Symbol of Avarice

icon_prot_phy.png 21 Poise Resistence 15
Strike Protection 10.9 Bleed Resistence 10
Slash Protection 21 Poison Resistence 0
Thrust Protection 21 Curse Resistence 0
Magic Protection 8 Durability -
Fire Protection 2 Weight 10.0
Lightning Protection 2    

Symbol of Avarice is a Helm in Dark Souls.


Symbol of Avarice Description

"Monster head resembling a treasure chest. Once an ancient god, it is said this is the symbol of shame imposed on a long lost clan, exiled for the sin of avarice. Wearing this slightly raises soul absorption and item discovery, but also affects its wearer with the curse of the branded."



How to Get / Where to Find Symbol of Avarice




  • Cannot be upgraded
  • Mimics do not respawn, but this item can still be farmed by repeatedly waking the mimic up with a low damage attack like a punch and using Lloyd's Talisman to put it back to sleep and producing an item
  • Increases Item Discovery by 200. Does not stack with Covetous Gold Serpent Ring, but stacks with Humanity
  • Increases Souls received by 20%. Stacks with Covetous Silver Serpent Ring for a total combined bonus of 44%
  • Depletes 5 HP per second. Still works even while resting at a bonfire.
  • Reduces Stamina regeneration by 1 per second.


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    • Anonymous

      23 Aug 2021 19:02  

      There's no *way* this thing has a 0.1% drop chance.
      I'd believe 10% or 1%...

      Is this a typo? Is someone thinking 10% = 1/10 = 0.1
      but then mistakenly putting the percentage sign alongside the 0.1?

      • Anonymous

        18 Dec 2020 15:19  

        It never gets old wearing this while farming darkwraiths in Lower New Londo and watching other players shadows attack me out of being startled. Of course there's always the chance they could be fighting something in their game but a few times I was behind another players "ghost" and the turned around and immediately started attacking lol.

        • Anonymous

          12 Dec 2020 20:43  

          Based on my experience this with 10 humanity increases the chances of getting rare drops from enemies. I did both Sen's fortress (balder swag sword) and New Londo (titanite slabs) with 10 humanity and gold serpent ring and after 20 or more runs, no luck. Got both items within the first couple runs wearing the symbol of avarice and 10 humanity.

          • Anonymous

            19 Jun 2020 13:29  

            Mimics in dlcs count. I just went back to double check in every mimic location and symbol of avarice still isnt spawning in archives

            • Anonymous

              17 May 2020 01:42  

              why does the wiki not list how this thing slows you down significantly? sprinting speed is drastically reduced with this and the time to accelerate increases a huge amount.

              • Anonymous

                11 Feb 2020 10:39  

                I got this 3 times in a row at the Archives mimic, on seperat playthroughs. Is that luck or is it guaranteed?

                • Anonymous

                  12 Jan 2020 23:47  

                  Came to read up on this item after picking it up naturally, only to read that this is a 1/1000 chance. Time to play the lotto.

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Oct 2019 17:04  

                    I was wearing Chester custom and open the chest and i find the Enchanted Falchion not the chest hat why? Is it relative to the Chester custom? OR IT IS A DAMM BUG? This is not my first newgame

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Feb 2019 15:00  

                      With lloyd talismans and a few precise throws, I got it in 2 mins. Tested without lloyds and it was a nightmare I no one wish to experience...

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Dec 2018 14:51  

                        This thing is damn nice if you've got the health/estus for it. Just don't wear it at bosses and you'll be fine.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Nov 2018 22:46  

                          The item description contradicts what we see in the game. The description states that the headpiece was "imposed on a long lost clan, exiled for the sin of avarice". This leads us to believe that Mimics are actually humans of that tribe that wear the headpiece. However, the Mimics are decidedly NOT human, they are taller and thinner than the PC and NPCs and the mouth and tongue are fully functional. So what exactly are they, weird looking humans or monsters that look like chests?

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Jun 2018 13:31  

                            It should be noted here on the Wiki that the Symbol of Avarice doesn't appear to drain health while the player character is doing the animation for a backstab or riposte.

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