Dark Souls 3 has a lot of customization when it comes to builds. The most important part of your build besides your weapon is what Rings you choose to equip. You can only have 4 Rings equipped at once, and each one can give you bonuses like more defense or even boosts to your damage. There are a total of 116 Rings in the game and we will be going over which ones are the best.
We have 20 Rings on this list that will help with defense and buffs. Not every Ring on this list will pertain to your build, but these are the Rings that give the most bonuses when it comes to stat-boosting. Each one can be easily found and they are all important in some way or another.
We know that not all Rings on this list will be liked by everyone, so if we didn’t put your favorite Rings on this list, then too bad. Every one of these Rings is great and the bonuses they give are totally worth having them equipped. It is up to you to determine which ones you want to use.
Best Rings in Dark Souls 3
There are soo many good Rings in Dark Souls 3 and each of them has a specific purpose. Yes, there are Rings that do the same thing as many other Rings, but the ones we are focusing on today do it the best than any other Rings in the game. The first couple of Rings on the list are ones that are good for the early game. The rest can be used at your pace whenever you want.
Each one is not necessarily hard to find, but some can be challenging since you need to defeat specific bosses to get specific Rings. You also do lose out on the Boss Souls since you do need to transpose a few to get some Rings as well. So, let us get on with the list.
Here are the 20 best Rings you can find in Dark Souls 3:
1. Life Ring
Increases HP by 7%
Location: Can be selected as a Burial Gift during character creation. Can be bought from the Shrine Handmaid in the Firelink Shrine for 1500 souls after acquiring the Dreamchaser’s Ashes.
The Life Ring is one of the most important Rings you can use when you start a brand new character. Yes, it is not the greatest Ring, but you can literally start with it if you choose it as your Burial Gift.
It increases your HP by 7%, which is a lot once you start leveling up your Vitality stat. Every single upgrade will give you more and more health.
If you don’t choose it as your Burial Gift, then you can buy it from the Shrine Handmaid after you get the Dreamchaser’s Ashes. It is a little annoying to find, but if you explore enough, you won’t have that much of an issue locating it. It is definitely the best Ring to start your playthrough off with.
2. Estus Ring
Increases HP restored with Estus Flask by 20%
Location: Found at the bottom of the Tower on the left side of the Firelink Shrine. Requires the Tower Key, sold by the Shrine Handmaid in Firelink Shrine for 20,000 Souls.
This is the best Ring that you can find at the beginning of your playthrough. You can’t make it your Burial Gift, but it is not super hard to get. It increases HP restored from your Estus Flasks by 20%. This does stack with your Bone Shard upgrades as well so it is worth getting.
You will need about 20,000 Souls to even get into the tower where it is located, but you do get a bunch of stuff, including this Ring when you get inside. If you have a lower Bonfire level, make sure to equip this Ring because you will heal more when you use your Estus Flasks.
3. Chloranthy Ring
Raises stamina recovery speed +7 stamina per second
Location: Found in Undead Settlement. After defeating the Demon alongside Siegward of Catarina, scale the nearby building and exit onto the adjacent tower by jumping from the roof. Maneuvering down the tower, the ring will be located under several wooden boxes near the Mirrah Armor Set.
Stamina is the most important stat to level up because you will need a lot to get through the game without rage quitting. You will realize pretty early on how important it actually is so when you finally find this Ring, you will be guaranteed to equip it right away. It boosts your Stamina recovery speed.
Who doesn’t want more stamina when fighting a boss or making your way through an extremely annoying area. You will need a ton of Stamins to get through Farron Keep which is full of poison. More stamina means getting through it faster. If you do find it, make sure to use it if you need more Stamina.
4. Havel’s Ring
Increases maximum equip load by 15%
Location: Soul Transposition using Soul of a Stray Demon. A +1 version can also be found in Archdragon Peak. From the altar that gives you the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone, go back down the steps. The ring is to the right of the doorway.
If you are a fan of the series, this Ring is a must-have. If you have played all the Dark Souls games and don’t know who Havel is, then you are missing out. He is a massive knight with super heavy armor. He also has a massive club that he can literally turn to rock. This Ring is based on him. He wears this Ring so that he can carry all that heavy armor.
This Ring increases your maximum equip load by 15% which is huge if you want to use a heavy armor set. You will need to defeat the Stray Demon above Farron Keep and use the soul to transpose it into the Ring. Try your best to not use the Boss souls until you check out what each of them gives you.
5. Ring of Favor
Increases max HP by 3%, stamina by 9% and equip load by 5%
Location: Defeat Sulyvhan’s Beasts near Archdeacon McDonnell. A +1 version can also be found in the room of Pontiff Sulyvahn’s bonfire but is located upstairs. It can be either accessed by the shortcut in the room or by taking the path around.
This is by far our favorite Ring in the game. It literally gives you a boost in health, stamina, and equipment load. It is the perfect Ring if you want to maximize the number of buffs you get from your Rings.
There is no downside to this Ring since it doesn’t get destroyed when removed like in Dark Souls 1. The buffs aren’t as good as in the other games though.
It definitely is a great Ring to get and there are even better versions of it in the game. We only put the location to the basic Ring, but you can look up where to get the + versions of the Ring if you want those as well. If you want an all-around great Ring, this one is a no-brainer.
6. Prisoner’s Chain
Increases Vigor, Endurance, and Vitality by 5 each, and reduces all absorptions by 4%
Location: Soul Transposition using Soul of Champion Gundyr.
Similar to the Ring of Favor, this one gives you a boost in multiple areas. It will increase your health, stamina, and equip load, and it will also decrease damage by 4% from any enemy or boss. This is a great Ring to pair with the Ring of Favor because every bonus stacks with one another. It does take a little bit to get.
You will have to defeat Champion Gundyr to even get this Ring, but believe me, it is worth going through the optional area to get it.
You will have to defeat the Dancer and Oceiros to even fight Champion Gundyr, but his fight is one of the best in the entire game so it is worth doing. You also will get access to one of the optional endings to the game.
7. Ring of Steel Protection
Decreases incoming physical damage by 10% in PvE and 2% in PvP
Location: Found in the boss arena where you fight the Ancient Wyvern. After entering through the fog gate, head up the stairs until you locate the bell. Then proceed to the right, downstairs. There are three items lying on the ground. Next to the items is a thin ledge that players can walk along. At the end of the path is the ring.
This is also another Ring you won’t get until later on in your playthrough. It is another optional area, but it is worth going to it. You will need to go to Archdragon Peak.
You can find the Ring among a bunch of random objects near the Ancient Wyvern fight. It is not an easy Ring to get, but it helps defend against every single attack by decreasing physical damage.
8. Speckled Stoneplate Ring
Increases Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark Absorption by 5% in PvE and 2% in PvP
Location: Found on a corpse in Smouldering Lake, behind a destructible wall on the other side from which you enter. Lure a ballista shot to break the wall apart.
This Ring is a mix of all the elemental absorption Rings. Obviously, if you have the individual Rings, it will help more against specific elemental attacks. With this Ring, each of the absorptions has been lessened, but the upside is that it helps with all 4 elements.
It is a great Ring if you want to have it equipped all the time. Otherwise, just use the individual Rings. Even those are worth getting.
9. Fleshbite Ring
Raises Poison, Bleed, Frost and Curse resist by 40 points
Location: Found in the Grand Archives, near the top floor of the building just beyond the area with a balcony overhead and multiple Scholars, there will be a set of bookcases to the right of the stairs which lead you to the room. The ring will be located in the corner past the Clawed Curses.
This is a Ring that you need if you are dying a lot of specific debuffs. It helps against Poison, Bleed, Frost, and Curse by adding 40 points to your resistance. Even if you don’t struggle against them, it is nice to have an extra defense against them.
It is a great Ring to use if you want to trudge through a poisoned area or you go through Smoldering Lake with the Curse Frogs. It is a must-have for those situations.
10. Covetous Gold Serpent Ring
Increases item discovery +50
Location: Found next to Siegward of Catarina when he is trapped in Irithyll Dungeon.
If you want to farm for specific items from enemies, this is a necessary item to have. It is not super hard to get. You need to find it in Irithyll Dungeon and we don’t think you have to follow Siegward’s questline to get it.
It is not a necessary item if you just want to have it equipped, but if you need that extra boost to your Discovery trait, it is definitely worth getting.
11. Covetous Silver Serpent Ring
Fallen foes yield +10% more souls
Location: In a chest behind an illusory wall at the top of Firelink Shrine. Located behind Picklepum’s indoor nest.
You can literally get this Ring after you get to the Firelink Shrine. It is a Ring that you should equip before doing anything in the game because you get more Souls from every enemy you defeat.
If you want to level up faster, this is a Ring that you have to put on. You also have a ton of room for it since you probably don’t have any other Rings when you finally get it.
12. Ring of the Sun’s First Born
Boosts miracle damage by 20%
Location: In Irithyll of the Boreal Valley. From Pontiff Sulyvahn’s room, head back out towards the railing and fall straight onto the altar below.
If you are into Miracles in the game, this is a very good Ring. It boosts your Miracle damage by 20% which is massive if you use it as your main weapon.
You can stack this with other Rings similar to it and it will just give you the boosts you need to get that extra damage output. You can get this RIng when after you defeat Pontiff so don’t expect to get it early on in your playthrough.
13. Dusk Crown Ring
Reduces consumption of FP by 25% at the cost of 15% less max HP
Location: Located in the Irithyll Dungeon. The ring is in a cell beside the open area with six patrolling Jailers.
There are pros and cons to using this Ring because you do lose 15% of your HP when you have it equipped. The plus to it is that your FP consumption is reduced by 25%.
This is a huge deal for magic-users because you can use your FP Flasks less often meaning more uses for your weapons. If you are playing a Mage build and you aren’t using this Ring, you should really equip it.
14. Ring of the Evil Eye
Absorb +30 HP from each defeated foe
Location: Obtained when Anri relocates to the Church of Yorshka. A +1 version can be found just before the Deacons of the Deep fight, at the back of the altar.
This Ring is good for pretty much any build in the game. It is literally a life-steal Ring. It will give you 30 HP for every enemy you defeat. This is massive if you are going through an area with a ton of enemies. It is not the best option for boss fights, but for exploration, it is one of the best Rings.
You basically can’t die if you can defeat a bunch of enemies and it will also save you from using up all your Flasks quickly.
15. Flynn’s Ring
Lowering equip load increases attack power up to 15%
Location: Looted from a corpse on the top of a roof at Undead Settlement: In the area where you fight the Fire Demon with Siegward of Catarina.
This is a very good Ring that most people don’t really know about. It is extremely good since it boosts your attack power by 15%. It also lowers your equipment load by a little bit as well. It isn’t better than Havel’s Ring when it comes to the equipment load, but that extra attack boost is the part that you should be focused on with this Ring.
It is totally worth the detour to get this item and Siegward’s questline is also one of the best in the game. You don’t have to follow his questline to get this item though.
16. Red Tearstone Ring
Increases damage by 20% when HP is below 20%
Location: Facing away from the Dragonslayer Armour Boss, to the left there is an elevator. Beside the elevator is a door to the balcony. Follow the balcony to the right to find this ring.
This is a Ring that a lot of speedrunners use. It increases all damage outputs by 20% if your health is lower than 20%. A lot of speedrunners will purposefully let themselves get below that health percentage so that they can get that extra boost in attack. It is a fun Ring to use, but it is not that useful if you are going to heal a lot.
If you do use it, make sure you know what you are doing because it can get really difficult if you are at low health and you don’t know the moves of the enemy you are fighting.
17. Lloyd’s Sword Ring
Boosts Attack Rating by 10% when HP is over 99%
Location: On a corpse inside Cathedral of the Deep, near the entrance on a ledge next to the Giant who attacks you when running by.
This is very similar to the Tearstone Ring but it is almost the opposite. It gives you a boost in attack rating if you are above 99% health. It is the opposite because to lose the attack boost, you will have to get hit once and you won’t have it anymore. Of course, it is not as good as the previous Ring, but if you are good at dodging, either one is a good pick.
It just really depends on how comfortable you are on both sides of the spectrum. Are you willing to stay at full health or drain your health for a bonus?
18. Wood Grain Ring
Increases weapon durability by 20%
Location: Purchased from the Shrine Handmaid after Easterner’s Ashes is turned in.
One very annoying part of the Dark Souls series is the way that all weapons have durability. This Ring increases your weapon durability by 20% which will keep your weapon from breaking. Thankfully, your weapons don’t go away when they break because you can fix them.
You can fix them by going to Andre the Blacksmith or if it isn’t fully broken, resting at a Bonfire. This Ring will help keep your weapon intact so you don’t have to spend Souls to fix them.
19. Farron Ring
Reduces Skill FP consumption by 25%
Location: Acquired by talking to Hawkwood after defeating the Abyss Watchers.
If you use Skills on your weapons, this Ring is a must-have. The skills aren’t as in-depth as in something like Elden Ring, but they are definitely useful. This Ring reduces your FP consumption while using skills which means you can do more damage without having to use up your FP Flasks quicker than normal.
You really need to watch your FP and this Ring will help drain it slower so you can get more attacks out. Just make sure you have enough FP Flasks in your inventory unless you will have a hard time getting through the fight.
20. Hornet Ring
Increases Critical Damage by 30%
Location: Found in Untended Graves, behind a Black Knight standing guard where the Starved Hound is found when at the Firelink Shrine.
This is a great Ring to have if you Riposte or Backstab a lot. It is also a great Ring for those who like to Parry. It will boost all of those attacks by 30% which is massive if you do it a lot. It can be found in the Untended Graves right before you fight Champion Gundyr. It is definitely a good Ring to get if you do Critical Damage moves a ton.