Dark Souls Wiki
Dark Souls Wiki

For the covenant, see Darkwraith (covenant).
For the enemy in Dark Souls III, see Darkwraith (Dark Souls III).

Darkwraiths are enemies in Dark Souls.


Lower New Londo Ruins, after the water has been drained.


Darkwraiths were once knights of the Four Kings of New Londo before descending into Dark along with their masters.[1] Provoked by Darkstalker Kaathe, they use the art of Lifedrain, the power of the Dark Soul to absorb Humanity.[2] Their threat grew so large that all of New Londo was flooded, trapping them in the Abyss.[3]

Despite being consistently hostile, it seems that they are all part of the actual Darkwraith covenant, and appear as dark servants in other places besides New Londo[4].


Darkwraiths are one of three enemies that drop Titanite Slabs, the others being Crystal Lizards and the Stray Demon; however, Darkwraiths can respawn, thus being the most reliable source of Titanite Slabs in one playthrough.

Enemy information[]


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Slash / Strike / Thrust
Abilities Can grab and suck the player's Humanity, also dealing heavy damage. Can repel melee attacks with their Dark Hand.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Overhead Chop 370 Slash None Yes Neither Medium
Whirling Dervish 515 Slash None Yes Both Fast
Humanity Drain 281 Grab None No Neither Very Slow
Running Stab 452 Thrust None Yes Both Fast
Double Chop 424 Slash None Yes Neither Medium
Kick 260 Strike None No Neither Fast

Damage listed per hit.


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
309 309 309 309 231 200 216 B B B

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.


Item Item Titanite Chunk
Titanite Chunk
Wpn Dark Hand
Dark Hand
Item Titanite Chunk
Titanite Chunk  ×2
Titanite Slab
Titanite Slab
Drop Rate 8.47% 1% 0.32% 0.21%




Dark Hand


  1. Darksword description.
  2. Dark Hand description.
  3. Dialogue with Ingward.
  4. Greatsword of Artorias description