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 Dorhy's Gnawing.
  •  Video location at 10 secs in.




  • This Spell Inflicts Dark Damage and Bleed Buildup
  • The Dark Damage scales with the Spellbuff of the chosen Catalyst: 
  • 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. 
    • This bleed buildup is a fixed value, and does not scale with Luck, Faith, or Intelligence.
  • Fires a pair of spinning "swarm" projectiles instead of the single swarm projectile fired by Gnaw.
  • Sped up in regulation 1.08 and again in 1.11.
  • Approx 1.4 seconds to cast at max casting speed.
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    • 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?

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Feb 2018 15:51  

                        I constructed a specialist bleed dex/miracle build (disgusting, I know) focused on applying the bleeding proc, and it makes certain bosses complete pushovers. Blood Warden Twinblades + Dorhy's Gnawing repeatedly killed the NG +7 version of Lorian and Lothric in under a minute. I think Refined Warden Twinblades with Carthus Rogue are better, because in the same fight it seemed like they got the bleed proc to trigger more regularly and consistently than the blood gem, while also doing more regular damage.

                        Dorhy's Gnawing would proc the Dancer immediately most of the time, while Lorian and Lothric required two, sometimes three. The Demon trio were completely annihilated by Dorhy's Gnawing, with the proc occurring on single hits for insane damage. Roll, cast the spell, roll, cast the spell, dodge, etc. It makes that fight completely trivial.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Dec 2017 01:24  

                          As it turns out this thing is the ultimate cryptonite for the demon princes. I watched Prod's video and ended up underestimating this miracle for PvE.

                          • Anonymous

                            14 Nov 2017 06:05  

                            Shoots 2 insect swarms compared to Gnaw's 1 insect swarm making it larger and harder to dodge.
                            This is not correct. This spell's bullet has the same collision radius as Gnaw's. The 2 insect swarms are just a part of its visual effect.
                            Another interesting fact: the Evangelist version only does 170 bleed. This is likely the only place where a technique gets stronger in player's hands.

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