Lightning Arrow is a Miracle in Dark Souls 3. It is part of The Ringed City DLC. To cast a Miracle you must use a Chime, Talisman, or Special Weapons that can cast Miracles.

Lightning Arrow

Spell Type

Miracle

Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 19
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 35 Faith
Type Ranged Attack

 

 

The few female knights who serve in the age of the gods used this miracle for dragonslaying.

Draw lightning bow to fire a lightning arrow. 

The lightning arrows offer a great improvement to the range of the spears, and were said to have been used to pierce the eyes of the dragons from afar.
But remember, beautiful stories are always marked by embellishment.

 

Acquired From

  • The Ringed City: After fighting the dragon after the Shared Grave bonfire, it's just inside the building next to the stairs with crystal lizard, behind 3 illusory walls. You can hear a enemy crumbling noise. Video Location

 

 

Notes

  • Deals (spell buff x 1.6) damage, making it stronger than lightning spear but weaker than great lightning spear.
  • The spell can be held indefinitely by holding down the button. This makes it great for roll catching and pressuring players in PvP.
  • If the player uses Unfaltering Prayer, this effect can too be extended indefinitely.
    • A quick follow-up cast will continue the poise effect. This can be chained indefinitely (L2>L1>L1...).
  • Does not deal any extra point-blank damage. However, it serves as an excellent gun-point spell.
  • The bow itself seems to resemble a Dragonslayer Greatbow, albeit much smaller.
  • Takes approximately 1.0 seconds to cast at max casting speed.
Miracles
Atonement  ♦  Blessed Weapon  ♦  Bountiful Light  ♦  Bountiful Sunlight  ♦  Caressing Tears  ♦  Dark Blade  ♦  Darkmoon Blade  ♦  Dead Again  ♦  Deep Protection  ♦  Divine Pillars of Light  ♦  Dorhy's Gnawing  ♦  Emit Force  ♦  Force  ♦  Gnaw  ♦  Great Heal  ♦  Great Lightning Spear  ♦  Great Magic Barrier  ♦  Heal  ♦  Heal Aid  ♦  Homeward  ♦  Lifehunt Scythe  ♦  Lightning Blade  ♦  Lightning Spear  ♦  Lightning Stake  ♦  Lightning Storm  ♦  Magic Barrier  ♦  Med Heal  ♦  Projected Heal  ♦  Replenishment  ♦  Sacred Oath  ♦  Seek Guidance  ♦  Soothing Sunlight  ♦  Sunlight Spear  ♦  Tears of Denial  ♦  Vow of Silence  ♦  Way of White Corona  ♦  Wrath of the Gods



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    • Anonymous

      This spell got me through Midir and Soul of Cinder. Very good, lightning miracle that's all-around reliable in a pinch. Made even better with either 50 Dex to cap the decrease in spell casting time or the Sage Ring equipped

      • Anonymous

        Some kind fellow I summoned to fight the boreal dancer dropped this spell for me. It really is quite fun to use, and easily catches those filthy roll spammers. I figured out that if you just stand and wait with it, you can hit the enemy the second they roll! All in all, fantastic miracle, def recommend to anyone having a hard time in pvp

        • I'm surprised this spell gets so much hate. In PVP it functions really similarly to HSM. Just a pressure/spacing tool for faith builds. Just don't roll or you will be caught. Same with HSM, if you randomly roll, you're going to get hit. The only frustrating use of the tool is deadlocking duels (same with HSM.) I'm not going to run in on you and tank your lightning arrow. Stop acting like I'm the one who's stalling, my guy. With that said, any build is capable of similar stall tactics, this is definitely not the only offender.

          • Anonymous

            I counter spam from these people with poise medium heal or heal aid. They either then whip out project heal and/or run away infinitely with regen because those are the only broken ways to heal or they man up and fight me with their lightning straight sword spam. Their sword spam is very dangerous against shields, so be careful if you use lothric shield to get in close.

            • Anonymous

              The choices of being an as$hole prick in DS3:
              1. murky hs
              2. pkcs
              3. lightning arrow spam with fishing for poise straight sword R1s
              4. Fire surge spam and roll for 3 minutes
              5. Crystal soulmass spam and passive play for 3 minutes (waste of time for everybody)

              If you go against any of this, you have permission to point down and throw sh t without losing the status of being honorable player by dark souls codex of honor

              • Anonymous

                Jesus, I don’t think I’ve even seen this much hate even for Dark Bead in the parish. People usually just roll their eyes at that. Y’all really getting this mad over electing to do low-level PVP?

                • Anonymous

                  Step 1: Poise cast Lightning Arrow
                  Step 2: Hold the cast
                  Step 3: Wait for enemy to roll
                  Step 4: Wait for enemy to roll
                  Step 5: Wait for enemy to roll
                  Step 6: Wait for enemy to roll
                  Step 7: Enemy finally yields and rolls
                  Step 8: Release arrow and hit enemy
                  Step 9: Repeat

                  • Anonymous

                    How to make god slaying knights, great casters, and uncontested assassins feel fear:
                    1: walk at them while holding unfaltering prayer lightning arrow
                    2: profit

                    Also I'm going to put this here before I post but please don't censor Assassin fextralife

                    • Anonymous

                      If you have 30 poise and a hyper armor weapon, just walk up and hit the MF. You will win the trade since this does poise damage of a SS.

                      • Anonymous

                        So basically everyone complains about this spell because nobody wants to bother infusing a lothric knight shield in lightning.

                        Well, shira will keep kicking your ass until then.

                        • Anonymous

                          The speed of the projectile should have been decreased or the spell should have consumed stamina the more you hold it. At least that way the spell would be strafe-able or users couldn't hold indefinitely.

                          • Anonymous

                            So you mean to tell me this spell doesn't only cast and hold for a prepared instand attack, but can also extend poise casting indefinetly without extra FP cost, while also dealing more damage than lightning spear, at less FP cost and about the same casting speed?
                            Even on paper this sounds like a straight upgrade. What was the thought process?
                            I do not mean to **** on people using this, by all means, it's a smart choice. This just seems like a really bad idea, since "upgrades" should be like the lightning spear lineage. You trade more FP for more burst damage and possibly less Damage per FP. But this goes against that entire principle.

                            • Imagine spending days of your life going through either Friede or Lords of Cinder at SL 30, dealing with Demon Princes and Spears of the Church, struggling for all that time and effort, just to get this spell and spam it in ****ing Crucifixion Woods on low level hosts and invaders.

                              As someone who's had opponents and teammates alike doing this, chill out. It's just a video game. You don't need to spam overpowered DLC items to win, especially not at level 30.

                              • Anonymous

                                Since this spell is canonically for women according to the lore, I never use it because my faith build character is a man. Would highly reccomend for anyone playing as a woman or roleplaying as a *** man though.

                                • Anonymous

                                  you should not be able to hold it indefinitely, should 100% tick your fp for each second you hold it down. i’m sickened by the people in arena who spin around like idiots and spam this while running away, so annoying

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Ah yes. The spell where I just stand here and poise all day. Its so obvious From never tests this junk I can't believe we still have to deal with their incompetence as well as all the pathetic tryhards who use this. Looking at you 90% of all faith builds. Congrats. Your builds are finally broken again

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Everytime we said how useless lightning spears were as the proyectiles they SHOULD be, the typical butthurts say "lightning spears are better at close range, better damage, no need to use it from afar, point blank range, bla bla bla"

                                      Well, look who's gonna get fckd trying to get close against this spell.

                                      • This spell, like many others have said, is VERY good. I've seen a lot of people just spam this without any real thought so I thought I'd leave a tip. If your opponent like to roll a lot, unlock and then re-lock on whenever he's out of his roll, then fire the lightning arrow the moment you're angled correctly. It should hit. This is VERY useful for roll spammers. This spell is also amazing for punishing estus. Although if you have a short spell casting time I would argue sunlight spear might be better, even lightning stake if you're close enough.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          If you're going to optimize any build really, you aren't going to just stop at base requirements. You'll want to hit 45-60 for damage efficiency. At optimum FTH, Lightning Arrow beats Lightning Spear in damage and FP cost, while it beats Great Lightning Spear in damage per FP point, If you're pedantic about FP efficiency, Lightning Arrow even beats out Sunlight Spear. Example; given 100 FP which is enough for 2 Sunlight Spears or 5 Lightning Arrows, the spears give you a little over 1k damage, while the arrows net you 1.5k. You will need another Sunlight Spear to match that. Given that you can poise cast and get the 75% extra damage from point blank spears, they are supposed to be the ranged spells of miracles. Why create a spell for the DLC that beats all others in numbers?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Turns out holding a cast is really op in pvp. Especially combined with unfaltering it turns into a game of chicken. Your opponent can either go for the trade, but will be hit for sure, or try to duke you, wich is harder than it looks because this thing has a large AoE combined with near relativistic speeds compared your average miracle. It's fast, it's got range and it enables mind games. What's not to love?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              No one ever bothered to write down that LA tracks enemies without locking on? It’s literally one of the selling points and why it’s really useful for Midir, since it will always go for his head if possible, or his arms if you aimed too far to either side.

                                              This is basically a better gls, with less fp and auto-aim. The only downside being that it only excels at range, and is not meant to be used up close.



                                              • || The few female knights who serve in the age of the gods used this miracle for dragonslaying. ||
                                                || Draw lightning bow to fire a lightning arrow. ||
                                                || The lightning arrows offer a great improvement to the range of the spears, and were said to have been used to pierce the eyes of the dragons from afar. ||
                                                > || But remember, beautiful stories are always marked by embellishment. ||

                                                Just had to get that one in there didn't they? That's just so sad.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Fun fact: This miracle can be true comboed into,if you catch someone with it while they're in range of your straight sword(LKS) you can get off you LKS's true combo.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Is this good just with 35 faith I am building a str faith build and I don't want to put levels on faith too much

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      So we have to beat the entire game, killing all the lords of cinder or sister Friede to get to the DLC, only have to kill the demon princes and suffer through the ringed city to get a decent faith projectile. ***** you, Miyazaki

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Same guy as the comment below: Emit force is an okay spell, let's not act like it's a hidden gem. Obviously I'm talking free aiming as that's the way to use it. It comes across as trash unless you're tailored for it, it only does good damage if you're at 60+ faith using yorshka's chime at max casting speed, more specifically on direct contact. The aoe isn't as viable as the guy below is making it out to be, it's not a guaranteed roll catch or anything, it's kinda just luck based unless the person is panic rolling in the same direction consistently. The wake up is fast enough that it's not a guaranteed punish either, more specifically with LSt. LSta might be quick enough to punish the wake up, but for LSt you'd have to be right next to them as they fall to the ground and immediately cast to be able to hit them even at max casting speed. LSt is pretty slow, it's easy to spam roll away or run if you see it coming.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Honestly, i personally agree that in certain circumstances LA can be OP. But i wouldn't change it since there're easy work arounds. The Lightning Lothric Shield just trivializes miracle offensive builds. It's specifically when the person has 60+ faith and is using unfaltering prayer, it's really just impossible to do anything about without switching my gear around. Pretty much anything else i can work around with whatever i may be using, not LA, though i know there's a spot up close where you will never be hit. I think you just roll directly into them once you manage to get up close? I don't agree at all with that "1.5k hours experience" "expert" when they say it's only useful in pvp... it does equal damage to GLS, but less FP cost. I pretty much always have this spell on me. Great for both pve and pvp. It's annoying seeing people boasting about time played like that isn't literally just a result of you playing over years since it's been out. It's like, yeah, i get on and play ds3 for hours everyday too, it's part of my daily routine, not anything special. Doesn't make your opinion more valid, especially since you only need to play for a limited time before your know-how just kinda caps anyways. Once you know the mechanics, you know them.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Guys, if you have the reqs, GET A LIGHTNING LOTHRIC KNIGHT SHIELD TO COUNTER THIS AND LITERALLY ALL OFFENSIVE MIRACLES. Absolutly neuters faith builds. Obviously you can still be guard broken, so be careful and mind your stamina.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              One of the best offensive miracles in ds3 I have defeated Midir twice with this badass only on NG & NG+ with yorshka's chime +9 60 fth and lighting clutch ring it dealt about 364 dmg per hit and with its very low FP consumption it is without doubt one of the best miracles in this game in PVE & also in PVP along with the Lightning Storm and Sacred Aoth that adds 10% AR and defense are the center of my Dex/Fth Lothric build

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                What counter is there to someone unfaltering prayer casting this? I thought my great farron dart could cast faster than this, but it was a trade each time... Honestly don't know what to do, i can't get close either...

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  FUN FACT: If you look trough binocular and start casting this miracle - almost all lightnings will disappear (arrow is only thing where they are)

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    >Everyone complains about the "uselessness" of spells. >From gives us one top tier offensive spell >EVERYONE KEEPS SCREECHING AUTISTICALLY

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Ironically, the only people who complain about this spell don’t want to have to think to win in PvP. The people who do think say the spell’s useless. I say carry this and try it out. The ability to aim it has been pretty big for me. Though I’ve yet to test if it reads a crit with headshots like normal bows do.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The spell also deals bonus damage on counter attacks, kind of like normal bows. Haven't tested if leo ring increases said damage though.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          When people use this for fight club, I just try to get them to go near the gap in the railing and cast emit force on them. They die 100%. Screw those filthy bastards.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            how do you effectively dodge this without embarrassingly roll spamming? the cast time is instant and has no telegraph from what i can tell

                                                                            • Honestly one of the best offensive miracles in the entire series. This thing is hilarious in PvP, it helps faith players be able to roll catch and keep up with the meta, just spam your weapon until they run out of stamina dodging or blocking and do 500-600 damage with this.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Currently using it as my second offensive spell after sunlight spear. Decent damage, low fp consumption, fast travelling speed, massive range, very easy to use, spamable... I keep this for clearing areas of weaker enemies and sunlight for strong mobs and tanky foes and bosses..Only con is that you acquire it too late and that's only if you have the ringed city dlc.. Whereas it feels like it should be a starting miracle for a faith build or be found near the first two areas for example.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I use throwing knife&farron dart as an easy counter to this. Lure this spell out, then roll and fire a dart back. The opponent should probably not be able to dodge. If he does, he will be out of fp before me.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Is it just me or is the dmg way too low? I know it's fast and all but still, bout as pathetic as the corona disc.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Best miracle in the game... but it's kind of useless for anyone with a brain on pvp. Good thing most people there don't have one. Works great on pve though.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I have to agree with many, this is the ranged miracle faith builds needed. My only complain is how late is gotten.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          This is a must on a faith build. So useful. Not only does it cost less fp than lightning spear, it will do more damage from range with high faith. It's amazing against Midir. Just lock on to his head and you can hit him from range very easily, the range is very long, probably the longest of any miracle.

                                                                                          On my 99 faith build with Yorshka's+10, mornes, sun firstborn, lightning clutch
                                                                                          I was doing 398 damage per shot to Midir's head on NG+, it's easy to fire off 3 in a row quickly and do 1194 damage.
                                                                                          This miracle also is great against Yhrom if you are doing no stormruler. 5-6 shots to his head and he will stagger, move in close and smash 3 lightning spears into his head, rinse repeat.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            i still can't believe some people still think this miracle is OP, literally all you have to do to counter this is sprint circles around them instead of spamming roll. it's definitely not as good as before because of people screaming OP but then again the only way of using these things trading with them and i guess thats better then it being completely useless.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              If you use this spell as a Mix Up thing while splicing in a Lightning Storm or Sunlight spear to throw them off, you're good at PvP, and I will accept the loss no question. You won fairly. However, if you sit back and hold this down till I become vulnerable or bait me into a Black Flame you are the scum of the earth and for all I care can die in some horrible pit you astrally projecting *****tard.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                The nerf honestly doesn't affect the playstyle much unless you just spam it. If you use it to take potshots at people drinking estus or rollcatching, you're golden.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Increase stamina consumption on one of the most useful faith spells in the game.

                                                                                                  Meanwhile, the Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords get a buff.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I like how in this spell's lore, is FROM's attempt at fixing their mistake for nerfing the aforementioned lightning spear miracle's range from being projectiles into essentially a lightning fist weapon.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      One of the extra spells my pyromancer is going to use for Midir. Testing it out with 40/40, both miracle rings, sage ring, Blessed Lothric War Banner +10 (right hand) and Crystal Chime +9 left hand, arrows are doing 452 damage. Seems I'm doing more damage with both intel and faith.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Yep, I can see it now this will be nerfed to hell and back, people are already complaining op all over the place, an actual good faith spell, but it won't last.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          "if the player uses Unfaltering Prayer, the poise buff will stay as long as the player continues to hold the button."
                                                                                                          and there we have one huge problem

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Tears of Denial, Canvas Talisman and Saint's Talisman, this spell and Sunlight Spear + Straightsword and below 30% load combined gives you an ultimate scumbag mode. Works in pve, duels, team battles and invasions, you can roflstomp any opposition.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              It's sad that From decided to put the DS3 equivalent of ice rapier in yet another final DLC. This thing's gonna kill pvp, there is very little way of avoiding getting an aneurysm when you go against a reactive (lag optional) player using this obscenity.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I love that thing! Use a HealOverTime Miracle and if you need a heal just use this spell but wait. mostly they roll and roll and roll.. and you get healed for free :D

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  This thing is what miracle builds in DS3 needed the most, a fast, usable in virtually every situation projectile attack that can be used by mixing with other miracles. Striking contrast with DS2 where last DLC added probably the worst attack miracle in series.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    I'm fed up of scrubs yelling op at the first sight of anything that works. But why does From listen? I suppose the same reason 70% of spells are utter garbage. From is not god like some think. The same reason dks3 is a step back from the good of dks2. You *****in trash players need to shut the ***** up. This is the exact same scenario as quickscoping hate. The *****in loser 40 year olds couldn't keep up and said it was op. Anyone that has quickscoped knows how hard it is. One miss and you're did. Your skill is rewarded. They honestly wanna say their assault rifle is in a worse position? These people have never tried. Same with these scrubs. Too bad to deal with it. Only get wrecked. Don't know how hard it is to get casting to work for you. Stfu, stick to your family life, faggot. Leave the gaming to those competent. (Btw, last cod I played was mw3. Before you come at me for that lol)

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Lighting arrow + Straight sword = Full field advantage. You control all distance with Lightning arrow and when they try to close in distance just R1. Not to mention this is the best burst damage combo currently in the game. R1-R1-R2-L1 arrow is painfully consistent and racks up near 600-800 health depending on armor. The recovery frames on the miracle are just too quick, I can pump out an R1 before a rolling attack comes my way after casting the miracle, which shouldn't happen for any miracle let alone spell. Rolling will get you hit easily and drain your stamina as this spell is easy to roll catch with. Strafing works only if your sprinting, not jogging, and if you are at a medium distance away. The spell will hit you if you try to strafe too close to your opponent. Right now, the only reliable counters to this spell are lightning shields and cover. I don't care how you deal with this miracle, because I doubt you've faced the highest level of players with this setup. For the highest levels of play, you are forced to deal with this constant threat of the arrow, meaning your forced to engage a SS user at close range. This spell is absolutely ridiculous.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Stop complaining about this being op. For once we have an amazing miracle (that is actually easy to doge once you get the hang of playing against it) making faith builds more viable and fun. Tough s*** if you die to it a couple times.

                                                                                                                        • For those people b***ing about this miracle being OP. This miracle is good for roll catching, however, if you're Limp Bizkit and just keep rollin rollin rollin, you will be punished. If you just run, you will dodge the arrow.

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