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

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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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

      04 Aug 2021 19:30  

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

      • 04 May 2021 21:35  

        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

          01 May 2021 08:23  

          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 :/

          • 12 Feb 2021 18:58  

            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

              23 Jan 2021 19:28  

              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

                15 Dec 2020 10:42  

                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

                  20 Aug 2020 13:35  

                  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

                    13 Jul 2020 11:01  

                    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

                      16 May 2020 17:58  

                      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

                        14 May 2020 05:48  

                        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

                          02 May 2020 19:57  

                          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

                            07 Apr 2020 19:04  

                            "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

                              15 Feb 2020 09:47  

                              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!

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