Dark Hand

88 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 65.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 65.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 0.0
Requirements & Bonus
0 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Fist damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Lifedrain icon_fp_cost.png 18

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.
    • 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.
  • Can be used as a shield when equipped in left hand. If equipped in right hand, it acts as a striking weapon with a fist-weapon moveset.
  • 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.



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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


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
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

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
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    • Anonymous

      21 Feb 2020 04:49  

      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

        14 Feb 2020 02:12  

        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

          30 Nov 2019 22:51  

          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

            17 Sep 2019 15:57  

            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

              16 Aug 2019 04:39  

              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

                22 Jul 2019 00:20  

                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

                  21 Jul 2019 17:43  

                  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

                    12 Jul 2019 09:14  

                    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

                      25 Jun 2019 19:18  

                      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

                        25 May 2019 22:00  

                        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

                          17 May 2019 17:15  

                          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

                            01 Feb 2019 20:32  

                            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.

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