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

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 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

      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.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Nov 2016 22:25  

                    counters the negative effect of prisoners chain, very useful for free soul levels.
                    is the heart of my defensive ringset (this, ring of favor, silvercat ring and prisoners chain) u could say its a waste of slots, but i like high stats ^^
                    and without that i could never use my beloved fashion souls set...

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Nov 2016 04:13  

                      Ok. My SL 120 has 15 vitality right now. (I'm going to respec) do I get more defense equipping this ring +2, or more defense if I boost vitality to 24?

                      • Anonymous

                        Just a theory01 Oct 2016 16:09  

                        So this ring increases physical damage absorption by 10% and the Clutch rings increases incoming physical damage by 10%, does that mean that if I wear Ring of Steel Protection and one of the Clutch rings I take normal damage?

                        • Anonymous

                          Ring has not been nurfed31 Aug 2016 03:34  

                          No the ring has not been nurfed i use the ring constantly now there aas slight change to the ring but for *****s sake i wear robes and my absorption is 30+ like it stop alot of incomeing "physcial" damage so what i do is wear robes that have very high elemental absorption so non of my absorptions are below 25 which is good for pvp cause people may think your a squishy but it gets people sometimes when there weapon thats suppost to two shot me barely cracks my health

                          • Anonymous

                            Diminishing Returns Testing22 Jul 2016 23:54  

                            I tested this thing, and absorption in general. There are no diminishing returns in this game; the numbers you see are correct. The thing is that buffs are multiplicative in this game, not additive. The +2 version of the ring causes the damage you would have taken, if not wearing the ring, to be decreased by 15%. If you would have been hit for 1,000 with 0 absorption, then having 10% absorption would lower it to 900. Putting on the ring now will lower this 900 by 15%, not the initial 1,000. The 900 will be reduced to 765, and you are now taking 23.5% total less damage than the initial 1,000. Stacking more absorption works exactly the same way. Looking at the physical resist of full knight and steel +2 you take damage: 1 x 0.869 x 0.919 x 0.955 x 0.964 x 0.85 = 0.6249, or 62.49% of the unmitigated damage. This comes out to ~37.51% physical absorption on your screen. In short: The ring works fine, and the numbers on your screen are accurate. Equipping it will cause physical attacks to do 15% (for +2) less damage to you, pvp scenarios included.

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