My friend recently started playing Dark Souls 2...and the low-risk of invasion has immediately turned him off from the game. I want to encourage him to give it a try, and I feel like turning off this online capability would help him enjoy the main story a lot more.

I know there's a convoluted way to do this for the original Dark Souls, but is there a way to do this in Dark Souls 2?

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    Disable the internet connection to your console while playing.
    – Sterno
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 20:31
  • @Sterno Is that all? And is that all you have to do for Dark Souls too? I thought it was more complicated than that...
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 20:32
  • If I knew for sure that was the only way, I'd make it a real answer. But it would certainly work for all except the non-player invasions. The game does not require you to be online to play, and another player certainly cannot invade you if they can't connect to you. I don't know of a way that it was done in Dark Souls 1 other than staying Hallowed, but that would be a bit like saying that you can avoid drowning in a lake by not going near a lake.
    – Sterno
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 20:33
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    This is the multiplayer element of the game - and no aside from turning your internet off there is no way to disable invasions that I'm aware of.
    – Mkalafut
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 20:33
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    You can burn a Human Effigy to prevent invasions. But it's only temporary. Disconnecting from the internet should be all you need. It won't prevent NPC invasions but those are always same place same time so they are just regular one time monsters.
    – Reafexus
    Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 20:36

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Disconnecting the console from the internet is the only sure way to prevent player invasions in Dark Souls 2.

That said, there are many conditions for both being able to invade and being susceptible to invasions, so your friend shouldn't have to worry too much. In my 72 hours of playing the game, I've been invaded only 3 times, not counting the areas belonging to the PvP-covenants. Those are entirely optional.

Like the comments above mention, you can minimize invasions while online for about an hour by burning a human effigy at a bonfire. The item description for the human effigy mentions this effect:

A warm, soft, shadow-like effigy. Use this item to reverse Hollowing. It also weakens the links to other worlds, preventing invasions and most cooperation. Peer closely at an effigy, and one begins to perceive a human form, but whose form it takes depends on the person looking. #

The Way of Blue supposedly summons available members of the Blue Sentinels covenant to help the Way of Blue player being invaded. I don't believe it matters whether the Way of Blue player is hollow or not, but the Blue Sentinel must be human, wearing the ring and also not fighting a boss or near a boss gate. With all these conditions, I'm not surprised people have seen few protectors these first few weeks after the game is out. Only a portion of players elect to join the Blue Sentinels, and then they both have to sacrifice a ring slot and not lose their humanity to be able to help.

Since your comment mentions the original Dark Souls, I'll add that in that game you would never be invaded if hollow; only in human form. So you could easily play through the whole game without disconnecting your console and never be invaded.

In my experience, invasions have resulted some of the most nerve-wrecking and adrenaline-filled battles in the Souls series. They've also been some of the most memorable, so I recommend not trying to prevent them.

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    I'm actually pretty sure being human increases invasion odds, not decreases. The effigy weakening the links to other worlds is a reference to the effect of burning them to cut off invasions temporarily, as you later said. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 17:50
  • I think you're correct, I'll amend my answer.
    – Valdimar
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 6:13

The simple answer is burn a human effigy in any bonfire. It will temporarily prevent invasions.

  • Upvote for an answer specifying how to do this within game. Its also worth mentioning that burning an Effigy doesn't disable invasions but instead makes them very, very unlikely.
    – Jason_c_o
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 10:42

You don't necessarily have to disconnect from the internet, just sign out from XBox Live/PSN while playing.

I only do this when I am in the Rat-Bro areas (sorry guys, but I am on a mission and it isn't avoiding your trap and spell spam) mostly because I always seem to get pulled into their worlds at the most annoying times.

I guess you could just always sign out when invaded, but your sin will skyrocket (and it's annoying for legit pvp-ers). After disconnecting too many times, the game will disconnect you from all multiplayer content for something like 2 real weeks (wouldn't know exactly, but I heard it happens to people with bad connections who get dropped by the client/server too many times).

My personal favorite is to use the Seed of a Tree of Giants to turn enemies against the invader and/or make a break for the boss door if you're close enough).


Yup just start an Xbox live party and it will put you in offline mode. Plus you still get to talk without worry of invasions


Hope this isn't too late to convince your friend to play. The only way to turn off invasions is to turn off all online play by disconnecting your computer/console from the internet. Which unfortunately turns off a lot of the really cool aspects of this game.

That said, the Way of the Blue covenant is super-helpful for protecting against invasion. I've had a Blue Sentinel pop in each time I've been invaded. Even had a second one pop in once after the first one died. If you're human (which you aren't always, but that can be easily fixed with a small soap stone), you can even call in some white phantoms/shades to help you.


How to stop invaders

  1. Take your console offline

Sounds stupidly simple, but simply disconnecting your console from the internet will prevent any and all players from invading your game. It’s an inelegant solution, but one that is guaranteed to work.

If you disconnect during an invasion, the game punishes you by being unable to summon or be summoned. Using a Bone of Order resets this penalty. 2. Use a Seed of the Tree of Giants

Seed of the Tree of Giants turns all enemies in the area hostile towards an invader. As soon as one enters your game, use it, especially if you’re in a tough part of Drangleic. Former enemies become essential allies in banishing invaders back to where they came from.

There is a tree in the Forest of Fallen Giants which, every time you’re invaded, has the chance of dropping one of these seeds, you can travel here and see if one has spawned, evening the odds a little upon the next invasion.

  1. Use the Black Separation Crystal

As soon as the sign pops up informing you of an invader entering your world, head into your inventory and use the Black Separation Crystal. This item banishes invaders back to their own world, or if you’re an invader in a spot of bother, leave the world you’ve entered.

  • Actually, the Black Separation Crystal doesn't send back invaders. That would undermine the whole system of invasions. You can only send back phantoms you've summoned, or yourself if you invaded someone or got summoned by someone.
    – Kodama
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 23:20

In Dark Souls 1 you can force it into offline mode by simply starting an XBL party and then launching the game. This allows you to safely run around as human without fear of invasion (except for the set piece AI NPC invasions, of which there's only a handful).

I don't have Dark Souls 2 yet so haven't tried it in that.


Burn a human effigy in a bonfire to have a half hour or so of imperviousness to invasions. That also hinders your ability to summon phantoms for help though.

Gank 'em invaders they'll eventualy get pissed and stop trying, or, if you wanna troll, ALT+F4 them in the face as soon as they come in striking range. THey'll have wasted time and a red eye orb, which a re pretty hard to come by.

If you'll do this too much, you'll be temporarily banned from online activity, excluding getting invaded, but fear not! You have the Bone of Order to nullify that, and just so you know, it respawns after some time at the altar in Things Betwixt, where you first spawn in the game.

Hatemail is sure to rain.


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