Drake Sword
Drake Sword +5

physical damage dark souls 300 critical dark souls 100
magic damage dark souls - stability dark souls 32
fire damage dark souls - durability dark souls 360
lightning damage dark souls - weight dark souls 6.0
Requirements & Bonus
strength dark souls icon dexterity intelligence dark souls faith dark souls
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 (either by fighting him normally or by shooting off his tail with a bow and arrows from below the bridge)

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.

Lore

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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 magic damage dark souls fire damage dark souls lightning damage dark souls strength dark souls dexterity dark souls intelligence dark souls faith dark souls divine dark souls occult dark souls physical defense dark souls magic defense dark souls fire defense dark souls lightning defense dark souls stability dark souls
Regular 200 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +1 (dragon scale dark souls sx1) 220 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +2 (dragon scale dark souls sx1) 240 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +3 (dragon scale dark souls sx2) 260 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +4 (dragon scale dark souls sx2) 280 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32
Regular +5 (dragon scale dark souls sx4) 300 - - - - - - - - - 50 10 35 35 32

 




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    • Anonymous

      I'm in the endgame and this is still my primary weapon.

      I use it with one or with both hands, depending on situation.
      (I am often switching during the same fight -- 'offensive with two hands' or 'defensive with one hand plus shield'.)

      I am very agile and quick with it and I yield a high ratio of 'damage per second'.
      It has a good range and a "round up" movement set on *one hand heavy attack*.
      Its a mercyless slasher with *two hand light attack*.

      I have more endurance than health points (31 vs 34), so I can land at least 5 swings in a row without exhausting)

      All regular enemies are down after a 'one hit', inkl. bigger standard enemies.
      Sentinels in Darkroot Garden take 4 hits and those in Anor Londo take 5 hits.

      So I am done with all of them in an instant and mostly without taking any damage myself.

      I just finished boss fight "4 Kings" on my very first attempt.

      I don't think its true, that this sword is only for the early game.
      I intent to use it for the whole run.

      Its great together with pyromancy.
      I have a devine uchigatana as a second weapon, but it is definitely weaker (+10, dex 32, fth 16).

      • Anonymous

        Somehow managed to brave through half of Sen’s Fortress using this deceptive weapon. Although I quickly opened my eyes and proceeded to switch for the Lightning Spear instead

        • Anonymous

          So if using this weapon late game makes it harder, doesn't that just mean that if someone were to play with just this sword and beat the game, they are at least somewhat good at the game by the end of it?

          • Anonymous

            The definitive "beginner's weapon", in a good way. Can get you to level 35 without upgrades (who upgrades this damn sword anyway)

            • Anonymous

              There's at least one good reason to get this weapon: obtaining Havel's Ring early on. At low levels, any other weapon does minimal damage to Havel (even with backstab or riposte), making the fight impractical.

              I found Havel's Ring + Chain Set is especially nice early on; you can have some def and poise without slowing your roll. Definitely worth a few minutes of spamming arrows!

              • Anonymous

                Use this till Sen's then switch for the lighting spear to save upgrade materials for any +10 weapon of your choice once you hit Anor Londo.

                • Anonymous

                  HOHOHOHO IT'SA ME SANTA CLAUSE
                  THIS WEAPON IS NAUGHTY AND IF YOU USE IT, YOU WON'T GET ANY PRESENTS TO CHRISTMAS!!!
                  HOHOHO, THE MACE IS BETTER!!! I USE THE MACE EVERY DAY AND IT'S THE GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREATEST WEAPON ON EARTH!!!
                  IF YOU WANT TO GET AAALL THE PRESENTS, USE THE MACE JUST LIKE ME!!!
                  MARRY CHRISTMAS!!!

                  • Anonymous

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                  • 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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

                                          • Anonymous

                                            When DS1 came out we thought we were so clever to find this sword. It lets you cheese the burg sure, but the burg is so easy it is much more effective to use a starter weapon and actually git gud early rather than being flattened later on

                                            • Anonymous

                                              It deals as much damage as a ****ing greatsword a ultra greatsword and it’s as fast as a straight sword noice

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I got the zweihander, but, and call me crazy, I prefer this weapon, I just hate slow ones, not that I have anything against people using those, they do pack a very mean punch if you know how to fight well with this kind of weapon. So Imma keep it for a while longer. Prob will use that zweihander, but not for now, plus, I kinda made it my goal that whatever weapon I'm using, I WILL, max it the hell out. GRINDING, HERE I COME!

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This sword is decent, but honestly it should be called the Nate Sword. Don't want people thinking it could be related to Sam.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

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

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              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

                                                                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.

                                                                • 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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                          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.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            can you backstab hollows with the Drake Sword?
                                                                            Because backstabbing worked just fine for me wielding a Winged Spear +7 or a diine Longsword but with this weapon I just can't get backstabs on regular enemies, even in a perfect angle

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I shot the drake about 50 times to get the sword, and I got the message saying I got the sword. But it's not in my inventory. I don't know what to do

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                From what I have seen through videos on YouTube the Drake Sword has a special attack when you two hand it and press RT (Xbox), but it doesn't seem to work properly for me because when I do that my character does the animation and the attack seems to shoot into the sky rather than straight ahead, is there something I'm missing or is it some sort of bug in the game?

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