Dark Hand

200 critical_dark_souls.jpg 100
- stability_dark_souls.jpg 30
- durability_dark_souls.jpg 999
- weight_dark_souls.jpg 0.5
Requirements & Bonus
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Auxiliary occult_dark_souls.jpg 130
Weapon Type Fist Weapon
Attack Type Strike
Enchantable No
Special Yes

Dark Hand is a Weapon in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.


The Darkwraiths, incited by Kaathe, use the power of the dark soul to absorb humanity, an art shared by this weapon, which also acts as a special shield. The ancients, particularly, could sap the humanity of even a replete saint in the blink of an eye."

How to Get / Where to Find the Dark Hand

Upgrade cost

  • This weapon cannot be Upgraded.
  • Leveling your Darkwraith rank will not make the Dark Hand more powerful, but cause it to steal more Humanity.


In the right hand it is a powerful fist weapon with the ability to steal humanity, from players you have invaded or NPCs, while in the left hand it also becomes a shield.

  • Give to Frampt to receive 1 soul.
  • Can be used in left hand and Produces a good but low stability shield.
  • Special: Pressing R2 while the Dark Hand is in your Right hand will initiate a grab attack, used to steal humanityfrom another player (PVP) or from some NPCs. 
    • A normal Dark Hand will steal 1 humanity from players and NPCs with each grab, even if you are not a darkwraith member.
    • Ranking up as a Darkwraith will increase the amount of humanity drained with each grab.
      Darkwraith +1 = 3 humanity / +2 = 5 humanity / +3 = 10 humanity.
    • This can be parried, surprisingly.
  • This move can also be used multiple times to steal all humanity from PvP players and NPCs.
  • Using R2 on an NPC should not cause them to become hostile, so you can use it freely, with the exclusion of the blacksmiths, who will become hostile upon attack.
  • Both you and your target must be at the same floor height or the R2 grab attack will only do damage instead of grabbing him.
  • The R2 grab attack will have the same animation if they have no humanity left.
  • Obtaining the Dark Hand through killing Dark Wraiths can easily be done through the use of high item drop rate on your character. (410 drop rate, for example).
  • It appears to be possible to steal humanity with Dark Hand is equipped in your left hand by switching equips in the right, and then using L2. More specifically, switching from Dragonslayer Great Bow to Darkmoon Tin Catalyst in the right hand. (Unconfirmed).

See Humanity Farming for a list of NPCs, and how much humanity each one holds.

Dark Hand Upgrade Table

  Attack Values Parameter Bonuses Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Dark Hand physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg critical_dark_souls.jpg strength_dark_souls.jpg dexterity_dark_souls.jpg intelligence_dark_souls.jpg faith_dark_souls.jpg bleed_dark_souls.jpg poison_dark_souls.jpg divine_dark_souls.jpg occult_dark_souls.jpg physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg stability_dark_souls.jpg
Regular 200 0 0 0 100 - - - - 0 0 - 130 80 80 80 80 30


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    • Anonymous

      18 Feb 2021 09:41  

      I am here to repent, I stole 89 humanity from an afk havel twink in firelink shrine (SL 20 twink invasions on my part) but that's how I got my 99 soft humanity and made everyones day worse for the next few weeks before an actually good player spanked me...

      • Anonymous

        22 Nov 2020 10:30  

        I was working towards gathering 50 humanity to reach rank 3 in the Darkwraiths and I ended up invading an AFK host who I drained exactly 50 humanity from before they came back. Jackpot!

        • Anonymous

          03 Oct 2020 08:56  

          get a full egghead on your head invade someone and do a kick attack then use r2 on people who think it can infect them and you'd sure give them a heart attack lmfao...and people think darkwraiths with fancy skeletal masks are evil ha now this is downright evil

          • Anonymous

            11 Aug 2020 22:54  

            It looks great and is very effective ... when the Darkwraiths use it. The version for the player is unfortunately as stable as a damp handkerchief.

            • Anonymous

              16 Jul 2020 14:09  

              Recommended block usage: Magic attacks. The Dark Hand will basically take a dump on mage, pyro, or cleric builds. Specifically, Fire Surge can be blocked without any stamina loss. How's that for the worst stability 'shield' in the game?

              • Anonymous

                16 Jul 2020 13:56  

                Recommended NPCs to suck Humanity out of: Reah, Laurentius, Griggs, Lautrec, Petrus, and human Vince/Nico. Logan and Dusk both have no Humanity.

                • Anonymous

                  16 Jul 2020 13:54  

                  Here's a general criteria for Humanity stealing - it will only work on player models. This means that it won't work on giants, blacksmiths, egg dudes, or any entity that isn't using the player model. Otherwise, it will damage, and likely aggravate, whatever entity it is attempted on.

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Jun 2020 18:21  

                    Innocent question: how do you use dark hand to succ humanity in pvp?? I mean the animation is sooo slow they can just roll away, not to mention the small hitbox...?

                    • 01 Apr 2020 14:29  

                      Some of you guys are going to hate me for this. I'm not a big fan using the dark hand. The good things about it is the humanity steal and most blocking stats(except for stability). Depending what darkwraith covenant level you are if your at the maximum level, it'll be a great humanity generator. The stats of the shield is phenomenal but the stability is the worst. When comparing to other well round shields like the grass crest shield, the dark hands stability is the lowest out of the all round shields. Sure it's light, but same goes with other shields. The main reason why I don't like the dark hand is it appears many times on my darkwraith farm. This kinda infuriates me when the dark hand shows up. I forgot to mention about the durability. It's durability is 999 which is good. But like I said, it's abysmal stability of 30 and my personal frustration of getting it to much are two of my biggest problems. I'm sorry but it's my opinion.

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Mar 2020 15:40  

                        I hit people so many times right in the face with it even when being on the same floor like described here and yet 90% of my hits don't grab them. Only small damage numbers. And when i finally get one, they don't even have any humanity at all. lmao

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Jan 2020 16:28  

                          "Should we make them drop their set or sword?" "Nah let's have them drop their non physical magic power instead"

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