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

Lightning Stake

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 34 
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 35 Faith
Type Melee Attack



A lost dragonslaying miracle.

Strikes with a stake of lightning.

This tale describes the lost practices of ancient dragonslayers, who found that in order to pierce dragonscale, lightning should not be hurled as a bolt, but rather be thrust as a stake directly into the dragon's hide, to be truly effective.


Acquired From




  • This miracle causes the player to summon a lightning bolt then stab it into the ground in front of them. Has a small AOE radius, but does large amounts of damage if the enemy is struck directly with the stake.
  • Works well with Spear-Type miracles in PVP. Because the initial casting animation is identical to the regular Great Lightning Spear  animation, it can be good for tricking opponents into rolling into a high damage stake, or getting caught by a long ranged spear.
  • Does the same damage as Lightning Spear on a poor hit. 200% damage on a good hit and 300% damage on a perfect hit. 
  • A perfect Lightning Stake deals 55% more damage than a perfect melee Lightning Spear.
  • Sped up in Regulation 1.08 and in Patch 1.11, and now uses the Dark Edge casting animation. 
  • Approx 1.3 seconds to cast at max casting speed.
  • Very useful for catching foes using Quickstep since the AOE will catch them.
  • Deals (spell buff x 1.3) damage up to 3 times in a single cast.
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    • Anonymous

      21 Jun 2021 03:02  

      You feel that? That crackling roar from the sky? That's what not needing a wonky mechanic to deal damage and fright sounds like. A smart close-combat cleric would use this in tandem with lifehunt scythe, not those yellow darts that can't even scratch anyone at range.

      • Anonymous

        04 Jun 2020 07:21  

        Against what bosses this miracle would be most comfortable/satisfying to use? As in, not just because they have terrible lightning resistance, but because there are good opportunities to cast it and for full damage (so called perfect hit).

        • Anonymous

          21 May 2020 07:05  

          Hold sunlight talisman and yorshka’s chime, poise cast Lightning Stake and cast this miracle or another miracle right away with chime. It’ll remain poise of talisman meaning that you’ll have full damage of chime and poise of talisman. Just beware that you must cast Lightning Stake first, not other miracles.

          • Anonymous

            11 Oct 2019 08:04  

            I got my ass blasted repeatedly by a guy flail buffing and using this whenever i tried to poise him. I've never been afraid of a miracle before

            • Anonymous

              23 Apr 2019 12:56  

              Guys, unfaltering prayer cast this to chain into other miracles. You just cast and then cast your next spell right after, no need to hold L2 after the 1st cast or anything, it actually just works. The poise lasts into your next spell. You can unfaltering prayer cast this and then hold lightning arrow to see that the glow never leaves. Something you should know i that the poise given over the 2 spells is shared, so if you get hit enough times to break said poise before you can get your 2nd spell off then you're broken.

              • Anonymous

                07 Aug 2018 08:22  

                Straight sword and Greatsword users beware. +10 Saint’s Talisman, poise-cast this b*tch and you have a 50/50 chance of the average r1 spammer taking it to the face because they thought they could spam you into submission. Usually one-shotting or nearly one-shotting most of the time.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Apr 2018 08:42  

                  Sadly lightning stake stunlock duration is very short, opponents with fast weapons can immediately begin to strike you back, sunlight spear on the other hand has a longer stunlock duration, you can follow up with a weapon strike after landing a sunlight spear.

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Jan 2018 17:39  

                    Idk if it's a bug, but if you poise cast this and then IMMEDIATELY cast another spell the poise cast carries over to the next spell allowing you to chain spells. It's incredibly useful to use with yorshka's chime since you can poise cast with max damage. It only seems to work if you poise cast lightning stake specifically, you can't poise cast anything else and chain, it HAS to start with lightning stake for the light to stay around you. You can even lead it into a lightning arrow and hold the arrow with the poise light on you until you release, you get a full 2nd poise cast.

                    • Anonymous

                      14 May 2017 09:56  

                      Excellent spell for Oceiros. At 40 faith, I dealt 900-1000 per stake. Melted him before I knew what was happening.

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Mar 2017 20:33  

                        Got invaded by a running R1 Katana spammer in grand archives the other day. Just stood there while this A-hole was running at me and traded his hit for a +10 sunlight tailsman lightning stake to the face (unfaltering prayer is great). Almost a 1 hit KO, stunlocked him and just finished him off with a few sword slashes.

                        • Anonymous

                          stake01 Sep 2016 20:20  

                          I've killed the sand worm in NG and NG+ and didn't get it either I guess I'm just s.o.l ??

                          • Anonymous

                            Great poise14 Jul 2016 21:03  

                            If you use this with unfaltering prayer it's basically a guaranteed hit if you know what you're doing

                            • Anonymous

                              Not a stab23 Jun 2016 04:22  

                              Even though the description says you stab lighting stack into the ground, you are actually just throwing it down. If you do it just right on a cliff (i tried this at fire link shrine, on the bridge towards Blacksmith, directly over the tunnel under the bridge) so that you finnish the animation right as you fall off, the lightning bolt will travel down to the floor bellow (and slightly behind) you, and explode with AOE (after it has left your hand in the animation).

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