New Game+ Presentation

The initial or game cycle, created upon starting a new character, is called "New Game" or "NG". Upon killing the final boss, and choosing either ending, the player's character will be thrown into the next game-cycle, known as "New Game+", or "NG+".

If the player continues to play through and beat the game with that same character, the cycle continues, with the third cycle referred to as 'New Game++', or NG++, and so on. NG+ is a significant jump in difficulty from NG, but from NG+ to NG++ the difficulty will only increase slightly. Difficulty will continue to slowly grow with each game cycle, until it plateaus at NG++++++ (NG7/NG+6) and beyond.

Moving into a new game cycle such as NG+ will reset all killed Bosses and NPCs, just like it was in the first game-cycle. The difficulty will also increase, because enemies will have more attack power and health points, and they will yield more souls

  • The next game-cycle will start back at the Northern Undead Asylum, with the player retaining all the gear and items they had at the end of the prior game (and all items in their Bottomless Box will also be kept).
  • NG+ will not let the player create a new character or choose a new gift.
  • On the first NG+ many enemies have doubled HP, and will also deal significantly increased damage. This becomes more and more noticeable the farther the player proceeds into NG+, and can be particularly challenging with respect to bosses.
  • The more powerful foes often yield up to three or four times more souls than NG, including some bosses.
    • Souls yielded in NG+ vary from one area to another, but it's usually a multiplier of 2x, 3x or 4x compared to NG.
    • After NG+, enemy souls and HP increase with a static percentage of the NG+ values. NG++ increases 7%, NG+++ 10%, NG+4 14%, NG+5 19%, and finally NG+6 (7th playthrough) and onwards has a 25% increase in souls and HP over NG+.

To-do List before defeating Final Boss

  1. Visit all locations and kindle all bonfires to the max.
  2. Make sure you have obtained all unique items like Titanite Slabs from treasures around the world, and killed the various Crystal Lizards.
  3. Purchase all spells, miracles and pyromancies as they will carry over to the next game and may be stacked with multiple copies.
  4. Visit the blacksmiths and upgrade your weapons as much as you can, as you will lose all the embers at the start of the next New Game.
  5. Farm the Kiln of the First Flame Black Knights for materials: they consistently grant Titanite Chunks of various kinds and respawn. It is also recommended to farm the New Londo Ruins Darkwraith Knight for Titanite Slabs.
  6. Trade everything you can with Snuggly.
  7. Visit every merchant and buy items in preparation, as well as Humanity, Rings of Sacrifice, and Gravelord Eyes if you saved Patches the Hyena.
  8. Kill NPCs: You will get humanity, weapons, armor and Fire Keeper Souls. Besides, they will all revive for NG+.
    • Killing any of the Fire Keepers will reset the Kindle on their respective fires in the next New Game.
    • Killing Gwynevere will reset the chamber of the princess bonfire kindle.

What will carry over to NG+

  • Most items and equipment will carry over, along with character Soul Level and Humanity, to the next game-cycle.
  • Magic already obtained will also carry over.
  • Current covenant membership and rank will carry over.
  • Kindled Bonfires will retain their level.
  • Estus Flask upgrade level will remain the same.
  • All sins are absolved.
  • Some Keys are kept:

What doesn't carry over

Other possible ramifications of NG+

  • It is speculated by some players that progressing to NG+ or beyond (possibly all the way up to NG7/NG6) may eventually enable or unlock access to hidden material in the game, given that some objects or spells (such as the Great Lord Armor or the Sunlight Spear, or various different Boss Soul weapons each requiring the same boss soul) were apparently only intended to become available in subsequent game cycle playthroughs, and certain statements made by FromSoft game designers suggest multiple playthroughs might be required to unlock potential secrets related to the Pendant or other items. Despite extensive searching and effort by many players, to date these theories have not been validated.
  • Optimally Ng++ is required for the Platinum trophy (up to Great Wolf Sif), because you need at least 3 Souls of Sif to make all 3 of Artorias' items: Greatshield of Artorias, Greatsword of Artorias and Greatsword of Artorias (Cursed). These weapons are required for the Knight's Honor trophy/achievement. Note: If you play online, you can receive a Soul of Sif as a gift, if another player drops it.

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    • 21 Sep 2021 15:10  

      So here it says "Killing any of the Fire Keepers will reset the Kindle on their respective fires in the next New Game.
      Killing Gwynevere will reset the chamber of the princess bonfire kindle."
      However, I had all those bonfires kindled to the maximum (20 Estus), killed Gwynevere as well as the Fire Keeper in Anor Londo and the Daughter of Chaos, and still all three of those bonfires were kindled to the max level when I found them again in NG+. Seems like the bonfire kindling doesn't reset in the Remaster.

      • Anonymous

        04 Sep 2021 13:04  

        I read on a few other pages online that if you're a chaos servant +2, the ability to unlock the shortcut in lost izalith is lost and you need to eat 30 humanity every playthrough. On this page it says the contrary, i've always just chose to not risk it and simp the daughter of chaos each playthrough. Any thoughts? I myself dont plan on it anymore unless i want to save solaire again, but if someone else is skimming the comments it could be useful. (i've progressed to +5 where that titanite demon can just 1 shot me, better off just making do with the hidden bonfire unless i want to save solaire again.)

        • Anonymous

          28 Aug 2021 11:52  

          can someone help me find out which ng+ I’m on? I made a test and I gain 550 souls killing a basic hollow that would otherwise give me 100 souls in ng

          • Anonymous

            22 Aug 2021 11:58  

            I'm in NG+ and have reached Oolacile Township. I'm offline and hollow but I'm seeing increasing numbers of red phantom residents. Yesterday, there was just one red phantom sorceress that kept reappearing after resting at the bonfire, but today there are several red phantom bloatheads, one group in pairs. I promise, I am definitely offline. I've searched this wiki for an answer but haven't found any information about this. Is it just something that happens in NG+ versions? Thanks for any help.

            • Anonymous

              27 Jun 2021 03:52  

              Lets make this simple.. Exactly how many times do I need to kill Gwyn in order to start my new playthrough on the highest difficulty setting?

              • Anonymous

                09 Jun 2021 03:11  

                im lost the wiki's to do list says kindle all bonfires to the max but when you start an NG+ it will go back to 5 estus flasks

                • Anonymous

                  29 May 2021 06:49  

                  I'm a bit confused by the kindle every bonfire, but killing the Firekeepers will reset their kindle in NG+. Doesn't that mean kindling their bonfires is a waste of time if you plan to kill them? Am I misunderstanding something?

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Apr 2021 19:19  

                    I think people should read the whole thing before commenting crap.He did mention than both Master key and Bottomless Box carry over to NG+.Also,covenant of Artorias and Orange Charred Ring are taken from the player in NG+,I just confirmed.

                    • 06 Apr 2021 18:45  

                      A lot of this information is old and was speculation due to players not knowing how thing operated fully during the days of when Dark Souls 1 was new. In short, in the Remaster, considering that's what people worry about the most, everything carries over its essentially the same as Dark Douls 2 and 3. Things like Key items of course don't carry over, and ironically the weapon & armor Upgrades don't carry over but the storage box does.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Apr 2021 11:11  

                        Thanks, doing my first ng+ run through, beat the game years ago but I never did a ng+ so this info is really helpful. Playing on xbox one

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Mar 2021 08:08  

                          does weapon and armor upgrades change in NG+? for example if in NG my max weapon upgrade lvl is +5 can i get it to +10 in NG+ ?

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Mar 2021 18:27  

                            hmm, thats funny.
                            i didnt lose the orange charred ring when i started NG+

                            no clue if its a bug or not, but im not complaining

                            • Anonymous

                              11 Mar 2021 19:27  

                              The gate beyond the boar that leads to the undead parish that you usually have to open from the other side will still be opened on new game + until you die after new game + ing

                              • Anonymous

                                02 Mar 2021 12:32  

                                If I got it right then it works like this. I will put darkroot forest as an example.
                                - on new game the forest guardians yield 7000 soul per run
                                - on new game+ something like 30.000
                                - on new game ++ will they yield more than the previous number?? I mean... the souls enemies give increase with a new game cycle up to a total of 6

                                • Anonymous

                                  20 Feb 2021 16:08  

                                  I'm on xone backwards compatibility and even tho I killed both firekeepers from lost izalith and anor londo, they're still kindled to 20 estus on my NG+ playthrough

                                  • Anonymous

                                    19 Oct 2020 02:55  

                                    I love speculating and secrets but that paragraph about multiple NGs potentially unlocking new things is a tad silly. The great lord armour for example is available in ng+ because they designed the game to force you into the next playthrough after beating gwyn which makes it impossible to go back to domhnall. Similar scenario with O & S, you can’t beat both in one playthrough so you need ng+ to get both armour sets. These are side effects of the games setup, they’re not put into ng+ for the sake of it so it’s only logical that if you reach right up to ng+6 there won’t be any hidden items because there’s no reason for there to be.

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