Exploding Bolt is an Ammunition in Dark Souls 3.

Exploding Bolt

Exploding Bolt DKS3

Bolts that explode on impact. Deals area fire damage in the immediate vicinity.

Due to the risk of detonation, the amount of bolts the user can carry is greatly limited.

These are, after all, prototypes created by the weapon craftsman Edmond. You get what you pay for."


Exploding Bolt Usage

  • Ammo for Crossbows.
  • Bolts that explode on impact. Deals area fire damage in the immediate vicinity.
  • Deals 140 Fire damage.



Exploding Bolt Locations




  • Can only carry 30 at once, less than the 99 for most other bolts.
  • Damage increased from the Fire Clutch Ring.



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    • Anonymous

      The virgin Dark Souls 3 explosive bolt that's sweats favourite chewtoy since it's hitbox size is about 5 times of what it should be and hits you even if it flies clearly next to your body
      VS the chad Elden ring explosive bolt that's the ammo for the awesome Jar Cannon

      • Anonymous

        If you want the most sweaty setup without just straight up using the murky, just have either the Light Crossbow or the Arbalest in your offhand with these bolts and then have the Corvian Greatknife in your main hand. Now just fire these at peoples feet and if they come too close to you, start dagger spamming them. You can also cancel people's running attacks with these. If they try to go for a running attack, shoot these directly at your own feet and combo into your Corvian. This is probably the most annoying setup to fight and its aids every single time, but I would be lying if I said that I didn't occasionally use it, its just such a good way to clutch out a win if you are very low on HP. You can keep people at bay while you regen HP and still occasionally deal damage.

        • Anonymous

          I actually love these bolts. It makes me feel like my crossbow is a mini rocket launcher. The only problem is the reload time of the bolts compared to the damage output. I would have no problem if the bolts were even higher damage, as long as the reload time was adjusted for balancing reasons. I also think the amount of bolts you can carry should be reduced to 25 max, very small difference but could go a long way in making sure players don't waste these as much in PvP.

          • Anonymous

            Guys apparently if you have enough poise to not get staggered by these (I used great mace perseverance with full cathedral knight armor) the bolts don’t explode and simply bounce off, doing significantly less damage

            • Anonymous

              Don'tcha just LOVE IT When Hollows at Lothric Castle shoot these at you, THROUGH THE F*CKING WALLS? I LOVE IT! THANK YOU FROMSOFT!!! VERY COOL!!1!!

              • Anonymous

                Ugh... OP af. It'd be nice if people just... Used crossbows every once in a while, instead of LITERALLY EVERY crossbow user being a freeaim exploding bolt cheeser... The only decent counter is a good shield and it's not like you're going to be turtling at all times... Literally just a cheese method, i love it when i'm destroying someone and they literally put away their entire fighting style to cheese me with these.

                • Anonymous

                  k now edit the page to where you cant buy exploding bolts anymore if they were sold in the first place. also tell me how to get them otherwise they need to take them out of the game because it wouldn't be hard to farm them or you shouldn't need to farm ammo at all.

                  • Anonymous

                    I think they may have removed them from the store because I turned the ashes in and still cant buy any. And by cant buy any i mean there not in the store.

                    • For some reason it wont let me edit the page to add that you can now have 600 in your stash and that you can only carry 30 at a time. Information I believe should be on this page.

                      • Anonymous

                        How come I can't buy them? I had seigward save em and he dies at lothric castle, ashes was in grand archives, I'm ng+. Still no Exploding bolts

                        • Anonymous

                          I want to believe Edmond or whoever the guy is gonna show up in a DLC Cos he is important enought to be Named for just 2 weapon, BLOODBORNE Style weapon dlc anyone ?

                          • Anonymous

                            Does anyone know if these cause stagger or knockback on players? It would be sweet to send someone flying from a distance.

                            • Anonymous

                              its drairat's questline. after dieing on his third outing his ashes unlock them via the handmaiden. i can't believe i'm the first person to report this ;)

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