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There are crashing issues with Dark Souls 3 on PC. Here’s how to fix them.

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Dark Souls 3 is out – and for a change, the anticipated final chapter in the Dark Souls series is out on PC at the same time as its console counterparts. It’s a pretty damned amazing game by most accounts, which is cause for a bit of sun worship.

Less praiseworthy though, is the game’s PC port. While it’s not as bad a port as previous versions of the game, featuring actual graphical settings and options, it is crashing for a not insignificant number of players – who’re unable to get past the first bonfire.

If you’ve already passed that point, good for you – your game will probably be just fine. But reports on Steam forums and Reddit suggest there’s a widespread problem that’s making progress in the PC version nigh impossible.

Thankfully, there seems to be a fix or two that’s helping many get further, so that they can be killed by things other than their own foul moods.

If you’ve yet to start the game, apparently by choosing the Knight class, you’ll be less susceptible to crashes. If you’ve already made your character (spending hours crafting the perfect digital avatar, as you should) then apparently setting the lighting to “low” is enough to get by.

Says the PC support Thread in the Dark Souls 3 Reddit:

“According to /u/Toakan, /u/Hey-Gang, /u/shorefire, and /u/LamboDiabloSVTT crashing at bonfires may be fixed by setting “Lighting” to “Low.” This has been corroborated by members of other forums, and it may be considered a semi-confirmed fix.”

If you’re having issues with the PC version, it’s worth trying that before you break your toe by kicking things. You can do that instead after your hundredth death.

Last Updated: April 12, 2016


  1. Uberutang

    April 12, 2016 at 12:31

    Character can’t move: Move your DS3 folder to …/Program Files (x86)/

    Game won’t boot: Run as admin

    Black/ white screen: Run as admin

    Crash at x bonfire: Lower “lighting” in your graphics.


    • Thanos Bell

      April 12, 2016 at 19:25

      Character can’t move: Move your DS3 folder to …/Program Files (x86)/

      Doesn’t work for me


      • Jorlink

        April 13, 2016 at 06:05

        Black/ white screen: Run as admin

        Doesn’t work for me ;c


        • Viktor, the machine herald

          April 14, 2016 at 12:31

          just wait a long time


  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 12, 2016 at 12:35

    final chapter???


  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 12, 2016 at 12:36

    Not sure that many people has problems with the “CP” version 😛


    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 12, 2016 at 13:01

      That’s me, putting the “Sexy” back in Dyslexia.


      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 12, 2016 at 13:02



  4. Ottokie

    April 12, 2016 at 12:37

    “Hardware crash fix” Don’t throw your remote at console


    • Victor Moolman

      April 12, 2016 at 13:55

      …better “Hardware crash fix”
      Throw controller at console.
      Then throw console out windows.
      Get PC.
      Realise PC desk chairs are uncomfortable.
      Go buy new console and play games on couch with Mr. Snugglepuff


  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 12, 2016 at 12:48

    I thought you were supposed to die, not the game.


    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 12, 2016 at 12:49



      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 12, 2016 at 12:54

        For me, it’s just a Tuesday.


  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 12, 2016 at 12:53

    That 1st Dark Souls port. Wow. It’s a stand out when it comes to bad porting.

    I could’ve lived with the graphics even if it hadn’t been fixed 30 minutes later by a modder, I could handle the kb&m controls, but damn those controller buttons prompts.

    “press red button to dodge” “what? but i don’t have” “you died” “what?”


  7. Grimthwacker

    April 12, 2016 at 12:59

    I’m actually getting an itch to fire up the original again (Demon Souls)…….. Although I don’t know if my nerves can take it all over again……


  8. Galbedir

    April 12, 2016 at 13:37

    I sometimes feel like there are 2 different realities that share one Internet. Again I read all these game breaking bugs and am left thinking “What? Where?” Got 5 hrs in Dark Souls 3, not 1 bug/crash/glitch and it runs flawlessly. Same as Skyrim for me, played 250 hrs, and I cant think of 1 game breaking bug, besides models flying around when I Fus Ro Dah’d their asses. Yet people raged about how terrible and buggy it was. Guess I’m just lucky…


  9. Ghost In The Rift

    April 12, 2016 at 14:33

    Quick quiz question:

    What was the last game ever to be released on PC without any “gamebreaking” bugs and glitches?


  10. Randisimo

    April 20, 2016 at 05:16

    i get crash when i kill a certain enemy, wtf is up with that?


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