Faith is a character attribute in Dark Souls 3. This attribute is required to cast miracles and pyromancies and also boosts Dark Defense.

"Faith Dark Souls 3 Attribute required to cast miracles and pyromancies. Increases spell potency.
(Pyromancy is affected by both faith and intelligence.) Dark defense is also calculated from this attribute. "


  • For Faith scaling weapons, damage has a soft cap at 40 Faith, a hard cap at 60, and it stops at 99 Faith.
  • Standard Miracle effectiveness is governed by Faith.
  • Effectiveness of Dark miracles cast with dark catalysts is governed by Faith and Intelligence (Faith is more effective).
  • Pyromancy effectiveness is governed by Faith and Intelligence.
    • With asymmetrical stats (i.e. 20 INT 40 FTH), Faith provides slightly more damage than intelligence. Otherwise, it is more effective to level both together.
  • Soft caps:
    • Miracle: 40-45-60 depending on catalyst.
    • Pyromancy: 40 (if using pyromancy flame). They always use intelligence too.
    • Dark spells: When coupled with a dark catalyst, Intelligence is counted too, and the softcap is 45.
  • For each point of Faith you receive 1.1 Dark Defense, 0.4 in other defenses, and 0.2 in all resistances.
  • A character requires 45 Faith to cast every Miracle in the game.
Faith Required  Weapon
9 Dancer's Enchanted Swords, Gargoyle Flame Hammer, Gargoyle Flame Spear, Demon Fist

10 Firelink Greatsword, Old King's Greathammer, Izalith Staff, Talisman, Priest's Chime
11 Murky Hand Scythe, Friede's Great Scythe
12 Cleric's Candlestick, Astora Straightsword, Demon's Greataxe, Immolation Tinder, Pontiff Knight Great Scythe, Witch's Locks, Dragonhead Shield, Archdeacon's Great Staff, Caitha's Chime

13 Wolnir's Holy Sword, Yorska's Spear, Pyromancer's Parting Flame
14 Lothric's Holy Sword, Golden Ritual Spear, Crucifix of the Mad King, Sunlight Talisman, Canvas Talisman, Cleric's Sacred Chime 

15 Onyx Blade, Earth Seeker, Dragonhead Greatshield
16 Scholar's Candlestick, Sunlight Straight Sword, Saint Bident, Saint's Talisman
17 Demon's Scar, Rose of Ariendel 
18 Dragonslayer Swordspear
20 White Hair Talisman
24 Sunless Talisman
30 Morne's Great Hammer, Yorshka's Chime

    • Anonymous

      14 Dec 2017 03:30  

      So starting out, if you're going for a pure offensive faith, would you want to play a str/dex and just repec later? Becasue Most of the offensive faith are late game and the early lightning bolt from farron keep is trash. What should someone who wants to go faith do, and who DOESN'T want to mix INT/Faith (as in pyro and dark)?

      • Anonymous

        06 Feb 2017 11:59  

        If i am using a lightning buff for a sword is it worth going past 60 faith and if so how much will my damage increase by?

        • 14 Nov 2016 18:24  

          is it worth going over 40 faith? i want to have 60 faith but i want to stay at SL 125 so that means if i stay at 40 faith i can spend 20 more points on other stats

          • Anonymous

            faith build response06 Sep 2016 10:08  

            a pure faith build is very devistating however unlike a mage build there is no weapon that scales well with faith so a playthrough is difficalt at the start, but by the end it will be well worth it. eather use the dragonslayer axe or a weapon that can be infused with a lightning gem for melee perpouses this will let the weapon scaile s in faith.

            • Faith Sclaing + 6006 Jul 2016 02:50  

              So i have read a big reddit post about faith scaling etc, and i want to know if its worth to go even more faith like a pure faith buildFor example 28 Vig (decent hp), 30 attunement ( enough mana and spell slots imo) and 75 faith for maximum damageits kinda pure damage miracle caster, but i think it could be very scary if the scaling is that good!

              • Anonymous

                I dont understand29 Jun 2016 12:54  

                Almost everyone is sayin that faith build is waste of time. I really dont agree. Faith is support. Intelligens and pyromancy is for atacking.I play faith build and I keep all alive and buffet. And my opinion is that lightning scale weapons and lightning sword (buff) are really good. With 60 faith+hornet ring+lightning cluth ring+lightning lothrit straitght sword I one shot many invaders. Also doing over 300 dmg early game with lightning spear if I am near. So its not so bad.I dont understand why you want to get everything: super damage, amazin buff and best healing. If that is the case, faith build would be OP.Isnt it enough when you get best healin+buff and good dmg?Sorry my bad english. I am just an old viking from Finland.

                • Anonymous

                  If you're doing a sunlight spear build, go above 40 Faith.08 May 2016 16:42  

                  Scaling from 1~40 faith is absolutely dreadful. I can just say that, when it comes to 40~60 faith, it becomes a very good build.With Sunlight spear (using the sun's first born ring -- but if you don't use it, the damage between the 5 faith is still over 60 for ranged strike):43 Faith ranged: 515 -- Melee: 861I equip the priest ring for +5 faith and the results were:48 Faith ranged: 586 (+73 dmg) -- Melee: 973 (+112 dmg)The damage increased quite drastically for just 5 faith... imagine how strong it would be at 60 faith :)With Lightning Stake (took a few tries to actually get this accurate since the perfect hit is SO HARD to land)43 faith perfect: 61348 faith perfect: 701 -- +88 dmgIt should also be mentioned that faith's scaling to the Dragonslayer's swordspear affects the lightning bolt and the overall lightning weapon effect (it is known that the normal damage from the spear is also slightly affected by faith):Lightning bolt: 43 faith: 837 48 faith: 846 (+9 dmg, which isn't much, but noticable nonetheless)Buffed Normal: 43 faith: 511 normally 48 faith: 512 normally (+1 dmg) -- lame!Buffed strong: 43 faith: 1021 normally 48 faith: 1023 normally (+2 dmg) -- lame!So while you're weapons may not receive much of a boost, your damaging miracles receive a lot. Just make sure that you are scaling above 40 faith or else the damage will be very low.I use a Saint's Talisman +10 btw. I hope I helped people who are wanting to do a miracle build!

                Load more
                ⇈ ⇈