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Lightning Stake is a miracle in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

A lost dragonslaying miracle.
Strikes with a stake of lightning.
This tale describes the lost practices of ancient dragonslayers, who found that in order to pierce dragonscale, lightning should not be hurled as a bolt, but rather be thrust as a stake directly into the dragon's hide, to be truly effective.


Dropped by the Carthus Sand Worm in the Smouldering Lake.


The caster conjures a large stake made of Lightning, and then plunges it into the ground. The spell has a very short range, but inflicts damage in an area around the impact point.

The stake can inflict up to four instances of damage, depending on how long any valid targets are standing within the impact radius. In quick succession, the stake will deal 0.9, 1.45, 1.45 and 0.8 times the Spell Buff of the catalyst as Lightning damage to any enemies that are immediately in front of the caster. While short-ranged, the combined total damage will exceed that dealt by Great Lightning Spear.


The large impact radius allows Lightning Stake to hit multiple enemies in the immediate vicinity of the impact point, though targets caught in the dead-center will take notably more damage.

It is highly advised to cast this miracle with a talisman that has the Unfaltering Prayer skill, which will allow the caster to Poise through most attacks with their Hyper Armor.

The animation when casting Lightning Stake is very similar to that of Lightning Spear, prior to it being slammed into the ground, which in terms of PvP, can be used to deceive players and have them roll towards the caster to evade it, but instead get struck by the stake itself.

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