Dark Damage is a Damage Type in Dark Souls 3. It is one of eight damage types presented in the original game and one of the four Elemental-type damages.

Weapons, Items & Spells that cause Dark Damage

Items & Spells that increase Dark resistance

Items & Spells that increase Dark damage

Dark Sources

Enemies susceptible to Dark

Enemies resistant to Dark

Enemies immune to Dark



  • Dark Damage seems to be effective against "ancient" foes like Black Knight and enemies, that were deformed without an influence of the Abyss.
  • Dark Damage seems to be ineffective against enemies corrupted by Abyss, giants, undead and most enemies using dark magic.
  • The only dark damage weapon available before Vordt of the Boreal Valley boss fight is the Deep Battle Axe
  • Top 3 armor sets for Dark resistance are Havel's set (30.7), Karla's set (30.2), and Winged Knight set (33.7).

    • Anonymous

      03 Apr 2018 00:43  

      Then an easy way to known if a mob is weak to dark is:

      - If they are so called knights;
      - If they are demons;
      - If they are lords.

      In this game the elemental weakness & resistances of mobs doesn't make much sense to me unlike most games, in which you know that:

      - If metallic, obsviously is weak to lightning;
      - If aquatic, obsviously is weak to lightning;
      - If undead, obsviously is weak to fire;
      - If plant-like, obsviously is weak to fire;
      - If it's taking fire or hot, obsviously is weak to cold/water;
      - If flywing, obsviously is weak to wind;
      - If demon-like, obsviously is weak to holy and strong vs dark;

      In DS3 there's lots of metalic armored mobs that are resistant to lightning, all demons are weak to dark, fire creatures that are resistant to frost..

      • Anonymous

        04 Jan 2018 21:19  

        Based on what is cannon in the series and how the nature of the Dark Soul and so the branding on humans, I wonder if hollowing has any effect on Dark Damage output vs. Not being hollowed. Can anyone confirm, or disprove this? Would be cool to see it do more damage.

        • Anonymous

          04 Dec 2017 12:53  

          Does all dark damage scale with Intelligence/Faith ? or does it depend on wether it's a miracle, sorcery or pyromancy ? am i just stupid for asking this ?

          • Anonymous

            27 Sep 2017 11:16  

            So Dark damage is basically the old "Occult" damage from Dark Souls 1 with the exception of demons being weak to it, am I right?

            • Anonymous

              26 Jan 2017 17:27  

              Gnaw and dorhys gnawing also deal dark dmg. Dark ring increases its dmg. And darkwraiths are resistant to them

              • Anonymous

                Gargoyles11 Jun 2016 00:23  

                Hey, today I saw a message saying to use dark damage v gargoylesDark Fire orb seems to do about twice as much damage as great heavy soul arrow, and four times as much as chaos bed vestiges - please add them to vulnerable list

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