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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    • 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?

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Apr 2017 20:02  

                    Ok so,
                    Blood of the Dark Soul + Executioner's Gloves effect when Gael make some moves PLUS he has a crossbow (like a hounter).

                    It really looks like Bloodborne

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Apr 2017 12:26  

                      The painter is painting the BloodSouls worlds that Miyazaki gave us portals to through the games.

                      At least, that's how I like to interpret her words.

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Apr 2017 04:10  

                        "That thing....give it here. Your Dark Soul". Is it just me, or does anyone else not remember getting a dark soul?

                        • Anonymous

                          17 Apr 2017 07:43  

                          Does anyone know what happens if you talk to the NPC Hallow that you meet after you get flown to the ring city while you have the Blood of the Dark Soul? I know he dissapears but im not sure when. Im curious to see if there is any extra dialouge we are missing

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Apr 2017 03:58  

                            Compared to the climactic, fever-pitch battle under Eleyum Loyce; the point where you could bring all crowns to Vendrick to reveal what felt like a true denouement... I found this final expac to be completely lacking in satisfaction given ALL we have been through (Dark souls 1-3). While it did resolve what happened to the pygmys, it did explain you were taking a step to usher in the age of dark from the final age of fire - it was just a let down. I feel like steps are missing. I don't NEED a cutscene and credits to roll, per se, but it didn't seem final the way I had hoped. It's like if instead of waking up in a bed with all his friends around him after Frodo had tossed the ring into mount doom, traveling back and giving a fulfilling end ... just imagine he tosses the ring in the fire then cuts to the next scene where he is in Bag End and just looks at the camera and gives a thumbs up - cut to credits.

                            You just sort of...are doing something that leads to the ending we've all already seen (the ending from the non-DLC original game).

                            Was expecting more but like crossing that ledge to get the glowing thing on the corpse, getting kicked off, fighting your way back to realize it was rubbish, I suppose that's par for the course with Dark Souls. Oh well that ends ohwell.

                            • 11 Apr 2017 03:33  

                              My personal take is that Ariandel/Ringed City are a natural prelude to the third ending ("Ending of Fire"), which must be the true ending of the series - even more so now that the series is complete. You give the eyes found in the dark Firelink Shrine to the Firekeeper, who forsees a world without fire. Then you meet the Painter lady who wants to paint a new, "cold, dark and gentle" world. Do you remember the words of Lord Ludleth (after you come back from the dark Firelink Shrine) who says he wants to "paint" a new vision by relinking the fire, and asks you what is your intent? After your conversation with the Firekeeper, Ludleth is obviously aware that you might have a different plan for the world, and even calls it a "betrayal", but surprisingly he actually encourages you in staying strong with your choice. So, by choosing to help the Painter create a new world, you go look for that precious pigment made from the blood of the Dark Soul and end up in the Ringed City. Uncle Gael has lost his marbles, you take some blood from him and bring it back to the Painter, who starts working right away. Then you finally confront the Red Knight - not to relink the fire but to snuff it out, paving the way for the fulfilment of the Painter's vision.

                              • Anonymous

                                10 Apr 2017 07:26  

                                Just wanted to note: there is some kind of hollow moaning at the dreg heap that I either didn't notice before, or was not present

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