Golden Ritual Spear

73 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 20.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 20
icon_weight.png 3.0
Requirements & Bonus
E D - B
10 10 18 14
weapon_type-icon.jpg Spears damage_type-icon.jpg Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Steady Chant icon_fp_cost.png 9 (-/-)

Golden Ritual Spear is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A ritual spear presented to Darkmoon Knights before Sulyvahn claimed the title of Pontiff.

Can also be used as a staff. Sorceries cast using this weapon channel the wielder's faith.

Skill: Steady Chant
Boost the strength of sorceries for a very short period. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed. 
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Doubles as a Catalyst that scales with Faith.
  • Has the shortest range out of all the Spears and Pikes.
  • Wielded by Aldrich, Devourer of Gods.
  • At 60 FTH it has a spellbuff of 220.

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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Golden Ritual Spear Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 73 77 - - - E D - B - - - 40.0 30.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular +1 81 85 - - - E D - A - - - 40.0 30.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular +2 87 91 - - - E D - A - - - 40.0 30.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular +3 102 107 - - - E D - A - - - 40.0 30.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular +4 115 120 - - - E D - A - - - 40.0 30.0 20.0 20.0 25.0
Regular +5 128 134 - - - D C - A - - - 40.0 30.0 20.0 20.0 25.0

Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

Spears & Pikes
Arstor's Spear  ♦  Dragonslayer Spear  ♦  Dragonslayer Swordspear  ♦  Drang Twinspears  ♦  Follower Javelin  ♦  Four-Pronged Plow  ♦  Gargoyle Flame Spear  ♦  Greatlance  ♦  Lothric Knight Long Spear  ♦  Lothric War Banner  ♦  Partizan  ♦  Pike  ♦  Ringed Knight Spear  ♦  Rotten Ghru Spear  ♦  Saint Bident  ♦  Soldering Iron  ♦  Spear  ♦  Tailbone Spear  ♦  Winged Spear  ♦  Yorshka's Spear

    • Anonymous

      28 Feb 2019 07:53  

      I may be wrong, but I actually find Dark Edge to be the most useful of all the spell sword-type spells with this weapon, and it’s because of the Spear weapon-classes struggle to track. If you follow up a spear poke with Farron Flashsword, Soul Greatsword, or Old Moonlight, you just don’t turn enough to reliably hit your opponent. I’ve had players circle around me without even dodging and not get hit. Dark Edge is a bit more useful in my experience because it combos well when you poke them twice and you can catch them with it after they panic roll out or even to the side.

      • 11 Mar 2018 04:41  

        Despite having an S rating for Faith this scales very poorly being just with Faith! Had it also have at least a high C or high B rating for INT this would be the strongest Spellbuff staff. Another problem is Izalith staff same stats, a weak Faith stat scaling and needs three points of Faith just you can cast a spell, it won't gain any extra power from Faith no "2s" or "3s" only "1s" and very weak points really, Izalith also won't boost the power of Dark Pyromancy since in the description it just says Sorceries. Same with this staff with its Faith scaling. Had it boosts the power of Faith Miracles then in the off we could of wield a chime or Talisman and deal extra damage to power scaling of 10% like a Mornes ring.

        • Anonymous

          08 Feb 2018 19:27  

          You can use Hunters Charms to make the Mimic chest fall asleep... that way you don't have to kill it and there's a chance for it Tom roll a Helm of Avarice

          • Anonymous

            26 Jul 2017 13:17  

            Has anyone else Noticed that this staff looks somewhat similar to the Tin Darkmoon catalyst from Dark Souls 1 (Albeit Twisted and somewhat corrupted looking) Kind of interesting considering that the Darkmoon longbow looks drastically different to how it looked before. Could Aldrich's consumption of Gwyndolin have corrupted his gear as well? Or maybe Aldrich just ate these Along with gwyndolin and they're just partially digested.

            • 19 Jun 2017 23:05  

              I killed this mimic. I know it dropped something and the Symbol of Avarice for me, but it wasn't the Golden Ritual Spear. I know because I cant find it anywhere and I wouldn't have sold it.

              I am trying to get it since I am a sorcerer and also simply want to collect every item in the game. I guess i'll try again in NG+

              • Anonymous

                13 Jun 2017 02:52  

                For anyone having issues getting to this weapon: From the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire head to the exit leading out towards the balcony/overlook area, head left and go up the stairs to the courtyard with the giants lying on the ground and head left yet again to see a small underground area, from within the underground area head left yet again and you'll see an opening leading to some stairs which'll open up out onto an open-air hall crowded by pyromancy throwing clerics, if you look behind you at this point you'll see a small flight of stairs leading up to a door and once you go threw the door you'll just follow the path to the lever that unlocks the shortcut elevator located in the Pontiff Sulyvahn boss room and the mimic which'll drop the item for you.

                • Anonymous

                  25 May 2017 20:16  

                  Sooo... I killed the mimic with hit and run tactics and the last time I ran, the mimic was at very low health. I wasn't facing the mimic and I was pretty far away from it, but somehow it died on its own. I assumed it was fall damage, so I looked all over the lower area. Then I looked through the entire top area and couldn't find it either. I hadn't rested at the bonfire or left the area or anything; the item was nowhere to be found. Now I have to wait until NG+ to get it. Pretty bad bug if you ask me...

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Apr 2017 18:48  

                    If you play it right you have a spear, longsword *with roll attacks,* a sweeping magic aoe (greatsword, old moonlight), a projectile weapon and aoe-generator (pestilent mercury, snapfreeze, etc.) ALL IN ONE HAND. Bonus points in using a weapon-art shield and you can choose to either 'simple' it or use Great Magic Shield to turn even the buckler into the stat-equivalent of a greatshield.

                    The downside is that you are invested to the weapon and precisely what you want to cast, as your personal level cap decision (or lack thereof) very distinctly limits you. It's important to build how you're comfortable. Aren't good at rapidly switching spells? Keep the attunement simple and keep the spells you're good with. Prefer to use Wolf's Greatshield and thus need 30 str? Fashion Souls takes its toll sometimes and you're probably going to sacrifice Int, dex, and maybe even a bit of faith. Want offhand or secondary weapons? Do you use them more than the spear? You might be better off just using a catalyst.

                    The point is you are picking up a weapon that will force you to 'find' your playstyle and adapt to it. Keep that in mind, but when you find your groove it's an incredibly fun and effective weapon.

                    Some common INT caps:
                    18: The bare minimum, but it buys you Great Heavy Soul Arrow, all the best utility spells (aural, hidden), snap freeze, Great Magic Shield, and the frankly-op Cast Light.
                    23: Farron Flashsword and Great Farron Dart. Excellent mixups, stab/swipe with spear then flashsword, GFD is a great chip tool and a quick little slap from a distance.
                    25: Old Moonlight. Looks badass, but also a combination of MLGS and Soul Greatsword in a convenient package and hits like a truck.
                    30: Stretching the boundary of 'why not just be a regular hybrid caster' gets you Crystal Magic Weapon (not really applicable, but good to know), Homing Crystal Soul Mass, Pestilent Mercury, and Dark Edge. Don't knock Dark Edge; it's an incredibly-squirrely tool when used without lock-on and can make some very sharp tracking turns. Great poke > Slam. Pestilent Mercury is surprisingly useful for a variety of encounters. For example: Aural decoy + pestilent mercury can basically trivialize entire swaths of the game and has the bonus of killing stuff instead of just running past it, and PM is great for doing tons of damage (by %!) to lots of big stationary enemies.
                    32: Affinity and Soul Spear. If you're at this point, it's because you wanted Affinity. Great Heavy Soul Arrow is cheaper FP wise and hits almost as hard as the spear; the spear just pierces targets. You've also sacrified an extra 12 points of INT in what might be a 120-150 build that are probably cutting back on your Faith total.

                    Some things to remember:

                    - 20 dex + sage ring gets you max cast speed, and the spear doesn't actually gain all that much phys damage in comparison. If you're going low-INT it's worth it to push DEX up to 40, but the strength of the spear is in its mixups and casting. You're going to basically choose your balance and it might take a respect or two to find the right 'spot.'

                    - Faith is your power stat: If you're going to sacrifice, do it from Faith *last.* The magic dmg of your spear, and your spell buff, are directly attached to this stat. You're going to want to go into this planning for 60 Faith whether you plan on using miracles or not.

                    - Just because I talked about sorceries doesn't mean that's all you can cast! It's just the way to make the most of the spear; carrying a talisman for an offhand Lightning Stake isn't a bad idea as it gives you a self-aoe nuke and a different damage type. You're also in the market for pyromancies of your choosing.

                    - Good offhand options for other builds work here too: Simple caestus, small shields, and offhand weapons synergize well with your stat requirements and the counter damage of the spear can hit like a truck. Weapon shields buffed with simple (East Iron shield is good one at 3 weight with 'weapon skill') give you the option to buff your spear, and buff your shield or constantly regenerate small amounts of FP. You can poke from behind a shield with great magic shield on and laugh when your target shield is basically an impenetrable wall for about 30 seconds. Your options are numerous, effective, and varied.

                    - Fashion Souls.

                    - Flashsword makes your spear into a hybrid magical longsword. Don't just spam the standing attack; you can do backsteps and regular attacks to thrust, or switch it up to a running sweep with Farron Flashsword, same with rolls and running attacks. At any given time, you are one of several 'kinds' of opponents if you're fighting someone and it's going to take someone at the top of their game to beat you at the top of yours. Rollcatch with Greatsword or Old Moonlight, pelt them when they roll away with darts, if you've got the attunement you've got so many options. Experiment and you'll find some interesting ways to keep people on their toes.

                    - Let the haters hate: A weapon is as viable as you want it to be. Sure, someone rolling around naked with 66 str smashing stuff with a hammer might be "best," or they'll tell you to use the latest 'meta' build, but that's not why you're looking at this spear. I'm here to tell you it works. There are those who will tell you there are 'better options.' Objectively, they're right, but that's not the spirit of Dark Souls, is it? Many monsters, minions, and people have died to this spear; seize your opportunity to start adding to the pile.

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Apr 2017 21:01  

                      Darkmoon knights with Golden Ritual Spear to protect the gods.
                      Spears of The Church also has their Golden Ritual Spears to protect one of the members of the Gods

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Mar 2017 18:05  

                        This is actually pretty useful on high level faith builds. The spell buff is the same as it is on the canvas talisman for me, both are max upgraded. 18 int doesn't get you a ton of sorceries but the few it does is enough to varify your arsenol. And you can use most pyromancies too. I actually used this to kill dragonslayer armor, as he isn't weak to lightning. did the frozen weapon buff and snapfreeze and some heavy, great heavy soul arrows. Probably the easiest time i've had with him.

                        • Anonymous

                          16 Feb 2017 11:10  

                          I just noticed, this is the Darkmoon catalyst from DS1. How nice, I can ***** up my gwyndolin build since I'll need faith now.

                          • 12 Dec 2016 02:23  

                            If you're wondering if you can create a build with this beast, you can; this, Great Magic Shield, and a Pierce Shield (Well, any Shield Bash shield really, but you don't need a Greatshield due to GMS) will work wonders. You'll want Farron Flashsword to add mix-ups into your attacks, not required (It does push you up to 23 Int) but recommended.

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Dec 2016 05:56  

                              This thing can kinda work with the right build, but it's mainly good for mixups, and its base moveset is... not that great. A weird (and good) thing I noticed is despite it having a lot magic damage, and rather low phisical piercing damage, it deals a TON of counter damage, even without the leo ring. Oh well :T

                              • Anonymous

                                XXXXXXXXXXXXDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD16 Aug 2016 13:29  

                                its clearly a pimp cane it doesnt need to hit hard or be long when your pimpen

                                • Anonymous

                                  Dose this replace need for int?02 Jul 2016 02:50  

                                  Example with 9 int and 30 faith could i atune sorceries with up to 30 int requirement?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Casting behind shield21 Jun 2016 13:50  

                                    Possibly a stupid question, but does anyone know if casting using this spear allows you to keep your shield up a la normal attacks with a spear? If so, could potentially be good to get around being staggered out of spells

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Stamina Consumption15 Jun 2016 18:55  

                                      I've tested with this and the court sorcerer's staff and the ritual spear uses up significantly less stamina for the same spells, which is very useful.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        When casting09 May 2016 17:58  

                                        From a glance it seems to cast from your hand so you do not get extra range on spells like Soul Great Sword and Farron Flash Blade but this would need to be confirmed.

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