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).

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    • Anonymous

      29 Aug 2020 20:33  

      a lot of questions here ask if it scales with int/faith... i have a better question to ask...which if these 2 grant the best scaling even if only 1% better? is melee dark spells more faith oriented while peojectiles more int? or all of these are perfectly equal in any way?...because fire damage scales slightly better with inteligence and fire is kind of the opposite of dark ( if you get what i mean )

      • 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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