Scholar's Candlestick

68 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 35.0
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 15.0
115 icon-wp_stability.png 15
icon_weight.png 1.5
Requirements & Bonus
E C - -
7 0 0 16
weapon_type-icon.jpg Dagger damage_type-icon.jpg Slash / Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Guiding Light icon_fp_cost.png 5

Scholar's Candlestick is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A candlestick covered in ivory scales once used by the Scholars of the Great Archives.

This served as their guiding light, as well as a tool of self-restraint. Even today, wielders of this weapon benefit from the resulting sorcery-strengthening properties.

Skill: Guiding Light
A candle provides a temporary source of light which reveals additional guidance. 


Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • All weapons have motion values assigned to each attack, which are modifiers to AR that are associated with the attack being used.
    • The Scholar's Candlestick has a motion value of 345 on backstab, 414 on riposte, and 69+402.5 on Hornet Ring riposte. The motion value of a backstab with a dagger does not change with Hornet Ring.
    • This means that aside from a difference in AR, no infusion is strictly better for ripostes, as all infusions will get the same motion value, with the only difference being AR. Use whatever infusion will net the most damage for the best results.


  •  The Scholar's Candlestick has a range of 14.7sp on the 2h R1.
    • sp, or Shield Pokes, are a unit of measurable distance to determine the range of a weapon. Certain actions create different distances from a wall, allowing one to test the range of certain attacks. While this testing isn't 100% accurate, it is a very good indicator of the ranges of each attack.
  • The Weapon Skill Guiding Light will ignite the Scholar's Candlestick, similar to a Torch or Follower's Torch, providing light. See Guiding Light for more information.
  • Boosts Sorceries damage by 10% across all upgrade levels, including Magic and Dark Sorceries.
  • Stacks multiplicatively with other Sorcery damage increase items:


  • As long as the player has the weapon equipped in one hand at all times, the damage buff will still be granted even if they lack the requirements to wield it properly.
  • Reinforcing the weapon does not boost bonus sorcery damage.
  • The Scholar's Candlestick may be linked to Sticky White Stuff and "White Blood".

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Scholar's Candlestick Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 63 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20  15
+1 69 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 15
+2 75 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 15
+3 81 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 15
+4 88 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 16
+5 94 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 16
+6  100 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 16
+7 107 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 17
+8 113 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 17
+9 119 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 17
+10 126 - - - - E C - - - - - 35 20 15 15 20 18


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)



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    • Anonymous

      06 Dec 2019 12:21  

      Answer for the "stacks multiplicatively". They Indeed multiply each other. But when you combine for example the +10% from the scholar candlestick and the +20% from the bellowing ring, the calculation is not 10x20=200 but 1.10x1.20=1.32 so +32% damage. So when you combine all the items, you have at MAX : 1.10x1.12x1.20x1.15x1.10=1.87 so +87% for spell damage in PVE (+76% for PVP). So the attack of your spell will be Base damage of the spell x scaling (aka the spell buff divided per 100 except for some catalysts such as man-grub's staff where the scaling is hidden) x each item bonus. Example with a sorcerer staff at the beginning of the game (spell buff 100) with deep soul, a spell with 100 base dark damage and all the bonus items : the spell will deal 100x1.00x1.87=187.

      • Anonymous

        05 Dec 2019 10:08  

        When you say they add up multiplicatively, do you mean total damage is just all of them added times the normal damage, or thru multiply with each other? Cause 10 times 20 is 200 and that feels like a lot

        • Anonymous

          13 Jun 2019 07:40  

          Wiki says the Scholar's Candlestick is only available if he survives his second pillage, but at least from my experience, if you pick up his ashes in Irithyll and give them to the Shrine Handmaid, it will still be for sale.

          • Anonymous

            07 Oct 2018 03:54  

            "The Scholar's Candlestick may be linked to Sticky White Stuff and "White Blood"." No, it's not. this is a wiki not game theory.

            • Anonymous

              10 Mar 2018 06:01  

              My Greirat accidentally died when I went into Profaned Capital before defeating Sulyvahn. So if you want those splintering bolts, then you better follow the storyline and don't kill a boss when sending him to Irithyll, I defeated Greatwood in Undead Settlement while Greirat was in Irithyll, so it seems that even though Siegward was sitting at the kitchen , something I did must of triggered his death questline fail... Sheesh, it's sucks having to go pick up his ashes in the sewers :,(

              • 11 Oct 2017 16:12  

                Hi all,

                I think there is a mistake in the wiki. In my playthrough, Greirat did not survive the Irythill loot run (because I rushed to the catacombs by ignorance), but after killing Sylvaneth and giving his ashes to handmaiden I was able to buy Candlestick. Maybe, it was changed with a patch?

                • Anonymous

                  14 Aug 2017 17:40  

                  This thing would be wicked for sorceries on a pure spell build. Crystal chime on offhand, this knife on main, the right rings and <30% equip load, boom, you're now the mage assassin Orbeck could have been, with miracles to boot. No need for quickstep, so long as you're smart about rolling. No need for estus either, ashen estus all the way.

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Jun 2017 21:29  

                    Does the buff also boost the damage of sorcery buffs like magic weapon and dark blade? Or is it only applied to offensive sorceries

                    • Anonymous

                      01 Jun 2017 09:45  

                      Apparently lighting the candle via its weapon art also gives you an effect similar to the Seek Guidance Miracle.

                      • Anonymous

                        21 May 2017 04:47  

                        The description above implies this works like the Morion Blade, multiplying damage after the hit to the tune of 12.5%.

                        It does not, it directly affects spellbuff. So you can't cast while it isn't out and swap to it to gain the bonus. So much for a crystal sage staff buffed Affinity into Great Soul Dregs multiplied by double candlesticks. Sadness . . .

                        • Anonymous

                          03 May 2017 04:34  

                          Would have been nice if this weapon also boosted all types of magic, especially the ones that it has the requirement for... you know... FAITH. And I hate that stupid weapon skill, its just a joke of an ability that isn't funny even for Miyazaki's standard given that its ones a mage-centered weapon.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 May 2017 02:57  

                            If I hold this and wear the crown of dusk at the same time, they cancel eachother out. Does anyone else have this problem?

                            • Anonymous

                              21 Apr 2017 18:46  

                              faith requirement seems dumb is it from archdeacon mc donnell? it seem like it would be better if this thing allowed you to scale faith with sorrcery so you can extend past INT stat scaling

                              • Anonymous

                                09 Dec 2016 20:05  

                                I just discovered that the buff only applies if the scholar's candlestick is equipped to the right hand. Either that or my game doesnt want to cooperate. Why doesnt it work on both hands? Lame!

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 Nov 2016 02:50  

                                  Uhh... doesn't the Faith requirement seem a bit... high? Especially given that the requirement for the Scholar's Candlestick: which is both this-but-bigger-and-better and a boss weapon: requires only 12 Faith? I mean, if the one advantage this has over said candlestick: the Sorcery buff: was what the Fatih requirement was for, I'd understand, but... it's not.

                                  FromSoft, please hire some people in your actual community, and let them help balance your game. Plz?

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