Vertebra Shackle is a Multiplayer Item in Dark Souls 3.

Vertebra Shackle


A special bone collected by members of the covenant of Mound-makers, discovered in the corpses of their victims.

Only one such bone is found in the vertebrae, and the Mound-makers believe it to be a shackle of the gods. In their minds, each victim is another connection, an addition to the family."


Vertebra Shackle Usage

  • Used to increase Mound-Maker Covenant allegiance at the Sacrificial Altar in Undead Settlement, Pit of Hollows.


Vertebra Shackle Location

  • One is gained from defeating mad spirit Holy Knight Hodrick after he invades in the Undead Settlement. A Vertebra Shackle will not be obtained upon killing him after summoning him near the Crucifixion Woods bonfire.
  • +Item Drop from Carthus Swordsman Skeleton in the Catacombs of Carthus (Very Rare, ~0.8% at 100 Kills with Item Discovery of 100, tested on 100 Kills with 499 Item Discovery).
  • +Item Drop from Carthus Gravewarden Skeleton in the Catacombs of Carthus (1-2% chance - based on 100 kills). 
    • Test 2: 3% Chance (Based on 100 kills with 486 item discovery).
      • Addendum: A good place to farm these offline is just outside and to the right of the first Catacombs of Carthus Bonfire. Equip the Crystal Sage Rapier, Symbol of Avarice and switch to a luck build. Run past the rolling skeleton ball and pull the two Gravewarden skeletons into the path of the returning ball. Simply run back to the bonfire, rinse and repeat.




  • You will earn a Vertebra Shackle after you fulfill your duty when invading as a mad dark spirit (by killing the host of embers or by killing enough phantoms).
  • Defeating an invading Mound-Maker as a Host of Embers will reward you with a Vertebra Shackle.
    • This does not apply if the invading Mound-Maker invaded by means of White Sign Soapstone.
    • You can also earn one by defeating a Mound-Maker as a defending Blade of the Darkmoon, alongside the normal Proof of a Concord Kept. (There may be more ways to earn as a phantom, this is the only one I have experienced).
    • You can also earn one by dealing the killing blow to a mad dark spirit as a phantom.
  • A cheesy way to farm Vertebra Shackles is to get a friend to summon you via the Red Sign Soapstone and allow you to kill them repeatedly while you are a Mound-Maker. They do not need to have their Ember to summon you, and if they stay near a bonfire they will have no risk of losing any souls they may have. They don't even have to be near your level. Set a password so only they can summon you, and farm away. Profit.
  • You may offer these in mutliples of 10 by pressing LB - 10 and +10 RB.
  • One may be offered to Pickle Pee, Pump-a-Rum Crow to receive the Lucatiel Mask once per playthrough.
  • This item is not able to be given to other players. 



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    • Anonymous

      27 Mar 2021 19:23  

      I need help for platinum. My psn id: Nortoy95
      Played on steam now started in ps5. If someone needs help with other things can help too. Hope for understanding and good luck.

      • Anonymous

        20 Mar 2021 03:16  

        Anyone looking to farm these on pc? Lmk I'll gladly help you get some as well. steam ID: 76561199014847538

        • Anonymous

          17 Mar 2021 02:06  

          I could use some help farming these on PSN. I would love some help, and would be happy to help someone else out too. I can drop PSN ID if anyone can help out!

          • Anonymous

            25 Feb 2021 01:09  

            I tested it today with 435 item discovery. I killed 100 skeletons. And i got 7 Vertebra Shackles of them. So 7% drop rate for me. Maybe i was lucky. Usually i farm shackles online but i couldn't find anybody at SL150 for 1 hour. So i decided to farm like this.

            Maybe not finding anyone online, increases the drop rate. I don't know.

            • Anonymous

              23 Feb 2021 18:26  

              Just farmed these in the usual Catacombs spot with the two skeletons past the rolling ball, and recorded some data. I was at 515 item discovery, two handing a hollow +10 lothric knight greatsword (there are almost certainly better ways to kill them but it worked fairly okay for me) in NG+2, crystal rapier offhand, symbol of avarice, gold serpent ring +3, 99 luck, 99 hollowing. Popped a rusted coin in the small tunnel between the rolling ball and the skeletons every run. I started recording data once I had 8 shackles already so I only needed 22 for Warmth.

              It took me 193 minutes of farming. I killed 512 skeletons, which is 256 runs as there are 2 skeletons there. Each run therefore took 45 seconds on average. It took about 8.77 minutes per shackle, or in other words, 0.114 shackles per minute. It took 23 skeletons per shackle, or in other words, 0.04 shackles per skeleton (a 4% drop rate). This means that to start from scratch with 0 shackles, it would take somebody with a similar setup approximately 4 and a half hours to get 30 shackles, which is about 350 runs, or 700 skeletons.

              I've seen people on forums and such saying that there seem to be times where you get a lot of shackles (or any other covenant item) in succession, and then see none for a long time afterwards, and though I'm perfectly willing to admit that it might just be confirmation bias on my part, it seems like this observation is true in my case - I usually got 2 or 3 shackles within a few runs of each other, and then at one point it took me over an hour to see another shackle - so even though I calculated it earlier, saying "every 9 minutes you should see a shackle" would be very wrong in my experience. But I didn't record the number of runs between each shackle drop, so I can't prove that this regularly occurs, even if you could reasonably "prove" something which is so statistical and random like this.

              If somebody's gonna farm these soon using the method where you quit and reload every X runs to try and "reset the RNG", and can be bothered to record how long it took them and their item discovery, I'd be interesting in knowing if it's truly a better strategy. But if you have the ability to, use the cheese strategy where you repeatedly summon and kill a buddy, it's so much faster and sanity-preserving. God help you if you're reading this after the servers go down - you've got a few boring hours ahead of you.

              Praise the sun!

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