The Dark Reaver was the first of these enhancements that Raziel found. Discovering ancient vampire ruins as he investigated the Cemetery he was able to enter a sealed chamber and use a Warp gate that transported him to the Dark Forge within the Vampire Citadel. Using the Soul conduit at the heart of the forge Raziel was able to imbue the Wraith blade with elemental Darkness and create the permanent Dark Reaver, which could be selected at will.[DEF][DEF-C4]
The Dark Reaver manifested as a blade with a purple core along waving with purple energy. When the Dark Reaver was charged its attacks spawned homing Mini shades which targeted struck enemies. The Reaver Spell allowed Raziel to become invisible, enabling him to sneak passed guardian gargoyles and enemies unseen. It could also be used to darken Light orbs[DEF].
- The Dark Reaver was first featured in a more temporary form in Soul Reaver 2[SR2]. Though not explained in Defiance, the loss of the Reaver fonts (necessitating finding permanent enhancements) was intended to be attributed to the actions of the Elder God, though this detail was cut from the final game.
- The 'spike' of the Dark Reaver subtly changes colour between its appearances in Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance, with its black core turning purple by Defiance[SR2][DEF]. Originally the Soul Reaver 2 version was entirely black.
- The Charged attack and Reaver spell of the Dark Reaver were originally to have featured in Soul Reaver 2 gained from a separate Dark Reaver augmentation but the enhancement was ultimately cut.
- Along with the Light Reaver, the Dark Reaver does not need to be powered up with Souls to gain the enhancement; It is gained from a Soul conduit, but the mechanism is already active when Raziel arrives at the Dark Forge[DEF-C4].