Leo Ring

Ring associated with Dragon Slayer Ornstein, one of the Four Knights of Gwyn, the First Lord.

Strengthens thrust weapon counter attacks.

Ornstein was the first knight of the sun's eldest born, and his cross spear is said to have pierced scales made of stone.

Leo Ring is a Ring in Dark Souls 3.


Leo Ring Effect

  • Weight: 0.5
  • Strengthens thrust weapon counter attacks by 15%. (this includes Arrows and Crossbow bolts)
  • During an attack animation, thrust defenses are lowered by 30%.
  • A counter hit occurs when being hit with a thrust attack while in the middle of an attack animation, which often leads to trading blows.
  • The Leo Ring further increases this by 15%, which stacks multiplicatively, to a total of 49.5% reduction in thrust defense. 


  • Normal Hit:
    • Thrust Absorption = TA
    •  = no change
  • Normal Counter Hit:
    • Counter Thrust Absorption = CTA
    • CTA = TA +  [ 1 - ((1 - (TA/100)) * (1 + 30)) ] 
    • e.g: Thrust Absorption = 25
    • CTA = 25 + [ 1 - ((1 - (25/100)) * (1+30)) ]
    • = 25 + [ 1 - ((0.75)) * (31)) ]
    • = 25 + [ 1 - 23.25 ]
    • = 25 + [ -22.25 ]
    • CTA = 2.75
    • = thrust resistance is lowered from 25 to 2.75, resulting in increased damage
  • Leo Ring Counter Hit:
    • Counter Thrust Absorption = CTA
    • CTA = TA + [ 1 - ((1 - (TA/100)) * (1 + 49.5)) ]
    • e.g: Thrust Absorption = 25
    • CTA = 25 + [ 1 - ((1 - (25/100)) * (1+49.5)) ]
    • = 25 + [ 1 - ((0.75)) * (50.5)) ]
    • = 25 + [ 1 - 37.875 ]
    • = 25 + [ -36.875 ]
    • CTA = -11.875
    • = thrust resistance is lowered from 25 to -11.875, resulting in greatly increased damage


Where to Find Leo Ring

  • Looted from a chest in Irithyll of the Boreal valley. It's on the second floor of the room with all the Silver Knights, just past the watery area where all the Sewer Centipedes are. (Video fextralife video starting at 1h 54m 55s) (video location) 



  • Thrust weapons actually means any weapon with an attack that deals thrust damage, for example a one handed katana running attack or a straight sword charged attack, but only the attacks that deals thrust damage will benefit from the ring. Some weapons also have thrust damage for all attacks, without any pokes or thrusting attacks.
  • Non poke weapons with thrust damage on all attacks: Pickaxe, Warpick, Heysel Pick, Lucerne, Immolation Tinder.
  • A demonstration of counter hits can be found in this video: .



  • The Leo Ring originally appeared in the first Dark Souls, alongside the Wolf, Hornet, and Hawk Ring. Each meant to represent the animal motifs of the 4 Knights of Gwyn: Dragonslayer Ornstein, Artorias the Abysswalker, Lord's Blade Ciaran and Hawkeye Gough respectively.
  • In the original Dark Souls, Dragonslayer Ornstein, the owner of the Leo Ring, was fought in tandem alongside Exectioner Smough. The ring would only drop from Ornstein should the player defeat Smough first, then Ornstein in order. The ring was likely included as an additional reward due to the second phase of the fight with Ornstein being near unanimously considered the more difficult of the two paths. Where defeating Ornstein first endowes Smough with Ornstein's lightning damage and little else, Ornstein inherit's Smough's mass, and with it, incredible range and a wider array of moves.
  • The Leo Ring was one of the 2 returning in its sequel, Dark Souls 2 (along with the Hawk Ring) as The Old Leo Ring, dropped by the Old Dragonslayer boss. Curiously, the icon for The Old Leo ring is noticeably worn in comparison to the Dark Souls 3 variant, possessing visible nicks, cracks and having lost its brass luster, despite chronologically preceding it. The reason for this discrepency is yet unknown.



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    • Anonymous

      26 May 2021 01:27  

      For those who are confused about what is a counter-attack in game wise, just imagine counter-attack as if it is it parry. In parrying, the moment you see opponent starting to strike and you time it to defect his attack. In counter-attack, the moment you see opponent starting to strike and you attack them with a thrust attack.
      So for low-poise enemies you might be able to interrupt their attack and successful in a counter-attack, but you will most likely trade hit with high poise enemies. As said, it is not worth it the higher the NG level goes as mostly likely trading a hit will killed you.

      Counter-attack is NOT you immediately return a hit at enemy after you blocked or evaded their attack.

      • Anonymous

        13 May 2021 14:07  

        just a quick note, leo ring only buffs physical AR, meaning that leo ring does not boost elemental AR. its the same with flynns ring

        • Anonymous

          28 Apr 2021 00:16  

          If this buffs bolts and arrows, I imagine it also buffs JAVELINS!
          I recommend using Hawk Ring with Follower's Javelin too, because it makes you hit more consistently when free aiming and it increases the damage a little too.

          • Anonymous

            09 Feb 2021 11:09  

            so im gonna do a shield only run and i thought that since the pierce shield does only thrust damage maybe itll benefit from the leo ring to can anyone verify this in case im testing it wrong?

            • Anonymous

              30 Jan 2021 03:28  

              Maybe i didnt see it on here but if for example im running pure faith and i have a lightning infused wep with thrust, with this only increase the phys thrust or the infuse or buffed wep as well?

              • Anonymous

                05 Jan 2021 08:45  

                if a weapon is infused/buffed, is that elemental portion of the damage still affected by this ring’s buff?

                • Anonymous

                  24 Apr 2020 18:36  

                  so i made a spartan build thinking i could use this ring as a theme but it turns out dark souls 3 hates themed builds. i was using the stone great shield and the lothric long spear and the result was that i take about 50% the normal attack damage through the shield and get my whole stamina bar depleted if i block an attack while blocking. What. The. Actual. *****.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Apr 2020 13:41  

                    I one shot a host with 2 summons with this ring over 1150 damage with a fully charged thrust r2 (I was using the profaned Greatsword)

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Feb 2020 16:47  

                      Combine this with a fully charged - Charge WA like Astora GS and you can obliterate their entire health bar

                      • Anonymous

                        25 Jan 2020 15:08  

                        ~50% more damage if you counter with a thrust weapon the warpick does thrust damage and has what is basically perseverance epic

                        • Anonymous

                          19 Nov 2019 19:18  

                          I'm still not sure I understand this ring. I get what a counter attack is based on the animation, but what I'm confused about is whether or not you need to use the thrusting attack. For example the long sword deals standard damage and has the ability to use a thrust attack. Do you have to physically be using the thrust attack to get the bonus damage, or will you receive the damage bonus from any weapon that has the ability to thrust (like in the weapon description standard/thrust) damage regardless of whether or not you actually use the thrusting attack the weapon?

                          • Anonymous

                            12 May 2019 15:41  

                            I've been playing offline for a while and just started to play online. I noticed there are few rings and spells that will get weaker on pvp. Is this the case for the status as well or just the rings and spells (for example, leo ring, steel protection, carthus beacon etc). Because if not, I will prefer to avoid these rings when it comes to PvP.

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Apr 2019 06:55  

                              So this means if my opponent is not using thrust damage there would be no benefit even if I'm using the ring, correct?

                              • Anonymous

                                09 Jan 2019 23:22  

                                I made some tests and no difference whether I wear the ring or not, what exactly is considered a counter-attack?

                                • 16 Sep 2018 09:28  

                                  Reading Trivia, and having heard that Ornstein in Dark Souls 1 is but an illusion, could it be possible that they had the power to create the illusory character using this ring?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    26 Jul 2018 01:16  

                                    Holy crap, I doubt he had little HP but I used this ring with a refined greatlance+10 and I counter attacked him after his hit and killed him in 2 hits

                                    • Anonymous

                                      04 Mar 2018 16:30  

                                      Does the Leo Ring and Hornet Ring stack on counter hits? Or are counter hits and critical hits completely different? I ask because I've noticed some people using both, and doing immense amounts of damage to other players in counter hits.

                                      • 22 Jan 2018 00:08  

                                        I've looked around a bit and cannot find an answer: Do Bow/Crossbow class weapons benefit from counter damage and by extension this ring?

                                        I have to assume not, but if so then my opinion of the ring is much improved.

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