Dark Sigil is a Key Item in Dark Souls 3.

Dark Sigil

Dark Sigil

A black gaping hole in the flesh that resembles the brand of an Undead.

The darkness of humanity seeps from this bottomless pitch-back hole, the gap filled by the accumulation of the curse.

This Dark Sigil will never heal, but there is a tale told of a Fire Keeper who returned from the Abyss, and brought great comfort to a bearer of the curse.


Dark Sigil Locations

  • One is given to you by Yoel of Londor each time you "tease out your inner strength" (up to 5.)
  • Three are given to you if you decide to "marry" Anri of Astora

Dark Sigil Usage

  • You need all of the Dark Sigils to unlock the Usurpation of Fire ending.
  • Triggers levels of Hollowing upon death which can be tracked from the player status screen below player level. The amount of hollowing gained per death is equal to the number of Dark Sigils you have.
  • The five first Dark Sigils each unlocks a free soul level. After Yoel gives you the first Dark Sigil, you may revisit him at 2, 6, 12, and 15 hollowing to gain these levels in exchange for another Dark Sigil.
  • If you heal the Dark Sigil before getting five free Soul levels from Yoel of Londor, he will no longer offer to "tease out your inner strength".


How to heal the Dark Sigil

  • The Dark Sigil may be healed by giving a Fire Keeper Soul to the Fire Keeper, which will allow her to heal your Dark Sigil.
  • The cost of healing the Dark Sigil is equal to the number of sigils you currently hold as a level per sigil.(If you have 8 sigils it will cost 8 levels worth of souls)
  • When the Dark Sigil is healed, all Dark Sigils are removed from your inventory, and your Character will no longer gain more Hollowing on death. As of a recent patch, this also cures your current level of Hollowing.
  • It is also automatically healed by starting a new NG. However you will keep your hollowing levels.
  • Removing the Dark Sigils will stop the Yuria of Londor quest.


How to reverse Hollowing

  • You can reverse hollowing with Purging Stones sold by Yuria of Londor.
  • Hollowing can also be reversed by spending souls equal to 100x your current level at the Altar of Velka, found in the sewers below the Undead Settlement. The sewers can be accessed by going down the stairs near the Cliff Underside bonfire and taking a right to follow the cliff face. If you have not yet explored the Settlement, the Undead Settlement guide has directions. You will require the grave key, purchasable from the  for 1500 souls upon giving the Mortician's Ashes. The locked gate is about halfway through the sewer, between the parties of rats. Unlock the gate, and take the first right. The altar will be straight ahead. Alternatively, you can also travel to the bottom of the cliff on the exit of the sewers (when you enter from the Cliff Underside bonfire side) and enter through a passage down there, requiring you to fight through a few skeletons to get to the altar. To cure Hollowing, request dissolution.
  • If you wish to access Velka without purchasing the key, you can drop down into the chasm just up from the bridge near cliff underside bonfire onto some steps that reduce the fall damage to survivable levels (best way to survive is to reduce equipment weight to 0% and be embered). Alternatively, the spell Spook  or the Silvercat Ring will prevent all the fall damage.


Notes and Trivia

  • If you don't receive the five Sigils before Yoel dies, you won't get Yuria of Londor to appear in your Firelink.




    • Anonymous

      20 Feb 2019 15:37  

      Man I really wish I didn’t get that one free level. I’m on my first play through. I asumed that drawing out your true strength was just one free level up but hoo boy was I wrong cause now I’m on my way to bad ending town. I didn’t notice the dark sigil until a bit after I got the free level so I asumed it had somthing to do with an effect left by an enemy or somthing or maybe an item I had on. Not sure if I should bother getting rid of it since as I’ve seen hollowing does absolutely nothing in this game.

      • Anonymous

        27 Nov 2018 14:01  

        Thinking about it, if you speedran this game around 40 times, using yoel’s ‘drawing of true strength’ you would easily be able to get to max level, and this is excluding the levels you would gain from the souls from bosses along the way, so this could be reduced to a probable min of 30 runs. Of course, this is a lot, probably too much, but it is way easier than the farming that many people who got max level would have to suffer.

        • Anonymous

          27 Jun 2018 05:23  

          Because I'm an idiot and thought maybe it might help -the "Dark Sigil" item can be found where your keys and special items are in your inventory roster, not your general inventory.

          • Anonymous

            02 May 2018 01:45  

            It should be noted here that once your character attains max level (802) you can no longer acquire dark sigils, meaning after that, Yuria will be gone from all future playthroughs for your character. Also, if you heal your hollowing with a purging stone after clearing a game at max level, you can never be hollow again with that character, ever. All summon aid and storyline pertaining to Yuria will no longer be accessible.

            • Anonymous

              26 Dec 2017 05:52  

              To lessen the confusion on the cost. To HEAL the dark sigil will cost you the price of 5 levels FROM your CURRENT level. I will use my current faith character for example. My current character is SL50 with the dark sigil, so it will cost me the price of levels 50-54.
              50 15,102
              51 15,682
              52 16,274
              53 16,879
              54 17,497
              TOTAL COST TO HEAL DARK SIGIL AT LEVEL 50: 81,434.

              So why would you heal it? The only draw back to hollowing is that you look like beef jerky and have to spend souls on Purging Stone OR use the Velka Statue to get rid of the beef jerky skin.
              1) You are early-mid game and do not want to deal with having to keep paying to stop looking like beef jerky
              2) You are NOT going for the other ending tied to the dark sigil

              If you do NOT meet those requirements, then don't heal it, you don't need to. If you are late game and want to look pretty, just pay for the stones, 4500 souls are easy to come by, you can stock up on them easy.

              • Anonymous

                26 Sep 2017 18:41  

                Isn't 8 levels' worth of souls a bit much? You only level up 5 times with Yoel, the 3 sigils from Anri don't affect the stats...

                • Anonymous

                  05 Aug 2017 06:59  

                  I finished levelling at Yoel, killed Yuria, and healed my dark sigils at the Firekeeper, I have no more sigils. (two weeks later & on the same playthrough) I have discovered I once again have 5 dark sigils after dying 3 times and now have 15 hollowing (even though I must have died atleast 12 times in the same week without hollowing). Does anybody know what might have caused this?

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Jun 2017 19:28  

                    i started a new game stil the ugly look so i thougd i needed to cure it and went on but turning out that i cant cure it because i dont have dark sigel somone how can i cure myself from this (dark sigel/bug)?

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Apr 2017 02:48  

                      I leveled up with Yoel twice and got no dark sigil. I never healed it and immune hollowing said stuck at 5 and won't move

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Oct 2016 14:52  

                        The cost of healing the Dark Sigil is equal to the cost to gain a number of levels equal to the "free" levels gained with the Dark Sigil (including the incrementally higher cost of the higher levels).


                        • Anonymous

                          Free Dark Sigils04 Sep 2016 00:42  

                          Hey guys does anyone know how to get dark sigils without leveling up? I have a build a couple levels away from the meta and I want to get the Yuria of Londor armor.

                          • Anonymous

                            Question about removing the dark sigils21 Aug 2016 17:10  

                            after the 5 free levels do you get to keep your free levels after the sigils are removed?

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