Poison is a status effect in Dark Souls 3.

Poison Information

  • Lasts 90 Seconds, or until cured
  • In PVE:
    • Base damage is 3 HP/s
    • Plus an additional amount that scales up with player Max HP
  • In PVP: 
    • Base damage is 7 HP/s
    • Plus an additional 0.07% of player hp/s
    • Total of 630 + 6.3% of player HP over 90 seconds
  • Unlike Toxic and Frostbite, Poison has no effect on stamina regeneration. 
  • Poison inflicted by the Poison Spores weapon art of the Storyteller's Staff is unique, and scales very highly with max HP. Making it the most effective form of poison. 
  • Poison total damage is unaffected by Luck
  • Poison build up is effected by Luck for certain sources (detailed below) 






PVE Poison Sources




  • Poison shares resistance properties with Toxic.
  • Poison was overhauled in the 1.11 patch
  • The Storyteller's Staff poison is the unusual exception, with a scaling value so high that at some point it even outperforms Toxic.
  • Luck appears to only speed up the application of poison, allowing you to poison an enemy with fewer hits. It appears to have no effect on poison damage, nor on poison duration.
  • Weapons that have poison naturally on it can be imbued with Poison, or have a Poison Resin used on it, however this appears to only help apply the poison faster, and does not affect poison damage or duration.
  • Tested on Pontiff Sulyvhan (regular NG), most poison effects did 13 damage per second, Dung Pies (Toxic) did 23 damage per second, Storyteller Staff's poison did 54 damage per second
  • Ghru weapon poisons, poison arrows, the Poison Mist pyromancy, Rotten Pine Resin, and Poison Gem infusion all appear to apply the same identical poison (comparable to the Farron Keep swamp poison)



Poison Weaponry

The following all scale with Luck and Weapon Upgrade level

The following do not scale with Luck or weapon upgrade level: 

Enemies weak to Poison/Toxic

Enemies resistant to Poison/Toxic

Enemies immune to Poison/Toxic




    • Anonymous

      01 Apr 2020 13:48  

      Incredibly powerful if combined with bleed. I use a poison ghru dagger and a blood bandit knife. This build is awesome, people are in panic as soon as you apply poison. Afterwards you have to be very aggressively with the bandit knife. If you two hand the daggers you can interrupt nearly every attack if timed correctly. This build melts the meta if used properly. The only thing to counter it are curved swords and straight swords r1-spam. I hope i see more of this build in the future.

      • Anonymous

        24 Mar 2020 20:06  

        If you're reading this and thinking of making a poison build - r e c o n s i d e r. I tried, and boy, does it *****ing suck. Poison's only good utility is a ToD counter, otherwise it deals too little damage and can be cured instantly if your host isn't a dummy. Toxic mist was my only real crutch, and dung pies seem to just not affect hosts. Maybe I'm not as skilled, but I had WAY more fun and kills running a standard claymore build.

        • Anonymous

          13 Mar 2020 14:06  

          Woefully underrated. At high sl's damage bundles will deal an extra 10 damage (except on buffable lightning innate weapons) meanwhile poison does 7 damage per second for 90 seconds and if pressure applied allows a free hit when attempted to cure. Tends to be difficult to proc against high vit opponents.

          • Anonymous

            13 Feb 2020 02:25  

            Most people don’t usually expect to be poisoned by other players. Element of surprise, the hidden terror.

            • Anonymous

              02 Dec 2019 07:35  

              No one listed Onlyafro on here as a potential source of poison? simply amazing... he made a video admitting to it already. (poison or not, the video sure is fun to watch, despite supposedly being bad for us. :P)

              • Anonymous

                21 Nov 2019 00:54  

                Poison is perfect as it is, in terms of build up and damage, it's normal for me to struggle to inflict the poison. But the problem is after, if you can cure it too easily. And they killed it in pvp, JUST by the purple moss, the problem is minor for bleeding or frost cause the damage is immediate. But it breaks poison mechanics, only by that. Even if you limit their use, it's still too easy to have several of them in your inventory. They just should have distinguished poison inflicted by a player and poison/toxic from the swamps. Actually, they did it, since poison in pvp has different rules. And you have yet poison, toxic and the special toxic from the storyteller staff. So they could have add an other special poison, just for pvp. And so we could have purple moss cure just inactivated for pvp, Completely. You would still be able to cure it by the miracle spells tho. For me, this game is perfectly balanced, in every way (yes every single build is more or less viable), except this. That was probably not that hard to program, thats really frustrating. Oh, and the dragon form, it's just terrible too.

                • Anonymous

                  08 Aug 2019 01:46  

                  They should've changed poison so that it proc'd faster and changed it from a single DoT to a stacking effect where you can apply poison multiple times (each proc doing 4 HP/s, stacking up to 5 times or so) so that way a single Moss Clump out of 99x stack doesn't completely ruin one build's viability. Also reduce the # of Clumps you can carry to 5 or 10 or so, like the Bug Pellets. Bug Pellets are a great source of comparison because they are great at reducing caster damage, but don't completely negate their impact and they come in limited quantity.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Dec 2017 04:36  

                    High Lord Wolnir is not immune to poison and toxic just tested it a while back , it may take a few tries about 3-4 in close range.

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Dec 2017 14:43  

                      Bleed Resistance is the defense value against Bleed which is a status effect in Dark Souls.

                      Endurance increases bleed resistance by:

                      END LVL 30 - 41 3.00 points

                      END LVL 42 - 66 0.50 points

                      END LVL 67 - 99 0.14 points

                      Level affects bleed defense in the following manner:

                      LVL 0 - 60 0.20 points

                      LVL 61 - 101 1.00 points

                      LVL 102 - 151 0.30 points

                      LVL 152 - 700 0.03 points

                      LVL 701 - 802 0.07 points

                      FOR Poison replace Edurance with Vitality
                      FOR Frost replace Edurance with Vigor
                      FOR Curse replace Edurance with Luck

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Aug 2017 14:56  

                        I've come up with a pvp strategy that might work: have a duel weapon with poison infuson and try to poison the opponent all you can. When they are poisoned keep close distance to them to prevent them from curing it, however dodge more and dont do anything risky. If the poison run out simply poison them again and repeat.

                        I know this can be easly countered using blessed weapons, however if you do it correctly that should be the only counter to it.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 May 2017 23:56  

                          I have found a bug! If you get summoned as blade of darkmoon, get poisoned in the host's world, and then complete the task, you will be poisoned in your world!

                          • Anonymous

                            25 Mar 2017 22:49  

                            Yeah the latest patch 1.11 it says:

                            "Improved the Poison build-up of Poison infusions.

                            Increased the damage of Poison and Toxic dealt by players, and shortened its duration."

                            so, maybe poison will actually be viable now? Has anyone tested this yet?

                            • Anonymous

                              22 Jan 2017 08:10  

                              Maybe a DoT build? Combined with frostbite, toxic breath, pestilent mercury, and some bleed, we could make DoT viable in Dark Souls again.

                              • Anonymous

                                29 Dec 2016 01:56  

                                Okay but how will we make poison viable?

                                Most of you will just say to increase its general damage in scaling with the luck stat or some similar method, but then I have to ask; what will we do about bleed then? I understand that poison isn't the best thing in the world, but imagine a build with the bleed of ds3 and the poison of ds2. Personally, it seems overpowered. Simply continuously draining a boss's health while applying large amounts of burst damage to it seems like it will down the boss in minutes if not seconds. Part of the point of the souls series is to be difficult, challenging, and rewarding for defeating those challenges. How are we going to make poison work without giving an unfair advantage to players who use luck builds? Nerf bleed? Should we, as players, decide for everyone else and crap on the builds already made which use bleed as their foundation?
                                It seems like the easiest method to make poison useful is to make a new stat, but doing so only for poison is absurd! We can't simply destroy the system of the game for one effect, the ds3 system seems to be very carefully balanced. But we can choose another stat that already exists to make it worth our time. Which stat, or stats, is not for me to say.
                                We as players are much like a part of the development team. We just operate after the games released and give our collective feedback. If we want poison to work we need to tell them how. I'm not saying that you shouldn't complain. I want poison to work too, and I complain as much about it as the next person. I just don't do anything about it because I'm fine with what I have.

                                And, personally, I like complaining! Makes me feel happy! So if poison is going to work, how do we get it there? There's probably something I missed and I just made a fool of myself, but I've played the souls series for a long time. HOW CAN WE MAKE POISON WORK WITHOUT KILLING BLEED?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Resistance effect13 Sep 2016 00:12  

                                  Does the Resistance stat influence the actual BUILDUP rate or the DAMAGE you receive? Thanks in advance.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Player Poison should be separate from environmental poison22 Jul 2016 00:38  

                                    They need to create a different class of poison for weapon use. The current poison status effect is little more than an environmental hindrance meant to create a sense of urgency in the Farron Keep swamp region. In the swamp, the player can be wandering around with the status effect for more than ten minutes, making its slow damage an actual hazard in conjunction with the undead wildlife. But the short duration of combat makes the effect useless anywhere else. We need better damage on the poison for it to be useful, yet any change to the poison found on weapons should not effect the poison in the Farron Swamp.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Still hoping for a buff30 Jun 2016 13:04  

                                      Poison was my favorite build in DS 2 it was strong, but not brokenly strong. Why they switched it to this is beyond me. If they made all poison like the storytellers staff type, or just straight up buffed it it would be a good improvement.It would encourage more build variety as well

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