Iron Flesh is a Pyromancy in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Pyromancy you must use a Flame or Special Weapons that can cast Pyromancies.

Iron Flesh

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 45
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 8 Intelligence
Type Self buff



Pyromancy that internalizes flame.

Iron flesh boosts damage absorption and resistance, but significantly increases weight.

Not advisable for walking in marshlands, perhaps resulting in its obsolescence in the Great Swamp.


Acquired From

  • Found in the Farron Keep Swamp. From the starting bonfire (the one next to the ladder), go directly right. The Pyromancy should be located before the group of basilisks.
  • Video location



  • Effect does not directly modify weight, but instead forces user to walk as if their weight ratio is above 100% and roll as if their weight ratio is above 70%.
  • Skills like Quickstep can be used to circumvent the slower movement.
  • Increases all physical absorptions by 40%.
  • Will cause most melee attacks to be deflected.
  • Increases all resistances by 50.
  • Significantly lowers lightning absorption (-60% lightning absorption when applied at 0%).
  • Effect lasts about 16s.
  • Is affected by Lingering Dragoncrest Ring.
  • Overwrites and is overwritten by Flash Sweat, Profuse Sweat, Power Within and Carthus Beacon.
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    • Spell length25 Sep 2016 14:45  

      From Soft is so hell bent on making heavy tank builds unviable, the one thing that would make them happy lasts half as long as from Dark Souls 1. What the *****

      • Useful in PvP25 Jul 2016 15:00  

        This spell gives you the poise (yes poise) you need to tank R1 spam from overly agressive invaders. When dueling at Pontiff's area people are a lot more careful, but invaders tend to rush me down, so I surprise them with this and kill them much easier.<br/><br/>Of course I reccomend the Dragonscale Ring. Also check if your opponent is using a faith build, the lightning damage hurts like hell. Otherwise, a very good spell for just 8 intelligence.

        • Tears of Denial + Iron Flesh19 May 2016 20:22  

          idk how to add to the page but it seems like casting iron flesh removes tears of denial. Worth note for sacred flame cheesing.

          • Poise09 May 2016 01:37  

            Poise does exist in this game, in the form of a switch. There's a value that's at 1, and if you turn that value to zero, you aren't staggered. Casting this turns the value to zero for the duration of the spell. As opposed to actually giving the visible, in game poise stat a use...

            • Iron Flesh + Sacred Flame05 May 2016 23:29  

              Unreal combination. Basically insta death in PVP if your opponent isn't familiar with Iron Flesh.<br/><br/>I may try to use Iron Flesh on my Sorcery too. I can see someone trying to interrupt a Crystal Soul Spear and eating massive damage.

              • Poise01 May 2016 22:52  

                Iron Flesh used to affect Poise and I believe it still does. Any data on that, and on how much Poise it gives you? (You can't see it in the Character Tab or I wouldn't be asking)

                • Resistance/absorbtion amount?19 Apr 2016 06:01  

                  Does anyone know how much the resistance/damage absorption amount is? I understand that it lowers your lightning resistance too, but how much does it decrease it by?

                  • Bonfire Clarification15 Apr 2016 21:43  

                    "From the starting bonfire (the one next to the ladder)"<br/><br/>It's the Farron Keep bonfire, just in case anyone mixes that up with the Old Wolf of Farron bonfire.

                    • Lightning weakness?14 Apr 2016 15:39  

                      I was looking at the resistances when I applied Iron skin and my lightning resistance went negative in the percent absorption. I guess that make sense with it being called Iron Flesh

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