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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



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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
Caestus  ♦  Claw  ♦  Demon's Fist  ♦  Manikin Claws

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    • Anonymous

      19 Nov 2020 13:41  

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

      • Anonymous

        26 Sep 2020 14:59  

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

        • Anonymous

          20 Sep 2020 01:58  

          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

            16 Aug 2020 03:07  

            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

              29 Jul 2020 19:34  

              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

                16 Jul 2020 07:56  

                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

                  14 Jun 2020 13:20  

                  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

                    02 Jun 2020 07:29  

                    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

                      21 May 2020 03:19  

                      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

                        13 May 2020 01:32  

                        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.

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