The first Dark Souls 3 DLC is finally upon us, but those eager to start playing will first have to learn how to access the Ashes of Ariandel DLC. We’ve compiled a quick rundown of how to get to the start of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC in Dark Souls 3 so you don’t have to search endlessly for the entrance.

It should be noted that the DLC is meant to be played late in the main game or even after you’ve already completed your first play through depending on your level. Going in at anything below level 70 would make the Ashes of Ariandel DLC more difficult than it needs to be. While skilled Dark Souls veterans can probably handle the DLC at level 70 (or even a bit lower), average players should aim to be at least level 80 before taking on the DLC, while novice players should probably be closer to level 100.

How to Access the Ashes of Ariandel DLC

To gain access to the DLC once you’ve purchased the add-on, head to the Cleansing Chapel bonfire in the Cathedral of the Deep area. As soon as you fast travel to the bonfire you will hear a new NPC begin speaking to you. The NPC is located to the right of the bonfire if you’re facing the altar. Speak with the NPC twice, then accept his mission and you will be transported to the DLC area, The Painted World of Ariandel.

The Painted World of Ariandel

After the cutscene, turn around and examine the corpse to obtain two Rime-blue Moss Clumps. You can also speak to the nearby NPC if you wish, although he does not give you anything. Head through the cave in the opposite direction to find the Snowfield bonfire ahead. Rest at the bonfire so you have a quick and easy way back to the DLC area.

Continue on as you venture through the Ashes of Ariandel DLC or find boss strategies and the location of all items and secrets, head over to our Dark Souls 3 walkthrough and guide!