For the Dark Souls III variant, see Darkdrift (Dark Souls III).
For the Dark Souls III skill, see Darkdrift (skill).

Darkdrift is a katana in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

Katana of Grave Warden Agdayne. Has a crystal-clear blade and a strong attack that slices through enemy shields.
This katana was originally wielded by the one who gave us the first death, and still exists imperfectly between planes.
Effect: shield piercing (strong attack)


Obtained from Grave Warden Agdayne by talking to him after killing Velstadt, the Royal Aegis and acquiring the King's Ring.

Can also be purchased from Merchant Hag Melentia for 15,000 souls if the player kills Agdayne.


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.


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Quick, alternating diagonal slashes from right to left.
Strong Attack
Stabbing motion with high starting lag, followed by a horizontal slash.
Weak Attack
Alternating diagonal slashes.
Strong Attack
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.
Weak Attack
Alternating diagonal slashes from left to right.
Strong Attack
Strong thrusting attack with small range and decent damage, but a small hitbox.


Standard Variation Attack Values Bonus Damage Reduction
Icon DaSII PhyAtkWpn Icon DaSII MagAtkWpn Icon DaSII FireAtkWpn Icon DaSII LtnAtkWpn Icon DaSII DarkAtkWpn Icon DaSII PsnAtkWpn Icon DaSII BldAtkWpn Icon DaSII Str Bonus Icon DaSII Dex Bonus Icon DaSII Mag Bonus Icon DaSII Fire Bonus Icon DaSII Ltn Bonus Icon DaSII Dark Bonus Icon DaSII PhyRed Icon DaSII MagRed Icon DaSII FireRed Icon DaSII LtnRed Icon DaSII DarkRed Icon DaSII PsnRed Icon DaSII BldRed
Darkdrift 130 C 45 10 30 30 20 15 15
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



Dark Souls 2 Darkdrift Tutorial (dual wielding w power stance)

Dark Souls 2 Darkdrift Tutorial (dual wielding w power stance)

Moveset demonstration

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