Darkmoon Longbow

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icon_weight.png 4.5
Requirements & Bonus
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skill-icon.jpg Darkmoon Arrow icon_fp_cost.png - (10/10)

Darkmoon Longbow is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Longbow of Darkmoon Gwyndolin, who was gradually devoured by Aldrich.This golden bow is imbued with powerful magic and is most impressive with Moonlight Arrows.

Skill: Darkmoon Arrow
Infuse a readied arrow with Darkmoon essence, granting it magic damage and the ability to pierce shields.

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Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • Often considered by many to be the worst bow in the game. It's magic damage, even when fully upgraded, is too low to be considered useful, it's arguably worsened by the split damage, and the only way to get any real damage is with the Moonlight Arrows.

Darkmoon Longbow Upgrade Table

Requires 3,120 souls and 15 Titanite Scales to +4, and 1 Titanite Slab to +5 

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 36 44 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +1 42 51 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +2 48 58 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +3 54 65 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +4 60 72 - - - - E C - - - - - - - - -
Regular +5 66 80 - - - - E B - - - - - - - - -

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 Bow of Pharis  ♦  Composite Bow  ♦  Dragonrider Bow  ♦  Longbow  ♦  Short Bow  ♦  White Birch Bow

    • Anonymous

      04 Nov 2019 12:21  

      People saying they get 500 AR just stop bullcrap. I tested this for my magic bow biuld and with all magic boosting items equiped and moonlight arrows i had 600AR but in PVP it doesn't even deal 200 damage to players. Only with headshots i get a 220 damage on them and even with leo ring it wont make a diffrence cause ITS MAGIC. I wished magic damage was more useful in this game. Changed back to dex for my bow build and it definetly outdamages darkmoon longbow.

      • Anonymous

        11 Sep 2019 21:59  

        can you remove fan theories from "notes and tips" ? unrelated to the game mechanics and not helpful at all

        • Anonymous

          25 Feb 2019 20:57  

          I love this bow for my sorcerer. I've killed someone from a gank in 2 shots (including 1 head shot with weapon art). Completely underrated, if you are pure int (70int), you can get with moonlight arrows about 100 physical damage, and more than 300 magic damage with the magic clutch ring/crown of dusk, and with the weapon art, which add 30% of magic damage to these arrows… More than 400! Its fits almost better than the sorceries for a pure int build.

          • Anonymous

            10 Nov 2018 06:50  

            very nice. just have blacksmiths hammer and handmaids dagger for close up fights. Quick perseverance weapon art swap to Dark Moon arrow weapon art!

            • 22 Feb 2018 08:27  

              At 16/40 it gets 239 ar(109phys/130mag). From16 to 40 dex you only gain 5ar. 40 to 60 int gains 13ar. Tested out the damage a bit against hollow soldiers at highwall. W/magic clutch ring i did 300dmg/396 with WA for comparison soul arrow(w/177spellbuff plus all boosting items) did 383dmg. Not the best but definitely useful when trying to conserve fp.

              • Anonymous

                21 Feb 2018 06:29  

                I know people hate this bow, but I find it rather valuable on my sorcerer, who already had 18 dex anyway because of using a crystal lothric knight sword as her main non-staff weapon. Along with moonlight arrows, it's a half-decent way to punish bad rolling while preserving FP for more powerful spells.

                • Anonymous

                  03 Feb 2018 10:45  

                  This is sad , the bow looks great and from a lore point of view this bow could have been something powerful. Heck at least it could have some thing like "shot into the air to rain tons of arrows to your enemy. Real shame.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Jan 2018 09:10  

                    It's really easy to hit 500+ AR on an int build with this. All you need to do is equip another weapon instead.

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Jul 2017 18:43  

                      I atually tried doing a build around so thats what i came up with and works pretty well i must say.

                      Armor: Lorians Set

                      Weapons: Darkmoon Longbow, you can add a longsword if you like, preferably with crystal infusion.

                      Rings: Favor +3, Life +3, Chloranthy +3, Scholar +3

                      • Anonymous

                        19 Nov 2016 21:39  

                        Underrated! I am a socerer build with extremely low vgr and I needed to stop people from rushing me in arena I tried moonlight greatsword etc but people constantly out damaged me so I upgraded this longbow just to see, this thing is amazing for the stagger sure the time to draw the bow is kinda long but it's usually fast enough to draw and shoot someone running at you with a melee weapon but that isn't the best thing - this thing will always stagger people so if you draw, wait for someone to run at you then fire at point blank they will be staggered and you can roll away and to top it off my darkmoon longbow with moonlight arrows deals 368 a hit, not bad to punish people rushing you and you can rinse and repeat this stategy until they die unless they stop rushing you. 8/10 lol

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Oct 2016 13:55  

                          Str/dex build > dragonrider bow
                          Quality build> darkmoon longbow
                          This bow is like the second version of bow of want from ds 2 but i think bow of want is better whith enable infusing (the best bow imo) so sad this bow has decent scalling or rather low.just slightly better if you using moonlight arrows only as your ammo

                          • Anonymous

                            I'm so upset20 Sep 2016 00:27  

                            I was playing around with the compound bow and noticed, well...that it's actually pretty badass. It's fast and can attack out of rolls and backsteps and all, I never realized just how capable it was.Well, I was sitting in the shower thinking about it when I had an epiphany; if the darkmoon longbow worked similarly, one could use it to make just the absolute most badass mage/archer hybrid that would probably be pretty much the coolest thing ever. Ever. Well, it doesn't work that way. You just stand there slowly firing arrows, with no mobility whatsoever. ***** it.

                            • Anonymous

                              re: Dark Arrow08 Sep 2016 14:23  

                              In front of enemy. Probably due to the fact that Dark is used against the Gods and this is a bow from a God(My bad hit the submit button midway)

                              • Anonymous

                                Dark Arrows08 Sep 2016 14:22  

                                If you use the bow with Dark Arrows everything is fine, but if you use the Weapon Art with Dark Arrows you will get an interesting result.You arrow will be send either in a weird arc (going super high, send to the left/right). And when targeting an enemy it will mostly do a curve right in f

                                • Anonymous

                                  Curious02 Aug 2016 02:30  

                                  So it says it adds magic damage, so if you add moonlight arrows, it will do the magical damage from the arrow+the arrow buff from the weapon art correct?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Shame it isn't faith scaling20 Jun 2016 12:50  

                                    It really is almost a pity that this bow didn't wind up scaling with faith instead of int (albeit still having an int requirement and doing magic damage). It would have made it even more niche than it already is, but it would have allowed for some really nice unity of theme if everything associated with the Darkmoons (Bow, Ritual spear, and miracle) were faith scaling magic damage. As it is, still has plenty of uses, but harder to work into a build alongside the other darkmoon stuff

                                    • Anonymous

                                      For those wondering. This weapon is Designed for Pyromancers.29 May 2016 17:36  

                                      It lets you do Magic Damage without Attuning any Sorceries. Really useful with only Pyromancer Spells

                                      • :/22 May 2016 10:46  

                                        I would`ve liked the bow to at least have an indication that it`s ability was activated like a purple glow, but it`s basically just a more expensive longbow with a unique look to it, if your doing a Gwyndolin cosplay (which I don`t even think is possible) or your just plain becoming a Darkmoon Blade then it could have some use, but... Onislayer or Dragonslayer Greatbows are much better.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Misguiding Skill name -.-14 May 2016 21:31  

                                          This Skill has a different name but is practical the same as Puncture not even the animation got changed that's lazy as *****, fromsoft!

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