Battle Arts

Battle Arts are expressed through Skills common to a variety of weapons. The Battle Arts feature allows players to use special attacks with weapons and boost the damage of spells.

Usage

Using a weapon's Skill will consume Focus Points, which is displayed through the blue gauge on the HUD. Skills can still be performed without the requisite Focus Points, but the skill will not yield any of the enhanced properties it provides. As of patch 1.05, Battle Arts can still be performed with their full effects as long as one has half of the required focus points. Attempting to use the skill of a weapon you do not have the stats to equip will behave as if you had no FP, and consume none.

Skills

Skill Effect Without FP Weapons Notes
Blind Spot Use against shielded foes to break through their guard by attacking from the side. Reduced damage. Corvian Greatknife, Handmaid's Dagger
Bloodlust Inflicts 200 bleed damage to the player. Gives +30% damage for 15 seconds. Also does some damage in front of the player when cast. Skill has no effect. Bloodlust
Chain Spin Sweep foes in a large spinning motion and use strong attack to continue the motion until stamina is exhausted. Reduced damage. Winged Knight Twinaxes, Winged Knight Halberd
Chained Dance Execute relentless consecutive attacks while tracing a circle in a unique dance of deadly grace. Reduced damage. 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. Reduced damage. Enemy doesn't get knocked back. Gundyr's Halberd
Charge Hold weapon at waist and charge at foe. Use strong attack while charging to extend the length of the charge. Reduced damage. Greatlance, Astora Greatsword, Pike, Winged Spear, Soldering Iron, Drang Twinspears, Lothric Knight Long Spear, Four Pronged Plow, Halberd, Saint Bident, Rotten Ghru Spear
Combustion 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. Skill has no effect (requires full FP cost). Pyromancy Flame, White Hair Talisman
Crescent Blade Assume a broad stance and fire off crescent moon blades. No projectile. Reduced damage. 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. Reduced damage. Dancer's Enchanted Swords
Darkdrift Aim carefully, and pierce with a large forward lunge. The unseen blade penetrates straight through shields, for nothing can defend from Darkdrift. Reduced damage. Darkdrift
Darkmoon Arrow Infuse a readied arrow with Darkmoon essence, granting it magic damage and the ability to pierce shields. Reduced damage. Darkmoon Longbow
Demonic Flare Briefly cause flame within to flare, and smash it upon earth and foes. No special effects or AOE. Demon's Great Axe
Ember The fading flame momentarily illuminates and launches itself forward. No jet of flame. No buff. Firelink Greatsword
Falling Bolt Hold axe high in air to gather fierce lightning, and smash ground to whip the bolts to the ground. No lightning AoE. Reduced damage. Dragonslayer Greataxe
Falling Bolt (2) Hold swordspear high in the air to summon fierce lightning that descends upon distant foes. No lightning bolt. No buff. Dragonslayer Swordspear
Flame of Lorian Lunge forward to transform smolder into flame, and follow with strong attack to launch flame across ground. No jet of flame. Reduced damage. Lorian's Greatsword
Flame Whip Temporarily coat the whip in fire, the self-same fire as that which consumed the Witch herself, it is said. No flame. Reduced 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. No flame. No AoE at the end. Reduced damage. Demon's Fist
Frost Create a bone-chilling frost with each swing of the greatscythe that causes a temporary frost effect. Skill has no 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. No frost. Reduced damage. Pontiff Knight Curved Sword
Galvanize Temporarily boost stamina regeneration by +10 per second by sheer force of will, or perhaps as a channeling of the original owner's industrial efforts. Skill has no effect. Pickaxe, Warpick
Gentle Prayer Recovers HP for a period of time, albeit extremely slowly. Works while equipped in either hand. Skill has no effect. Caitha's Chime, Cleric's Sacred Chime, Crystal Chime, Priest's Chime, Saint Tree Bellvine, Yorshka's Chime
Guiding Light A candle provides a temporary source of light which reveals additional guidance. Skill has no effect. Scholar's Candlestick, Cleric's Candlestick
Hold Assume a holding stance to rapidly execute a lunging slash with normal attack, or a deflecting parry with strong attack. Reduced damage. Parry not affected. Uchigatana, Black Blade, Chaos Blade, Washing Pole
Impact 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. Reduced damage. Notched Whip, Whip Stamina recovery is reduced by 10 per second
Kindled Charge Hold spear at waist and charge at foe, and use momentum to transition to a fiery strong attack. No AoE at the end. Reduced damage. Gargoyle Flame Spear
Kindled Flurry Anchor weapon in earth and use strong attack to launch successive volleys of fire from the tip of the hammer. No projectiles or AoE. Gargoyle Flame Hammer
Leaping Slash Perform a forward leaping slash at the opponent's head. When successful, functions as a head shot, inflicting heavy damage. Reduced damage and bleed build-up. Claw
Lifedrain Embrace the victim and steal their HP. Can only be used against humans. Reduced amount of HP drained. Dark Hand
Lightning Charge Charge with spear at waist to enwreathe with lightning, then release bolts with final thrust. No lightning bolt. Reduced damage. Dragonslayer Spear
Moan Offer a gentle prayer to the shield, causing the woman's face to give out a low moan and attract enemies. Skill has no effect. Moaning Shield
Molten Perseverance Anchor weapon in earth to temporarily boost poise, and use strong attack to repeatedly stab earth to trigger molten explosions. Skill has no effect. Old King's Great Hammer
Moonlight Vortex Draw sword back and thrust to unleash torrential moonlight. No moonlight. Reduced damage. Moonlight Greatsword
Morne's Rage Stick weapon into earth and emit a powerful shockwave. Also, similar to Perseverance, temporarily boosts poise and reduces damage received. Skill has no effect. Morne's Great Hammer
Neck Swipe This attack aims for the scruff of a foe's neck, and when successful, functions as a head shot, inflicting heavy damage. Reduced damage. Great Scythe, Great Corvian Scythe
Oath of Sunlight Buffs attacks & damage absorption. Skill has no effect. Sunlight Straight Sword Cancels Tears of Denial
Onislayer Leap forward and slash mercilessly with both blades, cutting open foes. Slightly reduced damage and bleed build-up. Onikiri and Ubadachi
Pacify Buffs your weapon so that it draws out enemy FP points. Skill has no effect. Yorshka's Spear
Parry Deflect an attack when timed properly and follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand. N/A Buckler, Target Shield, Small Leather Shield, Leather Shield, Caduceus Round Shield, Kite Shield, Llewellyn Shield, Parrying Dagger, Farron Greatsword, Golden Falcon Shield, Lothric Knight Shield, Crest Shield, Dragon Crest Shield, Spirit Tree Crest Shield, Silver Knight Shield
Perseverance Cross arms in front of body to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated. Skill has no effect. Black Knight Sword, Dragon Tooth, Great Mace, Vordt's Great Hammer, Smough's Great Hammer, Red Hilted Halberd, Mace, Morning Star, Caestus, Blacksmith Hammer
Pharis Triple-Shot Swiftly nocks three arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, firing them simultaneously. Reduced damage. Black Bow of Pharis
Poison Spores Expel noxious spores from the formless, parasitical things that inhabit the staff. Skill has no effect. Storyteller's Staff
Profaned Flame Temporarily summon the Profaned Flame. Lunge forward and use strong attack to enshroud blade in flame. No flame. No buff. Reduced damage. Profaned Greatsword
Puncture Pull the arrow even further back for a more powerful shot that can also pierce shields. Reduced damage. Dragonrider Bow, Longbow
Puncturing Arrow Masterfully fires off a great arrow that pierces through all enemies in its path, infllicting damage. Reduced damage. Onislayer Greatbow, Dragonslayer Greatbow
Punitive Flame Punish foes with a flame that blankets the ground. No flame. Immolation Tinder Damage inflicted by the weapon itself when performing skill is not affected
Quickstep Instantly step behind or around the side of foes. Especially effective when locked on to target. Loses iframes. Thrall Axe, Dagger, Bandit's Knife, Rotten Ghru Dagger, Brigand Twindaggers, Manikin Claws
Rapid Fire Swiftly nocks arrows with finesse after drawing the bow, allowing for consecutive shots. Halves damage. Short Bow, Composite Bow
Ricard's Lunge and Press Assume a quick stance, lunge forward, and execute a stunning chain attack. Sustain offensive with a strong attack. Reduced damage. Ricard's Rapier
Sacred Light and Flame While in stance, use normal attack to cast Sacred Lothric Light, and strong attack to cast Flame of Lorian. No jet of light/flame. Reduced damage. 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. No jet of light. Reduced damage. Lothric's Holy Sword
Sharpen Scrape the blade to sharpen and enable a cleaner cut. Skill has no effect. Butcher Knife
Shield Bash Without lowering your guard, strike the enemy with the shield to knock them back or stagger them. Works while equipped in either hand. Reduced damage. Can no longer knock down skeleton enemies. Ghru Rotshield, Plank Shield, Pierce Shield, Porcine Shield, Cathedral Knight Greatshield, Yhorm's Greatshield, Twin Dragon Greatshield, Stone Greatshield, Lothric Knight Greatshield, Dragonslayer Greatshield, Greatshield of Glory, Black Iron Greatshield
Shield Splitter Aim carefully, and attack in a large forward lunge to pierce through enemy shields and inflict damage directly. Reduced damage. Mail Breaker, Spear, Arstor's Spear, Estoc, Irithyll Rapier
Shield Strike Use shield to attack enemies. Works while equipped in either hand. Reduced damage. 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. N/A Sacred Bloom Shield, Golden Wing Crest Shield
Spin Bash Bash foes with a large spinning motion. and utilize momentum to transition into an overhanded strong attack smash. Reduced damage. Great Wooden Hammer, Spiked Mace, Drang Hammers
Spin Slash Slice into foes with a large spinning motion, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning vertical-slash. Reduced damage. Falchion, Scimitar, Murakumo, Exile Greatsword
Spin Slash (2) Slice into foes with a large spinning motion, and use strong attach to lengthen attack and end with a double-bladed thrust. Reduced damage. Gotthard Twinswords
Spin Sweep Sweep foes in a large spinning motion, and utilize momentum to transition into and overhanded strong attack slash. Reduced damage. Glaive, Lucerne, Partizan, Black Knight Glaive
Stance While in stance, use normal attack to break a foe's guard from below, and strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge. Reduced damage (lower chance to break guard). Hollowslayer Greatsword, Claymore, Long Sword, Broadsword, Shortsword, Irithyll Straight Sword, Barbed Straight Sword, Lothric Knight Sword, Morion Blade, Astora Straight Sword, Broken Straight Sword, Drakeblood Greatsword, Anri's Straight Sword
Stance (2) From stance, use normal attack to back step and execute a surprise attack, or strong attack for consecutive thrusting. Reduced damage. Rapier, Crystal Sage's Rapier
Stance of Judgment Assume stance to unleash dark magic. Use normal attack for a lunging thrust, and strong attack to emit side-sweeping wave. No buff or projectile. Reduced damage. Greatsword of Judgment
Steady Chant Boost the strength of sorceries for a very short period. Works while equipped in either hand. Skill has no effect (requires full FP cost). Heretic's Staff, Izalith Staff, Man-grub Staff, Medicant's Staff, Sage's Crystal Staff, Sorcerer's Staff, Witch Tree Branch, Archdeacon Great Staff, Court Sorcerer's Staff, Heysel Pick, Golden Ritual Spear
Stomp Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning slash. Reduced damage. Executioner's Greatsword, Greatsword, Cathedral Knight Greatsword, Black Knight Greatsword
Stomp (2) Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for an upward slash. Reduced damage. Bastard Sword, Dark Sword, Zweihander, Lothric Knight Greatsword
Stomp (3) Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a crushing strong attack. Reduced damage. Fume Ultra Greatsword
Stone Flesh Raise the shield in silent prayer, turning the user's body into a solid mass of stone. Skill has no effect. Havel's Greatshield
Storm King Assume stance to imbue sword with storm. Most effective when facing giants. Reduced damage. Storm Ruler Special damage and effect only apply to Yhorm, despite description
Tackle Lunge into a shoulder tackle, pushing back enemies to create distance. Weaker staggering effect. Avelyn, Arbalest, Sniper Crossbow, Light Crossbow, Knight's Crossbow, Heavy Crossbow
Tornado Imbue blade with the wrath of storm in a spinning motion, and follow with a string attack to bear that wrath upon foes. No knockdown effect. Reduced damage. Storm Curved Sword
Unleash Dragon Thrust the spear to unleash the strength of dragons, similar to an ancient dragon weapon, only with its power tragically faded. No special effect. Reduced damage. Tailbone Spear, Tailbone Short Sword
Unfaltering Prayer Temporarily increase poise while casting miracles, preventing enemy attacks from interrupting prayer. Works while equipped in either hand. Skill has no effect. Canvas Talisman, Saint's Talisman, Sunlight Talisman, Talisman Adds 8(9) extra FP to miracle cost, but will still take effect even if remaining FP is just enough for the miracle
Warcry Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack. No damage boost. Only 1/3 duration. Battle Axe, Brigand Axe, Dragonslayer's Axe, Greataxe, Crescent Axe Counts as weapon buff. Overrides buffs from resins or spells (and vice versa)
Warcry (2) Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack, and enables a special consecutive strong attack. No damage boost. Only 1/3 duration. Club, Reinforced Club, Large Club, Great Club, Black Knight Greataxe Counts as weapon buff. Overrides buffs from resins or spells (and vice versa)
Warcry (3) Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack, and pierce through shields to inflict direct damage. No damage boost. Only 1/3 duration. Man Serpent Hatchet Has to be fully charged to completely bypass shield. Counts as weapon buff. Overrides buffs from resins or spells (and vice versa)
Warcry (4) Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack, and enables a crushing strong attack. No damage boost. Only 1/3 duration. Yhorm's Great Machete Counts as weapon buff. Overrides buffs from resins or spells (and vice versa)
Weapon Skill Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon. N/A Eastern Iron Shield, Wolf Knight's Greatshield, Black Knight Shield, Ancient Dragon Greatshield, Shield of Want, Silver Eagle Kite Shield, Curse Ward Greatshield, Pontiff Knight Shield, Spider Shield, Wargod Wooden Shield, Stone Parma, Warrior's Round Shield
Wheel of Fate Thrust out the wheel and give it a good spin, shredding enemies with the outer lining of spikes. Reduced damage. Bonewheel Shield
Wolf Leap Slice into foes with a large spinning motion, then leap out of harm's way and follow with a strong attack. Reduced damage. Old Wolf Curved Sword
Wolf Sword While in stance, use normal attack for a low spinning slash, or strong attack to leap forward in a vertically-slashing somersault. Reduced damage. Wolf Knight's Greatsword
Wrath of the Gods Thrust weapon into earth to emit powerful shockwave. The wrath of those swallowed by the Abyss is a thing to be wary of indeed. Skill has no effect. Wolnir's Holy Sword
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