Dark Gem is an Upgrade Material in Dark Souls 3.

Dark Gem

A gem of infused titanite. Born of disembodied humanity.

Used in infusion to create dark weapons.

Dark weapons inflict dark damage, and scale with intelligence and faith.


Dark Gem Usage

  • Requires the Profaned Coal to begin infusing.
  • Infuse into a weapon to make it Dark.
  • Dark weapons inflict dark damage, and scale with Faith and Intelligence.
  • Also adds Faith scaling to innate lightning damage in weapons (works with Drakeblood, requires more confirmation).



Dark Gem Locations

  • Rare drop from Pus of Man in High Wall of LothricConsumed King's Garden, and Lothric Castle.
  • Rare drop from the Rotten Slug in Consumed King's Garden.
  • Drops from the second rolling "boulder" in Catacombs of Carthus. You must destroy the hat wearing skeleton for the boulder to stop rolling.
  • Consumed King's Garden: Under the left set of stairs leading up to the courtyard full of knights just before the boss room. (Video location)
  • Located after the Corvian Settlement bonfire (Ashes DLC). Head up toward the large NPC wielding Crow Quills and turn right before the gate at the end of the path, drop down and into the open window and defeat the two fly type mobs inside. Gem is on a corpse here.
  • 1 located on a corpse surrounded by baby locusts at the entrance of the giant swamp in The Ringed City (Ringed City DLC)
  • Can rarely drop from the Harald Legion enemies (The Ringed City DLC).




  • Requires the Profaned Coal in order to start infusing weapons.
  • Some weapons have higher Dark scaling than others (e.g. Corvian's gets E scaling at +0, while a Notched Whip gets D).
  • An alternative to the Dark Blade miracle for a non-caster character.
  • A variety of enemies (Silver Knights, for example) and a couple of bosses (Vordt, Dancer) are fairly weak to Dark damage.
  • With minimal Intelligence and Faith, it's best to stick to Deep gems.
  • Damage Scaling softcaps at 30/30 INT/FTH




  • To our dismay, the Dark Sword gets renamed to Reinforced Dark Sword when infused with a Dark Gem.


Upgrade Materials
Blessed Gem  ♦  Blood Gem  ♦  Chaos Gem  ♦  Crystal Gem  ♦  Deep Gem  ♦  Farron Coal  ♦  Fire Gem  ♦  Giant's Coal  ♦  Heavy Gem  ♦  Hollow Gem  ♦  Lightning Gem  ♦  Player Trade  ♦  Poison Gem  ♦  Profaned Coal  ♦  Raw Gem  ♦  Refined Gem  ♦  Sage's Coal  ♦  Sharp Gem  ♦  Shriving Stone  ♦  Simple Gem  ♦  Titanite Chunk  ♦  Titanite Scale  ♦  Titanite Shard  ♦  Titanite Slab  ♦  Transposing Kiln

    • Anonymous

      25 Nov 2019 03:03  

      this is one of the hardest gems to farm in game, I use to farm this on dragon barracks bridge where you can find two pussyman, I have 615item discovery, SL 120, 99 luck, two crystal rapiers, gold ring+3, mimic helm and rusted gold coin. I can finish within 30secs every run with chaos twin sellsword, I swear you can get only titanite chunks, embers and usually large titanite.

      • Anonymous

        16 Nov 2019 04:10  

        Fun fact: at base str/dex and 9 int/9 fth Dark deals more damage than Deep when infused on most +4 weapons. So Deep is basically useless, even at low levels/weapon upgrades.

        • Anonymous

          07 May 2019 02:19  

          If you stop being a scrub and git gud you can kill the Harold Knights pretty fast with two parries and riposte from a chaos dagger. Instead of wasting time climbing up to plunge them.

          • Anonymous

            18 Feb 2019 00:09  

            Harald Knights have a higher drop rate than those slugs (at least the first three found on the way to the abyss swamp). Firstly, there are eight of those slugs, and there are three to six of the knights. Secondly, I just get these gems somewhat easily from the knights when I don't even have any drop-boosting items equipped, versus not getting any from the slugs over about ten runs while having the symbol of avarice, crystal sage's rapier, and covetous gold serpent ring +0.

            • Anonymous

              06 Feb 2019 16:43  

              Rare drop from Pus of Man in Consumed King's Garden, the slugs seem to have a slightly better drop than the pus in that area. 8 can be found under the center structure.

              • Anonymous

                23 Jan 2019 18:35  

                Soft cap for dark infused weapons is 30int/30faith, while some weapons still pertain decent phys scaling with either str or dex. Coupled with a blindfold mask for glass cannon builds, dark weapons tend to have the highest raw AR in the game. Take that as you will.

                • 30 Jul 2018 15:16  

                  Going from Lothric Castle bonfire and smacking everything with CHAOS zweihander is a good way to farm this things if you don't want to farm them in dlc. Cathedral knights die quickly, puss of man gets staggered and killed in two hits, then just go for slugs as it is easier to get drop from them

                  • 23 Jun 2018 06:52  

                    Can anyone confirm? I'm pretty sure Dark (and Chaos and Blessed) Gems add Faith scaling to any innate lightning damage the weapon might have. Can anyone confirm this? You can try it out with Dragonslayer's Axe or Lothric Knight Greatsword. I know it already works for the Drakeblood, so I wanted to doublecheck.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Feb 2018 05:50  

                      There is another dark gem not mentioned in the ringed city dlc, It's right at the entrance of the swamp by a few locust enemies.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Dec 2017 15:21  

                        The dark damage scale on dark souls 3 on the same way that dark souls 2? I mean, ¿you need faith and intelligence because the dark damage scale with the lowest of the 2?

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Oct 2017 20:15  

                          You can easily farm these off the the two pus of man near Lothric Castle's Dragon Barracks bonfire. When they transform, the game is basically spawning an entirely new entity with a clean aggro state, which is why you lose target lock when they do. With the slumbering dragon ring, you can walk behind them as they transform, and stunlock them to death with pretty much any +6 or above fire infused weapon. The drop rate isn't great (I was farming with about 300 item find) and pulled in 2 per hour. But, I'm also getting decent souls, embers, large shards, and chunks (at a rate of about 5/hour). Just make sure that as they're transforming, you are far enough away that their whipping "tail" doesn't hit you as that will pull aggro; it's lashes out quite a distance!

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