Old Moonlight is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Sorcery you must use a Staff or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries. It is part of The Ringed City.

Old Moonlight

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 23
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 25  Intelligence
Type Melee



A memory of an old sword found deep within Midir. 
This sorcery uses souls to grant form to the thought, and attack with it.

Attacks are coupled with lightwaves, and sustaining the stance before attacking increases their speed and potency.

The sword is named after moonlight, but it is slightly different than the one fashioned of the paledrake Seath. Perhaps it is rooted in an older memory, from not long after the Beginning.


Acquired From




  • This spell is a reference to the original moonlight sword from King's Field. 
  • The sword produced by this spell uses a model taken directly from King's Field 2 (US), nearly untouched, save for the blade being slightly extended.
  • The spell can be charged by holding down the casting button. The sword glows brighter and the beam becomes more powerful with a longer range. The casting button can be held down indefinitely and released when you wish.
  • While holding down the casting button you can roll out of the casting at any time.
  • Both the sword and the projectile have a hitbox, so both of them hitting at the same time will cause massive damage.
  • The way the player holds the sword while casting it looks similar to how Ludwig holds it in Bloodborne.
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    • Anonymous

      08 Aug 2017 17:26  

      This wepon is great with the moonlight curved sword and moonlight gs all three has enough combos to help in any scenario

      • Anonymous

        02 Jun 2017 09:46  

        "While holding down the casting button you can roll out of the casting at any time." And this is how EVERY spell should *****ing work.

        • Anonymous

          27 May 2017 16:41  

          What an amazing spell it's the EASIEST sorcery to free aim ( don't lock on target) the charged attack has the hotbox of chaos bed. It punishes great hammer users if they miss a combo they are *****ed if their stanima is negative.With my low attunement high int character this spell is perfect I can cancel it if I need to and the damage is enough to get me through a session without running out of mp(18 attumnet here) this amd crystal dragon breath are my go to I land crystal dragon breath more often than this spell however. Point being if you have high int low attunement this spell is a must have.

          • Anonymous

            21 May 2017 13:10  

            How powerful/useful is this in PvE? Really love the lore and visuals behind this and want to know if it's worth using.

            • 19 May 2017 11:15  

              Hits like a truck if you hit right, which is difficult though. Soul Greatsword has better range and is better to hit through objects with.

              Though you can charge this and release or cancel at will, which makes it better, for the same FP cost.

              • Anonymous

                07 May 2017 07:43  

                I wish that if you had the moonlight greatsword this spell would have a secret effect, it'd be great if it'd add a buff to the weapon for 45 seconds that made it so each swing would release a weaker form of the moonlight wave and the charged moonlight wave would have a bigger animation and would hit like a truck. If you want to make it even better, you could make it so that you could charge the moonlight blast while using this buff and you'd have the choice to either release the blast or it'd stay on your sword, as a glow, and give you some magic damage added to your sword.

                • Anonymous

                  01 May 2017 09:09  

                  It looks nothing like the moonlight sword in king's field. Maybe its just referencing the age before the Age of Fire when dragons and old gods ruled.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Apr 2017 22:15  

                    just an idea...but maybe make it 4 times bigger? or even more? A spell with this history and such a boss we have to beat for it should be "a bit" more effective. Effective as having a room clearing magic super blade.

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Apr 2017 04:32  

                      From the looks of it, it seems this model is based off the King's Field Moonlight Sword. Even the description seems to point towards this.

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Apr 2017 21:48  

                        This spell works really well in 3v3 IF no one is paying attention to you. I rarely have the time to charge and hit someone with it, but when I do, it does ridiculous damage. For brawls and smaller pvp and pve, I've have better success with soul great sword, but old moonlight is too cool looking to not use.

                        • Anonymous

                          16 Apr 2017 18:32  

                          ok lads, all you do is equip a talisman with force and have a catalyst in your other hand.

                          cast force with the unfaltering prayer poise and quickly switch to this spell and cast it with the catalyst holding it.

                          then you will be able to walk around with the moonlight charged up and have the yellow glow of hyper armor until you let go of the spell.

                          let go when someone comes up to attack you so you can trade.

                          dis spell gud ye :^)

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Apr 2017 00:31  

                            I wouldn't have a problem with it if you didn't easily get knocked out of the animation for it. You charge it and if a gentle autumn wind blows by with some ash in it....or if it's a little throwing knife to hit you.....Poof! It vaporizes. If it wasn't an optional boss then okay, fair enough, but I want something good to come out from the last dragon we fight in the series. I guess that's the DS series for you though right? Have them give you one last sucker punch, one last blood pressure raising moment that leaves you saying... "No way! That was total BS!" And why is that...? Because we love this game.

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Apr 2017 11:17  

                              In comparison to soul greatsword, this spell seems to be better for single target purposes. Hitting the blade swipe and projectile yield more damage than soul greatsword will, however soul greatsword will do more damage if only the swipe or only the projectile hit. I believe the swipe has a wider arc on soul greatsword as well, judging from the visuals.

                              As far as the charged version of this is concerned, the charged projectile can outdamage soul greatsword on it's own, although it's still better to hit with the swipe to for maximum damage. Easier to use the charged version in PvE though.

                              For PvP, the projectile might be an ok thing for roll catching if they go directly backwards, but I haven't really tested it out. Seems like it might be better to just use soul greatsword so that you can just go for the swipe and not worry about also lining up the projectile properly.

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