Dorhys' Gnawing is a Miracle in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Miracle you must use a Chime, Talisman, 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.




  • Deals (spell buff x 1.2) dark damage.
  • 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.
    • This spell is an upgrade of Gnaw.
  • 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.
Atonement  ♦  Blessed Weapon  ♦  Bountiful Light  ♦  Bountiful Sunlight  ♦  Caressing Tears  ♦  Dark Blade  ♦  Darkmoon Blade  ♦  Dead Again  ♦  Deep Protection  ♦  Divine Pillars of Light  ♦  Emit Force  ♦  Force  ♦  Gnaw  ♦  Great Heal  ♦  Great Lightning Spear  ♦  Great Magic Barrier  ♦  Heal  ♦  Heal Aid  ♦  Homeward  ♦  Lifehunt Scythe  ♦  Lightning Arrow  ♦  Lightning Blade  ♦  Lightning Spear  ♦  Lightning Stake  ♦  Lightning Storm  ♦  Magic Barrier  ♦  Med Heal  ♦  Projected Heal  ♦  Replenishment  ♦  Sacred Oath  ♦  Seek Guidance  ♦  Soothing Sunlight  ♦  Sunlight Spear  ♦  Tears of Denial  ♦  Vow of Silence  ♦  Way of White Corona  ♦  Wrath of the Gods

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    • Anonymous

      24 Jun 2021 06:20  

      Enemys who die just by spamming this spell with 24 Faith and a Sunless Tali +4: Havel, Dancer, The Nameless King, Champion Gundyr, Demon Prince, Slaveknight Gael, Deep Accused.
      Its basically beeing naked, spamming roll and KEKW-ing at all :D

      • Anonymous

        14 Jun 2021 04:51  

        Dear lightning spear users: your ranged damage is so lame that isn't even worth dodging. What? Point blank range? Yeah, good luck getting close to trade with a caster. I just need to do 2 steps back to avoid that point blank bs and swipe your guts with lifehunt scythe. Slash! There goes the hp you thought lost in my health bar.

        Tears of denial? That's cute. Keep rolling away from my insects.

        • Anonymous

          13 May 2021 11:17  

          I think that Evangelist might've fallen to the Abyss, those screams sound an awful lot like the Bloatheads in DS1's Oolacile

          • Anonymous

            15 Mar 2021 03:03  

            Since bleed buildup scales with luck, would this make some kind of wacky faith/luck build viable, at least for PvE?

            • Anonymous

              01 Mar 2021 11:47  

              A shame miracles and faith builds got the short end of the stick composed to other casters, imagine what could have been...

              • Anonymous

                18 Feb 2021 20:00  

                demon prince was living hell the first time through
                then i played a miracle build and used this to bleed him a new urethra

                • Anonymous

                  05 Jan 2021 13:59  

                  This spell is great against most bosses, as well as powerful mobs (like Lothric Knights). Low cost, somewhat easy to spam, does a crapload of damage just from the bleed effect. The higher their base HP, the more damage they take from bleed. Usually takes 2 casts to bleed a boss.
                  Also, unlike most offensive spells, the majority of this damage comes from its bleed effect, you aren't (as) reliant on high spellboost/boost rings/etc.
                  At 9 int/45 faith, with Sunless Talisman+4 deals about 50 more damage/cast than a +9 Canvas Talisman.

                  HOWEVER, both the cast speed and projectile speed aren't great. So getting 2 casts off in short succession is difficult against enemies that are super-aggressive and/or resist dark/bleed. Sooo it's pretty much useless against Midir and Gael...

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Aug 2020 10:06  

                    If Chris bought a cat, it's Chris' cat, and Chris's cat. Yup, big girl ain't no Dorhy, she Dorhys (say Dorris, not Dory) the apostrophe after the "s" is a somewhat dated way of writing, but I'm sure entirely purposeful here. Plus Dorris just sounds so much better, more mean old lady than cute fishy!

                    • Anonymous

                      11 May 2020 01:34  

                      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

                        06 May 2020 23:35  

                        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 03:45  

                          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.

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