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.

    • Anonymous

      29 Mar 2020 23:17  

      If I completed the game the first time but I dont want to use the same character and want to create a new one, will the game with the new character and new gift restart anyway in NG+ mode ? Thanks you

      • Anonymous

        10 Feb 2020 09:25  

        I got stuck in tomb of giants and there is no way back becausd i dont have the lord vessel. Can I restart the NG+ or do I need to start a new character?

        • Anonymous

          04 Feb 2020 05:11  

          Does the Titanite Slabs found on the map respawn in NG+? Like the Red Slab from the chest in the pit with the chaos eaters, and so on?

          • Anonymous

            29 Jan 2020 06:58  

            I’m a bit confused on how bosses work when it comes to scaling. Do bosses only increase in HP on the first NG+? I haven’t seen any information about their HP on NG+2 and beyond.

            • Anonymous

              20 Jan 2020 20:49  

              Equipment doesn't seem to change for for me In ng plus and all armor gives the exact amount of defense and resistance as it's ng counterparts making it almost impossible unless I grind out the dark root forest is equipment supposed to be better?

              • Anonymous

                16 Oct 2019 23:26  

                All titanite carries over as well. I really thought they did not. In my playthrough vamos was killed by the wheel skeletons. :( So i had a huge load of red chunk and slabs... (89 red chunks and 1 slab) lol

                • Anonymous

                  06 May 2019 01:14  

                  Okay so this has been bugging me for a while now please forgive my puny brain but, if I’m on my 4th playthrough of the game. Would I say “I’m on ng+4” or ng+3?

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Apr 2019 18:06  

                    Does the covenant ranking besides my current one reset after ng+? Like going to ng+ with the forest hunter will reset my +3 rankings of Darkwhraith and the Dragon remnants back to +0? Does killing Gwyndolin resets the ranking of the darkmoon blade back to +0? I was ranking +1, but I had to give him ALL the 80 souvenirs instead of Just 70 in the NG+, did the ranking reset as a penalty or it's because the counting ITSELF was resetted? Even If I was +1, +2 ranking, I have to give all the 80 covenant itens back to gain a rank after entering another NG cicle?

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Jan 2019 08:22  

                      I honestly will suggest into the "To-do List before defeating Final Boss" to farm the dark wraiths in the cavern before Manus Father of the Abyss (for who does have the DLC ofc) to farm humanity. Hell does guys carry a bunch of em, I farmed like 100+ points while trying to kill Manus with 0 efforts.

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Dec 2018 06:57  

                        The items inside my bottomless box, would be in my storage when the New Game + Starts? Or will they only be available when i get the Bottomless box again ?

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Nov 2018 15:27  

                          You mean...if I bought gear from Domnhall, and I start NG+, I will lose it and will have to buy it again?

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