Hornet Ring

Ring associated with the Lord's Blade Ciaran, one of the Four Knights of Gwyn, the First Lord.

Boosts critical attacks.

The masked Ciaran was the only woman to serve in Gwyn's Four Knights, and her curved sword granted a swift death to any and all enemies of the throne.

 Hornet Ring is a Ring in Dark Souls 3.


Hornet Ring Effect

  • Increases critical damage (backstabs and ripostes).
  • The % of critical damage increased now depends on infusion, weapon upgrade level, wether you back stab or riposte, and the weapon itself.
  • Weight: 1.1



Where to Find Hornet Ring

  • Found at Dark Firelink Shrine after Champion Gundyr in the Untended Graves. Keep right as you move up, the pathway is about level with the entrance to the Shrine. It is guarded by a Black Knight.
  • Only appear after Abyss Watchers have been defeated.




  • You must defeat the Abyss Watchers for the ring to appear.
  • On enemy players or NPC invaders this ring changes the riposte animation to 2-3 hits instead of just one, the overall damage increase seems to be higher than 30% in that case, needs confirmation.




  • The ring is found in front of a tombstone with a Farron Greatsword leaning against it. The same location where Hawkwood is praying, and later where his shield can be found, in Firelink Shrine.



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    • Anonymous

      10 Jan 2019 12:25  

      yeyeyeyeye <3 i wuvvy luvvy this ring UwU my twink builds do Soooo much damage :3 I love invading in the undead settlement and pretend to be good Uuuuhhh i get *slurp* *click* noice vibes in my peepee when i rek noobs xd UwU <3

      • Anonymous

        31 Dec 2018 20:28  

        Scrolled for a while and didn't see anyone complaining about the ring, only ppl complaining about ppl complaining lol

        • Anonymous

          29 Nov 2018 22:22  

          These comments are hilarious. All I see are casuals who are not good enough at the game to learn to parry or counter it. Pathetic.

          • Anonymous

            27 Oct 2018 05:52  

            Is it at all strange that I only use this ring for people who gank, R1 spam, or hide behind their shield? I feel strangely petty with it on while I'm doing a duel with a friend or some invading sunbro I summoned for a jolly battle.

            • 30 Aug 2018 09:17  

              A critical attack does critical damage, which means you're dead or close in my book. Nothing wrong with this item. Don't use it if you want an extra challenge or can't fit it but don't hate on people who want their critical to end fights.

              • Anonymous

                29 Aug 2018 21:43  

                Lol people complaining about this? It's a one sided effect. You only get parried if YOU make a mistake. So it's YOUR fault, not worth whining about. The ring punishes you further for making a mistake...that's what Souls is all about. I swear this community has gotten worse and worse since 2011. I don't know if it's because of the PC crowd or just more whiners in general...

                • Anonymous

                  11 Aug 2018 07:09  

                  Look at all the cute tryhards. Complaining about people Complaining about the ring being what it is. I tried using this ring once. Succeeded in parrying and riposteing a guy. And you know; I never felt so Self-imasculated in my life. I wasn't even using the OP Chaos Dagger strat. I just used a heavy battle axe. I felt WEAK using this thing. It's not for fighters or for anyone who likes the smallest bit of challenge. Roses are Red Violets are Blue The hornet ring is for cheap play-to-win *****es And Tryhard-Cowards like YOU! <3

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Jul 2018 20:11  

                    Good God, all the salt in this page. You'd think people would remember this is just a game, and there are plenty of ways to avoid a parryfisher.

                    • Anonymous

                      31 May 2018 15:53  

                      I love how sad some people are, like really? Transferring this to low level account to invade with? That's how bad you are? This and all other twinking toys are just plain sad.

                      This is just one more item in the game this is for poor players who cannot fight well enough and need a crutch. Later in the game it Kind of makes sense to use it. But then the sorrowful jackass player has to come back, Chaos Infused Dagger anyone?

                      You can dislike this and call me salty if you want, but it's the damn truth. I really can tolerate most of the dark souls community's bullshit presets, but this is being cheap and then taking it too far.

                      If you used this ring, don't point down and throw feces. You didn't win.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Apr 2018 17:58  

                        The % of critical damage increased now depends on infusion
                        What is meaning?
                        Same Weapon(+10), same AR but unlike infusion → unlike hornet ripostes damage?
                        ex) sharp dagger +10 AR 200 hornet ripostes vs Hollow dagger +10 AR 200 hornet ripostes → unlike damage?

                        • Anonymous

                          04 Feb 2018 23:44  

                          The location, and the fact that you can buy artorias armor in dark shrine, suggess that Ciaran founded the Undead Legion after we kill Artorias in DS1 (its also implied that she was "in love" with artorias)

                          • 21 Jan 2018 06:58  

                            Sometimes I feel sorry for people who get Hornet Ring riposted. I remember one time I had one equipped just so I could cheese an NPC invasion and then a bit after that I got invaded by someone dressed as Solaire. Poor guy hit me once before he got insta-killed with a hornet ring riposte. I'd forgot I still had it equipped and I was just amazed at the fact that I just erased that poor man off the face of the Earth.

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Jan 2018 03:14  

                              FromSoftware honestly doesn't know how to follow basic logic.
                              With 40 STR, 40 DEX, 10 INT, 10 FTH,
                              the Bandit's Knife +10 and Blessed LKS +10 have 249 AR and 260 AR respectively.
                              They both have a LISTED 110 critical number. So theoretically, the Blessed LKS should deal more damage on backstabs and ripostes.
                              I tested on the Drakeblood Knight on NG+6. With no Hornet Ring, a parry and riposte dealt 516 damage with the Bandit's Knife; 367 damage with the Blessed LKS.
                              Thank you, Miyazaki.
                              I tried to control damage types and elements, having both the Bandit's Knife and Blessed LKS deal only physical damage, but I am unsure what type of physical damage criticals deal. Even then I'm sure the Bandit's Knife would still deal more damage.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Jan 2018 10:36  

                                That's really oddly specific how the Abyss Watchers must be defeated prior to getting this ring. Perhaps it has something to do with this being hawkwoods grave but A, the hornet ring had nothing to do with any of them (unless as ciarens ring it is near the successors to Astorias, but whatever) and B, that's just going a little bit too far on the specifics, like anyone not in ng+ will get to this point before abyss watchers. What do I know, though.

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Dec 2017 23:56  

                                  In PVE, this ring is absolute garbage. Don't expect a 30% increase like in DS1. From what I see, it only boosted my crits by 10-15%. But it's funny how in PVP, it one-shots people.

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