Dark Souls 3 - the complete guide to summoning and playing co-op (2024)

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Whether you're struggling with a certain boss or just want to go through a level with a friend, our complete co-op and summoning guide will put you on the road to success.

Dark Souls 3 - the complete guide summoning and playing co-op

Playing Dark Souls 3 with a friend in co-op is one of the game's lesser-used features. However, unlike many modern games, this process is a lot less seamless and straightforward here.

The idea is that you only start a co-op session (called summoning) when you really need the help. The same goes for joining another player's session (being summoned).

With that said, these easy steps will allow you to play co-op with anyone, as well as lock your game specifically for a friend.

First up, what you need in order to be able to host your own game or join others. See below for the requirements of co-op play.

If you're going to be joining someone else's game

You'll need to buy a White Sign Soapstone from the Shrine Handmaid (old lady at Firelink Shrine) for 500 Souls. You need this item to be able to leave a summon sign on the ground for others to see, allowing them to invite you into their games.

If you already have the item, select it from your inventory and use it. Your character will write a white sign on the ground. They'll be able to then summon you into their games by viewing and clicking your sign.

If you're doing this to join the game of a specific friend and no one else's, you can set a password before leaving the sign. By agreeing on a password with your friend, only you will be able to join their game and vice versa.

To set a password, click Options on PS4 or Menu on Xbox One to open the game's menu. Click the System icon on the far right. Under Network, you'll see an option to put a password in the specified field.

Make sure that you're also both standing in the same area before starting this process, so your friend can quickly locate your sign. Up to four players can play in co-op.

Joining other players' games does not require Ember. In fact, you'll earn it after a successful session helping others.

If you're going to be the host and summon other players

You must not have defeated the area boss

If you beat this level's boss, you won't be able to invite others into your game (the same goes for other players trying to invite you to their games).

You need to have the power of a Lord of Cinder (be in Ember form)

The moment you die, your character loses its Ember form and your health bar goes back to normal. In this form, you can't host a game for other players to join, meaning you won't be seeing any summon signs on the ground.

For that, you'll need to consume an Ember, which you'll come across in the world or receive after defeating bosses. You can also buy Ember from the Shrine Handmaid at Firelink Shrine, but it's relatively expensive early on.

Assuming you meet the above conditions, you should be able to see all kinds of summon signs on the ground. If your friend left a sign for you and set a password, you'll be able to click it and enter the password to summon them into your game.

How to end the co-op session

Your co-op session ends upon defeating the area boss, or whenever you or your friend dies. This automatically sends each player back to their world and doesn't require you to do anything more.

However, if you want to end the session manually for any reason, either player needs to use a Black Separation Crystal. This item will send the player you summoned back to their world if you invited them, or send you back to your game if you joined their game.

What if you you're looking to play co-op with randoms, not just friends

If you meet the above conditions in either case, but struggle to see summon signs in your game, and never get invited to other players' games when you leave your sign, you may be running into one of a few limitations.

These limitations are:

  • You Soul level is more than ten levels higher/lower than theirs
  • You have a weapon upgraded two or more levels higher than theirs, or vice versa
  • For special weapons (ones that upgrade to +5 only) the above rule counts as double for every upgrade
  • Covenant affiliation, your covenants must not be against one another. To be sure, take off any covenant rings before summoning

To calculate the level variance for characters and weapons, use this handy tool.

But as previously stated, you won't need to worry about this if you're password matching with a friend.

There it is, now you're ready to partake in jolly cooperation.

Looking for more help? Check out our full 3 guide and walkthrough.

Dark Souls 3 - the complete guide to summoning and playing co-op (2024)


Why isn't summoning friends working Dark Souls 3? ›

Open up the options menu and head to the network tab. From there, a setting under "Password Matching" should read "Summon Sign Visibility." This should be set to "Unrestricted" so summoning signs are present. Both players must have this set to unrestricted for summoning to work.

Can you complete Dark Souls 3 co-op? ›

You can co-op throughout the game. I do know that the first introduction area and boss is a no go, but am uncertain if there's another segment that is barred from co-op; it's been a while for me. nice cool, thanks! I assume the will be much easier with 2 player coop.

How to summon help for boss ds3? ›

If you wish to summon another player into your world, the process is simple; just stand on top of their Summon Sign and interact with it. However, in order to see Summon Signs in the first place (red PvP Summon Signs excluded), you must be in Lord of Cinder form.

Why can't i summon my recruit a friend? ›

Friend Summoning

You cannot summon a character that is above level 69. You cannot summon a character that has not yet completed their starting zone quest lines. This includes Evoker, Death Knight, Demon Hunter, Goblin, Worgen, and Pandaren characters still in their starting zone, and any character in the Exile's Reach.

How to enable multiplayer in Dark Souls 3? ›

First, open the 'Settings' menu and switch to the 'Online' tab. Next, locate the box marked 'Password Matching' and enter a password of your choice. Your friends, meanwhile, should enter the same password in the same box in their game. Next, you'll all want to agree on an in-game meeting point then make your way there.

Do you have to be embered to summon in Dark Souls 3? ›

Nope, you can summon dark spirits either way! Nice little touch to the multiplayer options in this game.

How do you summon more than one person in Dark Souls 3? ›

Use dried finger to allow a 3rd summon. Enemies you can summon one and a second with dried finger use. Whether you summon or they find you on your own, you can have up to two (one if no finger use). After that, area invaders, such as the two defense covenants or if you're able to be joined by boys and blue, can enter.

How does co-op work in Dark Souls 3? ›

If you're going to be joining someone else's game

Your character will write a white sign on the ground. They'll be able to then summon you into their games by viewing and clicking your sign. If you're doing this to join the game of a specific friend and no one else's, you can set a password before leaving the sign.

What does Dried Finger do in DS3? ›

Once picked up, the Dried Finger can be used unlimited times to reset the invasion timer to zero, allowing the player to get invaded more often. The Dried Finger is a highly valuable PvP item, as it allows the player to get invaded much more often in several places where people often invade.

How to reverse hollowing DS3? ›

Reversing Hollowing
  1. Consumption of a Purging Stone will immediately remove all Hollowing. ...
  2. Praying at either the Statue of Velka or the Purging Monument will present the option of "Request Dissolution," which will also remove all current levels of Hollowing at a cost of the player's Soul Level times 100.

Why aren t my summoning ashes working? ›

You have to be in the boss area to summon it. Do you have the summoning bell? As for why you can't summon them, the majority of the time you have to actually be *in* the boss arena and not just right in front of the fog gate. So yeah, you gotta enter an then summon them real quick.

Why can't i join my friend in Demon Souls? ›

To join a friend they have to be within 10 levels of you, and one has to be alive while the other one is dead. If both of you have beaten the boss of that level you can not join each other, that is true, but if one of you hasn't beaten the boss you can join that player.

Why can't I see my friends soapstone Dark Souls 3? ›

I'm guessing you mean white soapstone signs. As for not seeing each others signs, then make sure that: You have the same password, the one summoning is embered, the boss of the area is alive and that you can actually summon/be summoned in that area. That'll be why then.

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