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

      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.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Jul 2017 01:34  

                    It says that you can increase dark damage, but is the bleed damage fixed or can that be increased with rings that boost miracles?

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Jul 2017 11:22  

                      This spell seems to really aggravate people in 3v3. I've had more point downs, potty pies thrown & post-match backstabs than ever. Love it!!

                      • 13 Apr 2017 06:15  

                        Patch 1.11 sped this spell up significantly, in addition to the extended movement period. Wonder why they don't always include all their changes in their patch notes.

                        Anyhow, this miracle should be a staple on your bar for PvE. It's good for more than just bosses too. Regular enemies that aren't even bleed weak will still take significant damage upon bleed producing. And it's FP cost is low enough to make it highly spammable.

                        • Anonymous

                          12 Apr 2017 19:23  

                          Been helping other ppl who want to kill dancer early with my faith caster. If host brought carthus rouge and you spam this every seconds, she will be done in few minutes.

                          • 27 Mar 2017 09:26  

                            Regulation 1.30 App Version 1.11 - Thurs 23rd March - Extended the time you can move during the casting of the miracles of Gnaw, Dorhys’ Gnawing and Wrath of the Gods.

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Mar 2017 22:17  

                              It makes you wonder why the Evangelist you get it from, presumably Dorhys, is exactly the same as any other Evangelist. The item says she 'wallowed in the brink of the deep', so I think she should be a little different from the other Evangelists. Maybe some different attacks or new voice lines or something.

                              • Anonymous

                                24 Mar 2017 20:28  

                                This worked great against multiple bosses (pontiff sulyvahn, sulyvahns beasts, dancer of boreal valley), also makes NPC phantoms look like chumps. Crazy easy to beat Havel on archdragon peak with just roll spamming the spell. Also roll spammed soul of cinder, the bleed proc stuns him and gives time to heal if needed.

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Feb 2017 17:02  

                                  Highly Underrated spell. Even against non-bleed weak enemies, it usually causes enough bleed build up to bleed them in one hit. This spell alone makes it easy to cheese through many bosses in the game. For example, it took me only two tries to beat nameless king in NG +5 using only this spell and two tries again for the Soul of Cinder.

                                  However, I do wish from would grant it the homing that the evangelists get from casting the spell.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    02 Dec 2016 07:29  

                                    Does the bleed damage all stack together? For example if I dory's gnawing then attack with a bleed damage weapon could it finish off the already existing bleed damage causing it to make them bleed?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Good against Soul of Cinder06 Oct 2016 20:45  

                                      With Caithias Chime+9 and 40Int 40Faith Soul of Cinder bleeds in 2-3 Hits taking about 2000 dmg plus the spell damage, which is about 500 per Hit!!!!Used this on my Pyromancy Build, because i felt like the Fire and Dark Spell werent so effective. Initially i wanted to use lightning miracles and tried thisjust for fun, but it turned out brutally effective.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Good on Pontiff Beasts21 Sep 2016 17:51  

                                        I was having a bit of trouble dealing with the dual pontiff beasts near McDonnel on my cleric caster build, so I decided to use this thing without having caitha's or sunless, and it ripped them a new one... would probably also work well on those ***** hand grabby enemies in the profaned capital, although I didn't personally try that out.

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