120 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 60
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 50
icon_weight.png 5.5
Requirements & Bonus
12 12 0 0
D D - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Straight Swords damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Strike/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Lion Stance icon_fp_cost.png -(17/20)

Valorheart is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Weapon once wielded by the Champion of the Undead Match. A special paired set consisting of a broad sword and a lion shield.

The champion fought on, without rest, until he lost his mind. In the end, only his page and a lone wolf stayed at his side.

Skill: Lion Stance

While in stance, use normal attack to thrust forward with shield up, and strong attack to execute a shield bash with a lion's roar.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Has 386 AR at 40/40.
  • When two-handing the weapon will automatically block at the beginning of the first R1, Roll R1, Jump R2, WA R1, and WA R2.
  • The jumping attack of this weapon is very fast and has very little recovery frames unlike other jumping attacks making it hard to punish.


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Valorheart Upgrade Table


  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 120 - - - - D D - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+1 134 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+2 143 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+3 168 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+4 189 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+5 210 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50


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)

    • 02 Jan 2017 09:05  

      This weapon is cool and efficient, but be wary of the guard-breaking weapon art of longswords and some greatswords. If they do it right as you attack, you will lose all stamina and be open for a riposte.

      • 31 Dec 2016 00:14  

        This is a really great bait weapon. The weapon art is super fast to execute and murders great sword spammers if used properly. However, don't get tricked into r1 spam, parrying is easy and will ***** you up.

        • 30 Dec 2016 11:27  

          I can't say whether it's a good or bad weapon, it's more of an elitist weapon for those who can time the blocking as if it's hyperarmor and strike when your foes get stuck by the blocking. If you can time the strikes well, Valorheart can be quite devastating for those who can use its auto-block to its fullest , it doesn't matter how low the AR it is, the only matter is how it can gradually gut someone to death while your preys can't retaliate. The key factor is timing, you either fight well as a gladiator or die trying, over and over again.

          • 07 Dec 2016 11:04  

            I'm sure this is the only weapon in the game that deals 3 damage type, I would say all of them if Slash and Standard where considered the same even if they are.
            If you have enough memory to learn every stat for the armor sets you could figure out if the armor is vulnerable to S, T or St and use the damage against your foe.

            • 05 Dec 2016 09:41  

              This weapon is what I like to call the turtle destroyer, just for the fact that the L2+R2 is a shield bash that if it hits anyone who is guarding it will take away all there stamina and leave them open for a riposte. This also works well with the hornet ring for that extra damage.

              • 02 Dec 2016 17:55  

                Murmillo Gladiator cosplay: how about Faraam helm, Valorheart, and that's all, and even if you die a lot because you have no defense (Which you won't) well, as Mr.T playing Dark Souls 3 said "I pity the fool who doesn't Git Gud".

                • 26 Nov 2016 06:07  

                  Idk why but i cant do jack ***** against this weapon in pvp, you're forced into a reactive playstyle and you have to just outspace them and if you attack at the wrong time they do this 4 hit combo for like 1k dmg ;(

                  • 05 Nov 2016 18:39  

                    The strong-attack weapon art is identical to the original verison of the arte "Beast" from "Tales of Phantasia" (it was used by Cless Albane, a swordsman who used a sword-shield combination when fighting)
                    The sound is the same, as well. That sound is also used in every tales game that had the arte (or a variation of it) in it.

                    • 05 Nov 2016 16:10  

                      If not for the size of the shield this would be one of the standard pieces of equipment of classic greek soldiers. the Xiphos straight sword is correct, but the greek round or hoplite shields were bigger and useful in formation fighting, this set is more roman gladiator than anything. The smaller round shield is far more mobile and useful in dueling and the broad leaf shaped blade of the Xiphos helps increase the cutting and slashing power of a standard straight sword and leaves some nasty stab wounds when used as a thrusting weapon.

                      • 05 Nov 2016 02:36  

                        Is it possible to drop this weapon for a lower soul level player? It might be fun to do low SL invasions using it. Also good because you can build around it for end game.

                        • 04 Nov 2016 18:39  

                          This weapon is really fun to use, but frankly, on the long run it's mediocre at best. The low AR, and the gimmicky WA makes it kinda not very viable in the arena.

                          • 04 Nov 2016 17:52  

                            I might be a bit rusty, but is this weapon a nod to Sophitia from the Soul Calibur series? It also seems to share some attack moves. Just misses the option to jump on your opponents shoulders and crack his neck with your thighs.

                            • 31 Oct 2016 12:49  

                              I recently discovered one downside of this Weapon. If you use it in the 2h mode ( Shield+Sword) and spam thatR1/RB button, like we all love to, against an enemy that can't be interrupted it can happen that the enemy will hit the shield in the wrong moment (where you dont get the parry ) and you'll lose all your stamina and just stand there like "*****".

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