Enemy Type  Humanoid Hollow

Wolf Knight's Greatsword,

Farron Greatsword

Resistances Strike, Thrust, Magic, Lightning, Fire, Dark, Bleed, Frost

Poison, Toxic


Darkwraith is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.

Enemy Description

  • Darkwraith Knights wear the Dark Set armour.
  • Almost indistinguishable from the Darkwraiths of New Londo.


  • One can be found at the bottom of the lift under the Tower on the Wall bonfire in High Wall of Lothric after following Leonhard's questline. Referred as "Special".
  • Another one is located near the Farron Keep bonfire. Head left and follow the great walls to find it.
  • Two of them are attacking the Abyss Watchers stronghold, near Farron Keep Perimeter bonfire.

Combat Information

  • Health (Special/Regular): NG (700), NG+ (~1460), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??).
  • Uses Dark Sword with very fast continuous swings on very high poise. Deals Standard Damage or Thrust Damage.
  • Uses Dark Hand  that serves as a magical shield which allow them a guardbreaking grab attack. Deals Dark Damage.
  • Can be backstabbed, parried, and riposted.
  • Abyssal enemy, therefore weak to Farron Greatsword and Wolf Knight's Greatsword.
  • Neither weak nor resistant to Slash Damage.
  • Resistant to most types of damages, Bleed and Frostbite.
  • Despite their slim posture, they have very high poise.
  • Hitting them before they get hyper armor (they get this during attacks) with very heavy weapons can stun lock them.
  • Immune to Poison/Toxic.
  • Immune to Rapport.


  • Souls (Special): NG (2500), NG+ (13500), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??).
  • Souls (Regular): NG (500), NG+ (2000), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??).
  • Cracked Red Eye Orb. (Guaranteed from Regular, 1-4)
  • Dark Set (frequently)
  • Dark Sword. (frequently)
  • Pale Tongue (rare)


Trivia and Notes

  • Returning enemy from Dark Souls 1.
  • Darkwraiths will drop 2 Estus refills if they drop any.
  • After killing all the Ghur's in their path if they survive, they will patrolling in front of the Abyss Watchers chamber. They can be easily killed because they won't enter the chamber leaving them open to safe attacks.
  • They will attack all other enemies in the area, In Farron Keep, they will attack Ghru's within their aggro radius, which a player can use to his/her advantage.
  • They leave their swords behind when they die.
  • The Special Darkwraith in the High Wall of Lothric does respawn, but it doesn’t drop any more loot than the first Red Eye Orb.



Requires Lift Chamber Key from Leonhard the Ringfinger






    • Anonymous

      15 Mar 2018 16:00  

      I always beat the one for the Red Eye Orb by aggroing him, and then riding the elevator up, and he usually jumps down the elevator shaft and dies immediately.

      • Anonymous

        08 Mar 2018 05:58  

        By the way, the "special" darkwraith in the high wall still drops the dark sword. I just got it a few seconds ago.

        • Anonymous

          19 Feb 2018 02:58  

          I'm pretty sure I've seen them be poisoned by the Ghru's outside the arena, despite the page suggesting otherwise, perhaps it's their speed and aggression that make applying it via weapon or mist not feasible, but when they're distracted by multiple targets it's easier for it to happen.

          • Anonymous

            31 Dec 2017 01:51  

            does someone know why there are 2 of them in front of the abiss watchers bossfight? what are they doing there?

            • Anonymous

              30 Oct 2017 01:03  


              Pale Tongue. (frequently)

              someone got lazy and decided to use ctrl c and ctrl v i guess
              or they had 999999 item discovery

              • 16 Oct 2017 23:21  

                What the *****....I was farming the couple near the Abysswatchers boss fights, today (for the covenant items) and I had something like 30+ poise and a 2 handed zweihander....and the *****ers were still able to stagger me with a single hit of A MOTHER*****ING STRAIGHTSWORD....

                • Anonymous

                  29 Sep 2017 13:41  

                  the first time i killed each one it dropped armor but after that whenever i kill them i only get cracked red eye orb, is this normal or am i really unlucky?
                  (my luck is 11 but i dont use anything to bost my luck)

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Jul 2017 05:56  

                    Neat article; Just a quick question tho: WHY DAFUQ DO THEY HAVE SO MUCH POISE AND I CAN'T HAS AS MUCH??? *Crying Intensifies*

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Mar 2017 10:28  

                      I still play the 1.00 version, and both dark wraiths in farron keep give me 2500 souls (each). So I guess they changed it to 500 in later versions.

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Feb 2017 04:33  

                        If the darkwraiths are connected to the Abbyss and they drop cracked red eye orbs, then does that mean that every enemy with red eyes has been corrupted by the Abbyss. But in the Abbyss Watchers fight, the red eyed version is the one helping us, or are we helping it. Think about is The Abbyss Watchers are the ones keeping the Abbyss from taking over and defeating them provides the opportunity to take over the world. That may be why The Flame doesn't explode like it has in previous games. It shrivels because darkness has already plunged the world into chaos. It's Like what Elfrida said, Its just the flame shimmering at misguided ash.

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