Snap Freeze is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC. To cast a Sorcery you must use a Staff or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries.

Snap Freeze

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 16
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 18 Intelligence
Type Ranged Attack



One of the spells left behind by the young
sorcerer Sulyvahn before leaving the Painted
World. Creates a cloud of near-freezing mist.

Sulyvahn was born and raised inside the painting,
yet had little use for his frigid homeland, since he
had not yet experienced loss.

 Acquired From


  • Releases a cloud of icy mist which bulds up Frostbite on foes.
  • Frost buildup is unaffected by the caster's Intelligence.
  • "Snap Freeze" is a term for the process of rapidly cooling a substance, typically for the purpose of preservation.
  • The sound will oddly stop abruptly if the player drinks an Estus Flask immediately after casting this spell, even though this doesn't happen for any other action.
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    • Anonymous

      12 Apr 2017 01:04  

      Cast this with the storyteller staff then switch to a bleed weapon, and you've got yourself the most annoying proc build ever :P

      • Anonymous

        02 Apr 2017 23:31  

        this works great on Gael. makes him totally freeze up for a lil bit. shout out to the phantom i summoned that did this and poison mist while i bashed with a hammer. he was tough on NG++

        • Anonymous

          16 Mar 2017 13:09  

          Meh, personally I think there should have been Frozen Soul and Great Frozen Soul. Lesser versions of the soul arrows but with frost build up.

          • Anonymous

            09 Mar 2017 23:00  

            I always keep this handy when invading, especially in places with choke points and hallways (like the Grand Archives).

            It doesn't do***** for damage, but people are terrified of it and you can easily keep them in certain areas. Especially if you're trying to disengage and resposition. POCKET SAND!

            Using it with the Obscuring Ring is a good way to piss people off.
            They'll never catch the Phantom of the Archives.

            • Anonymous

              29 Dec 2016 00:15  

              Could be viable to save fellow invaders. If your buddy is in a Bad Situation it could create a little "truce-like" break in wich both Partys try to get out first, that would give your friend a little bit recoverytime (if He is reaction-fast enought to survive of course...)

              • Anonymous

                21 Dec 2016 17:49  

                Wait, how come every one is ignoring the fact that Pontiff Sulyvahn was most likely born in the painting. I find this very interesting, can some one please explain this to me ?

                • 11 Dec 2016 07:14  

                  This spell obliterates any boss you use it on.... Killed the old demon king with this as well as crystal weapon. Also extremely effective against the dragonslayer armor or anything for that matter. Just be smart when using it in pvp. What I typically do is I usually cast affininty or homing crystal soulmass so you wont be hit while casting. Also pairs well with any frost weapon! Good job From, its too bad that this spell is the only viable frost ability though. From really *****ed up with frost, but hopefully we can get more usefull stuff for it like this spell in the later DLC

                  • 19 Nov 2016 19:31  

                    So I grabbed this spell without killing the tree lady in front of it and she just went completely insane. Swung 8 or so times, started crawling around, it was spooky.

                    • Anonymous

                      29 Oct 2016 14:47  

                      Shield-broke a Silver Knight with it. Also didn't appear to aggro one when used at maximum range despite the frostbite.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Oct 2016 12:07  

                        it's a pretty nice spell, if you use some sort of frost weapon, to finish the freeze buildup without having to chase them down

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Oct 2016 01:29  

                          Probably the best spell in the dlc. That isn't saying much but it's true. In PvP it's easy to dodge, but procs on most builds in one cast if it connects. Even Havel builds will be proc'd in two casts with no luck investment. Against bosses it's pretty useful, too. Most bosses will be proc'd in one cast. Tested on Soul of Cinder NG+ and Ludex GUNDYR NG+3, one cast afflicted them.

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Oct 2016 23:40  

                            Am I the only one super curious about the mention of Pontiff Sulyvhan? I mean ia is FROM the painting! That's crazy.

                            • Anonymous

                              25 Oct 2016 21:35  

                              from the depths of the painting bonfire . go left past the crabs and then keep going as far in that direction as possible and it will be guarded by one of those tree monsters

                              • Anonymous

                                25 Oct 2016 21:05  

                                you can find it at the bottom of the area . when you come down there to fight the champion gravetender you go to the other side instead past the crabs . just follow that way and you will end up fighting one of those tree-thingies . and there it lays

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