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

Black Flame

Spell Type


FP Cost FP Cost 25
Slots Used Slots Used 1
Requirements 15 Intelligence / 15 Faith
Type Melee



Pyromancy discovered by grave wardens after High Lord Wolnir fell to the Abyss.

Creates a giant, black flame in hand.

Black flames born from the Abyss bear no shadow. They are said to be the impenetrable fires of humanity."


Acquired From



  • Deals (spell buff x 2.4) damage on a direct hit and (spell buff x 2.2) damage on its edge.
  • In all other ways, it is simply a stronger version of Great Combustion.
  • This spell gets significantly stronger when used with the Pyromancer's Parting Flame, thanks to its unique trait of leaving trails of fire during the casting animation, leading to extra damage.


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    • Anonymous

      Turtles kneel to this and the other 2 abyss pyromancies, it's even possible to break dragonslayer armor's guard with 2 or 3 of these if you're using parting flame with it

      • Anonymous

        This and CBV are the only pyromancies anyone should ever even bother using. Use with the parting flame and you'll be slapping ass all day and night with this bad boy

        • Anonymous

          The EZ button for killing people who do nothing but spam ultras. Guaranteed hate mail about how you are “just spamming black flame!” from the guy that spent the last five minutes pressing R1 with his Fume after rolling.

          • Anonymous

            This might be a stupid question, but is this classed as a dark spell or a pyromancy? Obviously it's a pyromancy in that it needs a pyromancer's catalyst, but this is still dark magic right?
            Really want I'd like to know is if this pyromancy suffers from the White Hair Talisman's badness at dark spells

            • Anonymous

              I got invaded in the dreg heap and the invader was able to break my guard with this spell in one hit, even though I had full stamina and 34 endurance. How is this possible? He hit me with other attacks before and they took a normal amount of stamina off my shield (iron round shield). Is he cheating or is this spell just that over-powered?

              • Anonymous

                Soooooooo it says on here that there is a flame trail that does extra damage when u cast certain pyromancy spells but now that I mention it. I dont even see this flame trail when I cast a pyromancy. I tried Chaos Bed and a few others but no "flame trail"
                Anyone else have this problem?

                • Anonymous

                  I plan on using this spell purely for guard-breaks with base stats to cast. Will I still deal full stamina damage to shields, or do I need to level up INT/FTH to deal more stamina damage? I'm not going for HP damage; just stamina damage against someone blocking.

                  • Anonymous

                    Does anyone know if the dark pyromancies reset frost buildup like regular fire damage? Or does that not work because it's pure dark damage?

                    • Anonymous

                      Using both the pyromancer glove and the parting flame, black flame true combos I to itself providing you lead with the standard glove.

                      • I was doing low-level duels (SL 12, no upgrades) and some guy waltzed in with this and took away over half my health with one cast (22 VIG, it would probably oneshot most other people). The base damage is ridiculous and a deprived could use it with the scholar + priestess ring and then a flame clutch ring for extra damage. If you manage to get past the Abyss Watchers at SL 1 with no upgrades (tricky but not impossible) and then cheese Wolnir with poison, you could just speedrun your way to Karla and nab this before invading high wall. I apologize in advance if this becomes the new method of bullying people just out of the tutorial.

                        • Anonymous

                          this page really needs to be fixed. it doesn't deal "double the damage" with pyromancer's parting flame. the parting flame has substantially less spell buff, though the trail is nearly guaranteed to land if the black flame itself lands, so the total damage ends up being slightly higher. but if you use any ranged pyromancies in addition to black flame, you're dealing significantly less damage with them in return for an extra damage tick that only lands at close range. anyway i do like the parting flame but this is really misleading

                          • Anonymous

                            40/40, Blindfold Mask, ST Bellvine, Swamp Ring, Witch Ring, Dark Clutch ring, Lloyds Sword Ring to get that sweet 15% extra damage on top of everything, And finaly Sacred Oath to reach those sweet numbers that will get you all the grils on the internetz wet and in heat. I wish you all a happy apocalypse.

                            • Anonymous

                              got kicked out by a pair of russians in the NK fight when I was using this to kill him. They thought I cheated :D

                              • Anonymous

                                Ok maid dudes I don’t think the roll catches are from a broken hit box I think it could be latency. However I think I have some counters. Crossbow outrange this spell and r1 poke with a spear to prevent them from casting. Avoid demon scar users like me like the plague. That Black flame HAS A TRUE CANCEROUS COMBO. It’s one the most reliable combos but it is cancer so barley use it. Hunt down the passive players with endless aggression and crossbow shots. I think it might work but I’m not sure. Keep in mind I’m no great player but a pyro nonetheless. I’ll be happy to test this this if ur on PS4. Psn is h32504 or something like that. Send me a message and to set this up if ur having problems with countering black flame. Also I need to confirm this and I can’t do it myself as I never really see to many pyros. I’ll commen if it’s a counter if the counter works.

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