Darkdrift

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134 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
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25.0
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20.0
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- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 20.0
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25.0
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100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 3.5
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35
Aux 34    
Requirements & Bonus
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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



Location/Where to Find




Moveset and Videos:

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Darkdrift Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Name
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Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
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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

 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)

 

 

Katanas
Black Blade  ♦  Bloodlust  ♦  Chaos Blade  ♦  Frayed Blade  ♦  Onikiri and Ubadachi  ♦  Uchigatana  ♦  Washing Pole



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    • Anonymous

      I REALLY wish I knew that you have to actually summon her for SoC to get her gear, not just get Lord of Hollows ending. That's incredibly annoying. I really don't want to kill her, but I guess I have to now.

      • Anonymous

        Can get the dark drift and clandestine coat if you give orbecks ashes to Yuri's and then kill Yuri's and give her ashes to the shrine maiden she will sell yurias outfit and orbecks coat as well as give you the motion blade for giving Yuri's orbecks ashes before you kill her just figured that out

        • Anonymous

          Fashion souls Build:
          Obi-Wan Kenobi
          SET:
          26-29% weight
          head: nothing
          torso: Antiquated Plain Garb
          gloves: nothing, or antiquated gloves just for an extra 1% absorption
          Legs: Mercenary pants

          Stats:
          Start class: mercenary
          SL: 31
          Vigor: 22 (27 with chain ring) 1000 solid health (1060 with favor ring)
          att: 12
          end:11 (16 with chain ring)
          vit: 10 (15 with chain ring) 104 solid stamina (116 with favor ring)
          str: 10
          Dex: 28 (minimun to darkdrift)
          Int: 10
          Fai: 8
          Luck: 9

          Rings:
          1: Untrue dark ring for invasions, if you 're the host or just don't want fashion, use flynns ring to an extra 8-12 AR bonus OR chloranthy ring for bonus stamina regen
          2: leo ring (it boosts up the Darkdrift running attack and weapon art on counter attacks)
          3: Chain ring (boots vigor, endurance and vitality)
          4: favor ring (it's good)

          Weapons:
          Darkrift +1| 1º right hand
          Fire dagger +2| 2º right hand (if you're feeling tryhard mode or you are just good at parrying use hornet ring instead of leo ring or untrue ring)
          Simple Caestus +2| 1º left hand (simple to regen stamina over time)

          Items:
          Pale pine resin: makes your drakdrift an actual blue light saber
          church guardian knives or normal knives (recommend normal knives bcs this build is low level so your FP doesn't handle using the WA and the knives together

          OPTIONAL: weeds to an extra stamina regen




          • Anonymous

            Would've been a cool weapon for them to make scale with luck, and would've made sense to given the hollow association.

            • I see a lot of whining about this weapon but, unlike some similar weapons IT CAN BE BUFFED. It has innate shield pierce and it can be buffed with a 100% shield pierce on the weapon skill. So not only do you get the physical pierce against ye little turtles but, you can buff it to get elemental pierce, making that “chip damage” fairly scary. Never mind if someone isn’t using a shield you get the elemental buff damage anyway, which more than makes up for the weak attack. Geez people, use some imagination in your builds.

              • Anonymous

                Kind of sucks that Darkdrift isn't a very good weapon when the lore surrounding it makes it out to be an unspeakably powerful blade, wielded by an unstoppable force. Yuria and Darkdrift essentially are the physical manifestations of the world's need to move forward from the unnatural Age of Fire that Gwyn prolonged by perverting the flame through the Undead Curse and extending the Age far past it's natural end. Darkdrift should be a reward well earned after managing, after countless others failed, to bring an end to the Age of Fire and usher in the Age of Man. A pure symbol of the dedication of humanity and Yuria end Gwyn's insult to the Dark.

                Instead, we get a mediocre blade that sort of shimmers a bit, has a weapon art that doesn't do what it says, and stats that are beaten by an unholy amount of other weapons in the game. Seriously sad :/

                • This is definitely a very useful weapon to use, I’ve seen some of my pals turn it into a lightsaber, but I haven’t figured out how to do that. It does get really annoying in pvp, however I think it works really well in fashion souls and stuff like that.

                  • Anonymous

                    This weapon is nice... Take all things into consideration.. also wa into light attack is a true combo.. fun you on my quality build

                    • Anonymous

                      DS2 states this was a weapon of Nito's, so it makes sense that Yuria would use it in her quest to usurp the gods. Seems to be a common trend in the series that Nito's power of death is required (or maybe just desired) to truly defeat Gwyn's legacy, even as suggested by the Effigy Shield in DS1.

                      In fact, there are a lot of connections between Londor and Drangleic to be made in DS3...

                      • Anonymous

                        Recently dangitjm made a youtube video showcasing Darkdrift. I highly recommend people watch it. This weapon is a bit of a hidden gem that you vary rarely encounter in the wild.

                        • Anonymous

                          I buff this puppy with dark blade and hurt a lot of feelings. Don’t listen to everything you hear about weapons on this game, if you play enough with a weapon you will find your windows to do damage. And the window on this thing is wide open for me js

                          • Anonymous

                            bro she died the SECOND soul of cinder died due to his poison mist... and now i cant get this katana.. thanks from software!!1

                            • Anonymous

                              if i summon Yuria in the Soul Of cinder boss, she dont die but i summon the firekeeper and do the "end of fire" ending, Yuria's gear still appear?

                              • Anonymous

                                Soo... you're telling me that I have to keep yuria alive during the final boss. Alive. The final boss. Dark souls. An npc that has no sense for strategies. An npc that doesn't try to survive at any cost, instead goes completely crazy on the boss. I want that sword, even if it's not so good, I want to test it myself. How the heck am I supposed to keep her alive?

                                • Anonymous

                                  "nothing can defend against darkdrift" is the dark souls variant of "no one can deflect the emerald splash" because i blocked that weapon art like 3 times when i fought her

                                  • Anonymous

                                    yes, dude it is critical to mention their is only a very small window with a very precise way of getting this blade . cause wtf! if i took your advice right. i would be at the start of ng+ with no blade and having too go full curcle in game again to hit that small window of opportunity AFUKINGGAIN ! and beat those 2 with her alive once more to get the blade!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Yea, screw Dark Souls 2, am I right? Bring the weapon, mess its stats, and give it a different backstory.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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

                                              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

                                                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.

                                                • 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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

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

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              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

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Hello Fellas! just killed Yuria after she got pissed at me because I killed here assassin when she as waiting at my waifu in yorshkas church. I progressed through the game reversed hollowing and I got to the untented graves where I actualy found 3 (!) darkdrifts? anyone had the same?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Is the L2 weapon art unstoppable/ won't be staggered?I was staggered by the Darkdrift L2 when I was using the moonlight greatsword L2 (which usually have hyper armor when L2)

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Dat description is creepy as *****! "Claimed the lives of hundreds" and "Nothing can defend from Darkdrift,"

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Out of all the katanas, this is probably the worst one. It has short range, low damage, and a slow, next to useless weapon art. Still pick it up because it looks pretty ***** cool (and as a completionist), but if you don't want to go through the trouble, it's not all that.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        If you look closely in a high-glare area, you can see some symbols running up the side of the blade similar to those on the Engraved Gauntlets from DS2

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I killed the final boss but the set or weapon wasn't there, she was still standing there as a merchant when i returned to firelink. Although, i didn't exactly kill every boss in the game, but is that one of the requirements for her to drop it? Or did i do something wrong, i even got the usurpation ending?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I completed the usurpation of fire ending but didn't summon her for the final fight. When i came back she was still alve. I killed her without her resisting and she dropped her ashes and darkdrift. This is stated on her personal page but not on the darkdrift page. You can just kill her if you completed the storyline. She will not fight back.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I've completed the "Usurpation of fire" questline, achieved the trophy. When I head back to Firelink, Yuria is still there, and the Black Set and Darkdrift are NOT. This is after multiple reloads. If she drops the set and weapon, then something about her triggering the drop is missing.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                You can simply get yoel, level yourself up and keep killing yourself till he stops leveling you. Then when Yuria appears attack her, then run outside where the tree giant thing is. Knock her off the cliff to her death. Then go to where she normally stands and save quit, and reload. Her Items will be setting on the floor.

                                                                                • Darkdrift was my favorite Katana in DkS2, but its moveset (well, its R2s) seem to have been given to Black Blade this time around.Its more or less on par with the other Katanas performance wise, but it does have a really useful and unique utility: its weight. Being so light, it makes for a good backup option if you're characters running a heavier weapon maybe and you want a faster fallback. The Stinger esque thrust Weapon Art is pretty decent.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    "Found at Yuria's location at Firelink Shrine after succesfully completing her questline, along with the Black Set. Do NOT go into NG+ after the credits if you want to loot it." appears to be incorrect. I beat the final boss, usurped the fire, and did not start NG+ after the credits. Upon returning to firelink, Yuri was still there, alive and well and acting normally, and there were no items.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Something is wrong here. I just got the lord of hollows ending (NG+), but Yuria is still alive and well in the shrine and acting like nothing happened along with the rest of them.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Fight was super easy, used a Hollowslayer Greatsword +1 and killed her in about 5-6 hits. Got darkdrift and her ashes.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          So, by my surprise I have the sword in my possession. I did the Yoel and Yuria questline and advanced Anri to the Yoshka Chapel (I avoided confronting Horace after my last encounter with Anri in the Catacombs, who I didn't encounter at all until after the High Lord). I first spoke with Anri at the Chapel before killing the Pilgrim in the corner. (I left the area first by accident, so Anri wasn't in the chapel when I came back but the pilgrim was still there to be murdered, so that didn't effect anything). Once killed, I decided to Attack Yuria since she was no use anymore but she wasn't hostile until about 4 heavy attacks. I spoke to her between attacks, if that made any difference. Anyway, with her killed, I got the ashes and the sword and now I don't have to be hollowed, yay.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I'm keeping myself low level as a challenge, and wanted to get dark drift. Couldn't kill Yuria, so I cheesed her off a cliff. She died. I got souls and the armor is now for sale, but dark drift is nowhere to be found. I thought the devs learned to include the items in the kills so you don't miss out.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Did Yurias quest, got the Usurp ending and didn't go into new game. Yet she is still standing in the same spot. Didn't leave anything there.. Odd...

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                After doing her "quest" and getting the ending, I went back to her at the shrine and she was gone and some items were there instead. Her set and darkdrift.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Very easy to kill her, even with an Uchigatana.Lure her up the stairs to the main entrance of the Shrine.Stand just out of range and charge up a fully charged power attack.Roll out of the way as it connects, she can and will 1shot you with darkdrift.Rinse and repeat. Did this as a lvl 10 with a fire Uchigatana.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    What is the difference between the skill darkdrift and the skill shield splitter? It seems the same to me other than the fact that darkdrift's blade is invisible.

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