There are a ton of weapons to use in Dark Souls 3, and most of them are pretty unique. Whether they are small Daggers or large Swords, there is soo much room for experimentation in the game. You can literally play however you want to, no matter who you are, so if someone tells you that there isn’t replayability in the game, they obviously haven’t played much of it.
There are only 3 ways that you can farm and get Titanite Shards. You can defeat specific enemies, purchase them from the Shrine Handmaid, or find them around the world.
If you need any more than how many you already have, then we can say that there are over 30 Titanite Shards that you can find lying around. All the rest have an unlimited supply of them, but it is relatively difficult to obtain them steadily. You will only need 12 shards to get one weapon to +3.
1. Drops from specific enemies
There are a bunch of enemies in the game that drop Titanite Shards. The only downside is that it isn’t a guaranteed drop for the Shards themselves. Some have a 10% chance to drop, and others have a 100% chance of dropping. It just depends on the enemy you are fighting. The farther you get into the game, the higher the chance they drop.
Probably the best spot to farm for these Titanite Shards are the enemies in the Smouldering Lake. There are many enemy types there, and they all have a chance to drop them. If you are going to farm enemies, this is probably your best bet for getting them quicker than others. If you are looking for many of them, buying them might be the better option.
- Winged Knights – Usually found in the High Wall of Lothric or Lothric Castle
- Evangelists – Usually found in the Undead Settlement
- Hollow Manservants – Usually found in the Undead Settlement
- Hollows – Usually found in the High Wall of Lothric, Undead Settlement, and the Road of Sacrifices
- Silver Knights – Usually found in the Irithyll of the Boreal Valley or Anor Londo
- Smouldering Lake enemies – These are the enemies found all over the Smouldering Lake area
- Red-eyed Skeletons – These are the Red-eyed Skeletons found in the Catacombs of Carthus
2. Purchasable from Shrine Handmaid
They are purchasable from the Shrine Handmaid for 800 Souls, but you must find an item first. If you don’t know, you can find Ashes around the world that you can give to the Handmaid, and it will increase the stock from her shop. You need to find either the Dreamchaser’s Ashes or the Gravewarden’s Ashes and give them to her.
Once you do that, she will sell you Titanite Shards for 800 Souls a piece. This is probably the best way to get them since she has an unlimited number of them to sell to you. She will sell them to you as long as you have the Souls. You only need 12 Titanite Shards per weapon, so you will only need 9,600 Souls per weapon for +3.
3. Found around the world
The only other way to get Titanite Shards is to find them around the world. Remember that we are only talking about Titanite Shards, not the higher-tiered upgrade materials. 6 areas have Titanite Shards within them, and you can find around 30 Titanite Shards. Any other ones you get, you either have to purchase or farm for.
You can find Titanite Shards in the High Wall of Lothric, Undead Settlement, Road of Sacrifices, Farron Keep, Cathedral of the Deep, and the Catacombs of Carthus. Any other area in the game will have the higher-tiered upgrade materials.
Why should I stock up on Titanite Shards?
There are plenty of Titanite Shards in the game to allow for many upgrades. If you want to try out a new weapon and don’t want to spend a ton of upgrade materials on it, you can purchase 12 Titanite Shards from the Handmaid for 9,600 Souls. You can then return to an easy area and test the weapon.
It is totally up to you, but we would highly recommend purchasing many of them from the Shrine Handmaid so you have them for the future. You are going to need them for upgrades, so try to stock up on as many as you can get. Go farm enemies, purchase them, or explore the world to find them. No matter how you do it, you will find what you seek.