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Guide to Pyromancy Tomes in "Dark Souls III"

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One of the major magical groups of the Dark Souls world, Pyromancy is one of the more popular routes to take through Dark Souls III. Being a Pyromancer is a lot of fun, if difficult when you run up against fiery enemies, and a perfectly viable way to get through the game. The problem is that you start out with one Pyromancy - Fireball - and no obvious ways to collect the rest.

What's the solution? Pyromancy Tomes, of course. When handed over to the proper trainer, Pyromancy Tomes can greatly expand your fire spell repertoire, allowing you to custom build your Pyromancer for any situation. The Tomes aren't just sitting out in the open, though, and you'll need to go searching to find all five. This guide will help you discover every Pyromancy Tome in Dark Souls III. First, though, we need a teacher.

All images copyright FromSoftware.

All images copyright FromSoftware.

Cornyx of the Great Swamp

The Pyromancy teacher of Dark Souls III is Cornyx of the Great Swamp. A genial old man, Cornyx will hang out in Firelink Shrine for the entirety of the game once you've tracked him down... assuming you can find him.

Fortunately, Cornyx is available as a merchant a short way into the game. Make your way to the Undead Settlement, then proceed through until you reach a large open space with a burning tree, a bunch of praying Hollows, and an Evangelist. Take a right across the nearest bridge, through the farmhouse ahead, and across the next bridge on the other side.

Ahead you'll see a cluster of buildings surrounding a small courtyard that's covered in explosive barrels. Look down the cliff at the edge of this area, just on the other side of the bridge, and you'll spot a narrow pathway patrolled by a Hollow that leads under the cliff and into a building. Drop onto the pathway, kill the Hollow, and enter the building to find the Cliff Underside bonfire. An exit in the rear of here leads up to the rooftops, and past three Firebomb-throwing Hollows you'll find a cage. Inside the cage is Cornyx. Speak to him to send him to Firelink.

Once Cornyx is in Firelink you can find him down the stairs from Blacksmith Andre, on the opposite side from Greirat. Cornyx will sell you a variety of Pyromancies, and if you bring him Pyromancy Tomes he'll expand his repertoire.

Great Swamp Pyromancy Tome

The first Pyromancy Tome you're likely to come across. The Great Swamp Pyromancy Tome is located on the Road of Sacrifices, near the Crucifixion Woods bonfire. Jump down into the swamp from the bonfire and cross to the ruins on the other side. Head towards the entrance of the ruins, where the Exile Swordsmen loiter, then jump back into the water and look at the base of the nearby trees. The Tome is snugged up against the roots of a tree. There are Giant Crabs patrolling this area so you'll need to be quick.

The Great Swamp Pyromancy Tome teaches the following Pyromancies:

  • Fire Orb
  • Bursting Fireball
  • Poison Mist
  • Profuse Sweat

Carthus Pyromancy Tome

True to its name, the Carthus Pyromancy Tome is found in the Catacombs of Carthus. Enter the area from the Abyss Watchers bonfire and take a left at the first split in the path. Defeat the Carthus Swordsman on the bridge ahead and enter the next indoor area. Take the stairs ahead and to the left, defeat any Skeletons along the way, and go down the long ladder on your left. Follow the next passage until you see another Carthus Swordsman standing by a wall. There's an illusory wall on your right, through which you'll find the Tome.

The Carthus Pyromancy Tome teaches the following Pyromancies:

  • Acid Surge
  • Carthus Beacon
  • Carthus Flame Arc

Izalith Pyromancy Tome

Tied to a place of legend from the original Dark Souls, the Izalith Pyromancy Tome is in Smouldering Lake, inside the Demon Ruins. Make your way into the depths of the Ruins until you find the Old King's Antechamber bonfire. There's a nearby passage containing a Smouldering Ghru, and past that is a room with three more Ghru. The Tome is in this second room.

The Izalith Pyromancy Tome teaches the following Pyromancies:

  • Chaos Storm
  • Great Chaos Fire Orb


That leaves two Pyromancy Tomes for you to find. Problem is, Cornyx will rebuff any offers to teach you spells from these final Tomes. How do you learn these spells? Simple: Karla. A witch trapped in Irithyll Dungeon, Karla will teach you dark versions of spells from each of the three branches of magic. She is much more difficult to recruit than Cornyx, unfortunately.

Karla herself is in a cell on the lowest level of Irithyll Dungeon, in the passageway patrolled by a sizeable group of roaming Jailers. Her cell is locked, of course, so you'll need to find the Jailer's Key Ring. Head into the Profaned Capital nearby and descend into the swamp at the base of the tower. Past the toxic waters and Swamp Centipedes you'll find a ladder up the side of a building.

Climb the ladder and onto a thin roof. Follow it around the exterior of the building until you see stairs. Go up these stairs and every subsequent set until you reenter Irithyll Dungeon. There will be a curving passage nearby, at the end of which is the Jailer's Key Ring. Grab it and head back to Karla to recruit her for Firelink. She'll be in an alcove near Blacksmith Andre.

Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome

The easiest of the Pyromancy Tomes to find, the Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome is found in the boss fight with High Lord Wolnir. When you enter the blackened battle arena you'll see it straight ahead, sitting beside... something. Run over and grab it and Wolnir will rear to life. If you don't grab the Tome now you can find it in the room where the fight started, near the High Lord Wolnir bonfire.

The Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome teaches the following Pyromancies:

  • Black Flame
  • Black Fire Orb

Quelana Pyromancy Tome

The final Pyromancy Tome is located in Smouldering Lake, not too far from the Izalith Pyromancy Tome. Head into the Demon Ruins from the first bonfire, take a right after the stairs, and go down the next set of stairs. You'll wind up in a long hallway that's basically a fireball shooting gallery. Take an immediate right before you get set on fire and run to the end of the hall.

Take another right and you'll see a rat waiting for you a ways ahead. Take yet another right before reaching the rat to find another room with, surprise, more rats. Kill them, then check the obvious illusory wall opposite the entrance. A left will take you to a demonic body that will look familiar if you played Dark Souls. The Quelana Pyromancy Tome is sitting in front of the corpse.

The Quelana Pyromancy Tome teaches you the following Pyromancies:

  • Fire Whip
  • Firestorm
  • Rapport