Status Effects in Dark Souls 3 are those which are detrimental to players and NPCs. The following is a list of the status effects in the game, with an explanation of the effect and relevant items.

See also Status Icons, for a list of the various Icons diplayed on the HUD.


Status Effects







  • Effect: Player becomes progressively more hollow with each death. Unlocks free levels with Yoel of Londor at certain levels. Also augments the Hollow infusion to increase Luck making Hollowing a way to increase Luck without actually leveling up.
  • Mitigation: N/A. The option is voluntary.
  • Cured: Fire Keeper Soul turned into firekeeper, then pay to be cured. To remove the visual effects, use Purging Stone. Praying to the Statue of Velka

    • Anonymous

      14 Dec 2018 02:03  

      Absolutely stupid you can't block some of these with a shield. How you gonna make me bleed through my shield?

      • Anonymous

        Weird effects on status effect bar04 Aug 2016 19:01  

        I came here in hopes to learn about what they could be, one is a blue square and the other is a red eye, it only shows up sometimes when I try to invade so I am guessing it has something to do with that but I have no idea.

        • Anonymous

          Curse13 Jul 2016 23:25  

          Just died by curse effects in the archives, got trapped in between some furniture while rolling away from the outrider. Was equipped with a ring of sacrifice and it didn't break and I lost all my souls. Luckily there was a bloodstain.Playing on original version

          • need bleed resistant shield05 Jul 2016 03:50  

            theres like 2 shields that block poison buildup. but there isn't a single shield for bleed buildup? really from soft? you gave two items that block a useless status effect and left a very strong and abused status effect without any effective form of countering it?

            • Anonymous

              Unknown status effect!24 May 2016 17:57  

              Hello everybody, I've been having for over a month a strange status effect. I don't know what it does, but maybe it is related to the fact that each time I respawn I have like very few poison, toxic and the others status effects, but they dissapear in a second. It is dark and I dont know what it causes but Im freaking out. Please help! I know that it isnt the icon that marks that you hav password, ao I dont know what it is.

              • Anonymous

                After 3 Dark Souls game I'm not very enthusiastic of these few effects. Could have more variety!05 May 2016 13:53  

                I mean, I love Dark Souls, but frankly "Status Effect" is always a poor component of the game.The developers could have used more fantasy here.1)IMO, Bleeding is the only worth status in Dark Souls 3.2)Poison needs a buff, and I really hope that FROM will buff its damage cause it's kinda useless.3)Toxic is stronger, but you have not enough weapons/skills to put toxic so it's very very very rare.4)Frostbite is interesting but.. hey, you have like 4 weapons only to put frostbite (not even a spell)..That said, we could have seen a lot more.Then, just some ideas I had in like 2 minutes (so I don't get why developers haven't tried here)5)I don't really know why we can't have a Curse-weapon that slowly puts Curse to the target.The curse status exists, so why we can't have anything to Curse enemies (it hasn't to be OP).6) Any status that makes you fat rolling for few seconds? Dunno? 3/4 seconds of fat rolling after getting the status.7)A status inflicted by weapons and spells to block estus recovery for few seconds (like the consumable item)??When the status bar is full you can't heal for X seconds8)A status that reduces your FP points by X amount when proc?9)A status that makes you lose X% of your souls when proc?10) Any status that makes you unable to Attack for few seconds when proc? Like 3-4 seconds----------------------------------------------------------------------After 3 games you can't say that we've seen a lot of new contents.80% of Spells, weapons and armors haven't changed from previous games... I'd be very very happy to see something revolutionary in the future dlc,then you can start flaming me cause I blamed an aspect of your favorite game.

                • Anonymous

                  Calamity status effect?28 Apr 2016 12:03  

                  So im not wearing the calamity ring but i have put it on before as i thought it made enemies take more damage but it doesnt lol and now im not wearing it yet still have the icon

                  • Frostbite21 Apr 2016 08:43  

                    Frostbite deals 100 damage & also lowers all absorption by 5.

                    • Anonymous

                      Depleted max health status19 Apr 2016 07:14  

                      There some sort of "curse" status or spell inflicted by the jailer in irithyll dungeon that lowers your max health extremely low. Anyone know what it is or how to mitigate it?

                      • Anonymous

                        Frostbite effects17 Apr 2016 17:00  

                        I think frobite also lowers your damage absorption (You'll take more damage). Not confirmed yet.

                        • Anonymous

                          Gold Status Effect16 Apr 2016 21:20  

                          There is a gold status effect icon when you have password matching enabled. if anyone came here looking for that.

                          • Anonymous

                            Curse16 Apr 2016 10:28  

                            I died from curse and now do less damage. That or Hollowing lowers it. I estimate I lost around 5-8 damage

                            • Anonymous

                              Holy Status effect15 Apr 2016 12:38  

                              We need more research on the holy status effect.When you have a holy weapon/shield equipped theres an icon that appears under your life gauge.I know that holy weapons can stop undead skels from reviving,and it doesnt seem to work on shields(unless you deal the final blow with the shield).But then theres only a handful of reviving skeletons in the game so I doubt that thats its only purpose.

                              • Anonymous

                                Revision 509 Apr 2016 17:44  

                                Cleared the hollowing details as someone had confused it with the state of being unkindled, don't actually know the details of the hollowing stat, so I left it blank for now.

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