Old Moonlight is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 3. To cast a Sorcery you must use a Staff or Special Weapons 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



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 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.
  • The spell can be charged by holding down the casting button. The sword glows brighter and the beam becomes more powerful with a longer range. The casting button can be held down indefinitely and released when you wish.
  • 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 both of them hitting at the same time will cause massive damage.
  • The way the player holds the sword while casting it looks similar to how Ludwig holds it in Bloodborne.
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    • 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.

              • Anonymous

                10 Oct 2017 16:55  

                Close range im pretty sure there's actually 3 hit boxes! This spell is really worth mastering at 50 int and 18 attunment

                • Anonymous

                  10 Oct 2017 16:54  

                  Almost always catches estus users if you use it with sage ring plus2 and 30 dex. The light wave is actually super fast moving. The charged light wave moves is deadly fast you can't really roll away close range.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Sep 2017 13:04  

                    Anyone have an Old Moonlight they'd be willing to give up or trade? It's the last sorcery I need for the sorcery achievement and I'd rather not have to go through the DLC again after accidentally changing Midir's soul into the sword. PSN: AdrianTheDork505

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Sep 2017 03:25  

                      Maybe it could have at least a bit of hyper armor, even throwing knives stop you from casting this and will stun you after you release it

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Aug 2017 07:26  

                        i have a buffed sage crystal staff at offhand, and court sorc as main, dealt 2400 damage with both sword and beam at the same time

                        • Anonymous

                          08 Aug 2017 17:26  

                          This wepon is great with the moonlight curved sword and moonlight gs all three has enough combos to help in any scenario

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Jun 2017 09:46  

                            "While holding down the casting button you can roll out of the casting at any time." And this is how EVERY spell should *****ing work.

                            • Anonymous

                              27 May 2017 16:41  

                              What an amazing spell it's the EASIEST sorcery to free aim ( don't lock on target) the charged attack has the hotbox of chaos bed. It punishes great hammer users if they miss a combo they are *****ed if their stanima is negative.With my low attunement high int character this spell is perfect I can cancel it if I need to and the damage is enough to get me through a session without running out of mp(18 attumnet here) this amd crystal dragon breath are my go to I land crystal dragon breath more often than this spell however. Point being if you have high int low attunement this spell is a must have.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 May 2017 13:10  

                                How powerful/useful is this in PvE? Really love the lore and visuals behind this and want to know if it's worth using.

                                • 19 May 2017 11:15  

                                  Hits like a truck if you hit right, which is difficult though. Soul Greatsword has better range and is better to hit through objects with.

                                  Though you can charge this and release or cancel at will, which makes it better, for the same FP cost.

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