Bleed deals 30%-50% damage of the victim's total health (same with enemies). Bosses bleed only in a smaller amount.

Bleed is a gameplay mechanic in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. It is a debuff status effect and one of the auxiliary special effect and a damage type.

General Information for Bleed:

  • Bleed deals 30%-50% damage of the victim's total health (same with enemies). Bosses bleed only in a smaller amount.


Build up

When exposed to Bleed, a build-up bar will appear at the middle of the screen.

  • The size of the bar is determined by the amount of Bleed resistance.
  • If the exposure stops, the bar will slowly decrease.
  • The bar will continue to fill up with exposure.
  • The ailment will take effect when the bar is full.


Once the bleed bar is full, you will instantly lose a portion of your health based on percentage.

  • Most weapons that cause bleed damage take 30% of your health.
  • The Lifehunt Scythe is one of two weapons that take 50% of your health, though the build-up also goes up on the user (user receives 20% less build-up than victim).
  • Priscilla's Dagger is the other weapon that takes 50% of your health, and the user receives no build-up of their own with this weapon.



  • Rolling right before your bar completely fills up will cause you to take no bleed damage but will still give you the blood loss message and sound.
  • Wearing the Bloodbite Ring will increase your bleed resistance by 400%


More Defense against Bleed:

Weapons with Auxiliary Effect, Bleed:

Enemies, Bosses and Characters with Auxiliary Effect, Bleed


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Damage Types
curse  ♦  Divine  ♦  Fire Damage  ♦  Lightning Damage  ♦  Magic Damage  ♦  Occult  ♦  Physical Damage  ♦  Poison  ♦  Slash damage  ♦  Strike Damage  ♦  Thrust Damage  ♦  Toxic

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    • Anonymous

      hey quick question, when it says 30% of the enemies health bar does that mean that no matter the weapons damage it will always do 30% of the damage? i ask because im a str nerd and adding in a lightning bandit knife for certain bossfights would be pretty nice

      • Anonymous

        what happens when you mix bleed? Like, prisc dag in one hand, uchigatana in other for reach. Does it default to first hit, last hit, or lowest?

        • Anonymous

          So in DS3 Bleed scaled through Luck. What scales Bleed in DS1? And where are the good softcaps for Bleed?

          • Anonymous

            The Pinwheel boss bleeds after about six hits of Bandit Knife. Not that you need help with the boss, but there should be a bona fide entry for bosses that bleed. From what others have said at least Smough bleeds. I remember being in a coop against Orn and Smough and Smough dies after about five seconds. They must have both had bleed weapons equipped.

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