In Dark Souls 3, Undead Bone Shards grant players a boost to an Estus Flask’s recovery amount, permanently increasing the number of hit points (HP) recovered from a regular Estus Flask and/or focus points (FP) recovered from an Ashen Estus Flask. The Dark Souls universe has a plethora of items that provide buffs and benefits to the player, but these are arguably among the most important of them.
Although Undead Bone Shards are vital to improving the likelihood of one’s survival in Dark Souls 3‘s unforgiving world, they are few and far between in the game. Therefore, one must be vigilant when traversing through the Kingdom of Lothric in search of Undead Bone Shards.
10 Undead Settlement
The Undead Settlement is one of the earliest locations of the game players come across, early being relative in this massive game. It makes sense for players to come across their first Undead Bone Shard here. From the Dilapidated Bridge bonfire, players find the item by going straight but not yet crossing the titular bridge. After dealing with a few enemies as they see fit, they will come across a tree in a field of arrows. To the right of the tree is a piece of earth that has broken off from the stone path. Players reach the Bone Shard by jumping to it.
9 Farron Keep
Dark Souls 3 veterans know Farron Keep all too well. Amidst this swamp live the many denizens who mean players harm as they move through the bog with the speed of a slug. And slugs are actually the key to the next Undead Bone Shard’s location. From the Keep Ruins bonfire, players will make their way down the walkway toward the big double doors that lead to the Abyss Watchers boss fight. Turn to the right at the bottom of the walkway, and there is a tower filled with rotten slugs at the base. The Undead Bone Shard is among the slugs on the ground.
8 Cathedral of the Deep
The entirety of the Cathedral of the Deep is separated into two major areas: the surrounding graveyard and the cathedral itself. Fortunately, the Undead Bone Shard is located in the graveyard, so venturing into the cathedral won’t be necessary. From the Cleansing Chapel bonfire, turn around, head outside, and move up the stairs to the right. Traversing through the graveyard brings players to a small stone bridge. Players will come face-to-face with a Gravewarden after crossing the bridge and going up the stairs. After dispatching with or ignoring the Gravewarden, turn to the right. There is a large gravestone perched precariously at the edge of the cliff, and the Bone Shard is on that stone.
7 Catacombs of Carthus
After players fight the Abyss Watchers, the Catacombs of Carthus will open. The Catacombs of Carthus are filled with a cacophony of enemies that want to claim players’ lives. The Undead Bone Shard is found by heading down the stairs from the Abyss Watchers bonfire.
Players go through the catacombs until they come across a long set of stairs. As they descend the stairs, a skeleton ball will roll through the doorway. After going through the door, a skeleton with a hat is hiding in the corner to the right. Killing him will cause the ball to smash into the barred door, and the Bone Shard will be on the ground.
6 Smouldering Lake 1
The Smouldering Lake technically has two Undead Bone Shards in its surrounding area. The first Shard is found in the lake area itself. Getting this Bone Shard may be easy for some players, depending on their stats at this point in the game. To reach it, players must kill the Carthus Sandworm. The sandworm can be seen moving around the lake. Finding it is not the hard part, but killing it potentially is. After killing the Carthus Sandworm, players pick up the Undead Bone Shard automatically.
5 Smouldering Lake 2
As stated in the previous entry, the Smouldering Lake area technically contains two Undead Bone Shards. The second Shard isn’t found near the actual lake, but it isn’t found back in the Catacombs of Carthus either. From the Demon Ruins bonfire, players will make their way through the demon catacombs until they enter a room filled with floating fireballs. At the end of that room is a demon corpse clutching the Bone Shard. This is one of the more difficult Undead Bone Shards to find because of the confusing corridors.
4 Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
The Irithyll of the Boreal Valley is a beautiful landscape filled with strange enemies and valuable loot. The Undead Bone Shard is quite a distance from the bridge into the city where the player first enters the game area. Before players continue to the Pontiff Sulyvahn boss fight, they will come across the Church of Yorshka. Players should then head down the stairs opposite the bonfire to the outside. Players will then turn right, toward the cliff. They should follow the cliff until they come across a large gravestone with an Irithyllian Slave seemingly praying at it. The Bone Shard can be found behind the gravestone.
3 The Profaned Capital
The Undead Bone Shard found in the Profaned Capital is one of the easiest Bone Shards to find in terms of the number of enemies a player must get through to reach it from the beginning of the area.
Upon entering the Profaned Capital, players will cross a narrow bridge guarded by a gargoyle. This is the only enemy that stands between them and the namesake shard. The Bone Shard can be found by descending the rubble after the bridge. There is a ladder at the other end of the room. Ascending it brings players to a bonfire and a corpse that holds a player gesture and the Undead Bone Shard.
2 Lothric Castle
The Undead Bone Shard at Lothric Castle is found underneath the bridge that is guarded by two dragons. Players will cross this bridge by going upstairs from the Dragon Barracks bonfire. If players are quick and nimble enough, they can avoid the dragons’ fire by jumping off the bridge to the right at the end. Doing so lands them below the bridge. Turning around, they’ll see a corpse under the bridge, lying with the bone shard.
1 Grand Archives
This Undead Bone Shard is the last of the Shards found in the game’s main storyline. Players must make their way through the Grand Archives until they reach the rooftops. If they continue across the rooftops as they normally would while progressing through the game they’ll find a broken window to jump through. The Undead Bone Shard can be found on a corpse in a chair located near the ladder shortcut.