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

Lifehunt Scythe

Lifehunt Scythe
Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 20
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




  • This spell deals dark damage, and as such will be more powerful when cast with the Sunless Talisman or Caitha's Chime with high Intelligence and Faith.
  • When cast with any other talisman or chime on a character with high Faith and no Intelligence, it will deal less damage.
    • Tested on Firekeeper w/ Sunless Talisman +0 vs Filianore's Chime +1 (both spell buff 114 at 25 faith/10 int) - damage with Sunless was 300, damage with Filianore's was 198. The 30-50 damage increase assumption is a myth.
    • Caitha's Chime +5 vs Canvas Talisman +4 (both w/ spell buff 216 at 75 faith/16 int) - Caitha's Chime damage was 610, Canvas Talisman was 506. Hints towards a flat damage bonus per hit? Dark spells are still mysterious.
  • Approx 1.2 seconds to cast at max casting speed. The swing has short, yet wide range, and it 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.
  • This spell's FP cost is bugged; when cast from the left hand, it costs 25 FP. If your remaining FP is above 20 but less than 25, it will use all of your remaining FP. Strangely good under desperate circumstances.
  • Casting with the right hand or while two-handing correctly costs 20 FP.





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    • Anonymous

      16 Nov 2019 03:11  

      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

      • 17 Jun 2019 15:19  

        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

          11 May 2019 06:54  

          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

            23 Mar 2019 14:58  

            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

              21 Mar 2019 10:57  

              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

                09 Feb 2019 11:39  

                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.

                • 14 Oct 2018 00:31  

                  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

                    24 Jun 2018 23:20  

                    "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

                      09 May 2018 14:25  

                      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

                        10 Feb 2018 03:12  

                        "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

                          14 Aug 2017 07:39  

                          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

                            14 Aug 2017 07:11  

                            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

                              14 Aug 2017 06:33  

                              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.

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