Dark Bead

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Spell Type Sorcery
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Slots Used 1
Spell Uses 6

Dark Bead is a Sorcery in Dark Souls. To cast a sorcery, you must use a Catalyst or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries


Abyss sorcery discovered by an Oolacile sorcerer on the brink of madness. Fires successive Dark Orbs.
In contrast to standard soul sorceries, Abyss sorcery is weighty and inflict physical damage. Perhaps a human soul is closer to matter in its humanity.



  • Ranged Attack
  • Fires 7 small magical orbs in a horizontal pattern.
  • Out of all of the sorceries this is by far the fastest spell. When all 7 orbs hit at close range the damage makes it one of the strongest spells in the game. One of the best spells to use at close range.




  • Dark Sorceries deal a combination of physical and magic damage. The magic damage is determined by the INT scaling of your catalyst (as with normal sorceries), and the physical damage is determined by the STR and DEX scaling of your catalyst.
  • This extra physical damage is not shown on your catalyst, and is a hidden stat.
  • Two-handing the catalyst does not increase the physical damage of Dark Sorceries.
  • Especially effective against bosses, because of their size, all projectiles will hit them most of the time, achieving maximum damage.


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    • Anonymous

      Took me days to beat Artorias the legit way as a SL4 sorcerer but damn if it wasn't worth the trip to get this spell. It's really like a shotgun.

      • Anonymous

        Dark Bead does mental damage to players before you use it. In fact you don't even need to have it at first place. How does it work?

        1. Be random weak character - all stats below 20 etc.
        2. Go to Darkroot basin and obtain Grass Crest Shield.
        3. Kill hydra and golden golem (weak character can actually defeat them and it's not that hard)
        4. Get Pricess Dusk clothes and catalyst.
        5. Join Forest Hunters and wear collected stuff with Cat ring (you don't need any spell or stats to use them)
        6. Invade some new and weak characters.
        7. Watch as players run away and get killed by npcs, rage-quit or jump to their deaths without even fighting because they are sure you are Dark Bead invader.
        8. Easy souls, titanite and Ring of Fog.

        • Anonymous

          I once fought (and almost killed) a low level guy who used this. When started getting in close and hitting him, he just ran away and healed. Dark bead was all he used basically, that and soul spear. I almost got him, but then I let my guard down and BAM, one shot.

          • Anonymous

            Dark Bead invader is annoying that's for sure.

            But at least you can dodge orbs.

            You know what is more annoying than low lvl dark sorcrerer? Teleporting backstaber.

            You duel typical style... Attacking, blocking, evading... Invader is in front of you and... BAM! Half second later you see backstab animation. Just like that. One moment he's in front of you and moment after you get backstabbed. And it goes again and again until you die.

            Dark bead is surely overpowered spell but it can be dodged like any other spell without taking any damage. Teleporting backstaber exploiting some broken mechanics is completely different thing.

            • Anonymous

              1) 40+ INT & 40+ STR
              2) Manus Catalyst
              3) Crown of Dusk
              4) Red Tearstone Ring
              5) Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring
              6) Power Within

              Effect? One-shot most bosses if all of 7 beads hits target.

              • Anonymous

                it says " The magic damage is determined by the INT scaling of your catalyst". But I have a question about the staff of Gwyndolin which scales by faith. Is it in case of dark sorceries, that with that special staff it scales with faith, or is it still the Int stat? Depending on that, it would impact a lot if this staff is good for dark sorcieries or not and I wanted to use it in a future run and also use dark sorceries. Would be nice if someone has the answer to my question :)

                • PVP, I mean yes, they can One Shot you, they are very fast...But on the good side, once you get the casting timing right is fairly easy to roll away, or to the side or through it. It's a fair mechanic to face that rewards your evasion skills, your awareness and knowledge of the game. You can evade Beads very consistently once you get the timing.
                  You can't say the same about something like Crystal Spear, which currently still is kind of a mess, you can roll evade but sometimes you still get phantom hit out of nowhere.
                  Same with pursuers that kind of forces you to roll away or run away, whatever, (you can roll directly to them and their damage is cancelled but is quite dangerous to do that... frequently Wizys don't expect that).
                  So I would argue that in a ranking of what sucks the most to face:
                  Cristal Spear (and the other Spear, is it Magic Spear?)> Pursuers > Dark Beads

                  • As much as I hate them, I have to grudgingly admit respect for people who put themselves through O&S, Guardian, and Artorias at SL4 for this spell. I still hate you, and never want to encounter you again, but props for obtaining the Beads legitimately and suffering for your success.

                    Unless you cheat it in, or have a "friend" pass it along.

                    But you wouldn't do that, right?

                    You're not that much of a pussy, are you?


                    • Anonymous

                      You get invaded : panic
                      He casts small black orbs : panic intensives
                      They surround him : calm
                      THEY SURROUND HIM : ATOMIC PANIC

                      • Anonymous

                        With 16 INT, using the Oolacile Ivory Catalyst and no Crown of Dusk or Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring, this spell deals 791 Physical damage and 1386 Magic damage, dealing a whopping 2177 damage, provided all the orbs hit their mark. Even if just 3 orbs hit it's still doing like 900+ damage, which is ridiculous for such little investment.

                        • Anonymous

                          Ahh the classic experience of entering Undead Parish and immediately getting invaded by an invader with +0 weapons but every single sorcery boosting item with Dark Bead so they just one shot you

                          • Anonymous

                            Got it at SL22, makes Gargoyles and Capra Demon go POOF doing co-op. Dancing with the Channeler's trident afterwards to add insult to injury. I call it the Magic Mike Drop.

                            • Anonymous

                              Was able to one shot the gargoyles as a phantom. The host was at sl20 or something. I think the damage doesn’t even get scaled down only my hp. I wish the password system wasn’t there it just makes the game even easier for casuls.

                              • Anonymous

                                I actually get really excited when someone uses this against me because it’s extremely easy to dodge. Truly the hardest thing to counter is unlocked backstab fishers because dodge rolling gets you back stabbed easier and often I have to resort to countering their back stabs by ..... backstabbing them myself resulting in neither person taking damage however I cannot pull this off consistently and it’s really not an enjoyable way to fight. This game is absolutely broken

                                • In meta pvp this spell has limited use. If they are caught by surprise you can hit and kill them with it, also if they get over confident because they feel they have some sort of advantage (usually numbers), finally you can use it to replace a riposte, which is possible if your fast enough and will outright one shot because of counter damage

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This combos nicely with homing crystal soulmass. I use this when the person I've invaded has help just to even the odds. The soulmass usually breaks the shield guard and the dark bead takes over 1,000 hp depending on your magic adj. Even better if you have something like the balder side sword buffed with crystal magic weapon.

                                    • Possibly one of the most cancerous sorcerers in the history of the soul series.
                                      And I have quite a big comparison when it comes to this, because sorcerers are always my favorite characters and I focus the most on maggi

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Gonna be honest, Dark Bead is broken. Is is also one of the worst and most punishable spells in the game. It all depends on who you're using it on. If it's a causal who does not immediately think roll, you've won already. Same goes for tanks without Havel's great shield (consider yourself dead if he does). If it's a guy who does roll, especially if it's dark wood grain ring roll, or even silver pendant, don't even try dark bead or, if a roller, sorcery. As for avoiding the spell, Silver pendant is not to bad, but I personally recommend rolling, or, better yet, the Ninja roll. This has a 90% chance to foil any dark mage who dares call upon the dreaded spell.
                                        As for tanks, again, Havel's great shield is pretty good, with 83 stability, not to mention 95% magic resist.
                                        And, as a more general tip, ALWAYS use Magic barrier or Great magic barrier if you can use it. I have found this tip Extremely useful in all scenarios.

                                        Hope you like the tips!

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Y'all be requesting this to be nerfed like c'mon, any idiot would think of using this if the game allows. At this point what could I say except for git gud?

                                          • Have you ever been killed from behind the caster with this spell? Well it sucks. The only consistent way to avoid it is to i-frame through it, which means no backstab punish. IT IS JUST 2 OP.
                                            But I love it anyway.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              The most lethal aspect of this spell is it’s ability to one shot somebody “through” a shield but often it’s not actually through it because the multiple orbs cause a guard break followed by instant counter damage which happens so fast you don’t see an animation for breaking their guard but seriously it’s jarring to watch it happen. If I’m wrong about this and it so happens that this spell is simply powerful enough to one shot someone who’s blocking without breaking their guard then ehh that’s even more terrifying tbh

                                              • Anonymous

                                                If anyone is struggling against this spell, my advice is to unlock when you think they will cast it, roll, and if you rolled through it, lock on and you can backstab without any risk. Works best with DWGR.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Someone explain to me how at level 20, before i even ring the bell, i get invaded by an MFer casting this and wearing havels set

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    If I were to ban one thing from PvP, it would be this.

                                                    (Go ahead and harass me, ****ty Dark Bead builds, without e'm, take it from somebody who's made casters run out of this **** spell, you're nothing.)

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      How to counter
                                                      Step one:play in offline mode
                                                      Voila countered


                                                      Try and incorporate ranged attacks into your build and play on a unpredictable manner so they don't know when to cast bead

                                                      That's just my advice on the matter, and it might not be the best for everybody

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Fun fact: With 99 strength and INT, with power within and red tearstone both active (can be done by using dusk crown ring and being cursed with less than 20 vitality), using the Manus catalyst for the extra strength scaling, this spell has an AR 8981. For context the boss with the highest health in the entire game is four kings, who have a combined health of 9604.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I feel like it should get nerfed or just raise its INT requirement. Also, sorcerers are cancer runnin' away because they don't got their Lothric Knight Straight Sword.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Just for fun I decided to get dark bead on sl5 solely for PvE purpose. Paradoxically I noticed that almost all the non dlc bosses can pretty easily be killed with easy obtainable soul arrows with no need to even enter dlc. I tried both and don't even know what was harder: fighting Artorias or trying to skip him. Dark bead is just not worth it.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              So far, I really like this spell. It isn't very reliable outside of close-quarters combat. Not that hard to dodge IMO but I understand the struggle. It does need to be nerfed

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Join us at easytopunishdotcom as almost everyone spams this spell like brainless sheep, assuming for it to erase all their hardships in the game without a second thought on improving their gameplay instead.


                                                                Wait, people actually get hit by this? Have they located the roll button?
                                                                (Random gibberish on phone)
                                                                Yeah? Hmmh... Have they considered to Git Gud?
                                                                (Gibberish intensifies)
                                                                I know, the meme isn't outdated at all.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Possibly one of the most cancerous sorcerers in the history of the soul series. Twats who spam this in pvp are very fun

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