FromSoftware’s brutally hard action-RPG Dark Souls 3 has been out for quite a while now, and its playerbase has been killing bosses, doing challenging PvE runs, engaging in invasions and duels the whole time. For those wanting some new areas and bosses to face, you’re in luck. FromSoftware has officially announced its first DLC: Ashes of Ariandel, with a trailer and a release date of October 25th. We can expect some new weapons, sorceries, miracles and Pyromancies to use against said new badies.
Those familiar with the franchise will notice similarities between the snowy environment, its architecture and the painted world of Ariamis from Dark Souls. The look of the black feathered boss seems indicative, thanks to the similarity with the crow enemies in the area of the original Dark Souls. It’s also a popular theory that the Goddess of sin, Velka, is linked to this painted world.
There’s also shots of vanilla bosses in the trailer, which may be indicative of their relevance in this DLC, although some may consider this a longshot when it comes to speculation. A few confirmed new weapons are available too, such as a torch, which acts somewhat like the Flamesprayer from Bloodborne, and a sword that appears to be wreathed in black and white flames. This black and white color scheme is very common in the Dark Souls franchise, due to it being synonymous with the humanity sprite you could use in Dark Souls to regain your human form, hexes and dark sorceries from Dark Souls 2 and 3 respectively. This color scheme is also present with the end-game Demon’s Souls weapon: Northern Regalia, a combination of Soulbrandt and Demonbrandt, although that weapon gimmick has already been used in Dark Souls 3.
Also confirmed is one new sorcery typing. There’s not really too much to note about it, other than looking like a load of sparkles. It could very well be similar to the Pyromancy: Poison Mist, but instead of afflicting the opponent with the poison status effect it could cause frostbite. If that is the case, I don’t see this sorcery getting much use, since frostbite isn’t really a massively effective status effect.
Not only this, but there is a new offensive miracle too. This one seems as if it will inflict direct damage twice. It effectively acts as a boomerang, you throw out a disk, which will inflict damage, pierce, and then come back. As to how much damage this will do, we’re not sure, but a new offensive miracle is certainly interesting.
Finally, according to Hachima, (a Japanese blog, with its information translated by Siliconera), there will be a PvP-Exclusive area, known as the Immortal Competition. The image that seems as if it depicts this is one of multiple characters standing in what appears to be the Kiln of the First Flame. As to how this area will work is not known, but it seems logical to assume it will function as an arena. Since none of the characters in the screenshot assume the eerie red glow of a Dark Spirit, it seems reasonable that it will not be focusing on PvP in terms of invasions and using Red Soapstone signs. Also note that there are four players present, none of them donning a color, hence one could assume that this area will allow for free-for-all combat, rather than the traditional duels or hectic invasions players typically engage in.
Hopefully, this area will be an alternative for those who want a chaotic experience, without the penalties that most invaders seem to struggle with (infinite Phantom summons, halved estus, lower health and enemies which can attack you if a Seed of a Tree of Giants is used).
Once again, Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel will release on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th at $14.99. It is also included in the $24.99 season pass, alongside a second, unannounced DLC pack.