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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    • Anonymous

      20 Feb 2021 22:08  

      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 08:55  

        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.

        • Anonymous

          19 Sep 2020 05:05  

          Is the ng+ 6/7 the cap of the additional health and boost to enemy? What special things do you or could you find in ng+7

          • Anonymous

            28 Aug 2020 22:53  

            Really important, make sure you farm those blue drakes in front of new londo ruins, I find their drop rate is higher in ng rather than in any other subsequent plays. Plus they have lower health and you can pretty much one-hit with a maxed black knight axe or something with similar damage

            • Anonymous

              11 Aug 2020 21:40  

              One thing that is implied (but not specifically mentioned) in the NG+ checklist is that you can buy the master key from Domnhall of Zena. If you didn't start with it you don't really need to go through the Depths and upper Blighttown a second time (assuming you looted everything the first time).

              Capra Demon and Gaping Dragon also don't drop boss souls, so as long as you cut off Gaping's tail on NG, you won't miss any equipment for the Knight's Honor achievement if you use the shortcut on the second run.

              If you skip those areas you can be in Anor Londo again within like 2 hours of starting NG+, makes it a lot quicker to grind through the trophies.

              • New Game Plus [DKS Wiki]03 Jul 2020 23:01  

                Hello I have 33/34 directional shards I can't find number 34 anywhere in the internet can someone help me please

                • Anonymous

                  15 Jun 2020 15:43  

                  If I kill Gwyn, the game will start NG+ right away? Or do I have to go to the bonfire and select to start a new journey?

                  • Anonymous

                    15 May 2020 14:07  

                    if you tryna kindle all bonfires, consume all the humanites you have and run from Oolacile Township to Manus room with Gold Covetus ring on killing the Giant Humanity spirits and bone back and repeat. Got like 20 odd in a few runs.

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Apr 2020 02:44  

                      after killing gwyn... , i just want to lit the bonfire , oups i burn out now i need to go in ng+ to play dlc oh***** here we go again

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Apr 2020 02:16  

                        I f up I'm stuck on ng+ i didn't know u could get the wich for the moonlight butterfly and now 4 king for eternity

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