The Darkdrift is a surprisingly powerful weapon, being not only the lightest katana in the game, but also possessing singular traits that allow it to shine in mostly PvP combat, as it has a lot more damage than most katanas (even being able to surpass the Blacksteel Katana), it has a very good moveset, and it has the unique ability to pierce through shields when using the two-handed power attack.
However, its most obvious gimmick is that of being almost transparent, thus allowing players to fool opponents in PvP matches and striking them without warning.
These abilities do come at a price however, as the Darkdrift has one of the worst durabilities out of any weapon, which limits its viability as a PvP oriented weapon only, it also has the least amount of counter-strength, it deals the least poise damage out of the entire weapon class, and it has the second highest dexterity requirement to be used.
Due to its deceptively low scaling bonuses, the Darkdrift benefits greatly from infusions.
All in all, this is an excellent niche weapon that was made specifically for PvP.
- Because of the low durability of this weapon it is advised to use a Bracing Knuckle Ring to prevent the weapon from breaking during drawn out PvE battles.
- It should be stressed that the blade does become much more visible when applying/casting a buff to it, as the effect will visually coat it. Also, if the player using it is invading other players, it would be wise to wear the Ring of the Living as it will get rid of whatever aura the would coat the player, and the weapon.
- Due to this weapons shield piercing capability, it would be wise to infuse this weapon.
|Quick, alternating diagonal slashes from right to left.|
|Stabbing motion with high starting lag, followed by a horizontal slash.|
|Alternating diagonal slashes.|
|Downward diagonal slash followed by an overhead downward slash.|
|Jump Attack||Jumping vertical strike.|
|Running Attack||A very fast, lunging thrust with short range and decent damage, but small hitbox.|
|Rolling Attack||180° horizontal slash.|
|Power Stance Weak Attack||Parallel slash from left to right, followed by a diagonal slash from right to left.|
|Power Stance Strong Attack||An "X" shaped slash, followed by another.|
|Guard break||Standard guard break.|
|Alternating diagonal slashes from left to right.|
|Strong thrusting attack with small range and decent damage, but a small hitbox.|
|Standard Variation||Attack Values||Bonus||Damage Reduction|
|Darkdrift +1 (Titanite Shard ×1)||143||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||C||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +2 (Titanite Shard ×2)||156||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||B||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +3 (Titanite Shard ×3)||169||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||B||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +4 (L. Titanite Shard ×1)||182||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||B||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +5 (L. Titanite Shard ×2)||195||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||B||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×3)||208||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||B||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +7 (Titanite Chunk ×1)||221||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||B||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +8 (Titanite Chunk ×2)||234||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||A||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +9 (Titanite Chunk ×3)||247||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||A||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
|Darkdrift +10 (Titanite Slab ×1)||260||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||A||–||–||–||–||45||10||30||30||20||15||15|
| Berserker Blade • Bewitched Alonne Sword • Blacksteel Katana • Chaos Blade • Darkdrift • Manslayer|
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