Drake Sword +5

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- stability_dark_souls.jpg 32
- durability_dark_souls.jpg 360
- weight_dark_souls.jpg 6.0
Requirements & Bonus
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16 10
Weapon Type Straight Sword
Attack Type Regular
Enchantable No
Special Yes

Drake Sword is a Weapon in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.


This sword, one of the rare dragon weapons, is formed by a drake's tail. Drakes are seen as undeveloped imitators of the dragons, but they are likely their distant kin."
"The sword is imbued with a mystical power, to be released when held with both hands."

How to Get / Where to Find the Drake Sword

  • Obtained by cutting off the tail of Hellkite Wyvern in the Undead Burg.
  • OR you can just cut his tail without having to fight him by following the steps in the video below.

Hints and Tips:

  • Give to Frampt to receive 5000 souls.
  • Good weapon for starters, and very low levels, because it does high damage, with low stat requirements; but can be outclassed in the Depths if you grind enough Large or Green Titanite from Slimes and make a weapon past +5, and is mostly useless when you get to Sen's Fortress, by which time you really should switch to something else if you haven't already.
  • If you wield it with two hands, pressing or holding (stronger attack) R2 will trigger a shockwave attack. Do note that with every use of this attack consumes 30 durability points of your weapon. In result you can use it 12 times till your weapon durability will drop to 0 points.
  • When equipped gives Magic DEF +15 and Flame DEF + 15.
  • This weapon doesn't scale with any stat, so it will be out damaged quickly at high levels.
  • It's NOT recommended to spend Dragon Scales upgrading this weapon as the increase in damage is too small.
  • Can be traded to Frampt for 5,000 souls; useful for when it is made irrelevant by higher scaling weapons. Be warned that if you intend to get the Knight's Honor achievement you will need it.
  • The 2H shockwave attack can hit the Anor Londo archers off the ledge, useful if you are bad at parrying or otherwise hitting them after drawing their aggression.


Youtube relevant videos:

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Drake Sword Upgrade Table

Dragon Upgrades may be performed by any Blacksmith, as long as you have the required materials.
To reach max, you need: 50,000 souls and 10 Dragon Scales.

  Attack Values Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Drake Sword physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg strength_dark_souls.jpg dexterity_dark_souls.jpg intelligence_dark_souls.jpg faith_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 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +1 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx1) 220 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +2 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx1) 240 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +3 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx2) 260 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +4 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx2) 280 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +5 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx4) 300 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32


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    • Anonymous

      13 Jun 2021 10:13  

      If you are new to Dark Souls you should definitively use this great Weapon for your entire playtrough. There are some weapons, that are good at first, but later lose their usefulness, wasting your upgrade Materials and forcing you to learn a new weapon. This weapon however will remain useful for the entire game, so you should max it out as soon as possible and get used to its playstyle.

      • Anonymous

        01 Jun 2021 20:24  

        The Drake Sword is a blessing for my first playthrough since I already know a lot about DS1, but lack practice. With this I can level mostly vitality and endurance so I have room for errors while still dealing good damage in the early game, helpful for practicing combat.

        • Anonymous

          16 May 2021 23:57  

          Ive never gotten this weapon, didnt even know you could get it. Then again i always ignore the drake, and always have a black knight sword or a gravelord sword in my playthroughs (if im not doing dex)

          • Anonymous

            03 May 2021 19:48  

            While this was definitely intended as a noob bait weapon, in the hands of good player it can be very useful in the early levels of the game. After Parrish is generally when one should move on from it

            • Anonymous

              02 May 2021 23:20  

              A friend spoilered me, telling me how to get it... so i did and used it all the way until Kiln of the first flame where i got access to the black knight gear.

              I am a little sad about how this changed my game experience as i never really went into upgrading any other weapons...
              I did upgrade it to +5 and liked it but after switching i have to say that it gets outscaled hard.

              I only switched once for the crystal Halberd at O&S , the increased range made the fight much easier.

              • Anonymous

                14 Apr 2021 15:38  

                Why people hate this weapon? It's perfectly suitable weapon for early game dealing 200 damage.
                To reach 200 damage with Uchigatana, you'd need +5 upgrade and 26 DEX, or +10 upg. and 14 DEX (+6 requires Large Ember in Depths, behind Capra Demon).
                Personally I find this a great weapon for Parish and Depths, it allows me to put some levels into Vitality and Endurance early.

                Maybe it's the sloooow cheesing with bow people hate?
                There's no need for that, you can get the tail reliably with Gold Resin and fast weapon (Axe, Uchi and many other works).
                1) Run from the bonfire up the ladder, below the bridge, choose equip to get below 25% equip load
                2) Go up the stairs and around wooden railing to the safe corner (take a little bit wide angle so Wyvern sends fire and burns the mobs)
                3) Move a bit to the side, stand just behind the corner, apply Resin and wait
                4) After ~20s Wyvern jumps down on the bridge (if it sends fire instead, you're too close to the center of bridge)
                5) Run (no sprinting!) to the tail along the side of the bridge, straight
                6) Hit is 3 times: you'll get the tail
                7) Go to the bonfire at Sunlight Altar (fire can hit you once, you should survive that if you're close to the side of the bridge)

                Works every time :-)

                • Anonymous

                  27 Mar 2021 17:23  

                  Noobs:bought arrows and bow and cut dragons tail for sword
                  Me:killed black knight with 8 humanities and get the sword then on shot the Taurus demon

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Mar 2021 19:37  

                    Everybody experienced says “Waaaa Drake Swrod bad git gud use something else!” Like ***** don’t act like you didn’t do the same thing in your first playthrough knowing about this weapon

                    • 13 Jan 2021 23:21  

                      For early pvp (say roughly level 10 in parish) would this out class the Claymore +5, or even Raw of Fire claymore, because they have the same requirements. Doesn't really matter to me, I will probably end up using both.

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Dec 2020 16:06  

                        I have a lvl 60 invasion build and invaded somebody in painted world. How the heck are you gonna be within my level range and be wielding this sword as your primary weapon?? Unless the dude was doing some kind of special challenge I have no idea. I basically spent 5 minutes toying with him running around him and throwing poop, he jabbed me a few times, didn't even block and it barely nicked my health so I don't even think it was even upgraded.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Nov 2020 23:33  

                          If you see someone with this, you know they are guide reader and let them know that them know that they should be ashamed of themselves for reading a guide for a video game

                          • Anonymous

                            06 Oct 2020 20:25  

                            Lets be honest anyone who thinks this sword is bad is **** at the game for not knowing a thing about scaling, this sword is easy to get (if you do it the right way not the arrows way) and its just free easy dmg just sitting there and doesnt require much leveling to use, its good for anyone whos making a pvp character and is rushing through the game to get stuff for his build or on a character who doesnt have enough points on str or dex yet to use a reliable weapon

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