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.
  • 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 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.
    • Suspicion that his is caused by the staff hitbox hitting instead of the sword hitbox is pure speculation, since the staff deals Flashsword's damage at point-blank range, with the spell itself passing the target, this is unfounded at best.


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    • Anonymous

      31 May 2021 05:22  

      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

        07 Oct 2020 05:49  

        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

          23 Sep 2020 00:02  

          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

            19 Aug 2020 13:31  

            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

              18 Jul 2020 21:17  

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

              • Anonymous

                03 Jul 2020 04:19  

                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

                  02 Jun 2020 03:38  

                  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.

                  • 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.

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