Blood of the Dark Soul is a Key Item in Dark Souls 3. It was added in The Ringed City DLC.

Blood of the Dark Soul

Blood of the Dark Soul

Blood of the dark soul that seeped from the hole within Slave Knight Gael. 

Used as pigment by his lady in Ariandel to depict a painted world.

When Gael came upon the pygmy lords, he discovered that their blood had long ago dried, and so consumed the dark soul.


Blood of the Dark Soul Usage



Blood of the Dark Soul Locations




  • This item will be removed from your inventory if you move on to NG+ and higher.




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    • 15 Mar 2019 18:03  

      Ringed City's lore is prettt vague but does confirmed the "Ringed Curse" was the Gods doing which makes sense. Asking my name is fan service that will never be followed on though.

      • Anonymous

        10 Nov 2018 03:46  

        I believe she paints the Bloodborne world hnce the name game and it's whole existence. A world without the curse

        • Anonymous

          26 Oct 2018 01:41  

          "Can you tell me your name?"... Your name... Yar name... Yhar nam... Yharnam... A cold, dark place. Made using the BLOOD of the Dark Soul.

          • Anonymous

            06 Oct 2018 20:00  

            Seems to be bugged. Each time I beat Gael a few teleports later the game crashes. I strongly believe this item has to do with it.

            • Anonymous

              20 Sep 2018 13:35  

              "A cold, dark and very gentle place" sounds like Ash Lake. Wouldn't it be funny if this is just restarting the cycle.

              • Anonymous

                25 Aug 2018 07:16  

                Here's my thoughts: the painting of a new world, but one still requiring the sight of flame, seems to suggest a new series, in a new world setting in perhaps the "second age of fire." A new, fresh world to adventure in, and maybe even have a chance at becoming a true Lord of Cinder, not just "unkindled ash." A chance to become a God like the old ones became from the first flame.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jul 2018 01:53  

                  For all unhospitality & stresses till I obtained the Dark Soul she better paint a favourable new World,
                  If she screws up the painting we'll just take it from her in souls way

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Jan 2018 05:59  

                    None of you get it, do you? "Hand it over, that thing... Your dark soul." We had it all along. We all had it all along. I also wish we had a proper ending, but the absence of one suggests we already know all we should. All the lore we have thus far will point out what to expect of the painting to come.

                    For all of you saying, "I did all this for nothing," did you even enjoy the game? Did you play to play or did you play just for an ending? Did you enjoy the ride or you forced yourself to see the epilogue? Because either way this isn't your typical RPG where the lore is given to you in a detailed manner on a silver platter.

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Jan 2018 17:35  

                      If you feed it to the skeleton ball crab after bringing him to the passive ember crab it unlocks the secret final boss and ending for dark souls 3

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Dec 2017 16:43  

                        "Why can't we just GET the Dark Soul?" ...What would you even do with it? Crush it to obtain numerous souls? Transpose it? Or would we throw it at people's faces for minimal damage? I really don't see what people expected. The important part of this DLC was revealing Gwyn's true face, and how he subjugated mankind and left them to rot under the guise of "protecting the Dark Soul." In actuality, he was imprisoning the Pygmy Lords along with the Dark Soul, knowing that if they ever realized their own might, they would easily overthrow Gwyn and the gods.

                        The reason we find the Blood of the Dark Soul is so that we can provide a haven for the forlorn, a destination for those seeking to escape the curse of the Undead and the inevitable fading of the First Flame. That's why the Painter needed to see fire--in order to give her world its own Flame, one originated from love, born of Ariandel's anguish toward the death of his surrogate daughter, Friede. Otherwise, the story would be left completely at a standstill, with no real resolution to speak of. While the world we've been protecting since DS1 may continue in its spiraling downfall, at least we've created a paradise free from serfdom for weary souls seeking rest, even if that world, too, must eventually fade with the First Flame.

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Sep 2017 11:58  

                          Suggesting that the painted world resembles the new born world as it started in the beginning of dark souls would there maybe some difference if youcomplete the cycle over and over again lets say you beat the game as often as you can with the blood-present to the painter everytime, maybe there will be some more to discover? Its unlikely but still that would be a possibiltity no one would discover easily...

                          • Anonymous

                            21 Sep 2017 10:54  

                            I read some comments and theories so here I go with my thoughts:
                            I think the mentioned necessarity of witnessing "fire" to create a new world as "painting" in the dialogue with the painter lady resembles that humanity needs to do mistakes or more precisely having resistances to overcome to learn from these past experiences. And doesnt this occur to be familiar? Throughout three large Videogames full of Dieing and "Gitting gud" we try to improve ourselves continuously to complete said games. So the final message for me is applyable to our fictional travel in the fantastic world of the souls games but also to our real world, the world is running in cycles due to linking fire (neverending wars etc.) but in the end in that burning Chapel there is a small girl painting a whole new world with the " blood of the dark soul" and for this could mean a suggestion of what to make better, create a better ending world, because we have seen the "fire". The dark Soul originally wasnt meant to be bad but created for example the Abyss by the fact that Manus got tortured, so we just need to put an end to all the awful things we do to our own kind, learn from the past to improve every day a little same as we did in points of gameplay during the games.

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