Human Effigy

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"A warm, soft, shadow like effigy. Use this item to reverse Hollowing. It also weakens the links to other worlds, invasions and most cooperation.
Peer closely at an effigy, and one begins to perceive a human form, but whose form it takes depends on the person looking."

 Human Effigy is a type of consumable in Dark Souls 2.





  • Restorative item. Reverses hollowing.
  • Removes penalties to player's health bar due to death and hollowing, as well as curse.
  • User is turned human
  • Can be burned at the bonfire to limit all direct multiplayer interactions (no summoning/limited invading) for the next 30 minutes.
  • Required to open the portals of the Pilgrims of Dark covenant until reaching Rank 3.
  • Unlike the counterpart in Dark Souls, it does not replenish health.



  • Can be obtained as a starting gift.
  • One can be found in a chest upstairs in the Seer's Hut.
  • One can be found in the Forest of Fallen Giants from a corpse on the scaffolding outside the Cardinal Tower bonfire.
  • Can be obtained from exhausting Lucatiel of Mirrah's dialogue.
  • Can be found on the molten rock near the first bonfire in the Iron Keep.
  • 6 Can be obtained by talking to Strowen the old Fire Keeper, after getting the King's ring. (It's recommended to gather these before killing them for the other 6)
  • Can be obtained by killing 2 of the old Fire Keepers after character creation. Milibeth drops 3, and Strowen (the witch you can talk with to reallocate attribute points) drops 6. The others drop nothing. However, after killing Strowen, you will need to pay 15,000 souls at her gravestone to be able to re-allocate your points. If you instead talk to Strowen after receiving the King's Ring, she will give you them without having to kill her.
  • In Belfry Sol , you need to pull the lever to open the steel grated door that is located by crossing the large roof, enter the fog gate and proceed all the way down the stairs. When you get to the bottom of them, turn around to find a corpse with a glowing item which includes a Human Effigy.
  • 1 on a corpse in Dragon's Sanctum on the spike trap staircase.
  • 1 on a corpse in the Shrine of Winter, go through the Shrine then walk down the path and take a left towards Drangleic Castle. Go passed the Heide White Knight and on your right is the corpse.
  • 3 on a corpse in Dragon's Sanctum near the area with The Imperfect.
  • 2 in Frozen Eleum Loyce in the area where you find the Bone Fist.


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Farming Effigies

The following locations provide the quickest ways to obtain large quantities of Human Effigies:

  • Burning a Bonfire Ascetic in Majula allows you to slay the Skeletons below the mansion, each of which guaranteeing a Human Effigy. The amount of Skeletons is equal to the bonfire intensity. (This may not be 100%. On a farm of an intensity 7 fire, only 6 effigies dropped from 7 skeletons.)
  • Burning a Bonfire Ascetic at the first Bonfire in Forest of Fallen Giants allows you to re-open the chest in the cave located at the start of the forest, collecting 5 Human Effigies.
  • Burning a Bonfire Ascetic  at the first Bonfire in Brightstone Cove Tseldora allows you to re-open the wooden chest in the secret area beyond the well, collecting 5 Human Effigies.
  • Killing Amana Aberrations (Lizardmen) in Shrine of Amana. They have a 7% chance of dropping humanity (Tested with Jester's Cap, Prisoner's Tatters and Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +1 : drops pretty often). When they don't spawn anymore, burning a Bonfire Ascetic or joining the company of champions will respawn them.
  • Burning an Bonfire Ascetic in Tower of Prayer bonfire in Dragon's Sanctum allows you to farm infinite amount of Human Effigies at the spike trap staircase as well as Twinkling Titanite, Petrified Dragon Bone, Focus Soul.
  • AFTER PATCH 1.10 Human Effigies now drop from defeated Red Phantom players (either players who have invaded you using a Cracked Red Eye Orb, or opponents you have summoned from their Red Sign Soapstone). Invading NPCs also count for this. Defeating an Abyss Spirit (invading or summoned player in the Dark Chasm of Old) or defeating a host you have invaded or been summoned by in a Chasm will also yield a Human Effigy in addition to a Bonfire Ascetic. Belfry invaders, Dragon Spirits, Arbiter Spirits, and players summoned via the Rat Ring do not award Human Effigies on death. Defeating a player you have invaded will not give a Human Effigy except for when invading in the Dark Chasm of Old.


Negating the Loss of Humanity

If you wish to bypass the penalty of losing Human Effigies, you can simply equip the Ring of Life Protection or the Ring of Soul Protection. By doing so you can now die and keep all of your souls and your state of Humanity without using a Human Effigy. You can then repair the ring at the blacksmith of your choice for 3000 or 6000 souls (14000 souls each in SOFS).
Additionally, you will never hollow once you obtain all 4 crowns and receive Vendrick's Blessing, effectively nullifying the need for Human Effigies.

Becoming Human without Human Effigy

In the Shrine of Amana (4th bonfire), there is an altar you can pray to and you can become human. After you defeat the boss, proceed to the right instead of entering the Undead Crypt and follow this path to the fourth bonfire (in Scholar of the First Sin you will also need a Fragrant Branch of Yore to enter the bonfire location as the way is blocked by a statue). Take the staircase and you will come to the door. It only becomes unlocked if you're hollow. Follow this path and you will come across an altar with the last Milfanito sitting in front of it. You can pray in front of the altar and become human if you satisfy the following requirements:

  • You have talked to the 'ghost Milfanito' woman before the boss
  • You have zero Human Effigies in your inventory and your item box (dropping them on the ground and activating the shrine won't work, tested in Scholar of the First Sin with "-" Sin level)
  • You have not killed any of the Milfanito
  • You mustn't have a high Sin level (needs more testing)

Another way to become human without the Human Effigy is to assist other players in their worlds by being summoned as a Phantom or a Shade. You will need to fully assist the host before becoming human by either killing a boss as a Phantom or by helping the host for at certain amount of time as a Shade. As well as earning a set amount of souls as a Shade.

Also seems to occur after killing owner of world after being summoned by



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    • Anonymous

      29 Oct 2019 20:22  

      "Use this item to reverse Hollowing. It also weakens the links to other worlds, preventing invasions and most cooperation." "Can be burned at the bonfire to limit all direct multiplayer interactions (no summoning/limited invading) for the next 30 minutes." I dont get it, I have to be in human form to be able to summon but the description says that using it prevents most cooperation. Do i need to stay alive for 30 minutes after using the effigy to be allowed to summon or what the *****??

      • Anonymous

        31 May 2019 02:44  

        Can someone 'gift' me some effigies? I wasted all mine on ancient dragon because his aoe is stupid. Now i dont have any to kill darklurker with and i dont want to start ng+ till i have got everything i can. My ign is Maddash1 with an sm of 4 million.

        • Anonymous

          16 Feb 2019 10:57  

          So, do you need to be human to see summon signs still? Does it still increase the item drop rate? This particular wiki doesn't have much information on the advantages of being in human form (compared to the DS1 and DS3 wikis).

          • Anonymous

            15 Aug 2018 05:29  

            If you want a bunch of these its very easy, just buy a ton of prism stones from the cat in majula (only 300 each) and trade them all to dyna and tilo, if you get other stuff than human effigies just sell that and repeat

            • Anonymous

              19 Jun 2018 03:36  

              In Brightstone cove, BEWARE OF THE MIMIC CHEST. I'm not even sure if it's the mimic that drops said 5 human effigies, but the damned wiki doesn't say sh*t abt a mimic

              • Anonymous

                22 Jan 2018 02:26  

                Farming the Hellhounds just outside Mc,Duff's bonfire in Lost Bastille is a very easy way to get them. With only a Covetous gold serpent ring +1 and a Merchants hood, I was getting about 20-25 per hour. The farm only takes about 12-20 seconds each run. The Dark Scythe 2h R1/LMB attack is perfect to use for this, as would be any weapon with a similar down-striking move-set.

                I joined the Company of champions covenant to get infinite respawns and had no problems at all. Definitely recommend this farm.

                • Anonymous

                  27 Oct 2017 20:22  

                  Attack the sisters in Things Bewtixt and the one with the ladle will drop 3x Humanity (SotfS) and the one that lets you respec drops 6x.

                  I did this at the very end of my game to bulk up.

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Feb 2017 22:00  

                    Effigy Farming: McDuff Shop attack dogs drop 1 effigy per 26 dogs on average while wearing +240 item discovery gear, human form, joined to Covenant of Champions. Have yet to try Shrine of Amana

                    • Anonymous

                      How can you assist other players in their worlds if you aren't human?29 Aug 2016 10:57  

                      I thought you had to be human to basically do anything with other players

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