Since the announcement of the final Dark Souls 3 DLC, The Ringed City, fans have been on the edge of their seat waiting for new information on the adventure that will finally close out the epic dark fantasy series. And now, at long last, information is finally coming our way.
Everything You Need To Know About 'The Ringed City' DLC For 'Dark Souls 3'
Thanks to an hour long livestream showing off some of the new content, we now know a lot more about #TheRingedCity, including new multiplayer modes and arenas, new miracles and weapons and details of enemies and bosses for the final outing in #DarkSouls3.
New Multiplayer Modes And Arenas In The Ringed City
The Ringed City introduces new arenas, expanding upon the arena added in the #AshesOfAriandel DLC. These new PvP areas offer fresh modes, such as a four player brawl and multiple team battle modes.
The new maps are an excellent addition as well, adding more complicated layouts that allow players to mount ambushes, double back and drop down on unsuspecting enemies.
New Miracles Arrive To Bolster Faith Builds
The livestream also revealed several awesome new miracles and weapons. For faith users, there's two new and useful miracles to round out your arsenal. The first, called Lightning Arrow, instantly summons a bow made from lightning, which can be held and aimed for as long as you want—it's a great way to quickly tag fleeing enemies, draw out mobs and harass opponents.
The second miracle is called Projected heal, and shoots a ball of force that heals anyone in the area near where it strikes—it's a great way to heal your allies in battle and will probably be a favorite of devoted sunbros.
Game-Changing Weapons And Shields
The real excitement though, comes from the newly revealed weapons shown off on the livestream, which are guaranteed to change the multiplayer meta. They include a shield made from a dragon head, which trades the ability to parry for an AOE fire attack that's great for knocking enemies off balance or dealing with groups.
Another awesome shield showed up in the video; it's a pair of giant wooden doors that acts as a tower shield and can be switched to dual weapon mode. In this mode, you're almost invincible, as you can block with both shields at once and launch shield slam combos.
Two transformable weapons were also shown off. There's an incredible new straight sword, known as the Ringed Knight Straight Sword, which can transform with its weapon art into a great sword-length flaming blade. You move slowly in this form, but can launch blisteringly fast combos with tons of reach.
The second transformable weapon, known as the Aquamarine Dagger, can transform from a regular dagger into a rapier length weapon—it keeps its blisteringly fast dagger moveset in this mode, which makes it incredible for stun-locking opponents.
Hints At An Answer To The Mystery Of The Angelic Religion Of 'Dark Souls 3'
Story content was mostly obscured, although we did learn a few interesting things about the Ringed City. Firstly, the DLC will be almost as long as Bloodborne's The Old Hunters. Traversing the level will require a lot of vertical movement and dropping down, constantly delving deeper and deeper into the city. Fall damage has been mostly removed from the area, as deep drifts of ash cushion your fall.
We also saw a few interesting enemies. The dregs of the city are even more corrupted and wretched than regular hollows, covered in corrupt, branch-like growths and crawling pathetically along the ground. Sorcerers often accompany them, firing black masses of humanity at you that follow you around.
The most exciting enemy though was a giant, angelic butterfly creature, which looks very similar to the pilgrim butterflies seen in the Dragonslayer Armor fight. It's very possible this enemy means that the final DLC will answer the mystery behind the angelic cult that sparked a civil war in Lothric.
Finally, the stream showed off the first major boss, a pair of fast, hard-hitting giant demons who will play like a cross between a Bloodborne boss and an inhuman Ornstein and Smough duo. By the looks of things, they'll pose a threat to even the toughest player—here's looking forward to some brutal battles!
Are you excited for The Ringed City? Do you have a theory about what the final DLC might reveal? Let us know in the comments!