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.


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.


Skill Effect Without FP Weapons
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 fore. Use strong attack while charging to extend the length of the charge. ? 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. No effect. *You must have the full FP requirement to activate effect. Pyromancy Flame, White Hair Talisman
Crescent Blade Assume a broad stance and fire off crescent moon blades. No projectile. Reduced damage. Crescent Moon Sword
Darkdrift Aim carefully, and pierce with a large forward lunge. The unseen blade penetrates straight through shields, for nothing can defend from Darkdrift. ? Darkdrift
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. No special effects or AOE. Demon's Great Axe
Ember The fading flame momentarily illuminates and launches itself forward. No buff or jet of flame. 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. Reduced damage. Dragonslayer Greataxe
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 Temporarily coat the whip in fire, the self-same fire as that which consumed the Witch herself, it is said. ? 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
Frost 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
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. Attack damage reduced. Parry is 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 regeneration by -10 per second The shackles of bondage lie deep in the hearts of all humankind. ? Notched Whip, Whip
Kindled Charge Hold spear at waist and charge at foe, and use momentum to transition to a fiery strong attack. No AoE 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 effect Dark Hand
Lightning Charge Charge with spear at waist to enwreathe with lightning, then release bolts with final thrust. Reduced damage. No lightning effect. 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. 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
Oath of Sunlight Buffs attacks & damage absorption. Skill has no effect. Sunlight Straight Sword
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. ? 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, 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, Small Leather Shield, Leather 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. ? Black Bow of Pharis
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. No fire or buff. Reduced damage. Profaned Greatsword
Puncture Pull the arrow even further back for a more powerful shot that can also pierce shields. ? Dragonrider Bow, Longbow
Puncturing Arrow Masterfully fires off a great arrow that pierces through all enemies in its path, infllicting damage. ? Onislayer Greatbow, Dragonslayer Greatbow
Punitive Flame Punish foes with a flame that blankets the ground. ? Immolation Tinder
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 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
Sharpen Scrape the blade to sharpen and enable a cleaner cut. ? 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. ? Dragonslayer Greatshield
Shield Splitter Aim carefully, and attack in a large forward lunge to pierce through enemy shields and inflict damage directly. ? Mail Breaker, Arstor's Spear, Spear, Estoc
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. ? 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. ? Falchion, Scimitar, Murakumo, Gotthard Twinswords, Exile Greatsword, Partizan
Spin Sweep Sweep foes in a large spinning motion, and utilize momentum to transition into and overhanded strong attack slash. ? 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. ? Hollowslayer Greatsword, Claymore, Long Sword, Broadsword, Shortsword, Irithyll Straight Sword, Barbed Straight Sword, Lothric Knight Sword, Morion Blade, Astora Straight Sword, Broken Straight Sword, Rapier, Drakeblood Greatsword, Anri's Straight Sword
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. No effect. *You must have the full FP requirement to activate effect. 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. ? Bastard Sword, Dark Sword, Executioner's Greatsword, Greatsword, Fume Ultra Greatsword, Zweihander, Cathedral Knight Greatsword, Lothric Knight Greatsword, Black Knight Greatsword,
Stone Flesh Raise the shield in silent prayer, turning the user's body into a solid mass of stone. No effect. Havel's Greatshield
Storm King Assume stance to imbue sword with storm. Most effective when facing giants. ? Storm Ruler
Tackle Lunge into a shoulder tackle, pushing back enemies to create distance. ? 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. ? 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. ? Canvas Talisman, Saint's Talisman, Sunlight Talisman, Talisman
Warcry Let out a spirited warcry that temporarily boosts attack. No damage boost upon activation. Man Serpent Hatchet, Battle Axe, Brigand Axe, Club, Reinforced Club, Dragonslayer's Axe, Black Knight Greataxe, Greataxe, Great Club, Large Club, Crescent Axe, Yhorm's Great Machete
Weapon Skill Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon. N/A 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
Wheel of Fate Thrust out the wheel and give it a good spin, shredding enemies with the outer lining of spikes. ? Bonewheel Shield
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
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