Dark Souls 3

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Halvard - Angeluso - Gabri

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About this mod

A total overhaul of Dark Souls 3, its combat system, visuals, bosses, and more- intended primarily to bring greater balance and depth to the competitive multiplayer. Weapons are made more unique and viable, with new combos, mechanics, and more.

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  • Japanese


Read previous patch notes here:
 Champion's Ashes Wiki Patch Notes
For accessing the PVP community and the latest information, be sure to visit the Discord.

Available Translations: 中文 | Français

Q: What is Champion's Ashes?
A: Champion's Ashes is a total overhaul of Dark Souls III, with a focus on creating a balanced and competitive PVP environment. This mod is centered around 1v1 dueling and all content added has been based around the medium of PvP. As a community mod, we want to create the best experience possible and have plans for the future, including but not limited to, PVE changes, new weapons, and more.

Q: Where can I get involved with the playerbase and find other players?
A: The majority of our players and all of the developers can be found on the Champion's Ashes Discord server. This is the mod's central home: it's where we review player feedback, bug reports, answer questions, host events, find multiplayer, etc. 

Q: What languages do you support?
A: Currently only English, French, and Chinese. Please contact a moderator if you are interested in lending us a hand in translating our mod.

Q: Do you guys have a Wiki?
We have a wiki in-progress at http://championsashes.wikidot.com/. We still need contributors to help fill out all the information here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Q: Where can I find the new weapons?
A: They can be found throughout PVE. If you'd like to access them quickly, you can use an in-game Cheat Code at the Firelink Handmaid by performing "Point Forward > Point Down > Bow" in front of her.
In order to gain souls to level up or buy these items, follow up the previous gestures with "Look Skyward".

We also have a useful Cheat Engine table you can check out on our Discord server.

Q: Do you have any ideas on expanding this mod? More weapons/armor/PVE?
A: Yes. We will be updating this mod with more content. Please follow along and support our journey!

Q: Why are my items coming up with ?GoodsName?
A: We currently only have English, French and Chinese translations of the mod. Switching to a supported language will show you the new item names and descriptions.

 Q: Is Champion's Ashes compatible with previous saves?
A: Yes. You may need to reallocate your attributes or level up to see the HP/FP changes.

Q: What happens if I play against players who don't have the mod?
A: If the other player does not have the files you have, they will not see the things that they are missing. This includes weapons and animations, which will be invisible for them. Likewise, if the other player is on a mod that you are not on, you will not see their new content either.

Q: Is ___ mod compatible with Champion's Ashes?
A: This is a complicated answer, but the simple answer is-- if the mod in question replaces any files in Champion's Ashes, it is usually not compatible. Mods that contain a single .dll file can be chainloaded in the modengine.ini configuration file (ie. Wex Dust) and are compatible.

To have it on in both cases, complete both steps. Each version has their own settings file, so you can customize it for each.

Q: Does this mod ban you?
A: If you play online, yes. If you play offline and use a new save using modengine, no.

Q: How can I play multiplayer if I'm banned? What's the difference between a softban and a hardban?
A: There is only 1 kind of ban in this game. This is a "softban", that will send you to a separate matchmaking pool, commonly referred to as the "banned server". Banned servers and unbanned servers are identical other than how you can only connect to other banned players. All of Champion's Ashes playerbase plays together on the banned server. The banned server system is an effective way to prevent modded Champion's Ashes players from interacting with unmodded vanilla players. 

Q: How can I play online without getting my main account banned?
A: You can create a Steam Family Share alt account and use this account to avoid getting banned on your main account. This is free and you do not have to buy the game again to do this.
You can follow our tutorial to learn how make this free alt account.

After that, you're free to play the mod whenever you choose.

Q: Is there a way to play offline on my main account without getting banned?
A: Yes. While we highly recommend using the above method, you can also use modengine to prevent bans while offline.

Q: How do I get on banned servers?
A: The Dark Souls 3 anti-cheat "sweeps" for invalid data in "waves" around Tuesday, every week. Therefore, if you installed the mod on Wednesday, you will have to wait until the following Tuesday to get onto the banned servers.

Q: How do I know if I am banned?
A: Upon launch, you will receive a message stating: "CAUTION: YOU HAVE BEEN PENALIZED" on the English version of the game. If your game language is set to a different language, this message will not appear, but you can still be banned. 

Q: What's the best method of getting banned?
A: Enabling this mod and launching the game online is the best method. You may need to go through a loading screen to ensure the anti-cheat will detect the mod. There is a small probability that the anti-cheat may not correctly flag your account to get banned, resulting in needing to wait an additional week for the next ban wave. 

Q: What is the PVP meta level?
A: Please ensure your character is SL 125 and that your attributes are consistent with SL 125.

Q: Where can I find people to PVP with?
A: There are a couple different fight club locations, but the most common one is the rectangular platform at the top of the elevator in the Farron Keep fortress (before where the Stray Demon would be in vanilla).

The closest bonfire is one of the newly added bonfires called "The Bridge". Check the Discord server to see where people are fighting.

Q: Is there a community password?
A: The community password is ashes
Q: Can I co-op with this mod?
A: Yes. 

Q: I have a question not answered here!
A: Please ask us in our Discord server and we'll try to answer your question.

Thank you to everyone who supports our mod! 
If you have any feedback the fastest way to contact us is via Discord.
Please do NOT use our mods content without our permission!

1. Download the Ashes Launcher and enable it. The launcher itself can be placed wherever you wish. 

2. In the given box on the launcher, choose your root game directory. (where the darksoulsIII.exe is) 

 3. Clicking the blue button will enable/disable the mod so you can safely switch between the mod and vanilla.

 4. Press "Play" while the blue button is labeled "Mod Enabled" to run Champion's Ashes. 

 5. To install updates for Champion's Ashes when they are released, run the launcher and press "Play". The update will begin automatically and then launch Champion's Ashes once finished. 

Note1:  If you have a manual installation without launcher support, delete the Ashes folder inside the AshesLauncher folder from your Game folder, or select another mod directory. 

Note2: If you receive any error while trying to launch the mod from a manual install, try pressing "Reset All Files" present under the MODS tab first. It may take a while and the launcher will be unresponsive during that time.

Note3: The launcher may trigger some anti-viruses. This is nothing to be alarmed over, as all the launcher currently does is modify your Dark Souls 3 Game folder. White-list the launcher to solve the issue. 

We recommend the use of the Ashes Launcher for consumers, which can be found here: 


Check to ensure the link directs you to the latest version, as the mod itself is updated more frequently than the Nexus page. 




Created by Halvard, Angeluso and Gabri

Current Development Team
Rayan (Dahoom)
Simon (Moghedian)

Other Contributors
Ai Placebo

PvP Balance Consultants

Pre-Release Testers
Abyss/eh ja 
Majestic Prince 

Post-Release Testers

Former Developers and Contributors


Additional thanks to:

Nep.Edler, Awe, and others for the Chinese translations
Falsecobra for the French translation
TKGP for Yapped
MeowMaritus for DSAnimStudio
Katalash for Mod Engine
NamelessHoodie for the HoodiePatcher code
MaxTheMiracle for some amazing armor models
ElFonz0 for even more amazing armor models 
Mayhem for animations
Lenox548 for the GFX and UI files 
Witness for lighting/skybox changes
Iota for lighting/map changes
PinoIsReading for Bloodborne sets
ForsakenSilver for Alternative set
Wiglow for custom modeled Ledo's set
Salvatron for various sets
Sendogu for various sets
Rodan for the "Valkyrie Helmet"
Alex Roe for allowing us to use their music in the Menu Theme
Lord [size=2]for some incredible screenshots

BathedInBrena for being our social media manager
Church Guard for LazyLoader, and YARR
Fighter.PL, CastleInTheSky for promoting and hosting our first tournament!

And everyone who plays and supports our mod!

Champion's Ashes: Frequently Asked Questions
A helpful overview of the many common questions new players may have about the mod.

Changelog   Discord