Casting a pyromancy with a Flame.

For other uses, see Pyromancy (disambiguation).

Pyromancy is a type of magic in Dark Souls.

General information[edit | edit source]

All pyromancies, even those not directly related to fire, are cast with a Pyromancy Flame. To obtain one, one can choose the Pyromancer as their starting class, or talk to the pyromancy trainers: Laurentius of the Great Swamp after he is rescued and if the player does not already have a Pyromancy Flame, or Eingyi if the player has 11 Intelligence or higher. Upgrading a Pyromancy Flame can only be done through one of the formerly mentioned pyromancers, as well as Quelana of Izalith, who can ascend the flame further than Laurentius or Eingyi.

Unlike Sorcery and Miracles, Pyromancies are unique in that they do not require a specific stat level, or scale with any stat. Rather, players may upgrade their Pyromancy Flame 15 times at any pyromancy teacher, then ascend once and upgrade their Ascended Pyromancy flame another 5 times to increase their damage output. This means that players can use a high level Pyromancy Flame to deal high damage at low soul levels – making it useful for PvP. (Note, the Ascended Pyromancy Flame does not scale with intelligence, despite the item indicating such)

Unfortunately, many pyromancies share the deficiency of having limited range and having a slow casting time. This means that in order to use pyromancies properly, players must plan ahead and predict enemy movements. It also makes pyromancies dangerous to use in close combat, especially against other players. However, the speed of casting pyromancies can be increased through investing in the Dexterity attribute, the limit being 45 points in Dexterity before no further casting speed increases are given to the player, making pyromancies a far more viable choice for close range combat.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Before the creation of Pyromancy, flame sorceries were used by the Witch of Izalith, her Daughters of Chaos, and later by the Demon Firesage.[1][2] The Witch and her daughters used flame sorcery to challenge the ancient dragons,[3] casting it from catalysts just as soul sorceries were.[1] In the wake of her failed attempt to recreate the First Flame, the Witch of Izalith and some of her daughters were engulfed in the newly formed Bed of Chaos.[4] This also resulted in the birth of Pyromancy[2] and all knowledge of flame sorcery has since vanished.[1]

Quelana of Izalith, a Daughter of Chaos, managed to flee the catastrophe created by her mother. Quelana is credited as the "mother of pyromancy"[5] and is likely the originator of the primal pyromancies.[6][7] Quelana teaches her art to a select few students and now resides in Blighttown.

Salaman the Master Pyromancer, a student of Quelana over two-hundred years before the events surrounding the Chosen Undead,[8] was the inventor of Great Fireball – his namesake.[9] Carmina, the most accomplished pupil of Salaman, is credited with having taken the art in new directions.[10] Carmina's pyromancies focus on actualizing the inner-self,[11] and Power Within was kept secret for eons due to its dangerous nature.[12]

Eingyi, an egg-burdened servant of The Fair Lady, was banished from the Great Swamp as a heretic for his perversions of pyromancy.[13] Eingyi's pyromancies are a diversion from the art, illustrating that Pyromancy can be made into something beyond the mere manipulation of fire.[14]

Most pyromancers, and many of the rudimentary spells that they wield, seem to originate from the Great Swamp,[15] a remote region where they were driven.[16] Due to its primitive nature, Pyromancy is often shunned by advanced cultures[17] and many sorcerers mock its simplicity.[18]

Pyromancies[edit | edit source]

Pyromancy Effect Uses Req. Slots Location Type
Pyro Fireball.png
Hurl fireball. 8 1 Laurentius
Starting Spell
Pyro Fire Orb.png
Fire Orb
Hurl fire orb. 6 1 Laurentius
Pyro Great Fireball.png
Great Fireball
Hurl giant fireball. 4 1 Quelana of Izalith Ranged
Pyro Great Chaos Fireball.png
Great Chaos Fireball
Hurl a giant chaos fireball. 4 2 Join Chaos Servant covenant. Ranged
Pyro Firestorm.png
Erect fire pillars in vicinity. 20 1 Quelana of Izalith Ranged
Pyro Fire Tempest.png
Fire Tempest
Erect giant fire pillars in vicinity. 20 1 Quelana of Izalith Ranged
Pyro Chaos Storm.png
Chaos Storm
Erect localized chaos fire pillars. 20 2 Reach Chaos Servant +2. Ranged
Pyro Combustion.png
Create powerful flame in hand. 16 1 Laurentius
Short Ranged
Pyro Great Combustion.png
Great Combustion
Create powerful, giant flame in hand. 8 1 Quelana of Izalith Short Ranged
Pyro Fire Surge.png
Fire Surge
Create a surge of flame from palm of hand. 80 1 Painted World of Ariamis Ranged
Pyro Fire Whip.png
Fire Whip
Sweep foes with fire whip. 80 1 Quelana of Izalith Short Ranged
Pyro Chaos Fire Whip.png
Chaos Fire Whip
Sweep foes with chaos fire whip. 80 2 Lost Izalith Short Ranged
Poison Mist
Poison Mist
Create poison mist. 3 1 Eingyi
Toxic Mist
Toxic Mist
Create intense poison mist. 1 1 Eingyi Ranged
Pyro Acid Surge.png
Acid Surge
Emit acid which corrodes weapons and armor. 2 1 Painted World of Ariamis Ranged
Pyro Flash Sweat.png
Flash Sweat
Intense sweating reduces flame damage. 3 1 Laurentius Support
Pyro Iron Flesh.png
Iron Flesh
Iron flesh boosts defense and resilience. 3 1 Laurentius Support
Pyro Power Within.png
Power Within
Short strength/endurance boost, but lose HP. 1 1 Blighttown Support
Pyro Undead Rapport.png
Undead Rapport
Charm Undead and gain temporary allies. 7 1 Quelana of Izalith Support
Black Flame.png
Black Flame
Conjure a great black flame in one's palm. 8 1 Chasm of the Abyss Short Ranged

Achievements/Trophies[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Izalith Catalyst description.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Demon's Catalyst description.
  3. Fire Tempest description.
  4. Chaos Storm description.
  5. Gold-Hemmed Black Hood description.
  6. Firestorm description.
  7. Fire Whip description.
  8. Dialogue with Quelana of Izalith.
  9. Great Fireball description.
  10. Flash Sweat description.
  11. Iron Flesh description.
  12. Power Within description.
  13. Poison Mist description.
  14. Toxic Mist description.
  15. Fireball description.
  16. Tattered Cloth Hood description.
  17. Dialogue with Laurentius of the Great Swamp.
  18. Great Combustion description.

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