Dream Nail Inv
Hold to charge and slash with the Dream Nail.

Cut through the veil between dreams and waking.



Hold down DREAM NAIL to charge and swing the Dream Nail. This can perform several functions:

The Dream Wielder charm, granted by the Seer after collecting 500 Essence, greatly reduces the charge time of the Dream Nail and doubles the SOUL gained from hitting living enemies (from 33% to 66%).


How to Acquire

The Dream Nail is acquired in the Resting Grounds by inspecting the Dreamer Statues. Doing so will send the player into a dream where they will receive the Dream Nail from a Moth.



Essence is the energy gained from multiple sources after obtaining the Dream Nail. After obtaining certain amounts of Essence, the player can return to the Seer for rewards. A total of 2400 is needed for all in-game rewards and Achievements. Warping using the Dreamgate uses 1 Essence each time.

Essence Sources


Essence rewards from the Seer


  • It is possible to miss one Essence if Cloth does not help the player fight the Traitor Lord.
  • It is not necessary to use the Dream Nail on passive Ghosts to fully awaken the Dream Nail.
  • It is unknown whether or not Ghosts are the bug's spirit, a lingering spectre, an imprinted memory, or some other form.
  • Awakening the Dream Nail also grants the player the ability to read the dreams of the giant corpses in The Abyss and Kingdom's Edge.