16 BEST Pyromancy Spells In Dark Souls 3

Pyromancy is underrated in Dark Souls 3, and there are thirty spells players can use to tweak their Pyromancy Build! Continue reading the guide to find out more about them!

Best Pyromancy Spells Dark Souls 3

Spells are unlocked in the early stages of the game, hence you can choose to play with them and select them based on their outrageous power. Others can be used to stagger and damage the opponents to an extent. However, spells such as Rapport can allow players to control their enemies for 30 seconds.

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Other than that, you should really put emphasis on spells such as Boulder Heave. By casting the spell, your character will spit out a huge boulder from their mouth, and hurl it over to the enemies. The boulder can split into tiny shards when in contact, and can deal devastating damage that leaves your enemies stunned!

Key Takeaways

  • Players have a vast variety of Pyromancy spells to choose from, making it a total of 30 Spells.
  • When talking about spells, Dark Souls 3 has three categories to place its spells.
  • Sorceriespyromancies, and miracles are the three categories to choose from!
  • Players can purchase certain spells by trading items such as Tome and more!
  • To use spells, players need to have a certain level of Intelligence and Faith.
  • For instance, you’ll need a minimum of 25 Intelligence and Faith to use the majority of the spells.

Best Pyromancy Spells And Comparison

Here is a comparison table of my 16 best Pyromancy Spells. Each stat can be sorted to view the highest and lowest values, which has been done for your convenience:

No.SpellsBest ForSpell TypeFocus CostSlots UsedRequirementsTypeFP Cost
1Sacred FlameBest Grab Attack Pyromancy.Pyromancy2518 Intelligence/8 FaithGrab Attack25
2Black FlameBest PvP Melee Pyromancy.Pyromancy25115 Intelligence/15 FaithMelee25
3Toxic MistBest Toxic Pyromancy.Pyromancies2510 Intelligence/15 FaithRanged Attack-
4Seething ChaosBest Highest AoE Damage Pyromancy.Pyromancies30118Intelligence/18 Faith-28
5Carthus BeaconBest Damage Buff Pyromancy.Pyromancy35212 Intelligence/12 Faith-35
6Cathus Flame ArcBest Weapon Buff Pyromancy.Pyromancy28110 Intelligence/10 FaithRanged Attack-
7Black Fire OrbBest Dark Magic Pyromancy.Pyromancy22120 Intelligence/20 FaithRanged Attack22
8Flash SweatBest Pyromancy For Fire Damage Negation.Pyromancy2016 Intelligence/6 Faith-20
9Great Chaos Fire OrbBest Ranged Pyromancy.Pyromancy3210 Intelligence/0 FaithRanged Attack32
10Chaos Bed VestigesHighest Damage Pyromancy.Pyromancy35220 Intelligence/10 FaithRanged Attack35
11Chaos StormBest Storm-Type Pyromancy.Pyromancy320 Intelligence/0 FaithAoE3
12Fire WhipBest Anti-Boss Pyromancy.Pyromancy2113 Intelligence/8 FaithRanged Attack-
13Profaned FlameBest Knockback Pyromancy.Pyromancy30125 Intelligence/0 FaithRanged Attack30
14RapportBest Fun Pyromancy.Pyromancy30115 Intelligence/0 FaithPyromancy30
15Boulder HeaveBest Physical Ranged Pyromancy.Pyromancy1718 Intelligence/12 FaithRanged Attack17
16Power WithinBest Attack Buff Pyromancy.Pyromancy30110 Intelligence/10 Faith-30

Comparison Table.

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1. Sacred Flame

Best Grab Attack Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Sacred Flame?

Sacred Flame works effectively for early levels, dealing massive damage as you grab the opponent. 

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost25
Slots Used1
Requirements8 Intelligence/8 Faith
TypeGrab Attack
FP Cost25

Sacred Flame Stats Table. 

A miracle in Dark Souls 3, the Sacred Flame can be found in the Smouldering Lake. The flame uses 25 FP to cast and requires the player to have 8 Intelligence and Faith.

If you’re a player looking for fun and gruesome spells then Sacred Flame is for you! Although it lacks the speed and accuracy to perfectly execute, the spell can be quite devastating when it connects.

You might be wondering why I said that it lacks accuracy because it is a grab attack, you need to be certain of pulling off the attack when there are hordes of enemies blocking your path. If you miss, you’ll be dealing with a lot of attacks from the opponents!

Let’s talk about the advantages of equipping Sacred Flame. For starters, it is an effective pyromancy to deal critical damage to the enemies. And if you’ve guaranteed a successful grab attack, the enemy will lose a considerable amount of his health.

Additionally, it serves its purpose quite well for PvP fights, especially while bullying other players.

  • Deals massive damage.
  • Can penetrate most humanoid enemy’s guard.
  • Knocks down enemies.
  • Slow windup.
  • Risky in PvP as it’s slow.

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2. Black Flame

Best PvP Melee Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Black Flame?

Black Flames deals high damage and offers fast casting speed. It’s effective in PvP battles as it deals with high stamina damage.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost25
Slots Used1
Requirements15 Intelligence/15 Faith
FP Cost25

Black Flame Stats Table. 

Similar to the Sacred Flame, the Black Flame requires 25 FP to cast. However, players need to ensure they have a sufficient amount of Intelligence and Faith to cast the Pyromancy/spell.

In other words, the Black Flame requires 15 Intelligence and Faith. On the other hand, you can acquire the Pyromancy from Karla after giving her the Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome.

You’ll already have unlocked the spell by now, but beginner players must know that they have to give 10,000 souls to Karla as well as the Tome.

As we move on to the description and functions of the spell, Black Flame will deal more damage on a critical hit than damage on its edge. This means you’ll have damage equivalent to the spell buff x 2.4 during a critical hit and x2.2 on a regular hit.

The spell will deal tremendous damage to opponents who have no clue what’s coming for them. Your character will ram their hand on the enemy’s face and cast the spell to ignite black flames and burn them.

  • Deals spell buff x2.4 direct hit damage.
  • Deals spell buff x2.2 edge hit damage.
  • Fast casting speed.
  • High stamina damage.
  • Effective in PvP. 
  • Less range as it’s a Melee-type spell.

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3. Toxic Mist

Best Toxic Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Toxic Mist?

Toxic Mist applies a Toxic effect that does damage over time. It’s extremely effective against multiple enemies.

Spell TypePyromancies
Focus Cost24
Slots Used1
Requirements0 Intelligence/15 Faith
DurationRanged Attack
FP Cost-

Toxic Mist Stats Table. 

Players can grasp the essence of the Toxic Mist spell from its name alone. It serves as a strategic tool to counter multiple enemies and alleviate the pressure of being outnumbered.

This spell generates a toxic cloud that inflicts damage on anyone within its reach. It proves valuable in situations involving multiple foes or confined spaces, forcing enemies to retreat from the cloud or risk enduring your attacks.

Toxic Mist can be acquired in the Smouldering Lake ruins. When enemies are exposed to the mist, they suffer from poisoning and must eliminate it from their system to prevent further damage, making poison a potent element.

  • Applies 12 Toxic build-up per tick.
  • Damage over time.
  • One of the methods to inflict Toxic. 
  • Some enemies are resistant to Toxic.
  • Not useful in PvP.

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4. Seething Chaos

Best Highest AoE Damage Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Seething Chaos?

Seething Chaos is ideal for setting up traps or clearing tight locations. It throws a fireball that explodes after a while. 

Spell TypePyromancies
Focus Cost30
Slots Used1
Requirements18Intelligence/18 Faith
Duration90 seconds
FP Cost28

Seething Chaos Stats Table. 

Enter Seething Chaos, a pyromancy that lets you attach fiery lumps or boulders to surfaces. These boulders require around four seconds to charge before exploding and causing damage.

Remember, you can only stick two of these lumps at a time; adding more will cause the previous ones to vanish without detonating.

  • Deals massive damage.
  • Largest AoE.
  • Use two of them at the same time to explode.
  • Not effective in PvP.
  • Can be easily dodged as an explosion is timed.

Related: How about you check out our guide on the Best Talismans in Dark Souls 3? You can use them to cast Miracles!

5. Carthus Beacon

Best Damage Buff Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Carthus Beacon?

Carthus Beacon buffs the damage dealt by consecutive attacks and works best against enemies where such attacks are effective.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost35
Slots Used2
Requirements12 Intelligence/12 Faith
Duration30 seconds
FP Cost35

Cathus Beacon Stats Table. 

You can use Carthus Beacon to boost the power in your attacks after every hit. The damage boost varies with the type of weapons a player uses while having the buff equipped. You can acquire it from Cornyx of the Great Swamp which will prompt you into giving him the Carthus Pyromancy Tome.

The way the buff works is quite simple. All you need to do after activating it is to continue hitting the target consecutively. As soon as your attacks stop hitting the target, the buff will start to decrease and eventually reach 0.

Also, players need to keep in mind that the buff lasts only for thirty seconds. Therefore, they need to deliver the highest damage possible through their attacks within the given time frame!

  • Buffs consecutive attack damage.
  • Stackable on other buffs.
  • Lasts for 30 seconds. 
  • Boost decreases once attacking stops.
  • Not compatible with a few other spells.

6. Carthus Flame Arc

Best Weapon Buff Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Carthus Flame Arc?

Adds fire damage to weapons, and it has low stat requirements that make it perfect for melee builds.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost28
Slots Used1
Requirements10 Intelligence/10 Faith
TypeRanged Attack / AoE
FP Cost-

Carthus Flame Arc Stats Table. 

A favorite Pyromancy for many players out there. The Carthus Flame Arc, similar to the Carthus Beacon, is a buff-type spell that engulfs your sword in flames and potentially boosts its damage output along with a hot and fiery element of fire.

To identify the Carthus Flame Arc, a player only needs to look at the weapon an enemy is holding. If it is engulfed in orange flames, yes that’s the spell that deals fire damage!

A player can coat any of their weapons to deal an extra layer of fire damage to their opponents. Beginners can highly benefit from this spell due to its incredibly low requirements!

  • Adds fire damage to weapons.
  • Low stat requirements.
  • Ideal for melee builds.
  • Lasts for 90 seconds.
  • Some weapons don’t get much benefit.
  • Better options for Spellcasting builds.

7. Black Fire Orb

Best Dark Magic Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Black Fire Orb?

Black Fire Orb deals overall high damage and Dark damage and it’s more effective against enemies weak to dark damage. 

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost22
Slots Used1
Requirements20 Intelligence/20 Faith
TypeRanged Attack
FP Cost22

Black Fire Orb Stats Table. 

Whenever it comes down to hurling fireballs or shoving huge boulders at enemy players in PvP fights, never use them! Why? Because with online players, obviously, they can dodge an attack hurled at them! they don’t work as effectively in PvP as in PvE, however, Ds3 players can utilize the Black Fire Orb during PvE mode with only 22 FP!

The skill itself is remarkable but requires a player to have 20 Intelligence and Faith to use a ranged attack like the Black Fire Orb. It can be purchased from Karla when you retrieve the Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome. We talked about the tome earlier, didn’t we?

There are a few downsides to this pyromancy and I would prefer if you limit its use. As a ranged spell, it can be hard to aim and hit the target. Mixed with the slow projectile speed, you’re hardly going to be able to make contact with the enemy.

Another aspect would be its dark magic instead of fire. Yes, it deals damage with dark magic, guys, which means it’s very effective against enemies prone to Dark.

If you’re worried about the best between Fire Orb and Black Magic Orb, your first pick should be the Black Fire Orb!

  • Deals Dark damage.
  • High damage output.
  • Wide range. 
  • High stat requirements.
  • Slow projectile speed.
  • Expensive.

8. Flash Sweat

Best Pyromancy For Fire Damage Negation.

Why did I choose Flash Sweat?

Flash Sweat increases Fire damage absorption by 30% and lasts for 30 seconds.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost20
Slots Used1
Requirements6 Intelligence/6 Faith
FP Cost20

Flash Sweat Stats Table. 

A situational Pyromancy in Dark Souls 3, Flash Sweat can be used to maneuver fire damage. It can reduce the damage a player takes due to fire, by a whole 30% however, the spell cannot be paired with other buffs similar to Iron Flesh!

Do you remember the demon enemy back in Smouldering Lake? Or rather any enemy that deals fire damage? Much to your surprise, you can use Flash Sweat to cross those lava spoils in the area, and take less damage from the enemies lurking in the area.

Evidently, it does not reduce damage if you’re hit with physical attacks because that’s not how the spell works!

All in all, it comes to a greater use if paired well with a Speckled Stoneplate ring if you’re trying to pass through the Smouldering Lake! The duration lasts for thirty seconds so you have to move around swiftly and it costs a player 20 FP to cast!

  • Boosts Fire damage absorption.
  • Lasts for 30 seconds.
  • Can be stacked with a Red Bug Pallet. 
  • Other Buffs like Iron Flesh overwrite its effects.
  • Gives a sound effect to the player, that removes stealth.

9. Great Chaos Fire Orb

Best Ranged Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Great Chaos Fire Orb?

An upgrade to Fire Orb, dealing more damage and leaving the lava pool behind. It has 0 Int/Faith requirements and covers a wide range. 

Spell TypePYromancy
Focus Cost32
Slots Used2
Requirements0 Intelligence/0 Faith
TypeRanged Attack
FP Cost32

Great Chaos Fire Orb Stats Table. 

One of the best-ranged pyromancy you can use is the Great Chaos Fire Orb. When used, the spell deals an AOE damage that lingers for a few seconds damaging enemies caught up in its magma. The fire damage, if noticed, is remarkable and creates a greater option than the rest of the ranged spells in Dark Souls 3.

You can use the spell against a bunch of enemies crawling around an area to take them out instantly or deal huge damage to knock them out in the next blow! It is undoubtedly the best spell you can use in a pyro build.

Apart from that, you can purchase it from Cornyx of the Great Swamp after giving him something in return. The item I’m talking about is the Izalith Pyromancy Tome. If you’re wondering about the FP it takes to cast, heck it takes 32 FP AND uses two slots!

  • High damage output.
  • Leaves Lava pool behind that deals damage.
  • Stuns small enemies.
  • Low Stat requirements.
  • Covers wide range.
  • Slow Projectile speed.
  • Uses 2 slots.
  • High FP cost.
  • Expensive.

10. Chaos Bed Vestiges

Highest Damage Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Chaos Bed Vestiges?

Chaos Bed Vestiges deal the highest damage and cause a large explosion. It’s potent in PvP with a shorter range.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost35
Slots Used2
Requirements20 Intelligence/10 Faith
TypeRanged Attack
FP Cost35

Chaos Bed Vestiges Stats Table. 

Next up in my best pyromancy spells in Dark Souls 3 is the Chaos Bed Vestiges – one of the many iconic Pyromancy. Similar to the Chaos Fire Orb, the Chaos Bed hurls a chaos flame at the enemies and burns them to a cinder.

It deals far worse damage than the two, with an astonishing rate of x3.4 with a spell buff when it hits the target mixed with the spiral damage after it collides! If you may recall in Dark Souls II, the Chaos Bed Vestiges were called under a different name “Forbidden Sun“, which is now changed to what you know as the Chaos Bed Vestiges.

The spell deals with a chaotic explosion mixed with insane damage. However, the range is something to be thought little of, as compared to the orb pyromancies. 

Other than that, players that prefer a Pyromancy build can use it to wreak havoc in both PvP and PvE fights due to its tremendous stats and high FP efficiency. You might as well add it to your slot!

  • Deals massive damage.
  • Quite good in PvP.
  • Straighter arc but a shorter range. 
  • High FP cost.
  • Uses 2 slots.
  • High stat requirements.
  • Slow casting speed.

11. Chaos Storm

Best Storm-Type Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Chaos Storm?

Chaos Storm produces five fire pillars surrounding the player, dealing damage to anyone near you and it requires 0 Int/Faith.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost3
Slots Used2
Requirements0 Intelligence/0 Faith
FP Cost3

Chaos Storm Stats Table. 

The spell can be used as a great asset in your arsenal for PvE fights due to its high-end damage and range. Players need to keep in mind its downsides which include being prone during its cast animation.

Furthermore, you will notice that it drains your stamina alongside a huge point from your FP, which is why it’s better to utilize it under great pressure.

If you look at its stats, you’ll think I’ve gone crazy. However, to use the spell, you must know that it’ll use 3 FP 19 times before you can cast it, you can do the math!

  • Produces 5 fire pillars.
  • 0 Int/Faith requirements.
  • Leaves Lava pool behind.
  • Deals damage in the surroundings of the player.
  • Uses 2 slots.
  • Long casting time.

12. Fire Whip

Best Anti-Boss Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Fire Whip?

Fire Whip causes a knockback effect with high damage output and homing projectiles and it’s perfect against bosses.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost2
Slots Used1
Requirements13 Intelligence/8 Faith
TypeRanged Attack
FP Cost-

Fire Whip Stats Table. 

Fire Storm and Fire Whip are arguably the best pyromancies against bosses. Thereby making them the best at dealing high damage for little FP. While you’re engaged in a mob fight, you can use fire whip to deal extra damage to enemies that are not focused on you. 

You can also trigger a knockback when enemies are struck by Fire Whip, giving you plenty of room to think for a second combination. However, you need to keep in mind its cast time when using it against a rushed fight against multiple targets.

The cast animation will leave you vulnerable to enemy attacks causing you to lose some of your HP.

You wouldn’t want your health peeled off in that manner. Therefore, it is best to use the spell when the enemies are not trying to rush you. Apart from that, a player can get maximum damage off the spell if they hit the target during the first animation while knocking them back! 

  • Deals high damage.
  • Knockback effect.
  • Stuns enemy.
  • Efficient Damage to Focus ratio.
  • Slow casting time.
  • Makes player immobile while spell is active.
  • Difficult to control.
  • Weak against high Poise.

13. Profaned Flame

Best Knockback Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Profaned Flame?

Profaned Flame deals a significant knockback to anyone it hits. It has decent damage and AoE, making it viable for multiple targets.

Spell TypePyromancies
Focus Cost30
Slots Used1
Requirements25 Intelligence/0 Faith
TypeRanged Attack
FP Cost30

Profaned Flame Stats Table. 

Much like the knockback you get from the Fire Whip, Profaned Flame achieves it at a remarkable rate. This means you can get a huge knockback for a decreased radius of the explosion.

Similarly, the spell can be used in a mid-range fight when you’re away from the target. In this way, you can damage the enemy AND keep a safe distance from them and their attacks. You will need 30 FP to cast the spell and 25 Intelligence.

The animation is super cool as it summons a small air barrier in a straight point to deal double the explosive damage to the enemies.

  • High Knockback.
  • Large AoE.
  • Effective against multiple enemies.
  • Decent casting speed. 
  • High Int requirement.
  • High FP cost.
  • Easily Dodgeable. 

14. Rapport

Best Fun Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Rapport?

Rapport makes others your ally for a certain time. It works against some types of opponents. It’s not particularly useful, but fun to use.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost30
Slots Used1
Requirements15 Intelligence/0 Faith
FP Cost30

Rapport Stats Table. 

A spell that turns your enemies into allies for 30 seconds. You can use Rapport to control your enemies and have them win half your fights for you swiftly and cleanly. While you’re on your way to invade other worlds, you can use rapport to your advantage.

The spell is highly efficient in terms of populated areas. You will need to give Karla the Quelana Tome to acquire Rapport.

You need to ensure you use the spell in a congested area to achieve its effects. A few downsides of the Pyromancy include not affecting any invaders, Darkwraith, Black Knights, and more!

  • Turns enemies into allies for 30 seconds.
  • Effective against Red Eyed elite mobs.
  • Can effect any number of targets. 
  • High FP cost.
  • Misses fast moving enemies.
  • Applies to only certain type of mobs.

15. Boulder Heave

Best Physical Ranged Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Boulder Heave?

Boulder Heave deals high damage and shatters into chunks on impact, dealing more stagger and stamina damage.

Spell TypePyromancy
Focus Cost17
Slots Used1
Requirements8 Intelligence/12 Faith
TypeRanged Attack
FP Cost17

Boulder Heave Stats Table. 

Unlike other spells, this type of spell will deal physical damage and not fire damage. You can use it to whittle down the opponent’s shield with ease and deal with x1.8 damage with a spell buff on a direct hit.

You will have to keep gravity in mind when casting Boulder Heave because it has an arc trajectory easy to sway! Your character will shockingly spit a huge boulder from its mouth and hurl it toward the enemies causing them to take a direct hit and take explosive damage afterward!

  • Deals high Phy damage.
  • Knocks down enemies on a direct hit.
  • Shatters to deal high Stamina and Poise damage.
  • Not a good casting time.
  • Short range.

16. Power Within

Best Attack Buff Pyromancy.

Why did I choose Power Within?

Power Within boosts attacks at the cost of HP. It’s effective against any stronger enemy, where you can easily take them down with just a little damage buff.

Spell TypePyromancies
Focus Cost30
Slots Used1
Requirements10 Intelligence/10 Faith
Duration30 seconds
FP Cost30

Power Within Stats Table. 

This is a buff spell that utilizes 30 FP and requires 10 Intelligence and Faith, which is ironically a good thing. You can buff your attacks at the cost of gradually losing HP for a duration of 30 seconds. It is enough time to deal extra damage to your enemies and gain a slight but +30 stamina regeneration every second.

It is mostly used by aggressive players that utilize a huge amount of stamina, however, players using a pyromancy build will find it useful nonetheless!

  • Boosts attacks.
  • Improves stamina regeneration.
  • Useful in Glass Cannon builds. 
  • Loses HP gradually.
  • Cannot stack with other buffs.

Why Others Were Not Choosen?

  • Fire Orb: A lesser variant of Great Chaos Fire Orb. Another better option is Black Fire Orb.
  • Iron Flesh: It boosts damage resistance but increases weight significantly, making it difficult to wield weapons or move.
  • Profused Sweat: Only boosts Bleed, poison, frost, and curse resistance. No fire resistance buff.
  • Warmth: High FP cost and heals enemies as well.

My Thoughts On Pyromancy Spells

In conclusion, these spells offer a range of capabilities that players can add to their arsenal. From staggering spells to heavy damage and fire negation, players can choose anyone that matches their builds or suits their playstyle. I recommend having the Flash Sweat for fire absorption and the Great Chaos Fire Orb to deal extra ranged damage.

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