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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

 

 

Notes

  • Equipping this ring 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, Absorbption was decreased by 10.0

 

Trivia

  • 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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    • 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  

                      SL22<br/>crossbow 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.<br/>

                      • 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.

                        • Not always worth it21 Jun 2016 07:55  

                          Well generally the bonus is great, its 15 more levels, but sometimes when every bit of health counts, you can really feel that extra damage you get. If what your after is tanking blows, and being hard to kill, the armor penalty negates the stat bonuses. But that extra stamina and weight can go a long way depending on how its used. Swag wise this is great! More fashion options w heavier armor pieces become available. For me, having this ring to help counter fat rolling is worth it. Though havels is better.

                          • Anonymous

                            Extremely good for mage/orfaith builds19 Jun 2016 20:20  

                            Many Int or Faith builds require more SL then other builds, so getting this knocks off 15 SL in most cases.

                            • Anonymous

                              suggestions?06 Jun 2016 05:07  

                              ok so im doing an artorias build (level 150 cap) and im debating whether to use this ring or not i want alot of hp and vit (enough for best roll) so this ring would DEFINITELY help however artorias armor is light and not the best in defence sure i could wear steel protection ring to cancel absorption loss but thats kind of a wasted ring slot could someone please give me some advice?

                              • Anonymous

                                Uses Armor stats22 May 2016 16:52  

                                The ring gives a decrease based on your armor, not your vitality. Just thought it was an interesting thing to note, if a little annoying.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Prisoner's chains damage taken test11 May 2016 03:26  

                                  Prisoner's Chains damage increase test11 May 2016 04:21 /<br/><br/>Tested with Crossbow Hollow (Damage stable, 1 attackmove)<br/>HP 1649->1529=120 with ring<br/>HP 1576->1464=112 without ring<br/>----- -<br/>8 More damage taken but 73 HP gained from VIT bonus<br/><br/>(8/120)*100 = 6,2/3% damage increase<br/><br/>Stats: 40 (45) VIT, 156 ph def, 21.987 absorption<br/><br/>Shouldn't I be getting more damage than this if it's a 10% increase?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Defenses10 May 2016 11:38  

                                    While this Ring lowers absorption, the added stats significantly boost defenses, which helps to offset the lower absorption together with better armor through increased equip load and more hp. I just lose roughly 4-5% absorption through this ring and gain about as much hp, while having higher defenses through vitality at 25, the point where the defense scaling drops off and having capped endurance at 40.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Wait...09 May 2016 22:05  

                                      ...People actually wear armour for something other than looks? There are so many of y'all who are going like "Don't wear it, it makes your armour totally obsolete!" and I'm here like "Dude, my armour is probably already obsolete. I just wear it 'cause it looks cool." ._.

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