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 No

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.
  • 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).
  • Some believe them to be revolutionaries, defenders of the human race, but they may rather represent evil Humanity.

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


    • Anonymous

      16 Jul 2020 20:09  

      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 19:56  

        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 19:54  

          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

            18 Jun 2020 00:21  

            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 20:29  

              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 20:40  

                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 22:28  

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

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Jul 2019 20:30  

                    I wrote it on "Ring of Fog" page, but guess i'll better write it here too. The thing is, Ring of Fog also makes your dark hand invisible. Quoting myself from other page: "This includes the shield mode, so it'll look like you deflect hits with your bare hand. Besides, it may also help to trick other players, since there will be no way to tell that you have dark hand equipped. It DOESN'T make succ invisible, however. Have no idea if this will work in remaster, but it surely does in non-remastered version on PC. Can someone try this in remastered version?"

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Sep 2018 04:07  

                      Does anyone else think its retarded that you can't parry with the Dark Hand like you could in the original Dark Souls? I'd rather parry with it, off hand, than bother trying to time a grab personally, am I the only one?

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Aug 2018 17:28  

                        best feeling in dark souls remastered? being a sunbro and slamming the succ attack on an invader. now their invasion is essentially an instant loss, unless they kill the host, which just brings them back to whatever humanity they had before.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Dec 2017 06:38  

                          I'm not sure if I understand how you do the dark hand grab with it in your left hand. I wouldn't try to parry with the dark hand so I wish they made it that the L1 would be block BUT the L2 would the dark hand grab. I don't want to have to keep the dark hand in my second right hand slot. That's reserved for a bow or catalyst.

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