Soul Memory in Dark Souls 2 is covered on this page.

 

Soul Memory

What is Soul Memory for?


Soul Memory is the cumulative total of all the souls gathered on a character. In this game, it is part of the formula that sets minimum and maximum range for interactions between players online (co-op and invasions).
This is, for example, to prevent a player of a certain level that is close to the end of the game from invading/doing co-op with a player of the same level that might be still in the first areas of the game.

If you wish to play with others, you must be within a similar Soul Memory range. Higher Soul Level characters can still be paired with lower leveled characters who have similar Soul Memory ranges.

  • Soul items and boss souls you pick up add to your Soul Memory only when you use them.
  • You can check your Soul Memory on your Player Status screen, the top right-hand number.
  • Souls picked up from your bloodstain after dying won't add up to your soul memory.
  • Souls lost upon dying a second time without touching your bloodstain still count in your soul memory.
    • It is better to always recover your souls on the bloodstain if you don't want to get "under(soul)leveled".
  •  A summoning range calculator can be found here.

 

 

Notes

 

  • Soul Level does not matter in summoning - it is purely Soul Memory that affects it.
  • NG shares the same exact ranges as NG+.
  • The Soul Memory threshold flattens out at 45m. Once you pass this threshold, you can summon and be summoned by anyone else past it, regardless of how large the gap! If your SM is 50m and your friends is 400m, you can still summon each other regardless.

 

 

Soul Memory Tiers and Exact Ranges for Multiplayer Connections

Note that the specifics may be subject to change in future calibrations, but this appears to be exactly how it works for now. Tested on PS3.

How are the ranges calculated?

  • Soul Memory is divided into tiers, but the tiers are not hard boundaries. Instead, different multiplayer items extend across different amounts of neighboring tiers. So there's no direct math involved, it's a question of
    • A) What tier am I in? and
    • B) How many tiers above and below my own can I pair up with?

 

  • It is NOT anything like +/- 25%, 50,000, etc.

 

 

Tiers

 

Tier # Soul Memory
1 0 - 9,999
2 10,000 - 19,999
3 20,000 - 29,999
4 30,000 - 39,999
5 40,000 - 49,999
6 50,000 - 69,999
7 70,000 - 89,999
8 90,000 - 109,999
9 110,000 - 129,999
10 130,000 - 149,999
11 150,000 - 179,999
12 180,000 - 209,999
13 210,000 - 239,999
14 240,000 - 269,999
15 270,000 - 299,999
16 300,000 - 349,999
17 350,000 - 399,999
18 400,000 - 449,999
19 450,000 - 499,999
20 500,000 - 599,999
21 600,000 - 699,999
22 700,000 - 799,999
23 800,000 - 899,999
24 900,000 - 999,999
25 1,000,000 - 1,099,999
26 1,100,000 - 1,199,999
27 1,200,000 - 1,299,999
28 1,300,000 - 1,399,999
29 1,400,000 - 1,499,999
30 1,500,000 - 1,749,999
31 1,750,000 - 1,999,999
32 2,000,000 - 2,249,999
33 2,250,000 - 2,499,999
34 2,500,000 - 2,749,999
35 2,750,000 - 2,999,999
36 3,000,000 - 4,999,999
37 5,000,000 - 6,999,999
38 7,000,000 - 8,999,999
39 9,000,000 - 11,999,999
40 12,000,000 - 14,999,999
41 15,000,000 - 19,999,999
42 20,000,000 - 29,999,999
43 30,000,000 - 44,999,999
44 45,000,000 - 999,999,999

 

 

Multiplayer Items

 

Multiplayer Item Downward Range Upward Range Example
White Sign Soapstone -3 Tiers +1 Tier Tier 20 can send their sign to a host in tiers 17 - 21
White Sign Soapstone
with
Name-Engraved Ring
-6 Tiers +4 Tiers Tier 20 can send their sign to a host in tiers 14 - 24
Small White Sign Soapstone -4 Tiers +2 Tiers Tier 20 can send their sign to a host in tiers 16 - 22
Small White Sign Soapstone
with
Name-Engraved Ring
-7 Tiers +5 Tiers Tier 20 can send their sign to a host in tiers 13 - 25
Red Sign Soapstone -5 Tiers +2 Tiers Tier 20 can send their sign to a host in tiers 15 - 22
Dragon Eye -5 Tiers +5 Tiers Tier 20 can send their sign to a host in tiers 15 - 25
Cracked Red Eye Orb none +4 Tiers Tier 20 can invade a host in tiers 20 - 24
Cracked Blue Eye Orb -3 Tiers +3 Tiers Tier 20 can invade a host in tiers 17 - 23
Bell Keeper's Seal -1 Tier +3 Tiers Tier 20 can invade a host in tiers 19 - 23




Untested

  • Abyss Invasions
  • Mirror Knight Summons

 


  1. Tested by Hirokisugihara & Illusorywall
  2. All credits go to illusorywall & optic_niko, hellkite_drake, ein death, hiroki sugihara, greensvadhisthana, eur0pa, blade, and necroi!



    • Anonymous

      23 Aug 2019 06:30  

      It’s like people forgot victors stone allows enemies to inifinitely respawn with only a minor difficulty increase especially considering you’d have to have repeatedly defeated the enemy for it to get tougher. I only mention this because a lot of comments say that SM and limited enemies are the two worst mechanics. Also if an enemy stops spawning and you can bring it back anytime you want or make it stop spawing again it makes it possible and much easier to do with places where you get ganked or an enemy is hard to pass every time. It also makes hollowing a thing that actually makes a difference and not just hear about or something that changes your appearance.

      • Anonymous

        11 Aug 2019 18:36  

        The most dumb mechanics ever created in soul series, so dumb that people will boycott the series if this stupid system ever return again

        • Anonymous

          20 Jun 2019 16:38  

          If they could just remove this mechanic the game would've been much more active and fun, tired of fighting turtle havels or jack of all trades master of everything

          • Anonymous

            19 Apr 2019 03:44  

            If you remove this factor from multiplayer formulas, the game becomes more fun! I only ever play the game solo if I ever play this game anymore, otherwise with friends. Even that's annoying if they need to farm weapons and outclass your soul "memory". Of course I haven't bothered touching the updated ones for PS4/Xbone. This still a thing in that release?

            • Anonymous

              24 Jan 2019 00:15  

              At what tier do most players cap? Or more specifically, at what tier are you able to fin the most people, both on coop and PvP?

              • 19 Jan 2019 12:45  

                i'm on my first ever run of DS2 and i'm almost at soul memory tier 31 and i'm level 136 (i'm not good, i grind). the tables seem to suggest that soul memory doesn't reset on NG+. on NG+1 in order to open the shrine of winter, you need a soul memory of 2m. what if i reach 2m before going to NG+1? do i need to collect 2m more souls, or is it static?

                • Anonymous

                  02 Jan 2019 14:50  

                  I like the SM mechanic tbh. It prevented the DS1 issue of new players walking into Undead Burg only to have a much more experienced player invade them at SL 4-8 and assblast them with fully upgraded endgame gear.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Sep 2018 22:35  

                    Playing on PS4, SL 184, SM tier 37, anyone interested in farming some sunlinght medals? Message me, nick: rmstoo

                    • 15 Aug 2018 16:19  

                      Is anyone interested do some Sunbro Co-op? I play on both PC (SOTFS) and on PS3 (Vanilla). I have several characters in different levels, from low ones till 17 million soul memory. My nick on PC is: King_Havel And on PS3 is: Dastiefeleid666 Praise the Sun! \o/

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Jul 2018 11:23  

                        So stupid that lost souls still count towards soul level. This way, if you are bad, you will be matched up with even higher level players.

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Jul 2018 01:04  

                          I'm looking for people to farm some goddamn Sunlight Medals. I play on Steam. Feel free to add me there: King_Havel

                          • Anonymous

                            04 Jun 2018 18:58  

                            So i just lost 30k trying to get my souls back from a platform after an impossible jump. I died, theyre gone, but their memory lives on. Wouldve been better to just spend them on trash

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Mar 2018 02:50  

                              First the ads block all the item descriptions so that I have 2 reload the page multiple times to just get a glance at wtf I'm trying to read, and now the ads have upgraded to tearing my me away to some ad spam sight telling me I've won a new phone. Took me 5 attempts just to post a mf-ing comment. Why do I come here Why did I male an account? This is awful!

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