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

boulder heave
Spell Type

Pyromancy

icon fp costFocus Cost 17
icon attunementSlots 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

 

 

 

Notes

  • Deals (spell buff x 1.8) damage on a direct hit and (spell buff x 1.1) damage with the burst.
  • This spell deals physical damage, not fire. It also has short to medium range and travels in an arc, heavily affected by gravity.
  • Direct hits knock opponents down if they are not guarding. Useful against Crystal Lizards and Hollow Clerics, as they get inmediately flipped on their back, opening them for further damage.
  • 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.
  • Can be used against the Abyss Watchers. If timed well you can stun-lock the boss in both phases.
  • This pyromancy is affected by Flynn's Ring.
  • Casting this pyromancy with Demon's Scar causes a small visual effect, centered on the caster's head. 
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    • Anonymous

      Use this 0 weight greathammer over the stairs where the 4 harald knights are patrolling, then repeat the process on the 2nd part. For the ringed knights? You can stunlock them all day. The greatshield ones gets guard broken in 2 or 3 boulders.

      • Anonymous

        I found this to be one of the most useful spells. It was my go to until chaos bed of vestiges. Using this to break poise and even knockdown some strong enemies followed by a heavy melee attack go me through many jams

        • Anonymous

          best spell by far vs demon prince, dont even bother with soul dregs, using this instead is a night and day difference.

          • Anonymous

            Just another thing: This can hit certain enemies TWICE, one on the direct hit and one on the shatter, so if the numbers here are correct you're looking at a 2.9 spell buff physical damage pyromancy (possibly more if it counts as stability damage, but don't quote me on that).

            • Anonymous

              if you manage to crit somebody and time the use of this spell right it becomes a guaranteed hit especially if you use it right after sacred flame.

              a very under appreciated spell.

              its especially handy for people running around you during a duel.

              • Anonymous

                This spell is so fun! Fellow pyromancers out there, keep this spell handy for any fire-types you encounter. Also works wonders against crowds. Just treat it like a short-range attack, and you'll love it.

                • Anonymous

                  To all people talking about the range: you know it's vertical range, right? Horizontally it has about 3 steps of distance but it works properly for what it is: a giant peeble.

                  • Anonymous

                    Range is a bit stumpy, and the start-up is kinda slow, but hey, it's physical damage scaled off magical stats, and the stagger is quite handy. Viable alternative/supplement to a Raw Weapon for a caster build late game, when Raw has lost its edge.

                    • Anonymous

                      Absolutely DESTROYED the Deacons of the Deep on my caster playthrough. Two shots kills half the crowd due to the AOE effect and the Deacons piddling physical defense. Even better in the second phase where it will effortlessly shut down the Archdeacons attempts to charge up his Dark spell. You definitely want this over Havel's Ring if you're running a caster.

                      • Anonymous

                        Stumpy range and kinda slow casting time, but the ability to deal physical damage based on caster stats is pretty handy.

                        • Anonymous

                          I wish Souls games had more Earth-centered magic. King's Field had an entire Earth-magic line of spells so I don't think it would be impossible.

                          • Anonymous

                            I hope more physical pyromancies get added if another souls game comes out. Being a terramancer would be pretty damn cool.

                            • Anonymous

                              This thing saved me during Deacons of the Deep boss fight, when I was playing as a spell caster, and had no decent weapon against them

                              • Anonymous

                                This spell is so useless without range. One of the worst pyromancies that also takes so long to cast. No you cannot stun lock with it.

                                • Anonymous

                                  its good in pvp cause it is very unpredictable, like they expect the flame sound and a vestige when you have the pyromancy flame, the different animation and no sound throws them off

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Boulder Heave is awesome against NPC invaders. With the Sage Ring, just spam it as it will knock them flat on their back everytime. They won't have a chance to do anything else. I keep it attuned for just such an occasion.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This spell is amazing and should be in every pyro's tool kit. It's remarkably cheap for the damage; gives you an amazing source of poise/knock down that dex based pyro's never have. It's fairly quick with the right setup. It's incredibly good at roll catching; can be obtained fairly early, and because it doesn't get used all that often it's a huge suprise to most players.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I got it, and while the wiki says 17 FP, in my game it says 136, so i can't launch it?
                                        If i had known it was so expensive, i wouldn't have spent a level on int to launch it :/
                                        Is it normal? is it a bug?
                                        I got the spell while on 7 int, raised it to 8 to be able to cast it, but now i have to level up my FP

                                        • I just added that note about casting with Demon's Scar, and the visual effect. I was testing all pyromancies to see how cost-effective they were. Tested this one with the Pyromancy Flame, Pyromancer's Parting Flame, White Hair Talisman, and Demon's Scar. Only Demon's Scar causes this visual effect.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Good for cheesing bosses that can't be knocked down because then they'll be hit by both the impact and debris

                                            • Anonymous

                                              While it is rather gimmicky; it has surprisingly good stagger and knockback on human-sized enemies. Okay, I guess it's not that surprising considering you're throwing a frickin' boulder at them. This spell absolutely has its benefits; but I would like it a lot more if it either had a longer range, or shorter cast time.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I have the strange feeling that this spell s rock is composed by all those peebles i picked up in bloodborne

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

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

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          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

                                                            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

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

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                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

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

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    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

                                                                      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.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        has unlimited vertical range? did they nerf this because i'm not seeing it drop down ladders like i am reading about. it seems to just explode in the air

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          someone wanna trade this please! I traded my stray deamon soul for the havel ring and regreted :( Dont wanna w8 untill NG+ to get it... PSN Gau000087

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            this is the spell that changed my toxic troll build from a minor nuisance to legitimately annoying. exact same animation and casting time, except if you try to run up and smack me cuz you think i'm gonna fog, you get rekt lol. then you get wary of the boulder and you end up right in the fog. it's so dumb and simple but it works. kudos to FS for making such a niche spell.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Nobody expects a boulder to the face. the splash damage on this thing is ridiculous. STAGGER EVERYTIME BABY

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                The silver knights were being really annoying for me, so I whipped this thing out and it demolished them. Especially useful if they insisted on blocking since it would just break their guard and I could get free ripostes on demand. Used it on some of the Lothric knights too, although I forgot to see how effective it was against Havel.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  So I am currently using it as a main source of damage. Apparently, it spawns a second rock/boulder if it hits a tall or airborn enemy. During the fight with the Crystal Mage I noticed he receives damage twice and is stunned twice, resulting in massive damage. So is it just me or are you having similiar experiences?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    once you get used to its timing and all that, its ability to stagger/stunlock/full on knockdown enemies makes it great.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I find some items and spells that count as projectiles seem to work with the hawkeye ring. If you didn't know, fyi, you can get the ring by slaying your giant buddy in the undead settlement.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        This is able to hit those two strong beast enemies after the Pontiff boss fight.Behind the illusionary wall in the area with the silver knight archers, aggro the two beats, climb to the top of the ladder, send boulders down to them.Easy and safe, but requires ashen estus.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Just tested it outside firelink shrine multiple times. Without the ring it dealt 300+ damage. With the "Witch's Ring" only ~210 damage. What's the logic behind that if it is a Pyromancy spell aswell? Heat softens rocks?

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            works from the nest in firelink shrine to its bonfire, the highest i could think of, so much further than one can drops. pyro plunging attack. & the damages don't increase with the length of the fall.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              it will be useful in smouldering lake, on first play through, you get much better dark pyromancies later on.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                When I first acquired this I was a little underwhelmed but I have since found a use for it: Enemies under ladders, ledges, and cliffs stand no chance! Ever tried targeting enemies from a ledge and fallen and died because you just can't seem to see them? Just lob a boulder over the side and reap the rewards of the AOE damage. The best early example of the usefulness of this is for grinding souls from the big and small sewer rats right near the Dilapidated Bridge bonfire. Just run to the ledge in the sewer and drop boulders. 450-500 souls per run and it can be done in about 15-20 seconds. Fast leveling early game.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  This may seem obvious because it's a freaking boulder but I haven't seen it noted anywhere and it's worth saying, this pyromancy deals physical damage instead of fire, and will be blocked entirely by 100% physical block shields (with hefty stamina damage). I haven't tested if it's specifically strike damage, but it wouldn't be surprising if it is.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The boulder heave can be used against the Abyss Watchers with an amusing result. It'll lay the boss flat on his back, no matter when it hits the boss. It is brilliant and should be used by any Pyromancer, with caution in mind. The casting time is horrendous.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      So the I'm using the boulder heave and i realise something, you can spam it and there is bugger all anyone can do about it, if it's one on one, once that person is hit once, they fall, you use it again, then fall before they get up, gonna not use like that, but thought you guys should know, be wary of boulder heave

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Would this spell be effective vs shield hidding foes? Heave boulders at them as they hide behind their shield and topple their stamina?

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