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Dark Hand

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Requirements & Bonus
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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 Lloyd's Sword Ring it was able to do even more, with a high enough dark defence the damage will not show.

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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

 Weight

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
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

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)






    • 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.

        • Anonymous

          08 Jul 2017 17:29  

          ring of the scholar, leo ring, dark clutch ring, parry dagger, dark hand low lvl pvp. You know you want it

          • Anonymous

            07 Jul 2017 18:21  

            honestly for someone who only has invested into strenght and dexterity this weapon isn't really so good, just look at those scalings, also why would a mage/pyromancer use it?
            there are honestly better things to use, for example a proper shield or something to parry with

            • Anonymous

              02 Jul 2017 21:02  

              Anyone got a spare one that is just collectiong dust? I accidentaly sold mine one and only .__.
              Ofc willing to trade if I got something in return.

              PSN: KrigarN88

              • Anonymous

                30 May 2017 04:25  

                This is all I see when invaded at a low level now. It does so much damage that all they need to do is spam R1. Great parry bait though.

                • Anonymous

                  Dark Hand [DKS3 Wiki]23 Apr 2017 22:23  

                  Depends on what your referring to as "this"... If you mean the Dark Hand weapon item, no this item cannot be obtained through farming Dark Wraiths. The Dark Wraiths in Crucifixion Woods drop many items such as Dark Wraith armor set, red eye orbs, dark sword, ect.

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Apr 2017 13:17  

                    sorry about asking for help with my problem. but can anyone drop this weapon if they have extra lying around. cause i forgot about the alternate ending and im already sl 120. so pls. help me psn is johnaibert1810

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Apr 2017 11:06  

                      Does the new helmet that increases dark damage effect this weapon? With 55 int and 55 faith as an SL 120 I hit 1357 on a single grab to an invader. (using dark clutch ring as well)

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Mar 2017 11:50  

                        I use it as a right hand on NG+4 currently. 40/40 int faith, with a dark pyro in off hand
                        Typically lights hit in PvP for 190-250 (ARG is ~450 w/ dark clutch), but it does stupendous poise dmg so upon landing a light you're guaranteed one and maybe two more.
                        Sages Ring +2 for black flame, black serpent (sometimes sacred flame lol).
                        Fashion souls armor whatever lets me light roll.

                        Basically I made this to make everyone who built for fume greatsword feel like trash for needing a crutch and to see if I could.

                        TL;DR Mr Magic Hands steamrolls 200 dmg to 1200 right before your eyes
                        Always remember meta doesn't mean betta.

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Mar 2017 03:59  

                          Get it early and you can fist the booties of the dancer of the boreal valley without much investment in vigor.

                          • Anonymous

                            22 Mar 2017 05:50  

                            From upcoming patch notes: "Fixed so that poise is applied during Dark Hand skill, Lifedrain."

                            By god, they're actually buffing this thing...

                            It'll still be complete crap due to the terrible attack animation and hitbox (easily misses motionless opponents close to you), but at least you will get to whiff it instead of be interrupted out of it... that's, something... I guess...

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