Players who can Overkill an enemy will gain a bonus of 20% souls, making farming weaker enemies more profitable. Overkill is signified by a somewhat longer "soul absorb" animation and sharper SFX.


You must be able to do greater than 150% of the target's max HP in one attack.

  • Doesn't matter if the target has full health or not. (e.g. you damaged an enemy for half its HP, then do a riposte, and you'll still get the overkill bonus).
  • Damage must be done in a single hit. Riposte and backstab counts as single hit, even though certain weapons have 2 or 3 damage stages.

Kills that do not count as overkill:

  • Combos don't count as a single hit. This includes Homing Soulmass-type spells.
  • Poisoning and Toxic effects can't trigger overkill.
  • Fall damage (kicking enemies off cliff) can't trigger overkill.

Tips to Achieve Overkill

Apart from being overpowered, a few examples:

  • General
    • Power Within. It raises all damage by 40% at the cost of health drain.
    • Hitting staggered enemy grants 40% extra damage and can be done with all forms of attack.
  • Melee
    • Backstab with Hornet Ring.
    • Riposte with Hornet Ring. Ripostes have higher damage multiplier than backstabs, but are relatively harder to perform.
    • Counter hit an enemy, can be further increased when wearing the Leo Ring for a total of ~67% extra damage.
  • Bow
    • Headshot. Extra 20% damage and staggers enemy. Works on most humanoid enemies. Signified by a sharp sound and a fountain of blood gushing out.


  • In order to maximize soul gain, equip Covetous Silver Serpent Ring and, if you are fine with the side-effect, Symbol of Avarice, for a total of 173% soul gain.
  • Item drop rate doesn't seem to increase on Overkill.
  • Overkill is unachieveable on bosses.
  • Overkill exists in Demon's Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 3, but not in Dark Souls 2.
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License

Subscription expired — please renew

Pro account upgrade has expired for this site and the site is now locked. If you are the master administrator for this site, please renew your subscription or delete your outstanding sites or stored files, so that your account fits in the free plan.