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Big Rat Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:07pm
Unable to summon phantom?
What it is about, i cant summon any phantom.
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Big Rat Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:08pm 
Is it because my hollowing is at 99?
Eucoir Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:08pm 
Could be a number of reasons:

Are you Embered?
Can you invade others?
Can you summon NPCs?
Do you exit the game before dying to an invasion?
Do you have bad internet?
Eucoir Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:09pm 
Originally posted by The Fat Rat:
Is it because my hollowing is at 99?

Yes, that would do it. Hollowing lets you see less and less. Since you are 99 Hollowing, get the miricle Seek guidence, or heal yourself.
Big Rat Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:10pm 
I'm embered
I dont want to invade others
Summon npc? What do you mean. I'm new to souls game
I didnt exit before dying form an invasion
I have a crazy good internet, one of the best you can get
Extreme Boyheat Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:11pm 
Usually means they've been summoned by someone else or they're removed their sign. It takes a minute to update.
Big Rat Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:12pm 
Hollowind let you see less sign? Or you cant even summon form the sign you see? Where can i heal myself?
supamat Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:17pm 
you probly got a softban. I dont have a warning message on start up or a ban punishment warning.

it happened to me after a few internet failures and using a seperation crystal when i invaded and the host that was in a boss battle. After that i could rarely summon, be summoned or invade. think i was put on the cheaters server.

So, I made a new character and still cannot see any summons. so no ban message on start up but still softbanned.

Made a alt steam account under same email. launched DS3 and made another toon. Works just fine. just kind of lame i have to log into a diffrent steam account just so i can play DS3 for PVP, Coop, and invations. hope this is just a temperary issue that they will fix but juding from the fourms then have a history of screwing people over
Big Rat Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:10pm 
I'm happy my internet connection is good. Finally i did what Whitney said and used seek guidance and i was able to summon. I think the problem is the phantom sign take 1 minute to update and i was seing little sign, so i was not as fast as other people to summon them.

Everything is in order now.
But not cool for your softban? How long it last usually?
Last edited by Big Rat; Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:10pm
Not sure it is a softban in every case. Or if is, they hand them out for no reason. Never DC'd. Never cheated. Not exploited. Here I am standing at a boss fog and can't summon anyone because it just says no... Hmm... hmmmm... I seem to be in a bit of a pickle.

Edit: Never mind. Got a successful summon :P
Last edited by I've been looking up some Recipe; Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:22am
supamat Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:20pm 
My main account is now working for summons and invations.
it was either a temperaty punishment for dissconections\using seperation crystal
or server and connection problems.
or the softban server is now just very busy
Lucidry Apr 30, 2016 @ 12:03pm 
See this is the problem, they've had this type of issue and behavior since DS1. They are, simply put; not putting enough effort into fixing these multiplayer issues. The players accept that the devs have put an intentionally arbitrary and archaic aspect into the multiplayer, but not at all addressing the bugs that have persisted through their games with what seems like malfeasant disregard for the problems. - The 'unable to summon phantom' although you've been trying for 30 minutes straight hitting 'summon' every time you see a summon sign. There is no need for the gamers to put on this mask pretending like this isn't a legit problem. It needs addressing.
Last edited by Lucidry; Apr 30, 2016 @ 12:05pm
Extreme Boyheat Apr 30, 2016 @ 4:09pm 
'unable to summon phantom' means that they were summoned by somebody else or removed their sign.
Lucidry May 1, 2016 @ 11:46am 
that's absolutely not always the case. there are many times when one will go to summon, get this assinine error, and then the sign will show up in it's exact spot 20 seconds later.
Last edited by Lucidry; May 1, 2016 @ 11:46am
><=-- = = May 1, 2019 @ 6:55am 
So, since this is one of the top Google results for this issue and it was happening to me (it just started suddenly), I wanted to share my fix. Bandai has a list of ports to open, and it completely cleared up my summoning/being summoned failures:


I had to both open (port forward) the TCP and UDP ports (my router also had a specific format which must be used to get all the ports in)

- reboot the router, _and_ also totally
- quit and restart Steam, but afterwards I was summoned as Blue Sentinel automatically and with my own summon signs right away.

* I still have issues sometimes, but I notice they go away on their own (usually within a few hours to a day), so I can only assume it's just network congestion, because without changing anything it starts working again, but definitely improved with these ports.

Hope it helps someone else. :D:
Reverend Jerry May 1, 2019 @ 7:00am 
Originally posted by Big Rat:
Hollowind let you see less sign? Or you cant even summon form the sign you see? Where can i heal myself?
Hollowing is just for the aesthetics. Nothing really changes with hollowing - you have the same health as before and you can still summon phantoms. If you really want to reverse your hollowing, get some Purging Stones from either Shrine Handmaid through giving her Hollow's Ashes (granted you killed Yoel or he died) or from Yuria of Londor. To prevent going hollow, ask the Firekeeper to heal your Dark Sigils, provided you got Soul of a Firekeeper from a tower in Firelink Shrine.
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