Skills, also known as Weapon Arts, are special moves for Weapons and Magic in Dark Souls 3. They are a new feature that allows the player to use special attacks with existing Weapons or boost the damage of Spells. They vary from weapon to weapon, and can have effects such as higher damage or self-buffs.


Activating Skills


Press the L2/LT button to use the unique skill associated with the weapon you have in your left hand or are wielding with both hands. Assorted skills are available, each with their own capabilities.

Using skills consumes Focus Points (FP), which is shown in the blue gauge on your HUD, between the red HP gauge and the green Stamina gauge. FP is not required to use certain Skills, however, using a skill without sufficient FP will not yield the enhanced properties it provides. For example, the Longsword can still perform the special guard-break attack, but they will have the same damage as regular R1/RB attacks, and will not be able to break through shields as easily as it normally does. It is also important to keep in mind that using such a Weapon Art without the required minimum FP will result in the attack using significantly more stamina.

When Dual Wielding, a right and a second left handed weapon, the weapon you are two handing will be activated for it's skill when you press L2/LT. It does not matter which hand the weapon is originally assigned to, R1/RB functions remain the same. Mix and match weapons with different skills and chain them together for a more adept dual wielding build.


Skills List


Blind Spot

Use against shielded foes to break through their guard by attacking from the side.

Corvian Greatknife
Handmaid's Dagger

Bloodlust (Skill)

Stain blade with one's own blood to temporarily grant uncanny sharpness.


Chain Spin

Sweep foes in a wide spinning motion and use strong attack to continue the motion until stamina is exhausted.

Winged Knight Twinaxes
Winged Knight Halberd

Chained Dance

Use strong attack to execute relentless consecutive attacks while tracing a circle in a unique dance of deadly grace. 

Painting Guardian's Curved Sword

Champion's Charge

Hold spear at waist and charge at foe, and use momentum to transition into sweeping strong attack.

Gundyr's Halberd



Hold weapon at waist and charge at foe. Only, it is important to have good footing.

Astora Greatsword
Soldering Iron
Four-Pronged Plow
Rotten Ghru Spear
Lothric Knight Long Spear
Saint Bident
Drang Twinspears



Creates a powerful flame in the wielder's hand. One of the most basic pyromancies, and for this very reason, the flame created is fierce. Works while equipped in either hand.

Pyromancy Flame
White Hair Talisman


Crescent Blade

Assume a broad stance and fire off cresecent moon blades. Similar to Holy Moonlight Sword or Greatsword of Judgement.

Crescent Moon Sword


Dancer's Grace

Unleash the fury of both blades in a dancing spin motion and use strong attack to continue the performance until stamina is exhausted.

Dancer's Enchanted Swords



Aim carefully, and pierce with a large forward lunge. The unseen blade penetrates straight through shields, for nothing can defend from Darkdrift.

Basically this is Shield Splitter under a different name.



Darkmoon Arrow

Infuse a readied arrow with Darkmoon essence, granting it magic damage and the ability to pierce shields.

Darkmoon Longbow


Demonic Flare

Briefly cause flame within to flare, and smash it upon earth and foes.

Demon's Greataxe

Ember (Skill)

The fading flame momentarily illuminates and launches itself forward.

Firelink Greatsword

Falling Bolt (Dragonslayer Greataxe)

Hold weapon high in air to gather fierce lightning, and smash ground to whip the bolts to the ground.

Dragonslayer Greataxe


Falling Bolt (Dragonslayer Swordspear)

Hold weapon high to summon lightning upon one's foe.

Dragonslayer Swordspear


Feast Bell

Hold up axe and wave to emit a solemn chime to temporarily make weapons lacerating, and to restore HP for each hit.



Flame of Lorian

Lunge forward to transform smolder into flame, and follow with strong attack to launch flame across ground.

Lorian's Greatsword


Flame Whip

Unleash a very powerful combo that deals fire damage.

Witch's Locks


Flame Whirlwind

Spin through opponents with abandon, flaming fists outstretched. Using a strong attack while spinning utilizes your momentum to slam the ground with both fists.

Demon's Fist



Create a bone-chilling frost with each swing of the greatscythe that causes a temporary frost effect.

Pontiff Knight Great Scythe


Frost Blade

Execute large spinning motion to embue blade with frost, and follow through with a strong attack that slashes with a giant blade made of frost.

Pontiff Knight Curved Sword


Temporarily boost stamina recovery speed by sheer force of will, or perhaps as a channeling of the original owner's industrial efforts.



Gentle Prayer

Recovers HP for a period of time, albeit extremely slowly. Works while equipped in either hand.

Cleric's Sacred Chime
Saint-tree Bellvine
Yorshka's Chime
Caitha's Chime
Crystal Chime


Guiding Light

A candle provides a temporary source of light which reveals additional guidance.

Scholar's Candlestick
Cleric's Candlestick



Assume a stance from which to execute a lunging slash or a deflecting parry

Washing Pole
Chaos Blade
Black Blade

Hurl Spear

Emulate the practice of the Followers by throwing an illusory spear that assumes temporary form.

Follower Javelin


Strike from the left to evade shields and deal a stinging blow that temporarily slows stamina recovery. The shackles of bondage lie deep in the hearts of all humankind.

Notched Whip
Spotted Whip

Kindled Charge

Hold spear at waist and charge at foe, and use momentum to transition to a fiery strong attack.

Gargoyle Flame Spear


Kindled Fury

Anchor weapon in earth and use strong attack to launch successive volleys of fire from the tip of the hammer.

Gargoyle Flame Hammer


Leaping Slash

Peform a forward leaping slash at the opponent's head. When successful, functions as a head shot, inflicting heavy damage.

Onikiri and Ubadachi



Embrace the victim and steal their HP. Can only be used against humans.

Dark Hand


Lightning Charge

Charge with spear at waist to enwreathe with lightning, then release bolts with final thrust.

Dragonslayer Spear



Offer a gentle prayer to the shield, causing the woman's face to give out a low moan and attract enemies.

Moaning Shield


Molten Perseverance

Anchor weapon in earth to temporarily boost poise, and use strong atack to repeatedly stab earth to trigger molten explosions.

Old King's Great Hammer


Moonlight Vortex

Draw sword back and thrust to unleash torrential moonlight.

Moonlight Greatsword


Morne's Rage

Stick weapon into earth and emit a powerful shockwave. Temporarily boosts poise and reduces damage received.

Morne's Greathammer


Neck Swipe

This attack aims for the scruff of a foe's neck, and when successful, functions as a head shot, inflicting heavy damage.

Great Scythe
Great Corvian Scythe


Oath of Sunlight

Raise the sword aloft when praising the sun to boost attack and damage absorption for self and allies in vicinity. The warriors of sunlight are co-operators from an ancient age.

Sunlight Straight Sword



With a prayer and an offering of this spear, temporarily wear down enemy FP.

Yorshka's Spear


Parry (weapons)

Deflect an attack when timed properly and follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand.

Parrying Dagger
Rapier (left hand only)
Farron Greatsword
Caestus (left hand only)
Demon's Fist (left hand only)
Claw (left hand only)
Manikin Claws (left hand only)
Painting Guardian's Curved Sword (left hand only)
Scimitar (left hand only)
Rotten Ghru Curved Sword (left hand only)
Pontiff Knight Curved Sword (left hand only)
Sellsword Twinblades (left hand only


Parry (Special Shields)

Target Shield
Small Leather Shield


Parry (Standard Shields)

Large Leather Shield
Leather Shield
Caduceus Round Shield
Round Shield
Iron Round Shield
Llewellyn Shield
Carthus Shield
Crimson Parma
Blue Wooden Shield
East-West Shield
Wooden Shield
Kite Shield
Lothric Knight Shield
Grass Crest Shield
Spirit Tree Crest Shield
Crest Shield
Dragon Crest Shield
Golden Falcon Shield
Silver Knight Shield
Sunlight Shield



Cross arms in front of body to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.

Black Knight Sword
Red Hilted Halberd
Blacksmith Hammer
Morning Star
Great Mace
Vordt's Great Hammer
Smough's Great Hammer
Dragon Tooth


Pharis Triple-Shot

Swiftly nocks three arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, firing them simultaneously.

The arrows are not meant for a single target and are to be used for spraying.

Black Bow of Pharis

Pierce Earth

Fire a greatarrow with a burst of strength and a prayer that violently shakes its target and explodes on impact.

Millwood Greatbow

Poison Spores

Expel noxious spores from the formless, parasitical things that inhabit the staff.

Storyteller's Staff


Profaned Flame

Temporarily summon the Profaned Flame. Lunge forward and use strong attack to enshroud blade in flame.

Profaned Greatsword



Pull the arrow even further back for a more powerful shot that can also pierce shields.

Dragonrider Bow


Puncturing Arrow

Masterfully fires off a great arrow that pierces through all enemies in its path, infllicting damage.

Dragonslayer Greatbow


Punitive Flame

Punish foes with a flame that blankets the ground.

Immolation Tinder



Instantly step behind or around the side of foes. Especially effective when locked on to target.

Thrall Axe
Manikin Claws
Bandit's Knife
Rotten Ghru Dagger
Brigand Twindaggers


Ricard's Lunge and Press

Assume a quick stance, lunge forward, and execute a stunning chain attack. Sustain offensive with a strong attack.

Ricard's Rapier


Rapid Fire

Swiftly nocks arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, allowing for consecutive shots.

Speed of shots roughly doubles but damage is likewise halfed. Costs minor FP per shot.

Composite Bow
Short Bow


Sacred Light and Flame

While in stance, use normal attack to cast Sacred Lothric Light, and strong attack to cast Flame of Lorian.

Twin Princes' Greatsword


Sacred Lothric Light

Assume stance to imbue sword with sacred light, and use strong attack to release light together with a great thrust of the sword.

Lothric's Holy Sword



Scrape the blade to sharpen (damage buff for Machete) or regain health with each hit (Butcher Knife)

Butcher Knife
Great Machete


Shield Bash (Light)

Ghru Rotshield
Plank Shield
Porcine Shield
Pierce Shield


Shield Bash (Heavy)

Without lowering your guard, strike the enemy with the shield to knock them back or stagger them. Works while equipped in either hand.

Twin Dragon Greatshield
Black Iron Greatshield
Lothric Knight Greatshield
Cathedral Knight Greatshield
Greatshield of Glory
Yhorm's Greatshield
Dragonslayer Greatshield
Stone Greatshield


Shield Splitter

Aim carefully, and attack in a large forward lunge to pierce through enemy shields and inflict damage directly.

Mail Breaker
Darkdrift (skill is named Darkdrift)
Irithyll Rapier
Arstor's Spear



Shield Strike

Use shield to attack enemies. Works while equipped in either hand.

Spiked Shield


Spell Parry

Repel an attack at the right time to follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand. Also deflects spells.

Golden Wing Crest Shield
Sacred Bloom Shield


Spin Bash (Drang)

Drang Hammers


Spin Bash


Spiked Mace
Great Wooden Hammer


Spin Slash (Gothard)

Slice into foes with a large spinning motion, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning vertical-slash.

Gotthard Twinswords


Spin Slash (Vertical)


Rotten Ghru Curved Sword


Spin Slash (Horizontal)

Carthus Curved Sword
Carthus Shotel


Spin Slash (Twinswords)

Sellsword Twinblades
Warden Twinblades


Spin Slash (Great, Horizontal)

Exile Greatsword


Spin Slash (Great, Vertical)

Carthus Curved Greatsword


Spin Sweep

Sweep foes in a large spinning motion, and utilize momentum to transition into and overhanded strong attack slash.

Black Knight Glaive


Stance (Sword

While in stance, use normal attack to break a foe's guard from below, and strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.

Broken Straight Sword
Barbed Straight Sword
Lothric Knight Sword
Irithyll Straight Sword
Anri's Straight Sword


Stance (Rapier)

Crystal Sage's Rapier


Stance (Greatsword)

Drakeblood Greatsword
Hollowslayer Greatsword


Stance of Judgment

Assume stance to unleash dark magic. Use normal attack for a lunging thrust, and strong attack to emit side-sweepoing wave.

Greatsword of Judgment



Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning slash.

Dark Sword
Executioner's Greatsword
Lothric Knight Greatsword
Cathedral Knight Greatsword
Black Knight Greatsword
Fume Ultra Greatsword
Bastard Sword


Stone Flesh

Raise the shield in silent prayer, turning the user's body into a solid mass of stone.

Havel's Greatshield


Storm King

Assume stance to imbue sword with storm. Most effective when facing giants

You need to hold the stance until it shines brightly with a storm. Stance + R1 or R2 to unleash the sword's deadly fury.

Storm Ruler


Steady Chant

Boost the strength of sorceries for a very short period. Works while equipped in either hand.

Heysel Pick
Golden Ritual Spear



Lunge into a shoulder tackle pushing back enemies to create distance.

Deals no damage and serves as a kind of kick.

 Light Crossbow
Knight's Crossbow
Heavy Crossbow
Sniper Crossbow



Imbue blade with the wrath of storm in a spinning motion, and follow with a strong attack to bear that wrath upon foes.

Basically this is Spinning Slash (Horizontal) with more flair.

Storm Curved Sword


Unfaltering Prayer

Temporarily increase poise while casting miracles, preventing enemy attacks from interrupting prayer. Works while equipped in either hand.

Saint's Talisman
Sunlight Talisman

White Hair Talisman
Sunless Talisman

Canvas Talisman

Unleash Dragon

Thrust the spear to unleash the strength of the dragon, similar to an ancient dragon weapon, only with its power tragically faded.

Tailbone Short Sword
Tailbone Spear


War Cry

Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack, and enables a special consecutive strong attack.

Hand Axe
Battle Axe
Brigand Axe

Dragonslayer's Axe
Man Serpent Hatchet
Crescent Axe
Reinforced Club
Large Club
Great Club
Yhorm's Great Machete
Black knight Greataxe


Weapon Skill

Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon.

Wolf Knight's Greatshield

Warrior's Round Shield
Wargod Wooden Shield
Silver Eagle Kite Shield
Eastern Iron Shield
Stone Parma
Pontiff Knight Shield
Shield of Want
Black Knight Shield
Ancient Dragon Greatshield
Curse Ward Greatshield
Wolf Knight's Greatshield


Wheel of Fate

Thrust out the wheel and give it a good spin, shredding enemies with the outer lining of spikes.

Bonewheel Shield


Wolf Leap

Slice into foes with a larg spinning motion, then leap out of harm's way and follow with a strong attack.

Old Wolf Curved Sword


Wolf Sword

While in stance, use normal attack for a low spinning slash, or the strong attack to leap forward in a vertically-slashing somersault.

Wolf Sword


Wrath of the Gods (Skill)

Thrust weapon into earth to emit powerful shockwave.

Wolnir's Holy Sword


Hold (Frayed Blade)

Assume a holding stance in which a normal attack sends a shockwave along the earth, and a strong attack commences a series of slashes.

Frayed Blade

Lion Stance

While in stance, use normal attack to thrust forward with shield up, and strong attack to execute a shield bash with a lion's roar.


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    • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        Spamming Weapons Art will not make you a "skilled" player.

        Say hi to Friede's Great Scythe, Splitleaf Greatsword, Farron Greatsword and Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords :)

        • Anonymous

          Weapon arts are literally useless in this game for PvE. They are slower than a regular light attack, and most of the time the extra damage is pointless because you could have already done the same with 2 normal hits in the same time.

          For PvP weapon arts are cancer stunlock tools.

          The only place in the entire game where weapon arts really matter is Yhorm boss fight with Storm Ruler.

          • Anonymous

            white hair talisman is labelled in both unfalterig prayer and combustion but its real skill is combustion

            • Anonymous

              missing some DLC skills; Call to Stone (ledo's great hammer) Elfriede's Blackflame (onyx blade) and Awakening (rose of ariendel)

              • For those weird fellas out there that use Mouse and Keyboard (like me), Shift + Right Click (by default) is the button for WA's. The problem with that is that you can't use all of the weapon arts, since if you attack (left click), you'll always do the "strong attack" version (R2) because you're pressing shift. Simply remap your WA button to the Left Alt key and you'll be able to do both.

                • Anonymous

                  white hair talisman isnt with Unfaltering Prayer, otherwise the force glitch would be OP, using Fire Surge and Crystal Soul Spear

                  • Anonymous

                    its sad how poorly they made this guide, they should get their***** together if they want to be a reliable wiki

                    • Anonymous

                      where is Dragonslayer axe(small one)where is Dragonslayer axe(small one)where is Dragonslayer axe(small one)

                      • Anonymous

                        What is this first line? it's total BS. Imo DS3 is way harder than its predecessors. Plus this is a totally out of place line and should be removed.

                        • Anonymous

                          I've noticed that Thrust Damage absorption decreases drastically (in my case, 19.328 to -4.874) near the end of some Skill animations. Any ideas as to why?

                          • Anonymous

                            I don't know if anyone else has tried this, but in my experience, if you dual-wield any two weapons that are not paired, then the left-hand weapon blocks when you use L1/LB, and uses light attack when you use L2/LB.I've tried this with everything from daggers and broken straight swords to Smough's Hammer, so I think it applies to everything but I may be wrong.I think this go-around From has tried to reduce the amount of options and unpredictability gained from wielding two weapons with varied movesets, like people were doing with Santier's and Yorgh's in DS2.I feel as though this should be reflected in the article so people can see it when they look for it.

                            • Anonymous

                              It is not mentioned but stomp also increases your defense by roughly 2.5x. It also doesn't change the poise value in the stats menu, so I theorize that it grants super armor insteadRequires further testing, but going into the stats menu while the buff is active it seems like this is so.

                              • Anonymous

                                they call it a wiki for a reason and if this isn't in a trailer...or even if it is percent confirmed and you shouldn't get your hopes up for it

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