134 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 20.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 3.5
Aux 34    
Requirements & Bonus
E D - -
10 28 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Katana damage_type-icon.jpg Slash / Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Darkdrift icon_fp_cost.png 20 (-/-)

Darkdrift is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A cursed sword with an unseen blade, the choice weapon of Yuria of Londor.

Yuria, a mentor of the Sable Church and accomplished swordswoman, is said to have claimed a hundred lives with this weapon. 

Skill: Darkdrift
Aim carefully, and pierce with a large forward lunge. The unseen blade penetrates straight through shields, for nothing can defend from Darkdrift.


Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused but can be Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • The blade of this weapon appears translucent in-game and when in another world as a phantom or dark spirit, it's possible to see through your character by placing the blade between the camera and the player character.
  • Lowest stamina consumption of all Katanas.
  • The weapon fits well into a Quality build. Gets good DEX scaling up to 40 DEX, good STR scaling up to 36 STR. Softcaps at 40/40 STR/DEX with 383 AR.
    • Apparently, 24 Strength seems to be the highest sweetspot for DEX builds.
  • Has  innate shield pierce: 30% on heavy attacks, 100% on the Weapon Skill, and 10% on all other attacks.

Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 10/28 = 309 AR = Base Stats
  • 40/28 = 351 AR = Str Softcap
  • 10/40 = 342 AR = Dex Softcap
  • 40/40 = 383 AR = Quality Build

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Darkdrift Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 134 - - - - E D - - - - 34 40.0 25.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular +1 149 - - - - D D - - - - 34 40.0 25.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular  +2 160 - - - - D D - - - - 34 40.0 25.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular  +3 187 - - - - D D - - - - 34 40.0 25.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular  +4 210 - - - - D C - - - - 34 44.0 25.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular  +5 234 - - - - D C - - - - 34 44.0 25.0 20.0 20.0 25.0


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)



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    • Anonymous

      13 Feb 2019 22:24  

      This weapon has three main advantages that make it viable in pvp: First, low stamina consumption. Second, shield pierce to get around heavy builds. Three, the blade’s transparency can make it difficult to judge the weapon’s effective range in a pvp situation, and I’ve found hit hits farther than most people think.

      • Anonymous

        12 Dec 2018 05:59  

        One of the most underrated low-level dex weapons. Low stamina consumption (huge at low levels since you have to be tight with your point allocation), hits through shields (which new/low-level players use a lot) plus Shield Splitter for panicking roll catches, pairs well with Carthus Milkring (+3 dex i.e. free levels, invisible rolls with an invisible blade!?), solid damage with ITEM BUFFING and dex focus (Hunter + Milkring + Mercenary starting class = 16 points needed to hit 40), easily accessible early in the game (get your 5 free levels -> kill Yuria, which can be done before you even enter the Undead Settlement), and it's extremely light (3.5 units, the next lightest 5.0). I play around with it and a White Birch Bow (which has the invisible arrow WA, it's light, has the roll shot, and out damages the Composite and Short bow at low level/upgrading).

        • Anonymous

          Darkdrift [DKS3 Wiki]23 Dec 2017 21:00  

          It's the weapon's Scaling; it shows which stats affect your ATK, i.e. your Parameter Bonus. It's goes: E->D->C->B->A->S, with S giving the highest bonus.

          • Anonymous

            11 Oct 2017 15:14  

            If I kill Yuria will I still be able to get "Lord of Hollows" ending? I want to kill her so I don't have to summon her for the SoC boss fight, and I also want to receive Darkdrift.

            • Anonymous

              28 Aug 2017 18:33  

              Does this Katana scale or get better damage when hollowed or have a certain level of hollowing? I feel like that might be something to consider when using this weapon, since the player character is considered Lord of Hollows and all.

              • 18 Aug 2017 22:12  

                Average bleed, awful scaling in all stats, short reach, and godawful base AR... what DOES this blade have other than less stamina consumption and a useless shield-break effect? It belongs in a trash can

                • Anonymous

                  13 May 2017 20:41  

                  Think this would be good for a PvP Bleed build? I don't want shields getting in the way. I was thinking of using this with a Blood Bandit Knife and just enough faith to cast Dorhys' Gnawing since the bleed damage of that spell doesn't seem to scale with anything. I was wondering however if the Saint Tree Bellvine would reduce its bleed buildup, since that catalyst is supposed to have better cast speed at the expense of damage.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 May 2017 00:22  

                    Yuria builds rejoice, the latest patch finally fixed Darkdrift's excessive stamina usage! The weapon is now great for sustained close-quarters aggression and turtle-punishing, and the bleed is a nice bonus.

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Apr 2017 05:21  

                      The best way to get your Yoel levels w/out dying and losing your embers is dying via summoning. It works with both invasion + soapstone summons.

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Mar 2017 06:06  

                        FYI, if you solo soul of cinder, usurp the fire, and then kill Yuria at the shrine she will drop the darkdrift and her ashes, which you can use to buy the black set from the shrine handmaiden.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Jan 2017 22:16  

                          A similar weapon existed in Demon's Souls. A curved sword called "Blind" wielded by the sister of Garl Vinland, Selen Vinland.

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Nov 2016 11:55  

                            Weapon art does not do damage through the Curse Ward Greatshield with Great Magic Shield. I don't know if the buff is necessary to block the damage

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