Enemy Type  Humanoid Hollow

Wolf Knight's Greatsword,

Farron Greatsword

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



Darkwraith is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3


 Darkwraith Enemy Description

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


Darkwraith Location

  • 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. It is guarding a Coal item.
  • Two of them are attacking the Abyss Watchers stronghold, near Farron Keep Perimeter bonfire.


Darkwraith Combat Information

  • Health (Special/Regular): NG (692), 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.
  • Can be poisoned, shown when they attack the Ghrus, who cast poison cloud and it begins to tick their hp down.
  • Immune to Toxic.
  • Immune to Rapport.


Darkwraith Drops

  • 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)


Darkwraith Gallery


Darkwraith Trivia and Notes

  • Returning enemy from Dark Souls 1.
  • Darkwraiths will drop 2 Estus refills if they drop any.
  • After killing all the Ghru'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, and can drop all regular Darkwraith items giving an early chance to score the Dark Sword.


Darkwraith Variations


Requires Lift Chamber Key from Leonhard the Ringfinger




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    • Anonymous

      15 Oct 2020 07:48  

      Wait a sec. Their looted armor is weak to strike, with only 19.530 strike absorption but an actual Darkwraith enemy is resistant to strike damage? Something is wrong here.

      • Anonymous

        04 Sep 2020 01:24  

        I usually bring the black knight from road of sacrifice to the farron perimeter and watch a good fight between him and the two darkwraiths. Then sweep in at the last minute to claim the spoils.

        • Anonymous

          29 Aug 2020 17:53  

          I once thought very loathesome of these enemies and their “suck”. But then I joined their ranks and found purpose.
          I now go about invading worlds filled with embers destroying the host and whoever dares defy me in that world, I’m stronger than ever before and no man or woman is safe when the darkwraiths roam about. Make all the precautions you want the darkwraiths with still get you and suck your life force out of your body.

          • Anonymous

            23 Jun 2020 01:07  

            I killed the two darkraiths at 692 HP, 690 doesn't kill but 692 as a hit does, I highly doubt they start with 8 damage done to them,

            • Anonymous

              29 May 2020 07:31  

              Being near one, you can hear they have an eerie atmospheric ambiance to them, very reminiscent of being in New Londo Ruins. Wear some high quality headphones and stalk them to feel like you’re back with the OG Darkwraiths.

              • 27 May 2020 13:19  

                the two just before the abyss watchers arena spawn together, only a few meters apart, and THEY RESPAWN. from the bonfire of the shortcut, you can kite them, but they will follow you all the way to the crystal beast and past it to the other area.

                • Anonymous

                  27 May 2020 02:06  

                  they cannot be backstabed and parry them in 60 fps is more luck than time, parry in this game is pure loteria bullshit

                  • Anonymous

                    25 May 2020 13:37  

                    These guys are your best weapon in the swamp. Just messed around a bit and lured them past the bonfire and trough the opening in the wall down in the swamp. They kill everything with ease as long as both are still alive. They cleared out most of the ghurs, elder ghurs and slugs until they finally got killed from the crab, very fun to watch.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Jul 2019 20:00  

                      I cheesed the tower wraith: leave elevator, shoot tow times, make a step back and let the elevator lift you to safety. Any Tips for a fair fight instead?

                      • 02 May 2019 09:41  

                        The one down the elevator in the High Wall can absolutely drop things besides just the Red Eye Orb. Not sure about everything he can drop, but I've gotten his sword multiple times now. < Screenshot for proof

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Mar 2019 18:17  

                          wait. ok i am on my first playthrough and i actually use these darkwraiths as a way to get souls. but I know they drop more than 500 souls because i get 2500 souls

                          • 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.

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