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Rare Items are weapons, consumables, and other items that are easily missable or can only be obtained once per playthrough. This category ends up including quite a lot of the items in Dark Souls 3.

All boss soul items may only be obtained once per playthrough (see this page for a chart organized by boss). A nearly complete set of them can be obtained after two playthroughs. However, the Soul of the Nameless King can be traded for three items, so that extends the timeline to three playthroughs to obtain all items. Furthermore, the Twin Princes' Greatsword requires two playthroughs to complete, as it is obtained by fusing Lothric's and Lorian's swords, each of which must be transposed from the Soul of the Twin Princes. Also, there is one non-boss soul which may be transposed by Ludleth - the Soul of Rosaria, used to obtain the Bountiful Sunlight miracle. Rosaria's soul may only be obtained by completing Leonhard's questline.

There are numerous items which can only be obtained by trading with the crow. The items that are exclusive to the crow are: the entire Armor of the Sun set (including the Sunlight Shield), Lucatiel's Mask, the Porcine Shield, and all five Carvings. The crow only makes each trade once per playthrough, so these items each become one per playthrough.

All of the covenent rewards can only be obtained by leveling up in the corresponding covenant.

Almost all rings can only be obtained once, except for a few which can be purchased or found in multiple locations. This is also made more complicated by the presence of +1, +2, and +3 rings, most of which are only available in NG+ and NG++. Please consult the list of rings for details on all rings' availability.

The following list includes one-time weapons and armor, as well as notably rare drops. While most starting equipment can be purchased, some starting items can only be obtained by finding them in specific places (unless the player started in the corresponding class). These are included in the list as well.

Rare Weapons & Armor

Item

Rarity

Location

Description

Uchigatana Unique drop Dropped by Sword Master outside Firelink.  
Longbow One-time treasure On top of the tower at the dead end near the first High Wall of Lothric bonfire.  
Club Starting equipment / One-time treasure If you don't start the game as Deprived, you can obtain this on the High Wall of Lothric, on the battlement where the dragon is breathing fire.  
Battle Axe Starting equipment / One-time treasure If you don't start the game as a Warrior, the only Battle Axe you can obtain is the Deep Battle Axe, which is found on the High Wall of Lothric, in a Mimic inside the tower that has a fire-breathing dragon on top of it.  
Astora Straight Sword One-time treasure In a chest on a balcony on the High Wall of Lothric, above the room where the Cell Key is found. Powerful early-game weapon, especially with the raw infusion
Mail Breaker Starting equipment / One-time treasure If you don't start the game as a Sorcerer, you can obtain this on the High Wall of Lothric, in the passages leading to Greirat's cell.  
Rapier One-time treasure Found on the High Wall of Lothric, in the courtyard with a Winged Knight.  
Lucerne One-time treasure Outside Emma's church, on the High Wall of Lothric.  
Hand Axe Starting equipment / One-time treasure If you don't start the game as a Pyromancer, you can obtain this on the roof where Cornyx is imprisoned in the Undead Settlement.  
Partizan One-time treasure Found on a corpse hanging from the roof where Cornyx is imprisoned in the Undead Settlement.  
Flamberge Rare drop Only drops from flamberge-wielding enemies, found in the Undead Settlement, Cathedral of the Deep, and Grand Archives.  
Caestus
Red Hilted Halberd
Saint's Talisman
One-time treasures Found in the sewers of the Undead Settlement.  
Whip One-time treasure In the alley full of ambushes in the Undead Settlement.  
Reinforced Club
Great Scythe
One-time treasures In the Undead Settlement, in the graveyard around the white birch tree.  
Large Club One-time treasure In the Undead Settlement, near where the Demon is found after following Siegward up the elevator.  
Morne's Great Hammer
Moaning Shield
Unique drop Dropped by Eygon if you kill him, or when he is found dead in Irina's cell later in the game.  
Bloodlust Covenant reward Obtained as a Mound-Makers member, by handing in 10 Vertebra Shackles.  
Butcher Knife Unique drop Dropped by the Madwoman on the Road of Sacrifices.  
Brigand Axe One-time treasure On the Road of Sacrifices, found on a path near the NPC with the Butcher Knife.  
Brigand Twindaggers One-time treasure On the Road of Sacrifices, on a path past the NPC with the Butcher Knife.  
Anri's Straight Sword Unique drop / Quest reward Obtained by either killing Anri, or by completing his/her questline. If you're going for the Lord of Hollows ending. it'll be in the Darkmoon Tomb. If you help Anri defeat Aldrich, you receive it from Ludleth afterwards. Has luck scaling and can be obtained very early by killing Anri
Sellsword Twinblades Starting equipment / One-time treasure If you don't start the game as a Mercenary, you can pick them up in the ruins that a Black Knight is found in, past the lake on the Road of Sacrifices.  

Heysel Pick
Xanthous Crown

Unique drop Dropped by Yellowfinger Heysel when she invades in the Road of Sacrifices or in Farron Keep. Also can be dropped by a non-aggressive Man-Grub found in Rosaria's Bed Chamber later in the game. If you get both of these, you can obtain two picks and two crowns per playthrough.  
Heretic's Staff One-time treasure Found near Orbeck, on the Road of Sacrifices.  
Exile Greatsword
Great Club
Unique drops Dropped by two NPCs across the lake on the Road of Sacrifices, just before the ladder down to Farron Keep.  
Greatsword One-time treasure Found on a ruined bridge in Farron Keep  
Sunlight Talisman One-time treasure Found in Farron Keep, near the Estus Soup.  
Black Bow of Pharis
Pharis's Hat
Unique drops Dropped by the group of three Elder Ghrus in Farron Keep, far over toward the wall near the Keep Ruins bonfire. They are facing a poison gem and can be hit with a bow from just outside the room with the bonfire.  
Stone Greatshield Rare drop Dropped by Elder Ghrus in Farron Keep.  
Manikin Claws Unique drop Drops from Londor Pale Shade when it invades you in either Farron Keep or Irithyll.  
Old Wolf Curved Sword Covenant reward Obtained as a Watchdogs of Farron member, by handing in 10 swordgrass to the Old Wolf.  
Dark Sword Rare drop Dropped by Darkwraiths, which are only found in the cell under the High Wall of Lothric (using the Lift Key), or in Farron Keep in a couple of locations. Notably high AR
Notched Whip One-time treasure In the Cleansing Chapel bonfire room.  
Astora Greatsword
Executioner's Greatsword
One-time treasures Found in the graveyard past the Cleansing Chapel bonfire, outside the Cathedral of the Deep.  
Saint-Tree Bellvine One-time treasure On the lower level of the graveyard outside the Cathedral of the Deep, between the water full of maggot creatures and the room with the ladder shortcut.  
Barbed Straight Sword
Spiked Shield
Unique drops Dropped by Kirk when he invades you in the Cathedral of the Deep.  
Saint Bident One-time treasure Found on a balcony outside the Cathedral of the Deep, after opening the large double doors behind one of the giants.  
Drang Hammers One-time treasure Found at the feet of one of the giants in the Cathedral of the Deep.  
Arbalest One-time treasure Found on the way to the rafters of the Cathedral of the Deep.  
Heavy Crossbow Rare drop Dropped by a Cathedral Knight in the rafters of the Cathedral of the Deep.  
Crescent Moon Sword Unique drop Dropped by Leonhard when you fight him at the end of his questline.  
Black Blade One-time treasure Inside a Mimic near the Demon on the way from the Catacombs to the Smouldering Lake.  
Llewellyn Shield Unique drop Dropped by Horace.  
Spotted Whip Quest reward If you summon Great Swamp Cuculus for the Old Demon King fight, and you defeat the Demon King with Cuculus still alive, this item will appear in Cornyx's cage in the Undead Settlement.  
Black Knight Sword One-time treasure Found in the ruins in Smouldering Lake, in the room where a Black Knight is fighting a Ghru.  
White Hair Talisman One-time treasure In the lava room in the ruins in Smouldering Lake.  
Izalith Staff One-time treasure In the ruins in Smouldering Lake, behind an illusory wall that's behind ANOTHER illusory wall hiding a chest.  
Fume Ultra Greatsword Unique drop Dropped by Knight Slayer Tsorig in the ruins in Smouldering Lake.  
Dragonrider Bow One-time treasure On the way to the ballista in the ruins in Smouldering Lake.  
Witchtree Branch One-time treasure Behind the illusory railing midway between the first Irithyll bonfire and the Church of Yorshka.  
Dragonslayer's Axe Unique drop Dropped by Creighton when he invades in the graveyard outside the Church of Yorshka in Irithyll. For Creighton to invade, you must return to the bridge into Irithyll, touch Sirris' summon sign, be summoned into her world, and help her defeat Creighton there. After that, when you return to the graveyard while embered (but before defeating the Pontiff), he will invade you.  
Sunless Talisman Quest reward Found at a grave outside Firelink Shrine, after completing Sirris's questline.  
Yorshka's Spear One-time treasure Found in a chest in the rafters of the dark room full of Irithyllian Slaves, after the Church of Yorshka bonfire.  
Murakumo Unique drop Dropped by Alva when he invades on the path from Irithyll to Irithyll Dungeon.  
Smough's Great Hammer One-time treasure Found on the upper floor inside the building with the paintings in Irithyll.  
Golden Ritual Spear One-time treasure In a Mimic on the balcony above the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire.  
Drang Twinspears Unique drop Dropped by one of the NPCs who attack after the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire.  
Archdeacon's Great Staff Covenant reward Obtained as an Aldrich Faithful member, by handing in 30 Human Dregs to Archdeacon McDonnell.  
Washing Pole One-time purchase Unlocked by giving the Shrine Handmaid the Easterner's Ashes, which are found on a balcony under the Silver Knight archers on the way from Irithyll to Anor Londo.  
Painting Guardian's Curved Sword One-time treasure Drop down inside Yorshka's tower in Anor Londo, and land on the beams to pick it up.  
Yorshka's Chime Unique drop Drops from killing Yorshka.  
Pickaxe One-time treasure Found in Irithyll Dungeon, near the giant.  
Court Sorcerer's Staff One-time treasure In a Mimic in the building in the Toxic section of the Profaned Capital.  
Onislayer Greatbow One-time treasure On the lower platform in front of Yhorm's room in the Profaned Capital.  
Sacred Bloom Shield One-time treasure Behind an illusory wall in Lothric Castle. Spell parry
Greatlance One-time treasure Found in Lothric Castle, near the Dragon Barracks bonfire.  
Sniper Crossbow One-time treasure Found in Lothric Castle, near the dragons.  
Sunlight Straight Sword One-time treasure Inside a Mimic in Lothric Castle - you must drop off a ledge above the dragon that's closer to the Dragonslayer Armour bridge.  
Caitha's Chime One-time treasure In Lothric Castle, from the chapel next to the start of the Dragonslayer Armour bridge (which also contains the elevator shortcut to the Twin Princes), you can exit onto a balcony. From here, drop down to the roof below to pick up this item.  
Gotthard Twinswords One-time treasure Found (along with the key to the archives) on a corpse outside the Grand Archives, between the bonfire and the front door. Only appears after you've defeated three Lords of Cinder.  
Crystal Chime One-time treasure On the first floor of the Grand Archives, in a room guarded by a Lothric Knight.  
Witch's Locks One-time treasure In the Grand Archives, behind a secret door opened by a lever in the very dark room.  
 Avelyn One-time treasure Grand Archives, from the first bonfire climb the first shortcut ladder or pass through the very dark room. Then go up the first flight of stairs and across the balcony with a broken railing at the end where a single Scholar is standing. Drop down onto the bookshelf below and then roll off these onto bookshelves even further below. 3-bolt burst crossbow
Onikiri and Ubadachi
Sage's Crystal Staff
Golden Wing Crest Shield
Unique drop Dropped by the three hostile NPCs at the top of the Grand Archives.  

Morion Blade

Quest reward

Obtained from Yuria after giving her Orbeck's ashes. You may accomplish this by killing Orbeck, or completing his questline and picking up his ashes in the Grand Archives. You will be unable to complete this if you do not recruit Orbeck, if you fail to give Orbeck a scroll after recruiting him (causing him to leave Firelink), if Orbeck dies before Yuria asks you to kill him, or if you kill Yuria. Looks really cool

Dark Hand

One-time purchase

Sold by Yuria. Essential for full Darkwraith cosplay

Darkdrift

Unique drop

Obtained by killing Yuria, or by summoning her for the last boss fight and succeeding. It's invisible

Eleonora

 Eleonora

Unique drop

 Profaned Capital, dropped by a certain Monstrosity of Sin near the toxic swamp in Profaned Capital. At the bottom floor of the church, it is the one that first comes after you. The only axe with the Feast Bell skill.

Irithyll Straight Sword

Unique drop

Dropped by the Outrider Knight at the bottom of the tower where Siegward is found, just before the Road of Sacrifices bonfire.  

Irithyll Rapier

 

 

Irithyll Rapier

Unique drop

Dropped by Outrider Knight in Lothric Castle. This knight can be found in a room underneath the twin dragons, down some stairs before you cross in front of the large gate where the dragons breathe fire. Almost directly beneath the white dragon. One of the few Weapons that causes Frostbite

Claw

One-time treasure

Found under a bridge in Consumed King's Garden.  

Chaos Blade

One-time treasure

Found in Untended Graves, outside the darkened Firelink Shrine, at the same place where Sword Master is normally.  

Blacksmith Hammer

One-time treasure

Found in Untended Graves, inside the darkened Firelink Shrine, where Andre normally sits.  

Mendicant's Staff

Rare drop

Dropped by the Man-Serpent Summoners on Archdragon Peak.  

Drakeblood Greatsword

Rare drop

On Archdragon Peak, dropped by the Drakeblood Knights summoned by the Man-Serpent Summoner near the Dragon-Kin Mausoleum bonfire.  

Ricard's Rapier

Unique drop

On Archdragon Peak, dropped by the NPCs summoned by the Man-Serpent Summoner before the Great Belfry bonfire.  

Dragon Tooth
Havel's Greatshield

Unique drop

On Archdragon Peak, dropped by the Havel Knight on the roof near the Great Belfry bonfire.  

Dragonslayer Spear

One-time treasure

In the area of the Nameless King boss fight, after the fight is over.  

 DLC Weapons

Item Rarity Location Description
Valorheart Unique drop Dropped by the Gravetender & wolf at the bottom of the Painted World  Good trading weapon
Crow Quills One-time treasure Elevated platform in the Corvian Settlement  
Crow Talons One-time treasure Rooftops in the Corvian Settlement  
Follower Javelin One-time treasure In the Snowfields of the Painted World  
Millwood Battle Axe One-time treasure Found at the top of a tower in the Snowfields of the Painted World  
Millwood Greatbow One-time treasure Found near the ruins in the Snowfields of the Painted World  
Onyx Blade Unique drop Dropped by Sir Vilhelm in the Corvian Settlement  
Pyromancer's Parting Flame One-time treasure Secret door in the crypt with flies in the Ariandel Chapel  
Quakestone Hammer One-time treasure Past the Snowy Mountain Pass bonfire in the Painted World  
Aquamarine Dagger One-time treasure Down from the Dreg Heap bonfire  

To be added here: Crucifix of the Mad King, Harald Curved Greatsword, Ledo's Great Hammer, Lothric War Banner, Murky Hand Scythe, Murky Longstaff, Preacher's Right Arm, Ringed Knight Spear, Ringed Knight Straight Sword, Sacred Chime of Filianore, Splitleaf Greatsword, White Birch Bow




    • Anonymous

      06 Apr 2017 18:00  

      I agree with viper, i thought this page was going to be rare drops worth farming like the knight crossbow, harpe, etc. but this is nothing

      • Anonymous

        Witch Locke15 Aug 2016 10:19  

        Should be on this list, I can imagine beginners to miss this lever in the dark area.. even missed this myself if a phantom dindt point me out the lever, not to mention that finding the door that opens will also be slightly missable when you don't have your sounds on or something.

        • Havels set should be here18 Jun 2016 00:10  

          Not everyone would think of back tracking to the stray demon area after murdering havel. Items gained through the path of dragon gesture should be here too, Cataclysm ring and twinkling dragon head stone. How about covenant items?

          • What about Symbol of Avarice, ***** thats rare.14 Jun 2016 08:04  

            Other items to note are things not easily gained, things you have to farm pretty hard for. Gargoyle weapons need some farming...but then, this page will be so full of monster gear, and lots of things that take time to farm, arent that good. Like the armor of the women in white in the profaned capital. Doesnt function well, or look all that cool. miserable drop rate.

            • Anonymous

              What about the Morion Blade?31 May 2016 14:56  

              You can only get it once per play through (as with the above) and it is only attainable through sacrificing a vendor or at the end of his quest line... sounds pretty rare to me (considering the above).

              • Rare ?26 May 2016 22:59  

                What's the definition of "rare" here? Those weapons can be easily obtained in each game cycle. I've got various copies of those, but I am still missing the Black Knight Greatsword (despite hours of farming). So I would consider the Black Knight Greatsword rare, but not Avelyn, Eleonora and Irithyll Rapier.

                • Anonymous

                  Other items to add19 May 2016 07:09  

                  What about the Blessed red and white shield hanging from a body in Undead Settlement (Right behind where Eygon sits) and maybe the Deep battleaxe found in the room under the Drake near the tower on the wall bonfire?

                  • Anonymous

                    Very informative page!01 May 2016 02:44  

                    Wow I am so glad i found the one and only rare item in the game on my first play through.<br/>Seriously this page should either be updated or just erased.

                    • Anonymous

                      ...one "rare" item? srsly?26 Apr 2016 05:24  

                      Any chance there are beast tail weapons like DS1? I have tried but to no avail, as it stands this is a sad state of affairs should this be the only "rare" item... must be more things discoverable like the Merciless Roenna 1% drop mask in DS2

                      • Anonymous

                        2 secret weapons21 Apr 2016 15:42  

                        irithyll dungeon <br/>there's two rare drops from the scary human flesh dragon things that are dragon weapons like the ones in DS1 <br/>

                        • Anonymous

                          http://darksouls3.wiki.fextralife.com/Rare+Items18 Apr 2016 22:32  

                          The rare items link is broken right now? it just brings me here....

                          • Anonymous

                            Ranged combat15 Apr 2016 10:30  

                            Wear lightest armor that has decent protection for light weight. Do not equip shield. Best bow you have and best arrows you. I suggest not to use crossbows as they have a reload time and this boss is quick.<br/>Evade dogde as necessary for stage 1. Fire off arrows whenever a window is open. Be sure to keep an eye out for the 2 watchers that resurrect. If you tine it well you can get them both to attack the boss. I van confirm that the 2 watchers can hurt and also kill the stage 1 boss which also kills them in the process. <br/>Stage 2. Now. Bow users. Be fast. Be ready and dont get greedy with shots. 1 shot per open window of oppoturnity then be on the move. Do not lock in on the boss. Keep the camera free so you can move around faster. Bosses attacks have more power. More range. And he is more aggressive. If you played it out right you should have nailed him. He is the toughest boss ive encountered. Not crazy hard. But timing of movements is crucial.

                            • Anonymous

                              Funny15 Apr 2016 09:20  

                              I literally just beat this boss (abyss watchers-hardest so far imo) and it's like this page is mocking me.

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