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Dark Souls 3 – How to Start The Ringed City DLC

Find out how to get started in the last DLC for Dark Souls 3.
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Dark Souls 3 received its last DLC content today, and players can now log in to the game and begin their journey into the new area included in Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City. In this article we’ll break down everything you need to know to access the new area, find the first bonfire, and begin your final journey into Dark Souls 3.

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How to Start The Ringed City DLC

To get started in The Ringed City you’ll need to either have progressed to an end-game point in the main storyline, or have completed a large portion of Dark Souls 3’s last DLC pack, Ashes of Ariandel. You should also keep in mind that FromSoftware specifically designed The Ringed City to be a late-game area, so you’ll want to come to this area once your character is level 125 or higher.

Without Ashes of Ariandel

There are currently two separate ways for players to access The Ringed City DLC. The first way is to have completed the main game and beaten the final boss. Make your way to the Kiln of the First Flame, and then turn around after warping in to the bonfire. Look for another bonfire a short distance away. Touch this bonfire and activate it to be transported to the Dreg Heap, the opening area of the new DLC. If you haven’t beaten the final boss of the game, then you’ll need to complete that milestone before trying to access the new area.

With Ashes of Ariandel

If you have the Ashes of Ariandel DLC installed, and have beaten its final boss, you can start the DLC from a bonfire contained within the DLC area. First, locate the Painter in the attic of Ariandel Chapel. Talk to the Painter, and then fast travel to the Sister Friede bonfire using the bonfire nearby. From the Sister Friede bonfire, look ahead and take note of the new bonfire up a short flight of stairs, just in front of an altar that is built into the wall. You can activate this bonfire to be transported to the Dreg Heap, the opening area of The Ringed City. Make sure you touch the bonfire in Dreg Heap to activate it and officially begin your journey into The Ringed City.

Now that you know how to activate the newest DLC for Dark Souls 3, make sure you return to our Dark Souls 3 game hub for any additional help you might need. We’ll have more strategy articles surrounding The Ringed City DLC coming in the next few days, so keep an eye out for any updates and new information on the site.

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Josh Hawkins
Josh has been exploring fantastic worlds and getting lost in video games for as long as he can remember. Starting out on the Super Nintendo with Super Mario World, and ending up in the world of next-generation gaming. He enjoys digging into the story and lore of massive RPGs, as well as getting lost just trying to make that last jump in any platformers he gets pulled into, as well as everything in between. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment.