How to use Spells & Magic in Dark Souls 3

Players who decided to focus their characters on spell casting can choose between a variety of offensive, defensive and support spells (magic) in Sorcery, Pyromancy or Miracles. At the start, these types of characters will have access to only a few spells and that will make their gameplay pretty hard.
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Later in the game, when you get access to many spells and high stats, things will become considerably easier. In this guide, we’ll show you how to equip spells and which items you’ll need.

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How to use spells & magic

Before you can use any spell, you’ll need an appropriate item. Miracles can only be used by equipping Talismans or Chimes; for Sorcery, you’ll need Staff or Catalyst, and Pyromancies can be cast by equipping Flames.

  • At a Bonfire choose Attune Spell
  • Put a Talisman/Chimes or Staff/Catalyst in your off hand
  • Put your spell in the top (up) active slot.
  • Cast the spell with L1
  • Cast the Talisman/Chimes or Staff/Catalyst power with L2

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  1. R

    But what about reinforcing a staff, dose it actually increase spell damage, it dose not show on the reinforce screen

    1. G
      Gandalf The Gey

      I have reinforced a catalyst. Can confirm that at +3 the spell buff increased from 100 to 110.

  2. M

    rn – the bottom stats on the reinforce screen is something like “spell buff”. this is the actual increase of spell potency from your staff/weapon

  3. K

    I am struggling to understand how to equip items, i am using keyboard and mouse

    1. B

      You have to press ESC. And when the menu comes up, select equipment. Then select an equipment slot, and select the weapon/armor piece etc. and equip it.

  4. A

    U found out ?

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