Bonfires are the checkpoints of Dark Souls, but they also serve other useful purposes. When the player encounters a new Bonfire, it must be lit, or rested at to serve as the new spawnpoint if the player should die.

  • Resting at a Bonfire will respawn all nearby enemies, but the player will be safe while resting at a Bonfire.
  • Resting at a Bonfire replenishes all health and Estus. The Rite of Kindling increases the amount of Estus.
  • After acquiring The Lordvessel, you can use the Bonfire to warp to other - lit - Bonfires.

Rest at Bonfire

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After the player lights the Bonfire and rests there, several options are available. Some will also become available later when certain stats or conditions are met or items are aquired.

  • Resting at a Bonfire will replenish the players stock of Estus and Spells.
    • Flasks will not be reset if the player's current stock exceeds the amount replenished by the Bonfire (If the player has 7 in stock while resting at a Bonfire that replenishes 5, it will still be 7 after leaving).
  • Resting at Bonfire cures the player of Poison and Toxic statuses.
    • Curse cannot be healed by resting at a Bonfire.
  • Resting at a Bonfire will respawn all enemies, excluding bosses, minibosses, certain non-respawning enemies, and npcs.
  • Bonfires cannot be accessed if the player is engaged in battle close by.
  • Online: Bonfires cannot be accessed while the player is being invaded.
  • Online: Bonfires cannot be accessed if the player has summoned phantoms.
  • Online: While a player rests at a Bonfire, mirages of other resting players can sometimes be seen around the fire.
  • Online: If in human form while at a bonfire you can be ejected from the bonfire and whatever menu you are in at any point should your world be invaded by another online player or you are being summoned.
  • If the player kills the Fire Keeper of a bonfire, it will extinguish and can no longer be rested at, but can still be warped to once the Lordvessel is obtained.



Leave the Bonfire.

Level Up

Players can level up to reinforce their stats at the Bonfire.

  • Leveling costs souls, which can be collected by killing enemies, bosses, or by collecting lost souls.
  • The amount of souls needed to level up increases with each level.
  • The bonfires in the Undead Asylum can not be used for leveling during the tutorial.

Reinforce Weapon

Players can do weapon reinforcement at the Bonfire after purchasing a Weapon Smithbox.

  • Weapon reinforcement does not include ascension, which must be done by a qualified Blacksmith.

Reinforce Armor

Players can do armor reinforcement at the Bonfire after purchasing an Armor Smithbox.

Repair Equipment

Players can repair their own weapons and equipment at the Bonfire after purchasing a Repairbox.

Attune Magic

Manage memorized spells.

  • Attuned Magic will become available to the player after learning a spell.
  • The starting classes who are equipped with a spell will have this option available from the start.

Access Bottomless Box

Players can store items and equipment at the Bonfire after purchasing a Bottomless Box.


After obtaining the Lordvessel, the player is able to warp to certain bonfires.

All DLC bonfire can be warped to. This include :


  • You can warp to a bonfire even if the Fire Keeper for that bonfire is dead, however you can not warp from that bonfire since you are unable to rest at it.
  • The Abyss bonfire can also be warped from without possessing the Lordvessel. Any warp-able location, rested at prior, should be available as a destination as well.
  • The bonfires in the Painted World of Ariamis and The Duke's Archives Prison can not be warped from at all.


Bonfires can be kindled, or strengthened, to increase the player's stock of Estus.

  • Kindling a Bonfire will cost the player 1 piece of Humanity, and can only be performed if the player is in human form.
    • An undead player must therefore use 2 pieces of Humanity to kindle a fire.
  • A bonfire can be kindled more than once, after the player receives the Rite of Kindling in the main quest. A fire can then be kindled up to three times past its default, and will refill 10, 15 or 20 Estus Flasks, rather than the default 5.
  • Kindling is permanent, but it only strengthens the kindled Bonfire; other fires are unaffected.
  • Any bonfire with a visible Firekeeper present restores 10 Estus Flasks by default (Firelink Shrine, Anor Londo, Daughter of Chaos, and Stone Dragon)
  • Online: When a player kindles a fire, it will also grant some players in nearby worlds one extra volume of Estus.
  • All bonfires retain their level of Kindling upon restarting the game in New Game+.
  • The "fire" visual effect when a bonfire has been kindled varies, which is a nice detail. The flame is huge when the bonfire has been kindled to 20.

Reverse Hollowing

Reverse Hollowing revives an undead player to human form.

  • Reviving costs 1 piece of Humanity.
    • Reviving cannot be performed if the player is Cursed.
  • Human form players are able to kindle Bonfires (see above).
  • Human form players are able to summon Phantoms, but are also open to invasion.
    • This includes online players as well as some offline NPCs.
  • Human form players are still able to be summoned as a Phantom.
  • Human form players can use the Cracked Red Eye Orb, Red Eye Orb, and Red Sign Soapstone multiplayer items.

Bonfire list

Beginner Route Bonfire Progress

List of Bonfires following the beginner suggested path of the game.

  1. Undead Asylum - Escape Route
  2. Undead Asylum - Court Yard
  3. Firelink Shrine
    • You will automatically be dropped just before this bonfire as soon as you complete the Undead Asylum
  4. Undead Burg
    • In the central room after killing the hollow archer
    • Behind the Wyvern guarding the Undead Burg Bridge
  5. Undead Parish
    • Found to the right of the Undead Chapel, down the stairs to the Andre the blacksmith
    • (The Depths) Behind the door with the Slimes (need to retrieve the key or have the master key to open the door to this bonfire)
  6. Blighttown - Sever
    • In the middle of the swamp, inside a tunnel, once you have descended the waterweel
    • On the path between the bottom of Blighttown and The Depths
  7. Quelaag's Domain - Daughter of Chaos
    • Behind a hidden wall, after you kill Quelaag.
  8. The Abyss
    • After killing the boss in The Abyss a bonfire will spawn
  9. Sen's Fortress
    • Reached by jumping off the second balcony while running away from the fire bombing giant's bombs
    • Accessed by using portal from Sen's Fortress once you kill the boss
  10. Anor Londo  - Darkmoon Tomb
    • At the very bottom of the spiral stairs
  11. Anor Londo - Central Room
    • In a side room just below the Titanite Demon
  12. Anor Londo - Chamber of the Princess
  13. Darkroot Garden
    • Next to the door of Artorias behind a hidden wall
  14. Darkroot Basin
    • In the tunnel leading to the Valley of Drakes
  15. The Duke's Archives
    • Just after you kill the second Mecha Boar
  16. The Duke's Archives - Prison Cell
    • Story Element has your character locked in a prison cell, Bonfire is next to where you wake up. This Bonfire is isolated from the others, meaning it can not be warped from
  17. The Duke's Archives - Balcony
    • Lowest level below the casters, out on a balcony
  18. Crystal Cave
    • After defeating final boss a bonfire will be available
  19. Demon Ruins
    • As you enter there is a bonfire
  20. Demon Ruins - Central
  21. Demon Ruins - Lower
  22. Lost Izalith
  23. Lost Izalith
    • In the lava field, right before the giant branche which leads to the upper ara with a lot of Stone Demon. There is a building with an hidden wall with the bonfire inside.
  24. Lost Izalith
  25. Catacombs
  26. Catacombs (remastered only)
  27. Catacombs
    • Hidden by an illusory wall before the second turning bridge, near the contraption where you can find Patches the first time
  28. Tomb Of Giants
    • Near the second encounter with Patches.
  29. Tomb of Giants
  30. Tomb of Giants - Gravelord Nito's Tomb

Special Bonfires

  • Firelink Altar
  • Kiln of the First Flame
    • The player cannot rest at this bonfire. Pressing the action button will lead to the Link the Fire ending and conclude the game.

DLC Bonfires

  • Sanctuary Garden
    • Right at the DLC entrance
  • Oolacile Sanctuary
  • Oolacile Township
  • Oolacile Township Dungeon
  • Chasm of the Abyss

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    • igniting one doesn't set it as your spawn point, actually. I died in Blighttown after igniting the first one there and it respawned me back at Firelink.

      • Anonymous

        I have a weird question: if the last bonfire you rested at is one that has lost its fire keeper, thus extinguishing it, what does the game do when you die? Do you get sent to that bonfire without replenishing estus?

        • Anonymous

          In remastered there is a bonfire in catacombs next to vamos(really helps because it is a difficult area and far from bonfires)
          Me who is playing prepare to die edition....

          • Anonymous

            Hi here. Is there any option to use the firekeeper's souls at the bonfire? I remember I saw one and used the soul, but the estus flask is not enhanced.

            • Anonymous

              I just found out that there are different sitting animations for bonfires depending on how far away you sit. Idkif that's just at the ancient dragon bf but I'm too lazy to test all of them

              • Anonymous

                What would happen if you got the Lordvessel without ever resting at any warpable bonfires? Would you be able to warp to Firelink by default?

                • Anonymous

                  Attention, wearing the Symbol Of Avarice while resting at a bonfire makes you still loosing HP. Took a dump and came back to a surprise

                  • Anonymous

                    I've noticed that Bonfires emit a faint, yet distinct sound, which helped me find them in Tomb of the Giants.

                    • Anonymous

                      Why the bonfire at Tomb of the Gravelord is a warped option(in unpatched version)? It is useless to warp to it.

                      • Anonymous

                        when I rest at bonfire, after about 15 minutes I gain 1 additional estus flask. It doesn't matter if the bonfire is kindled or not.

                        • I made a Bonfire Connection map for Dark Souls (Like the one that used to be on Bonfire section for DS3). Sorry if there are any errors, I'm only on my second playthrough, so I could mess something up: blob:

                          • Anonymous

                            I have reached the third bonfire in Duke's Archives (the one before crystal caves) in Remastered and it is not listed in the warpable bonfires list. Has FROM changed it?

                            • Anonymous

                              So I found that if I am near a bonfire long enough, the bonfire makes a kindling noise, and then I get +1 estus flask. I left my game on for about an hour and came back to find I have +6. So I guess it's +1 every 10 minutes? I'll check to see if it is just a temporary estus flask buff. I bet the number will return to the normal amount after I die. I'm playing the remastered version on ps4.

                              • Anonymous

                                Can you light a bonfire and without sitting at it homeward bound to the last bonfire I want to know if I can light vamos bonfire without sitting at it and getting stuck.

                                • Anonymous

                                  After dying and respawning at the bonfire, I had a really weird explosion effect when I stood up. Does anyone know what that means???

                                  • Anonymous

                                    you can skip the capra demon and gaping dragon by using the master key to unlock the door to valley of drakes from new londo ruins and then simply walk across the bridge into blight down, walk down and be very careful of the toxic blow darters, run over to the far side of the swamp and then go into quelaggs domain, you can do this before or after ringing the first bell, just be careful of being too underleveled, this is probably the easiest and fastest way to unlock frampt so you can split titanite and sell items

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