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 by ~30%, as well as some changes to the Motion Values of certain ripostes and backstabs
    • Motion Values are modifiers to AR that are associated with the attack being used.
  • Dark damage as a whole does not benefit from this increase in PvP, however it works as it should in PvE.
  • Chaos infusions do NOT gain any bonus damage when compared to other infusions, the fact that Dark damage is bugged coupled with the generally high damage of Dark/Chaos weapons is what makes it a strong option.
    • For example, if a Sharp Dagger gains more AR than a Chaos Dagger on a specific build, the Sharp Dagger will do more damage on riposte.
  • 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.
  • Has no affect on Champion Gundyr




  • 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

      02 Jan 2020 06:31  

      Look, I use the Hornet Ring and I'm fairly apt at parrying. So this is not coming from a place of salt: the people complaining about the Hornet Ring do have a point. It doesn't happen often, but I have been in a situation were I'm beating a host down, draining their estus down to nothing, I haven't drank much myself, then they get a lucky parry and one shot me with the Hornet Ring. It's by far not the biggest problem with this game's PVP and it's not even that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is definitely a problem. Especially when you consider it's hard to one shot a host, but not a phantom/invader. However, if you hate it that much, just use Tears of Denial. It's not that big of a stat investment to do so.

      • Anonymous

        07 Dec 2019 21:01  

        Listen, I get it. It's gotta be annoying to get parried and *****ing die in 1 hit, but there are ways to get around this, exhibit 1. Ultra weapons can not be parried, at least when 2 handed, easy way to get around this, 2. Try firebombs, kucc knives, or Lightning urns. Yeet those *****ers at them and force them to stop. 3. Greatsheilds shield bash, especially dragonslayer greatshield are very effective at *****ing these guys over, give them heavy pressure if your weapons has a slam attack. 4. Spell casting, while it CAN be parried, it will not open you up for a crit, making it also effective, I'd recommend combustion, (do not use flame fan cuase I've heard and even had it parried for me), Lightning stake, great combustion, and sunlight spear, a long with every single sorcery. If you don't want to use these strategies, then stop complaining please.

        • Anonymous

          22 Nov 2019 00:57  

          And now I'm really wondering if Ciaran was functionally head-over-heels for Artorias. Oh wait, WRONG PAGE FOR THAT POST.

          • Anonymous

            22 Sep 2019 19:16  

            Tired of being parried? Guard breaks guarantee a 1-shot kill? Worry not, skeleton! With just a couple of doors, these problems will be in the past! Purchase TRC and flex your doors like it’s nobody’s business!

            • Anonymous

              20 Sep 2019 08:59  

              I won't defend whiners, but I find it kinda funny when the saltiest people are not the ones complaining about lads using this ring to one-shot people or some other bs, but the people that furiously downvote these posts and instantly jump in the comment section to say some***** like: "git gud scrub", "haha just don't get parried lol it's easy xd", "wow so salty" or "just be unpredictale" OR "don't spam r1 scrub lol (they just instantly assume that THIS is the case and there is no other way)". Like.. i don't really get why these people are SO DEFENSIVE - aren't they supposed to be some chill dudes that are REALLY good at the game? Hilarious, isn't it?

              • 10 Sep 2019 04:09  

                I kinda love-hate this ring. Like, yeah, it's the best damn thing in existence when it comes to punishing turtles and no skill noobs who think r1 spamming with a SS makes them God and DC the second they get parried once, but I DESPISE this thing when some ***hole comes into a PvP match with a caestus and and rolls through all my ultra swings and parries every thing else proceeding to 1-shot me and then point down like he's good at the game. Using a ring that you use as a crutch to insure that you win a PvP match because your too much of a pansy to ACTUALLY fight with skill does not make you a good player. Final note, git gud.

                • Anonymous

                  27 Jul 2019 04:27  

                  Is utilizing this ring while using a luck build viable? Or would the modifiers make it obsolete to say beating the hell out of someone instead

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Apr 2019 05:27  

                    Years later, and people still make excuses for this ring? Let's get something very clear: spamming parries with a hornet ring does NOT make you a good player. In fact, it makes you a pretty terrible one.

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Feb 2019 19:53  

                      I don't understand why people hate this ring, if you try parrying attacks you would know it is really hard to get the timing down, so before you complain you should try, and just use ultras and 2 hand them if your having trouble with it.

                      • 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...

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