Dorhys' Gnawing is a Miracle in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Miracle you must use a Talisman/Chime or Special Weapons that can cast Miracles.

Dorhys' Gnawing

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 20
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 25 Faith
Type Ranged Attack



Miracle of Dorhys the deranged evangelist. 

Summons great insect swarm to feast on foes.

Those who linger too long on the brink of the Deep will often slip. Dorhys is sure to have wallowed in this darkness, intoxicated by its peril.


Acquired From

  • Found in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley: From the Church of Yorksha bonfire, head out of the main entrance and down the stairs. Take the path going right and then head straight on to an overlook platform that has or had a Crystal Lizard on. Hit the railing on the right to reveal steps going down. Follow the path until you see an item near a tree. Drop down and kill the screaming Evangelist to receive Dorhys' Gnawing.




  • Fires a pair of spinning swarm projectiles, instead of of the single swarm projectile fired by Gnaw. The hit inflicts both dark damage and bleed buildup.
  • Applies 210 points of bleed buildup. 
    • This is the highest single hit application of bleed in the game, and is sufficient to bleed some enemies with a single cast. Extremely effective even at the minimum required Faith.
    • This bleed buildup is a fixed value, and does not scale with Luck, Faith, or Intelligence.
  • The dark damage scales with the spellbuff of the chosen catalyst. Dark Miracle catalysts (Sunless Talisman & Caitha's Chime) with high Intelligence and Faith will maximize the dark damage.
  • The projectile has lazy homing, it tends to turn most accurately at medium distances. Near the end of the maximum range it shoots off in a straight line.
  • The projectile's hitbox is wider than the particles show. It can be difficult for enemies or players to avoid it in narrow places.
  • Sped up in regulation 1.08 and again in 1.11.
  • Takes approximately 1.4 seconds to cast at max casting speed.
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    • Anonymous

      11 May 2020 07:34  

      Does this miracle still work decently with just high Faith but a low Int stat? I have a very high Faith stat (was 50 when I was sticking to sl120 for covenant stuff and it is now up to 60) along with 40 Dex. I have mostly been using Tears of Denial, Lightning/ Darkmoon Blade, Lightning Arrow, and Vow of Silence for mage bosses. I wondered if the bleed is the main draw or do you also need Int for the dark damage?

      • Anonymous

        07 May 2020 05:35  

        fromsoft dosen't care too much about attention to detail but atleast the thing that drops the spells ACTUALLY USES THE SPELL

        • Anonymous

          14 Nov 2019 09:45  

          It's a solid spell for PvE, but it's very hard to land in PvP as the tracking is worse than your typical projectile spell. Ironic that Farron Darts seem to hunt you to the ends of the earth while summoning a nightmare host of blood-thirsty insects will float right past you as though there was a 13-course steak dinner behind you.

          • Anonymous

            22 Jan 2019 07:41  

            I always take the secret path to kill Dorhy. Not that I ever use this spell, spells just aren't my thing. I just want her to shut up.

            • Anonymous

              06 Nov 2018 08:10  

              A solid alternative to Boulder Heave for pyromancers going after the Demon Prince. 2-3 will tend to trigger bleed. Fear not the dark my friend, and let the feast begin.

              • Anonymous

                18 Oct 2018 05:34  

                This is recommended to use against the Nameless king, He has Bleed resistance but if you don't use pyromancies or fire weapons as well as dark pyromancies and weapons, the dark damage will help Big time. A friend tested this out last night with a newer character he made. he had 14 int 25 fth and it did decent damage to the Nameless King. (note: he did not use it against the drake because the drake has a higher resistance and instead used lightning weapons and miracles to kill it.

                • Anonymous

                  24 Sep 2018 21:02  

                  This appears to be just about the most cost effective offensive ranged miracle in the game even if the enemy isn't particularily prone to bleeding and even if you're using regular chimes. As an added bonus it also tracks a bit unlike lightning spears and such. Pretty sad for all the Gwyn's faithful who'd like to stick to lightning.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Aug 2018 08:11  

                    You can get it right at the beginning of irithyll by baiting Dorhys to the locked door with alluring skulls and toxic mist/dung pods

                    • Anonymous

                      18 May 2018 18:31  

                      This vs Affinity on high int/faith build? Which one do you think is better? I'm being pulled towards this (mainly due to already having 40 faith on my character) but is Affinity better for PvE? (I'm not doing pvp, I usually go unembered, only using ember right outside the boss area to avoid invasions and wasting ember on me underestimating foes)

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Mar 2018 10:16  

                        This miracle is one of the most underestimated spells in the game for the DLC bosses on low SL runs. Even at SL30 you can respec to have the 25 faith for this easily, and Sister Friede and the Demon Prince can both be hit with it from afar while the NPC phantoms distract them. On some bosses it procs immediately - Father Ariandel will take 900 damage per cast in NG, and with Sister Friede it will proc on the 2nd cast. Sister Friede is one of the only bosses that drives me crazy on low SL runs and whenever I've had enough of trying to melee her with my piddly +1/+3/whatever weapons I spec this spell in and get her on the first try.

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Mar 2018 07:16  

                          How quickly could this spell tear the demon prince a new one, and what would be the optimal build to do so?

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