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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    • 19 Jan 2021 20:17  

      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

        26 Dec 2020 05:21  

        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.

        • Dark Bead [DKS Wiki]13 Nov 2020 19:04  

          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

            13 Nov 2020 18:53  

            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

              07 Nov 2020 09:55  

              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?

              • 18 Sep 2020 01:41  

                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

                  25 Aug 2020 01:44  

                  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

                    24 Aug 2020 07:38  

                    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

                      21 Aug 2020 02:57  

                      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

                        20 Aug 2020 17:21  

                        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

                          16 Jul 2020 21:18  

                          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

                            08 Jul 2020 00:21  

                            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

                              14 Jun 2020 20:00  

                              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.

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