Dark Souls III is a difficult game and if you start playing the game for the first time, you are going to be in for a long ride. From the bosses to the worlds, there is no other game like it, excluding the other Dark Souls games of course. It has a very dark vibe to it and can get a little lonely after a while if it is your first time playing.
There are 2 ways you can go about playing the game and those are either lone wolfing it and playing by yourself, or summoning either a random player or a friend to help you through each area. Yes, it can be a little annoying sometimes because of all the things you must do to actually summon people, but once you get the hang of it you can easily do it time and time again. Here are all the ways you can play with other people in Dark Souls III.
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White Sign Soapstone
The main thing you will need to have either you play with friends or vice versa is a White Sign Soapstone. The way to get this item is very easy, all you have to do is buy it from the Shrine Handmaid for only 500 souls and it is yours forever. Once you have this item, the way to use it is to go to a world where your friend is. Once there, you have to be Embered to use the item so keep that in mind. As you are Embered, go to the specific spot where your friend is and use the White Sign Soapstone.
You will then write a sign on the ground that the other player will see if they are also Embered. Once the other player sees it, they can summon you to there world. The only downside to summoning in Dark Souls III is that once you defeat the boss of the area or you die by an enemy, the summoned person will be sent back to their world. It is pretty complicated but once you figure it out, it is not that hard.
Player versus player is another huge aspect of Dark Souls that a lot of people do to fill their time. Many people have PVP builds that are almost over-powered and unnecessary, and very unbeatable for a person with a normal build. You can randomly get invaded by anyone if you are connected online but if you want to invade someone else that wants to be invaded, you can get a Red Sign Soapstone and put down an invasion sign that will allow for a random person to summon you for the sole purpose of fighting you.
You can also do this if you want to fight your friend to change the gameplay around for a little bit. It can be kind of irritating for a regular player to get invaded when they don’t want to be so wanting to get invaded can change up your build entirely. It is pretty fun to fight someone you know because it is just friendly competition rather than a rage fest.
This is the more chill side of summoning because you and a buddy or two can easily just go around in a world and fight enemies together. There is nothing better than taking on a horde of enemies with your buddies and totally dominating them. If you have only played the game solo, I would highly recommend getting a friend or two and play through the game with them. It takes a little while to get the stuff for it, but it is pretty fun in the end.
Fighting bosses with other people is actually the easiest thing you can do because all the boss’s attacks are not entirely thrown onto one person. There was one time I and another person wanted to see how hard the Nameless King would be with two people and we utterly destroyed him. It was almost too easy to be honest because it wasn’t much of a challenge. If you have beaten the game before, try this out because it is pretty fun.
There is a way to invade other people without them wanting an invasion and that is through the Red Eye Orb. All you have to do is use this item and you will be sent to another Embered player’s world to fight them. The best part about it is if you beat them, you will receive a Pale Tongue and your character will become Embered. If you don’t have any Embers to use, this is the perfect way to become Embered for summoning.
You can also find the Red invasion signs on the ground for the people who actually want to fight you. It is fun to use the Red Eye Orb, but those are the people who usually want to play the game and not get invaded. It is fun for you but when you get invaded when you don’t want to it is really annoying. Just do others a favor and find the signs on the ground before resorting to the Orb.
DLC Hollow Arena
Hollow Arena or Undead Match is a Location in Dark Souls 3. It is a PvP exclusive feature that is accessible to owners of the Season Pass, Ashes of Ariandel or The Ringed City DLC. It can be accessed at any Bonfire after you have unlocked it in your game. There are 2 game types in the arena: Duel and Brawl. All matches are timed events.
In a Brawl, players fight and die over and over, and the player with the most kills at the end of a match is the victor. In Brawls, combatants are allowed a maximum of one Estus and one Ashen Estus flask, which become refilled by killing an opponent (once per life) or respawning after death. Brawls have several different formats, team-based 2v2, and 3v3 or more chaotic formats like 4 player and 6 player free for alls. Upon dying players spawn back in with a potent Wrath of God’s blast to prevent spawn camping.
Duels are simple “to the death” events, which end when one player dies. Players are not able to use Estus during a duel but they are provided with five flasks of Ashen Estus for their magic weapons. There are a total of 4 maps that the players can choose from, but the maps are only maps and it does not really matter which one that you choose.
Why should you summon other players?
The most important thing is how you as a player enjoys fighting, not what everybody else thinks. If you take pride in taking on a boss solo, do that. If you get stuck, put your sign down and get summoned, so you can study the boss in slightly more forgiving circumstances. Just play the way you want to play and don’t beat yourself up over a section that is too hard for you to beat. If you look at it in different ways, summoning is a tool that you can use to learn the game even better.
Why should you be summoned by other players?
There are really 3 reasons you should be summoned by other people and those are either helping the player get through a part they are stuck on, invading someone else, or helping someone fight against another person who is invading them. Other than just playing with your friends, those are really the only reasons to be summoned by other people. Use all the tools the game gives you to learn more about the mechanics and gameplay of the game itself.
In conclusion, what makes Dark Souls III special is the number of things that it allows you to do. You can either just play with your friend or go and fight a random person. The possibilities are endless when it comes to content in this game. If you don’t own the DLCs and you want more content from the game, then go ahead and buy it because it unlocks even more content for you to enjoy and even a harder difficulty than the normal game.