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

Sorcery

Focus Cost 4
Slots UsedSlots Used
1
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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Notes

  • Farron Flashsword inflicts (Spell Buff * 1.035) magic damage before resistances.
  • Cast speed is very fast, afterwards it uses the same combo as a Straightsword
    • Interrupts enemies with each hit.
    • Does not guarantee a 2-hit combo.
    • Can be cast in a combo, like Farron Dart.
    • Has a rolling attack and a running attack that both skip the casting animation.
    • Has variable range, reaching as low as a short Greatsword and as high as an Ultra Greatsword.
    • Can be parried if the catalyst is caught.
  • Since the sword generates at the catalyst casting point (where spells come out from) and the staff has a hitbox, a longer catalyst results in a considerable upgrade to the attack's reach.
  • The Preacher's Right Arm presents a good synergy with it's  Feasting Branch weapon skill.
  • The hitbox of the catalyst exists as well as the hitbox of the spell, with a second hitbox extending to the spell itself. This means the entire catalyst has the entire damage of the spell, and the catalyst itself does minor damage with it.
    • As a result, the Immolation Tinder can inflict fire damage with this spell, pairing well with Frostbite.
    • Sometimes, when the user is staggered, the staff hitbox will connect, but the spell hitbox won't, resulting in very low damage numbers.
    • This ironically means you get the most damage out of Flashsword by hitting someone at point blank rather than using the long reach to stay safe, though the damage increase is very minimal, so maintaining distance is still preferable.
    • This may be a holdover from the Straightsword moveset used for Flashsword, a trait which Soul Greatsword doesn't replicate on account of using a unique swing.
    • Since it has a melee hitbox from the catalyst, this spell can actually be parried by someone within the catalyst's reach.
  • Since it uses a weapon moveset, a combo can be held until the player blends into their idle animation or enters a new animation (rolling, walking, etc.)
  • This spell isn't especially useful on its own. It has a high FP cost to damage ratio, but since it doesn't combo into itself it can't compare to a real weapon. However, it's quite good for enhancing a staff's natural moveset, and as mentioned with the Immolation Tinder, this can be used to complement certain spells with clever use. It can also true combo out of a Heysel Pick two-handed R1, which can grant more pure magic damage on occasion.
  • There's a minor visual bug when casting Soul Greatsword right after casting this spell in which the Greatsword effect appears before the cast and at the tip of the catalyst. This is only visual, however, as when the Greatsword cast comes out the spell behaves as normal.

 

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    • Anonymous

      dude i wish this sorcery have a good damage so bad.. it is very cool to cast that sorcery, unfortunately doesnt do any notable damage. at least they made it right with carian slicer in elden ring

      • Anonymous

        I ABSOLUTLEY F ING HATE that you cant roll after running attack - you perform jump instead. Also what the f about doing 4 hit 12 dmg combo? If you hit the guy with your staff it should do staff's physical damage. This spell could be soooo good if they designed it properly.

        • Anonymous

          HoboSorcerer here: the staff hitbox also has more hitstun when it staggers, resulting in combo potential with a wide variety of weapons. This is most clearly seen when pairing a crystal chime flash sword running attack with a parting flame black flame cast. With the proper spacing to hit the chime, you can combo a running attack into black flame. Hope this helps!

          • Anonymous

            If the stave also hit the enemy together with the spell, does this mean there will be combine damage from both the spell n the stave melee damage portion?

            • Anonymous

              This spell seems to have some interesting applications for the catlayst weapons that can use it as well as the Crystal Chime.

              For the Golden Ritual Spear it flows pretty well into the R1 attacks and with both Sorcery boosting rings will do more damage than the magic damage of the GRS itself. The only thing is that it doesn't extend the reach of the GRS much at all.

              Heysel's Pick is another strange one, this one gives the weapon a more desirable moveset though it doesn't seem to combo too well with the R1's like with the GRS, but it gives it an alternative way to melee.

              Cleric's Cnadlestick isn't worth mentioning, it's a terrible weapon, plus it's a Strait sword spell on a Strait sword, its redundant.

              The Immolation Tinder is one where you have that sweet spot to deal with that is very precise to make the most of it, if you can do this then you have very quick attacks with absurd reach.

              The Crystal Chime is the strange one, it has the shortest reach but is also the lightest Sorcery casting tool in the game and unless you factor in Steady Chant on the Archdecon's Great Staff the strongest regular sorcery casting tool on Pyromancer and Hexer builds.

              So stick this in your offhand with another Strait Sword or another faster weapon and you could use it as a 0.5 weight Crystal infused Shortsword to accompany that katana, strait sword or curved Sword that can also cast ranges spells in a pinch AND gives you passive regen though Gentle Prayer that can be amplified further by Bountiful Light.

              Yes it does cost FP, but it's not a lot and it gives you and extra attack in your offhand that could catch people off-guard. Also good luck parrying a tiny ass chime. It's not the greatest choice, but at the same time it has some uses that make it pretty interesting and given how light it is it, basically becomes a pocket Strait Sword that weighs 0.5 units.

              • Anonymous

                HoboSorcerer here, and... I think this page could use some revision. "Has the range of an Ultra Greatsword" is just blatantly false, as the range of the spell's blade is more comparable to a longsword.

                Not only that, but it also fails to mention the sweetspot present on all staves when using flashsword. You can hit with both the spell and the catalyst to perform two hits in one, and this seems to extend the hitstun of flashsword considerably. This allows you to combo one flashsword swing into another, or even into other attacks & spells like black flame.

                • Anonymous

                  How is the actual damage of this spell? I looked up its damage output on an online build planner, & 200 something damage on an optimized build doesn't seem much, especially since it still goes though defenses and damage absorption.

                  • Anonymous

                    Does this combo with right hand weapons as if it were a straightsword? Like...... can you combo this into a partizan chain?

                    • Anonymous

                      Besides the Preacher's Right Arm and the Izalith Staff, what's the optimal staff to use for Int build swordmage using Darrin Flashsword if you want both damage and range?
                      Court Sorceror's staff is too short be to really make it any more useful than just using R1 with a melee weapon.

                      • Anonymous

                        Is it faster to spam r1 with one staff or alternate between r1 and l1 with two? I tried it but can't really tell a difference.

                        • 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

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        "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

                                          >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.

                                          • 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

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  "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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                          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.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            it seems they nerfed it, Farron Flashsword has its speed reduced...and now im really pissed. My mage knight build has just been destroyed because that was the only way i could sneak in far more attacks since because it uses less stamina to cast the spell. Wtf from...this was the only fast spell for dealing with melee players.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              The reach of this spell is determined by the length of the staff you are using. The Court Sorcerer's Staff has significantly shorter reach than the other staves.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                So far this is my favorite new spell. I was kind of hoping it would have a different attack set when two handing the staff; though either way spell combos are a nice surprise. Though making it a full fledged toggleable weapon (FP/sec cost) that is augmented by the staff you are using would have been astounding.Overall It's an excellent trash clear when you either get mobbed or want to conserve FP for the more troubling enemies. It's also pretty hilarious on the Deacons; the attack arc on it is monsterous, and dat reach.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  who needs weapons when you got this sexy spell on you. Let's hope the damage is worthwhile for us "pure mages"It seems like this spell can chain a few times. Its speed is equal to a straight sword but seems to have the reach of a great sword (may pend on staff). It can also cause lower poised enemies to stagger. Based on a video I stumbled onto a few days ago where somebody used this.

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