Is the Dark Souls 3 DLC Worth it?

If you have ever played Dark Souls 3, you will realize that it has a lot of content put into it. That being said, when the DLCs were finally released for the game, people were very skeptical on if it was good or not. Some people thought that it was better than the normal game, while others thought it was garbage compared to the normal game.

Here we will figure out whether the DLC is worth your time and money, and also figure out if it was worth all the hype that it had. There were 2 DLC campaigns added to the game from the Season Pass and if you wanted to, you could buy the individual DLC packs. The Ashes of Andriel DLC and the Ringed City DLC are the two DLC packs it came with, but with it came a lot of controversies.

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Ashes of Andriel DLC

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In order to access Ashes of Ariandel, players must purchase and download the DLC, then proceed to speak to an NPC at the Cathedral of the Deep. Warp to the Cleansing Chapel Bonfire and he will be kneeling beside the altar between the church’s large doors. Speak to him and exhaust his dialogue to trigger a cutscene and you are given a piece of the painting at which point you will be transported to the beginning of the DLC.

What are the pros?

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There are a lot of things that are good in the Ashes of Andriel DLC. The different world you can go to mixes up the gameplay and it also gives the vibe of Dark Souls’ Painted World of Ariamis. There are also many new enemies to fight that are very challenging like Wolves, Farron Followers, Millwood Knights, Centipedes, Corvian Settlers, and many more.

What makes it good is the fact that it is very hard and a lot of people might like the challenge. Some people might not like that or like playing a game that relaxes them instead of enraging them. It surprises you with certain enemies and situations that are different from the normal game, so if you are going to buy this DLC, be ready for anything.

What are the cons?

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There are also a lot of things wrong with the DLC like it sometimes seems unfair to the player because you don’t get a chance to fight back at certain times. It is a very short DLC and is not worth the initial $15 USD that FromSoftware slapped onto it. In addition to it being very short, the DLC only has 2 bosses for you to fight, and that is a deal-breaker for some people.

How are the bosses?

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Champion’s Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf – This boss is very easy once you figure out all the moves that both of the bosses do. In this fight, there is a small guy with a sword and shield, but once you get him to half health, a giant wolf comes out and helps fight. In all honesty, I thought this boss was annoying because at first, it was not fun to fight at all.

Sister Friede – This boss is very challenging because she has 3 stages. Most other long boss fights have 2 stages so it is very different from the others. It is also a very fun fight to beat because you feel like you accomplished something after the deed is done. It is very similar to Crossbreed Priscilla from Dark Souls.

How long is it?

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On average, it takes most people 3-5 hours to beat this DLC, which is not long at all. If you are to get this DLC, make sure you try and play it multiple times to get your money’s worth out of it. In the long-run, This DLC is not worth it, but if you want to have the full experience for all the Dark Souls games, then go right ahead.

How is the world?

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The world is the only thing that keeps me from not playing the DLC itself because of how different it is. It is a world full of new creatures in a snowy biome that everything is freezing in. It only adds a few new areas so I would not count on you taking a long time to explore it though.

Ringed City DLC

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The Ringed City DLC is accessed by traveling to Kiln of the First Flame, and finding a new bonfire before Soul of Cinder that transports you to the DLC location. There is also a bonfire you can find in the Painted World of Ariandel, in the chapel by Sister Friede.

What are the pros?

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This DLC is a lot better than Ashes of Andriel because it has more bosses, it is a lot longer, and there are many more worlds. The main thing that stuck out to me from this DLC is the fact that it has a lot of items and gear you can collect that are all different but each have their own attributes, unlike the normal game. If you were to buy a DLC by itself, it would definitely be the Ringed City.

The enemies feel a lot more balanced than the Ashes of Andriel, even though they can be challenging at times. When you first get to the Ringed City, you will be bombarded by ghost archers shooting arrows at you. Everything just feels good about this DLC.

What are the cons?

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There are not many bad things to say about this DLC other than the fact that some of the weapons you get are really annoying to use. Also, it can be a little confusing for a first-time player to know exactly where to go because when I first played it, I didn’t know exactly how to start it or what to do once I did.

How are the bosses?

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Demon Prince – First boss of the DLC and is very hard to beat because there are 2 demons you must defeat before the actual Demon Prince comes out. When I first fought them, I died a lot because I did not know what Demon to kill first.

Halflight, Spear of the Church – This boss is the only boss in the Dark Souls series where a player can actually BE the boss. There is the Looking Glass Knight from Dark Souls 2 but that allowed a player to aid the boss. If you are not online, you will fight an NPC.

Darkeater Midir – Probably rated as one of the hardest boss fights in Dark Souls history, this dragon fight alone is worth your money for this DLC. Not only does he feel like a dragon when you are fighting him, but he is also a worthy successor to Black Dragon Kalameet.

Slave Knight Gael – This is a great ending boss fight for the entire Dark Souls series. He is the other boss fight with three stages, but he only has one health bar. His boss arena is also the biggest in the entire series. Don’t let him eat your soul!

Speaking of bosses, read our Dark Souls 3 bosses ranked to see more. https://gamevoyagers.com/dark-souls-3-bosses-ranked-difficulty/

How long is it?

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It takes the average player 8-10 hours to beat this DLC which is a lot longer than the first DLC. Honestly, that is worth the money for the season pass because all the content you get with it. You also get to play more Dark Souls as you get it.

How is the world?

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There are multiple worlds that you can go to and they are all vastly different. They are filled with enemies and items that you can’t get in the normal game. The biomes have a lot of detail and are kind of hard to explore because it does not tell you where to go. The fun of exploring is finally finding the way to go.

Is the Season Pass worth your money?

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It all depends on what you want to do. If you don’t have a problem with spending money, then go right ahead. All the content adds about 12-15 hours of content so it is up to your discretion how much you want to pay for it. Also, if you want more Dark Souls content, then play it because it gives a whole new vibe to Dark Souls 3 with everything that it adds.

Conclusion

The 2 DLCs are very different from each other in many different ways, but they both add something to the whole Dark Souls series that other DLCs don’t. Remember that it is up to you whether you want to buy the Season Pass because it is a little overpriced. But if you want the full Dark Souls experience, then I would highly recommend getting the whole Season Pass to finish your collection.

Caleb Simmons

I first started playing video games on my Nintendo Gameboy Advance, and I have not stopped playing ever since. My goal is to help others with questions about their favorite video games.

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