Old Moonlight

Spell Type


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

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



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



Notes and Tips

  • Inflicts (spell buff x 1.25) for the blade and (spell buff x 1.5) for the projectile, (spell buff x 2.35) when charged. Compare this to Soul Greatsword's (spell buff x 2).
  • This spell is a reference to the original moonlight sword from King's Field. 
  • Though similar to Soul Greatsword, its base damage is lower and its reach shorter. This is compensated for by the ability to hold the spell and the projectile it shoots.
  • 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.
  • The way the player holds the sword while casting it looks similar to how Ludwig holds it in Bloodborne.
  • Can be used with Heysel Pick to cancel attacks similar to the RKSS.
  • Combos with the Heysel pick's R1 at high casting speeds.


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    • Anonymous

      23 Aug 2021 18:29  

      I transposed Midir's soul for the actual sword instead of this, now I'm massively regretting it cause I decided to get all the achievements, and that means to get the last sorcery I need to start a NG++ and finish like 70% of the ringed city and then fight this guy all over again.... ugh.

      Pro Tip, don't transpose your lord souls right away, keep em until the end of the game where you can decide if you wanna 100% it or not.

      • Anonymous

        01 Aug 2021 12:42  

        10/10 for the visuals, very pretty. It's pretty shite other than that, could have been a buff spell or something.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jun 2021 12:28  

          theory midir is a dumbass who got his ass kicked by benhart using his fake gigachad sword and midir thought it was the real one cause he stupid as hell

          • Anonymous

            15 May 2021 11:17  

            According to the lore this is the MEMORY of an old sword found WITHIN Midir. So does that mean someone fought Midir with the physical version of this sword? So a previous knight or sorceror tried to fight Midir and maybe ended up being eaten with the sword or managing to stab Midir with the sword? This could explain Midir’s torn wings or previous damages.

            • Anonymous

              10 May 2021 03:53  

              This isn't Midir's Dark Laser! Why is this even a thing you can transpose from Midir? Why are either of them a thing? Frayed Blade was wielded by Halflight and we already got the MLGS from another thrashy dragon. You're telling me we couldn't get boss gear that actually makes sense to be transposed from Midir's soul? It's like they had those 2 items left over from their ideas and just threw it into the big optional dragon's loot pool

              • 03 Mar 2021 04:21  

                I like this spell, but having Mlgs and css already in my kit it kinda feels redundant. It can out damage single hit css and for the mp it's not bad. But for me at least if I wanted to not waist mp I will just use my mlgs, and if I want high damage css has shorter casts and can be done from a safe distance at least as far as pve is concerned. Haven't really tried it on bosses though.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Dec 2020 17:37  

                  What's the damage of the spell though? I like reading all this interesting lore about it but I don't wanna go all the way to midir just to find soul greatsword had a higher damage modifier

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Dec 2020 15:35  

                    I wish we had the actual sword and it would end up being the true mlg versus the base game mlg where it’s pure magic damage and has a more unique move set but I’ll settle for this spell

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Aug 2020 02:38  

                      wtf does that description mean? is it a mistranslation? I thought Seath was the creator or sorcery and the moonlight gs

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Jul 2020 10:19  

                        "While holding down the casting button you can roll out of the casting at any time." WHY it is not like this for other spells, man, sometimes death is only because casting time is so long that you see that you need to roll out, but you can't, while casting.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Apr 2020 14:18  

                          It seems the last line is a bit of a meta-reference to From Software itself, because King's Field was their first title. So the Moonlight Sword was created not long after the beginning of From as a game development company.

                          • Anonymous

                            22 Feb 2020 06:25  

                            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 00:24  

                              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 08:54  

                                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 15:27  

                                  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.

                                  • 02 Oct 2019 23:46  

                                    "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 01:46  

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

                                      • Anonymous

                                        12 Jul 2019 20:46  

                                        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

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