Darkwraith Knight

Darkwraith Knight - Dark Souls Remastered
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200 216 B B B
HP 525 (NG+ 888 )
Drops 1200 Souls (NG+ 3600 )
Titanite Chunk
Titanite Slab 
Dark Hand 

Darkwraith Knight is an Enemy in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Enemies are hostile creatures that respawn when players rest at a Bonfire or upon death. Special enemies that do not respawn are classified as Bosses, Mini Bosses or Invaders.


Darkwraith Knight Information

The Darkwraiths are the servants of the Four Kings, the former rulers of New Londo who fell to dark. They are the enemies of man, and any living thing that has a soul. The entire city was once sacrificed and flooded to contain them, for that is how great a threat they were. They were never meant to roam again.
Guarding the lower area of the New Londo Ruins, these fierce servants of The Four Kings are equipped with a Darksword and a Dark Hand as a shield. They can grab you if you stand in front of them too long, and drain your humanity in the process. The grab is telegraphed by a white light pulsing from their offhand. Quite quick, but easy to circle around and backstab. Easily can 4 shot you if your guard falls from the initial strike. Don't let them surround you.




The Darkwraith Knight is very offensive, he will walk towards you and use a variety of attacks. First off, if you use your shield to guard this attacks, he will kick you reducing stamina, so a shield with good stability and total protection against physical damage is recommended. His blows are very fast and can swing for 2 consecutive attacks like the dark knights do. He uses the Dark Hand in two ways, a warping black shield and a death grab. If you get hit by the latter, you will see how your character is thrown to the ground and hurt badly.

  • To defeat the Darkwraith Knight with ease, wield your shield very close to him, wait for the kick animation or the grab spell then back off a little and smack him for 1 or 2 hits.
  • You can wait for his attack animation to finish and hit him one or two times. Be careful has the number of swings he throw at you may vary from 1 to 4.
  • As usually known in Dark Souls, try not to fight them in groups.
  • Extreme caution may be necessary to avoid being swarmed. Darkwraiths have a very long aggro range and are totally invisible for most of it. Several of them could be running your way long before you know it.
  • While making their moves, they cannot be interrupted, as some other enemies. This can keep you stunlocked. If your move won't kill them, always stay with shield up until they finish their combos, or else you will get hit.
  • They are very easy to backstab.
  • The Dark Hand grab also steals one humanity point if successfully executed.
  • They're also susceptible to parries. Their running stab attack is easily parried, so try to bait them into doing this. Else block or evade their entire combo and parry the last overhead swing, or block the first two-handed overhead attack and parry the follow-up.
  • The True Greatsword of Artorias has a damage modifier against Darkwraiths, so it's very useful when exploring the New Londo Ruins.



Location Health NG+ Souls NG+ Respawn
New Londo Ruins (lower level) 525 888 1200 3600 Yes


  • Some believe them to be freedom fighters, defenders of the human race, but they may rather represent evil Humanity.
  • Darkwraith Knights may be akin to Nazgûl from The Lord of Rings, or the Human Darkness from Berserk (read here)
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    • Anonymous

      23 Nov 2018 03:34  

      Covetous Gold Serpent Ring + 30 Humanity (unpatched version) for 410 Item discovery, and it took me around 4hrs to get 2 titanite slabs from the Darkwraiths in New Londo. I have 34 Titanite Chunks right now, no clue how many I had when I started farming (probably 3 or 4?). I've made over 240,000 souls killing Darkwraiths at about 900 souls a pop (plus an annoying Drake here and there at 500 souls a pop)... so you do the math lol. Killed maybe 1900-2200 Darkwraiths and have only received 2 titanite slabs hahahaha patience is definitely a must. But if you want it bad enough, get your item discovery up to 410, get a few Ring of Sacrifices ready, turn on some music and have at it!

      • Anonymous

        14 Jul 2018 00:08  

        What is the recommended Item Discovery rate for getting Titanite Slabs from these guys? I'm at 300 (using the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring).

        23 Titanite Chunks, 6 Dark Hands, 0 Titanite Slabs. Been at this for about 17 hours total.

        • Anonymous

          07 Jun 2018 00:16  

          If anyone's having trouble with these ****ers, keep in mind that their aggro range is reduced massively if you're not making a sound. Equipping the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring can allow you to detect them at the same time they see you, and once you memorise their locations, secure easy backstabs and safe farming. Try not to enter from the Valley of Drakes, though, you'll most likely end up in front of them.

          I hope that helps fellow Undead in the same way it helped me. And as always, praise the sun!

          • 16 Oct 2017 23:41  

            These *****ers were my absolute kryptonite, during my earliest playthroughs...then I decided I wanted to upgrade all of my gear to +10 and to face my fears....it took something like 2 days...New Londo witnessed a complete and utter Darkwraiths genocide XD I think I slaughtered 2000 of them, and got enough slabs to upgrade everything (full set of armor, shield, bow, main weapon and three secondary weapons). Off course, my fear went away xD

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