Dark Hand
dark hand
dark hand as shield
as a Shield
dark hand stealing humanity
stealing Humanity

In-Game Description

The Darkwraiths, incited by Kaathe, use the
power of the dark soul to absorb humanity, an
art shared by this weapon, which also acts as
a special shield. The ancients, particularly,
could sap the humanity of even a replete
saint in the blink of an eye.


General Information

Image Name Damage Critical Bonus Durability Weight Stats Needed
Stat Bonuses
Reduction %
Stability Aux Effects Frampt
dark-hand.png Dark Hand 200/0/0/0

100 999 0.5 0/0/0/0

80/80/80/80 30 0 / 0 / 0 / 130 1

Move Set

  • When equipped in the left hand slot, the weak attack (block button) will spawn a blackhole-like shield with no deflection.
  • When equipped in the right hand slot, the strong attack will do a grab attack that absorbs Humanity from some NPCs and when invading online players (similar to the Darkwraith enemy in the New Londo Ruins). The amount of maximum Humanity absorbed per attack scales with your Darkwraith covenant rank.


  • This weapon cannot be upgraded
  • You can use the Dark Hand multiple times without making the NPC hostile, as long as you do no damage (only drain Humanity).
  • To absorb humanity from sitting NPCs like Patches at Firelink Shrine, make them stand up by hitting them with very weak attacks (barehanded punch, Pyromancy Flame punch, kicking, using Force, etc.)
  • Beware that using the drain attack in tight spaces or with a seated target (or other non-standing posture) does a glowing punch rather than the drain. Ensure ample space or make them stand prior to draining if you wish to keep NPCs non-hostile.

Humanities Absorption on Players

Darkwraith covenant level Maximum Humanities absorbed per use
0 1
+1 3
+2 5
+3 10

Humanities Absorption on NPCs

Depending on your Darkwraith covenant rank, you may need to use the Dark Hand several times to fully drain an NPC. Some NPC may end up Hollowed if you finish their quest or you buy all their items, Hollowed NPCs yield no Humanity when you use Dark Hand on them.

NPC Name Maximum Humanities that can be drained
Lord's Blade Ciaran Zero
Crestfallen Merchant Zero
Crestfallen Warrior Zero
Domhnall of Zena Zero
Dusk of Oolacile Zero
Griggs of Vinheim 3 Humanities
Big Hat Logan Zero (in Firelink Shrine after being saved from Sen's Fortress)
Ingward 4 Humanities
Lady of the Darkling Zero
Laurentius of the Great Swamp 5 Humanities (in Firelink Shrine after being saved from Depths)
Knight Lautrec of Carim 7 Humanities
Dark Spirit Maneater Mildred 8 Humanities
Oswald of Carim Zero
Oscar,Knight of Astora Zero (First Meeting in Undead Asylum)
Patches 7 Humanities
Petrus of Thorolund 2 Humanities
Rhea of Thorolund 12 Humanities (in Undead Parish after being saved from Tomb of the Giants)
Sieglinde of Catarina 10 Humanities
Siegmeyer of Catarina 4 Humanities
Solaire of Astora 5 Humanities
Vince of Thorolund 5 Humanities
Nico of Thorolund 3 Humanities
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