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 Intellligence



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.
    • However, it could be explained that the damage comes from the player hitting the opponent with the staff and not the sword.


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    • 17 May 2020 22:49  

      Spellcasting weapons like the Heysel Pick, Golden Ritual spear, Immolation Tinder, and (if you hate yourself) the cleric's candlestick can r1 > farron flashsword combo if you have neough casting speed. You can even add a soul greatsword afterwards to rollcatch.

      • Anonymous

        25 Apr 2020 08:33  

        Use with the man-grub staff for a a very LONG magic straight sword. That is, if you're feeling lucky enough to use that garbage.

        • Anonymous

          06 Mar 2020 20:51  

          What is the fking point of this spell?? You can just use any of those casuls' r1 spamming straight sword for better damage output

          • Anonymous

            03 Mar 2020 03:46  

            The Man-grub's Staff actually has a longer Flashsword range than the Izalith Staff, because the sword does not actually manifest at the end of the Izalith Staff. The Man-Grub's staff manifests the blade an additiona 1.5 flashsword hilts further than the Izalith Staff, but is luck based in its scaling. The difference is most easily spotted by going to the raised balcony above pontiff and using flashsword into the corner of the balcony so you can measure based on the railing arches.

            • Anonymous

              25 Feb 2020 00:27  

              Fun and surprisingly viable in pvp due to the sheer speed. I use it to guard break since theres no stagger as opposed to hitting with a one hand weapon. And comboing it with the immolation tinder moveset can be terrrifying

              • Anonymous

                23 Oct 2019 16:47  

                i will make a build based around only this spell and soul greatsword for R2. i might use soul stream also, as a weapon art.

                • Anonymous

                  29 Aug 2019 03:06  

                  This thing is great for quickstep spammers that pull out daggers when they realized they weren't good enough to hit people with ultra great weapons and just give up halfway through.

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Apr 2019 08:53  

                    "Has the range of an ultra greatsword" which ultra greatsword? And with which staff? Could this page have anything resembling editing or is this website run by some dude named Jerry who uses videos recorded by his buddy's iphone as a reference?

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Mar 2019 13:18  

                      >There's an odd glitch that causes this sorcery to do 1-8 damage. However, this is a rare occurrence. It's not rare and it's not an odd glitch. Happens every time you hit an enemy with the shaft of the catalyst without touching them with the flashsword blade. Won't happen if you use a crystal chime.

                      • 16 Feb 2019 07:25  

                        INT BUILDS REJOICE! THE MAGIC EQUIVALENT OF R1 SPAMS HAS ARRIVED! Be prepared to get ganked in a corner by 3 people using this with izalith staffs with 99 INT

                        • 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

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