Blood of the Dark Soul is a Key Item in Dark Souls 3. It was added in The Ringed City DLC.

Blood of the Dark Soul

Blood of the Dark Soul

Blood of the dark soul that seeped from the hole within Slave Knight Gael. 

Used as pigment by his lady in Ariandel to depict a painted world.

When Gael came upon the pygmy lords, he discovered that their blood had long ago dried, and so consumed the dark soul.


Blood of the Dark Soul Usage



Blood of the Dark Soul Locations




  • This item will be removed from your inventory if you move on to NG+ and higher.




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    • Anonymous

      19 Jan 2018 05:59  

      None of you get it, do you? "Hand it over, that thing... Your dark soul." We had it all along. We all had it all along. I also wish we had a proper ending, but the absence of one suggests we already know all we should. All the lore we have thus far will point out what to expect of the painting to come.

      For all of you saying, "I did all this for nothing," did you even enjoy the game? Did you play to play or did you play just for an ending? Did you enjoy the ride or you forced yourself to see the epilogue? Because either way this isn't your typical RPG where the lore is given to you in a detailed manner on a silver platter.

      • Anonymous

        18 Jan 2018 17:35  

        If you feed it to the skeleton ball crab after bringing him to the passive ember crab it unlocks the secret final boss and ending for dark souls 3

        • Anonymous

          20 Dec 2017 16:43  

          "Why can't we just GET the Dark Soul?" ...What would you even do with it? Crush it to obtain numerous souls? Transpose it? Or would we throw it at people's faces for minimal damage? I really don't see what people expected. The important part of this DLC was revealing Gwyn's true face, and how he subjugated mankind and left them to rot under the guise of "protecting the Dark Soul." In actuality, he was imprisoning the Pygmy Lords along with the Dark Soul, knowing that if they ever realized their own might, they would easily overthrow Gwyn and the gods.

          The reason we find the Blood of the Dark Soul is so that we can provide a haven for the forlorn, a destination for those seeking to escape the curse of the Undead and the inevitable fading of the First Flame. That's why the Painter needed to see fire--in order to give her world its own Flame, one originated from love, born of Ariandel's anguish toward the death of his surrogate daughter, Friede. Otherwise, the story would be left completely at a standstill, with no real resolution to speak of. While the world we've been protecting since DS1 may continue in its spiraling downfall, at least we've created a paradise free from serfdom for weary souls seeking rest, even if that world, too, must eventually fade with the First Flame.

          • Anonymous

            21 Sep 2017 11:58  

            Suggesting that the painted world resembles the new born world as it started in the beginning of dark souls would there maybe some difference if youcomplete the cycle over and over again lets say you beat the game as often as you can with the blood-present to the painter everytime, maybe there will be some more to discover? Its unlikely but still that would be a possibiltity no one would discover easily...

            • Anonymous

              21 Sep 2017 10:54  

              I read some comments and theories so here I go with my thoughts:
              I think the mentioned necessarity of witnessing "fire" to create a new world as "painting" in the dialogue with the painter lady resembles that humanity needs to do mistakes or more precisely having resistances to overcome to learn from these past experiences. And doesnt this occur to be familiar? Throughout three large Videogames full of Dieing and "Gitting gud" we try to improve ourselves continuously to complete said games. So the final message for me is applyable to our fictional travel in the fantastic world of the souls games but also to our real world, the world is running in cycles due to linking fire (neverending wars etc.) but in the end in that burning Chapel there is a small girl painting a whole new world with the " blood of the dark soul" and for this could mean a suggestion of what to make better, create a better ending world, because we have seen the "fire". The dark Soul originally wasnt meant to be bad but created for example the Abyss by the fact that Manus got tortured, so we just need to put an end to all the awful things we do to our own kind, learn from the past to improve every day a little same as we did in points of gameplay during the games.

              • Anonymous

                20 Aug 2017 07:35  

                This was supposed to be the end of Dark Souls so a cutscene would have been appropriate. Even though it's just a small detail in all the Ringed City DLC content, it would have made for a really sweet cheery to top it all. And not even cutscene quality like the intro movies, just in-game render like when meeting bosses for the 1st time.

                • Anonymous

                  Blood of the Dark Soul [DKS3 Wiki]31 Jul 2017 01:08  

                  actually they said its over for now. meaning it may come back in the future

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Jul 2017 00:50  

                    Stop complaining, you dinguses. Since they said that "Dark Souls" is over, maybe "Ash Souls" or something of the like will be next.

                    Or maybe it was all bull*****:D

                    • 27 Jun 2017 05:23  

                      I believe people are missing some extremely significant implications in regards to the Painter's Mother and the likelihood that this woman is manipulating many things... a absent Oracle who left her daughter in the care of an ancient slave knight with nothing but a cryptic prophecy. "Those who aren't ken to fire cannot paint a world.
                      Those absorbed by fire, must not paint a world.
                      Don't worry, I haven't forgotten, Mother" and never forget...
                      "Thou who art undead art chosen"

                      • Anonymous

                        30 May 2017 09:26  

                        Can it be carried to a next NG cycle and offered to The Painter / Gael at once right when you do the 1st DLC?

                        • Anonymous

                          24 May 2017 14:48  

                          Not even a 1 minute cutscene , just a conversation about the new world.
                          All we have done wasnt even worth a god damn cutscene.

                          • Anonymous

                            20 May 2017 16:26  

                            oh you got the most important thing from the whole series , the title of the series , the thing you have been searching for 3 games ?
                            Fine here you go f*ck you now go and hand it over to a painter that didnt even do sh*t to get it but you have died sh*t load of times in ds1,ds2,ds3 linked the fire for better world or left it to dark to make nature of the world cycles go on, but you can not even use any form of power of it , a thing that gave power such as making the sky dark,make WHITE lightning fall,use cape as temporary wings,power to become almost powerful as gwyn but no ,you give it to a girl that will paint a world that you dont even get to see.Cant we atleast use power from it but we have to keep killing enemies for souls for not our character goes frenzy (or we can remove it after using powers of it whenever we want)
                            Not even a cutscene not even Aldia from DS2 to make a comment about it (a man who was scholar of the first sin).

                            • Anonymous

                              19 May 2017 01:03  

                              So after reading some more lore theories down below, here's another one. So, if the painter is creating a new world, and she wants the blood of the dark soul, that would suggest that this new world would be based on "humanity" (the dark soul). And if Dark Souls has taught us anything, it's that everything is a cycle (each linking of the fire). Therefore by painting a new world, we are going back to the time before fire. Back to the time when humanity was still a non-corporeal existence. We learned from Grave Warden Agdayne in DS2 that "in the past, humans were one with the dark. The former King of Light... He feared humans. Feared that they would usher in an age of dark". With that in mind, it's reasonable to say that the painter is creating a world in which humanity can exist in it's purest form. And not be forced into a physical existence by flame

                              • 13 May 2017 08:24  

                                Could this be a reference to Bloodborne? I mean, we could have obtained the dark soul itself but instead we get blood from someone who (possibly) has most of the dark soul. Also who do we give this blood to? We give it to someone who is about to paint a new world. I bet thats why blood is so important in Bloodborne.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Blood of the Dark Soul [DKS3 Wiki]01 May 2017 01:28  

                                  has anyone given the dark blood to the painter then seen sheeva ?does she attack then?

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