Acid Surge is a Pyromancy in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Pyromancy you must use a Flame or Special Weapons that can cast Pyromancies.

Acid Surge

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 24
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 0 Intelligence/ 13 Faith
Type AoE Attack



Pyromancy of Carthus of the Sands. Emits an acid which corrodes weapons and armor.

Carthus' swordsmen attached great value to victory, and would not shun the use of such pyromancies. For where is the honor in death and scoured bones?


Acquired From




  • Destroys the durability of Weapons and Armor of the enemy. The enemy has to be in the mist. As of Version 1.08, Acid Surge will deal approximately 110 Durability damage if the opponent stays within the cloud for the entireity. When cast at point blank, it will deal approximately 20 Durability Damage.
  • Can be used around corners and through objects.
  • Often used as a "smoke screen" in pvp, to confuse your opponents, since its primary use is kind of limited.
  • Not reccommended for Arena-based PvP, but might proove useful in group fights as to scamble or worry opponents.


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    • Anonymous

      19 Oct 2018 21:23  

      Tried this on an afk player once - depleted all my fp, nothing happened. This is literally completely useless (I know it can be used as smokescreen, but so can poison toxic mist, and they actually also do what they're intended and cost same or less fp)

      • Anonymous

        25 Sep 2017 17:32  

        I decided to test this against some Lothric Lads to see if it has any use in PvE. I hit a Lothric Knight for 312 damage, then used Hidden Body to allow me to cast Acid Surge on him 12 times, each for its full duration, while he stood there like a lemon. I then hit him again for 312 damage. I went down the stairs to the shield/spear hollows and repeated the test. I hit one for 174 damage to the shield and 387 to the body. I Acid Surged him as before, then hit his on the shield and body for 174 and 387 damage respectively. This implies that enemies may not actually use equipment, their weapons and armour may just be visual; defenses and resistances may be innate properties of each enemy.

        • Anonymous

          28 Jun 2017 23:54  

          They really should max this out 2 seconds in the cloud it does lots of equip DAM
          but it costs all stamina and skill points giving the enemy a free attack
          That would actually make it useful and not pointless

          • Anonymous

            13 May 2017 13:44  

            Just so that this spell has any use, it would be neat if it dealt high damage to Dragonslayer Armor. You know, since it is equipment?

            • Anonymous

              08 May 2017 15:21  

              When this spell was disintegrating durability like it was nobody's biz it kinda gave an actual purpose for the Repair Equipment option for Andre.

              • Anonymous

                01 May 2017 07:21  

                remembered that time they made it usable and then immediately killed it with an emergency patch cuz people cried on reddit? yeah...

                • Anonymous

                  01 Dec 2016 18:45  

                  I was under the impression that the spell slightly increased physical damage against enemies in PvE, is that not the case?

                  • 24 Oct 2016 19:31  

                    had this used on my by an invader for the first time yesterday. instantly broke everything I was carrying; straight swords, shield, bow, talisman... all instantly broken. repair powder didn't work.

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Oct 2016 14:25  

                      Thanks From. Instead of buffing durability enhancing equipment, like the wood grain ring, you would rather nerf a spell that honestly needed a buff. Sure it was powerful, but it made the spell viable and required players facing it to rethink their strategy. It also provided casters a sufficient smoke screen to create distance between them and pressuring melee builds.

                      Sadly, the Acid Surge is useless once again. A single repair powder will render the fp investment to damage a weapon/shield mute. I think this is a prime example of a player community having too much of an effect on what dictates the meta. "Oh no, something is breaking my meta sellswords and carthus curved sword. From please nerf!" or "Oh no, my gank squads' weapons are breaking. God how can we gank with broken weapons? From please nerf." Seriously, why didn't from simply buff useless items instead of gimping a spell that needed a buff? Shame.

                      • 24 Oct 2016 01:37  

                        So. Know how the 1.08 patch Acid Surge way more effective than it was supposed to be by accident, and Fromsoft announced they'd be correcting that?

                        The 1.21 regulation change makes Acid Surge even weaker than it was before the 1.07 patch.


                        • Anonymous

                          23 Oct 2016 13:29  


                          • Acid Surge [DKS3 Wiki]22 Oct 2016 15:39  

                            Imminent patch to Acid Surge:


                            Apparently, it wasn't supposed to be that powerful.

                            • Anonymous

                              22 Oct 2016 06:07  

                              They broke the spell in 1.08, now it instantly destroys equipment. From soft can never do things right, let's nerf this and break this...

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Oct 2016 16:14  

                                Can't wait to bust out the Mean Bean Machine and tear down the cancer that is melee weapons. Not only can I slaughter the helpless infidels where they stand, but Andre is tossing me a 30% kickback on a now lucrative repair business. Patch 1.08 and From Software - bless you.

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Oct 2016 15:38  

                                  Beware Weebs! With the latest patch as of the 21st, your weeb sticks will crumble beneath this spell. Seriously though, it happened for the first time last night. I actually had to go to Andre to fix a broken weapon. It was so fast there was very little I could do (valid it was a gank squad and one was spamming the spell). This spell has a niche now, and I love it.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    20 Oct 2016 12:01  

                                    Currently completely worthless. People have tested, and to break average armour-sets it takes over 20 separate casts. Breaking weaker weapons like Katanas would be faster, but this is still completely horrible.

                                    This spell will be buffed in the 21st October patch, time will tell how substantial the buff is.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Really only works for trolling28 Jul 2016 15:11  

                                      Get two friends to trap someone with a great shield and have some fun, other than that it's useless lol

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Worse than useless07 May 2016 07:45  

                                        PvP:Don't even bother using this spell. Because science, I had my friend summon me as an invader to test what this spell does. The answer is nothing. It does exactly 7 points of durability damage to all equipped items. Considering that everything has at least 40+ durability and this spell's crappy range, you'd have to be facing someone that is AFK to break their gear. I'd like to say that this would counter Washing Pole users, but they'd just running R1 you to interrupt your cast anyway.PvE:Still garbage. I used about 30 casts of this spell on just about every npc that's killable. Nothing breaks, their damage remained the same. Get this spell for the achievement and move on. You'll only find disappointment here

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Does not appear to be affected by the Sage's Ring26 Apr 2016 10:59  

                                          The animation makes you do a dragon-roar type thing, which takes a good 2 seconds. Almost impossible to actually land in PvP.

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