Curse is a status effect in Dark Souls 3.


Curse Information

  • Effect: Instant death once the status bar fills up.
    • No lasting penalty beyond one death, compared to the original dark souls.
  • Luck investment provides more curse resistance compared to levelling other attributes.


Curse Sources


Curse Mitigation


Curse Notes

  • The Ring of Sacrifice has no effect if the player dies from exposure to Curse. The ring won't even break when equipped, but a bloodstain will be at the location of death like with any other normal death.
  • Despite what its description may seem to suggest, Purging Stones do not remove the curse status buildup. They only remove Hollowing buildup.
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    • Anonymous

      11 Sep 2021 16:35  

      Still annoying. Basilisks in the sewer? If you cleared everything up to that point, hit a 'lisk, take a step back. Rinse and repeat. Basilisks die, you...hopefully didn't. Wear whatever has the highest curse resistances.

      • Anonymous

        04 Jan 2021 16:12  

        Should have reduced the player to 50% HP like the original. I’m not a masochist, it made players tense and cautious around curse inflicting parts of DS1 which made the gameplay more immersive even if the punishment was severe. Here in DS3 it’s just another way to die and respawn as normal so it’s just a boring version of the mechanic.

        • Anonymous

          09 Feb 2020 07:25  

          You say something about gank squads or one shot true combos like gael s or splitleaf s and no one bats an eye. You say something about a weapon inflicting curse status and everyone loses their minds.

          • Anonymous

            21 Sep 2019 01:30  

            I notice though that when I lift my curse with the Purging Stone, I'm unhollowed.. Does lifting the curse help with connectiviry to other worlds or is it really just you're "hollow" form until purging stone's used?

            • Anonymous

              01 Sep 2019 14:42  

              3 years later I just found out the ring of sacrifice does not work on a cursed death vs normal death. Shame it had to be 400000 souls on new game.

              • Anonymous

                18 Aug 2019 18:39  

                For some reason, when I used Flash Sweat I was instantly slowed (couldn't run ) and had every status under the sun building up; curse, frostbite and toxic to name a few.

                • Anonymous

                  25 Jul 2019 15:38  

                  atleast its not ds1 where u find a basilisk get cursed and have to go and find a purging stgone or ingward. that was a pain cuz u had to go through newlondo whilst crippled or spend 3000/6000 souls, if it happened early u likely would have to farm souls so thank god the curse in ds3 isnt the one in ds1

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Apr 2019 16:56  

                    I was not paying attention on my curse meter and when I looked down of 1 seconds I look back up and I have spikes in me ( upvote if this happened to you )

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Feb 2019 10:09  

                      There should be an anti-gank covenant where you inflict this effect to any host or phantom near you, getting stronger with each phantom summoned (including the blue ones)

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Jul 2018 21:46  

                        Nowhere does it explain how to get rid of course other than the wax. I'm in the demon area and no one is helpful at all with all your stupid mumbo jumbo about stats. Who cares. How do I get rid of it?

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Apr 2018 15:11  

                          Why does it say that Luck doesn't increase curse resistance. despite that being easily proven wrong? On the luck part of the wiki it even shows a convenient table for it. While my character, which is on a luck build, already has high curse resist. It has 35 luck, and when I put on a hollow infused Llewellyn shield +6, that makes my luck increase by 4. Every stat except curse goes up by exactly 4, but curse goes up by 16.
                          How did anyone make that mistake?

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Dec 2017 00:26  

                            Download ds3 revers souls cheat table. google it. then open the table, select dark souls 3, open hero, then statistics, then disable autosave so you dont get banned, back out to hero, then open scripts, then run the IGNORE STATUS EFFECT script. you will never get insta cursed from no good hackers again, unless you want to progress then you want to turn off the script so no invalid data then turn auto save back on. Warning you will totaly shaft bleed builds so you want to turn it off for a fair fight.

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