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

Boulder Heave

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 17
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 8 Intelligence/12 Faith
Type Ranged Attack



Art of a stray demon of a stifled flame.

Spews a boulder from one's mouth.

The boulder is heavy, but shatters easily.


Acquired From





  • This spell deals physical damage, not fire.
  • Direct hits knock opponents down if they are not guarding.
  • Has enough force to guard-break most shields in 1 hit, making it useful for dealing with enemies such as Lothric Knights and Darkwraiths. 
  • Has a horizontal range of about 2m and an unlimited vertical range, making it suitable for attacking from above.
  • When the boulder hits the ground, it shatters, spreading chunks that stagger opponents and do heavy poise and stamina damage.
  • Has some splash damage equivalent to the 45% of the damage of a direct hit.
  • Best to use while fleeing, and then turning around to your target when they approach.
  • Can be used against the Abyss Watchers. If timed well you can stun-lock the boss in both phases.
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    • Anonymous

      22 Dec 2018 09:42  

      It scales with your flame's spellbuff (which scales with int/faith), but it is physical damage, so it also benefits from flynn's ring and lloyd's sword ring as well as your pyromancy rings, so you can pile up a lot of damage early on. However, the damage type is standard, not strike as you would intuitively guess.

      • Anonymous

        11 Nov 2018 11:08  

        If you're the type that prefers to be up close and personal with bosses, this can work against the Demon Prince as opposed to your usual pyromancy spells. I believe Dorhys' Gnawing to be an equal choice however, the final decision being whether you prefer fighting in melee or at range. Fear not the dark my friend, and let the feast begin.

        • Anonymous

          14 Oct 2018 17:39  

          It can hit some large enemies twice if used from the right distance: first hit goes up through them, second hit comes down on or behind them.

          • Anonymous

            01 Sep 2018 08:54  

            This spell hit a Onikiri and Ubadachi weapon art (Onislayer) twice. First hit the big Rock and then hit the small Rock.

            • Anonymous

              04 Jun 2018 20:01  

              Like this pyromancy or not it is the only physical damage pyromancy and can be got early from a not too hard enemy with a low FP and stat cost and 1 slot.

              • Anonymous

                02 Apr 2018 16:05  

                Combining this with the Sage Ring: you can easily stunlock most mid poise enemies and below. It also immediately knocks down the skeleton warriors in the Catacombs of Carthus.

                • Anonymous

                  17 Jul 2017 03:14  

                  It's the stone spell from kings field 1 (north America) and the disc throwing miracle is alot like wind cutter

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Jun 2017 04:30  

                    This spell single-handedly got me through the Pontiff Knights in Irithyll; was so tired of their seemingly unlimited endurance and sweeping attacks that I said 'to hell with them' and equipped this. Stunlocking them never felt more satisfying, and with enough INT/FTH you can kill them with three rocks to the face.

                    • Anonymous

                      14 May 2017 17:50  

                      "...spreading chunks that stagger opponents and do heavy poise and stamina damage"
                      -Implying that Poise even works in Dark Souls 3

                      • Anonymous

                        14 May 2017 16:46  

                        It's a good spell for when you're in a pinch and the opponent already knows all your moves. I use this from the beginning of the game just to master it I tend to always get to use in combat

                        • Anonymous

                          14 May 2017 16:29  

                          This is a good spell for a strength build I'm using it with leodes hammer and quake bow Lev 90 knight class fashion souls 100.

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