The Chosen Undead using a Humanity in Dark Souls.

Dark Souls: How to Farm Humanity

Oh, the Humanity!

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Key Takeaway

The best farming spots for Humanities in Dark Souls are the following:

  • Killing the Sewer Rats in The Depths
  • Slaying the Pisacas in The Duke’s Archives
  • Destroying the Humanity Phantoms in the Chasm of the Abyss

In Dark Souls, Humanity is an item that greatly affects many aspects and mechanics of the game. Its most common use is for Reverse Hollowing and Kindling, but it has other hidden uses. Having a lot of Humanity can prove useful throughout your adventure.

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    The Best Equipment for Humanity Farming in Dark Souls

    You can increase your chances of acquiring more Humanities from flain enemies by equipping the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring. On top of that, hold (use) more Humanities to increase your Item Discovery rate. These equipment tips will help you farm all the spots we mention in this guide.

    Take note of the number at the top-left corner of your screen. This is the number of Humanities you’re holding (in your body). This is not to be confused with the number of Humanities in your inventory.

    Humanity Farming Spots

    Humanity is generally obtained by killing bosses, Black Phantoms, and assisting other players defeat bosses as a phantom. However, there are also a handful of farming spots in the game for Humanities.

    Rats in The Depths

    The Depths has the most Sewer Rats of any level in Dark Souls. It just so happens that these rats have a 5% chance of dropping Humanities when killed. While that number doesn’t seem like much, the number of rats in the Depths makes going there to farm Humanities worthwhile.

    The Chosen Undead killing Sewer Rats in The Depths.
    Come equipped with Purple Moss Clumps in case you get hit by Poison. You can also wear the Tattered Cloth Set to increase your Poison resistance.

    Pisaca in The Duke’s Archives

    The enemies are known as Pisaca and they’re found in The Duke’s Archives. They have a 4% chance of dropping Humanities. Again, while this number is low, there are a ton of them in the prison tower area of The Duke’s Archives. There’s also a bonfire here, making farming runs faster.

    The Chosen Undead facing Pisacas in The Duke's Archives.

    Humanity Phantoms in the Chasm of the Abyss (Artorias of the Abyss DLC)

    You’ll encounter Humanity Phantoms as you head deeper into the Chasm of the Abyss. This is the final area in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. On top of dropping Humanities, they drop Twin Humanities as well. There are three variations of Humanity Phantoms in the area and they all have different drop rates.

    The Chosen Undead facing Humanity Phantoms in the Chasm of the Abyss.
    • Small Humanity Phantoms – 4.44% Humanity Drop Rate, 1.11% Twin Humanity Drop Rate
    • Medium Humanity Phantoms – 8% Humanity Drop Rate, 2% Twin Humanities Drop Rate
    • Large Humanity Phantoms – 9.09% Humanity Drop Rate, 4.55% Twin Humanity Drop Rate

    What to Do With Humanity

    Once more, the number of Humanities you hold is shown via the number to the left of your HP and Stamina bars. This number affects multiple mechanics.

    To begin, Humanity directly impacts the damage of Chaos weapons and spells. If you modify a weapon into its Chaos variation, its damage will scale with Humanity instead of Strength or Dexterity.

    Humanity also increases your defense. Your Physical, Magic, Fire, and Lightning defense can increase up to over 100 when your Humanity is raised to 90.

    It also affects your Curse resistance. Your Curse Resistance stat increases to 120 when you hold 30 Humanities. The increase in resistance stops at this number.

    Finally, Humanity also affects Item Discovery. The increase stops at 10 Humanities, capping the Item Discovery increase to 210.

    Humanity is more important than you might think in Dark Souls. The difficulty-loving FromSoftware made sure that this item is important not only to the lore but also to the gameplay. That being said, be sure to take the time to farm for this wonderful item.

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