Crucifix of the Mad King

124 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 25
100 icon-wp_stability.png 25
icon_weight.png 12.0
Requirements & Bonus
D - E D
19 0 10 14
weapon_type-icon.jpg Halberd damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Strike
skill-icon.jpg Mad King's Folly icon_fp_cost.png -(-/17)

Crucifix of the Mad King is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It was added with The Ringed City DLC.

A cross spear hung with a malformed corpse. 

Once, a mad king was born to the pygmy royalty and Shira, knight of Filianore, put him to rest. But Shira's cross spear, unable to kill the undying king, only pinned itself to him. Shira delivered them together to the darkroom, where she stayed and held them close.

Skill: Mad King's Folly
Slam malformed corpse into the ground to briefly awaken it, then fillet with strong attack to trigger a roar, a blessing, or vexation.

Notes and Tips:

  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Cannot be Infused, but can be Buffed.
  • Despite it's innate dark damage, Dark Blade does work on this weapon, increasing its damage even further.
  • Both physical and dark damage scale with Faith.
  • It has the Great Club R2. Convenient for groups of enemies or catching rolls.
  • When the weapon art is performed, it will randomly trigger one of three effects:
    -Roar is an AoE blast that covers your front and sides.
    -Blessing works similarly to Perseverance.
    -Vexation spawns a following floating sphere, which explodes dealing Dark damage to you and all enemies (it can be dodged).
  • Shira never triggers the vexation effect when she's using this weapon.

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Crucifix of the Mad King Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 124 - - - 74 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +1 138 - - - 83 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +2 147 - - - 89 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +3 172 - - - 104 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +4 194 - - - 117 C - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +5 216 - - - 130 C - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0  25 

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)



Black Knight Glaive  ♦  Crescent Axe  ♦  Glaive  ♦  Gundyr's Halberd  ♦  Halberd  ♦  Immolation Tinder  ♦  Lucerne  ♦  Red Hilted Halberd  ♦  Splitleaf Greatsword  ♦  Winged Knight Halberd

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    • Anonymous

      08 Sep 2021 20:17  

      I have 40str/fth on my crucifix build, is it worth going all the way to 60fth? I'm trying to stay on sl120

      • Anonymous

        03 May 2021 13:25  

        L2 has seemingly godlike poise, deals like 500 damage with dark blade and combos into itself. It consumes no FP if you don't follow up with the R2. It's fast, and will outtrade even an UGS with the right setup. I daresay, it's one of the best moves in the game as a whole.

        They could've given us just that, and this weapon would be amazing. But they decided to go even further. They gave us a halberd with monstrous damage, the greatclub R2, and to top it all off, 3 different followups to one of the greatest moves in the game. Roar is good for combos, blessing is just a better perseverance and vexation has so many unique uses that it's actually worth going for sometimes.

        To top it all off, they made it scale with faith and ALSO BE BUFFABLE WITH DARK BLADE.

        With how rarely I see this monster be used, I'm very surprised. This weapon is ridiculously amazing.

        • Anonymous

          19 Apr 2021 02:27  

          This thing reminds me of the Amydalan Arm from Bloodborne. Feels like the whole weapon is a reference, it even makes the same sound as a Cleric Beast.

          • Anonymous

            11 Apr 2021 14:15  

            Holy Frick, this weapon can be buffed. Just used it for the first time. Isn't it quite rare for Twinkling Titanite weapons to be able to buff? Maybe my memory deceives me, but I can't name a weapon that's twinkling and buffable besides this one.

            I really like this weapon so far, even more now that I'm able to buff it.

            • Anonymous

              07 Apr 2021 18:14  

              should add that intelligence is not relevant for this weapon with an E scaling, and 10 base requirement

              on top of this, dark weapon only uses faith as well

              put the two together and u have a remarkably stat efficient source of DARK damage

              • Anonymous

                09 Mar 2021 09:35  

                Absolute beast of an weapon. This and Bloodletter are my favorite weapons in the Soulsborne Series.

                Although Kos Parasite is a close one too.

                • Anonymous

                  02 Feb 2021 16:41  

                  Throw this weapon in the trash right now if you have it in your inventory and praise the pkcs the one true savior

                  • Anonymous

                    15 Jan 2021 14:12  

                    My favorite weapon in the entire game, in fact the ringed city has some of my favorite weapons in the entire series! Can’t wait for OH

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Jan 2021 09:48  

                      If you look hard enough under this ugly ass Bloodborne stick, there's actually a decent looking halberd under there.

                      • Anonymous

                        30 Oct 2020 08:41  

                        Developers have confirmed that the roar is actually a colllection of the screams from the salty players who fell victim to this beast.

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Sep 2020 22:05  

                          What the **** is a pygmy? I google it and only found pictures of African children, while the definition I've found say an ethnic group of people who is short. So the pygmies are just midgets? And the mad king is actually a mad midget kangz??

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Sep 2020 21:09  

                            What if the events of the Ringed City DLC come BEFORE killing Soul of Cinder, but take place in a far future (you travel forward in time) so the Mad King impaled in the halberd is YOU after becoming Lord of Hollows?

                            • Anonymous

                              31 Aug 2020 23:48  

                              >When the weapon art is performed, it will randomly trigger one of three effects

                              no it literally just summons a dark orb that deals massive damage to me and knocks me down while doing no damage to enemy

                              over a dozen attempts and never seen it do anything else

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