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The Sanctus is a medium shield in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

A legendary weapon of the Way of White, granted to an Undead paladin long ago. Once blessed with the protection of a white flame, but its power has all but faded, so that it provides only slight HP recovery.

Availability[]

Sanctus is dropped by Paladin Leeroy's invasion near the end of the Tomb of the Giants. When defeated, he drops this shield and its weapon counterpart, Grant. (Players must have reversed their hollowing for Leeroy to spawn.)

The drop rate should be 100%, although the game sometimes glitches when Leeroy is killed, failing to drop Grant/Sanctus or spawn his armor with the defeat of Gravelord Nito.

Characteristics[]

Sanctus' requirement of 18 Faith makes it rather inaccessible to non-faith builds, further limiting usage. However, it does slowly regenerate the player's HP over time, granting limitless healing. The rate is very slow at 2 HP every 2 seconds, so its practical use in the middle of battle is limited, but patient players can greatly benefit from Sanctus' effects when out of combat. 

The shield has medium deflection and normal parry speed. When upgraded to crystal, the durability is 41. Sanctus shares its regeneration trait with Replenishment, Elizabeth's Mushroom, and Bountiful Sunlight

It is especially handy for co-op, as the health regeneration alleviates the need to heal up after every fight.

The Faith requirement still applies if the player uses it as a shield: it will have little to no Stability, all but guaranteeing that the player's guard will break.

Resistance Defense[]

Along with Physical and Elemental damage reduction, weapons also have hidden stats that reduce the amount of status build-up while blocking.

Resistance Reduction
Bleed 90%
Poison 74%
Toxic 74%
Curse 100%

Moveset[]

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
Diagonal swing to the left.
One-handed
Strong Attack
Strong horizontal swings alternating from left to right. Some starting lag.
Two-handed
Weak Attack
Shield Bash.*
Two-handed
Strong Attack
Holds shield up and runs forward, then slams it down at the end. Additional inputs yield a horizontal swing.*
Jump Attack Slams shield into the ground.
Running Attack Holds shield up and runs forward, then swings open at the end.*
Rolling Attack Downward swing.
Kick Push away with the shield.
Left-handed
Weak Attack
Block.
Left-handed
Strong Attack
Parry.

*While shield is up the player is actively blocking

Upgrades[]

Requires: Standard Sanctus, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Standard Standard Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Sanctus 62 D 95 40 70 50 51
Sanctus +1 (Titanite Shard ×1) 65 D 95 40 70 50 52
Sanctus +2 (Titanite Shard ×1) 68 D 95 40 70 50 53
Sanctus +3 (Titanite Shard ×2) 71 D 95 40 70 50 54
Sanctus +4 (Titanite Shard ×2) 74 D 95 40 70 50 55
Sanctus +5 (Titanite Shard ×3) 77 D 95 40 70 50 56
Sanctus +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 81 D 95 40 70 50 57
Sanctus +7 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 84 D 95 40 70 50 58
Sanctus +8 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 88 D 95 40 70 50 59
Sanctus +9 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 92 D 95 40 70 50 60
Sanctus +10 (L. Titanite Shard ×3) 96 D 95 40 70 50 61
Sanctus +11 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 100 D 95 40 70 50 61
Sanctus +12 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 104 D 95 40 70 50 62
Sanctus +13 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 109 D 95 40 70 50 62
Sanctus +14 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 113 D 95 40 70 50 63
Sanctus +15 (Titanite Slab ×1) 124 D 95 40 70 50 63

Requires: Standard Sanctus +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Crystal Crystal Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Crystal Sanctus
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
96 D 95 40 70 50 63
Crystal Sanctus +1
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
100 D 95 40 70 50 64
Crystal Sanctus +2
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
104 D 95 40 70 50 64
Crystal Sanctus +3
(Titanite Chunk ×2)
109 D 95 40 70 50 65
Crystal Sanctus +4
(Titanite Chunk ×3)
113 D 95 40 70 50 65
Crystal Sanctus +5
(Titanite Slab ×1)
124 D 95 40 70 50 66

Requires: Standard Sanctus +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Magic Magic Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Magic Sanctus
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
58 62 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
61 65 E D 95 40.8 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
64 68 E D 95 41.6 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
67 71 E D 95 42.4 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
70 74 E D 95 43.2 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
72 77 E D 95 44 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +6
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
76 81 E D 95 44.8 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +7
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
79 84 E D 95 45.6 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +8
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×2)
82 88 E D 95 46.4 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +9
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×3)
86 91 E D 95 47.2 70 50 51
Magic Sanctus +10
(Blue Titanite Slab ×1)
94 100 E D 95 47 70 50 51

Requires: Standard Sanctus +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Divine Divine Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Divine Sanctus
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
52 63 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
55 66 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
57 69 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
60 72 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
62 75 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
65 79 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +6
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
68 82 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +7
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
70 86 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +8
(White Titanite Chunk ×2)
73 89 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +9
(White Titanite Chunk ×3)
76 93 E D 95 40 70 50 51
Divine Sanctus +10
(White Titanite Slab ×1)
84 102 E D 95 40 70 50 51

Requires: Standard Sanctus +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Fire Fire Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Fire Sanctus
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
62 62 95 40 70.0 50 51
Fire Sanctus +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
64 64 95 40 71.4 50 51
Fire Sanctus +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
66 66 95 40 72.8 50 51
Fire Sanctus +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
69 69 95 40 74.2 50 51
Fire Sanctus +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
71 71 95 40 75.6 50 51
Fire Sanctus +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
74 74 95 40 77.0 50 51
Fire Sanctus +6
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
78 78 95 40 78.4 50 51
Fire Sanctus +7
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
83 83 95 40 79.8 50 51
Fire Sanctus +8
(Red Titanite Chunk ×2)
87 87 95 40 81.2 50 51
Fire Sanctus +9
(Red Titanite Chunk ×3)
91 91 95 40 82.6 50 51
Fire Sanctus +10
(Red Titanite Slab ×1)
96 96 95 40 84.0 50 51
The stats for the above upgrade path may be out of date. Efforts are currently underway to fix this issue. Thank you for your understanding.

Requires: Standard Sanctus +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Lightning Lightning Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction Stability
Lightning Sanctus
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
74 74 95 40 70 56 51
Lightning Sanctus +1
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
79 79 95 40 70 57 51
Lightning Sanctus +2
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
84 84 95 40 70 57.5 51
Lightning Sanctus +3
(Titanite Chunk ×2)
89 89 95 40 70 58 51
Lightning Sanctus +4
(Titanite Chunk ×3)
94 94 95 40 70 59 51
Lightning Sanctus +5
(Titanite Slab ×1)
99 99 95 40 70 60 51
The stats for the above upgrade path may be out of date. Efforts are currently underway to fix this issue. Thank you for your understanding.

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