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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 recommanted 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.



    • Anonymous

      12 Oct 2018 02:16  

      Does the amount of humanity I contributed to Quelaan transfer over as well? As in, if I look on the servant roster, will my name be in the same place or does that reset?

      • Anonymous

        19 Jun 2018 23:27  

        I never noticed before, but I fought red sword lizard phantoms and lighting lizards on ng+ when I was non-hollowed. It made that part much harder.

        • Anonymous

          16 Jun 2018 11:38  

          When my current covenant carrys to ng+ What happens if i choose a other convenant is the carryed convenant aviable or must i join the convenant regulary again?

          • Anonymous

            13 Jun 2018 21:58  

            Hi guys, what about entering DLC on ng+? Do I still have to go all the way to duke's archives for the medalion, please?

            • Anonymous

              04 Jun 2018 01:04  

              Apparently, the number of soft humanity gained thru farming enemies in a given area is doubled on ng+. I recieved 10 as I ground the painting for xp and humanity, before ever even talking to Priscilla.

              • Anonymous

                03 Jun 2018 22:42  

                Do you have the option to stay and do extra stuff like in DS3? Or are you sent to NG+ right after the ending?

                • Anonymous

                  03 Jun 2018 07:12  

                  Do boss souls carry over to the new game plus ? Or do i need to decide what to do with them before finishing the game?

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Jun 2018 19:13  

                    I killed two fire keepers(anor londo/chaos cov) for their souls before moving to ng+. Upon returning to these places, the bonfires were fully kindled. Same with the ones near Gwenevere and Gwyndolin, fully kindled. So as far as I can tell, all kindles carry over regardless.

                    • Anonymous

                      31 May 2018 02:29  

                      Can players Invade/Summon other players in different NG cycles? Or is matchmaking restricted to players within the same NG cycle? (i.e. Can a player in NG+ invade a player in NG, so long as they are within their level-range and vice-versa?)

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Apr 2018 09:03  

                        I'm at level 90-91 and I'm at Oreo and Smores for round 2 and I'm using a plus 5 bkh (black knight halberd) and I'm doing decent damage but I wanna know what's the best ng+ weapon

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Mar 2017 19:21  

                          Is there a suggested level you would want to be at before starting NG+? I know there isn't one on the dark souls 3 wiki but that one includes suggested levels for the final few areas you end up doing (ie the ringed city over 100) and so you can sort of see what your level ought to be around. Im currently at lvl 98 with only gwen to go in this playthrough. I do need to go through and kindle a few bonfires yet and with gwens souls that'll be another level or two.

                          • Anonymous

                            Ending02 Aug 2016 15:05  

                            What happen if I use a Homeward Bone after defeating Gwyn, will I get the Dark Lord ending or I will return to the last bonfire?

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