At zero, items break and become ineffective.
Durability is restored by resting at a bonfire, but a broken item must be repaired first.

During combat, the durability of equipped weapons and armor degrades. Weapons degrade when you hit something, armor and rings degrade when you are hit.

When an item reaches 0 durability, it is fully broken and it must be repaired at a blacksmith. Armor and rings lose all their stats while weapons suffer greatly reduced damage when they are broken.

Enviromental Causes of Durability Damage

Cause Location Damages
Weapons or Armor
Undead Citizen
(brown core)
Dragon Aerie Armor
Corrosive Ant Queen The Gutter Armor
Acid Horn Beetle Shrine of Amana Armor
Giant Acid Horn Beetle Shrine of Amana
Aldia's Keep
Corrosive Egg Insect Shulva, Sanctum City
Dragon's Sanctum
Royal Rat Authority Doors of Pharros ?
Bradley of the Old Guard No-man's Wharf Armor
Maldron the Assassin Brume Tower Both
The Duke's Dear Freja Brightstone Cove Tseldora Armor
Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon Dragon's Rest Weapon
Pools of Acid Various Armor
Acid Jar No-man's Wharf
The Gutter
Egg Sack Shulva, Sanctum City
Dragon's Sanctum

Player Causes of Durability Damage

Restoring Durability

  • Rest at a bonfire.
  • Use Repair Powder.
  • Cast the Repair sorcery.
  • Items that are already broken have to be repaired at a blacksmith.
  • Attack the Pagan Tree with any whip and it will emit a mist that has a repair effect. This also repairs items that are already broken.

Avoiding Excess Durability Damage

  • Wear the Bracing Knuckle Ring, which increases equipment durability by up to 50%.
  • Don't attack corpses of dead enemies or friendly phantoms, as this rapidly lowers weapon durability.
  • Don't walk on lava or spikes for an extended period of time.


  • PvE opponents don't have durability, so don't try breaking their equipment.

This is actually false.
Human enemies, such as human red phantoms and invading NPC's, can have equipment broken.
the two red phantoms at the kings door in FOTFG can be used to test this, as at least one of them has a low durability ring to break.

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