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

  • Drop from the Hellkite Wyvern.
  • 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


    • Anonymous

      10 Apr 2020 11:17  

      Someone wanna confirm that graveyard skeletons don't resurrect if you kill them with this? as if it were a holy weapon? did i just blow all your minds? I just started a ng without the master key, shot buddies tail off in like 3 minutes...

      • Anonymous

        30 Mar 2020 02:39  

        Using Standard Arrows, I was able to do 4 damage when I got as close as possible under the bridge. It took around 135 arrows to get the tail off, which took about 30 minutes. I did miss a couple of arrows and for the first 5 minutes I was doing 2 damage until I got closer. Hope this helps for anyone wondering how long and how many arrows you will need.

        • Anonymous

          08 Mar 2020 14:14  

          Ahh the memories starting out and not knowing anything about this series This and the Lightning Spear from Sen's were THE noob weapons lol (not that it's a bad thing)

          • Anonymous

            28 Feb 2020 22:57  

            Ultimate noob weapon, how you tell someone is total casual. OGs know the truth, only noobs will downvote or reply nasty things cause I speak truth

            • Anonymous

              31 Jan 2020 18:21  

              "OR you can just cut his tail without having to fight him by following the steps in the video below." yea sure

              • Anonymous

                11 Nov 2019 23:07  

                You could literally 2 hand a zweihander wits those stats, a weapon that has a far higher damage potential and can be obtained within 2 minutes of getting to firelink shrine

                • Anonymous

                  09 Sep 2019 03:11  

                  Are you kidding me? I spent 10 minutes using hit and run tactics to kill the drake expecting to get both the sword and souls, only for the sword not to drop. Turns out you can only get the sword by cutting it's tail, despite this page clearly stating it's a "Drop from the Hellkite Wyvern". This site is a *****ing joke.

                  • 20 May 2019 04:58  

                    garbage players - OMG BEST WEAPON GET IT ASAP experienced players - lol nah im gonna pass on putting useless points into dex to be able to use a bow and shooting a dragon tail for 10 minutes from safety to get a*****ty sword that has no scaling

                    • Anonymous

                      17 May 2019 03:34  

                      Great weapon to use when you're on a fresh character and you have jack***** for good weaponry/stats. If you upgrade it, you must not be thinking straight.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Feb 2019 04:11  

                        I swear these articles sometimes have incorrect scalings and irrelevant information but the dumbest***** by far is always the Rakuyo lore that makes zero sense. "GWYNDOLIN IS THE MOON PRESENCE" stated as fact. Tyvm

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Sep 2018 22:05  

                          Its definately worth to upgrade if you are going with a low str build since all dragon scale weapons require more strength than Drake sword.

                          • Anonymous

                            16 Jun 2018 17:00  

                            Early-game, sorcerers have few powerful weapons at their disposal. However, the Drake Sword has the same stat requirements as the Moonlight Greatsword (disregarding INT). Would recommend.

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