapon is a unique and welcome addition to Dark Souls 3. We now have a strength greatbow, an HP regeneration shield, a torch that blows fire, and a lighting quick gladius paired with a shield -- among many others.

All new weapons are displayed in the order you might naturally discover them within the DLC. Cautious readers should note that there are indeed spoilers ahead.

Follower Javelin

Follower Javelin Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Follower Javelin is a sweet new spear weapon that you've likely already seen in action by the Farron Follower mobs roaming the snowfields. The weapon art tosses a javelin at your foes, impacting much like a Great Arrow. It scales best with strength, though.

You can see the Follower Javelin on the edge of a cliff near the Snowfield bonfire. To reach it, simply wrap around the right cliff face. The snow will give out and you'll take a spill not far from the bonfire. Don't panic, you're on the right track. Keep following the right wall, taking out any wolves that come your way.

Eventually, you'll come upon a narrow pass lined with aggressive trees. At the end there's a band of 4 or 5 followers guarding the Follower Javelin. Take them out and claim your reward.

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Millwood Greatbow

Millwood Greatbow Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Millwood Greatbow is much like any other greatbow, except it scales best with strength. It even comes with a unique weapon art that creates a mini earthquake on impact.

You'll stumble upon the Millwood Greatbow in a side area near a tower with Millwood archers. Contrary to what you might think, the greatbow is one of the few Millwood weapons not found in the tower.

From the Snowfield bonfire, follow the right cliff face again until you fall. This time, head towards down the slope and to the left. Fight off the giant wolf if you haven't already and follow the pass until you sight the Millwood tower.

Follow the cliff face left and you'll find a side area with a few aggressive trees and a couple of grounded Millwood archers. The Millwood Greatbow is found at the archer's feet. Be careful taking them out; the Millwood are a formidable threat.

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Ethereal Oak Shield

Ethereal Oak Shield Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Ethereal Oak Shield is a nifty, new 100% Physical guard absorption shield that slowly regenerates your health over time. The best part is, it only takes 12 strength to wield. However, it's a Weapon Art shield, so there are no parries or bashes to be had.

It's found on a corpse within the Millwood tower mentioned in the Millwood Greatbow section. From the Snowfield bonfire, follow along the right cliff face until the snow gives out below you. Head down the slope and hang a left under the pass. Rounding the corner you'll see the Millwood tower in the distance.

When you don't have to fight the Millwood, I find it's better to run past them. B-line it for the tower and run up the stairs. You'll see the Ethereal Oak Shield while climbing the ladder here. Deal with the Millwood archer by pushing him out the crack in the wall and head down the stairs to claim your new shield.

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Millwood Battle Axe

Millwood Battle Axe Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Millwood Battle Axe is like any other axe weapon in the game. It scales best with strength and has the regular Warcry weapon art. However, instead of standing still and screaming like a normal Warcry, you leap forward aggressively before staggering opponents with your mighty roar.

Similar to the Ethereal Oak Shield, the Millwood Battle Axe is found in the Millwood tower. From the Snowfield bonfire, follow along the right cliff face until the snow gives out beneath you. Head down to the edge of the slope and veer left under the pass.

Run past the Millwood in the field and head straight into the tower. Climb the ladder and head up the stairs to the top floor. You'll see the Millwood Battle Axe on a landing that you can't quite reach by jumping. You'll have to drop down to it.

Head out through the doorway and up the ladder on the right. Carefully make your way along the rafters. Drop down to the set of rafters below for a better vantage point before landing at your destination.

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Follower Sabre

Follower Sabre Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

You've likely already seen this weapon in use by the Farron Followers already. It's a quality (strength and dexterity) sabre with a natural kick and a shield-breaking weapon art.

It is located on the roots leading down to the Depths of the Painting bonfire. It's actually easier to reach it from the bottom. From the bonfire, head up the root and drop down on the Millwood archer.

You can see the Follower Sabre from here, on a thin root above the torch-wielding follower. Simply head on up the thick root you're standing on and drop down to reach it.

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Valorheart

Valorheart Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

Valorheart is a quick gladius paired with a shield. Instead of two-handing the gladius, you'll pull out a special shield that you can perform unique attacks with. If you're a fan of the sword and board, you have to try out this new weapon.

Thankfully, it's fairly hard to miss. To get it, you need to defeat the Champion's Gravetender and the Gravetender Greatwolf. This boss doesn't drop a twisted soul for Ludleth to transpose, but you'll receive Valorheart alongside the Champion's Bones on death.

To find this boss, head across the long, rope bridge from the Rope Bridge Cave bonfire and give it a good whack, a la Catacombs of Carthus. Slide down the newly-created bridge-ladder and make your way down the roots to the bottom of the icy cavern.

From the Depths of the Painting bonfire, follow the right wall until you stumble upon a ledge. Drop down to access the boss arena and begin your fight with the Champion's Gravetender.

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Crow Quills

Crow Quills Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Crow Quills can be seen on a sort of island among the blood-soaked rivers of the Corvian Settlement. It's a rapier weapon paired with 4 quill darts that you can throw at opponents.

It can be seen on an island in the middle of the river of blood as your approach the Corvian Settlement. From the Corvian Settlement bonfire, head across the bridge and make a sharp left around the house here. Run across another bridge and roll onto the ledge to the left.

Hang a right into the building and break the barrels on the landing. You should see the Crow Quills on the island below you. Take a running jump and claim your prize.

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Crow Talons

Crow Talons Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Crow Talons is new claw weapon that scales with dexterity. The moveset is largely the same as any claw weapon, but the Weapon Art is a leaping slash followed by a flurry of attacks meant to stunlock your opponents.

It's found on the rooftop of the first building you passed through in the Corvian Settlement. From the bonfire, head across the bridge and up the slope. Duck right between two building and hug the wall, ever wary of enemies who hope to push you off the ledge to your demise.

Round the corner and climb the ladder onto the rooftops of the Corvian Settlement. You can spot the Crow Talons on the rooftop behind you. Drop onto the bridge next to the ladder you just climbed and head into the building you were standing on to open up the shortcut.

Head back out and cross the bridge. Round the side of the build, taking the high ground and walk onto the roof from the wooden ramp. Take out the two spell-casters and pick up your Crow Talons.

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Onyx Blade

Onyx Blade Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Onyx Blade is a greatsword that scales best with intelligence and faith. The Weapon Art is a built in buff that imbues the sword with Dark power. Otherwise it's got a pretty standard moveset.

You will find the Onyx Blade naturally by making your way to the main boss of Ashes of Ariandel. You get it by killing the NPC that attacks you in the building at the end of the Corvian Settlement.

To reach the building, head on top of the roofs of the Corvian Settlement and make your way across to the courtyard. Open up the gate as a shortcut and head inside the building on the right. The character that attacks you is rather strong and utilizes heal spells, so try to be quick about taking him out. You don't want to get into a prolonged fight with him.

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Follower Shield

Follow Shield Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Follow Shield isn't very impressive overall. It only has 80 Physical guard absorption, though it has a decent Dark block rate sitting at 65. Like the Ethereal Oak Shield, it's also a Weapon Art shield so no parries or bashes.

It's found in the Snowy Mountain Pass, a maze-like area hiding hoards of Farron Followers along with a sprinkle of wolves and Millwoods. From the bonfire, head up the slope and hang a right towards the bell. Just before the bell, veer left and make your way towards the cliff's edge to pick up the Follow Shield hidden in the narrow pass to the left.

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Earth Seeker

Earth Seeker Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Earth Seeker is a new greataxe with a pretty standard moveset. It requires 15 faith to wield properly thanks to its unique Weapon Art. Activating it taps the axe on the ground, spawning earth tremors in a huge AoE around you.

It's hidden down a ditch in the Snowy Mountain Pass. From the bonfire, head up the slope and veer right towards the bell. Pass the bell and continue heading straight, up the slope. Follow it to the end and the snow will give out beneath your feet, dropping you into the ditch.

There are 3 Millwood here. Earth Seeker is hidden in the cave behind the Millwood wielding the weapon. Run past him and nab it for yourself.

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Follower Torch

Follower Torch Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

It's time to breath fire! The Follower Torch is a new torch weapon (of all things). It has a Weapon Art that allows the user to breath fire. You've likely been crisped by this hot, new move already from torch-wielding Farron Followers.

Instead of dropping it, you'll have to take a hike and find it hidden in the Snow Mountain Pass. From the bonfire, head up the slope and head right towards the bell. Take another right just beyond the bell. You should come upon an artificial slope through a small passageway.

Head up the sloped road and deal with the wolves at the top. Instead of going right here, take a left down the narrow mountain path. At the end you'll discover the Follower Torch.

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Quakestone Hammer

Quakestone Hammer Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Quakestone Hammer is a favored weapon of Millwoods. It scales with strength, and has your normal great hammer move-set, but a unique Weapon Art. The hammer burrows itself into the ground in one mighty smash, and heaves chunks of the earth out in a mighty AoE (Area of Effect) attack.

This weapon is hidden in the Snowy Mountain Pass. From the bonfire, head up the slope and right past the bell. Hang right and head up the artificial mountain pass. Kill the wolves and hang a right.

Ignore the Millwood archer and his friend to the left, and follow the left edge up into a narrow pass. There's a hammer-wielding Millwood is fittingly guarding the Quakestone Hammer at the end of the pass. Defeat him and claim your reward.

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Pyromancer's Parting Flame

Pyromancer's Parting Flame Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Pyromancer's Parting Flame is a new catalyst for casting pyromancies. It's got higher base damage than the Pyromancy Flame and requires 15 strength to wield. The lower scaling in intelligence and faith suggests it's better for builds who don't level the stats very far.

It's located on top of the tower where you found the Champion's Gravetender, but don't expect to find a way up from the boss room. You won't be able to reach it until you have access to the final boss. It's quicker from the Ariandel Chapel bonfire, but if you haven't unlocked the shortcut yet, you'll have to head from Snowy Mountain Pass.

From the Snowy Mountain Pass bonfire, head up the slope and past the bell. Head right and go up the artificial slope, killing the wolves. Follow the path along past the Millwood archer and his battle axe friend, into the building filled with the bleeding blowflies.

The left wall at the far end of the room is illusory, hiding a staircase down to the lower level. (You could, of course, just jump.) On the bottom level, whack the 5th wall on the right. It's doorway pattern being lower on the wall clues you into the illusion.

Sprint down the wall and carefully drop down the tree roots to the tower below. Loot the corpse to claim the Pyromancer's Parting Flame.

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Friede's Great Scythe and Rose of Ariandel

Friede's Greath Scythe Rose of Ariandel Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

Friede's Great Scythe is a new magic and frost-imbued scythe with a shorter, paired scythe for her Weapon Art stance. It scales well with both dexterity and intelligence.

The Rose of Ariandel, on the other hand, is a new whip class weapon that scales well with Strength and Faith. It bleeds opponents and the Weapon Art is a self-damaging attack that buffs your miracles. The low strength requirement allows any miracle user to utilize this nifty new buff.

These weapons are both transposed from the soul of Sister Friede, the final boss of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC. To access the boss, you must crank the wheel at the bottom of the pit in the room filled with blood flies.

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How to find every Armor set - Ashes of Ariandel Guide

Ashes of Ariandel introduced 5 new armor sets and 1 new ring. While the ring probably should have made it into the base game, the five new armors are welcome additions to Fashion Sou-- I mean Dark Souls 3.

Follow Armor Set

Follower Armor Set Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Follower set is the most straightforward armor set to find in the DLC. The Farron Follower mobs randomly drop all four pieces of the set on death. Just farm them near the Snowfield or Snowy Mountain Pass bonfires.

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Millwood Armor Set

Millwood Armor Set Captain's Ashes Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Millwood armor set can be bought from the Shrine Handmaid after giving her the Captain's Ashes found atop the Millwood tower.

From the Snowfield bonfire, follow the right cliff face until the snow gives out beneath you. Follow the slope downhill and veer left under the pass. B-line it for the tower on the other side of the field and climb the ladder to the top. Head up the stairs, outside to the balcony, and up the next ladder to the rafters. The Captains Ashes are found on a corpse at the highest point of the tower.

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Chillbite Ring

Chillbite Ring Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Chillbite Ring was suspiciously missing in Dark Souls 3. Every other resistance was already covered, and frost resistance is included in Fleshbite Rings, but Chillbite itself was nowhere to be seen.

Oh well, it's here now. You'll receive it from the woman in Ariandel Chapel after speaking with her a few times.

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Slave Knight Armor Set

Slave Knight Armor Set Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Slave Knight armor set is found on a corpse within one of the houses of the Corvian Settlement. From the bonfire, cross the bridge and run up the slope until the monster wielding the Crow Quills jumps out at you.

Duck right between a couple houses and round the corner to come face to face with a toxic-spewing corvian. Head up the ladder and onto the rooftops here. Follow the roof until you come to a tower with a ladder inside. Instead of climbing the ladder, drop down the hole and prepare for a fight. The Slave Knight armor set is found on a corpse in this room.

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Vilhelm's Armor Set

Vilhelm's Armor Set Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

Vilhelm's armor set is the same one you see the Onyx Blade wielder wearing. This is easily my new favorite knight-in-shining armor set.

It's found in the room full of blood flies under Ariandel Chapel. From the Snowy Mountain Pass bonfire, go up the path and head right, past the bell. Turn right and head up the artificial slope. Kill the wolves and continue on past the Millwood archer and his battle-axe-wielding friend.

Run into the room filled with blood flies and continue on to the end. The last wall on the left hides a staircase. Whack it and head down to the bottom floor. (Jumping is always an option.) In the back right corner you'll find a corpse with Vilhelm's armor set.

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Ordained Dress Set

Ordained Dress Set Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

Once again, you're looking at defeating a boss to get this equipment. The Ordained Dress set is a 3 piece set that's purchasable from the Shrine Handmaid after defeating the main boss of Ashes of Ariandel.

To access the main boss, you must crank the wheel found in the basement of the blood fly room below Ariandel Chapel.

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How to find every Spell - Ashes of Ariandel Guide

Ashes of Ariandel only introduced 4 new spells, but each new sorcery, miracle, and pyromancy is unique and worth checking out.

Frozen Weapon

Frozen Weapon Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

Frozen Weapon is a new weapon buff sorcery that applies frost damage to your attacks. A new debuff in Dark Souls 3, frostbite has been largely under-utilized in weapons and magic. With the low 15 intelligence requirement, this new spell may single-handedly turn the tables.

From the Snowfield bonfire, hug the right cliff face until the snow gives out from under you. Take a sharp left up the hill with aggressive trees and wolves. There's a short, bloody stretch trench just down the hill on the other side. Kill the blood flies and claim the Frozen Weapon sorcery from the corpse in the middle.

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Snap Freeze

Snap Freeze

Snap Freeze is a new sorcery that behaves much like Pestilent Mercury. Casting it creates a cloud of frost that builds up frostbite on enemies who walk through it.

From the Depths of the Painting bonfire, head left past the giant crabs and follow the path all the way to the end. You'll stumble across the one aggressive that can actually move. It's guarding the Snap Freeze sorcery. It's much too dangerous to run in there and snag it, so be sure to take out the tree first.

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Way of White Corona

Way of White Corona Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Way of White Corona is a new offensive mirical for Dark Souls 3. It shoots out a disk of light, which then lingers in spot after a certain distance before returning to the caster like a boomerang. This spell has really great mind-game potential in PvP.

It's located in a chapel in the Corvian Settlement. From the bonfire, head across the bridge and up the hill towards the courtyard. Head through the shortcut gate (if you haven't unlocked it, duck to the right between a few buildings and make your way across the roof tops).

Enter the chapel to the left and deal with the crow monsters found inside. The corpse holding Way of White Corona is at the other end of the building in front of the altar. If you find the crow enemies as difficult as I do, you may want to jump down from the window in the roof to get near the item. There's a ladder on the right side of the building.

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Floating Chaos

Floating Chaos Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel Guide How to find all new Weapons Armor and Spells

The Floating Chaos spell summons a floating ball of fire that fires a barrage of 3 fireballs at your enemies automatically after a short delay. It activates about as quickly as Homing Soulmass.

It's dropped by a purple invader found on the roof of the tower where you found the Pyromancer's Parting Flame. From the Ariandel Chapel bonfire, head through the shortcut into the room filled with blood flies. (If you haven't yet unlocked the shortcut, you'll need to make your way through Snowy Mountain Pass.)

Head down the hidden staircase (or just drop), and whack the 5th wall on the right, revealing the illusion. Run down the hall and carefully drop down the tree roots to reach the tower. Ember up and prepare for a fight.

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And that's how to find everything new in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC. What's your favorite new weapon, spell, or armor set in Dark Souls 3's first DLC? Join the discussion in the comments below!

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Dark Souls 3 DLC - Ashes of Ariandel Review https://www.gameskinny.com/ujv5f/dark-souls-3-dlc-ashes-of-ariandel-review https://www.gameskinny.com/ujv5f/dark-souls-3-dlc-ashes-of-ariandel-review Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Autumn Fish

Ashes of Ariandel, Dark Souls 3's first DLC, dropped for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One overnight. If you're picking it up, you can expect a wealth of new Player versus Environment (PvE) content to explore alongside a fully functional Player versus Player (PvP) arena complete with multiple modes of play.

Since Ashes of Ariandel comes with two major new features, we are similarly splitting this review into two sections. The first covers the new PvE content, and is a reflection of the overall score we gave to the DLC. The PvP arena covered in the latter section has its own score. Refer to our unique Rating System for more information on review scores.

Ashes of Ariandel Review: PvE Content - 8/10

Overall, the new PvE content is a lot like exploring the pre-existing areas in Dark Souls 3. While poking around, you'll find unique new weapons and spells, a few extra Titanite Slabs, new enemies, and even a couple new bosses. The level of polish found in Ashes of Ariandel is easily equal to if not above and beyond that of the base game.

To iterate, the new area that comes with the DLC is the single biggest level yet within Dark Souls 3. Ashes of Ariandel has some of the best level design I've ever seen in a Soulsborne game. From Software masterfully combines a sprawling, open environment with the condensed, vertical levels they're well known for. The presentation is a wonder to behold. They've really hit the nail on the head with this new area.

While exploring Ashes of Ariandel, you'll come across various new enemies. A few of these baddies have shiny, new AI to learn and overcome. For example, the new winged monsters actually fly across chasms in pursuit rather than flutter around. Before now, winged enemies in the Soulsborne series have been cursed with only the illusion of flight.

Ashes of Ariandel Review - PvE Content Review

Humanoid enemies show off new weapons and armor that you'll stumble upon while exploring the DLC. In the first encounter alone you'll see two new weapons, a shield, and an armor set. It becomes immediately clear that the new weapons aren't mere clones of existing ones. From Software put a lot of work into them and I absolutely love everything I've seen.

The 2 new bosses in Ashes of Ariandel are thrilling to fight. They took Dark Souls 3's overarching theme of posing multiple threats in a boss room and cranked it up a notch. All together, you're looking at draining 5 of those hefty health bars if you want to complete the DLC. To top it off, the final battle is one of the toughest and most exciting fights in the game.

The new NPCs found in the DLC are a breath of fresh air. Dark Souls 3 originally disappointed me with a lack of NPC recognition. Maybe I was hoping for too much, but I really wanted more from Andre, the Shrine Handmaiden, the Firekeeper, and Irina, among others. While your time with them are short, each NPC in Ashes of Ariandel feels like a real character that exists within the world rather than serve the all-mighty Champion of Ash.

Ashes of Ariandel Review - PvE Content Review

From Software has always made excellent DLCs for Soulsborne games, so it comes as no surprise that Ashes of Ariandel hosts some of the best PvE content they've ever created. I sincerely hope they continue and improve upon this trend for Dark Souls 3's second and third DLCs.

Ashes of Ariandel Review: PvP Arena - 7/10

The arena is another beast entirely. First, before you may even access it, you must defeat Ashes of Ariandel's optional boss, as detailed in our guide. This naturally bars most characters from the arena until their build begins to take shape.

You can access the new arena from the Undead Match option at the Firelink Shrine bonfire. There are 3 unique arena modes to take part in. Password matching lets you to set up battles with your friends. However, as it stands, there's no way to head into the arena with a group to fight randoms.

In the arena setup menu, there's even the option to change which map you want to play on. Unfortunately, this option is currently greyed out as there's only one map. It's such a tease right now, but at least we can expect more maps in the future.

Ashes of Ariandel Review - PvP Arena Review

In the arena, you can reliably Duel randoms and friends without getting interrupted. Estus Flasks are forbidden and Ashen Estus are limited to half your total. Each Duel has a 3 minute time limit and the last man standing wins. Pretty standard stuff.

Next up, you can join in on no-stock, free-for-all Brawls. The match will end after 5 minutes. Everyone starts with one Estus Flask. Killing another player awards you with another Estus Flask -- but only if you're empty. If you die in a Brawl, you'll respawn a few moments later with another Estus Flask to your name. You can set up 2-Player, 4-Player, and 6-Player Brawls. The player with the most kills wins.

Finally, we have what From Software calls a Co-Op Match. It's Dark Souls 3 lingo for Team Battles. You can set up and join 2 versus 2 and 3 versus 3 matches here. Much like Brawls, there's a 5 minute time limit, and you respawn if you die. The team with the most kills wins.

Ashes of Ariandel Review - PvP Arena Review

The arena should have honestly been in Dark Souls 3 from the start. However, now that it's here, group and team battles are bound to evolve the PvP meta in neat new ways. Of course, Dueling will remain largely the same, but I'm excited to jump into a Brawl or Co-Op Match with a caster.

The arena feels lacking in a few ways, however. For one, there is no leaderboard to speak of, let alone a scoreboard for the match. There is no system in place for distinguishing team members at a glance -- instead, your covenant phantom colors are used. And unfortunately, there are no tangible rewards whatsoever (in the form of souls or covenant items). There is an honor system, though I've yet to figure out how that works.

Despite all that's missing from the arena, it's a long overdue and welcome addition to Dark Souls 3. With easy access in Firelink Shrine, I anticipate spending many-a-day duking it out with the lot of you.

Verdict

The Ashes of Ariandel DLC adds a wealth of welcome new content to Dark Souls 3 -- and the patch which released alongside the DLC also adds a bunch of changes fans wanted. Not only does the Ashes of Ariandel DLC bring even better PvE content than we previously had to the table, it introduced a suspiciously missing arena. Whether you're a fan of PvP or just a sucker for the game's single player adventure, there's bound to be something in store for you with Ashes of Ariandel.

How are you enjoying Ashes of Ariandel so far? Have you had a chance to try out the arena? Let us know what you think of Dark Souls 3's first DLC in the comments below!

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