Old Moonlight is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Sorcery you must use a Staff or Special Weapon that can cast Sorceries. It is part of The Ringed City.

Old Moonlight

Spell Type


Focus ConsumptionFocus Cost 23
Attunement SlotsSlots Used 1
Requirements 25  Intelligence
Type Melee / Ranged Attack



A memory of an old sword found deep within Midir. 
This sorcery uses souls to grant form to the thought, and attack with it.

Attacks are coupled with lightwaves, and sustaining the stance before attacking increases their speed and potency.

The sword is named after moonlight, but it is slightly different than the one fashioned of the paledrake Seath. Perhaps it is rooted in an older memory, from not long after the Beginning.


Acquired From




  • This spell is a reference to the original moonlight sword from King's Field. 
  • The spell can be charged by holding down the casting button indefinitely.
    • The sword glows brighter and the beam becomes more powerful with a longer range.
    • While holding down the casting button you can roll out of the casting at any time.
  • Both the sword and the projectile have a hitbox, so hitting with both will deal full damage.
  • The sword produced by this spell uses a model taken directly from King's Field 2 (US), nearly untouched, save for the blade being slightly extended.
  • It doesn't actually look that green in-game.
  • The way the player holds the sword while casting it looks similar to how Ludwig holds it in Bloodborne.


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    • Anonymous

      22 Feb 2020 12:25  

      Obviously, no sorcery is good when you only spam 1 of them, Mixing spells make you a good sorcerer. A spell can can be used in melee trade, roll catch and can even cancel when charging for range battle! Praise the Old Moonlight!

      • Anonymous

        12 Jan 2020 06:24  

        This spell is such a disaster when it comes to hit a lock-on target. It always prioritizes the legs for some reason and it always hits the ground instead of the target. If you're not decent at free aiming then this spell is really hard to hit in pvp.

        • Anonymous

          12 Dec 2019 14:54  

          Dual hitboxes can have some interesting results. Most strength builds don't expect to be out-traded by a melee spell

          • Anonymous

            23 Oct 2019 21:27  

            Did anyone notice that this is the only spell in the game with a completely different scroll? Even the description reads:The sword is named after moonlight, but it is slightly different than the one fashioned of the paledrake Seath. Perhaps it is rooted in an older memory, from not long after the Beginning. It does not have the "dark/forbidden" scroll type nor the normal sorcery scroll type. I find this really interesting. It probably is the oldest spell in the game.

            • 03 Oct 2019 05:46  

              "it's not that bad IF..." It can be good IF..." IF you do that then it can be really usefull!" Lets be honest, comments under op or at least usefull spells are usually written in a different tone. So what I get from here is it looks good. And that's it.

              • Anonymous

                24 Sep 2019 07:46  

                The pose and appearance of it is a clear reference to the Bloodborne ver. and Ludwig. Will be using in my cosplay

                • Anonymous

                  13 Jul 2019 02:46  

                  Fairly sure this spell is probably the strongest spell in Dark Souls 3 (sorcerer wise) if you can fully charge and land both the hit + moonlight wave

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Mar 2019 15:52  

                    Well this makes the King's Field games part of the SoulsBorne universe. Specifically as prequels to Dark Souls. So, King's Field -> Demon Souls -> Dark Souls -> Bloodborne

                    • Anonymous

                      22 Jan 2019 15:32  

                      When charged, the spell hits for ~1800 damage on Father Ariandel, if you hit BOTH the blade and the projectile. In the same conditions, Great Heavy Soul Arrow hits for ~1000.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Sep 2018 05:06  

                        King's Field was certainly the first, but I think the spell is actually referring to Demon's Souls. "The Beginning" is the theme played when the Monumental tells the player about the state of the world.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Aug 2018 04:02  

                          Just a heads up, the animation when you release the spell has you dip your catalyst of choice, and will screw up the projectile if you're, say, aiming up stairs. It's a cool spell, but as I'm sure anyone who considered switching out Soul Greatsword for it will tell you, the difference in the range is painfully noticeable. Where Soul Greatsword is great for sideways roll catching and crowd control in general, Old Moonlight is decent for those few seconds before and after you engage an opponent at close quarters, forcing them to roll to slip it on the way in or catch them as they try to roll out (either with the beam or blade itself). Some other juicy info for ya, From Software really hit that BEAUTIFUL sweet spot (which was so badly needed for Lifehunt Scythe, RIP) in casting time (with the requisite Dex/Sage's Ring obv.) given the spell's sheer versatility and, when both the beam and blade hit, raw power. It can also charged up really quickly and sometimes can snipe a panicking opponent or two, albeit the release can be bit slow especially since charging it essentially telegraphs in big moonlight letters, "HERE COMES THE PAIN TRAIN, ARE YOU READY? CAUSE HERE IT COMES, BETTER WATCH OUT." But, THANK GWYN, you can roll out of it. TL:DR Bit of a jack-of-all-trades, swiss army knife (limited range Soul Greatsword-Soul Arrow, charged weaker Soul Spear) that can do decent work in PvE if you're strapped for attunement slots, and has very niche usefulness in PvP pre- post-close quarters engagement.

                          • Anonymous

                            27 Feb 2018 05:19  

                            This spell along with Heysel Pick is some of the most cheesy fun to play around with. As long as you are running Sage Ring +2 or have an offhand Saint-tree Bellvine you can combo a two-handed R1 into Old Moonlight. Sometimes if you are fast enough you can get the combo to go R1 into Old Moonlight, then another R1 into Old Moonlight. Just be wary that you turn into parry bait after they figure out the combo.

                            • Anonymous

                              25 Feb 2018 17:14  

                              The Moonlight blade might be a reference to another From Software game, Armored Core.

                              Moonlight blade is traditionally a melee weapon (beam saber) with a aqua color with the added capability of shooting out.

                              • Anonymous

                                24 Feb 2018 20:29  

                                Little advice with this spell, if you think you’ll hit your target all the time then you’re in for a rude awakening. This spell is great to use when they roll towards you or if you are under protection of Crystal or regular soul mass! Also after using this spell, try going in with another hit of your regular weapon as it sometimes throws people off guard.

                                I’m waiting for the person in the comments to say “If you look closely enough, this sword resembles a key! Obviously a kingdom hearts reference, maybe even a Hello Kitty Island Adventure reference!” (Btw, Hello Kitty Island Adventure IS the new Darker Souls!)

                                • Anonymous

                                  12 Feb 2018 17:46  

                                  I've a really important question for a build I'm coming up with, if I am able to parry someone will I be able to fully charge this spell(with max casting speed ofc) and hit with it instead of riposting?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    29 Dec 2017 14:52  

                                    You could think by its description that the Old Moonlight consumes souls to cast, like some Dark Souls 2 sorceries, but it actually does not.

                                    Awesome spell.

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