Darkmoon Longbow

36 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
100 icon-wp_stability.png -
icon_weight.png 4.5
Requirements & Bonus
- E C -
7 16 10 -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Bows damage_type-icon.jpg None
skill-icon.jpg Darkmoon Arrow icon_fp_cost.png - (10/10)

Darkmoon Longbow is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Longbow of Darkmoon Gwyndolin, who was gradually devoured by Aldrich.This golden bow is imbued with powerful magic and is most impressive with Moonlight Arrows.

Skill: Darkmoon Arrow
Infuse a readied arrow with Darkmoon essence, granting it magic damage and the ability to pierce shields.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • Often considered by many to be the worst bow in the game. It's magic damage, even when fully upgraded, is too low to be considered useful, it's arguably worsened by the split damage, and the only way to get any real damage is with the Moonlight Arrows.

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Darkmoon Longbow Upgrade Table

Requires 3,120 souls and 15 Titanite Scales to +4, and 1 Titanite Slab to +5 

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 36 44 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +1 42 51 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +2 48 58 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +3 54 65 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +4 60 72 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +5 66 80 - - - - E B - - - - - - - - -

Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

    • Anonymous

      03 Feb 2018 10:45  

      This is sad , the bow looks great and from a lore point of view this bow could have been something powerful. Heck at least it could have some thing like "shot into the air to rain tons of arrows to your enemy. Real shame.

      • Anonymous

        29 Jan 2018 09:10  

        It's really easy to hit 500+ AR on an int build with this. All you need to do is equip another weapon instead.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jul 2017 18:43  

          I atually tried doing a build around so thats what i came up with and works pretty well i must say.

          Armor: Lorians Set

          Weapons: Darkmoon Longbow, you can add a longsword if you like, preferably with crystal infusion.

          Rings: Favor +3, Life +3, Chloranthy +3, Scholar +3

          • Anonymous

            19 Nov 2016 21:39  

            Underrated! I am a socerer build with extremely low vgr and I needed to stop people from rushing me in arena I tried moonlight greatsword etc but people constantly out damaged me so I upgraded this longbow just to see, this thing is amazing for the stagger sure the time to draw the bow is kinda long but it's usually fast enough to draw and shoot someone running at you with a melee weapon but that isn't the best thing - this thing will always stagger people so if you draw, wait for someone to run at you then fire at point blank they will be staggered and you can roll away and to top it off my darkmoon longbow with moonlight arrows deals 368 a hit, not bad to punish people rushing you and you can rinse and repeat this stategy until they die unless they stop rushing you. 8/10 lol

            • Anonymous

              26 Oct 2016 13:55  

              Str/dex build > dragonrider bow
              Quality build> darkmoon longbow
              This bow is like the second version of bow of want from ds 2 but i think bow of want is better whith enable infusing (the best bow imo) so sad this bow has decent scalling or rather low.just slightly better if you using moonlight arrows only as your ammo

              • Anonymous

                I'm so upset20 Sep 2016 00:27  

                I was playing around with the compound bow and noticed, well...that it's actually pretty badass. It's fast and can attack out of rolls and backsteps and all, I never realized just how capable it was.Well, I was sitting in the shower thinking about it when I had an epiphany; if the darkmoon longbow worked similarly, one could use it to make just the absolute most badass mage/archer hybrid that would probably be pretty much the coolest thing ever. Ever. Well, it doesn't work that way. You just stand there slowly firing arrows, with no mobility whatsoever. ***** it.

                • Anonymous

                  re: Dark Arrow08 Sep 2016 14:23  

                  In front of enemy. Probably due to the fact that Dark is used against the Gods and this is a bow from a God(My bad hit the submit button midway)

                  • Anonymous

                    Dark Arrows08 Sep 2016 14:22  

                    If you use the bow with Dark Arrows everything is fine, but if you use the Weapon Art with Dark Arrows you will get an interesting result.You arrow will be send either in a weird arc (going super high, send to the left/right). And when targeting an enemy it will mostly do a curve right in f

                    • Anonymous

                      Curious02 Aug 2016 02:30  

                      So it says it adds magic damage, so if you add moonlight arrows, it will do the magical damage from the arrow+the arrow buff from the weapon art correct?

                      • Anonymous

                        Shame it isn't faith scaling20 Jun 2016 12:50  

                        It really is almost a pity that this bow didn't wind up scaling with faith instead of int (albeit still having an int requirement and doing magic damage). It would have made it even more niche than it already is, but it would have allowed for some really nice unity of theme if everything associated with the Darkmoons (Bow, Ritual spear, and miracle) were faith scaling magic damage. As it is, still has plenty of uses, but harder to work into a build alongside the other darkmoon stuff

                        • Anonymous

                          For those wondering. This weapon is Designed for Pyromancers.29 May 2016 17:36  

                          It lets you do Magic Damage without Attuning any Sorceries. Really useful with only Pyromancer Spells

                          • :/22 May 2016 10:46  

                            I would`ve liked the bow to at least have an indication that it`s ability was activated like a purple glow, but it`s basically just a more expensive longbow with a unique look to it, if your doing a Gwyndolin cosplay (which I don`t even think is possible) or your just plain becoming a Darkmoon Blade then it could have some use, but... Onislayer or Dragonslayer Greatbows are much better.

                            • Anonymous

                              Misguiding Skill name -.-14 May 2016 21:31  

                              This Skill has a different name but is practical the same as Puncture not even the animation got changed that's lazy as *****, fromsoft!

                              • Anonymous

                                Actually does more damage with Moonlight arrow07 May 2016 13:06  

                                Testet this with unupgraded Darkmoon Longbow and Dragonrider bow with Wooden Arrow vs. Moonlight Arrow. Tested on Firekeeper and Hollows in Cemetary of Ash. Tested for normal shot and Weapon Art. STR, DEX and INT at 99 for the test.Dragonrider with Wooden did the most damage. > Darkmoon with Moonlight did a tiny bit less Damage. > Dragonrider with Moonlight did a little less Damage than that. > Darkmoon with Wooden does CONSIDERABLY less damage than anything mentioned before. (About half the damage of Dragonrider with moonlight)Nice that the description actually reflects the stats this time.This also seems to mean, that normal bows scale with the physical damage of arrows since Dragonrider did more damage with Wooden, than with Moonlight despite moonlight arrows having a higher AR

                                • Anonymous

                                  Is this bow even useful?03 May 2016 10:07  

                                  been using DR+5 at 40/40 STR/DEX. would a 60/40 INT/DEX out damage the Dragon rider? because at present this bow is tossed on the trash heap of inter-mixed stat weapons along with any STR/INT or DEX/INT weapons.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Testing02 May 2016 22:26  

                                    Starts of well , when used with darkmoon arrow but scales poorly. With high 80 int investment and using darkmoon arrow, Normal hits 199 and special hits 260 charged on dark wraiths ng+2. The bow is not worth using compared to even weaker spells, since using a bow leaves you vunerable.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      How to shoot the Darkmoon arrows?02 May 2016 13:39  

                                      I'm probably missing something obvious, but how do you use the weapon skill of this bow? Holding R2 to fire just makes my character shoot an arrow strongly, likes with any other bow. I do have the FP bar full when I attempt this. Or is that the skill itself? I thought it'd have an special animation or something, considering the description.

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