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

 

 

Notes

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

 

 

Trivia

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    • Anonymous

      Spent 120 hours in the trilogy to make it to this moment for like 3 lines of dialogue that mean absolutely nothing to me. Thank you dark souls very cool

      • Anonymous

        i haven't beaten gael yet but i beat midir soit leaves me excited to beat the ringed city once and for all!

        • Anonymous

          there has to be more to this item, like some yet undiscovered interaction when you carry it around to place xy or something

          • Anonymous

            When I did beat Gael for the first time I was like "WTF? The thing you searched for was inside you the whole time!?" Maybe the real treasure was the friends you killed along the way?

            • Anonymous

              I love that the final item of the epic DLC for the 3rd game in what is considered to be the holy trinity of video games gets you 2 extra lines of dialogue.

              • Anonymous

                i really want bloodborne or elden ring to be the painted realm, but neither of them fit the criteria of being a "cold, dark, and very gentle place"

                • Anonymous

                  The Painted Word of Covenant Man.
                  I missed out on the Mound Makers on my first playthrough with my first character, so I made another just so I could take the cage ride to the Pit of Hollows. Couldn’t be bothered to think of a good name. :p

                  • Anonymous

                    See lots of comments that say she's painting kings Field or elden ring-

                    For me she said "I will paint a world born of blood" and then Bloodborne came out the following year

                    That's it,

                    Sorry Charlie's

                    • Anonymous

                      Use this to summon the best npc siegmad of catarina from dark souls 2, the soul of cinder won't stand a chance

                      • Anonymous

                        Ashen one may I have blood of dark soul
                        To paint a better world?
                        Yesssss
                        Actually paints Elden Ring like a boss

                        • The world in Dark Souls is like humanity - die enough times and you go hollow. The cycle ends. Far in the future (when you fight Gael) - the world itself has "gone hollow", it has turned to Ash. The cycle has ended. You have fulfilled your destiny as Champion of Ash, the one to end the cycle, the last of all the of Chosen Undead.

                          The Darksign, the symbol of the curse is a circle representing the cycle of fire and darkness. Look at the sun in the Ringed City DLC (and the hole in Ringed Knights' and Gael's chest), it is bleeding out - the circle is broken as the cycle is ending.

                          One thing I wonder: if you don't give Blood of the Dark Soul to the Painting Girl, would that imply a new world does not get created? Or would the new world merely not be dark. "A cold, dark, and gentle place" seems to imply a world without fire, but she needs the Blood to create this.

                          • Anonymous

                            Ok. I'm confused. I looked this up on YouTube, and the church was on fire. So I thought "Maybe that's what happens after you kill Gael?" Nope. So, what do I do?

                            • 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

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

                                • Anonymous

                                  "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

                                    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

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

                                      • Anonymous

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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

                                              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

                                                "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

                                                  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

                                                    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.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This was supposed to be the end of Dark Souls so a cutscene would have been appropriate. Even though it's just a small detail in all the Ringed City DLC content, it would have made for a really sweet cheery to top it all. And not even cutscene quality like the intro movies, just in-game render like when meeting bosses for the 1st time.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Stop complaining, you dinguses. Since they said that "Dark Souls" is over, maybe "Ash Souls" or something of the like will be next.


                                                        Or maybe it was all bull*****:D

                                                        • I believe people are missing some extremely significant implications in regards to the Painter's Mother and the likelihood that this woman is manipulating many things... a absent Oracle who left her daughter in the care of an ancient slave knight with nothing but a cryptic prophecy. "Those who aren't ken to fire cannot paint a world.
                                                          Those absorbed by fire, must not paint a world.
                                                          Don't worry, I haven't forgotten, Mother" and never forget...
                                                          "Thou who art undead art chosen"

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Can it be carried to a next NG cycle and offered to The Painter / Gael at once right when you do the 1st DLC?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Not even a 1 minute cutscene , just a conversation about the new world.
                                                              All we have done wasnt even worth a god damn cutscene.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                oh you got the most important thing from the whole series , the title of the series , the thing you have been searching for 3 games ?
                                                                Fine here you go f*ck you now go and hand it over to a painter that didnt even do sh*t to get it but you have died sh*t load of times in ds1,ds2,ds3 linked the fire for better world or left it to dark to make nature of the world cycles go on, but you can not even use any form of power of it , a thing that gave power such as making the sky dark,make WHITE lightning fall,use cape as temporary wings,power to become almost powerful as gwyn but no ,you give it to a girl that will paint a world that you dont even get to see.Cant we atleast use power from it but we have to keep killing enemies for souls for not our character goes frenzy (or we can remove it after using powers of it whenever we want)
                                                                Not even a cutscene not even Aldia from DS2 to make a comment about it (a man who was scholar of the first sin).

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  So after reading some more lore theories down below, here's another one. So, if the painter is creating a new world, and she wants the blood of the dark soul, that would suggest that this new world would be based on "humanity" (the dark soul). And if Dark Souls has taught us anything, it's that everything is a cycle (each linking of the fire). Therefore by painting a new world, we are going back to the time before fire. Back to the time when humanity was still a non-corporeal existence. We learned from Grave Warden Agdayne in DS2 that "in the past, humans were one with the dark. The former King of Light... He feared humans. Feared that they would usher in an age of dark". With that in mind, it's reasonable to say that the painter is creating a world in which humanity can exist in it's purest form. And not be forced into a physical existence by flame

                                                                  • Could this be a reference to Bloodborne? I mean, we could have obtained the dark soul itself but instead we get blood from someone who (possibly) has most of the dark soul. Also who do we give this blood to? We give it to someone who is about to paint a new world. I bet thats why blood is so important in Bloodborne.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Ok so,
                                                                      Blood of the Dark Soul + Executioner's Gloves effect when Gael make some moves PLUS he has a crossbow (like a hounter).

                                                                      It really looks like Bloodborne

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The painter is painting the BloodSouls worlds that Miyazaki gave us portals to through the games.

                                                                        At least, that's how I like to interpret her words.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          "That thing....give it here. Your Dark Soul". Is it just me, or does anyone else not remember getting a dark soul?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Does anyone know what happens if you talk to the NPC Hallow that you meet after you get flown to the ring city while you have the Blood of the Dark Soul? I know he dissapears but im not sure when. Im curious to see if there is any extra dialouge we are missing

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Compared to the climactic, fever-pitch battle under Eleyum Loyce; the point where you could bring all crowns to Vendrick to reveal what felt like a true denouement... I found this final expac to be completely lacking in satisfaction given ALL we have been through (Dark souls 1-3). While it did resolve what happened to the pygmys, it did explain you were taking a step to usher in the age of dark from the final age of fire - it was just a let down. I feel like steps are missing. I don't NEED a cutscene and credits to roll, per se, but it didn't seem final the way I had hoped. It's like if instead of waking up in a bed with all his friends around him after Frodo had tossed the ring into mount doom, traveling back and giving a fulfilling end ... just imagine he tosses the ring in the fire then cuts to the next scene where he is in Bag End and just looks at the camera and gives a thumbs up - cut to credits.

                                                                              You just sort of...are doing something that leads to the ending we've all already seen (the ending from the non-DLC original game).

                                                                              Was expecting more but like crossing that ledge to get the glowing thing on the corpse, getting kicked off, fighting your way back to realize it was rubbish, I suppose that's par for the course with Dark Souls. Oh well that ends ohwell.

                                                                              • My personal take is that Ariandel/Ringed City are a natural prelude to the third ending ("Ending of Fire"), which must be the true ending of the series - even more so now that the series is complete. You give the eyes found in the dark Firelink Shrine to the Firekeeper, who forsees a world without fire. Then you meet the Painter lady who wants to paint a new, "cold, dark and gentle" world. Do you remember the words of Lord Ludleth (after you come back from the dark Firelink Shrine) who says he wants to "paint" a new vision by relinking the fire, and asks you what is your intent? After your conversation with the Firekeeper, Ludleth is obviously aware that you might have a different plan for the world, and even calls it a "betrayal", but surprisingly he actually encourages you in staying strong with your choice. So, by choosing to help the Painter create a new world, you go look for that precious pigment made from the blood of the Dark Soul and end up in the Ringed City. Uncle Gael has lost his marbles, you take some blood from him and bring it back to the Painter, who starts working right away. Then you finally confront the Red Knight - not to relink the fire but to snuff it out, paving the way for the fulfilment of the Painter's vision.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Just wanted to note: there is some kind of hollow moaning at the dreg heap that I either didn't notice before, or was not present

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    There's gotta be something we're missing to that painting. If it just ended there, wouldn't that make this the ONLY key item in souls history to grant no in game progress?

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      so, the painting lady gets the blood of the dark soul and paints a world with it.
                                                                                      a world named after us...
                                                                                      maybe...
                                                                                      could that world be...
                                                                                      the world of bloodborne?




                                                                                      -ak21

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        So if the girl paints the abyss, and humans came from the abyss does that mean she makes a time loop? Because if so then jesus *****ing christ

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          WTF the dark souls was already consumed? I thought it was fragmented into the hearts of mankind. Need answers!

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            The way she says "I will assuredly finish the painting"... It makes me hope that there's still something we don't know...

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I Dont know if you guys realise that but the dlc has an ending Scene, After you gave the blood to the painting Lady she thanks you and says that she Paints a World After us, my Personal opinion is thats From thanking us for sticking around and enjoying a whole dark Story, cause in the end, we are the dark souls of humanity, fighting and helping each other

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                So my guess is, that we can't obtain the dark soul itself because it split into humanity and made humanity into that, which it is now.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Maybe we will have to wait for Dark Souls 3: Scholar of the 2nd sin for the true ending to the game and the the last DLC :) Kappa

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