Dorhys' Gnawing is a Miracle in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Miracle you must use a Talisman/Chime or Special Weapons that can cast Miracles.

Dorhys' Gnawing

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 20
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 25 Faith
Type Ranged Attack



Miracle of Dorhys the deranged evangelist. 

Summons great insect swarm to feast on foes.

Those who linger too long on the brink of the Deep will often slip. Dorhys is sure to have wallowed in this darkness, intoxicated by its peril.


Acquired From

  • Found in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley: From the Church of Yorksha bonfire, head out of the main entrance and down the stairs. Take the path going right and then head straight on to an overlook platform that has or had a Crystal Lizard on. Hit the railing on the right to reveal steps going down. Follow the path until you see an item near a tree. Drop down and kill the screaming Evangelist to receive Dorhy's Gnawing.
  •  Video location at 10 secs in.




  • This spell's initial impact deals dark damage, and as such will be slightly more powerful when cast with the Sunless Talisman or Caitha's Chime with high Intelligence and Faith.
  • When cast with any other talisman or chime on a character with high Faith and no Intelligence, this spell will deal only 30-50 less damage.
  • This spell causes 210 points of bleed buildup per hit, and will almost always trigger bleed against weaker enemies or unarmored enemy players. The bleed buildup and damage are not based on Intelligence, Faith,  or Luck.
  • Shoots 2 insect swarms compared to Gnaw's 1 insect swarm making it larger and harder to dodge
  • Certain bleed-weak enemies will take large amounts of damage from this spell due to the bleed effect triggering on every hit, most notably the Sulyvahn's Beasts guarding the Aldrich Faithful covenant.
  • Sped up in regulation 1.08 and again in 1.11.
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    • 13 Apr 2017 00:15  

      Patch 1.11 sped this spell up significantly, in addition to the extended movement period. Wonder why they don't always include all their changes in their patch notes.

      Anyhow, this miracle should be a staple on your bar for PvE. It's good for more than just bosses too. Regular enemies that aren't even bleed weak will still take significant damage upon bleed producing. And it's FP cost is low enough to make it highly spammable.

      • 12 Apr 2017 13:23  

        Been helping other ppl who want to kill dancer early with my faith caster. If host brought carthus rouge and you spam this every seconds, she will be done in few minutes.

        • 27 Mar 2017 03:26  

          Regulation 1.30 App Version 1.11 - Thurs 23rd March - Extended the time you can move during the casting of the miracles of Gnaw, Dorhys’ Gnawing and Wrath of the Gods.

          • 26 Mar 2017 16:17  

            It makes you wonder why the Evangelist you get it from, presumably Dorhys, is exactly the same as any other Evangelist. The item says she 'wallowed in the brink of the deep', so I think she should be a little different from the other Evangelists. Maybe some different attacks or new voice lines or something.

            • 24 Mar 2017 15:28  

              This worked great against multiple bosses (pontiff sulyvahn, sulyvahns beasts, dancer of boreal valley), also makes NPC phantoms look like chumps. Crazy easy to beat Havel on archdragon peak with just roll spamming the spell. Also roll spammed soul of cinder, the bleed proc stuns him and gives time to heal if needed.

              • 02 Feb 2017 11:02  

                Highly Underrated spell. Even against non-bleed weak enemies, it usually causes enough bleed build up to bleed them in one hit. This spell alone makes it easy to cheese through many bosses in the game. For example, it took me only two tries to beat nameless king in NG +5 using only this spell and two tries again for the Soul of Cinder.

                However, I do wish from would grant it the homing that the evangelists get from casting the spell.

                • 02 Dec 2016 01:29  

                  Does the bleed damage all stack together? For example if I dory's gnawing then attack with a bleed damage weapon could it finish off the already existing bleed damage causing it to make them bleed?

                  • Good against Soul of Cinder06 Oct 2016 14:45  

                    With Caithias Chime+9 and 40Int 40Faith Soul of Cinder bleeds in 2-3 Hits taking about 2000 dmg plus the spell damage, which is about 500 per Hit!!!!<br/>Used this on my Pyromancy Build, because i felt like the Fire and Dark Spell werent so effective. Initially i wanted to use lightning miracles and tried this<br/>just for fun, but it turned out brutally effective.

                    • Good on Pontiff Beasts21 Sep 2016 11:51  

                      I was having a bit of trouble dealing with the dual pontiff beasts near McDonnel on my cleric caster build, so I decided to use this thing without having caitha's or sunless, and it ripped them a new one... would probably also work well on those ***** hand grabby enemies in the profaned capital, although I didn't personally try that out.

                      • Personal Anecdotes17 May 2016 10:28  

                        " (at 55 Faith and 10 Int using Yorshka's Chime +10 I actually do 2 extra damage compared to Sunless Talisman +5.)"<br/><br/>Stuff like this can go in the comments section, that's what it's there for. Also, yes a Caitha's Chime with no Intelligence will do less damage with dark spells than Yorshka's Chime at 55 Faith. Caitha's Chime is not meant for pure Faith builds, it needs high Int and high Fth together before it's stronger than Yorshka's with pure Faith.

                        • correct spelling...15 Apr 2016 22:28  

                          there seems to be two copies of this page. This one does NOT match the spelling in the game, which is "Dorhys' Gnawing" presumably a possessive form for someone named Dorhys.

                          • Location30 Mar 2016 16:57  

                            Illusionary railing near the first bonfire in Ilthyll, after the garden area with the pyro and berserker mobs. Leads to a place you can drop down to the witch behind the gate earlier on.

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