Hornet Ring is a Ring in Dark Souls 3.

Hornet Ring

Ring associated with the Lord's Blade Ciaran, one of the Four Knights of Gwyn, the First Lord.

Boosts critical attacks.

The masked Ciaran was the only woman to serve in Gwyn's Four Knights, and her curved sword granted a swift death to any and all enemies of the throne.


Hornet Ring Effect

  • Increases critical damage (backstabs and ripostes).
  • The % of critical damage increased now depends on infusion, weapon upgrade level, wether you back stab or riposte, and the weapon itself.
  • Weight: 1.1



Where to Find Hornet Ring

  • Found at Dark Firelink Shrine after Champion Gundyr in the Untended Graves. Keep right as you move up, the pathway is about level with the entrance to the Shrine. It is guarded by a Black Knight.
  • Only appear after Abyss Watchers have been defeated.




  • You must defeat the Abyss Watchers for the ring to appear.
  • On enemy players or NPC invaders this ring changes the riposte animation to 2-3 hits instead of just one, the overall damage increase seems to be higher than 30% in that case, needs confirmation.




  • The ring is found in front of a tombstone with a Farron Greatsword leaning against it. The same location where Hawkwood is praying, and later where his shield can be found, in Firelink Shrine.



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    • 21 Jan 2018 06:58  

      Sometimes I feel sorry for people who get Hornet Ring riposted. I remember one time I had one equipped just so I could cheese an NPC invasion and then a bit after that I got invaded by someone dressed as Solaire. Poor guy hit me once before he got insta-killed with a hornet ring riposte. I'd forgot I still had it equipped and I was just amazed at the fact that I just erased that poor man off the face of the Earth.

      • Anonymous

        12 Jan 2018 03:14  

        FromSoftware honestly doesn't know how to follow basic logic.
        With 40 STR, 40 DEX, 10 INT, 10 FTH,
        the Bandit's Knife +10 and Blessed LKS +10 have 249 AR and 260 AR respectively.
        They both have a LISTED 110 critical number. So theoretically, the Blessed LKS should deal more damage on backstabs and ripostes.
        I tested on the Drakeblood Knight on NG+6. With no Hornet Ring, a parry and riposte dealt 516 damage with the Bandit's Knife; 367 damage with the Blessed LKS.
        Thank you, Miyazaki.
        I tried to control damage types and elements, having both the Bandit's Knife and Blessed LKS deal only physical damage, but I am unsure what type of physical damage criticals deal. Even then I'm sure the Bandit's Knife would still deal more damage.

        • Anonymous

          04 Jan 2018 10:36  

          That's really oddly specific how the Abyss Watchers must be defeated prior to getting this ring. Perhaps it has something to do with this being hawkwoods grave but A, the hornet ring had nothing to do with any of them (unless as ciarens ring it is near the successors to Astorias, but whatever) and B, that's just going a little bit too far on the specifics, like anyone not in ng+ will get to this point before abyss watchers. What do I know, though.

          • Anonymous

            02 Dec 2017 23:56  

            In PVE, this ring is absolute garbage. Don't expect a 30% increase like in DS1. From what I see, it only boosted my crits by 10-15%. But it's funny how in PVP, it one-shots people.

            • Anonymous

              25 Oct 2017 18:16  

              dont yea hate it when you demoshishing your opponet skillfuly and not takeing a single hit WITH IRON FLESH ON. but he gets a lucky parry on one attack and insta kills you.
              even the idea of this thing is stupid "lets make a massively damageing attack... even more damaging" this ring needs to be removed.
              oh and i hade 25% absorbion all around (46% with iron flesh) and 35 vigor. so dont think i have low heath

              • Anonymous

                14 Aug 2017 20:58  

                For some reason the ring isn't spawning for me, even though I killed the Abyss Watchers. I guess if you quit out of the game near it it doesn't come back??? Also I am at the place after CHAMPION Gundyr

                • Anonymous

                  11 Aug 2017 22:45  

                  I think the ring has been nerfed as 3 hit crit after parry no longer happens with any and all weapons. It now just does 2 through the dmg is higher , however it no longer kills with insane dmg on that old 3rd hit. I tested in pvp pve, every weapon type. No 3 hit. Confirmed?

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Aug 2017 00:43  

                    I think the game is full of ways for people to bash certain strategies, I never parry, but if you can't find a way around someone who just spams parry, your an idiot, just delay your heavy, kick, jump attack, have the pyromancer flame and combustion their face, it's not hard

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Jun 2017 18:34  

                      All these comments are definitive reason that parrying should just be taken out of the game entirely. Or at least, limited to only being used in the pvp arena you can unlock after beating the Champion Gravetender. But then, considering the traffic in the area after Pontiff Sulyvahn, nobody really uses that. Most likely since most if not all of the people actually interested in pvp are just assholes who play the game just to ***** with people. And they won't use the arena because then they wouldn't have enemies to hide behind. And that's not even counting the laggers and hackers. I say FS should have invasions and coop not tied together anymore, and actually be able to play the game with friends and not worry about douchebags, but we might enjoy the game then. We can't have that, can we?

                      • Anonymous

                        25 Jun 2017 04:07  

                        Spent 5 minutes looking for it at the shrine.

                        How was I supposed to know they meant the /other/ Firelink Shrine?

                        • Anonymous

                          13 May 2017 01:03  

                          since the riposte animation gets changed to 3 hits for most weapons does this mean each hit gets reduced by flat armor defense 3 times?

                          • Anonymous

                            03 May 2017 21:33  

                            feels good 1 shotting the host at 90% hp with his 5 or 6 phantoms watching helplessly as i land that crushing 3rd attack with my yhorms

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Apr 2017 17:57  

                              Attacking an invader that spams parry whist chugging through estus upon failing to finally instant kill you when it works. Very honorable battle.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Apr 2017 09:15  

                                If people are spamming parry, try using jumping heavy attacks, they can't be parried, neither can 2 handed attacks with Ultra Greatswords, Greathammers and Great Axes.

                                • Anonymous

                                  31 Jan 2017 18:30  

                                  Parrying and backstabbing still requires skill, I'm really bad at it myself. They shouldn't change the ring, they should make more attacks unparryable.

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