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Daresso, King of Swords
Daresso, King of Swords
Location(s) The Grand Arena
Quest(s) The King of Desire
Resistance(s) Resists Elemental Damage
Resists Chaos Damage
Skill(s) Cold wave
Attack Combo
Summon Ice Clones
Floating Swords

Daresso, King of Swords is a unique monster located in The Grand Arena.

He is the final enemy in this area and defeating him during the quest The King of Desire will cause him to drop The Eye of DesireThe Eye of Desire"It is a cruel joke that
Man was born with more
Intent than Life."
- Malachai


Daresso was the Sword King, a title reserved to the most exalted duelist of the Grand Arena of Theopolis. An orphaned slave boy, at age 13, he was forced into fighting in the pits for the amusement of gamblers. Daresso had a knack for fighting; at age 15, he made his first kill on another man, and eventually went on to become a duelist at the Grand Arena.

At first, Daresso fought simply to survive. Daresso would eventually become outmatched, but just before he accepted defeat, he had first laid his eyes upon Merveil. With newfound purpose, Daresso turned the fight around and began fighting for his new desire: the favor of Merveil. He rose up in rank even higher and eventually challenged the Sword King. Following his victory against the Sword King, Daresso immediately asked for Merveil's hand in marriage.

Daresso proposed to Merveil with the Star of WraeclastStar of Wraeclast
Ruby Amulet
Requires Level 28+(20-30)% to Fire ResistanceGrants Level 10 Frostblink Skill
(30-50)% increased Cold Damage
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
60% increased Area of Effect of Hex Skills
You cannot be Cursed with Silence
Frostblink has 50% increased Duration
"I offer to you an eternal oath
that binds your heart to mine;
a bond that not even death will break.
Will you accept?"
- Daresso, to his beloved
, unaware of its curse. Seeing his beloved slowly turn into a monster, Daresso slipped away into Wraeclast, hoping to find a cure for her curse. Although the details afterwards are unknown, Daresso eventually perished in Wraeclast.



I am Daresso, the Sword King. It was here, in the pits of Theopolis that I made my name, killing rabid dogs and wild boars before I could even be considered a man. In this so glorious of arenas, I care nothing for your past, only your future... and for that, you will have to fight!


- Daresso - Daresso's Dream intro


People of the gutters, steel your bellies, for the slaughter is at hand!


- Daresso - Daresso's Dream boss room


An adequate performance, challenger, if a little messy. Yet Barkhul and his stinking flock were simply an audition. Let us see how you fare in the Grand Arena of Theopolis!


- Daresso - Daresso's Dream boss room, after the player cleared all the monster


Welcome to the Grand Arena of Theopolis. It is here that I first laid eyes upon my true purpose, my lady Merveil. It is our inspiration that defines us. What do you fight for, Gladiator? Hundreds of warriors tried to lay claim to the same title as I, but I defeated them all. Victory goes not to the able, but to the ambitious.


- Daresso - The Grand Arena intro


A battle worthy of song! The way you fight reminds me of how it feels to be possessed with the ideal of victory. Is your passion enough to claim a crown? We shall see.


- Daresso - The Grand Arena when the player walked towards to the boss room

There are additional monologues from the plaques in The Grand Arena.


  • Ice Clones - An attack skill that spawns projectiles from locations around the player with a short delay. The projectiles look like icy clones of Daresso, but are regular attack projectiles in all respects.
  • Attack Combo - A single target melee attack skill that does three sequential hits. The final hit has a percentage of physical damage added as extra cold damage. This attack skips evasion and dodge checks because of a bug but it can still be blocked.
  • Cold Waves - Similar to Reave skill, it does three waves per use with increased radius for each successive wave. 100% of the physical damage of this attack is converted to cold, and the skill has Resolute Technique (always hit, never crit).
  • Enrage - Activates automatically each time a quarter of his life is removed. It grants him a buff increasing attack speed that lasts a short duration, except for the last time he uses it, in which case the duration is infinite. While kneeling, attacking him will restore health to him, up to the nearest 25% (25%, 50%, 75%).
  • Charge - Pretty much the same as Whirling Blades skill.
  • Sword Clouds - This is an environmental effect, meaning it isn't directly used by Daresso. The cloud is a physical damage spell that repeatedly hits everything in its area of effect, it cannot cause stun.[1]


Map variants

Stronger versions of Daresso, King of Swords serve as map bosses:

Map Level Name Notes
Colosseum MapColosseum MapMap Level: 81
Map Tier: 14
Guild Character: ü
Life means as little as a passing
moment of entertainment.
Let them rot.
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Ambrius, Legion Slayer

Related items

Daresso's SaluteDaresso's Salute
Citrine Amulet
Requires Level 16+(16-24) to Strength and Dexterity50% reduced maximum Energy Shield
+(30-40)% to Fire Resistance
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
10% increased Movement Speed when on Full Life
+2 to Melee Strike Range
60% increased Melee Damage when on Full Life
"A bit short in the arm, are you?
Then you'll be short of a head soon enough."
- Daresso the Daring
Daresso's PassionDaresso's Passion
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (61.2-70.8) to (108-120)
Elemental Damage: (30-38) to (40-50)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.50%
Attacks per Second: 1.50
Weapon Range: 14
Requires Level 43, 140 Dex+25% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierAdds (30-38) to (40-50) Physical Damage
Adds (30-38) to (40-50) Cold Damage
20% reduced Frenzy Charge Duration
25% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill
(60-80)% increased Damage while you have no Frenzy Charges
It doesn't matter how well the young swordsman trains.
All form and finesse are forgotten when blood first hits the ground.
Daresso's CourageDaresso's Courage
Baroque Round Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: (27%-30%)
Armour: (268-292)
Evasion: (268-292)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 54, 70 Str, 70 Dex120% increased Block Recovery+30% Chance to Block Spell Damage while on Low Life
20% increased Global Physical Damage
(100-120)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
+(3-6)% Chance to Block
+20% Chance to Block Attack Damage if you have Blocked Spell Damage Recently
+20% chance to Block Spell Damage if you have Blocked Attack Damage Recently
By tourney's end, Daresso bled and shivered.
Yet even accursed treachery failed to steal the champion's victory.
Daresso's DefianceDaresso's Defiance
Full Dragonscale
Quality: +20%
Armour: (1316-1504)
Evasion: (1044-1193)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 63, 115 Str, 94 Dex(160-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(60-90) to maximum Life
(0.4-0.6)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
6% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
You lose all Endurance Charges when Hit
You gain an Endurance Charge on Kill
You gain Onslaught for 5 seconds per Endurance Charge when Hit
(60-100)% increased Onslaught Effect
"When your back is against the wall,
And your opponent is bleeding you dry,
There is only one appropriate response:
Unbridled, overwhelming violence."
- Daresso, the Sword King

Version history

Version Changes
  • Daresso's spinning swords now play an effect when they appear and disappear, making it easier to see them.
  • Added to the game


  1. Mark_GGG (September 23, 2016). "Skills used by Daresso". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved September 23, 2016.