Black Bow of Pharis

67 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg -
100 icon-wp_stability.png -
icon_weight.png 3.0
Requirements & Bonus
E C - -
9 18 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Bows damage_type-icon.jpg None
skill-icon.jpg Pharis Triple-Shot icon_fp_cost.png -(7/7)

Black Bow of Pharis is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A black longbow named after a hero of old, known for the unusual stance from which it is fired.

Has a longer range than standard bows, but successful usage requires a trained, dexterous hand.

Skill: Pharis Triple-shot
Swiftly nocks three arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, firing them simultaniously. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • The "unusual stance" mentioned in the description is that the bow is held horizontal when drawn. In comparison the Longbow is held vertical, and this also makes it easy to distinguish the two longbows from eachother in a pvp situation since they look very similar.
  • The bow is a weapon from the arsenal of Pharis, a character that features in Dark Souls 1.
  • Cannot running attack or roll attack.
  • Has the longest range out of all the regular bows.
  • When using the skill of this weapon alongside Dark Arrows, the three split arrows will bend and converge on the point of which you were aiming, and then spread out again.

Location/Where to Find

  • Dropped by an Elder Ghru in Farron Keep. There are 3 standing in a circle around a Poison Gem, near the zone wall by the Keep Ruins bonfire. To reach them, travel to Keep Ruins, exit down the ramp, jump off to the left and turn left again, hugging the Keep Ruins island. You will see the group ahead and to the right shortly (watch for the satyr dog you'll attract as you proceed). Another in the group drops Pharis's Hat.
  • Video location (fextralife video starting at 1h 58m  5s)

Youtube Moveset and Location Videos:

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Black Bow of Pharis Upgrade Table

Requires ?? souls and ?? ore to + ?? (upgrade information here)

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 67 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +1 73 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +2 80 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +3 87 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +4 93 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +5 100 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +6 107 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +7 113 - - - - E B - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +8 120 - - - - D B - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +9 127 - - - - D B - - - - - - - - - -
Regular +10 134 - - - - D B - - - - - - - - - -


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)


Composite Bow  ♦  Darkmoon Longbow  ♦  Dragonrider Bow  ♦  Longbow  ♦  Short Bow  ♦  White Birch Bow

    • Anonymous

      06 Oct 2018 15:25  

      The funny thing is, that stance is known to improve draw speed and accuracy, but mainly with short bows. Notice how the arrow is nocked with the palm facing downward—this makes the path of the arrow more predictable since the stave doesn’t block user’s view of the arrow. It’s also a faster draw than threading the arrow between the stave and bowstring to recreate the effect in a vertical stance. Realistically, this would likely reduce the range of the arrow since the bow cannot be drawn as far back, but short bows were hardly used from a distance greater than 20-30 feet. Sorry, archery guy likes his archery builds.

      • Anonymous

        21 Jun 2018 14:42  

        "When using the skill of this weapon alongside Dark Arrows, the three split arrows will bend and converge on the point of which you were aiming, and then spread out again."
        I suddenly wanna try this weapon out.

        • 09 Jun 2018 20:46  

          So im not sure what the deal is on my game, but, i just got the blackbow, and i looked at all the stats and stuff, and it says it has a range of 50 just like my longbow? Im on a PS4, is this an actual hindrance of the weapon's ability, or a description error?

          • Anonymous

            12 Apr 2018 03:03  

            Are bows the only determining factor in arrow range?

            I ask because I'm wondering if Feather arrows on a Composite bow will fly as far as Standard arrows on a Pharis bow.
            Alternatively, would Heavy arrows on a Pharis bow fly as far as Standard arrows on a Composite bow?
            Just trying to make the Composite a little more viable for sniping, since Pharis can't quick shot or roll shot.

            Damage is easy to determine but, ehh, range, a little harder to see...

            • Anonymous

              23 Jan 2018 14:22  

              Great as a side arm for Dex devoted characters who have little to nothing invested in Spells. Personally I use it on my Abyss Watcher Fanboy build, it’s great when your opponent tries to run away and next thing they know they have three homing Dark Arrows lodged in their spinal cord. So in short, think of the Triple Dark Arrow shot as a discount Affinity (or pursuers) with deceptively fast and nice tracking! Oh and DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE DAMAGE IT DOES!!! When all three manage to land, it does a pretty damned decent amount of their health!

              • Anonymous

                22 Dec 2017 07:41  

                This weapon's damage is also buffed by the Dark Clutch Ring, and I don't just mean the Dark Arrows, it counts as a Dark elemental weapon even though it does no base Dark damage.

                • Anonymous

                  18 Dec 2017 10:16  

                  This thing is the bane of Sulyvahn's beasts, After every attack you can get up in their face and shotgun them for a triple headshot, don't even need dark arrows. Makes getting the ring of favour a breeze on NG, I did that in three minutes with an non-upgraded version. Do what you will with this information.

                  • Anonymous

                    30 Oct 2017 10:20  

                    Someone needs to edit the article that the character Pharis was never in DS1, just mentioned by name

                    Yes theres a female NPC that drops his bow but Pharis's descriptions clearly state he's a dude.
                    That NPC is not him.

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Aug 2017 13:28  

                      Dark arrows track your opponents, so the weapon art gets pretty useful with that.
                      That's the only reason why they follow the target, IT'S NOT SOME "OH, THEY HAVE THE WORDS "BLACK" AND "DARK", SO THAT'S WHY IT HAPPENS".
                      The black-dark thing is just a coincidence.

                      • Anonymous

                        19 May 2017 19:13  

                        The weapon art sounds like a good thing for a Legolas cosplay. Any suggestions for other equipment for one?

                        • Anonymous

                          12 Jan 2017 06:32  

                          Interesting thing, if you use dark arrows with the weapon art, the arrows have more of a homing ability instead of just 3 different ways

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Nov 2016 05:29  

                            If you don't have a strong ranged weapon, (( or are just to lazy to get one.)) you can lure the elder gurus to the white birch tree and the giant can take them out for you.

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Nov 2016 20:57  

                              The bow's weapon art has extraordinary relation with Dark arrows. Normally the Triple Shot would just cause 3 arrows to move out in a cone shape in front of you. But I have just noticed that if you Triple Shoot using dark arrows, all three BEND from the cone path, CONVERGE at at a point ahead of you, and then move out conically again. This is a unique interaction with the weapon art, hinted at by the descriptions of both Pharis Bow and Dark Arrows. Not sure if it's a glitch, but it should certainly be added in the wiki.

                              • 23 Oct 2016 23:24  

                                I believe this bow has the fastest firing speed out of any normal bow (Rapid Fire weapon art doesn't count). Can anyone back me up on this? Also, for people wondering how to use Pharis Triple Shot, you're supposed to use it with Dark Arrows, this is the only way the arrows will track instead of just going in three separate directions.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Not as bad as people think25 Sep 2016 22:10  

                                  The weapon art is situational, but I have found it excellent in co-op because when a boss is distracted, you can move in for some triple shot burst damage then retreat and let's not forget how hard this destroys anything that is bigger than you lol

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Useful29 May 2016 04:37  

                                    I used the stance with fire arrow to kill the giant worm from the safe place near the Old Demon King boss gate and took out 600+ hp per shot. The worm died very quickly. I also make use the homing of dark arrows, as long as you are not too far or too close, you can snipe your enemies with the stance and all three arrows will hit and deal massive damage.

                                    • Weapon Art26 May 2016 02:21  

                                      the weapon art is hot garbagelike seriously it should at least track your lock-on targeteveryone just dodges it even when I bait them into it

                                      • Weird location05 May 2016 23:08  

                                        Why do you think the hat and the bow is found by the elder ghrus? I'm no lore guru, so I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but why is it found there?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          A Black Bow of Pharis moment03 May 2016 13:50  

                                          1. kill a boss with this bow2. realize how good this bow is3. laugh yourself silly

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Just a Heads-Up28 Apr 2016 17:41  

                                            You can easily take out the three Swamp Giant Things easily and safely with a ranged weapon from the bridge. From the Bonfire, kill the three Ghru, position yourself where they were and take aim. At best, you'll have to dodge the red skulls they cast from time to time, but for me, only one of the three even did that.

                                            • Brilliant bow25 Apr 2016 22:00  

                                              The dark arrow homing trick found just makes it even better. If only it had a running or rolling attack I'd say it could have some viability as a main weapon (for once) since it hits so hard. If only we could carry more than two sets of 99 arrows, but I guess its logical.

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