Dark Hand

88 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 65.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 65.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 0.0
Requirements & Bonus
0 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Fist damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Lifedrain icon_fp_cost.png 18

Dark Hand is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Weapon that allows its wielder to evoke an art unique to Londor, the land of the Hollow. It is also said to be an ancient relic of a Primordial Serpent.

The Dark Hand mercilessly saps the essence of its victims, and can also double as a special shield. Cannot be used two-handed.

Skill: Lifedrain
Embrace the victim and steal their HP. Can only be used against humans. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused, Buffed or Reinforced.
    • Despite this, it can still be useful in PvE up to mid-game.  It can be obtained as early as after defeating Vordt, and its base damage is very high and is split heavily towards one damage type (Dark).  It also scales with the 4 main damage stats and has no requirements, allowing pretty much any build to use it as a substitute for a Deep- or Dark-infused weapon.
    • Its strike property can also be useful for stun-locking the skeletons in the Catacombs of Carthus.  This is especially useful for dexterity builds, which usually have a hard time finding decent weapons with strike damage properties early on in the game.
  • Can be used as a shield when equipped in left hand. If equipped in right hand, it acts as a striking weapon with a fist-weapon moveset.
  • Because it doesn't count as a shield, this weapon cannot be buffed with Magic Shield, making it a very bad shield due to the low stability. With 30 Endurance almost any weapon can get through your stamina bar with 2-3 hits.
  • When using a weapon that can attack with the shield up, like a spear or rapier, the shield animation dissapears despite it still blocking damage.
  • This item is missable in a playthrough if not purchased from Yuria of Londor. 
  • This weapon can do more damage with its skill if used behind someone, with the Dark Clutch Ring, was able to do 1267 damage, plus with the Blindfold Mask, Flynn's Ring and Lloyd's Sword Ring and it was able to do even more, with a high enough dark defence the damage will not show.

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Moveset and Videos:

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Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

    • Anonymous

      09 Mar 2018 20:47  

      This thing honestly should count as like a +4 weapon in terms of pvp/invading matchmaking. Hits comically high, weighs nothing, has a great riposte. A necessary component of the low level twink invasion meta. Pro tip: don't forget to point down after slapping someone to death in 4 hits

      • 24 Feb 2018 19:29  

        Need to take out the Dancer early on? Then look no further. This weapon can deal magnificent damage to her - her being weak to Dark - at a *very* rapid pace, around 150 per blow, and near 200 per uncharged power attack. Given how the stamina cost is only just about half of what for example a Bandit's Knife would have. Took me three times less time to beat her with this than trying to bleed her out!

        • Anonymous

          21 Feb 2018 06:03  

          A very useful weapon in both PvP and PvE.

          We all know that the Dark Hand destroys low levels like a rock with glass, due to its high base damage, making it very useful for twinking. In the same breath, it can be used to kill any (poor, poor) early invaders.

          It is also very strong against enemies up until Wolnir (meaning do not use it on Wolnir, but feel free to use it on any other enemy, including Old Demon King).

          • Anonymous

            19 Feb 2018 20:45  

            Is it a glitch/hacker, or is there actually a way to interrupt the lifedrain attack mid drain? Normally its not supposed to as far as i can tell, but ive come across two or 3 ganks where i was in the middle of draining someone and suddenly im hit and stunlocked off of the victim. They dont lose any more health but theu still have to finish the drain animation of falling to the ground while im being pummeled by his overleveled phantom friends. So is there a testable way to see if the drain interruption is legit?

            • Anonymous

              01 Feb 2018 16:32  

              pretty weird interaction i just found out : when spamming roll while wearing carthus milkring, the glowing red effect will disappear, making it look like you are using bare fists. the only way to get it back is to swap to another weapon then reswap to the dark hand. this could probably lead to some very troll situations (hehe im ur friend - nvm yar dead)

              • 27 Jan 2018 07:03  

                For some reason I can't hit the 3 hit reposte where you hit the stomach, chest, and then go for the throat, I can only get the 2 hit respote, as I see in videos where people get the 3 hit, what am I doing wrong or is this just a bug.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Jan 2018 10:29  

                  When I first saw this, I forgot there was an X on items you couldnt use properly, and assumed because it was that super out of place red icon, that I couldn't use it.

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Jan 2018 02:13  

                    Is anyone willing to trade their dark hand? I missed the quest and unfortunately I cannot get it.

                    Xbox gamertag: TheDarkWolfSif

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Dec 2017 01:41  

                      I have a character with 20 str, 40 dex and 30 of fth and int, I used the grab attack on somebody and did over 1000 dmg killing them instantly, my question is, is lifedrain supposed to do that much or was it a glitch?

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Sep 2017 08:45  

                        Can anyone on ps4 trade my sl1 one or help me transfer one to myself? My psn is b_jerman

                        I can give a bunch of items and souls in exchange for the help :)

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Aug 2017 20:57  

                          I think at sl20 dark hand is the best weapon to do ripostes with. It does around 20 dmg more than deep dagger +1. Tested on the drakeblood knight in archdragon peak

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Aug 2017 09:12  

                            Just had a meme invasion today, the host couldn't initiate the grab animation on me (just the straight damage while I was in front & facing him multiple attempted at getting grabbed) while I had over 70% encumbrance (fat roll available). I know it's USELESS_DATA*TM but can anyone confirm whether you can or cannot be grabbed by the weapon art as a fat roller? Might just a case of latency Working as Intended *TM.

                            • 21 Jul 2017 19:27  

                              Try combining Dark Hand with Dark Clutch Ring, Lloyd's Sword Ring and Flynn's Ring while wearing nothing, it'd obliterate almost everyone in SL10-30 low SL PvP.

                              • 14 Jul 2017 05:16  

                                I'm new to using the Dark Hand, can somebody tell me why sometimes it'll just "touch" the enemy without even grabbing them? I've tried it on NPCs and Hosts and got nothing.

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