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Humanity Mechanic

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Not to be confused with the item Humanity.

Humanity Icon Humanity is a gameplay mechanic in Dark Souls.


Humanity is required to revert to the unhollowed state. Upon death, players lose all Humanity and souls and revert to near-Hollow status. Recovering bloodstains allow players to regain all lost Souls and Humanity (although they do not become unhollowed).

Humanity increases the item discovery value; the more Humanity players have (up until 10 humanity), the higher the value is.

Humanity also increases the power of Chaos weapons (up to 10 humanity) and curse resistance.

Gaining HumanityEdit

Players may use the item Humanity and the similar Twin Humanities to gain one or two points of humanity, respectively. Humanity is randomly acquired in an area up to a predetermined amount as long as players haven't killed the area boss or helped the host defeat the area boss as a White Phantom. Red Phantoms leave a bloodstain worth one humanity upon defeat, with the exception of Marvelous Chester (AotA). The Dark Hand's strong attack steals humanity from other players and some NPCs.

Method Amount Gained
Humanity Item 1
Twin Humanities 2
Darkhand strong attack NPC Depends on NPC
Buy Depends on Shop
Defeating Enemies Up to 10 in each area
White Phantom boss kill 1
Red Phantom bloodstain 1
Invade as Red Phantom defeat Opponent 1
Defeat summoned Phantom or Invading Phantom 1
"Dark Hand" strong attack Depends on Covenant Rank

Using HumanityEdit

Usage Consumed
Kindling 1: Up to 3 times
Reverse Hollowing 1
Cure Curse 1
"Darkwraith" Covenant 1
"Chaos Servant" Covenant 1
Chaos Weapons changes 1-10
Spell changes 1-10

Humanity can be spent at bonfires to reverse Hollowing or to kindle bonfires. Reversal of hollowing allows players to summon other players and invade worlds; kindling increases the maximum amount of Estus Flasks a bonfire provides. Humanity is also needed to level up in the Chaos Servant and Darkwraith Covenants. Having a higher Humanity count will increases resistance to Curses and increases attack power with Chaos weapons. However only 1-10 humanity will affect the attack power of Chaos Weapons.

Item Discovery Values*Edit

Humanity Icon Humanity 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+
Item Discovery Icon Item Discovery 100 150 158 165 173 180 186 192 198 204 210

* Prior to patch 1.04 item discovery scaled up to 30 humanity.

Liquid Humanity Defense BoostsEdit

Humanity Level            Defense Increases
Def atk phy Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght
1 1 1 1 2
5 7 6 6 8
10 13 13 13 15
15 20 19 19 22
20 27 25 25 30
25 33 31 31 37
30 40 37 37 44


Defenses from increasing your Humanity count by 1, is identical to leveling Attunement or Vitality by 1 point, but without the benefits of more health or spell slots.

Every time you add another humanity to your humanity counter, you receive a boost (boosts go all the way up to 99 humanity).

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