Dark Hand

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65.0
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150
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Requirements & Bonus
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Dark Hand is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.



Weapon that allows its wielder to evoke an art unique to Londor, the land of the Hollow. It is also said to be an ancient relic of a Primordial Serpent.

The Dark Hand mercilessly saps the essence of its victims, and can also double as a special shield. Cannot be used two-handed.

Skill: Lifedrain
Embrace the victim and steal their HP. Can only be used against humans. 



Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused, Buffed or Reinforced.
    • Despite this, it can still be useful in PvE up to mid-game.  It can be obtained as early as after defeating Vordt, and its base damage is very high and is split heavily towards one damage type (Dark).  It also scales with the 4 main damage stats and has no requirements, allowing pretty much any build to use it as a substitute for a Deep- or Dark-infused weapon.
  • Adding to this weapon's uniqueness, it is technically classified as a spell catalyst, despite not functioning as one. 
  • If equipped in right hand, it acts as a striking weapon with a fist-weapon moveset.
    • The right handed light attack seems able to stun-lock PvP players in early-mid game indefinitely. Whether this works at higher levels would need further testing.
    • Its strike property can also be useful for stun-locking the skeletons in the Catacombs of Carthus.  This is especially useful for dexterity builds, which usually have a hard time finding decent weapons with strike damage properties early on in the game.
    • While the weapon cannot be two-handed, it's weapon art can still be used when right-handed by using a weapon art shield in the left hand, or by having your left hand empty.
    • Unlike the DS1 version, its weapon art cannot be parried what so ever.
  • Can be used as a shield when equipped in left hand.
    • Because it doesn't count as a shield, this weapon cannot be buffed with Magic Shield, making it a very bad shield due to the low stability. With 30 Endurance almost any weapon can get through your stamina bar with 2-3 hits.
    • When using a weapon that can attack with the shield up, like a spear or rapier, the shield animation dissapears despite it still blocking damage.
  • This item is missable in a playthrough if not purchased from Yuria of Londor. 
  • This weapon can do more damage with its skill if used behind someone, with the Dark Clutch Ring, was able to do 1267 damage, plus with the Blindfold Mask, Flynn's Ring and Lloyd's Sword Ring and it was able to do even more, with a high enough dark defence the damage will not show.

 

 

Location/Where to Find




Moveset and Videos:

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Table Key

 

Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison

 Weight

icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)



 

 

Fist & Claws
Caestus  ♦  Claw  ♦  Demon's Fist  ♦  Manikin Claws



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    • Anonymous

      a real shame that such a cool weird weapon is so shitty for anything besides early game. but i guess its inevitable when you cant even reinforce it.

      • Anonymous

        This weapon helped my level 30 twink get the early dancer kill all the way to beyond the Demon Prince to pick up the Chloranthy ring +3. But I still got mostly wrecked in PvP in Crucifixion Woods.

        • Anonymous

          nerf this weapon i am shield user havel poise demigod of the poise but i get hit by some weird look handy boy that does like 2 dmg prob irl but it magic yes but no because not a a pickaxe so why does it dmg my rock armor

          • Anonymous

            Getting closer to "Git Gud" status. Took about 12 tries but managed to defeat the dancer at sl 16, just levering faith to defeat the dancer as knight class. Shield and sword ring, all the estus and bone shards up to the cathedral and the dark hand.

            Now I have the sunlight straight sword to enjoy with my faith build as I level up.

            • Anonymous

              Very strong early game weapon. Currently doing a LKSS build but I've barely touched the thing, as I've had the Irithyll Straight Sword and then Dark Hand right after. Eventually the LKSS is going to be better and I've quietly upgraded it on the side, but until it outclasses the Dark Hand I'm not going to even look at it lol

              • Anonymous

                does about 200 damage to nameless king second phase. It was pretty pretty strong for how little stamina it used. granted it was right hand and I had a 100% block shield in left

                • Anonymous

                  Use with crucifix mad King, do l2 r2, get perseverance glow, then go for dark hand life suck if the fool is still attacking.

                  • Anonymous

                    why tf this thing got durabilty????

                    "ay my hand breaking dude gotta sprinkle some corn flakes on it real fast"

                    • Anonymous

                      If you listen closely with this thing out, you can hear a sort of squishy slurping sound constantly playing in the background. it took me forever to notice and figure out my dark hand was causing it

                      • Anonymous

                        If you wanna cosplay the desert sorceress build i recommend
                        Any whip/pyromancy flame/falchion-demon's scar and of course the dark Hand mainly because it's the most identical grab attack to the one they use in ds2

                        • Anonymous

                          Dark Hand in DS1 was better imo. I wasn't using that grab (like really, imagine catching someone with it in PvP, for example) and I could parry. There is no parry with it in DS3, which is kinda sad. And going from 80% of protection to 65% it is a blow, too.

                          • Anonymous

                            Imagine needing dlc armor and a broken weapon to win in pvp agaist lowies


                            This comment was made by the everyone else gang

                            • Anonymous

                              Wish this thing had a unique fist moveset. Or that fists didn't have a goofy animation. Darkwraiths always looked a lot cooler when they used it smh my head

                              • Anonymous

                                There is a huge damage difference for two different ways u can use its WA. Using it while in main hand does about 3 times more damage comparing to offhand WA option.

                                • Anonymous

                                  its op for begining cuz i always get it before the decons cuz there is astora great sword the best dex sword

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Riposting Black Knights with this and Lifedraining NPC invaders has given me some renewed joy while playing. :3

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I wait at High Wall Lothric with my Dark infused Drakeblood Greatsword for Dark hand twink invaders or Dragonslayer axe invaders. I love it when they apply their gold pine resin and then proceed to get destroyed. The first swing that connects always stuns them with surprise when they realize I out damage their pussy weapon. My 2 hand hyper armor beast weapon will crush ANY twink hahaha.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        One thing I think is unclear: the description says the weapon art works only on humans, does that mean hollow players can't be hit by it? And what about dragon form?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This weapon is very divisive. Its almost a must for low level runs, its viable all the way to NG+3 at SL15 weapon +1. Its also a prime choice weapon for low level R1 mashing Blues, Reds and Purples. It has become the quintessential Toxic weapon between toxic players hands. Lets remember, its not the game mechanics that create toxicity, its solely based on players behavior. For anyone having problems against this weapon, use your reach. Concentrate on rolling and dodging at all costs, its REALLY REALLY easy to not get hit by that weapon. It will frustrate the Dark hand try-hard to the point where he changes weapon or starts making mistakes. Greatswords with their hyperarmor and reach are particularly efficient against the Dark hand, so are Halberds and spears if you can use them right.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Watch out for anyone who uses this in pvp. Its range is short but the damage it deals in the early game is really high.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              The easiest way to beat twinks using this if they're bad is parry them precisely once. Multiple times I've only gotten a 40 damage riposte off (Yes I know you cheated in that +3 steel protection, sir) but they apparently just panic and black crystal tf out of there. That or they just get very confused about what to do next, to which you can just politely walk on by to the fog wall and send them away, because I got better things to be doing than spending 20 minutes trying to chip down cheated twink rings, armour and 7 maxed estus when I have like 4 on the high wall

                                              • Anonymous

                                                i see people asking why this weapon is not used very often, and the answer for your questions is: corvian greatknife +10, sharp gem infused at 40+ dexterity, and buffed with lightning blade or crystal magic weapon.... it deals 500+ AR, is faster and has longer range, and even though corvian greatknife is used even less, you gotta consider that there are also caestus and crow talons which easily deal 500+ AR as well, while dark hand barely reaches 300 AR if you level up a lot of dexterity, strenght, intelligence and faith

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I was messing around with some items I don't usually use and I decided to use the dark hand I was planning playing as a tank so I was using Havel's armor and shield and the dark hand as my weapon then I went and did a couple of PVP matches and it worked really well you just walk up to them with your shield up and just sneak in a couple hits here in there and it worked every time

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I prefer using another weapon for twink builds since the range of the dark hand is bad but I only use this for clearing bosses since it cost less stamina to do attacks.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      A parry spammer invader with hornet ring killed me with dark hand few minutes ago at low level… Pretty annoying. But at least, he showed me the special animation of dark hand in this condition, it sucks your life, literally.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        More like r@pe hand if you ask me, because im sure as hell that the last 2 ppl i killed with it didn't consent to being touched by some yellow goblin and then Z U C C e d off.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I've just finished Dark Hand only run, and had a lot of fun. It is killer for anything in the base game and Ashes dlc, the only trouble I've had is Midir and Gael, but not much. To anyone who wants to try this: Strength: 33 Dex: 32 Int:30 Faith: 30 Those are the soft caps. Dump everything else in health untill soft cap, endurance doesn't matter much since it's it very stamina friendly weapon.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            All these people complaining about twink builds while they probably run every level embered with 2+ phantoms by their side with with way of the blue equipped. It’s a game and if you get beat by an invader than git gud or quit out, or just play unembered until you get close to the boss, buncha sissies if you ask me.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Whenever you cast warmth, the other players instantly think "running r1 and span r1 inside there". They never expect the hyper armor H.U.G.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This is great for pyro builds early on for players who start with int/fth before maxing vigor so that way you can ditch a fire infusion for this. Later on once you get a dark or chaos infusion or maybe even an innate fire weapon you can just put this away.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  hard to do the WA unless youre in point blank range or someone runs into you with a running attack wich you can poise through if its nothing higher than a straitsword that is...

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    destroyed champion gundyr in 8 riposte using this bad boy with llyod's sword ring on my faith sl40 run. Pontiff only manage to survive 3 riposte since i pummel him a lot during the riposte recovery and clone summon.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      It really blows my mind that this weapon is so underrated.. I've rarely seen anyone using it (Past the high wall...) .. Yes it becomes less useful the further you progress but this weapon's true-damage property really makes it easy for you in the early stage of the game considering of course that you got it at around level 20- 25.. It destroys pretty much every early PVE enemy. Also if you're strugling against invaders in that early game this will destroy them too.. They usually dont expect to get hit by 380hp with 2 simple punches that cost very little stamina.. It might not be the ideal PVP weapon but if you get used to it it can really help you against invaders. On a final note. If you use this weapon to invade low levels on the high wall of lothric. You're absolute garbage and there's no value or credit to "winning" that fight for you whatsoever. Just makes you a *****.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        can you parry then use WA? oh god , if you can actually do this , god bless the new characters being invaded by this in high wall , god bless you

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I do have to say it is a good weapon so far in my playthrough, (just beat crystal sage and made mince meat out of the boss fight) and I recommend it for people that are struggling. I haven't tried it in pvp nor do I plan it.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I transposed the Vordt Great Hammer just to deal with this***** in a new char Charge the heavy attack and smash them in the ground. 400+ DMG with 25 STR (Two handed)

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I actually got this move off in a PvP match in Pontiff Sullivan, dude did a charged dagger attack, and the end of the dark hand animation actually gives you poise, so i poised the dudes charge attack and sucked him dry (no homo)

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                If you use this to invade the lothric wall while wearing full lapp's armor just to gank freshly made new characters and then even have the audacity to point down as if you were the king of pvp, then you are trash.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  it kinda depresses me that they nerfed the RAW ASS but buffed this, the RAW ASS was actually fun to use and required parrying, this is just handheld DPS.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Just picked this up at lvl 20 to kill dancer. However, I was planning on keeping my weapon level at +2 so I can get some early game proofs easier. Have I gimped myself? What weapon level does the Dark Hand equal anyone?

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Putting aside the much lamented twinking pontential, this thing is one of the best weapons in the game IMO. Okay, fine, it has no upgrades, but if you're playing a INT/FTH build the scaling makes up for it pretty nicely. At around 30/30 you're already doing about 100 additional dark damage although after that the scaling drops off significantly but at least for NG, you're a goddamn monster for PVE when you pair this thing with spellcasting.

                                                                                      It also has an entertaining tactical advantage for sorcerers in PVP: while two handing a staff the Hand becomes invisible. This can lead to interesting situations where a melee fighter will boldly charge in thinking you have little to no defense at short range. First you pelt him with magic (might hit a few times even depending on the spell) and then at close range you hit him in the face with your stick (Izalith Staff is ideal for this due to the damage and range). He takes a hundred or so points of damage and you roll away. He gets angry and chases, thinking your defense is that crappy rod. But suddenly you move to one handing the staff and POW-POW, a hit or two in the kisser with the Hand. Suddenly he took hundreds of points of dank damage or if he has no parrying implement, you might even be able to spam him to death with punches. Alternatively, you can roll away yourself when he's reeling because hitting with fist weapons costs so little stamina even casters can throw it around effortlessly. And then there's the fun time when you get to put that dark damage in their place where the sun don't shine...

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        The shield mode is far worse than the stats would lead you believe. You can't even properly block dogs with it!

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          The Weapon Art Lifedrain can counter a not buff Onikiri and Ubadachi Weapon Art Onislayer. Onislayer can t stop your hyperarmor.

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