dragonslayer spear

Dragonslayer Spear

icon wp physicalAttack
113 physical defense shield icon 50.0
icon magicbonus
-
magic defense shield icon
30.0
icon firebonus
-
fire defense shield icon
25.0
icon lightningbonus
70 lightning defense shield icon 25.0
icon darkbonus
-
dark defense shield icon
30.0
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 25
icon weight 9.5
icon durabilitiy
80
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
D C - D
20 20 0 0
weapon type icon Spear damage type icon Thrust
skill icon Lightning Charge icon fp cost 17 (-/12)

Dragonslayer Spear is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.



Cross spear associated with Ornstein the Dragonslayer. A weapon of the gods imbued with the strength of lightning.

Two-handed thrust utilizes the support of the cross and requires great might, but can pierce deep into the flesh of dragons, and send mere men flying.

Skill: Lightning Charge
Charge with spear at waist to enwreathe with lightning, then release bolts with final thrust. 



Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.. 
  • The description refers to the second attack of the heavy combo, although it does not seem to actually throw people.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • A great pseudo combo with this weapon is R1 > R1 > R2 while two handed. 
  • The WA > R2 is not required to deal the full damage from the WA. 

 

Location/Where to Find

  • From the Dragon-Kin Mausoleum bonfire in the Archdragon Peak area, go up the stairs and it is on the grid right in front of you.

 

 

Moveset and Videos:

(If your name is not on THIS list, please do not post videos here. If you wish to post videos, please click the link and apply in the thread)

 

 

Dragonslayer Spear Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Name
icon wp physicalAttack
icon magicbonus
icon firebonus
icon lightningbonus
icon darkbonus
STR
DEX
INT
FTH
icon wp poisonbld
icon wp frost
icon wp bleed
icon wp physicaldef
icon wp magicdef
icon wp firedef
icon wp lightningdef
icon wp darkdef
Regular 97 - - 70 - D C - D - - - 50.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0
+1 108 - - 78 - D C - D - - - 50.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0
+2 116 - - 83 - D C - D - - - 50.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0
+3 136 - - 97 - D C - D - - - 50.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0
+4 153 - - 109 - D C - D - - - 50.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0
+5 170 - - 122 - D B - D - - - 50.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0

 


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

 Weight

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
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

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)

 

 

Spears & Pikes
Arstor's Spear  ♦  Dragonslayer Swordspear  ♦  Drang Twinspears  ♦  Follower Javelin  ♦  Four-Pronged Plow  ♦  Gargoyle Flame Spear  ♦  Golden Ritual Spear  ♦  Greatlance  ♦  Lothric Knight Long Spear  ♦  Lothric War Banner  ♦  Partizan  ♦  Pike  ♦  Ringed Knight Spear  ♦  Rotten Ghru Spear  ♦  Saint Bident  ♦  Soldering Iron  ♦  Spear  ♦  Tailbone Spear  ♦  Winged Spear  ♦  Yorshka's Spear



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    • Anonymous

      If you know about this tip, then good for you. But for those who don't know: You can just grab the spear through the thick fence it rests against, there's no need at all to beat Nameless King.

      • Anonymous

        Am I wrong in thinking I should pass the strength requirement while 2-handing with 14 strength? 14 + 7 > 20? Or is there something I'm missing with that?

        • Just got randomly one-shot by this in a Crucifixion invasion (PS4). Host was clearly twinking, but could've only been +2 at max (I was invading at +3 normal weapon). My lightning absorption was just under 20%, and I was at almost full HP. They got a WA in while I wasn't looking, and presumably hit me at the very end of it with the bolt and spear for over a thousand damage.

          This thing might be a bit coked out on the damage, methinks.

          • Anonymous

            I bet all you casuls that use this trash weapon are a bunch of big tittied lards just like Ornstein. You see when you use the Broken Straight Sword you get in shape and gain some skill so you win both ways, keep that in mind ladies.

            • Anonymous

              Only dumb fat Casuls would use such a trash weapon!
              PKCS is so much better!
              Real Pros and skilled players only ever use PKCS, the best weapon gaming history!

              • Anonymous

                Nameless king: ok ornstein, we re done killing dragons. Hide your equipment somewhere so nobody else does any dragon slaying.

                Trollstein: *slips his spear under the door*

                • Anonymous

                  this weapon is similar to the silver knight's moveset (almost as if they trained under ornstein who would have guessed), closest thing we'll have in ds3

                  • Anonymous

                    Man i wish it conserved the C/B scaling in Strength and Dex of Dark Souls 1
                    would've an amazing Quality Spear imo

                    • Anonymous

                      For anyone casually reading this page looking for some useful information, this is a DEX weapon. The lightning bolt projectile does not require faith to do decent damage. It does a percentage of the weapon's total AR, rather than relying solely upon the faith-scaling lightning AR as some have speculated. Get 14 or 20 STR depending on if you want to be able to onehand it or not, 40 DEX, ignore FTH and you're good to go.

                      • Anonymous

                        Whoever defends that this spear can send people flying but doesn't post a link to a video showing that "feature" of the weapon, is an absolute clown.

                        • Anonymous

                          Ornstein and Smough are a duo. You can get Smough's hammer in irithyll and his set from Aldrich, yet you have to kill the *****ing nameless king to get Ornstein's set and spear. I feel like one is more difficult than the other

                          • Anonymous

                            Never managed to send anyone flying with r2 and haven t found any video about it. So i think it s fake info.

                            • Anonymous

                              This makes clearing up Archdragon Peak way easy. Killed the big serpentbois with a weapon-art + one or two extra-stabs

                              • Anonymous

                                The lightning strike effect from the bolt launched during the weapon art will activate for some reason, if the bolt hits a bonfire. The effect happens otherwise only when it hits an enemy, NPC or a player!

                                • Anonymous

                                  R1 R1 R2 usually hits the opponent, or R1 R2 if you time it. Also, this thing's weapon art can deal enormous amounts of damage if it hits properly... Bad thing the weapon art never hits properly.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    My only gripe with this thing is that the critical attack doesn't let you do Ornstein's thing where he stabs you, lifts you into the air and lightning detonates on you. Otherwise it's pretty good.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Weapon art is amazing paired with the Leo ring every time i use it I end up doing 1100 damage or slightly less

                                      • Anonymous

                                        How much does the faith scaling affect damage? want to use this but I got to get to it first, wondering if I should level faith with a blessed spear to simulate it or not. If it doesn't effect it that much then I won't bother much

                                        • Anonymous

                                          if you hit all softcaps and wear the leo and lightning clutch(I know unheard of) the weapon art can hit upwards of 1000 on players, more in pve. Sure the spear isnt super overpowered one shot a havel monster anymore, doesnt mean its bad. good range, good r2, good weapon art, heavy chip.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I hate how the description says that the strong attack can launch people in the air, yet it doesnt at all. Very misleading and poor choice on not bringing a classic feature back.

                                            • Plus: On a 40/40/25/30 character, Gargaoyle spear weapon art did 735 on NG++ pontiff knight, while the Dragonslayer's did 811; on a 40/25/50/50 character which is much much more better with Gargaoyle weapon, its weapon art did 815 while the Dragonslayer's did 862 on the same enemy. And the pontiff knight even weak to fire(neutural to lightning). And the Gargaoyle flame spear weapon basically did nothing without follow up, while dragonslayer's did everything.

                                              • I'm the one who did those tests before and now I got something new: On a NG++ pontiff knight (not weak to lightning target) the dragonslayer spear weapon art took 7/8 of its HP, and the sword spear weapon art only does slightly more than half of its HP. Considering how long the sword spear weapon art charges, and my character (40/40/15/30) actually favors the sword spear (because it scales much better with faith), I think the dragonslayer spear weapon art is good enough. Also, I figured out how to land the thunderbolt every time: just do not use the R2 follow up for the weapon art. It will cause a push back which messes with the hitbox of the lightning spear, make it not count as a melee hit. You should only use the follow up when you need more physical damage, but in that case you shouldn't even choose this weapon. Overall, it has the best weapon art among almost every "charge" weapon art damage wise, and you don't even cost your stamina and FP in the follow up to poll that out.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  TBH i don't really think any weapon is truly awful in this game... except the clerics candlestick that is trash. But this weapon dmg is nearly the same to what is was in DS1 remastered and if it was in DS2 i think it would be the same.( if it is in Ds2 shout at me) I can't understand why from changes so many things about there weapons. Like nerfing the dmg from smough's hammer in ds3 , increasing the base dmg of the great sword in ds2 to more than that of a black knight weapon.... man. What i'm trying to say is that form nerfs things before they get a chance to be gud. This was somewhat good but no, they nerfed it, much like the fume sword as well. Shame form shame.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Further test:
                                                    On a 40/40/10/60 build, the full weapon art(with thunder bolt) did 1250 damage on Harald Knight.
                                                    On a 40/40/10/10 build, the full weapon art(with thunder bolt) did 1021 damage on Harald Knight.
                                                    On the other hand, on a 40/25/50/50 build(which is my current main character), a Gargoyle Flame Spear full weapon art only does 796 damage on Harald Knight.

                                                    It is pretty clear that the normal attack on this weapon is not as good as the Gargaoyle's, but the weapon art is destructive if you do it right. And in that way you can get terrible terrible lightning damage even you put zero investment on faith.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I think I found the true strength of this weapon and why it is nerfed.
                                                      I tested it on my current build which have 40STR 25DEX 50FAI. I know, it is absolutely terrible for this weapon, but I just want to test. My target is NG++ Lothric Knight near the warriors of sunlight altar.
                                                      I need to mention that, whenever a lightning spear(includes GLS and SLS) hits in melee range, a thunder bolt will come down and deal additional damage. The WA of this weapon has same effect. But the damage boost of this thing is insane, and somehow it need some tricky effort to trigger it.
                                                      During my test, full WA without the thunder bolt effect(it has a visial effect so you can easily know it is triggered or not) does only 382 damage, whichi si terrible indeed.
                                                      But a full WA with the thunder bolt effect will have 1188 damage on the same enemy! I know Lothric knight is weak against lightning, but a point blank sunlight spear from Yorshka's Chime (without miracle damage boost ring) on the same enemy only does 947 damage.
                                                      The lightning damage on its regular attacks scales bad with faith, but it seems the WA damage get a powerful boost from high faith investment. If you use it right, this thing hits like a fucking truck. It only takes four WA to kill a NG++ Harold Knight which is as good as a Lothric UGS. And it is quite long in "spear" catagory - I know lothric knight long spear is longer but that is considered a "pike".

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Does the sweet spot mechanic apply to the weapon art as well?

                                                        I find that I get all the hits with the weapon art, only to deal a measly ~350. Other times, I deal ~850.

                                                        Is this because of the sweet spot, or just really disproportionate thrust and lightning defense?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          seems I need to make two chars to compare what weapon suits me better but from the damage/seconds and WA this gem here outshines the NK spear by a lot if I look at the numbers. (pvp viability doesn't interest me)

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            it's meant to be grabbed through the gate for the snake people crawling there around. It's only in the arena because Ornstein was killed by it's former master there.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I wish FROM would consider what a player has to do to get a weapon before nerfing it to the damn ground... This weapon is worthless compared to the Swordspear.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I never used it before it was "nerfed" but with a standard qual-faith build, it still hits quite heavily. maybe because nobody wears armor with lightning resistance, but one full charge on the WA usually erases 60-100% of someones hp, and the r1's I see between 300-700 damage per hit, depending on their armor. if it was "nerfed into the ground" I would have loved to see its damage before then lol

                                                                • I don't understand why this thing was nerfed. Its damage wasn't too intimidating relative to its weight, min requirements, and reach. It lacks any sort of hyper armor, so damage trading is very risky. Not slow, but not particularly fast attack speed. The lightning damage scales so poorly that its more of a novelty than a feature. Its split damage means it can't even use the full effect of the Leo ring.
                                                                  Really the only way someone could of made it even mildly OP was if someone made themselves into a squishy dex/faith build with the lightning clutch ring.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    "It is no longer obtainable before killing the Nameless King as of patch 1.11" - This is not true. You can still pick up the spear while walking up to the gate without even starting the Nameless King fight. I'm playing on the PS4 version with patch 1.14, and I just looted it.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      does anyone know why they nerfed this to the ground? i never noticed it being particularly popular or even OP pre nerf....

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Something needs to be corrected in the description-you cant send people flying with your second 2H strong attack...

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          No. A 40/40 str/dex build with a bit of fth is NOT how you get the optimum out of this spear. Can't believe people here suggesting that and are even getting vote ups. To make it clear once and for all: this spear is meant for dex/fth hybrid builds. Without a heavy investment in faith for the extra lightning damage it is just a good looking piece of junk while str beyond the minimum requirements does almost nothing for us.

                                                                          • Scaling in order of importance: Dex (obviously), Str (surprisingly), Fth (finally). I ran the numbers in the calculator and strength and dexterity both softcap at 40 (phys AR: 387) but faith only softcaps at 35 (lightning AR 151). Actually, the vast majority of the lightning damage on this weapon is innate (not from scaling: 29 extra damage) so this would make a decent dex/str weapon or just a good dex weapon with minimum str. Softcap AR: 538

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              As of October 2nd the requirement to use the spear is now 20 Str, 20 Dex, 0 Int, and 0 FaithAlthough the Attribute bonus is Still D Str, C Dex, - Int, D Faith

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                The weapon art is immensively useful against the Twin Princes. If you time it correctly and start from a short distance away, you can take off about a third of the bosses health. Make sure you have a build with reasonably high dex/str/fai though.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Am I the only one who finds this weapon slightly over powered compared to most weapons, I taking the weapon art in pvp and pve with hitting with the weapon (with my build) it does around 700-1000 damage which just *****s up most players and damages most bosses and npcs.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    maybe we didn't kill Ornstein in dark souls 1.What if Lord Gwyn knew his 4 knights would be hunted and trained body doubles to take their place.Then while Ornstein was looking for the Nameless King they dueled and Ornstein lost.That would explain the bit about his gear just on the ground.And his/her hair decomposed so Ornstein should've been dead for a long time.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      A friend of mine didn't know you can grab this without fighting KOS/NK. After the second bonfire where you fight the first dragon kin summoner, you can actually examine the gate where its drop hovers and grab it that way, without having to win the boss fight.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I played some PVP in the road of sacrifice, where water is. Is it possible that the weapon art does more dmg in the water? They got at least 900 dmg with 3/4 of all hits. cant remember this high dmg..?

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I am struggling to think of any other weapon or item in a Souls game that just sits on the floor like this, other than player-dropped items. Everything else I can think of comes from a chest, an NPC, is looted off of a corpse, whether it's a pre-placed corpse or one you killed. Is there any other item that is just sitting there, on its own? This may not seem like a big deal but it would be very strange to break the pattern, especially now that we're five game deep (four if you count only the ones Miyazaki directed).

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Only thing that bugged me was that using a strong attack my characters' hand would seemingly twist around the wrong way to grab the guard, before slurping back into its proper position.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              He was a rather formidable foe, and had slayed many dragons. He will not be forgotten. Varior Nox, Ornstein.

                                                                                              • Its kind of been overshadowed by the Swordspear and other fancy new weapons in terms of hype, but the old Dragonslayer Spear is actually really good in this game.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  It seems that the lightning charge can roll right through light attack spam. Very nice to catch some playes off guard as people don't expect that on a spear.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The battleart can deal tons of damagealthough it requires you to land the final thrust of the battle art to do great dmg which is hard to land

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      WHY IS THE FAITH SCALING SO *****TY? In my opinion they should nerf the base damage a little but add actual scaling with faith like souls 2 and souls 1.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        the weapon art on this totally murders The Nameless King's Dragon, if the full charge hits the dragon is open for a ripotse then charge again.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          By far my favorite weapon in this game, makes dealing with the snakemen in archdragon peak a breeze, and since its weapon art fires a bolt its good for punishing retreating players, also really good at breaking medium to small shield guards because of the weapon arts consecutive hits. Be careful though, its pretty easy to parry

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Excellent PvP weapon, the rolling downward hit is especially handy. Quite a lot of tracking on it, catches people off guard a lot

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              The spear was not anywhere to be found in the area. I've looked about everywhere and videos show it being in plain sight either way. Don't know if I didnt do something in particular after fight the final boss of the area.

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