Lifehunt Scythe is a Miracle in Dark Souls 3. To cast Miracles you must use a Chime, Talisman, or Special Weapons that can cast Miracles.

Lifehunt Scythe

Lifehunt Scythe
Spell Type

Miracle

Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 25*
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 22 Faith
Type Melee Attack

 

 

Miracle of Aldrich, Devourer of Gods.

Steals HP of foes using an illusory scythe.

Aldrich dreamt as he slowly devoured the God of the Darkmoon. In this dream, he perceived the form of a young, pale girl in hiding.

 

Acquired From

 

 

Notes

  • Deals (Spell Buff x 2.0) Dark damage.
  • This spell will be more powerful when cast with a Dark catalyst such as the Sunless Talisman, or Caitha's Chime with high Intelligence and Faith.
  • When cast with any other talisman or chime, and/or on a character with high Faith and no Intelligence, it will deal less damage.
  • ~1.2 seconds to cast at max casting speed.
  • The swing has short, yet wide range, and can hit through walls.
  • (v. 1.13) Health recovered is now determined by spell buff. For example, Yorshka's Chime +10 with 60 faith will restore 215 health for each target hit. Catalysts which scale with both Faith and Intelligence, such as Caitha's Chime, only take into account the faith scaling when determining the healing aspect of this miracle.
  • When cast from the right hand, it costs 20 FP instead of 25 FP. While in the left hand, if your remaining FP is greater than 20, but less than 25, it will still allow you to cast it, however.
  • The miracle is best used when attacking multiple enemies at once to maximize health gained.
  • Due to its slow startup animation, it is recommended to cast Lifehunt Scythe using a talisman with Unfaltering Prayer, preferably the Sunless Talisman. This makes it effective as a tool to punish aggressive players by means of trading blows.

 

Trivia

 

 

Miracles
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    • Anonymous

      Fun fact: Aldrich is literally immune to this miracle. You don't do any damage to him, nor you receive any life back. You can shortly see that you gain some health but the game just steals it back from you. Cool little detail.

      • Anonymous

        Weirdly, this spell takes a small jump in AR when moving from 60 to 61 FTH.
        (Assuming INT is 60)
        I mean really small, 23 AR.
        Funny thing is coming from the Sunless Talisman with 60/61, this boost gives it 666 AR.

        • This miracle soft cap at maximum damage is @45/45 INT/FAI. For some weird reason you will get a big bonus in damage when your faith reaches 61 .. To make more simple, @45/45 the damage is 700, @45/60 the damage is 708, @45/61 the damage is 733, @45/99 the damage is 753. So the real hard soft cap is @45/61.

          • Anonymous

            We all would like to wield it like with farron flashsword, spamming the button until fp runs out.

            But then i realise how broken it would be. Superb dark damage + lifesteal + perseverance from talismans. You would always win trades with continuous hp regen per hit, the other enemies or players wouldn't ever win a trade, even if they had perseverance.

            • Anonymous

              My take is that the pale "girl in hiding" isn't actually Priscilla or Yorshka but the Painter Girl and that she's a descendant of Priscilla's lineage. I also believe the half-dragon lineage has now been sort of recognised as Gods (if we assume that's the other half) with the Church of Yorshka and a church dedicated to Gwyndolin (Pontiff's Boss Room) being idols of worship or royalty for Irithyll pre-Sullyvahn takeover. Might also explain the whole "Brother Gwyndolin, Father Gwyn" thing from Yorshka if they're branches of the royal/divine family despite clearly not being spawned from Gwyn's Sunlight Love Spear.

              • Anonymous

                Gwyndolin whose lower half is made of serpents, which are imperfect dragons, and is related to the Moon, heavily related to Seth (remember what we get from his tail) who is Priscilla's father, dreams about a "pale girl in hiding" and we know this from a miracle called "lifehunt scythe", both elements proper of Priscilla. Do 2+2, the girl is her and not just that, she is his mother

                • Anonymous

                  i over leveled at 150, but at that level you can stack FTH and INT to level
                  50 with a sunless talis +5 and hit 900's on people. You get 267 spell power just for having it boosted that high. I was just doing it 5 minutes ago.

                  • Anonymous

                    Miracle for 5000 souls? No thanks but i would gladly pay 50000 souls just for lifehunt scythe from ds1 im sure you guys miss it too

                    • Anonymous

                      Really wish this did the 360 spin that Aldrich does. It would be incredibly good when poise-casted in ganks.

                      • Anonymous

                        This is a really effective tool on a surprise Unfaltering Prayer cast. Damage is really solid at 40 FTH/30 INT (~600), I use it on my CMK/Sunless Talisman dueling build and a lot of people either panic roll into it or get in range for an R1 followup to keep pressure on them

                        • Anonymous

                          Hi.
                          Any one help with the build for this spell and corvian scythe. I try something universal for PvP and pve. Unfortunately level to high to 140. No need to put many point in vitality since I'm using only light clothes. Struggle little bit with ringed knights , specially in group. Love the scythe and want to mix with the spell but damage output very low. Thanks

                          • Anonymous

                            Anyone who says the damage is bad isn't using the spell right. If you hit the softcaps for dark miracle damage (45 Intelligence and Faith) and use the dark miracle specific catalysts the damage it deals is about on par with Lightning Stake, discounting absorption. And you get healed. And it costs only 20/25 FP. And it casts slightly faster than lightning stake (1.2 vs. 1.3 seconds). This might actually be one of the most FP efficient offensive miracles in the game.

                            • Anonymous

                              yo they should make it swing like a normal scythe when used like how flash sword is like a straight sword. it would make it more usable

                              • Added a little tidbit of info. Catalysts which scale with faith and intelligence only consider your faith level when healing with this spell. So for example, if you're using Caitha's Chime +5 with 45 faith and 45 intelligence, the damage of Lifehunt Scythe obviously scales with both faith and intelligence, but the healing you get from it will be treated as if you had 45 faith and 0 intelligence. Another note for PvP users, Lifehunt Scythe has the same cast time as Sunlight Spear, therefore making it a spell capable of trading hits in any instance where Sunlight Spear can. However, we know that Lifehunt Scythe does not have damage on par with Sunlight Spear, and for good reason too because it is not intended to be as powerful a spell. Yet, if you build your character appropriately for utilizing dark spells, you can deal damage on par with Lightning Stake WHILE healing your character for a little over 100 hp, which in turn makes your damage taken to damage received ratio when trading hits equal to that of Sunlight Spear. Don't believe me? Here's what you need to do. Level your faith and intelligence to 45 (because that is the softcap for dark spells), upgrade the Sunless Talisman to +5 (offers poise equal to the Canvas and regular Talismans), Morne's Ring, Ring of the Sun's Firstborn and equip the Blindfold Mask. I have done this, tested it in PvP, and Lifehunt Scythe deals an average of 600-700 damage against players, while giving you a heal of around 125. The conclusion to be reached is that Lifehunt Scythe, when built appropriately, is a miracle that can trade hits against any Ultra weapon in the game, giving you an extra tool to use as a wielder of dark spells. Now if only hybrids utilizing spells from different schools of magic were easier to use in this game...

                                • Anonymous

                                  How has From allowed the FP cost to stay bugged this long? We've known about it for almost a year, if not longer.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    At the anon below: Dark miracles CAN scale with int as well as faith, but only if the catalyst allows dual scaling. For miracles these catalysts are Caitha's Chime and the Sunless Talisman. Int scaling is negligible though, it doesn't really matter. Use whatever catalyst has the highest spellbuff. At 45 fth it should be Canvas Talisman or the Talisman for poise casts, i believe Yorshka's chime for ranged.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Sorry I'm a bit confused about the numbers here. What if I have 45 faith and 10 intelligence, what would be the best talisman/chime for this miracle? Does make a huge difference for this miracle?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I personally think they should have made this miracle more like the Farron Flash Sword but with lifedrain attacks. I think it would have been cool to pull out a phantom life draining spam weapon when in a mob situation and losing health.

                                        • Really strong against ultra weapons when used with a sunlight talisman. You will heal with each trade and they will not stagger you if paired with unfaltored prayer. The attack is sluggish and doesn't have a lot or reach, but it packs a punch if you hit the mark.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            "In this dream, he perceived the form of a young, pale girl in hiding." Could this be referencing Priscilla? Or is it referencing Yorksha? If the former, is that to say she wasn't real or was she his next victim?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              somebody really needs to delete that massive shitpost about only 30-50 damage. i'm pretty damn sure something like the big fucking soul dreg does a little bit more than just "30" extra damage with a specialized catalyst.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                "The direction in which the scythe is swung depends if you are one handing or two handing [your] Talisman or Chime. One handing makes it go to the left, two handing makes it go to the right"
                                                This appears to be wrong. Right handing casts left to right, and left handing casts right to left. Two handing either hand casts left to right.
                                                "The FP cost in the menu is displayed as 20, but this is wrong. The actual cost is 25"
                                                This also seems wrong, all casting attempts I tried costed 20, regardless of hand or talisman I tried.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Upon further testing, the HP leech effect seems to directly relate to the Spell Buff on the casting tool.
                                                  Tested with same stats I listed before: 99 Faith / 25 Int

                                                  Sacred Chime of Filianore+5 SB 211
                                                  HP Leeched: 186

                                                  Sunlight Talisman+10, SB214
                                                  HP Leeched: 189

                                                  Caitha's Chime+5, SB 243
                                                  HP Leeched: 197

                                                  Canvas Talisman+10, SB 234
                                                  HP Leeched: 206

                                                  Cleric's Sacred Chime+10, SB 247
                                                  HP Leeched: 217

                                                  Saint's Tailsman+10, SB 258
                                                  HP Leeched: 227

                                                  Yorshka's Chime+10, SB 263
                                                  HP Leeched: 232

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    With 99 Faith/25Int Morne's, Sun's Firstborn, Lloyd's Sword, Dark Clutch, Blindfold Mask and Caitha's Chime+5
                                                    I was doing 1252 damage to the undead hollows outisde the shrine. Yorshka's+5: 1136.

                                                    However, when using the Caitha's Chime, I get 197 HP per hit, but with Yorshka's I get 232 per hit.
                                                    So it would seem that while Caitha's is the more damaging of the two, Yorshka's will net you more hp.


                                                    All these numbers are on Caitha's +5 on hollows outside firelink
                                                    99 Faith / 25 Int
                                                    Spell Buff: 243


                                                    Without any boosting equipment: 637
                                                    Just Blindfold Mask: 701
                                                    With just Lloyd's: 715
                                                    just Morne's: 730
                                                    Just Clutch ring: 733
                                                    Lloyd's + Blindfold: 786
                                                    just Sun's Firstborne: 791
                                                    Morne's + Blindfold: 803
                                                    Clutch + Blindfold: 807
                                                    Morne's + Lloyds: 817
                                                    Lloyds + Clutch: 822
                                                    Morne's + Clutch: 840
                                                    Sun's + Blindfold: 870
                                                    Sun's + Lloyds: 883
                                                    Morne's + Sun's: 900
                                                    Sun's + Clutch: 911
                                                    Morne's + Sun's + Blindfold: 986
                                                    Morne's + Sun's + Lloyds: 997
                                                    Morne's + Sun's + Dark Clutch: 1036
                                                    Morne's + Sun's + Dark Clutch + Blindfold: 1135
                                                    Morne's + Sun's + Dark Clutch + Blindfold + Lloyds: 1252

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This needs to be edited. The direction of the scythe does not depend on if you are 1 or 2 handing your chime/talisman, but rather which hand you have it equipped in. In right hand it goes to the right, and vice versa.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Use sunless talisman's poise buff with this spell and u can get a good trade on all the running katana poke weebs

                                                        • Updated page to reflect change found in patch 1.13. I included some numbers to serve as an example of the change. Yorshka's chime maxed out with 60 faith will steal 215 health from each opponent struck. Hitting four opponent with the chime causes this spell to have a heal to fp ratio of 34.4 h/FP, which means that Lifehunt Scythe can achieve the best healing ratio in the game under correct circumstances.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Patch 1.13: With 45int/45fth using Caitha's Chime +10, miracle rings, dark clutch ring, and blindfold mask, I can hit the jobbers outside firelink for 1187 damage and it heals 150 per target hit. That means every 4 targets hit is equivalent to one chug of +10 estus.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              "Fixed a bug where the amount of healing received from the miracle “Lifehunt Scythe” would always be dependant on the Faith value of the weapon equipped in the right hand slot." Patch 1.13
                                                              This game continues to surprise me.

                                                              • Great when combined with Evil Eye ring and other recovery miracles for a sustain build in PvE. Let's not only look at the spell by itself only but what else it can be combined with to bring out its full potential. Amazing spell when used just right!

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Wish you could get Aldrich's actual spear. It could be similar to the Twin Princes' Greatsword with a weapon art that does two types of magic.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    just tested it out. the direction depends on which hand your chime/talisman is in. it will always swing left to right when two handing cus its related to the button you have to press. r1 swings right l1 swings left.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I really like this spell. It has been noticeably sped up in recent patches, and now seems to share it's casting time with sunlight spear. The health restored is meager, but decent when hitting multiple targets. That said, hitting multiple targets is quite the issue with this miracle due to it's pitful range, along with the awkward manner in which the scythe is swing. FROM should seriously consider giving this miracle a range increase. Other weapon-based spells have much greater range by comparison, such as Dark Edge or Soul Greatsword. That is something which Lifehunt Scythe should have too, albeit less so due to the nature of Unfaltering Prayer.

                                                                      • Used on Firekeeper (Firelink Shrine) with Caitha's Chime +5 ( INT:36 FTH:36 ), dealt 601, healed for 68. (Max health 1300, lowered to 1000). Relatively good for damage only for mix-ups that give slight headway in battle due to the health healed. 68 is not a lot but still relatively good when someone is trying to rush you down a lot and you hit them more than once. Mostly the downside is not being able to hit on the right side. Suprisingly good for a lower int fth amount, but I highly recommend sticking with using Caitha's Chime when using this spell.

                                                                        • Morne's + Ring of the Sun's First Born + Dark Clutch + Lloyd's + Caitha's (+5) + Rose of Ariandel Buff + Sacred Oath + Deep Protection= 1711 Dmg on hollows at Cemetery of Ash.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            When Patch 1.08 came out, did anyone else still have the Pre-Patch speeds? I mean it was working for a second but then slowed down to the starting speeds.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I thought I could put equip this on my pyromancer since I was getting bored with the pyro spells but without morns ring and firstborn ring this spell does very little. It's really unfortunate that there's only a handful of offensive miracles, they all need at least firstborn ring To be viable but both rings are only useful for those few offensive spells they should just combine both miracle boosting rings into one but only slightly less powerful than if you had both

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I won't lie. If you want a good close-range offensive miracle, use lightning stake. If you want a good close- range DARK miracle, Lifehunt Scythe is the only one. Use with a talisman for unfaltering prayer to tank ONE hit and the scythe will take care of the rest. I use the Saint's Talisman with 16 int and 50 faith. The spell does ~300-500 without buffs and WITH BOTH MIRACLE RINGS (Morne's and Firstborn). The spell can catch people rolling into you or to your left. It recovers about 100-150 hp. I've had one situation where I survived a combo because of that. Still lost the duel though :(Overall, not that great a spell, but really stylish and awesome-looking. No one expects this spell. Use it if you play for fashion over function.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  You didn't receive the Lifehunt Scythe from severing Priscilla's tail, you got Priscilla's dagger from that. The Scythe you had to get by reinforcing a polearm weapon and then infusing her soul with it to get the Lifehunt Scythe.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I'm on a mission to find as much information on the painted world and Priscilla. There are whispers in the weapons and I swear if that Aldrich bastard killed Priscilla then I'm gonna kill him more times than I died.

                                                                                    • "When cast with any other talisman or chime on a character with high Faith and no Intelligence, this spell will deal only 30-50 less damage."This seems incorrect. With a Canvas Talisman +8 and 30 faith I did 156 damage to a hollow outside Firelink. With a Sunless +4 I did 309 to the same hollow.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I feel like I got completely ripped off here. This miracle takes so long to complete and the end result is extremely disappointing. Doesnt heal that much and it doesnt do much dmg. To land this move you have to somehow get enough room and space to cast this ability then have your enemies run at exactly the right speed so that they A dont get there too fast to interrupt you or B too slow that you miss. Attempting to use this move in pvp is suicide.

                                                                                        • This spell could have been so cool if either it were faster, or if like I suspected at first, it acted independently of your character (like a spectral move, where the scythe would slash but you could still do stuff at the same time.) the setup potential for a move like that with a bit of windup would have been incredible, but instead its basically just a magic....R2...That does very little damage, is slow, and even the life drain is hardly worth it since it only hits once. I tried really hard to find uses for it but I just can't find any reason to ever use this spell. You might as well just get an actual Scythe and press R2.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            ... when you're SL100 and running through an early area since it can kill weak mobs and replenish the worthless damage they do to you while you're slowly winding up this spell.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              What if Priscilla was one of Gwynevere's many children and she had the scithe that aldrich/Gwyndolin needed for something having to do with his power or devouring the other dieties.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Does this heal based on the user's dark based stat, or on the actual damage dealt? In other words, does this heal less on shield hit and nothing on dodge, or is it always the same amount

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  So does this mean Priscilla's Lord parent was Gwyndolin, not Gwynevere? Or was Gwyndolin just the one who hid her?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I clicked on this on the transposition page expecting a weapon... It's a miracle?They're getting pretty inventive.

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