Frostbite is a Status Effect in Dark Souls 3.


  • Deals 11% of a player's max HP plus an additional 85 flat damage.                                                                                 
  • -15 Stamina Regen and +7% increased damage for 28 seconds.


Sample Damage calculation:


  • Unembered Player with 40 Vig
  • 1213 max Hp 


  • 11% max Hp = 133 Damage
  • + 85 Flat damage
  • Total = 218 Damage






Frostbite Sources

Frostbite Weaponry

Enemies susceptible to Frost 

Enemies resistant to Frost

Enemies immune to Frost


  • Frost is very effective against most knights or enemies, that still have flesh.
  • Particularly effective against some bosses, most notably the Dragonslayer Armour and Oceiros, the Consumed King.
  • If Frostbite injures enemy (but is not fatal), a sound of breaking ice can be heard. However, if Frostbite is fatal, there is no sound effect.
  • If fire damage is applied to the target it will remove the Frostbitten effect, allowing for more frostbite damage to be applied.
  • Holding a torch speeds up frostbite recovery
  • Overhauled in 1.11 patch. 

    • Anonymous

      20 Mar 2018 12:23  

      Weapons with frostbite accompanied with the soldering iron is a combo you should not underestimate. It's pretty good.

      • 30 Nov 2017 14:59  

        so i read about the fire damage nullifying frostbite and deceided to test it on a mob, afterwards, i found myself testing frozen weapon every weapon i could think of, here's the results:
        testing was done against the hand saw mob at the dilapidaed bridge, where hodrick invades you

        crow quills: 1H=3hits; 2H=4 hits
        brigand twindaggers: 1H=3 hits; 2h=4 hits
        parrying dagger: 3 hits, both 1H and 2H
        long sword: 3 hits
        broadsword: 3 hits(missing one hit in a combo is enough to make it a 4 hit the next time you try to combo)
        bastard sword: 3 hits(from here on out i'll write only those that don't take 3 hits)
        sellsword twinblades: 1H=3 hits; 2H=hits(2 L1 is enough to proc it)
        corvian scythe(raw+4) 1H=3 hits; 2 hits if counter attack;

        ...and that's about it, so in short, unlike (natural?)bleed, frozen weapon's freeze buildup doesn't scale wih weapon type, the only difference is if you're using a dual wield weapon
        tl;dr frozen weapon is best used with a dagger in the right hand and a fire weapon in the left.

        • Anonymous

          28 Sep 2017 19:57  

          Beautifully broken: Right hand Irithyll straight sword, left hand Fire or Chaos infused curved sword or rapier (pyro flame combustion works, and fire surge is just perfect).

          2 hits with the frost (slashing hits seem to do more frost, you'll need 3 with thrust)
          those 2 hits will always proc frostbite for good damage, without any titanite investment on the sword
          then l1 to use the curved sword

          Just get into a rhythm - dodge attack, if he has lag, r1 r1 l1 or l1 r1 r1
          Whichever you prefer
          Either way, you kill him fast. I kinda like l1 r1 r1 more (Fire, ice, ice), as he seems more docile when he's frostbitten.

          It also seems as though hitting him with fire damage doesn't remove frost Buildup, just the status effect
          So if I do a rolling attack and a slashing attack (not quite enough for a frostbite proc), and then hit with fire, frostbite will proc on the next ice attack.

          I feel (and I'm an idiot, so whatever) like a pyro could use this in pvp. Pyro flame, ice weapon. If you deal most of your damage with pyro, but brawl up-close with ice, it seems like you end up with 2 ways to kill your opponent - catch 'em with flames, or proc the frostbite. Cud b gud

          • Anonymous

            28 Jul 2017 17:37  

            Will fire damage cancel out frost buildup or is it just frostbite? I'm thinking of getting a few people together to trap someone in a room and have one person cast snap freeze and the other hold fire stream on the invader. Having frostbite proc every few seconds would kill someone pretty fast

            • Anonymous

              24 Jun 2017 07:28  

              most op status effect against bosses as its easier to apply than bleed especially with vordts hammer and you can reset the status effect with fire damage to proc the flat damage plus % of max hp damage multiple time. not as good in pvp but still useful.

              • Anonymous

                05 Jun 2017 07:11  

                The Pontiff Knight Great Scythe when using weapon art has 220 frostbite in the ice ring and buildup 55 frostbite on weapon.

                • Anonymous

                  26 May 2017 11:54  

                  Have to admit, getting frostbitten proc'd through rolls is rather irritating. But maybe this can be used offensively towards someone rolling Vordts effectively?

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Apr 2017 00:51  

                    In conclusion, the only bosses I was not able to frostbite were Curse Rotted Greatwood, Old Demon King, High Lord Wolnir, and Yhorm the Giant? (unsure, as was not able to test this, so it might be possible). So, it definitally works on almost every boss in the entire game.

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Apr 2017 07:07  

                      Can confirm, both the bird he rides on and nameless king himself are very suseptable to frostbite! Made that fight much easier than it usually is for me. Would frostbite them in 2 swings with vordt's great hammer.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Apr 2017 06:00  

                        Ancient Wyvern can be frostbitten as well. Just beat him fighting on the ground with vordts great hammer and snap freeze. if you can hit his neck or tail; it's much better. He is very resistant to it, however. Hitting his feet it took maybe 10-12 2hR1s to proc. 75 per swing and then suddenly 600 or so.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Apr 2017 04:59  

                          From what I can tell, most of the bosses in the game can be frostbitten and it is often a very useful tactic to use against them.
                          Here are the ones I know for sure I have been able to inflict frostbite on.
                          Dancer of the Boreal Valley
                          Oceiros, the Consumed King
                          Champion Gundyr
                          Crystal Sage
                          Abyss Watchers
                          Deacons of the Deep
                          Pontiff Sulyvahn
                          Dragonslayer Armor
                          Sister Friede and Father Ariandel

                          I have found it to be most useful against Dragonslayer, Champion Gundyr, Pontiff Sulyvhan, Sister Friede, Abyss Watchers.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Apr 2017 21:36  

                            Does anyone know the percentage of HP lost with frostbite? Is it a flat percentage like bleed? It seems to also get the counter hit boost that bleed does whereif you are frostbitten on a counter hit it will do bonus damage?

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Mar 2017 22:12  

                              is there a way to tell if an enemy is frostbitten? i think i see when it happens. like their torso has steam come out for a second or 2. but is there a way to know how long it lasts or any other indication. i guess if i knew how long it last i could guesstimate when it would go away IF i saw when it actually set in.

                              • Anonymous

                                17 Mar 2017 11:05  

                                Here's an idea: make frost weaponry deal bonus damage to frostbitten opponents. Perhaps increase the damage dealt by a percentage equal to the frost aux effect on the weapon. Because right now there's no reason to keep using frostbite once your opponent is frostbitten. Although it would make the outrider knights a bit more frightening.

                                • Anonymous

                                  03 Feb 2017 14:38  

                                  Make it a two-stage effect. Once frostbite triggers once, you take the normal effects, if it triggers again, freeze the enemy for like a second, or something punishing along those lines.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    08 Nov 2016 00:43  

                                    Can anyone confirm that Luck affects the frostbite buildup? I'm planning on doing a Frost build with 40 luck but i need to know if it's worth the investment

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