Storyteller's Staff

60 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 25
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 10
100 icon-wp_stability.png 10
icon_weight.png 2.5
Aux None 60
Requirements & Bonus
E - B -
6 0 12 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Staves damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Poison Spores icon_fp_cost.png 20 (-/-)

Storyteller's Staff is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Staff of a heretic storyteller who shares tales of the Painted World to forlorn souls.

The storytellers, too, are wretched beings with no place to go. Their bodies, souls, and even their staves are all tainted through and through.

Skill: Poison Spores
Expel noxious spores from the formless, parasitical things that inhabit the staff.


Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • At 60 INT it has a spellbuff of 218.
  • The Weapon Art Poison Spores:
    • Does not scale with upgrade or Luck
    • Requires 12 Intelligence
    • Applies 42 Poison buildup per tick in cloud
    • Outclasses the Poison Mist and Toxic Mist pyromancies in buildup rate and damage
    • Applies a more powerful form of poison than all other sources.


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  • The Poison Spores weapon art functions very similarly to the Poison Mist pyromancy. For a small FP cost, you raise your staff and emit a purple gas cloud a few meters in front of you. Poisons fairly quickly.
  • The poison damage from the weapon art is very unique. Like all poisons, it scales in damage dependant on the victim's maximum HP. The higher the maximum HP, the higher the poison damage. Unlike all other poison, however, the scaling is very noticeable. In all tests, the poison from the Storyteller's Staff did, at minimum, nearly three times the damage of all other Poisons, and scaled up rapidly to nearly four times the damage against bosses.
  • Tested on Corvians and the Crucifixion Woods Crabs, the poison from Storyteller's Staff did 4 damage per second to the Corvians, and 8 damage per second to the Giant Crabs. All other poisons did a consistent 3 damage per second.
  • Tested on Pontiff Sulyvahn, who is allegedly resistant against poison damage, regular poisons did 13 damage per second, the Toxic effect from Dung Pies did 23 damage per second, while the Storyteller's Staff poison did a very impressive 54 damage per second to him.
  • Storyteller Staff poison damage appears to be completely unaffected by Spell Buff, Intellegence, Luck, or by the Staff's upgrade level. This means that any character with at least 12 Intellect could use the Storyteller's Staff purely for the Poison weapon art. Considering how much stronger this weapon art is compared to regular poison, and how it scales so much against high healthed enemies, even to the point of doing more than double the damage Toxic does, this could be worth taking into consideration.
  • Like other staves, if one equips the staff on the left hand, the strong attack is replaced by weapon skill, allowing one to cast poison spore without holding the staff with both hands.



Storyteller's Staff Upgrade Table

Requires 972 souls and 12x Titanite Shards to +3; 2916 souls and 12x Large Titanite Shard to +6; 1944 souls and 12x Titanite Chunk to +9 ; 810 souls and 1x Titanite Slab to +10

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 60 - - - - E - B - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +1 68 - - - - D - B - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +2 76 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +3 83 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +4 91 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +5 98 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +6 106 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +7 114 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +8 121 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +9 129 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15
Regular +10 136 - - - - D - A - - - - 25 25 10 10 15


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)



    • Anonymous

      02 Nov 2018 05:05  

      For those interested, the Farron Ring works with the weapon art. Lowers from 20 FP to 15 FP. The Dusk Crown Ring has no effect on it.

      • Anonymous

        31 May 2018 14:54  

        This weapon is a beast against the slave knight imo. You can cheese him with the wall and this staff, And if you want to use mercury spell, it burns through that healthbar. Also just for fun if your a badass and can pull it off the WA effectively in PVP cheers to you mate, it’s hilarious. Most people don’t keep toxic antidote on the belt espicially tryhards.

        • Anonymous

          24 Mar 2018 08:51  

          A poor trade for Dark Fog. I really miss that spell and the fun you could have with it using a poison infused Bat Staff.

          • Anonymous

            28 Jan 2018 01:03  

            The information above is false, about the poison damage on the staff. It is not "superior" to poison or toxic mist, except in the case of something with high hp. Poison spores scales drastically with the opponents maximum hp, so it USED to be better then poison mist, even in pvp. Now, it is quite a bit weaker (tested on players with roughly 2000 hp) then poison mist UNTIL the enemy has about 4000 hp or higher, which then it is marginally better. bosses like pontiff on higher NG's will make it scale much much higher, as high as 113 per tick, whereas normal poison mist will still be about 16-18 damage.

            • Anonymous

              30 Dec 2017 21:15  

              I got this just progressing through the swamp after killing like 3 storytellers on my pyromancer. 7 luck no buffs almost lost it

              • Anonymous

                06 Dec 2017 21:20  

                Easily the rarest drop in the game. In the 2000+ hours I've put into this game, I've gotten this item 1 time...

                • Anonymous

                  21 Nov 2017 18:23  

                  I'm on NG+3 atm and the staff's weapon art isn't working on the black knights in untended graves. Iirc it worked properly in the previous cycles. Is anyone else getting this issue?

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Oct 2017 04:57  

                    Head's up this was nerfed, not sure when. Just tried it on several enemies and in every case it did less damage than the toxic from poop by a good amount. About 1/3 the damage per tick.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 May 2017 21:40  

                      Do you have to meet the intelligence requirement to use staff WA now? None of the staff WA are working on my characters that don't meet the requirements.

                      • Anonymous

                        16 May 2017 19:22  

                        This thing is a wonder vs Gael.
                        - Getting an application on phase 1 in probably hardest bit, may take a few casts due to his erratic movement.
                        - The toxic will be cleared when it transitions to phase 2
                        - In phase 2 just back peddle from him while dropping clouds. Gael's Crossbow can be dangerous due to the only cast time for the Toxic WA.
                        - Alternatively, separate yourself from the boss using indestructible parts of the terrain.The Toxic cloud should spawn on the other side of the object while he swings into it.

                        Ended up killing him with 2 applications + a few soul spears to clean up.
                        You could very realistically kill him using the Toxic Spores alone if you go for a third cast.

                        On a side note, as of 17/5/17- the damage vs Old Demon King seems to have been reduced, it now "only" deals about 40~50% of his life as opposed to 90% in a single application.

                        • Anonymous

                          10 May 2017 21:57  

                          Just beat Gael at SL1 because of this make sure you use it in this fight if you are struggling takes 3 poison procs to win.

                          • 21 Mar 2017 08:24  

                            After playing around with that staff just see that poisoning phantoms with it is really difficult, specially other players, did anyone managed to poison an opponent in a pvp match with this staff special?

                            Also, while being really good to kill some bosses (due the fact that damage it does scales with the boss HP) I found some bosses were close to impossible to get poisoned with it.

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Nov 2016 01:59  

                              This is, really, for casters, your single best bet for MANY of the mobs we have to try and kill. Little gas, run your butt off, and they WILL die. Time consuming, but isn't that better then banging your bleeping head over and over?

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