How to Install The Dark Souls 3 Cinders Mod

16 Mar 2023
To those who got to play this mod, the Cinders mod for Dark Souls III is often considered to be the best mod for Dark Souls III. There are a number of questions that this guide will attempt to answer in intricate detail
  1. How can I install and play the Cinders mod?
  2. Where can I download this mod?
  3. What does the Dark Souls 3 Cinders mod do?
For those not in the loop by now of what exactly Dark Souls is,Dark Souls is part of FromSoftware’s Soulsborne series of games. These games take place in a dying series of worlds with little to no explanation for what is going on beyond the premise of the First Flame. The first flame was lit by Gwyn, the original Lord of Cinder, in an effort to stay off the Dark Age of Man, after defeating the Dragons with help from dragon-traitor Seath the Scaleless - all described in Dark Souls. 
As to how Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin fits into the plot of the 3rd game, don't worry. I’m here to help. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin  has the classic Link the flame or allow the flame to fade ending choice. To get this, simply beat Nashandra as normal and maybe Aldia if the conditions are met (Speaking to Aldia at EVERY possible Bonfire results in a subsequent battle against Aldia, but ONLY IF Vendrick is killed in the Undead Crypt!)
This finally leads us to Dark Souls III. Prince Lothric abdicated his duties to watch the flame fade. After defeating Soul of Cinder and returning Lothric to the throne by force prior, players can attempt to link the fire, summon the Fire Keeper to extinguish the flame and begin an age of Dark, or kill her. A fourth ending consists of the Ashen One taking the flame for their own and becoming the Lord of Hollows. As to what happens from there? It’s left to you and you alone.

Installing the Dark Souls III Cinders mod: A Comprehensive Guide

There’s a YouTube guide that is comprehensive when it comes to providing instructions for downloading and then installing the Cinders mod for Dark Souls III. This guide is working as of version 2.09.
Here’s the complete guide, in full comprehensive detail.
  1. Before installing the mod to begin with, make sure there are no other Dark Souls III mods on your computer.
  2. Go to Nexus Mods ( This is where you can find mods for a lot of games.
  3. Use the search bar to search for the Cinders mod for Dark Souls III.
  4. Install 7Zip/WInRar (your preference).
  5. Go to steam and find the game’s files by “Browsing” the local files. It should be something like /steamapps/common/DARK%20SOULS%20III/Game/ 
  6. IF done correctly, of course. The file name may be different depending on the drive used. 
  7. Finally, you extract the contents of the Cinders mod files into the “game folder” of Dark Souls III. If asked to replace the files or use administrator functions, simply click “yes.”
After that, if everything was installed/replaced correctly, then congratulations! The mod is successfully installed, and you can begin playing the Cinders mod to enrich your Dark Souls III experience.

Features and changes made in the Cinders Mod

Dark Souls III Cinders Mod makes a bunch of changes and adds a lot of new features. Here is an overview of the changes:
  • Unique game modes, such as Gauntlet, where you faces the bosses in various orders.
  • Progression is much less linear. There are now options to travel between different routes in-map, linking up the world.
  • Enemies and bosses have been changed, in strength, abilities and placement.
  • New bosses have been added.
  • New classes and gifts have been added.
  • Mechanics have been altered, such as reinforcement, which has been removed.
  • Numerous new features have been added, such as new options at bonfires, new covenant offering system, Curse and Mark system, etc.
  • Many weapons and armor sets have been added and placed in the world is a sensible fashion.
  • Magic has been redesigned to operate in a more fluid way. FP naturally regenerates and casting is designed around this.
  • New movesets and weapon arts have been added to make several weapons more interesting.
  • Poise is now passive and active 100% of the time, rather than specifically during weapon swings.
  • New friendly merchants and hostile NPC enemies have been added.
  • Companions that can now be summoned to act as persistent summons for struggling players.

FAQ - common questions and more answered

Why isn't text displaying correctly?
The mod only supports English localization, so you need to switch your in-game language to English for text to appear correctly.
Why isn't X character working properly?
Due to the new progression options, it's easier to end the character questlines accidentally. Take note of this and speak tohe the characters you need early and refrain from entering the later areas out of order if you want to complete a character's questline.
Are there additional steps to take to install it?
You'll need to create a vanilla save game before installing Cinders.
Without doing this, you'll get the "Save Data is Corrupted" message.
Make sure you have 7zip installed and use it to open the Main and Models ZIP file.
Roll back your Dark Souls III executable to the working version as noted in the Compatibility section.
Extract the contents of the Main and Models ZIP files in your Dark Souls III Game directory: ~\steamapps\common\DARK SOULS III\Game\
Is there a guide for Uninstallation?
Delete the dinput8.dll to remove Lazy Loader and delete the Cinders folder to remove the files.
Can I get banned for doing this?
If you enable it online after it’s disabled by default, then yes, you could most likely get banned.

Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this article, then be sure to read some of our other articles on Mods. If you have any further questions not covered in this article, feel free to email me, or - most preferably - leave a comment on this article. I’ll see you next time.