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

      26 Jan 2019 21:48  

      So.... turns out that the special darkwraith does drop loot other than the red eye orb. As in, everything else.

      • Anonymous

        23 Jan 2019 14:00  

        Their poise is ridiculous, I'm pretty sure dark sword shouldn't count as a heavy weapon but you literally can't trade with them because you'll never stagger them. Another cheeseworthy enemy to add to the list.

        • Anonymous

          29 Dec 2018 02:58  

          They aren’t very resistant to lightning. I used wrath of the god and lightning stake at 45 faith with a +10 canvas talisman and wrath of the gods did 562 and at point blank range a direct hit lightning stake did 604-602 damage. I don’t know why there is minor variation but as you can tell they aren’t exactly resistant to lightning damage if it’s that effective and that much more effective than something they aren’t resistant to.

          • Anonymous

            19 Dec 2018 21:20  

            Can we change the drop rate of the dark sword from frequently to rare? I've killed them around 30 times now while having rusted coins activated and I still have not gotten a sword. FFS I have 56 cracked red eye orbs

            • 19 Dec 2018 18:39  

              I believe they are immune to Alluring skulls as well (don't think that was stated above). Definitely was a struggle for me fighting them for the first time (they still tend to give me trouble). The high poise, fast attacks, heavy hitting grappling attack, relatively high health, good stuff for sure. In my experience, well placed spacing and their affinity to attack other enemies is their downfall.

              • Anonymous

                01 Dec 2018 22:07  

                The dark hand that they use has 100% magic absorbtion. You cannot damage them with sorceries while they use that shield.

                • Anonymous

                  09 Oct 2018 23:45  

                  one dark wraith managed to slip into the abyss walker bossfight and fought them. Lol Me sirris and tt sneaky bastard vs that one dude

                  • 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)

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