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Farron Flashsword is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. To cast a sorcery , you must use a Staff or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries.


Farron Flashsword

Spell Type

Sorcery

Focus Cost 4
Slots UsedSlots Used
1
Requirements 23

 

 

Alteration of Soul Greatsword developed by sorcerers of the Undead Legion of Farron.

The Legion has a tendency to emphasize speed over power, and this practical alteration of an existing sorcery is no exception."

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Notes

  •  Appears that AR = (1.16 * Spell Buff) - 75.2
  • Behaves much like a straight sword in terms of reach and speed and can be cast multiple times in a combo, similar to Farron Dart. Its range is much better than a straight sword but damage is light.
  • Can be parried
  • A longer catalysts results in a longer reach, the sword doesn't get any bigger but it starts higher up the staff. [This is actually fairly important for PVP capabilities, as this spell can have nearly the range of the Soul Greatsword spell with the right catalyst, but with a much faster attack rate at a fraction of the cost.]
  • The Izalith Staff achieves the longest range of this spell.
  • Can be used after a backstep, roll, or while running for variant casts, similar to how other weapons behave. Does not seem to have critical attack capabilities, however.
Sorceries
|  Affinity  | |  Aural Decoy  | |  Cast Light  | |  Chameleon  | |  Crystal Magic Weapon  | |  Crystal Soul Spear  | |  Dark Edge  | |  Dark Orb  | |  Deep Soul  | |  Farron Dart  | |  Farron Hail  | |  Frozen Weapon  | |  Great Deep Soul  | |  Great Farron Dart  | |  Great Heavy Soul Arrow  | |  Great Magic Shield  | |  Great Magic Weapon  | |  Great Soul Arrow  | |  Heavy Soul Arrow  | |  Hidden Body  | |  Hidden Weapon  | |  Homing Crystal Soulmass  | |  Homing Soulmass  | |  Magic Shield  | |  Magic Weapon  | |  Pestilent Mercury  | |  Repair  | |  Soul Arrow  | |  Soul Dart  | |  Soul Greatsword  | |  Soul Spear  | |  Soul Stream  | |  Spook  | |  Twisted Wall of Light  | |  White Dragon Breath  |



    • 02 Nov 2016 11:14

      This spell is so useful on the Heysel Pick as it effectively chains from the normal attack of the weapon. Only thing is it does slightly less damage than two normal attacks, but it comes out fast and unexpectedly, and can be used to catch people rolling.

      • Bad with Cleric's Candlestick21 Sep 2016 14:05

        This is really bad in conjunction with the Cleric's Candlestick. On my dedicated sorcerer build (low str and dex, high int), farron flashsword does less damage than my R1 attacks (at a +5 upgrade level) and doesn't seem to gain any noticeable extra range.<br/><br/>I mean I guess the point of the spell is to give you a means of straight sword-like R1 attacks on your caster, but it's still funny to be spending resources casting the spell when I could just R1 with my sword-catalyst for better damage.

        • Very low damage but good range18 Jul 2016 11:01

          Works good alongside my dark fist, until i get immolation timber and moonlight greatsword.<br/><br/>It has a great fp coat, good range with sweeping, but bad everything else, dont expect this to be your main killer

          • It can't be parried01 Jun 2016 11:51

            the CATALYST can be parried but the spell itself cannot unless the target is using spell parry shields<br/><br/>use crystal chime for best results (the opponent has to hug you in order to parry the chime)

            • Spell Combos18 May 2016 10:56

              If you are in the middle of firing soul darts and immediately switch to this spell the windup on the first swing is considerably faster, could be useful as a bait to lure unsuspecting enemies to a flashsword combo as they are getting closer to you.<br/><br/>The same principle also works vice-versa, so you can continue pressuring them with darts as they roll away after getting comboed.

              • Somewhat wrong18 May 2016 08:55

                "A longer catalysts results in a longer reach, the sword doesn't get any bigger but it starts higher up the staff. [This is actually fairly important for PVP capabilities, as this spell can have nearly the range of the Soul Greatsword spell with the right catalyst, but with a much faster attack rate at a fraction of the cost.]"<br/><br/>You'd think this is how it works, and it should've been that way, but no. It has a cap on it's reach it seems. After testing it with various catalysts (excluding the ones obtained from covenants and the bell ringers in archdragon peak) They all had the same reach, the Sage's Crystal Staff looks like it has a longer reach. Hard to test with no test subjects who can stand still. <br/>As for the reach it should've had: The Immolation Tinder is one of the longest if not the longest catalyst to cast sorceries with, but if you use a Farron Flashsword, you'll be severly disappointed. The sword is barely visible except for it's surrounding glow, the weapon/catalyst itself has a longer reach than the tip of the spell.

                • ?08 May 2016 07:07

                  first hit is slower than a R2 poke from a greatsword, with probably less range. looks more flashy& far off than flash&farron -_-<br/>but i can't get rid of it...

                  • needs a buff29 Apr 2016 15:05

                    more damage. otherwise this is no better than that crap rock of a light-saber from dark souls 2 that broke in 6 hits. the only real thing I notice that is the saving grace of this sword is the fact that it cant be blocked easily

                    • Viable for NO WEAPON sorcerer.25 Apr 2016 06:00

                      Been playing that type of character (Pure Sorcerer) Only weapons equipped are my staff and a pyromancy flame. <br/>The build works (you ought to be careful tho, as youll carry more ashen estus then healing one). <br/><br/>Farron Flashsword acts exactly like you would expect a straightsword to work. However there are a few down and upsides: <br/>Downsides: <br/>No Strongattack, Inability to Riposte / Backstab (Ofc. FP drain) <br/>Long First Hit Windup<br/>Upsides: <br/>With the right Staff (Using Heretics currently) HUGE AOE <br/>Extremely Fast after the initial windup attack (youll be surprised) <br/>The extreme speed at which the attacks are chained together combined with the Swingaround Circling Moveset in a huge AOE <br/>make this spell very efficient (FP wise) to clear out a larger group of hollows / weak foes without poise in a very short time. <br/><br/>This spell acts as my main melee weapon and serves me well. <br/>Ofc youre a sorcerer ... most foes will die to soulspears or fireorbs and thelike. <br/><br/>

                      • Not a valid substitue for light attacks23 Apr 2016 07:16

                        You'd need to stack all the spell boosts (yes even both the clutch ring and the crown of dusk) for it to do comparable damage in 60 int with clerics candlestick light r1 and 20/35 str/dex.<br/>At least you don't get stunned when hitting a shield, so I guess it'd be greak for guard breaking if you can outstam your opponent, and your opponent just stands there.

                        • Nerf18 Apr 2016 12:54

                          it seems they nerfed it, Farron Flashsword has its speed reduced...and now im really pissed. My mage knight build has just been destroyed because that was the only way i could sneak in far more attacks since because it uses less stamina to cast the spell. Wtf from...this was the only fast spell for dealing with melee players.

                          • Worth noting:15 Apr 2016 11:27

                            The reach of this spell is determined by the length of the staff you are using. The Court Sorcerer's Staff has significantly shorter reach than the other staves.

                            • Love it14 Apr 2016 04:55

                              So far this is my favorite new spell. I was kind of hoping it would have a different attack set when two handing the staff; though either way spell combos are a nice surprise. Though making it a full fledged toggleable weapon (FP/sec cost) that is augmented by the staff you are using would have been astounding.<br/><br/>Overall It's an excellent trash clear when you either get mobbed or want to conserve FP for the more troubling enemies. It's also pretty hilarious on the Deacons; the attack arc on it is monsterous, and dat reach.<br/>

                              • melee01 Apr 2016 20:12

                                who needs weapons when you got this sexy spell on you. Let's hope the damage is worthwhile for us "pure mages"<br/><br/>It seems like this spell can chain a few times. Its speed is equal to a straight sword but seems to have the reach of a great sword (may pend on staff). It can also cause lower poised enemies to stagger. Based on a video I stumbled onto a few days ago where somebody used this.

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