Dark Gem is an Upgrade Material in Dark Souls 3.

Dark Gem

A gem of infused titanite. Born of disembodied humanity.

Used in infusion to create dark weapons.

Dark weapons inflict dark damage, and scale with intelligence and faith.


Dark Gem Usage



Dark Gem Locations

  • Rare drop from Pus of Man in High Wall of LothricConsumed King's Garden, and Lothric Castle.
  • Drops from the second rolling "boulder" in Catacombs of Carthus. You must destroy the hat wearing skeleton for the boulder to stop rolling.
  • Consumed King's Garden: Under the left set of stairs leading up to the courtyard full of knights just before the boss room. (Video location)
  • Located after the Corvian Settlement bonfire (Ashes DLC). Head up toward the large NPC wielding Crow Quills and turn right before the gate at the end of the path, drop down and into the open window and defeat the two fly type mobs inside. Gem is on a corpse here.
  • 1 located on a corpse surrounded by baby locusts at the entrance of the giant swamp in The Ringed City (Ringed City DLC)
  • Can drop from the Harald Legion enemies (The Ringed City DLC).




  • Requires the Profaned Coal in order to start infusing weapons.
  • The scaling on weapons differs depending on the weapon infused (Corvian Greatknife gets E scaling at +0 for both, while a Notched Whip gets D scaling).




  • An alternative to the Dark Blade miracle for a non-caster character. Dark damage is exceptionally good against a variety of enemies (Silver Knights, for example) and a couple of bosses (Vordt and Dancer of the Boreal Valley), however at minimal Intelligence and Faith investments one might consider using a Refined weapon paired with Human Pine Resin for greater AR values. 

Upgrade Materials
Blessed Gem  ♦  Blood Gem  ♦  Chaos Gem  ♦  Crystal Gem  ♦  Deep Gem  ♦  Farron Coal  ♦  Fire Gem  ♦  Giant's Coal  ♦  Heavy Gem  ♦  Hollow Gem  ♦  Lightning Gem  ♦  Player Trade  ♦  Poison Gem  ♦  Profaned Coal  ♦  Raw Gem  ♦  Refined Gem  ♦  Sage's Coal  ♦  Sharp Gem  ♦  Shriving Stone  ♦  Simple Gem  ♦  Titanite Chunk  ♦  Titanite Scale  ♦  Titanite Shard  ♦  Titanite Slab  ♦  Transposing Kiln

    • Anonymous

      15 Feb 2018 05:50  

      There is another dark gem not mentioned in the ringed city dlc, It's right at the entrance of the swamp by a few locust enemies.

      • Anonymous

        31 Dec 2017 15:21  

        The dark damage scale on dark souls 3 on the same way that dark souls 2? I mean, ¿you need faith and intelligence because the dark damage scale with the lowest of the 2?

        • Anonymous

          03 Oct 2017 20:15  

          You can easily farm these off the the two pus of man near Lothric Castle's Dragon Barracks bonfire. When they transform, the game is basically spawning an entirely new entity with a clean aggro state, which is why you lose target lock when they do. With the slumbering dragon ring, you can walk behind them as they transform, and stunlock them to death with pretty much any +6 or above fire infused weapon. The drop rate isn't great (I was farming with about 300 item find) and pulled in 2 per hour. But, I'm also getting decent souls, embers, large shards, and chunks (at a rate of about 5/hour). Just make sure that as they're transforming, you are far enough away that their whipping "tail" doesn't hit you as that will pull aggro; it's lashes out quite a distance!

          • Anonymous

            31 May 2017 22:10  

            are weapon's infusion buff enhanced with clutch rings?
            I mean... if i use a dark clutch ring with a dark infused weapon, would that work?

            • Anonymous

              22 Apr 2017 05:18  

              Here to confirm that the dark gem drops off of the harald legion enemies in TRC DLC. (Don't know how rare, but dropped pretty frequent for me.)

              • Anonymous

                16 Apr 2017 11:23  

                The best place to farm these is from Oceiros, the Consumed King Bonfire go past the knights then to the right first they will stop following you kill the 2 man of pus (VERY LOW DROP RATE) then use a bow with fire arrows and kill every slug in the area (low drop but higher than man of pus) kill the last man of pus then homeward bone.


                2 hours=2/5 gems with CSR-CSGR+3-Avarice-Coin.

                Hope for good RNG with this gem.

                • Anonymous

                  11 Apr 2017 06:34  

                  Is there a quick and easy way to check for weapons with S scaling in dark or do I have to check each weapon manually?

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Mar 2017 00:58  

                    this needs an update: The slugs in the consumed kings garden also drop these. Not too sure if its rare but I get more from them rather than the pus of man

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Nov 2016 17:26  

                      Farmed about 15 runs from Ocerios Bonfire. (To not bother with elevators)
                      Used Hidden Body and Chaos Great Fireball.

                      1 Dark Gem dropped from one of the eight slugs in the middle of the zone, another 1 Dark Gem dropped from Pus of Man.
                      Had 307 item discovery in both instances.

                      That's about 1 dark gem from about 30 Pus of Man and 1 dark gem from about 120 slugs. And that's at 307 item discovery.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Oct 2016 13:06  

                        Instead of Pus of Man, the enemies that drop Dark Gems in Consumed King's Garden are the Slugs in the toxic pool. (Confirmed: Took me 4 runs to get 1)
                        Also i think that it is just 1 of the slugs that drop it. The ones that are near trees. (still needs confirmation).

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