Ds3  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ds3  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Dark Souls 3 Guide: How to Beat the Spears of the Church and Darkeater Midir https://www.gameskinny.com/on9hn/dark-souls-3-guide-how-to-beat-the-spears-of-the-church-and-darkeater-midir https://www.gameskinny.com/on9hn/dark-souls-3-guide-how-to-beat-the-spears-of-the-church-and-darkeater-midir Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:01:17 -0400 Autumn Fish

Boy oh boy, did FromSoftware treat us with some great boss fights in the latest Dark Souls 3 DLC. In a long-awaited callback to Demon's Souls, The Ringed City introduces a player-controlled boss called the Spear of the Church.

Yes, you read that right. Finally, you can turn the tables around and crush the poor Champions of Ash as they ram their heads against your fog gate desperately trying to clear content.

So how does it all work? And more importantly, where do you sign up to become a boss? Well, there's actually a lot to it, so we'll break everything down step by step.

How to Beat the Spear of the Church in The Ringed City

The fight starts with nothing but a giant in the room. This guy summons the boss after a rather lengthy slice of dialogue. It's recommended that you kill the giant before his dialogue finishes and the next phase of the fight begins, lest you get stuck dealing with multiple opponents.

The first thing that spawns is a regular painting guardian enemy with a rather sizable health pool. If you don't kill them before getting invaded, they can heal the boss with miracles.

Shortly after the painting guardian spawns in, the Spear of the Church invades. Unless there's no one online in your level range with the covenant equipped, this enemy is controlled by another player. However, unlike regular invasions, the player-boss has some extra defenses and skills that help give it an edge.

Dark Souls 3 Guide How to Beat the Spear of the Church

The Spear of the Church spawns in with a dangerous spike attack and homing lightning missiles hovering over their head. The homing lightning missiles respawn on a cooldown, and they can use the spike attack on command with the Ritual Spear Fragment and Divine Spear Fragment. Also, the number of co-op partners you have will influence their defense, just like any other boss. Aside from that, though, it's just like fighting off a regular invader.

The person playing as the Spear of the Church cannot use Estus Flasks, but they do have 3 Ashen Estus at their disposal and can use things like regeneration spells, healing miracles, and even Tears of Denial.

A second painting guardian spawns around the time the Spear of the Church hits 60% health. It's a good idea to just ignore this one and put pressure on the boss. If the boss can't stand still, they can't benefit from the guardian's heal spell. Focusing on the guardians just gives the boss too many opportunities to punish you for diverting your attention.

While you won't earn a boss soul from winning this fight, you will net yourself one of Filianore's Spear Ornaments, which are used to rank up in the Spears of the Church covenant. The Divine Spear Monument that you offer the covenant item to is actually just outside the boss room, next to the ringed knight wielding dual greatswords.

But how do you join the covenant? That's an excellent question -- though I don't think you'll enjoy the answer.

How to Beat Darkeater Midir and Join the Spears of the Church in The Ringed City

That's right, you must beat Dark Souls 3's latest and greatest damage sponge if you hope to join the Spears of the Church covenant. I'm sure many already classify Darkeater Midir as the hardest boss of the DLC thanks to a healthy mix of ridiculously high health, frighteningly strong attacks, and a gargantuan frame that the camera loves to hate.

Dark Souls 3 Guide How to Beat Darkeater Midir and Join the Spears of the Church covenant

Before we can work out how to beat him, however, it first helps to know where to find Darkeater Midir. From the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire, head left through the shortcut door and down the elevator. Jump off in the opening to your left about midway down the elevator shaft. Hang another left here into a circular room filled with statues, and whack the one without a sword to reveal a path leading straight to the boss.

Now there's not a lot to say about this boss fight, since he doesn't really have a lot of tricks. This dragon mixes fire breath and dark lasers with tooth and claw to create some truly deadly combos. Darkeater Midir's moveset is well telegraphed and ultimately easy to react to. The only issue is positioning the camera so that you always know what's going on.

If you have the chance, always attack the head. This fight goes far more smoothly when you learn how to predict where the head will end up after an attack. It may not be as safe as nipping at his hind legs, but you'll deal considerably more damage, which is essential for whittling away at his monstrous health pool.

After hitting 50% health, Darkeater Midir shifts to phase 2 with a sizable blast of dark energy. With the phase shift, the boss learns a couple of new moves. In addition to the aforementioned area-of-effect attack, he can also summon dark homing missiles. He'll even get a little crazy with his dark laser, so be on your toes.

If you manage to topple this gargantuan beast, you'll earn both the Soul of Darkeater Midir and the Spears of the Church covenant badge. Slap on this badge to be summoned into other players' worlds as a boss. Killing the host as the Spear of the Church nets you another Filianore's Spear Ornament.

Dark Souls 3 Guide: How to Join the Spears of the Church Covenant

As Dark Souls 3's newest boss, you now have the solemn responsibility of crushing the poor saps who think they can just waltz through your fog gate for an easy kill.

While you're still here, why not kindle our comments section below? And if you're looking for more help, be sure to check out some more of our guides on The Ringed City DLC:

Dark Souls 3 Guide: Show Your Humanity and Find the Purging Monument https://www.gameskinny.com/1sg57/dark-souls-3-guide-show-your-humanity-and-find-the-purging-monument https://www.gameskinny.com/1sg57/dark-souls-3-guide-show-your-humanity-and-find-the-purging-monument Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:32:17 -0400 Autumn Fish

So you're running around The Ringed City DLC for Dark Souls 3 and you finally open the shortcut that wraps back around to the Ringed City Streets bonfire. While basking in the relief of finding safety once again, you notice an odd engraving on the wall. "Show your humanity."

If you're a Hollow carrying around the Dark Sigil like yours truly, you might have tried using a Purging Stone or the Untrue Dark Ring -- only to find out that neither of those properly show your humanity.

Playing online only serves to further befuddle, since the template messages people place mention items, sorcery, and mimicry as the secret to solving this puzzle. Naturally, a good sorcerer would then pull out the Chameleon spell only to find out that it turns you into a statue. What's a heap of Unkindled Ash to do?

How to Show Your Humanity and Find the Purging Monument in The Ringed City

If you've played around with the Chameleon sorcery enough, you'll know that the location you decide to cast the spell effects what you'll transform into. Pull out your trusty weapon and take a walk outside and down the stairs. Kill the magical bug and firmly plant your feet in the murky swamp.

While standing in the swamp, pull out your catalyst and cast the Chameleon spell to turn into a humanity sprite straight out of the first Dark Souls DLC. If you don't have the spell or the Intelligence to cast it, you can use a Young White Branch to achieve the same effect.

Now that you're a floating fragment of the dark soul of man, head back inside and show your humanity to the engraving -- and watch as a ladder drops down before your beady white eyes.

Now that the ladder is unlocked, the Purging Monument is only a hair's breadth away. Climb the towering ladder to the rather dangerous area above, which hosts two ringed knights and a screeching giant. Run past the giant and down the stairs.

You can see the Purging Monument -- a towering heap of bodies -- from here. Simply slide down the ladder and cross the nearby bridge to reach it. This statue offers the same services as the Velka Statue found in the Undead Settlement.

Now that you've found the blasted thing, you can go tell Lapp where to find it since he's so intent on searching for it. To find him, simply head out into the swamp from the Ringed City Streets bonfire, crossing the archway where headless giants spawn, and rounding the corner to your left to come face to face with a ladder.

Climb the ladder, head up the stairs, cross the bridge, and follow the path back to a circular room where you'll find Lapp lamenting his inability to find the Purging Monument. Clue him in to continue his questline.

I hope you didn't go Hollow trying to figure out how to show your humanity. While you're here, how about kindling our comments section below? And if you need more help, check out our other guides for The Ringed City DLC of Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3 Boss Guide: How to Beat the Demon Prince, Demon in Pain, and Demon from Below https://www.gameskinny.com/ts3uj/dark-souls-3-boss-guide-how-to-beat-the-demon-prince-demon-in-pain-and-demon-from-below https://www.gameskinny.com/ts3uj/dark-souls-3-boss-guide-how-to-beat-the-demon-prince-demon-in-pain-and-demon-from-below Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:54:29 -0400 Autumn Fish

Coming fresh from my hard-earned victory against the Demon Prince and his two vessels -- Demon in Pain and Demon from Below -- I must admit that my head is still spinning with adrenaline. The first boss fight in The Ringed City DLC for Dark Souls 3 is, simply put, tough as nails.

I butt my head against this boss for hours trying to crack its secrets and puzzle over how it all fits together, and I've finally struck gold. If you're having problems with ridiculous homing attacks and meteors in the final phase, there's a trick to get around that.

But before we dive into analyzing the Demon Prince fight itself, we must first understand the two "mini"-bosses who serve as your opponents for the first phase.

Dark Souls 3 The Ringed City DLC How to Beat the Demon in Pain and Demon from Below Boss Guide

How to Beat the Demon in Pain and Demon from Below in Dark Souls 3

The Ringed City's Demon in Pain and Demon from Below both jump into action the moment your fall is broken by a soft pile of ash, ganging up on you much like the majority of Dark Souls 3's growing roster of kick-your-teeth-in boss fights.

They seem to sporadically spew poison and fire at random, but if you're observant you can spot a suspicious pattern. They actually share the same moveset and alternate between two different states during battle.

  • A Demon in the Kindled state will put the fire under your ass with aggressive, close-ranged attacks. They are lit up by embers and easy to see in the dark arena. Eventually, they burn out into an Unkindled state through pounding the ground in a fiery explosion.
  • A Demon in the Unkindled state spews toxic clouds and shoots toxic lasers at medium to long-range. They are unlit and generally hard to see in the dark arena. Upon swapping to a Kindled state, they let loose a mighty roar.

Knowing this, you'll notice that the fight always begins with the Demon in Pain Unkindled and the Demon from Below Kindled. Each will eventually swap states on their own time throughout the battle.

Try to be aware of both the Demon in Pain and Demon from Below at all times. The camera is fiddly, and you'll have to maneuver so that they both remain relatively on-screen while locked onto your main target.

Speaking of main targets, it's also a good idea to focus your initial efforts on a demon of your choosing until it dies. After one of them dies, the other Kindles up (if they aren't already) and remains in that state for the rest of the fight.

Note that the Demon you kill last has an impact on the boss's moveset in the final phase, which I'll detail in the next section. Keep this in mind when you decide whether to kill the Demon in Pain or Demon from Below first.

Dark Souls 3 The Ringed City DLC How to Beat the Demon Prince Boss Guide

How to Beat the Demon Prince in Dark Souls 3

Upon finally defeating the second Demon, it crumples over in death shortly before bursting into flames and reincarnating into the Demon Prince -- an intimidating final phase for the first boss of Dark Souls 3's The Ringed City DLC.

While he retains some of the Kindled moveset of the previous phase, his abilities are now augmented by flight-capable wings and some incredible firepower. In addition to that, the Demon he resurrects from holds sway over some of his more interesting and game-changing attacks.

  • If he is reincarnated from the Demon in Pain, he gets an annoyingly aggressive homing attack that's shortly followed by a meteor storm with a huge area of effect.
  • If he is reincarnated from the Demon from Below, he gets a laser attack that hits in a zig-zag in front of him, followed by a powerful laser aimed straight ahead, coupled with a burst of energy that only hits within melee range.

Judging from these two descriptions, I bet you can guess which incarnation of the Demon Prince is easier to deal with. There doesn't seem to be different prizes, either, so there's almost no reason to put yourself through the hell of homing attacks and meteor storms. Stick to the easily punishable lasers and you'll be golden.

Additionally, the final phase of the boss is far more resilient than the two from in the first phase. It'll take quite a few hits to bring him down, so take your time and don't get greedy. Conserve your Estus, don't give up, and eventually you'll reach the bottom of his obtuse health bar.

Dark Souls 3 The Ringed City DLC Boss Guide How to Solo the Demon Prince, Demon in Pain, and Demon from Below Boss Guide Walkthrough


After finally defeating the Demon Prince and stealing his soul, you can light the bonfire and pick up the Small Envoy Banner that can be used to further access new areas of The Ringed City.

While you're at it, why not kindle our comments section below with your own strategies for this boss? And if you need more help be sure to check our other guides on Dark Souls 3's latest DLC.

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 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!

New Info Surfaces for Arena System, Weapons, Armor, and Spells in Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/c4bok/new-info-surfaces-for-arena-system-weapons-armor-and-spells-in-dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/c4bok/new-info-surfaces-for-arena-system-weapons-armor-and-spells-in-dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:37:00 -0400 Seth Zulinski

Recently four notable Souls personalities (Peeve Peeverson, RBFrosty, Dreadedcone, and iSkys)  were invited to participate in an early access look at the upcoming Arena in Dark Souls 3's DLC Ashes of Ariandel (releasing on October 25th). And that also meant a preview into the weapons, armor, and spells that will be available.

But if watching the Father of Bloodshades' 20-minute exploration is a bit too long for your tastes, never fear -- the TL;DR is below. 

OBVIOUS WARNING: The content both in the video and below contain minor spoilers about the upcoming Arena system, as well as some arms and armor found in the DLC. 

So far, the released content has covered 3 new weapons, 2 new armor sets, a new shield, and a new spell -- though the stats and some of the Weapon Arts/special moves have been forcibly concealed. 

Weapons, Shields, and Spells

The Onyx Blade
Seen in trailers, this weapon may very well be the longest Greatsword in the game -- giving a little more reach to those horizontal GS swings we're all used to. While the Onyx Blade only reaches +5 (and is therefore unbuffable by outside means such as Resins or spells), it does sport a fairly strong Dark buff all on its own (with a cool buff animation to boot).

The Gladius and Smallshield combination seen in some combat trailers, this fast little number takes a standard Straight Sword moveset perfect for infinite R1 spam and pairs it with a new "blocking leap" attack capable of covering a fair bit of ground while keeping your guard up. With a solid dashing thrust and a possibly-magic enhanced "guard break" action, you can be sure we're going to see plenty of this Sword and Board combo in upcoming PvP.

Even better, it's a paired item like Twinblades -- keeping your offhand free for any additional weapons you may want, but having the shield ready at a click of the 2-Hand button. 

The Follower Javelin

While the standard Spear moveset isn't anything to write home about, the Weapon Art certainly is. The Follower Javelin has a (thus far) unique Weapon Art that will launch the spear as a ranged projectile before returning to its owner's hand. Perfect for long range harassment, roll catches, and Estus stopping, the Follower Javelin packs a lot of punch in very little space. 

The Follower Shield

Intricate frontal design on a relatively large frame suggests this is something of a Medium shield, not quite Havel's but a far cry better at damage absorption than your favorite Buckler. Most interesting is its inclusion of the Weapon Art moveset rather than the traditionally favorable parry -- it seems almost built to be paired with some weapon that has a fun and infinite useable Weapon Art...but what weapon could that be? 

Frozen Weapon

Cast with what looks to be a stave/catalyst, this new Sorcerous weapon buff applies Frostbite to the chosen weapon -- opening up whole new worlds in terms of PvP endurance management and offense styles. Given how prominent "rolling forever" is in the current game, the ability to cripple enemy Endurance recovery is a welcome addition to the current roster of spell-based weapon buffs. 


Two new armor sets saw some screen time during the preview. There's the Follower Set, a fair mashup of leather and scale that looks to be in line with "medium armor" sets, and even sporting the traditional "kind of armor but not" fur topping found on Drang and Faraam-wear currently available. Unfortunately, the hat is ludicrous -- a long metal cone rising upwards that's more suited for joke-cosplay than our beloved Fashion Souls. 

Luckily, the Milwood set picks up much of the slack, offering players another shot at a heavier armor set that doesn't look like an oversized Archdeacon crammed into a tin can. Complete with a horned helm, furs, leathers, and a crest emblazoned on the chest piece, this set looks like the wrath of some ancient Norse god put into clothing -- perfect for your Dark Souls Odin cosplay, if you could find some sort of magic spear...

The Arena

The thing many of us are most anxious for in the upcoming Dark Souls 3 DLC, Ashes of Ariandel -- the Arena system finally returns to (and seemingly improves upon) the old PvP slaughterhouse of Dark Souls. For those of us who are getting a little tired of Invading in only to be met by three full Havel monsters lying in wait spamming "Welcome", the new system allows a bit more numerically fair engagements in Duels, 2v2s, 3v3s, and those iterations of a free for all, King of the Hill style Brawl mode. 

There were also selections for "Cooperative 2v2" and "Cooperative 3v3". While the invited players themselves couldn't quite figure it out, we're all leaning heavily towards this being a PvP bracket meant for players that wish to queue together, and wreak havoc on the Arena as a team rather than as a single Chosen Undead. 

For those of you afraid of the inevitable Estus chug, take heart . In many modes Estus seems to be disabled completely (and Ashen Estus severely limited). Others offer but a single sip of Sunny D, reclaimable only by doing most of the dirty work destroying an enemy phantom. 

While you can certainly let your colors fly with your Covenants equipped, there do not seem to be (at least by these videos) any Covenant rewards handed out for vanquishing your opponents. Sorry, Darkmoon brothers and sisters, it seems we're still going to have to get our severed ears the old fashioned way -- by cutting them from Silver Knights in Anor Londo.

Just as Gwyn intended. 

While there's still tons more weapons and spells to check out when Ashes of Ariandel releases on the 25th, this peek into the upcoming PvP addition of Dark Souls 3's DLC is a grossly incandescent ray of sunshine for the reds, blues, whites, yellows, pinks, and purples that have gotten a little tired of the pit in Anor Londo. 

In an age of eSports and competitive gaming, one of the most legendary game series of modern times has given a cutthroat PvP community an Arena. Will Ashes of Ariandel bring with it a burgeoning Dark Souls competitive scene? Only time will tell. 

Until then, though...charge that Dragonslayer's Swordspear, paint your Warden Twinblades rouge, praise the sun, and pass the ammunition. 

It's about to get bloody.