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The Drake Sword is a straight sword in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

This Sword, one of the rare dragon weapons, is formed by a drake's tail. Drakes are seen as undeveloped imitators of the dragons, but in they are likely their distant kin.
The sword is imbued with a mystical power, to be released when held with both hands.


The Drake Sword is obtainable in the Undead Parish. To obtain the sword, the player must deal enough damage to the Red Drake's tail to sever it, placing the sword in their inventory. One method of doing this is to stand on the right side of the bridge under the drake and shoot its tail with a bow. Depending on the character's dexterity, this may take many shots or only a few. The tail will respawn, but the sword can only be obtained once per playthrough.


The Drake Sword is extremely powerful compared to other weapons found in the early game, but has no parameter bonuses. Therefore, it will gradually get weaker and weaker in comparison to conventional weapons throughout the game. While upgrading it can prolong its relevance somewhat, it is not exactly an optimal weapon to use for the entire game.

The damage of this weapon is fixed and only increases when reinforced or buffed by an outside effect. When wielded with both hands, the strong attack unleashes a ranged vertical cleave (similar to a smaller version of the Stormruler from Demon's Souls) at the cost of 30 weapon durability. Frequent use of this technique can quickly break the sword.

Like most dragon weapons, the Drake Sword cannot be enchanted. It grants 20 points of Flame and Magic Defense when wielded. This effect remains active when in the off-hand and two handing a weapon in the right.

Feeding it to Frampt grants 5000 Souls.


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Swings moderately quickly from left to right.
Strong Attack
Swings more slowly from right to left.
Weak Attack
Vertical swings, medium-fast speed.
Strong Attack
Releases a linear shock wave down a short distance from the player's line of sight.
Jump Attack Nearing the end of the jump's arc, the wielder stabs down towards the ground.
Running Attack Swings from left to right when running
Rolling Attack After performing the roll, the wielder makes an upward swing.
Kick Standard Kick.
Weak Attack
Standard block.
Strong Attack
Horizontal swing.


Requires: Dragon Scales and 10,000 souls per upgrade.
Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Drake Sword 200 50 10 35 35
Drake Sword +1 (Dragon Scale ×1) 220 50 10 35 35
Drake Sword +2 (Dragon Scale ×1) 240 50 10 35 35
Drake Sword +3 (Dragon Scale ×2) 260 50 10 35 35
Drake Sword +4 (Dragon Scale ×2) 280 50 10 35 35
Drake Sword +5 (Dragon Scale ×4) 300 50 10 35 35

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Dark Souls How to get Drake Sword (Guide, no bow)02:31

Dark Souls How to get Drake Sword (Guide, no bow)


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