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 the only one of the 4 return 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 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

      04 Feb 2020 22:47  

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

      • Anonymous

        25 Jan 2020 21:08  

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

        • Anonymous

          20 Nov 2019 01:18  

          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 21:41  

            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 12:55  

              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

                10 Jan 2019 05:22  

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

                • 16 Sep 2018 15:28  

                  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 07:16  

                    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 22:30  

                      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 06:08  

                        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.

                        • Anonymous

                          18 Jan 2018 03:12  

                          Leo Ring is great for spears, pikes, and the likes (obviously).

                          The Leo Ring is also good for greatswords and ultra greatswords with trading thrusting attacks like the
                          Hollowslayer Greatsword 2H R2,
                          Cathedral Knight Greatsword 2H R2,
                          Black Knight Greatsword 1H R2,
                          and the Lothric Knight Greatsword 2H R2.

                          You'll trade with the opponent, which will most times result in you and the opponent hitting each other mid-animation, therefore meeting the time frame for Leo Ring activation.

                          • Anonymous

                            Leo Ring [DKS3 Wiki]28 Dec 2017 08:36  

                            Just an interesting thing I was playing with. I'm no PVP player, but I found a nice combo that I am hoping one of you PVP guys can investigate. I'm using a +4 Parrying dagger in my main hand, and an offhand shield that allows use of weapon skill, so I'm that the shield allows me to parry with L2 at no FP cost. The damage seems good, I'm tearing up Lothric Knights with one shot parry's, and I can still repost on a partial parry or so it seems, I got a partial on one of those Yrithil dancer knights and still reposted. Any feedback would be great. Thanks y'all PVP commenters very welcome.

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Jun 2017 02:10  

                              If Dark Souls II was in the future and not the past. It might just make the fanservice rabidness and the garbage that is Dark Souls III make sense. I like that theory, too bad it isn't true.

                              • Anonymous

                                Leo Ring [DKS3 Wiki]12 Jun 2017 10:16  

                                Wrong. The true trilogy is Dark Souls > Dark Souls III > Bloodborne. Dark Souls II isn't good enough to be counted among them.

                                • Anonymous

                                  12 Jun 2017 09:12  

                                  Yep, DkS2 is the Sequel to both DkS1&3. Old Leo Ring and Leo Ring are different. It's the sequel because it just makes sense, and then the next sequel after is of course, Demon's Souls. Get Rekt.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    17 Jan 2017 18:37  

                                    from light testing it seems that bows do work with this. it was very light testing yet I think I was able to isolate it to be the only factor to adding damage

                                    • 08 Jan 2017 23:03  

                                      So, are counterattack frames exclusive to players/NPC, or do all enemies have them? For example, if I use a spear R1 while a hollow/basilisk/lothric knight/any other enemy is in the middle of an attack animation, will it do extra damage?

                                      • 01 Jan 2017 17:52  

                                        So, does this ring boost counter attack damage from Bows? The arrows do thrust right? Or piercing? I'm pretty confused. If someone could give me some insight on this that'd be great, thanks in advance.

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