120 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 60
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 50
icon_weight.png 5.5
Requirements & Bonus
12 12 0 0
D D - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Straight Swords damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Strike/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Lion Stance icon_fp_cost.png -(17/20)

Valorheart is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Weapon once wielded by the Champion of the Undead Match. A special paired set consisting of a broad sword and a lion shield.

The champion fought on, without rest, until he lost his mind. In the end, only his page and a lone wolf stayed at his side.

Skill: 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.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite.
  • As this weapon shares its one-handed moveset with the Longsword,  an effective combo for PvP is R1+R1+R2. While it doesn't true combo, the delay of the R2 lines up with the duration of a medium roll, letting the attack connect outside of the opponent's i-frames.
  • All weapons have motion values assigned to each attack, which are modifiers to AR that are associated with the attack being used.
    • The Valorheart has a motion value of 200 on backstab, 250 on riposte, and 60+225 on Hornet Ring riposte. The motion value of a backstab with a straight sword does not change with Hornet Ring.
  • The Valorheart has a range of 17.5sp on the 1h 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 Valorheart has thrusting R2 attacks.
  • When two-handing the weapon will automatically block at the beginning of the first R1, The Second R1 and the end of the 3rd R1 as well as, Roll R1, Jump R2, WA R1, and WA R2. With high stamina, this makes the weapon a good option for trading.
  • Jump R2, Charge R2, R2 and WA R1 will proc the Leo ring's counter thrust dmg.


Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 12/12 = 244 AR = Base Stats
  • 40/12 = 297 AR = Str Softcap
  • 12/40 = 333 AR = Dex Softcap
  • 40/40 = 386 AR = Quality Build


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Valorheart Upgrade Table


  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 120 - - - - D D - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+1 134 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+2 143 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+3 168 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+4 189 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50
+5 210 - - - - D C - - - - - 60 40 35 30 35 50


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

      11 Sep 2021 05:34  

      Why do people want this to have a buff?

      Anyone who I invade that uses this either has McDonalds wifi or just uses the shielded jumping attack so they don't have any risk for it whatsoever.

      • Anonymous

        26 Aug 2021 11:12  

        wait what damage does the shield do? is it the same ARas the sword? cause if so we're looking at a reasonably good stagger weapon for all bosses. I like to use my shield in the main hand for block frames on attack, this is pretty much that but with cleaner moveset.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jul 2021 07:29  

          Imagine a straightsword with a range of a dagger, damage of one of shittier curved swords and a speed of an cgs. This is valorheart.

          • Anonymous

            15 Jul 2021 11:03  

            I think this weapon would have been really cool if it could be buffed. But not just a damage buff. Like, what if this weapon was a weapon buff focused weapon? What if the shield's absorptions increased depending on the buff? Or what if the lion shield bash changed depending on the buff on the weapon? Like a fire buff would create a brief flame cone. And a magic buff could fire damaging crystals. It's difficult to use all the buff spells effectively, so it would encourage players to experiment with bundles and resins. I mean, I just like the idea of a weapon art that you can modify. I know it would have been hard to do, but I think it would have made it really interesting.

            • Anonymous

              08 Jul 2021 18:14  

              For a Spartan cosplay: Faraam Helm, Alva Chest, Gauntlets and Leggings. RH: Valorheart, Follower Javelin. LH: Spider Shield. I specifically chose the spider shield due to the weapon skill (L2) AND the red color of course. Use Valorheart for close range and throw the Javelin at your opponent when he's running away to heal. Remember to two-hand the Valorheart again after switching weapons for the better moveset. I'd recommend a classic quality build. Even though you won't be dealing crazy damage this character is SUPER fun to play with, guaranteed! ;)

              • Anonymous

                21 Jun 2021 05:21  

                Where is PKCS buglicker, he hasn't come into this comment section yet? Hold on, I know the ritual to beckon him...

                I use PKCS to wipe my ass.

                Should be here any moment. You're welcome comment thread reader.

                • Anonymous

                  23 May 2021 01:59  

                  Honestly this weapon can be good in the right hands but if the user spams the block attacks you can probably break their guard by attacking them with a weapon with superior poise

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Apr 2021 12:08  

                    Interestingly enough, when equipped in the left hand while single handing, the sword happens to block as well as the shield. It still isn’t much, but at the least grants you a swift attack option while acting as a shield.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Apr 2021 14:54  

                      This weapon would definitely benefit from a better stat scaling.
                      also, give it a stability closer to the Iron Round Shield and Lewellyn so it can do it's job to trade hits with more weapons (obviously still losing trades with Ultras and Greataxes)

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Apr 2021 23:06  

                        One of those pretty good weapons your rarely see in duels. And when you finally meet that one gladiator cosplayer. You get rekt. Gladiator style

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Mar 2021 11:54  

                          Only 60% physical defense on a shield is so pathetic, it should at least be 80%. I miss how in Dark Souls 1 even the worst shields had at least 70% physical defense. The cracked round shield with its original stats would be an unironically good shield in Dark Souls 3

                          • 08 Feb 2021 11:38  

                            Yall are dumb. This is NOT a weapon to make an entire build around. It's been proven time and time again by good PvP players that it's better to switch weapons depending on what you're up against, certain weapons counter other weapons etc etc. This weapon is terrible against some weapons sure, but if you're using this as your primary weapon and never switching depending on the circumstances you're just not using it correctly. Valorheart is one of the best if not THE best counter to straight swords, and seeing as straight swords are basically the best weapon in the game when used competently that gives Valorheart a specific niche. The only 'weapons' that beat Valorheart in the ability to screw over straight swords is parrying shields and the Caestus. This thing is genuinely more underrated than Dancer's Enchanted Swords and that's really saying something seeing as you can almost one shot people with those.

                            • 23 Dec 2020 11:38  

                              I truly think this weapon was designed for duels, as in both people use it. Its fun... also this is supposed to be a bronze age like weapon, it’s obviously going to be weak to strong steel weapons.

                              • Anonymous

                                03 Nov 2020 13:10  

                                I really want this weapon to be good, I really do, but so much is weighing it down for such a cool stylish weapon. If the AR was just even a little bit better for a weapon that can't be buffed or infused I'd be more okay but no It can't even get okay damage

                                • Anonymous

                                  05 Oct 2020 22:16  

                                  This weapon is so bad. So unbelievably bad. Out of every weapon I have ever used in pvp, this one is the bottom of the barrel. No matter how well built your class is, or your setup, or your armor, or anything; all it takes is for the battle to be a 2v1 and you lose. This weapon can not deal with more than a single opponent, has terrible left to right tracking, and missing on any hits point blank if the other person is rolling. Easily the worst weapon I have used in this game. EASILY.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 Jul 2020 23:15  

                                    Reminds me of gladiators. Gladiators is a lyric in a song from Swords & Sandals. I haven’t thought of that game in years. T’was fun for a while.

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