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


Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 15
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 18 Faith
Type Ranged Attack



Dark miracle taught in the Cathedral of the Deep.

Summons insect swarm to feast on foes.

These insects which lurk in the Deep have tiny jaws lined with fangs to tear open the skin and burrow into the flesh in the blink of an eye, causing intense bleeding.


Acquired From




  • This spell 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 130 points of bleed buildup all at once, and will often instantly trigger bleed against weaker enemies or low level player opponents. The bleed buildup and damage do not scale with Intelligence or Faith.
  • Has an upgraded version: Dorhy's Gnawing.
  • Sped up in Regulation 1.08 and again in 1.11.
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    • Anonymous

      Spell Animation + Testing15 Apr 2016 04:50  

      For anyone who thinks the spell sounds SUPER cool, it's the same spell the fat ladies cast in Undead Settlement. That is to say, it does not look like a whole lot.<br/><br/>In PvP, the spell is almost entirely useless, as the spell has some wind up, the particle moves very slow, and the range is medium (it will dissipate completely at a certain range).<br/><br/>Tested on a few monsters with shields, and the bleed build up is still significant, but not enough to spam the spell given its mana cost.<br/><br/>Without Sage Ring (regular version) for reduced cast time, this spell has an incredibly slow cast speed. Enough so that most enemies will close the distance either just before or right after the cast goes off. <br/><br/>This spell does not seem to stagger most enemies.

      • Anonymous

        mage01 Apr 2016 20:10  

        Thinking about putting 18 faith for this spell in my mage build. Hopefully there will be a good staff or something to have it scale with Int instead since my int will be really high.

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