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Already included within the player's inventory at the beginning of the game.
The player starts with three Estus Flask charges at the beginning of the game. In addition, the Ashen Estus Flask can be picked up in the initial area, granting with this an overall total of four uses before the first upgrade becomes available.
To increase the number of Estus Flask charges, the player must first find an Estus Shard and bring it to Blacksmith Andre in Firelink Shrine, where they will also be able to allocate the total number of uses between the standard and the ashen Estus Flasks.
The Estus Flask can have a maximum amount of 15 charges in a single playthrough. Any additional Estus Shards obtained afterward will have no practical use whatsoever, since they cannot even be sold.
The Estus Flask can be reinforced by burning an Undead Bone Shard at the Firelink Shrine bonfire, for up to a maximum level of +10. With each reinforcement, the player will be able to replenish more health per swig of the flask.
In addition to the conventional upgrades mentioned above, by equipping the Estus Ring the player will be granted an additional 20% healing bonus per drink.
- The player will randomly receive one or even two free Estus Flask charges after killing an enemy.
- Killing an invader or a phantom will always refill two Estus Flask charges.
|Bonfire level||Estus Flask level||Health increment||Health restored|
Throughout the game, the player may come across a few pots and cauldrons cooking estus soup. Consuming the soup will restore HP by a large amount.
These containers will refill each time an area is loaded, so if the player has already depleted one and does not want to rest at a bonfire in order to avoid repopulating the area, all they have to do is exit and continue the game, and the pot will be replenished with a new dose.
Estus soup containers can be found in the following areas:
- Undead Settlement
- Farron Keep
- Irithyll of the Boreal Valley