Skills, also known as Weapon Arts, are special moves for Weapons and Magic in Dark Souls 3. They are a new feature that allows the player to use special attacks with existing Weapons or boost the damage of Spells. They vary from weapon to weapon, and can have effects such as higher damage or self-buffs.
Press the L2/LT button to use the unique skill associated with the weapon you have in your left hand or are wielding with both hands. Assorted skills are available, each with their own capabilities.
Using skills consumes Focus Points (FP), which is shown in the blue gauge on your HUD, between the red HP gauge and the green Stamina gauge. FP is not required to use certain Skills, however, using a skill without sufficient FP will not yield the enhanced properties it provides. For example, the Longsword can still perform the special guard-break attack, but they will have the same damage as regular R1/RB attacks, and will not be able to break through shields as easily as it normally does. It is also important to keep in mind that using such a Weapon Art without the required minimum FP will result in the attack using significantly more stamina.
When Dual Wielding, a right and a second left handed weapon, the weapon you are two handing will be activated for it's skill when you press L2/LT. It does not matter which hand the weapon is originally assigned to, R1/RB functions remain the same. Mix and match weapons with different skills and chain them together for a more adept dual wielding build.
Use against shielded foes to break through their guard by attacking from the side.
Stain blade with one's own blood to temporarily grant uncanny sharpness.
Sweep foes in a wide spinning motion and use strong attack to continue the motion until stamina is exhausted.
Use strong attack to execute relentless consecutive attacks while tracing a circle in a unique dance of deadly grace.
Hold spear at waist and charge at foe, and use momentum to transition into sweeping strong attack.
Hold weapon at waist and charge at foe. Only, it is important to have good footing.
Creates a powerful flame in the wielder's hand. One of the most basic pyromancies, and for this very reason, the flame created is fierce. Works while equipped in either hand.
Assume a broad stance and fire off cresecent moon blades. Similar to Holy Moonlight Sword or Greatsword of Judgement.
Unleash the fury of both blades in a dancing spin motion and use strong attack to continue the performance until stamina is exhausted.
Aim carefully, and pierce with a large forward lunge. The unseen blade penetrates straight through shields, for nothing can defend from Darkdrift.
Basically this is Shield Splitter under a different name.
Infuse a readied arrow with Darkmoon essence, granting it magic damage and the ability to pierce shields.
Briefly cause flame within to flare, and smash it upon earth and foes.
The fading flame momentarily illuminates and launches itself forward.
Hold weapon high in air to gather fierce lightning, and smash ground to whip the bolts to the ground.
Hold weapon high to summon lightning upon one's foe.
Hold up axe and wave to emit a solemn chime to temporarily make weapons lacerating, and to restore HP for each hit.
Lunge forward to transform smolder into flame, and follow with strong attack to launch flame across ground.
Unleash a very powerful combo that deals fire damage.
Spin through opponents with abandon, flaming fists outstretched. Using a strong attack while spinning utilizes your momentum to slam the ground with both fists.
Create a bone-chilling frost with each swing of the greatscythe that causes a temporary frost effect.
Execute large spinning motion to embue blade with frost, and follow through with a strong attack that slashes with a giant blade made of frost.
Temporarily boost stamina recovery speed by sheer force of will, or perhaps as a channeling of the original owner's industrial efforts.
Recovers HP for a period of time, albeit extremely slowly. Works while equipped in either hand.
A candle provides a temporary source of light which reveals additional guidance.
Assume a stance from which to execute a lunging slash or a deflecting parry
Emulate the practice of the Followers by throwing an illusory spear that assumes temporary form.
Strike from the left to evade shields and deal a stinging blow that temporarily slows stamina recovery. The shackles of bondage lie deep in the hearts of all humankind.
Hold spear at waist and charge at foe, and use momentum to transition to a fiery strong attack.
Anchor weapon in earth and use strong attack to launch successive volleys of fire from the tip of the hammer.
Peform a forward leaping slash at the opponent's head. When successful, functions as a head shot, inflicting heavy damage.
Embrace the victim and steal their HP. Can only be used against humans.
Charge with spear at waist to enwreathe with lightning, then release bolts with final thrust.
Offer a gentle prayer to the shield, causing the woman's face to give out a low moan and attract enemies.
Anchor weapon in earth to temporarily boost poise, and use strong atack to repeatedly stab earth to trigger molten explosions.
Draw sword back and thrust to unleash torrential moonlight.
Stick weapon into earth and emit a powerful shockwave. Temporarily boosts poise and reduces damage received.
This attack aims for the scruff of a foe's neck, and when successful, functions as a head shot, inflicting heavy damage.
Raise the sword aloft when praising the sun to boost attack and damage absorption for self and allies in vicinity. The warriors of sunlight are co-operators from an ancient age.
With a prayer and an offering of this spear, temporarily wear down enemy FP.
Deflect an attack when timed properly and follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand.
Rapier (left hand only)
Caestus (left hand only)
Demon's Fist (left hand only)
Claw (left hand only)
Manikin Claws (left hand only)
Painting Guardian's Curved Sword (left hand only)
Scimitar (left hand only)
Rotten Ghru Curved Sword (left hand only)
Pontiff Knight Curved Sword (left hand only)
Sellsword Twinblades (left hand only
Cross arms in front of body to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.
Swiftly nocks three arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, firing them simultaneously.
The arrows are not meant for a single target and are to be used for spraying.
Fire a greatarrow with a burst of strength and a prayer that violently shakes its target and explodes on impact.
Expel noxious spores from the formless, parasitical things that inhabit the staff.
Temporarily summon the Profaned Flame. Lunge forward and use strong attack to enshroud blade in flame.
Pull the arrow even further back for a more powerful shot that can also pierce shields.
Masterfully fires off a great arrow that pierces through all enemies in its path, infllicting damage.
Punish foes with a flame that blankets the ground.
Instantly step behind or around the side of foes. Especially effective when locked on to target.
Assume a quick stance, lunge forward, and execute a stunning chain attack. Sustain offensive with a strong attack.
Swiftly nocks arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, allowing for consecutive shots.
Speed of shots roughly doubles but damage is likewise halfed. Costs minor FP per shot.
While in stance, use normal attack to cast Sacred Lothric Light, and strong attack to cast Flame of Lorian.
Assume stance to imbue sword with sacred light, and use strong attack to release light together with a great thrust of the sword.
Scrape the blade to sharpen (damage buff for Machete) or regain health with each hit (Butcher Knife)
Aim carefully, and attack in a large forward lunge to pierce through enemy shields and inflict damage directly.
Darkdrift (skill is named Darkdrift)
Use shield to attack enemies. Works while equipped in either hand.
Repel an attack at the right time to follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand. Also deflects spells.
Slice into foes with a large spinning motion, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning vertical-slash.
Sweep foes in a large spinning motion, and utilize momentum to transition into and overhanded strong attack slash.
While in stance, use normal attack to break a foe's guard from below, and strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.
Assume stance to unleash dark magic. Use normal attack for a lunging thrust, and strong attack to emit side-sweepoing wave.
Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning slash.
Raise the shield in silent prayer, turning the user's body into a solid mass of stone.
Assume stance to imbue sword with storm. Most effective when facing giants
You need to hold the stance until it shines brightly with a storm. Stance + R1 or R2 to unleash the sword's deadly fury.
Boost the strength of sorceries for a very short period. Works while equipped in either hand.
Lunge into a shoulder tackle pushing back enemies to create distance.
Deals no damage and serves as a kind of kick.
Imbue blade with the wrath of storm in a spinning motion, and follow with a strong attack to bear that wrath upon foes.
Basically this is Spinning Slash (Horizontal) with more flair.
Temporarily increase poise while casting miracles, preventing enemy attacks from interrupting prayer. Works while equipped in either hand.
Thrust the spear to unleash the strength of the dragon, similar to an ancient dragon weapon, only with its power tragically faded.
Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack, and enables a special consecutive strong attack.
Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon.
Thrust out the wheel and give it a good spin, shredding enemies with the outer lining of spikes.
Slice into foes with a larg spinning motion, then leap out of harm's way and follow with a strong attack.
While in stance, use normal attack for a low spinning slash, or the strong attack to leap forward in a vertically-slashing somersault.
Thrust weapon into earth to emit powerful shockwave.
Assume a holding stance in which a normal attack sends a shockwave along the earth, and a strong attack commences a series of slashes.
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.