Ring of Steel Protection

Ring of the Knight King of ancient legend. Increases physical damage absorption.

The Knight King was said to be lined with steel on the inside, such that even the talons of mighty dragons did him little harm.

Ring of Steel Protection is a Ring in Dark Souls 3.


Ring of Steel Protection Effect

Increases physical damage absorption as a function of current absorption values. Formula contained below.  

  • PVE: Damage taken from non players
    • +0 = 10%
    • +1 = 13%
    • +2 = 15%
    • +3 = 17%
  • PVP:  Damage taken from other players
    • +0 = 2%
    • +1 = 3%
    • +2 = 4%
    • +3 = 5%
  • Absorption with Ring of Steel Protection =  1 - ((1 - (currentAbsorption/100)) * (1 - X))
    • e.g. +0 version in PVE:      X = 10% = 0.1
    • e.g. +0 version in PVP:      X = 2% = 0.02
  • Weight: 0.8



Where to Find Ring of Steel Protection

  • Found in the boss arena where you fight the Ancient Wyvern in Archdragon Peak. After entering the boss arena run up the stairs until you see a bell. Then proceed to the right, downstairs. There are 3 items lying on the ground. After the items look to the right, there should be a ledge you can walk on. Continue to find the ring. (video location)
  • +1 Version (NG+): Untended Graves, on the right side of the tower that is unlocked by the Tower Key ()
  • +2 Version (NG++): From the Abyss Watchers bonfire head into the Catacombs of Carthus. After dealing with the skeletons look to your left as you're crossing the first bridge and you'll see the ring on top of a small pillar. () (video location)
  • +3 The Ringed City: Immediately after The Dreg Heap bonfire, head forward and past the horde of enemies to a corpse. When you try to grab it you will fall because the ceiling will break. Once at the bottom, out the only door, there will be an angel-like hollow firing projectiles at you. Drop down and run past it and take cover behind the building. Now circle around to the other side of the building along the planks (leaving yourself exposed to the Angel's beams) to find a corpse with the ring. Video Example 



  • Suffers from diminishing returns of damage absorption. See below/see formula.
  • At 28% Slash/Strike/Thrust Absorption with heavy armour, this ring will increase it to 35/35/35 (6-7% increase). This is still a substantial increase to DR and is extremely useful. Furthermore, the Lloyd ring will increase this amount another 8% for a total of around 43% (for the first hit and any chugging you do). 
  • Minor testing required for finding the "soft cap" of 9.99 (out of 10) Absorption weighted against stacking armour absorption.




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    • Anonymous

      01 Dec 2018 19:17  

      Why do the DLCs contain all the good rings on basic NG? If I don't have the DLC, I have to beat Abyss Watchers on NG++ and it's not even as good as the +3. Oh well.

      • Anonymous

        10 Oct 2018 23:40  

        The Knight King is "King Rendal" who has in one of his stories once killed a giant dragon with the help of this ring. Source DS1

        • Anonymous

          20 Sep 2018 17:53  

          I'm excited that swagin' Balder Knight King Rendal got a honorable mention lol... He IS of course the most swaggin' of all former kings.

          • 07 Sep 2018 10:26  

            This is easily one of the best PvE rings. 17% physical absorption from a ring is nearly broken good and if you happen on PvP in your travels you get the 5% which is about the same as a light armor piece. Definitely a recommended ring for a questing hero!

            • Anonymous

              26 May 2018 09:58  

              Should I use the +3 version over dragonscale ring? I'm a heavy Ledo hammer user and was wondering which would benefit me more in pvp. Slots are taken with Life Ring, Ring of Favor and Havel's, all +3.

              • 21 Mar 2018 07:44  

                Perfect for lightweight armor, only problem now is gettin get hit once and still getting heavy stagger from a 2H, and then the stupid follow up.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Aug 2017 21:46  

                  Does anyone know how this ring works when you are summoned as a Spear of the Church? Is it even considered to be a PvP or PvE when you are the Boss with all of your defenses multiplied according to the number of phantoms? It may be a godsend for this fight if absorption bonus is applied on top of the ring's effect. Has anyone tested?

                  • Anonymous

                    12 May 2017 08:36  

                    What does it mean PvP, PvE for this ring ? Is PvE normal gaming with invaders and mobs (Does +0 version give 10% against invaders or host if you are invader ?) and PvP is only arena in this context (only 2% of physical dmg ab.) ?

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Apr 2017 20:20  

                      Whoever wrote that going from 28 to 35 is 7% increase in damage absorption needs to go back to middle school. This is embarrassing. Going from 72% to 65% damage *taken* means 10% increase in absorption, not 7.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Apr 2017 23:32  

                        For the intellectually starved individuals:
                        Use this ring with med/heavy armor and perseverance WA, and you'll finally see that the ring isn't pointless... you ignorant slaves

                        • Anonymous

                          18 Jan 2017 17:25  

                          I tested it and it works exactly as advertised. Reduces physical damage by the amount specified within a 1% margin of error.

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