Farron Flashsword is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. To cast a sorcery, you must use a Staff or Special Weapons that can cast Sorceries.

Farron Flashsword

Spell Type


Focus Cost 4
Slots UsedSlots Used
Requirements 23



Alteration of Soul Greatsword developed by sorcerers of the Undead Legion of Farron.

The Legion has a tendency to emphasize speed over power, and this practical alteration of an existing sorcery is no exception."

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  • Farron Flashsword inflicts (Spell Buff * 1.035) magic damage before resistances.
  • Cast speed is similar to the attack speed of a Dagger's light attack. 
    • Interrupts enemies with each hit.
    • Does not guarantee a 2-hit combo.
    • Can be cast multiple times, like Farron Dart.
    • Can be used after dodging or while running for different attacks.
    • Has the range of an Ultra Greatsword.
    • Can be parried if the catalyst is caught.
  • A longer catalyst results in a considerable upgrade to the distance covered.
  • The Preacher's Right Arm presents a good synergy with it's  Feasting Branch weapon skill.
  • The Immolation Tinder can deal fire damage with this spell. Details unknown.
  • There's an odd glitch that causes this sorcery to do 1-8 damage. However, this is a rare occurrence.
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    • Anonymous

      02 May 2018 04:47  

      Anyone notice how if you use this to hit a shield it doesn't cause you to stagger as much as with a normal one-handed weapon? I'm not seeing anyone else noticing this, so I'm starting to think my tests are deceiving me.

      • Anonymous

        07 May 2017 09:36  

        can you make the farron flashsword even faster with the sage's ring? and boost its damage with the another ring? i forgot what it was called

        • Anonymous

          22 Mar 2017 17:24  

          The spell can't be parried. The catalyst you use can be. So, say, if you use crystal chime which is very small almost no one can parry it.

          • Anonymous

            22 Feb 2017 18:42  

            waaaaay better than I expected. does low-ish damage, but uses a negligable amount of fp. by using this, you are allowing your catalyst to become a fast off-hand weapon, great in combination with heavier weapons. However, I wouldn't reccomend this if your normal weapon is already faster than the flashsword

            • Anonymous

              03 Feb 2017 00:55  

              Damn, I killed Orbeck before I got this. I gave his ashes to Yuria, who then I killed, days later. The Shrine Handmaid now sells Orbeck's sorceries, but no Farron Flashsword..

              • Anonymous

                02 Nov 2016 16:14  

                This spell is so useful on the Heysel Pick as it effectively chains from the normal attack of the weapon. Only thing is it does slightly less damage than two normal attacks, but it comes out fast and unexpectedly, and can be used to catch people rolling.

                • Anonymous

                  Bad with Cleric's Candlestick21 Sep 2016 20:05  

                  This is really bad in conjunction with the Cleric's Candlestick. On my dedicated sorcerer build (low str and dex, high int), farron flashsword does less damage than my R1 attacks (at a +5 upgrade level) and doesn't seem to gain any noticeable extra range.I mean I guess the point of the spell is to give you a means of straight sword-like R1 attacks on your caster, but it's still funny to be spending resources casting the spell when I could just R1 with my sword-catalyst for better damage.

                  • Anonymous

                    Very low damage but good range18 Jul 2016 17:01  

                    Works good alongside my dark fist, until i get immolation timber and moonlight greatsword.It has a great fp coat, good range with sweeping, but bad everything else, dont expect this to be your main killer

                    • Anonymous

                      It can't be parried01 Jun 2016 17:51  

                      the CATALYST can be parried but the spell itself cannot unless the target is using spell parry shieldsuse crystal chime for best results (the opponent has to hug you in order to parry the chime)

                      • Anonymous

                        Spell Combos18 May 2016 16:56  

                        If you are in the middle of firing soul darts and immediately switch to this spell the windup on the first swing is considerably faster, could be useful as a bait to lure unsuspecting enemies to a flashsword combo as they are getting closer to you.The same principle also works vice-versa, so you can continue pressuring them with darts as they roll away after getting comboed.

                        • Anonymous

                          Somewhat wrong18 May 2016 14:55  

                          "A longer catalysts results in a longer reach, the sword doesn't get any bigger but it starts higher up the staff. [This is actually fairly important for PVP capabilities, as this spell can have nearly the range of the Soul Greatsword spell with the right catalyst, but with a much faster attack rate at a fraction of the cost.]"You'd think this is how it works, and it should've been that way, but no. It has a cap on it's reach it seems. After testing it with various catalysts (excluding the ones obtained from covenants and the bell ringers in archdragon peak) They all had the same reach, the Sage's Crystal Staff looks like it has a longer reach. Hard to test with no test subjects who can stand still. As for the reach it should've had: The Immolation Tinder is one of the longest if not the longest catalyst to cast sorceries with, but if you use a Farron Flashsword, you'll be severly disappointed. The sword is barely visible except for it's surrounding glow, the weapon/catalyst itself has a longer reach than the tip of the spell.

                          • Anonymous

                            ?08 May 2016 13:07  

                            first hit is slower than a R2 poke from a greatsword, with probably less range. looks more flashy& far off than flash&farron -_-but i can't get rid of it...

                            • Anonymous

                              needs a buff29 Apr 2016 21:05  

                              more damage. otherwise this is no better than that crap rock of a light-saber from dark souls 2 that broke in 6 hits. the only real thing I notice that is the saving grace of this sword is the fact that it cant be blocked easily

                              • Anonymous

                                Viable for NO WEAPON sorcerer.25 Apr 2016 12:00  

                                Been playing that type of character (Pure Sorcerer) Only weapons equipped are my staff and a pyromancy flame. The build works (you ought to be careful tho, as youll carry more ashen estus then healing one). Farron Flashsword acts exactly like you would expect a straightsword to work. However there are a few down and upsides: Downsides: No Strongattack, Inability to Riposte / Backstab (Ofc. FP drain) Long First Hit WindupUpsides: With the right Staff (Using Heretics currently) HUGE AOE Extremely Fast after the initial windup attack (youll be surprised) The extreme speed at which the attacks are chained together combined with the Swingaround Circling Moveset in a huge AOE make this spell very efficient (FP wise) to clear out a larger group of hollows / weak foes without poise in a very short time. This spell acts as my main melee weapon and serves me well. Ofc youre a sorcerer ... most foes will die to soulspears or fireorbs and thelike.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Not a valid substitue for light attacks23 Apr 2016 13:16  

                                  You'd need to stack all the spell boosts (yes even both the clutch ring and the crown of dusk) for it to do comparable damage in 60 int with clerics candlestick light r1 and 20/35 str/dex.At least you don't get stunned when hitting a shield, so I guess it'd be greak for guard breaking if you can outstam your opponent, and your opponent just stands there.

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