Frostbite is a Status Effect in Dark Souls 3.


  • Deals 11% of a player's max HP plus an additional 85 flat damage.                                                                                 
  • -15 Stamina Regen and +7% increased damage for 28 seconds.


Sample Damage calculation:


  • Unembered Player with 40 Vig
  • 1213 max Hp 


  • 11% max Hp = 133 Damage
  • + 85 Flat damage
  • Total = 218 Damage






Frostbite Sources

Frostbite Weaponry

Enemies susceptible to Frost 

Enemies resistant to Frost

Enemies immune to Frost


  • Frost is very effective against most knights or enemies, that still have flesh.
  • Particularly effective against some bosses, most notably the Dragonslayer Armour and Oceiros, the Consumed King.
  • If Frostbite injures enemy (but is not fatal), a sound of breaking ice can be heard. However, if Frostbite is fatal, there is no sound effect.
  • If fire damage is applied to the target it will remove the Frostbitten effect, allowing for more frostbite damage to be applied.
  • Holding a torch speeds up frostbite recovery
  • Overhauled in 1.11 patch. 

    • Anonymous

      13 Aug 2018 23:47  

      Frostbite is everywhere at lower levels with Vordt's hammer and Irithyll straight sword. Some co-op team comes at you with Fallen Knight sets and enough spam to feed a family, you can get slapped with it fairly easily after rolling through an Irithyll/Vordt R1 whiff-blender that builds it up almost immediately. Easy to avoid if you're watching for it, but that first time it gets you is a real facepalm moment.

      • Anonymous

        16 Jul 2018 03:41  

        How fast is a 'tick'? For Snap Freeze; is it 15 buildup per second?
        I ask because of the other 'cloud' spells, i.e., Pestilent Mist, which damages quickly, although buildup is equal to Poison Mist (don't know how fast Toxic Mist buildup is though).

        • Anonymous

          20 Mar 2018 12:23  

          Weapons with frostbite accompanied with the soldering iron is a combo you should not underestimate. It's pretty good.

          • 30 Nov 2017 14:59  

            so i read about the fire damage nullifying frostbite and deceided to test it on a mob, afterwards, i found myself testing frozen weapon every weapon i could think of, here's the results:
            testing was done against the hand saw mob at the dilapidaed bridge, where hodrick invades you

            crow quills: 1H=3hits; 2H=4 hits
            brigand twindaggers: 1H=3 hits; 2h=4 hits
            parrying dagger: 3 hits, both 1H and 2H
            long sword: 3 hits
            broadsword: 3 hits(missing one hit in a combo is enough to make it a 4 hit the next time you try to combo)
            bastard sword: 3 hits(from here on out i'll write only those that don't take 3 hits)
            sellsword twinblades: 1H=3 hits; 2H=hits(2 L1 is enough to proc it)
            corvian scythe(raw+4) 1H=3 hits; 2 hits if counter attack;

            ...and that's about it, so in short, unlike (natural?)bleed, frozen weapon's freeze buildup doesn't scale wih weapon type, the only difference is if you're using a dual wield weapon
            tl;dr frozen weapon is best used with a dagger in the right hand and a fire weapon in the left.

            • Anonymous

              28 Sep 2017 19:57  

              Beautifully broken: Right hand Irithyll straight sword, left hand Fire or Chaos infused curved sword or rapier (pyro flame combustion works, and fire surge is just perfect).

              2 hits with the frost (slashing hits seem to do more frost, you'll need 3 with thrust)
              those 2 hits will always proc frostbite for good damage, without any titanite investment on the sword
              then l1 to use the curved sword

              Just get into a rhythm - dodge attack, if he has lag, r1 r1 l1 or l1 r1 r1
              Whichever you prefer
              Either way, you kill him fast. I kinda like l1 r1 r1 more (Fire, ice, ice), as he seems more docile when he's frostbitten.

              It also seems as though hitting him with fire damage doesn't remove frost Buildup, just the status effect
              So if I do a rolling attack and a slashing attack (not quite enough for a frostbite proc), and then hit with fire, frostbite will proc on the next ice attack.

              I feel (and I'm an idiot, so whatever) like a pyro could use this in pvp. Pyro flame, ice weapon. If you deal most of your damage with pyro, but brawl up-close with ice, it seems like you end up with 2 ways to kill your opponent - catch 'em with flames, or proc the frostbite. Cud b gud

              • Anonymous

                28 Jul 2017 17:37  

                Will fire damage cancel out frost buildup or is it just frostbite? I'm thinking of getting a few people together to trap someone in a room and have one person cast snap freeze and the other hold fire stream on the invader. Having frostbite proc every few seconds would kill someone pretty fast

                • Anonymous

                  24 Jun 2017 07:28  

                  most op status effect against bosses as its easier to apply than bleed especially with vordts hammer and you can reset the status effect with fire damage to proc the flat damage plus % of max hp damage multiple time. not as good in pvp but still useful.

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Jun 2017 07:11  

                    The Pontiff Knight Great Scythe when using weapon art has 220 frostbite in the ice ring and buildup 55 frostbite on weapon.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 May 2017 11:54  

                      Have to admit, getting frostbitten proc'd through rolls is rather irritating. But maybe this can be used offensively towards someone rolling Vordts effectively?

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Apr 2017 00:51  

                        In conclusion, the only bosses I was not able to frostbite were Curse Rotted Greatwood, Old Demon King, High Lord Wolnir, and Yhorm the Giant? (unsure, as was not able to test this, so it might be possible). So, it definitally works on almost every boss in the entire game.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Apr 2017 07:07  

                          Can confirm, both the bird he rides on and nameless king himself are very suseptable to frostbite! Made that fight much easier than it usually is for me. Would frostbite them in 2 swings with vordt's great hammer.

                          • Anonymous

                            06 Apr 2017 06:00  

                            Ancient Wyvern can be frostbitten as well. Just beat him fighting on the ground with vordts great hammer and snap freeze. if you can hit his neck or tail; it's much better. He is very resistant to it, however. Hitting his feet it took maybe 10-12 2hR1s to proc. 75 per swing and then suddenly 600 or so.

                            • Anonymous

                              06 Apr 2017 04:59  

                              From what I can tell, most of the bosses in the game can be frostbitten and it is often a very useful tactic to use against them.
                              Here are the ones I know for sure I have been able to inflict frostbite on.
                              Dancer of the Boreal Valley
                              Oceiros, the Consumed King
                              Champion Gundyr
                              Crystal Sage
                              Abyss Watchers
                              Deacons of the Deep
                              Pontiff Sulyvahn
                              Dragonslayer Armor
                              Sister Friede and Father Ariandel

                              I have found it to be most useful against Dragonslayer, Champion Gundyr, Pontiff Sulyvhan, Sister Friede, Abyss Watchers.

                              • Anonymous

                                05 Apr 2017 21:36  

                                Does anyone know the percentage of HP lost with frostbite? Is it a flat percentage like bleed? It seems to also get the counter hit boost that bleed does whereif you are frostbitten on a counter hit it will do bonus damage?

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Mar 2017 22:12  

                                  is there a way to tell if an enemy is frostbitten? i think i see when it happens. like their torso has steam come out for a second or 2. but is there a way to know how long it lasts or any other indication. i guess if i knew how long it last i could guesstimate when it would go away IF i saw when it actually set in.

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