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)



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



    • Anonymous

      07 Feb 2019 18:21  

      All right, who keeps adding the "Some believe Darkwraiths to be revolutionaries, defenders of the human race" line to all the darkwraith related pages. I'm all for speculation but this is taking a "The Nazi's were good guys all along." approach to something with no basis or supporting evidence.

      • Anonymous

        29 Oct 2018 22:57  

        Dark Souls' at it again with the "don't do the thing, before doing the other thing or you can't do the first thing, unless you already did the thing, in which case you better not have talked to that one guy or else you'll never be able to do the thing and then you'll have to kill someone because they decided to put a glowing parasite on their head"-shenanigans

        • Anonymous

          04 Jul 2018 17:17  

          So I cannot join the Covenant anymore after talking to Frampt with the lordvessel, can I? So I cannot get the Armour Set for this complete run?

          • Anonymous

            23 Jun 2018 04:12  

            On step 4 of how to join the covenant it says if you answer "No" you will not be able to join but you still can, you just have to let him take you to the lord vessel alter and and use a homeward bone or die and fall back down to the abyss where you fight the four kings and talk to him then he will let you join.

            • Anonymous

              16 Jun 2018 20:31  

              So fucking stupid that you can't join this covenant (and therefore can't obtain the red eye orb, a crucial multiplayer item), if you talk to Frampt. How the fuck are you supposed to know that? Frampt gets basically pushed in your face everytime when you are at the Firelink Shrine. Fuck I hate Dark Souls sometimes

              • Anonymous

                11 Jun 2018 08:44  

                Apparently you can't offer more than 100 humanity. After offering 100 I got a message that said "Cannot offer more. Well done."

                • Anonymous

                  03 Jun 2018 22:36  

                  Note: The Wiki is wrong in regards to the amount of humanity you steal. Getting to +3 rank does increase the number of humanity you get from lifedrain, BUT each NPC has only a set number of humanity to steal/drain.

                  For example, Griggs of Vinheim only has 3 humanity, while solaire has 5. Big Hat Logan has none even though he appears in human form.

                  If you use it in PvP I recommend combining it with Tranquil Walk of Peace.

                  • Anonymous

                    31 May 2018 13:16  

                    So I’m playing the remaster and have given him over 30 humanity but I haven’t gotten anything, is there a reason why?

                    • Anonymous

                      28 May 2018 16:59  

                      I approached and spoke to Kaathe as a princess guard and he didn't run for it. So that bug is fixed as far as the remaster is concerned.

                      • Anonymous

                        Bug11 Sep 2016 17:06  

                        So, I joined the darkwraiths, offered up my humanity... No red eye orb. I got a dark hand from Kaathe, and I even got the dark set when I gave him more humanity, but he refuses to give me the red eye orb. Halp

                        • Anonymous

                          Princess's guard08 Jun 2016 17:20  

                          Today I was a princess's guard that went and killed the four kings and talked to Kaathe and deposited the lordvessel Kaathe is still here and I'm now a darkwraith.

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