Prisoner's Chain is a Ring in Dark Souls 3.

Prisoner's Chain


Portion of a steel chain used to restrain Gundyr. Gain vigor, endurance, and vitality, but take extra damage.

A prisoner is one who has staked everything on a belief, a proclivity most apparent in the greatest of champions.


Prisoner's Chain Effect

  • Adds 15 Virtual Levels:
  • Lowers player Absorption stat, depending on current Absorption:
    • -4.0    when naked    (Video Example)
    • -2.588    when wearing full Havel's 
  • Has a complex effect on incoming damage & survivability: 
    • Adding 15 Virtual levels increases player Defense stat 
    • Increasing Vitality allows for wearing heavier Armour
    • Increasing Vigor adds to total HP. 
    • Absorption decrease varies
  • Weight: 0.8



Where to Find Prisoner's Chain




  • Equipping this ring will give you 15 Virtual levels, it does not increase your character's actual Soul Level.
  • At higher Soul levels, the Defense Increase from 15 Virtual levels will become less valuable.
  • Prior to 1.13 patch, absorption was decreased by 10.0



  • The ring's icon appears to have been borrowed from Dark Souls 2's "Ring of the Embedded" found in that game's "Crown of the Ivory King" DLC. The items are nearly the same, with the exception that The Embedded's ring became more effective at increasing the players stats had they chosen to not invest in them. Any parallels outside of ability, remains to be seen.
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    • 29 Nov 2017 15:48  

      Also this ring is Amazing and have to say don't really notice self damage increase since I've equipped it and even if there is decent increase it doesnt matter because i beat ds3 (in ng+1) but maybe the speckled stoneplate ring +1 may be combating that as will as my silver knight armor

      • 29 Nov 2017 15:43  

        Just as a tip to everyone who thinks they can get this ring while a low soul level you can't because you have to kill Champion gundyr NOT ludex gundyr which means you have to kill the dancer of the boreal valley which is an ENDGAME boss so unless your on ng+ you can't kill the dancer before killing yhorm or Aldrich both of which are too difficult for anyone who isn't a souls veteran to beat while under SL 70 so stop thinking can get this ring while a low soul level

        • Anonymous

          19 Oct 2017 12:49  

          The overall +15 stats bonus this single item gives is insane. The extra defensive bonuses from these stats already outweights the absorbtion decrease.
          To put it simply: A must have ring for any character between sl1-200.

          • Anonymous

            08 Oct 2017 13:24  

            This is very powerful on my SL25 coop build. I get 40% more HP (669 -> 939), almost as much carry capacity as Havel's Ring 0 and 9 extra stamina. The latter doesn't sound like much but if it adds an additional swing to a weapon it can be a significant dps boost.

            • Anonymous

              04 Aug 2017 22:44  

              The damage difference in PvP is minimal. It isn't for every build, but i tested it out with some greatsword (non-split damage) weapons. Normal and charged attacks, the difference is 10 to 20 damage with light to medium armor, 40 to 50 with a charged FUGS. That is SUPER worth the extra 15 levels for those who can't hit the min-max at SL 120.

              As for PvE, i can't speak. I know there is a big defence difference when it comes to player based damage and enemy damage.

              • Anonymous

                25 Jun 2017 17:38  

                This ring is amazing for sl1 runs. Combine with lloyds shield ring and heavy armour and you can tank most late game boss attacks without being one shotted.

                Would recommend lloyds sword ring too if you have the space for it.

                • Anonymous

                  25 May 2017 16:39  

                  At level 130, i am actually getting better defense wearing this ring with the increased equip load allowing me to wear better armor, not to mention the little extra health on top, and the "almost" one extra Lothric Knight Greatsword swing i get because of it. Unless there is damage absorption reduction that does not show on the stat screen, its not bad at all on my Cleric/Strength build.

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Apr 2017 04:33  

                    By my calculations, it now increases the damage the character takes by 4%. This ring is totally worth wearing, the reason for that being it raises a character's health (the actual percentage depends on the character's base stats, i.e. 8% more HP for one with 30 VIG), gives a whole chunk of stamina (especially when paired with RoF), as well as much higher DEFENSE stats which will make you take less dmg in most cases despite the absorption penalty. And btw, it doesn't matter if you wear heavy or light armor, this ring simply makes you take 4% more damage and that is truly minimal.

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Apr 2017 16:44  

                      Some of you might ask "why buff it now?". Well if we look at the RoF +3 it is basical an equivalent of the PC. Without the penalty making PC defacto obsolete. But with the buff now you can have it as sort of "early RoF+3" and the reduced extra damage won't stop people anymore from using it. Until they reach the Ringed City.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Apr 2017 08:23  

                        According to the upcoming patch notes, this ring is going to be buffed, in a sense-- the ring's penalties to damage absorption are going to be reduced, although the patch notes didn't specify by how much. It could be anywhere from a miniscule change to substantial.

                        • Anonymous

                          24 Oct 2016 17:20  

                          I always equip this ring on my quality build coupled with life ring, ring of FaP with heavy armor to mitigate the 10% damage receive penalty

                          • Anonymous

                            Situationally Great11 Sep 2016 02:50  

                            Here it is; this ring is garbage on anyone who's not a pure mage, pyro, or cleric. The buffs don't cut it on characters that actually throw points into those stats. HOWEVER, this is a very useful item for someone who has low vigor, as the gained health offsets the damage and your max stamina increases. I used this for a time on my pure pyromancer, and it doesnt matter that the damage increases by 10% if you get two shot with or without.

                            • Anonymous

                              Not worth it18 Aug 2016 00:55  

                              In NG, NG+ maybe, but in PVP u'll be shredded to pieces if you miss series of hits. Or u need really good armor.

                              • Anonymous

                                Test results12 Aug 2016 05:51  

                                SL22crossbow shots (flat damage) with knights armor set equipped did 80 damage with no rings, 81 damage with prisoner's chain, 78 damage with ring of steel protection and 79 damage with both.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Make sure this is really what you want.20 Jul 2016 06:23  

                                  There will be a time where you will want to replace a ring, and sometimes that ring will be the prisoners chain. If your like me, you will stifle without the 15 extra levels. I had this ring up until NG+4 and all of a sudden I started to REALLY suck at pvp.

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