Offerings Rewards
0 Dark Hand
Your Dark Hand steals 1 humanity
Can buy Cracked Red Eye Orbs from Kaathe
10 Red Eye Orb
Dark Hand steals 3 humanity
30 Darksword and Darkwraith Armor Set
Dark Hand steals 6 humanity
80 Your Dark Hand steals 10 humanity

Darkwraith is a Covenant in Dark Souls. This is a hidden covenant in the game, obtained by speaking to the primordial serpent Darkstalker Kaathe in The Abyss. Through this Covenant players will be able to obtain the Red Eye Orb which is an invasion item with unlimited uses. Joining this Covenant will award you with the Dark Hand, a fist weapon with the ability to steal humanity from another player by using its strong attack.
Note: Once you have defeated the Four Kings boss, you will not need to wear the Covenant of Artorias ring anymore (until NG+) to enter The Abyss.


  1. Kill Great Grey Wolf Sif and receive his ring, Covenant of Artorias, which will allow you to access The Abyss. You will have to do this even in New Game+, as the game takes away the ring upon completing the game.
  2. Branching path:
    1. Do not speak to Frampt after obtaining the Lordvessel and do not place it on the firelink altar. Then speak to Ingward in New Londo Ruins to receive the key to open The Abyss. After joining the covenant, Frampt will disappear. If you accidentally speak to Frampt but have not yet placed the Lordvessel, you can still use Homeward Bone, after doing so you can trade with him normally although the Lordvessel is not placed.
    2. If you wish to join the covenant before obtaining the Lordvessel, you may kill Ingward to receive the key to open the door to The Abyss.
  3. Entering The Abyss starts the battle against the Four Kings. Defeat them to proceed. 
  4. Speak to Kaathe, the primordial serpent, at The Abyss. He will ask you a question: Answer YES or you won't be able to join the Darkwraiths. You will have the option to Enter Covenant.

Effects of covenant

  • Cracked Red Eye Orb can be bought (costs 3,000 souls)
  • Kaathe gives you a Dark Hand (can be dropped on Darkwraith knights). You can equip it on the right hand slot and press R2/RT to do a 'humanity absorbing' attack. Amount of humanities absorbed is dependent on covenant level. This attack can be done on NPCs or online human players. Conversely, equipping it on the left hand equipment slot turns it into a 'blackhole-like' shield.
    • Dark Hand behaves the same for all players including non-members, but you steal more humanities per absorption depending of your Darwraith covenant level.
  • Kaathe gives you a Red Eye Orb at +1 covenant level.
  • If you fail to defeat your target when you invade, you do not lose your status as human. You do, however, drop a bloodstain that contains all the souls and humanities you had before you died, and this bloodstain will disappear if you leave another bloodstain, either by dying in your world or being defeated while invading again. But so long as you pick up the bloodstain between invasions, you will not lose anything.
  • lf you do kill your target, he or she may put an indictment upon you.

Pictures of the Dark hand and the Dark Armor & sword. Click image to make it popup larger.
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Rank Requirements

Each humanity turned in nets you a point towards your next rank.

Rank Humanities Offered Rewards
0 0 Dark Hand
Your Dark Hand steals 1 humanity (the same amount as non-covenant members)
Can buy Cracked Red Eye Orbs from Kaathe
+1 10 Red Eye Orb (This item will allow you to invade indefinitely)
Dark Hand steals 3 humanity
+2 30 Darksword and Darkwraith Armor Set
Dark Hand steals 6 humanity
+3 80 Your Dark Hand steals 10 humanity

Betrayal Penalties

If you betray or leave the Covenant, you will lose the ability to:


If you go near Kaathe while a member of the Princess Guard Covenant, he will DISAPPEAR for the rest of your playthrough. Absolving your sins does not cause him to reappear (supposed to be fixed, need confirmation)


  • You can only invade people whose soul level is higher or equal to yours, or at max 10% lower than yours.
  • Killing the host (or a phantom) yields 10% souls of the hosts (phantoms) recent level up cost
  • The Darkwraith covenant is the forebear of The Brotherhood of Blood (DS2) and Rosaria's Fingers (DS3)
  • The color of this eye orb is based on the Red Eye Stone, obtained by killing The Maiden in Black in Demon's Souls.
  • Some believe Darkwraiths to be revolutionaries, defenders of the human race, but they might just be evil Humanity.


  • Covenant: Darkwraith - discover Darkwraith covenant. (25 points + Silver Trophy)



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    • Anonymous

      this is my favorite covenant in the entire series, and every other "evil pvp" covenant that came after it had a **** motivation in my opinion

      • Anonymous

        Artorias' sword says it does extra damage to darkwraiths, is this finctional for the player as well or just lore? like if you go fight Artorias while in the darkwraith covenant does he deal more damage?

        • Anonymous

          is it normal when you put on the wraith armor to get a massive urge to kill and or steal the humanity of every living being

          • Anonymous

            I just dropped 30 humanity on Kaathe, bit by bit but did not receive any darkwraith items (It said I ranked the covenant up too). Any ideas on what I can do to get it working?

            • Anonymous

              I'm doing a run where I get every weapon... is there a way for me to get the Darkwraith sword but not anger Frampt?

              • Anonymous

                The covenant was obviously locked behind sif and the four kings to counter twinking but this also had the side effect of players being naturally OP just to get the red eye orb. Once you obtain it on a low level character you’ll already have a bunch of powerful gear just from the journey so OP twinking just became the norm. The remastered version made this a little less extreme but it’s still pretty dominant. The main benefit of accessing the orb early in DS3 is that you can often be invaded by players with similar early game gear as you and even if the weapon matchmaking wasn’t in that game there would still be a lot of normal non twink invaders which I’d argue makes for some of the most memorable moments in these games.

                • Anonymous

                  I simply love this covenant. I do my best to fight honorably, as much as the other player allows. If I get wind that you summoned someone I'm gonna take you out by whatever means necessary before your help arrives and it's two or more against one. If you're AFK then I'm gonna do a courtesy bow, some shield movement and a few circles around you. If you still gone then I'm gonna dark hand and steal humanity but this still allows a fair"ish" fight if you come back. After I've taken all I can and you still gone then it's your own darn fault for being online, human and AFK in an invadable area. Price of stupidity is hollowed at the bonfire when you come back and hope you weren't AFK in the Catacombs in a hot zone you cleared out. Risky business gettin them souls back but maybe you learned a lesson.

                  Off my rant lol. I really like this covenant all in all. I usually do lvl 60 builds and start with around 30 humanity. I like to think that with each victory I become stronger because humanity boosts your stats all the way to 99. Earning my way there is gratifying. I currently have 4 different builds I use just to hone in proficiency (a mage, pyro tank, melee tank and a faith build). Next build may be a ninja build but I really want to do a Darth Vader cosplay build. Sure for some good laughs. I got a lot of inspiration for my builds from a Youtuber named Crozyn.

                  • Anonymous

                    I became a level 1 dragon invader at the undead burg and it took a lot of honest work to set it up completely solo but something is off this time around. I just can’t get any enjoyment out of it when most of the people are 100% beginners but I had an unbelievable amount of fun during my brief co op period to join and rank in the sunlight covenant before heading to the darkwraiths. I guess I’ll stick with co op for this guy.

                    • Anonymous

                      Where do they find the description? “Some believe Darkwraiths to be revolutionaries, defenders of the human race, but they might just be evil Humanity.” Because I looked everywhere and can’t find any lore claiming this.

                      • Anonymous

                        when talking to kaathe, there is an option (first one) "demand covenant item", which is weird.
                        what does it do ?
                        I already had a dark hand prior to joining

                        • Anonymous

                          I die a bit more inside every time I see an invader using mask of the mother and hollow soldier waist cloth who’s only strategy is to BS fish over and over. Despite the advantages I couldn’t imagine playing a game for the meta and doing nothing creative with your builds

                          • Anonymous

                            Started NG+ went str8 to sig got the ring went str8 to 4 kings joined dark wraiths. Then I rang both bells and Frampt shows up like it never happened.

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