Dark Souls 3 Keep Crashing on PC: How to Fix It For Good

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Dark Souls 3 is developed by FromSoftware, and it continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series.

The launch of the game is not as good as everyone expected. A lot of players complained about Dark Souls 3 issues and bugs.

Mostly encountered errors in the game are crashes, mainly at the first bonfire or issues with the controller support, crashing on the loading screen, or when loading a save.

Plus, you may run into Dark Souls 3 crashing display driver or even crashes when streaming on Discord.

Why do Dark Souls 3 keep crashing?

In a few words, the game can potentially crash if you’re running corrupted game files or because of overlay apps that run in the background and determine Dark Souls 3 crashing randomly.

You should also check that you meet the system requirements below to run properly the game. After that, if you encounter issues with the game, follow our solutions below.

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit Windows 10 64bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD® FX-6300
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 750 Ti / ATI Radeon HD 7950
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 25 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 11 sound device
Additional Notes: An Internet connection is required for online play and product activation

How to fix Dark Soul 3 crashing?

  1. Repair the game files
  2. Remove background processes
  3. Update GPU drivers
  4. Change graphics settings

1. Repair the game files

  1. Go to Library and right-click on the game in Steam.
  2. Select Properties and go to Local files.
    click on game properties
  3. Click on Verify the integrity of game files.
    Verify Integrity of Game File
  4. Wait to find potentially corrupted files and repair them.

2. Remove background processes

  1. Open Task Manager and go to the Processes tab.
  2. Right-click on interfering apps and press End process.
    click on Processes end task
  3. Repeat the action for any risky programs in the list.
  4. Close the window and retry the game.

3. Update GPU drivers

  1. Open Device Manager on your desktop.
  2. Expand Display adapters and select the driver.
  3. Select Update driver from the menu.
    Update GPU driver
  4. Go for Search automatically for drivers.
    Search automatically for drivers
  5. Restart the PC.
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4. Change graphics settings

A useful way to get rid of different crashes while in-game is to modify your graphics settings from the menu and reduce system resources that may result in issues like crashing.

To do so, you have to launch the game > go to the Game Options > Graphics settings, and then change all the settings like the resolution which may affect the game’s stability.

💥 Other in-depth Dark Souls 3 problems

Below you can find a list of the top Dark Souls 3 issues that we managed to find a solution or workaround to fix them.

➡ Dark Souls 3 Crashes: Many players are encountering random crashes in the game. Most of them happen at the start of the game, in the tutorial where you need to defeat some enemies and a giant boss, here the game keeps crashing constantly.

“The game will randomly crash with a white screen. This has happened to me twice so far. Is there anybody else out there having this same issue? Is there any way to fix it?”

Some workaround that may help you fix the crashes:

  1. Change your class to Knight. Starting a new game with a Knight character might fix the crashes in the tutorial.
  2. Try lowering the graphics settings.
  3. Verify the integrity cache of the game from Steam Library-> Dark Souls 3 Properties (right click)

➡ Dark Souls 3 Bonfire Crash: this is the most encountered crash in the game. It happens when you try to defeat the giant boss from the tutorial. To fix it follow the solution below.

  • FIX: According to /u/LamboDiabloSVTT and others from Reddit, 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. Or you can try to take off any shield and run to the bonfire

➡ Dark Souls 3 Controller Issue: a lot of players are complaining about the incompatibility of the game with the PS4 DualShock 4 controller. To fix this issue follow the solution from Reddit below.

➡ Dark Souls 3 Crashes at Higher Resolution: it seems that the game crashes on higher resolution, like 1440p – 4K. To fix this issue just go back to 1080p resolution. This resolution of 1440p requires a lot of system performance, it requires almost 50% more.

➡ Dark Souls 3 Low FPS: a lot of gamers encounter performance issues like Low FPS and FPS Drops. Most of them are playing the game on an Nvidia graphics card.

We hope that our guide helped you fix your Dark Souls 3 crashing and that now you are playing and enjoying the game. Yet, we also fixed the Dark Souls 3 crashes on consoles in case you’re playing the game on a console.

If you encounter any other issue or if you don’t know how to apply a solution or a workaround from above, please comment below and we will help you fix your game.

If you encounter any issues or errors while playing your favorite games and require support, feel free to contact us here. Our team is always ready to assist you and ensure your gaming experience is seamless and enjoyable.

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29 Comments
  1. Lukasta says

    thanks, “Hide DS4 Controller”. Launch the game. Controller will work for me.

    1. karl says

      for me the camera still spins and i don’t have that program anymore.

      1. Faisal Boker says

        plug the controller AFTER running darksouls and getting the menu
        so first open the DualShock4 windows (or on “hide DS4 controller, then launch Dark souls 3 then plug the controller after getting the title menu

  2. Raul says

    Dark Souls 3 60 second Crash, What minimal and maximun size I must type if I have 8 Gb of RAM?

    1. Denis says

      Change from recommended to maximum of 8 GB.

      1. Nico says

        and what about the initial size?

  3. sgm says

    thanks worked

  4. Rich says

    Thanks, same as Lukasta ” Hide DS4 Controller” in the DS4Windows application worked for me as well. Only thing is you have to make sure to exit all applications that could be using it (steam, uplay, etc.) It usually shows you that error when you press it and have something open, so just make sure to redo it after you close all the programs

  5. HÃ¥vardinho says

    Can you guys make a article how to fix this problem? https://www.reddit.com/r/darksouls3/comments/4fjk9m/fix_reward_of_30_gamebreaking_bug_not_crash_or/ Video of the problem, pc specs and explaination in the thread

    1. Denis says

      Sure Havardinho, we’ll take a look at this issue.

      1. HÃ¥vardinho says

        Thanks, im dying to play dk 3. If you want to ask me some more questions add my steam http://steamcommunity.com/id/Haavardinho/ or message my email [email protected]

      2. HÃ¥vardinho says

        Any luck finding a fix to the problem?

  6. Zortrax says

    The hide ds4 controller worked for me.

  7. SheolFear says

    i got a problem on low fps, what if I am win10, how can i fix it?

    1. Denis says

      Yes, the workarounds should work on Windows 10 too.

  8. Joshua.. says

    For #6, how do i know the min and max of my custom size?

    1. Denis says

      The max is your total RAM memory for example if you have 4GB Ram the max is 4000 MB and the min should be written there, it is about 16 MB.

  9. Vilperi says

    Hey! Here is my problem: Im sure you know the first boss in the game, that knight guy who will turn to some fucked up creature in the middle of the fight right? Yes after finaly defeating him I light the bonfire and moved on to the doors there. And everytime when I try to open those doors, my game crashes. And I have tried everything form light settings to knight character:S Do you have any idea what is wrong there?

    1. Denis says

      If you can get through the first door run straight to the next area. Don’t fight anything and don’t pick up any items. Take the upper path where there are no enemies. Some players were able to continue on with the game this way.

      1. Vilperi says

        What about if I cant get through the first door? /: And it also keep crashing if im trying to go backwards. Should I just wait for pathching or?

  10. John Tainton says

    Every time I load up DS3 it says unable to connect to server is there anything I can do to sort this out

    1. john taintoff says

      make sure your router isn’t blocking p2p. That’s what was doing it for me.

  11. CJSA says

    I figured out a fix for the low FPS issue, Nvidia Experience won’t be updating anytime soon. So i went to their site and downloaded the driver that matches my GPU, after downloading, just install and DS3 should run on 60FPS. well, depends on your Graphics Card.

  12. Dominik says

    I have the FPS-issue and the game is crashing in fullscreen (its crashing in the area after the shrine), but my PC should be strong enough to handle DS3 on higher settings (AMD Radeon R9 380; 8GB RAM ; Win 10).

  13. Kenny says

    DS3 is white-screen crashing for me with no error message. i was running the game on a worse gpu then when i switched cards it stopped working

  14. Jam says

    I switched it to window mode to see if that would increase the fps, and it did increase a fair amount. but when i try to switch it back to full-screen it crashed. I closed it and reopened it but all i get is a white screen. What do?

  15. ANTO says

    hey , I m facing a problem directly after I start the game finalizing the character just about to start the game the icon ( shield and other item , still no character show then suddenly the game ( u die ) and the restart to meu.
    I try all the display and system changes and still the same
    I m working on hp i7 5500g invidia gtx 980 16gb ram
    if somone could help
    Thank you in advance.

  16. Jeffrey sarver says

    hi so I’m having a problem my ds3 is locked in at lowerst resolution. unused to play with low settings at a decent resolution. now i can’t change my resolution at all anyone know how to fix this.

  17. BARRY BUTTERWORTH says

    y wont up down l eft right keys work on dark souls 3

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