How To Play Co Op In Dark Souls

How To Play Co Op In Dark Souls

Dark Souls is a little different from Demons Souls as far as getting into a game with a friend is concerned. Last time you got the blue eye stone quickly and just placed it and waited to play multiplayer. Here you can miss the stone you need for co op so this guide will help you find it. Let’s go!

Alright in order to do Co op in Dark Souls you will need to do a few things. First off you will need the White Sign Soapstone. This is the item you will place down in order to be summoned. Much like the last game you must be hollowed in order to place the marker and be summoned. Also if you are trying to summon you must of used humanity to turn yourself human again. I will give the location of this stone further down.

The second thing you will need to do in order to play multiplayer in Dark Souls is beat the Taurus Demon. This is the boss of the more upper path from where you came in at. When the raven drops you off go up into the castle a bit and once you clear the fog you will find this boss. We have a guide at if you are having trouble with him. Clear him and keep moving.

Now that he is out of the picture you are almost to Co op in Dark Souls. Keep following the path and clearing any enemies in your way until you make it to a long bridge on your left and a couple sets of stairs on your right. In front of you will be a locked door. Go right and down the steps is a man talking about the sun. Talk to him twice and accept his proposal and you will acquire the white Sign Soapstone. Now you can place it and be ready for multiplayer.

A lot of people seem to be having issues with his at the moment. I am not sure if it is server side or if it really is this hard to join a friend. I did join someone and get summon to summon me a few times so I know it can work. There are tons of people leaving good comments about the situation so check those out and leave one of your own telling us if you got it to work or not!

So far I have confirmed you do not need to be hollow to be summoned. You can be human and be summoned by another human. You cannot summon as a hollow though only be summoned.

That will end the guide now you just have to wait for someone to summon you now! Good luck and happy hunting!

  • Launcelot

    So when you place the soapstone writing you need to be hollowed to be summoned. Then for someone to accept the summon they have to be un-hallowed (Human)? Is that correct? (I had a hard time getting co-op to work yesterday tryed for the better part of an hour.

    • No you don’t need to be a hollow to get summoned. I think they ate are having server problems because I couldn’t get someone literly 5 feet from me in my house.

  • Launcelot

    Yea I think you might be right I haven’t been able to party with anyone yet. I am not sure how they decide which summoning signs you see. I hope they do an update of such nature soon.

  • I did exactly what you said yesterday but me and my friend couldn’t play co-op in this game, he was human and I was hallow.

  • I agree with some of the above commenters. Me and my brother were trying to co-op and we couldn’t see the other person’s sign. He was part of the same way of the light group as me also. I could see others signs and he could see and summon others himself, just not each other.

    • Yeah while I couldn’t summon the person I wanted I could summon random people and be summoned by other random people from time to time so I know it works they must just be having some issues.

  • JS

    I was not able to find my friends summoning sign and we tried several times…Is there such thing where we have to be in same server? I heard some rumor that this is not server issue and they have each server full of people can only summon each other….is this true? Can anyone help us to play with our friends?…i m not talking about direct invite….i m talking about old demon souls multiplayer system.

    • I was in the same room with my friend I wanted to summon and only 2 levels of difference and we couldn’t see each other. Something is going on server side I think.

  • Launcelot92

    Now i am just trying to play co op with anyone and i am having no luck. Do i have to be human? I keep putting down my soapstone as a hollow and haven’t been summoned.

    • Yeah people are really having issues with this it seems. I h ave been summoned and you do need to be a hollow in order to be summoned. If you are human you can summon people. Still I really think something on their side is not working properly at the moment.

  • In case you guys are still confused…
    You do NOT need to be hollowed in order to be summoned. (did it about 10 times last night)
    you can NOT summon if you are hollowed.
    You do not have to be the same level… Though I am unsure of the level difference.
    I can get back to you on that.

  • Okay, so in order to co op…
    You have to get your covenants to align…
    Two people as the Way of White have a great chance to do co op. But if one is Way of the White and the other is Blade of Darkmoon, then you won’t be able to see each others soul sign (the blade of darkmoon character won’t see the way of white… But way of white will still see blade of darkmoon)

  • Meh

    You don’t have to be hollow >.>

    Here’s how it is:
    Soul level difference to be summoned is 10%, meaning lvl 20 can summon 18-22

    To be summoned you can be hollow or human, just place the sign. To summon you have to be human.

    Players are thrown into servers and in the servers are lobbies. This is random. You have a higher chance of summoning someone with a low ping (ie someone near u in real life) but you arent necessarily grouped with people that are in your area.

  • dave

    No, you can be summoned to another world when human AND when phantom.

    You can help people as any form, only when you’re human can you be helped.

  • so yeah you think you guys feel stupid i cant even figure out how to place my soapstone… where do i put it and how.. .can i just put that shit anywhere cause its blacked out for me

    • some areas you can’t for some reason like near bon fires. Move to an area with enemies and you should be able to place it.

      • ok ok i see that now. what if i want to join someone elses game is there somethign i have to do to see theirs?

      • Placing the soapstone down doesn’t seem to need to be next to enemys it seems it needs to be in direct sunlight in order for it to work. Idk if this is true but thats what i’ve been noticing everytime i’ve been able to write mine down. like bonfires most of them i’m at aren’t in direct sunlight so couldn’t do it there.

        • Cupcake Davinci

          does that mean it should work near the bonfire at the beginning of the game where u find that cocky night?

    • You have to go into your inventory and but the soapstone under your hotkeys before you can use it FYI

  • Just to throw this out there for discussion, but is it possible they made it so you could not summon people in your friend’s list just out of spite to get that more alone, souless feeling to the game.

    • I would hope not I played a ton with my freinds last game and I intend to this time as well.

    • We are gamers, aren’t we souless already?! You can’t take away what little amount of friends we have now!

  • jimmy

    Wow why would you need to talk to him twice I would have missed it if I didnt read this article.

    • Honestly I missed it for about two hours then I talked to him again to see what he was doing and got it.

  • Well me and my friend live like a block away and weve tried we are level 21 and 22 and have both tried human and non human even 1 of each of us being human. but whatever we do we cant seem to see each others soul signs. we even both started darksouls up at the same time to get the same server. no help at all if you can give me an answer to fix this. Thanx

  • I’m pretty sure when they said they were making a better co-op system they were doing as much as they can to prevent friends from playing together.

  • REALLLY well i got scared of the tall sun guy when i saw him so i ran over and killed him is there any way of getting the stone if you killed him?

    • If you kill him you get everything he has.

  • If you want to summon your friends…. Here’s how you do it.
    1. Go to any place you can put a summoning sign down.
    2. Person summoning must NOT place their sign down and must be human.
    3. Person being summoned repeatedly places sign down, spamming it until the person summoning sees it.
    It really is this simple, but it does take a while to do…. So do not be discouraged when you’re 30 minutes in and it is still not working.
    Also, if it says “failed to summon…” over and over…. I don’t know what to tell ya, we just kept trying it until it worked.
    I honestly think this is a crappy method, but I promise it works.
    Good luck everyone!

  • Tim

    Guys bear in mind that the chances of summoning or being summoned are far higher if you do it in a new area before you beat the boss. If you’re level 60 like me you’re far less likely to be summoned to fight the bell gargoyles, for example.

  • Tony

    Just wanted to say:
    Me and a buddy of mine set up shop in my basement, meaning we were on the same freakin network playing this online. Something we noticed we almost never saw each others’ summoning sign…until one of us was being invaded. As soon as the phantom invaded our world, the sign would instantly appear, without fail, every time.

    So if you ask me, the signs are always there, just they’re available at random. When you get invaded it seems that their limitation on how many signs you see gets lifted so the invadee can get help as fast as possible. So basically what I’m saying is, wait around til you get invaded, have your buddy throw down his sign, kill the invader, boom you have co-op with your friend.

  • caden

    So is the level difference 5 or 10??

  • HermesOfTheCrows

    Lol, I dont believe this “10%” or “10 lvls +/-” because my lvl 20has summoned a lvl 31 for aid, if u do the math thats 10 levels AND 10% of my lvl. Explain that one peeps.

    • Busted servers is how I explain it.

      • Guest

        10Levels + 10%=
        Lvl20 + 10levels + 10%(1level) = Lvl31

        • Yolo

          10% off 20 is 2 ya dwaab

      • Guest

        10Levels + 10%=
        Lvl20 + 10levels + 10%(1level) = Lvl31

        • Yolo

          10% off 20 is 2 ya dwaab

    • It’s +/-(10 + 10%). So if you’re lvl 20, you can summon players 12 levels above/below you.

    • It’s +/-(10 + 10%). So if you’re lvl 20, you can summon players 12 levels above/below you.