Murky Longstaff

86 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 10
100 icon-wp_stability.png 15
icon_weight.png 3.0
Requirements & Bonus
6 0 12 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Staves damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Chant from the Depths icon_fp_cost.png 7(-/-)

Murky Longstaff is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of The Ringed City DLC.

The long-handled staff wielded by the murkmen who rise from the depths.

Slathered with a black murkiness, and fit for dark sorceries.

Skill: Chant from the Depths
Works with staff equipped in left or right hand. Briefly boosts the strength of dark sorceries.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • Gives dual Intellignece and Faith scaling to dark sorceries.
  • This staff's Intelligence scaling softcaps at 45, after which it gains virtually nothing. It scales better with Intelligence than the Izalith Staff, but nowhere near as well with Faith.
  • At 45 Intelligence and 7 Faith, it outdamages the Izalith Staff and Court Sorcerer's Staff when casting dark sorceries. The Izalith Staff will not outdamage it before 20 Faith (or 30 Faith when using Chant from the Depths / Steady Chant), and the Court Sorcerer's Staff will not outdamage it before 55 Intelligence.
  • This staff's R2 attacks deal more damage than other staves. Its weapon art will buff this damage while active.

Location/Where to Find

  • The Ringed City: In The Dreg Heap, after you pass the angel-like hollow firing projectiles, defeat the two Cathedral Knights and head out. You can go left (downhill) or right (uphill). Head right and into the building and go through the rooms of hollows that keep spawning to find this on a corpse in the last room. Video Example

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Murky Longstaff Upgrade Table

 Requires regular reinforcement, totalling 930 souls, 12 titanite shards, 12 large titanite shards, 12 titanite chunks and 1 titanite slab. 

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular  86 - - - 20 D D B E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +1 97 - - - 23 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +2 108 - - - 26 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +3 118 - - - 28 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +4 129 - - - 31 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +5 140 - - - 33 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +6 151 - - - 36 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +7 162 - - - 39 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +8 172 - - - 41 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +9 183 - - - 44 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  
Regular +10 194 - - - 46 D D A E - - - 30 20 10 10 25  

Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

    • Anonymous

      15 Aug 2017 08:18  

      Just did some damage testing on this thing, and with the Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring and Blindfold mask equipped on my Dark Mage running 50 Int and 15 Fth. This thing only gives up about 10 damage on regular sorceries compared to a sorcerers staff but still outputs 682 damage Great Soul Dregs and 525 damage Dark Edges on the Lothric Knights of the Grand Archives without using the weapon art. Personally, I like this a lot more than the Izalith staff because it took no where near the stat investment to get high damage out of it and it still clocks respectable damage on regular sorceries as well. As opposed to the Izalith staff where you need almost double the Faith to get high dark spell damage and you're losing almost 100 damage off regular sorceries like soul spear compared to the sorcerer's staff

      • Anonymous

        20 Jun 2017 11:29  

        For everybody that's confused. This staff is like the isolith staff. It's for dark magic. This 1 works best for higher intelligence sorcerers. Isolith works best for higher faith sorcerers. These are like the dark versions of the court/alderich staffs. If you focus more on intelligence then use this 1, it will deal more damage.

        • Anonymous

          12 Jun 2017 13:24  

          definitely has the coolest looking chant buff, isn't much worse than the izalith staff either, even with high faith, so it's really a question of fashion souls over efficiency.

          • 29 May 2017 12:26  

            I know that i'm not the only one that knows this, but a lot of people seems to not realize that the Murky Longstaff is for people with higher INT than Faith, so it doesn't need any buff or anything like that. it's meant for sorceres to that wants to use dark sorceries but doesn't want to invest a lot into Faith.

            • Anonymous

              09 May 2017 15:09  

              Protip: Using this staff, Farron Flashsword has a range similar to that of the zweihander with the speed of a straight sword.
              Soul Greatsword DOES NOT get more range, though.

              • 21 Apr 2017 14:11  

                Murky Longstaff vs Izalith Staff vs Court Sorcerer Staff Extensive Testing


                Some details:

                - Murky longstaff softcaps at 45 INT

                - Izalith staff starts outdamaging Murky longstaff at approximately 45\30 (stave buff ON) and at 45/20 (stave buff OFF)

                - Court Sorcerer Staff outdamages Murky longstaff only at INT=60 and with stave buff OFF

                • Anonymous

                  20 Apr 2017 04:58  

                  Honestly for a stave that is made for dark sorcery I think it be way better and a amazing throw back if they added Manus's staff instead of this

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Apr 2017 12:00  

                    Tried this out on my 60 INT 7 FTH build the two dragon rings, scholar's candlestick and dark clutch rings All 3 staves are slabbed. I tested with great heavy soul arrow (GHSA) and great deep soul (GDS) on the hollows at high wall bonfire.

                    Izalith: 483 GDS/ 818 GHSA (no chant)
                    545 GDS/ 933 GHSA (with chant)

                    Murky: 499 GDS/ 892 GHSA (no chant)
                    668 GDS/ 863 GHSA (with chant)

                    Court: 549 GDS/ 925 GHSA (no chant)
                    623 GDS/ 1014 GHSA (with chant)

                    For a staff that's suppose to be for pure INT mages that want to use dark sorceries, the damage is lower than what I had expected even with the chant.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Apr 2017 09:55  

                      Saw a dude using this staff against the nameless king....

                      Nameless King got face raped... 5 spells and he was dead

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Apr 2017 14:01  

                        I happened to have both court sorcerer staff and murky longstaff at 181 spell buff and thus i was able to make a comparison of their damage output. My stats were 44 intelligence and 7 faith (sorcerer), i had court sorcerer staff at +10 upgrade level and murky longstaff at +6, i tested great soul dregs at NG on mobs at archdragon peak, on the same enemy. No weapon art used at testing, and only bellowing dragoncrest and young dragon ring was equipped for damage increase. Soul spear dealt 503 damage with both catalysts, great soul dregs dealt 669 damage with murky longstaff +6, and 536 damage with court sorcerer staff +10.

                        • 08 Apr 2017 19:11  

                          Izalith staff (45\45) has the highest damage output when it comes to dark sorceries

                          2) Murky Longstaff (INT60) deals more damage than Court Sorcerer Staff (the staff buff ON)

                          3) Court Sorcerer Staff (iNT60) deals more damage than Murky Staff (the staff buff OFF)

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Apr 2017 14:39  

                            So did some experinemtation and not sure what to make of this staff. With 43int/36fth the izalith staff did abut 10% more damage with great soul dregs than the gloomy staff. For comparison my (only +9, no slab to level it :( ) court sorcerer's staff was way under, as expected.
                            Weirdly, switching to 65int/11fth, Gloomy staff did slightly better than izalith (less than 5%) but the court sorcerer staff did more damage. Again casting great soul dregs.
                            The weapon art buff however is a completely different story. Gloomy staff definitely the best, however it only buffs dark damage, unlike the Izalith which buffs all sorcery damage.
                            Breakdean seems to be for 45/45 you want Izalith, and if you wand a different damage type you gear swap for miracles/lightning or pyromancy/fire.
                            If you are 60int then you use Court sorcerers staff for everything, unless you are one to remember to use staff buff. In this case you can swap to gloomy staff to cast dark WITH THE BUFF or else court sorcerer's is still better.

                            • Anonymous

                              02 Apr 2017 16:11  

                              Currently running a 60 INT and 20 FTH Build, and this at +10 outperforms the Izalith Staff at +5 for me. It's designed for builds with minimal FTH and super high INT. Add blindfold mask, dark clutch, both dragon rings, scholar's candlestick, and the weapon art and Great Soul Dregs hits for around 1300+

                              • Anonymous

                                02 Apr 2017 12:32  

                                At 40 int (and only 8 in faith), with murky staff +10, blindfold mask + buff, bellowing dragoncrest ring and dark clutch ring, my character does 1271 in damage with great soul dregs when I tested it against the firekeeper. A really nice staff if you want to use dark magic without the heavy investment in faith.

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Apr 2017 02:44  

                                  So is this staff basically a dark staff for pure int (60+) builds? On my 40/40 int/faith with both izalith and murky staff at max level the izalith always outdamages it between 20-40 damage. At how high of int and how low of faith will this outclass Izalith?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    31 Mar 2017 19:15  

                                    I've got 60 Int. I'm getting almost 1500 damage from great soul dregs with the Murky staff + chant from the depths + the blindfold mask, scholar candlestick, young dragon ring, bellowing dragoncrest ring, and the dark clutch ring.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      31 Mar 2017 12:10  

                                      Now how exactly does this fair when combined with the Izalith staff like when you pair the Sage's Crystal Staff with the Court Sorcerer's staff? Will the Murk's Steady Chant work to buff the damage that the Izalith staff will deliver?

                                      • 31 Mar 2017 11:00  

                                        Court Sorcerer Stafff vs Murky Longstaff (Dark Spells)


                                        In short,

                                        CSS > Murky steady chant OFF

                                        Murky>CSS steady chant ON

                                        • 31 Mar 2017 01:27  

                                          Not quite as strong as the Izalith Staff for dark sorc however if you play with standard sorc and dark attuned Murky may be a better choice but the chant with murky only increases dark damage.
                                          Tested at 60 Int 40 faith, no rings
                                          ( Great Soul Dregs )
                                          Izalith 723 with chant 810
                                          Murky 635 with chant 791
                                          ( Great Heavy Soul Arrow)
                                          Izalith 476 with chant 537
                                          Murky 528 with chant also 528

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