- Estimated trophy difficulty: 6/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 43 (26, 13, 3, 1)
- Online trophies: None
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 80-100 hours (Estimated time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 3
- Number of missable trophies: 7 ( Covenant: Watchdogs of Farron, Covenant: Mound-makers The Usurpation of Fire, Master of Sorceries, Master of Miracles, Master of Rings, Master of Expression)
- Glitched trophies: None
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Game gets harder each New Game+
- Do trophies stack?: N/A
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No Cheats
Dark Souls 3 is the 4th game in the Souls series, and the last. You play as an Unkindled Ash, and you are set to find and return the 4 Lords of Cinder to their thrones in Firelink Shrine. The Abyss Watchers, Yhorm the Giant, Aldritch and Prince Lothric to link the flame once again. Dark Souls is renowned for being hard, and this game is no exception. The first few bosses start out easy, but things drastically scale near the end. The game is brilliant, so expect nothing but an enjoyable experience on your way to the platinum.
As far as the platinum goes, it's like the past Souls games; you have to defeat all the bosses, and collect every available spell, miracle, ring, pyromancy and gesture. That will be the bulk of the platinum. You also need to do 3 playthroughs. Unlike the past games, the +1 and +2 variation of rings don't spawn until new game+ and new game++. This isn't so bad, when you think about the amount of missables in the game. The game can also be completed fairly quickly if you just focus on the Lords of Cinder.
- Rosaria and Sirris' have conflicting questlines. If at any point in the game, you join Rosaria's Fingers, then Sirris' will spawn into Firelink Shrine and say how you aren't friends anymore. The best thing to do, is leave Rosaria until later in the game. Sirris' has the "Darkmoon Loyalty" gesture and "Silver Cat Ring". Get both of these from her questline, and you never have to worry about this again.
- To get Yuria to appear in Firelink Shrine, you must accept the 5 free levels from Yoel before the Abyss Watchers. To get the 4 free levels after the first, keep killing yourself. Every other time you die, you get a free level.
- Three NPCs give you Gestures. You must summon them while the Abyss Watcher's are still alive. One requires 5 dark sigils (recieved from Yoel), one requires nothing to appear and the other, Heyzel is a bit more complicated. Refer to the guide for more info.
- Siegward's and Anri's questlines are missable, make sure that you are checking the locations where he is at in the gestures related to him.
Step 1: Play through the game, kill all bosses, farm covenant items, get as many gestures, rings, sorceries, pyromancies and miracles as possible. Get the "To Link the First Flame" Ending
Note: Don't consume boss souls! It might be tempting to, but you will need to trade a few of them for a ring or a spell with Ludleth. If you struggle with any of the bosses, get an online summon. Make sure you're in ember form and just look for summon signs on the floor near bonfires by boss rooms. I recommend just summoning one player, don't summon anymore. Bosses get a 50% health boost per phantom you have with you.
The first step is to pretty much just play the game, and enjoy it for what it is. Explore as much as you can so you can pick up rings, spells etc as possible. Pretty much all of the rings are out in the world, apart from 2 which come from questlines and around 7 that come from merchants. As this is your first playthrough, I don't recommend following a guide until you get to the end of the game. Once all 4 Lords of Cinder are dead, don't continue any further, instead clean up everything you can. Reason being is the game gets harder each new Game+ so you want to do as little playthroughs as you can.
Go and join all the covenants. You will be able to join all of them, except maybe the Blade of the Darkmoon if you didn't get the "Darkmoon Loyalty" gesture from Sirris'. If she doesn't let you join then you will need to just kill her and pick up the covenant item. Don't worry, she'll respawn in New Game+ and you'll just have to farm them next playthrough. Farm all the covenant items with them. You need to get to Rank 2 (30) with Warriors of Sunlight, Mound Makers, Watchdogs of Farron and Blade of the Darkmoon. You need to get to Rank 1 (10) with Rosaria's Fingers and Aldritch Faithful. You can do PVP for a good few of them, which involves invading and killing the host in another world. But, most of it will be farming. A farming method ha been outlined next to each covenant. You will want to max your item discovery for this. To max it out as much as possible, wear the Symbol of Avarice head (random drop from Mimics), off-hand the Crystal Rapier, equip the gold covetous serpent ring use gold rusted coins and put a few points into the luck skill.
The only covenant you really want to make sure you finish in this playthrough is Rosaria's Fingers. This covenant messes with Sirris' questline. The others, you can leave till New Game+ if you really want to. Make sure you do Leonhard's questline this playthrough as well as it involves joining Rosaria's Fingers. Refer to the "Bountiful Sunlight" miracle within the Master of Miracles trophy for more info.
Once you are ready to go into new game+, put all the Lords of Cinder heads on the thrones and go fight the final boss. once he is dead, kindle the bonfire here for the "To Link the First Flame" ending.
Step 2: Complete the game in New Game+, Sirris' and Siegward's Questline, collect all New Game+ rings and get the "The End of Fire" Ending
New Game+ has a few notable differences, but nothing major. Enemies and bosses become a little more aggressive, and use a few moves they wouldn't often use in the playthrough before. The main change is that there are now 21 +1 rings in the game. You want to pick all these up this playthrough, as well as any ring, spell etc you may have missed before.
The main part of this step will be doing the NPC questlines that give you gestures, rings and spells. You need to progress far enough in a fair amount of them. There are; Siegward, Sirris, Anri and Greirat. The other NPCs in the game will give you gestures for talking to them, or buying a certain amount of spells etc. Just make sure you do all of those. You will be doing Anri's questline in New Game++ so don't worry about that for now. Very few of the questlines actually fail by advancing too far. That means you can leave an NPC standing there for the whole game without them randomly disappearing.
This playthrough, focus on Siegward/Patche's and Sirris' questlines. Those are the two main ones, and they are the two missable ones. Below is a small roadmap on how to to do it.
Siegward, Patches and Sirris Questline Guide
Step 1: You can first find Siegward by the elevator in the Undead Settlement. Exhaust his dialogue.
Step 2: He will move up the tower. Head up towards the giant, but roll off halfway when you hear him say "Hmmm". Help him kill the Demon and then talk to him. He will give you the "Toast" gesture. He will then fall asleep, talk to him again to get the "Sleep" gesture.
Step 3: Talk to Anri at the Halfway Fortress bonfire. This will trigger Sirris' to spawn in Firelink Shrine for the first time. Exhaust her dialogue. Now, go to the Old Wolf of Farron bonfire and get the dream chaser ashes behind the illusionary wall. Give them to the handmaiden, tell her where you got them. Now reload the area and Sirris' will be here. Talk to her and you'll get the "Darkmoon Loyalty" gesture.
Step 4: Defeat the Deacons of the Deep, at the Cathedral of the Deep and open the main door to the cathedral. Now, go back to the Cleansing Chapel bonfire and go to the well just by it. Siegward will be trapped in here and somebody has stolen his armor.
Step 5: Return to Firelink Shrine, and go to the tower if you haven't already (Requires Tower key from Handmaiden). Patches will lock you in here. Roll down the coffins to get out or use a homeward bone. Now, Patches can be found in Firelink Shrine up at the top where the exit to the tower is. Talk to him, and DO NOT forgive him. This will give you the "Prostration" Gesture. Buy Siegward's armor rom him.
Step 6: Return to Siegward in the well, and chuck his armor down there for him. This will give you the "Rejoice" gesture. You know have all possible gestures from Siegward! Return to Firelink Shrine and Patches should be sitting down. Talk to him to get "Patches Squat" gesture. You are now free to kill Patches for his "Horsehoof Ring" as you'll no longer need him.
Step 7: When you first get to the Irthyll of the Boreal Valley, go down to the "Central Irthyll" bonfire. Now fast travel back to the first bonfire in this area and go back onto the bridge. Sirris' will have a summon sign here. Go into her world, and help her defeat the dark spirit. Return to Firelink Shrine to get the "Silver Cat Ring".
Step 8: You can now find Siegward in the Kitchen on your way to Pontiff Sullyvahn in the Irthyll of the Boreal Valley. Make sure you go and see him as soon as you get to the Boreal Valley. Go straight to him and don't detour. If you end up going to the distant manor and beyond you'll end up skipping him. Exhaust his dialogue to get the "Emit Force" miracle, as well as the "Toast" and "Sleep" gesture if you missed them in step 2.
For a guide on all the sidequests in the game, you can refer to the Dark Souls wiki.
Once you are ready to go into new game+, get the Firekeeper Eyes from the Untended Graves area if you haven't already. Once you get them, give them to the Firekeeper. When you defeat the last boss, don't kindlke the fire. instead, summon the Firekeeper next to the bonfire to get the "The End of Fire" ending.
Step 3: Complete the game in New Game++, collect all New Game++ rings and get the "The Usurpation if Fire" Ending
You should now only be missing:
- All 16 +2 (Including Life Ring +3) Rings.
- Yuria's 3 Rings (If you never got them in your last playthroughs).
- Usurpation of Fire Ending.
- Pale Shade Londor NPC Summon Gesture - Refer to the trophy guide.
- Yellow Finger Heysel NPC Summon Gesture - Refer to the trophy guide.
- Black Hand Gotthard NPC Summon Gesture - Refer to the trophy guide.
- A few remaining spells, miracles etc.
- Questlines you may have missed out on.
You may be missing some more, but don't worry. Just focus on it in this playthrough. You will want to get the "Usurpation of Fire ending. This ending is very long compared to the other two, and you can easily mess things up. I have included a full written walkthrough, and video, within the trophy guide for this. There are also 16 rings that will only be available in New Game++ here and you want to pick those up. None of them are missable.
[PST would like to thank Harry94_ for this Roadmap]