Casting a Sorcery with a Catalyst.

For other uses, see Sorcery (disambiguation).

Sorcery is a form of magic in Dark Souls.

General information[edit | edit source]

Sorceries are cast by catalysts. Catalysts usually scale with the Intelligence stat, although there is one exception.

Most sorceries can be purchased from various merchants found throughout the game. Some are found as lootable items.

There are more sorceries than either pyromancies or miracles. While pyromancies focus on offensive spells and miracles focus on defensive and healing, sorceries include a variety of utility and augmentation spells as well as a range of offensive spells.

All forms of offensive sorceries cause Magic Damage, which is typically effective against iron armor, tough scales, and other physically resilient materials.[1]

Lore[edit | edit source]

Sorcery is said to have originated with Seath the Scaleless, the "grandfather of sorcery".[2] The ancient land of Oolacile has its own sorceries, which are an "approximation" when compared to modern Sorcery[3] and are characterized by augmenting the weapon or body, rather than causing offensive damage. Manus, Father of the Abyss is the source of at least one Abyss sorcery.[4]

The other Abyss sorceries are said to be discovered by an Oolacile sorcerer on the brink of madness[5], possibly Gilleah the Hexer and differ from normal offensive sorceries, which are derived from souls, in that they draw power from humanity[note 1] and cause both Magic and Physical Damage due to their "weighty" nature.[6]

Big Hat Logan of the Dragon School in Vinheim played a role in the development of numerous sorceries.[7][8] During his infatuation with Seath in the Regal Archives, Logan developed new sorceries and boosted existing ones.[9][10]

Sorceries[edit | edit source]

Sorcery Effect Uses Req. Slots Intelligence
Int.
Location Type
Sorc Soul Arrow.png
Soul Arrow
Fires Magic projectile. 30 1 10

Griggs
OR
Logan
OR
Rickert
OR
Sorcerer
Starting Spell

Ranged
Magic
Sorc Great Soul Arrow.png
Great Soul Arrow
Stronger Soul Arrow, slower cast time and fewer uses. 20 1 14 Griggs
OR
Logan
Ranged
Magic
Sorc Heavy Soul Arrow.png
Heavy Soul Arrow
Stronger and slower Great Soul Arrow. 12 1 12

Griggs
OR
Logan
OR
Rickert

Ranged
Magic
Sorc Great Heavy Soul Arrow.png
Great Heavy Soul Arrow
Stronger and slower Heavy Soul Arrow. 8 1 16 Griggs
OR
Logan
Ranged
Magic
Sorc Homing Soulmass.png
Homing Soulmass
Conjures Soulmasses that seek targets within range. 10 1 18 Griggs
OR
Logan
Ranged
Magic
Sorc Homing Crystal Soulmass.png
Homing Crystal Soulmass
Stronger version of Homing Soulmass. 10 1 24 Big Hat Logan Ranged
Magic
Soul Spear
Soul Spear
Fires a powerful Magic Soul Spear. 4 1 36 Griggs
OR
Logan
Ranged
Magic
Crystal Soul Spear
Crystal Soul Spear
More powerful version of Soul Spear. 4 1 44 Big Hat Logan Ranged
Magic
Sorc White Dragon Breath.png
White Dragon Breath
Creates a straight line of crystals along the ground. 20 1 50 Big Hat Logan
Drop
Ranged
Magic
AoE
Sorc Magic Weapon.png
Magic Weapon
Augments right hand weapon with Magic. 5 1 10 Griggs
OR
Logan
Support
Magic
Augmentation
Sorc Great Magic Weapon.png
Great Magic Weapon
Stronger version of Magic Weapon. 3 1 15 Anor Londo
Chandelier
Support
Magic
Augmentation
Sorc Crystal Magic Weapon.png
Crystal Magic Weapon
Strongest

Offensive

Augmentation Sorcery.

3 1 25 Big Hat Logan Support
Magic
Augmentation
Sorc Magic Shield.png
Magic Shield
Raises Stability of left hand shield. 5 1 10 Griggs
OR
Logan
Support
Augmentation
Sorc Strong Magic Shield.png
Strong Magic Shield
Stronger version of Magic Shield. 3 1 15 The Duke's Archives
Chest
Support
Augmentation
Sorc Aural Decoy.png
Aural Decoy
Creates a diversion to lure enemies. 20 1 10 Griggs of Vinheim Support
Sorc Hush.png
Hush
Silences the caster's movements. 6 1 15

Sen's Fortress
Corpse
OR
Griggs
Drop

Support
Augmentation
Sorc Fall Control.png
Fall Control
Reduces damage and noise from falling. 10 1 15 Griggs of Vinheim Support
Augmentation
Sorc Hidden Weapon.png
Hidden Weapon
Augments right hand weapon. 3 1 14 Dusk of Oolacile
OR
Elizabeth
Support
Augmentation
Sorc Hidden Body.png
Hidden Body
Masks the caster's presence. 3 1 14 Dusk of Oolacile
OR
Elizabeth
Support
Augmentation
Sorc Repair.png
Repair
Repairs equipped weapons and armor. 1 1 14 Dusk of Oolacile
OR
Elizabeth
Support
Sorc Cast Light.png
Cast Light
Casts light on the caster's surroundings. 3 1 14 Dusk of Oolacile
OR
Elizabeth
Support
Sorc Chameleon.png
Chameleon
Transforms caster into an inanimate object. 11 1 14 Dusk of Oolacile
OR
Elizabeth
Support
Augmentation
Sorc Remedy.png
Remedy

Cures all negative status effects.

4 1 16 Blighttown
Chest
Support
Sorc Resist Curse.png
Resist Curse
Cures Curse buildup. 4 1 16 Ingward Support
Dark Orb.png
Dark Orb
(AotA)
Fires a giant Dark Orb. 12 1 16 Oolacile Township
Chest
Ranged
Magic
Physical
Dark Bead.png
Dark Bead
(AotA)
Fires multiple Dark Orbs. 6 1 16 Chasm of the Abyss
Corpse
Ranged
Magic
Physical
Dark Fog.png
Dark Fog
(AotA)
Creates a cloud of Poison fog. 2 1 18 Oolacile Township
Corpse
Ranged
Poison
AoE
Pursuers.png
Pursuers
(AotA)
Similar to Homing Crystal Soulmass but stronger and slower. 3 2 32 Trade Soul of Manus with Snuggly the Crow Ranged
Magic
Physical

Achievements/Trophies[edit | edit source]

Note: Even on the PC version, the Abyss Sorceries are never needed to obtain the achievement.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Soul Arrow description.
  2. Moonlight Greatsword description.
  3. Dusk of Oolacile dialogue.
  4. Pursuers description.
  5. Dark Orb description.
  6. Dark Bead description.
  7. Soul Spear description.
  8. Homing Soulmass description
  9. White Dragon Breath description.
  10. Crystal Magic Weapon description.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Abyss Sorcery does not scale with liquid Humanity.
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