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Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel guide and walkthrough: return to the Painted World

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel, thoroughly flayed and dissected. Now with complete walkthrough, directions to the PvP arena and a checklist guiding you to all those sweet new weapons.


Did you wish Dark Souls 3 would never end? With the new Ashes of Ariandel DLC you can extend the experience a little longer, as it throws you right back into heart-in-mouth dungeon crawling.

Dark Souls is a game of trial and error but as usual we're here to do the work of dying hundreds of times for you. Our walkthrough will hold your hand from first installation right through to lopping the head off the final boss and wearing it as a fetching hat. Spoilers follow, obviously.

We hope to soon have all the info you're after on new PvP activities and more, but for now let's start with a few essential resources before we kick off the PvE Ashes of Ariandel walkthrough.

  • DLC weapons, armour, spells and items

    If you just want to make sure you've seen and done everything without spoilers, or you're looking for the location of a particular new item, this is the page for you. Links back to specific walkthrough pages so you can get what you want with a quick ctrl+f, the hasty gamer's best friend.

  • How to access Ashes of Ariandel's PvP arena

    You've heard that Dark Souls 3's first DLC adds PvP content. But where the heck is it? Don't let your attractive, honest brow wrinkle in perplexity: come in and be illuminated.

  • Dark Souls 3 guide and walkthrough

    Although the difficulty isn't markedly higher, Ashes of Ariandel is intended for experienced players who have seen most of what the core game has to offer, so if you're firing Dark Souls 3 up for the first time, please get started with the core walkthrough. You won't be ready for this for quite some time.

  • Dark Souls 3 Cheeseburger Assassin build

    Our Dark Souls 3 walkthroughs are aimed at nervous sensibly cautious players. As such, we do a lot of sneaking, sniping and running away. Our Ashes of Ariandel guide was written utilising this famously cowardly build. Embrace it; it's an easy spec.

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel Walkthrough

This is what you came for. We assume you're about level 80 and know how to play Dark Souls 3, at least at the level of cheesy proficiency we champion.

At this stage we're pretty sure we've seen all the content in Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel - but we're open to being surprised. Stay tuned for updates should any surface.

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