Probably the most vital item in the Dark Souls series is the Estus Flask. Using it will allow the player to heal all of their injuries and regenerate their health instantly. This can grant you a massive advantage when you’re battling powerful bosses. To upgrade your flask, however, you need to find and collect estus shards. This is why this guide will show you all of the Dark Souls 3 Estus Shard Locations.
- Estus Shards are materials that allow you to increase the number of Estus flasks that you can carry. The Estus Flasks will enable you to heal.
- The total number of Estus Shards in the game is 11.
- You can also divide your total flasks between Estus Flasks and Ashen Estus Flasks, which restores your FP.
- The nearest Estus Shard that you can find is located at the Firelink Shrine rooftop. If you have the tower key, you can get to the roof and explore around to find the Estus Shard.
- You can also find an Estus Shard in the High Wall of Lotric while you make your way to the Vordt boss fight. The Shard will be in a room with debris and a bunch of enemies.
- You can find another Shard in the Undead Settlement just before the burning tree.
- You can find another Estus flask behind the Lycanthropes in the Road of Sacrifices.
- You can also find an Estus Flask outside the Cleansing Chapel in front of an obelisk that some enemies will be worshipping.
- The next Estus Shard rests in the Farrow Keep Swamp. You can spot it after you light the three braziers. Afterward, follow the stairs down, and you will spot it in a fallen tower.
- You can also find an Estus Flask near the Old Demon King boss fight behind an illusionary wall.
- Another Estus Flask can be found by killing the mimic in the Ithiryll Dungeon.
- The next Estus Flask resides outside the Alrich Boss room inside a chest to the left side of the building.
- You can find the last two Estus Flask at the Consumed King Garden on a Ledge and at the Rooftop of the Grand Archives.
At the start of Dark Souls 3, you can use the flask up to 3 times before completely emptying it. A total of 11 shards are needed to fully upgrade your estus flask and get the most out of it.
The estus flask can be converted into the Ashen Estus Flask to help you regenerate FP if you plan to use magic or try out the Faith Build. Without further ado, let’s begin with our guide about the Dark Souls 3 Estus Shard Locations.
Dark Souls 3 Estus Shard Locations
As previously mentioned, you need to collect a total of 11 estus shards to maximize the flask’s potential. Since the world of Dark Souls 3 is massive, you will naturally have difficulties locating all of the shards spread throughout various areas. That is where this guide will come in handy; it will help you chronologically find the shards so you won’t have to backtrack.
Firelink Shrine – Roof
|Keys||Undead Asylum F2 West Key|
|Miscellaneous||Binoculars, Black Eye Orb, Copper Coin, Cracked Red Eye Orb x4, Firebomb x6, Homeward Bone x6, Humanity x3, Lloyd's Talisman x4.|
|Weapons||Caduceus Round Shield, Morning Star, Pyromancy Flame, Talisman, Winged Spear, Zweihander|
Normally, you would need to buy the Tower Key from the handmaid to unlock this area after gaining access to the bell tower and dropping from the broken bridge. Luckily, players found an easy method to access this area without spending any souls.
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After unlocking the Firelink Shrine, head on over to the tower entrance – which will naturally be locked – and stand next to the ominous-looking tree at the base. The next step of this trick will take some time to get right but hang in there, and you’ll achieve it.
Get a little running start and use the protruding roots of the tree to boost your jump and land on the roof. As mentioned earlier, you will have to try a couple of times, but it is easy to land after you know what you’re doing.
Afterward, walk forward and head to the front of the shrine. You will be able to access the rafters from this area. Make your way inside, and you’ll spot a glowing item which will be the very first estus shard of Dark Souls 3.
High Wall of Lothric – Crowded Room
|Bonfires||High Wall of Lothric - 01, High Wall of Lothric - 02, High Wall of Lothric - 03, High Wall of Lothric - 04, High Wall of Lothric - 05|
|Bosses||Vordt of the Boreal Valley, Dancer of the Boreal Valley|
|Weapons||Astora Straight Sword, Battle Axe (Deep, drop: Mimic), Broadsword, Claymore, Club, Longbow, Lucerne, Mail Breaker, Rapier|
|Consumables||Black Firebomb (×3), Ember (×3), Firebomb (×11), Green Blossom (×5), Gold Pine Resin (×2), Standard Arrow (×12), Throwing Knife (×14).|
|Rings||Blue Tearstone Ring, Fleshbite Ring+1, Ring of Sacrifice, Ring of the Evil Eye+2|
|Other||Binoculars, Cell Key, Estus Shard, Large Soul of a Deserted Corpse .|
After teleporting to the High Wall of Lothric, make your way towards the first boss of the game – Vordt. You will find a large room close to where the boss fight is located. Make your way in that room and you will find yourself in a crowded room surrounded by hollows and undead dogs.
Once you see a dark messy room with tons of debris and enemies roaming in it, you’ll know that you found the right place. The shard is located on a table situated in the center of the room. Heed caution; however, the enemies – especially the dogs, can easily overwhelm you.
There isn’t much else to say about this shard. As soon as you pick up the item, swiftly roll away since the enemies will be waiting for the animation to end and strike you. Another way to approach this is to take out all of the enemies in that area. Be careful regardless of which option you choose; it will be difficult for newer players.
Undead Settlement – Pyre
|Bonfires||Undead Settlement - 01, Undead Settlement - 02, Undead Settlement - 03, Undead Settlement - 04, Undead Settlement - 05|
|Weapons||Caestus, Great Scythe, Hand Axe, Large Club, Partizan, Red Hilted Halberd, Reinforced Club, Whip|
|Armor||Cleric Set, Loincloth, Mirrah Set, Northern Set|
|Rings||Bloodbite Ring (drop: Giant Hound Rat), Chloranthy Ring, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring+2, Fire Clutch Ring, Flame Stoneplate Ring.|
|Consumables||Alluring Skull (×7), Charcoal Pine Bundle (×4), Charcoal Pine Resin (×2), Ember (×5), Estus Shard, Firebomb (×6), Homeward Bone (×8).|
|Key items||Mortician's Ashes|
|Upgrade materials||Fire Gem (drop: Demon), Heavy Gem, Sharp Gem (drop: Crystal Lizard), Titanite Shard (×6)|
This estus shard is also situated among many enemies. As you’ll see, most of the enemies consist of weak peasants that are prone to dying in one hit from your weapon. You can run through these enemies and loot the items around the large burning pyre.
Among one of those items is the estus shard you’re looking for. An alternative to this is to kill all of the enemies since they are not that difficult to handle. This will make it easier for you to run around and explore the area.
If you are having trouble finding the pyre, look for the large twisted tree that has corpses strung upon it. There is only one of these kinds of pyres in the area, so it is difficult to miss.
Road of Sacrifices – Behind Lycanthropes
|Bonfires||Road of Sacrifices, Halfway Fortress, Crucifixion Woods, Crystal Sage, Farron Keep, Keep Ruins, Farron Keep Perimeter.|
|Weapons||Brigand Axe, Brigand Twindaggers, Butcher Knife (drop: the madwoman), Exile Greatsword (drop: Exile Watchdog).|
|Armor||Brigand Set, Conjurator Set, Fallen Knight Set, Herald Set, Sorcerer Set, Sellsword Set|
|Rings||Blue Sentinels, Chloranthy Ring+2, Lingering Dragoncrest Ring+1, Morne's Ring, Ring of Sacrifice, Sage Ring|
|Consumables||Blue Bug Pellet (×2), Ember (×2), Estus Shard, Fading Soul, Green Blossom (×6), Homeward Bone (×2).|
|Key items||Braille Divine Tome of Carim, Farron Coal, Great Swamp Pyromancy Tome|
|Upgrade materials||Crystal Gem (drop: Crystal Lizard), Titanite Shard (×4), Twinkling Titanite (×2, drop: two Crystal Lizards)|
|Other||Golden Falcon Shield, Grass Crest Shield, Xanthous Crown (drop: Yellowfinger Heysel)|
Finding this estus can be difficult for newer players since you will have to fight a new type of enemy to get it. Upon reaching the Road of Sacrifices, you will be greeted with the Crucifixion Woods bonfire. Rest here to save your journey so far and head on straight towards the ruined building where you fight the Crystal Sage.
Instead of entering the boss fight, circle around it and you’ll spot two Lycans; seemingly asleep. Unfortunately, you will have to slay them as there is no other way to reach the shard. Once you do so, follow the linear path in their den, and you’ll find the shard at the dead end. Pick it up, and you’ll have your fourth estus shard out of eleven.
Cleansing Chapel – Obelisk
|Curse Ward Greatshield||Shield|
|Armor of Thorns||Armor|
|Paladin's Ashes||Key Item|
Possibly the easiest to spot shard so far; you will want to head out the front door of the Cleansing Chapel and go uphill. Move past the well and you will find four hollow enemies bowing down in front of an obelisk.
Deal with the four enemies and you will find the shard at the base of this pillar. It is extremely easy to get; however, there is a catch. The enemies are relatively simple to kill, but they will explode once you do so, dealing damage in an area.
The best advice here would be to kill the hollow and quickly roll back to get out of the explosion radius. Do this for all four of them and you are good to go.
Farron Keep’s Swamp – Fallen Tower
|Consumables||Ember, Purple Moss Clump|
|Weapons||Greatsword, Greataxe, Sunlight Talisman, Black Bow of Pharis, Stone Parma|
|Armor||Dark Set, Ragged Mask, Antiquated Set, Pharis's Hat, Nameless Knight Set|
|Upgrade Materials||Undead Bone Shard, Estus Flask Shard, Titanite Shard (x?), Large Titanite Shard (x?)|
Fromsoftware loves to put swamps in their games that slow down player movement and slowly poison them. Dark Souls 3 is no exception to this rule. While the overall area can be tricky to navigate, the shard is surprisingly right in front of you.
You will have to go and light the first of three braziers. Next to it is a staircase where you will find a collapsed tower and half-drowned in the swamp. Unfortunately, the fallen tower is surrounded by slugs, but they are easy to handle.
There are two ways you can deal with the slugs halting your progress. Either kill them or completely ignore them. Since they are slow and take forever to attack, you can run past them, grab the shard, and roll away without taking any damage. With that, you are more than halfway through the shard collecting progress.
Smoldering Lake – Behind a Wall
|NPCs||Knight Slayer Tsorig, Horace, Summon: Knight Slayer Tsorig, Summon: Great Swamp Cuculus|
|Bosses||Old Demon King, Carthus Sandworm (miniboss)|
|Consumables||2x Yellow Bug Pellet, 3x Ember, 2x Homeward Bone, 1x Soul of a Crestfallen Knight|
|Weapons||Black Knight Sword, Izalith Staff, Fume Ultra Greatsword (Knight Slayer Tsorig drop), Dragonrider Bow, Lightning Stake (Carthus Sandworm drop), Toxic Mist, White Hair Talisman, Sacred Flame|
|Armor||Black Iron Greatshield, Shield of Want, Black Knight Shield (drop), Black Knight Set (drop), Llewellyn Shield|
|Upgrade Materials||10x Large Titanite Shard, 1x Chaos Gem, 2x Undead Bone Shard, 1x Estus Shard|
|Keys & Other||Speckled Stoneplate Ring, Bloodbite Ring +1 (NG+), Flame Stoneplate Ring +2 (NG++), Quelana Pyromancy Tome, Izalith Pyromancy Tome|
|Enemies||Basilisk, Black Knight, Carthus Sandworm, Crystal Lizard, Demon Cleric, Demon Statue, Great Crab (Ember), Hound-rat, Large Hound-rat, Skeleton Swordsman, Skeleton Wheel, Smoldering Ghru, Smoldering Rotten Flesh|
Arrive at the bonfire that is closest to the Old Demon King boss fight. Once there, you will be able to find an ominous-looking wall. This is one of many illusionary walls in Dark Souls 3 which you’ll be able to attack to make them disappear.
After doing so, make your way through the linear path and you will find an estus shard on the ground. It is impossible to miss but be careful of the slime’s stuck on the roof. They will jump on you as soon as you try to pass them. Make sure that you face your camera upwards and roll forward as soon as you go under one. Once they are on the ground, they don’t do much, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
Irithyll Dungeon – Mimic
|Bonfires||Irithyll Dungeon, Profaned Capital|
|Characters||Karla, Siegward of Catarina|
|Enemies||Basilisk, Cage Spider, Corpse Grub, Giant Hound Rat, Hound Rat, Infested Corpse, Jailer, Lycanthrope, Peasant Hollow, Wretch|
|Invaders||Alva, Seeker of the Spurned|
|Key items||Jailbreaker's Key, Jailer's Key Ring, Old Cell Key, Prisoner Chief's Ashes, Profaned Coal, Profaned Flame|
|Weapons||Dragon Torso Stone, Pickaxe|
|Armor||Alva Set (if Alva was defeated at the dungeon's entrance), Old Sorcerer Set|
|Rings||Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring, Covetous Silver Serpent Ring+1, Dark Clutch Ring (drop: Mimic), Dusk Crown Ring|
|Consumables||Dragonslayer Lightning Arrow (×10), Dung Pie (×4), Ember (×2), Estus Shard (drop: Mimic), Fading Soul, Homeward Bone (×2).|
|Upgrade materials||Large Titanite Shard (×7), Titanite Chunk (×2, drop: Giant Slave and Crystal Lizard), Titanite Scale (×3, drop: Crystal Lizard and Mimic)|
|Other||Giant Slave (non-respawning), Crystal Lizard (×2, non-respawning), Mimic (×4, non-respawning), Xanthous Ashes|
Continue making your way through the Irithyll Dungeon until you reach a room that is spacious and different than the others. You will naturally stumble across this area, so do not worry about it. In that room, there will be a chest, pretty normal, right? Wrong. It is one of many mimics in the game that will ambush you as soon as you open it.
To avoid this problem, attack the chest to get a head start and deal additional damage without any retaliation. The mimics are easy to take care of so you shouldn’t face any issues. Defeat the foe and it will drop an estus shard to reward you for a hard-fought battle.
The only major thing to care about in that area is the various enemies that come through the jail cells and gang up on you. If you are quick enough, you will deal with the mimic before any of the other enemies have the chance to attack you.
Aldrich Boss Room – Large Chamber
|NPCs||Anri of Astora (Summons you), Company Captain Yorshka|
|Bosses||Aldrich, Devourer of Gods|
|Consumables||1x Large Soul of a Weary Warrior, 1x Soul of a Crestfallen Knight, 1x Proof of a Concord Kept, 5x Moonlight Arrow|
|Weapons||Painting Guardian's Curved Sword|
|Armor||Painting Guardian Set|
|Rings||Sun Princess Ring, Aldrich's Ruby|
|Upgrade Materials||1x Estus Shard|
|Keys & Other||Giant's Coal|
|Enemies||Silver Knight, Rotten Flesh of Aldrich, Giant Slave, Deep Accursed, Deacon of the Deep|
This is a spacious area and the shard can be difficult to spot if you don’t know where to look. You will find tons of pillars before the Aldrich boss room. Alongside that, you will also spot some slime enemies as well as some deacons that are protecting their leader.
Look at the left side of this hall to spot a chest sitting in the corner. This chest can be difficult to see due to the obscuring darkness surrounding it. But you will find some slime enemies next to it, so head over to them to get to it.
After defeating your foes, open the chest to get the ninth estus shard.
Consumed King Garden – Ledge
|Bosses||Oceiros, the Consumed King|
|Consumables||2x Black Firebomb, 1x Human Pine Resin|
|Armor||Shadow Set, Drakeblood Set (After defeating the Drakeblood warrior the first time in Archdragon Peak.)|
|Upgrade Materials||1x Estus Shard, 3x Titanite Chunk, 3x Titanite Scale, 1x Dark Gem|
|Keys & Other||Ring of Sacrifice, Dragonscale Ring, Path of the Dragon Gesture, Sage Ring +2 (NG++)|
|Enemies||Pus of Man, Rotten Slug, Consumed King's Knight, Hollow Slave, Serpent-man, Lothric Priest|
After you defeat the mighty dancer of the boreal valley, a bonfire will appear. From that bonfire, climb the nearby ladder and keep heading left. A cathedral knight will block your way, so you will have to defeat it to proceed.
Once you defeat it, head over to the elevator and descend. Don’t go all the way down; you will find a small opening during the elevator ride. Roll through the gap to land on the relevant ledge and find a corpse at the end.
Loot the corpse to find the estus shard and exit the area.
Grand Archives – Roof
|Bonfires||Grand Archives, Twin Princes|
|Enemies||Clawed Curse, Corvian, Corvian Storyteller, Gargoyle, Gertrude's Knight, Grand Archives Scholar, Hollow Soldier, Lothric Knight, Man-grub, Thrall|
|Boss||Lorian, Elder Prince and Lothric, Younger Prince|
|Key items||Grand Archives Key*, Outrider Knight Set (drop: Outrider Knight), Greirat's Ashes*, Orbeck's Ashes*|
|Weapons||Avelyn, Onikiri and Ubadachi (drop: Black Hand Kamui)|
|Shields||Golden Wing Crest Shield (drop: Lion Knight Albert)|
|Sorceries||Crystal Scroll (drop: Crystal Sage), Soul Stream|
|Miracles||Divine Pillars of Light|
|Rings||Lingering Dragoncrest Ring+2, Hunter's Ring, Sage Ring+1|
|Consumables||Blessed Gem, Chaos Gem (drop: Crystal Lizard), Crystal Chime, Crystal Gem (drop: Crystal Lizard), Divine Blessing, Ember, Estus Shard, Homeward Bone (×3).|
|Upgrade materials||Titanite Slab (×2), Titanite Scale (×3), Twinkling Titanite (×9)|
|Other||Fleshbite Ring, Scholar Ring|
This area is laden with enemies waiting for their moment to gang up on you. Make your way through this area until you reach a bridge that connects to the Twin Princes’ boss fight. Do not cross the bridge; however, you must turn around to find an opening leading to the roof.
Everything looks clear on the roof but as soon as you reach it, three-winged knights will jump and attack you. Whether you deal with them or ignore them is up to you. However, if you plan to take them out, you will want to either have good shields or equip strong dex weapons.
The final estus shard of Dark Souls 3 can be found atop this roof. With that, you’ll have all 11 of the shards, and now your estus flask will be at full potential.
Finding all of the estus shards can be quite difficult since they are spread across the massive map of Dark Souls 3. Following this guide will assist you greatly in finding all 11 of the shards without facing any difficulties.
With that being said, we are now at the end of our guide about Dark Souls 3 Estus Shard Locations. Leave a comment telling me about which location was the most difficult for you.
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