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

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



  • This spell deals 296 dark damage with a 10+ flame and 266 with a un-upgraded flame.
  • 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 ability of leaving trails of fire during the casting animation, leading to double the damage.


Acid Surge  ♦  Black Fire Orb  ♦  Black Serpent  ♦  Boulder Heave  ♦  Bursting Fireball  ♦  Carthus Beacon  ♦  Carthus Flame Arc  ♦  Chaos Bed Vestiges  ♦  Chaos Storm  ♦  Fire Ball  ♦  Fire Orb  ♦  Fire Surge  ♦  Fire Whip  ♦  Fireball  ♦  Firestorm  ♦  Flame Fan  ♦  Floating Chaos  ♦  Great Chaos Fire Orb  ♦  Great Combustion  ♦  Iron Flesh  ♦  Poison Mist  ♦  Power Within  ♦  Profaned Flame  ♦  Profuse Sweat  ♦  Rapport  ♦  Sacred Flame  ♦  Seething Chaos  ♦  Toxic Mist  ♦  Warmth


    • Anonymous

      18 May 2018 05:05  

      Only thing unfair about this spell is that it chains into two hits. Gives it way too much damage for it's speed, low fp cost, and poise break capability.

      • Anonymous

        18 Apr 2018 10:43  

        I bet you did get hatemail... This spell is literally just an ez mode spam spell... The roll button doesn't change it's retarded hitboxes, speed, damage AND guard break ability. Like everything else, when used in moderation it's fine, but if you got a "string of hatemail" then its probably because you were spaming any time they got close like a casul.

        • Anonymous

          12 Apr 2018 14:02  

          I had someone send me a lengthy string of hatemail because used this during a duel. I just hope that after his misguided sperg rage subsided he was able to realize that there is a button dedicated entirely to avoiding and even passing through attacks.

          • Anonymous

            17 Sep 2017 18:44  

            does this not scale with int and faith then? since this says it deal 296 damage, do you just need 15 in both?

            • Anonymous

              10 Sep 2017 08:08  

              I love how this can hit me from three times it original length. Like really, the latency in this game is absolute cancer.

              • Anonymous

                13 Jul 2017 05:24  

                Pyromancer's Parting Flame link (above) has one too many +'s...

                • Anonymous

                  02 Jun 2017 00:40  

                  How to Win PVP most of the time: Lightning Arrow and this with Pyros Parting Flame. Bait with Lightning Arrow for them to get close. Stun with Lightning Arrow, or don't, proceed to spam2win Black Flame. Congrats you're now gold rank.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Oct 2016 04:11  

                    It does practically the same damage as a Dark Fire Orb, but is incredibly spammable. (From personal experience, sorry if wrong) it seems to deal a lot of poise damage too, putting most big enemies into instability mode faster (Though it still takes quite a number of hits). A solid pyromancy for breaking guards and dealing a lot of close range damage very fast, just watch that FP usage.

                    • Anonymous

                      I love it (after 10th June patch)25 Jul 2016 03:39  

                      i did a lot of invasion with my 40/40 sl90 pyro character.. This pyro help me a lot. Use Fire Surge, people will roll against u, then u use this spell for a 400-510 damage (20% ring+12% ring). I usually use this against a shield user, it will put them in riposte animation with a 190-230 damage, then i switch to my chaos dagger for a 1100-1300 damage. (the only time it didn t work was against a havel greatshield user with high stamina).

                      • PvP combo22 Jun 2016 11:40  

                        The spell chaos bed vestiges seems to stun players for long enough to cast a black flame in their face. That's if they were close enough. But it's quite a lethal combo in PvP, as most players get caught in the first spell when they roll into you.

                        • Anonymous

                          Buffed10 Jun 2016 22:20  

                          Range was buffed as of the 10th June patch, the same buff was also applied to Great Combustion.The fire now appears further in front of your character, and the hitbox of the fire seems to more closely match the visuals, resulting in a decent boost to the maximum range of these two spells.

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