Skeptic's Spice


A spice exuding a peculiar aroma.
A spell demands devotion from the caster, but using this spice makes a chosen spell attainable with 1 less faith. Will only work with the assistance of a certain person.
The spice does not raise one's faith, but only obfuscates the requirement.

Skeptic's Spice is a type of consumable in Dark Souls 2.




  • Lowers FTH requirement for a miracle by 1, to a minimum of 10. (Similar to Simpleton's Spice for spells)
  • You can use spice multiple times on the same spell.
  • Can be used to lower the FTH requirement for hexes.
  • Affects all scrolls of a given spell. For example, it would lower the cost of all your Lightning Spear scrolls if you had more than one. (Does not affect spell variants such as Great Lightning Spear; this point simply means that it affects all copies of the same spell acquired through additional playthroughs or purchases.)
  • Talk to Magerold of Lanafir in the Iron Keep to use.



  • You can use as many spices as you want on one spell, until the spell only requires 10 Intelligence and/or Faith.
  • Please see this note regarding reducing stats and its effect on spell damage output




Spice Farming with Bonfire Ascetic

  • 3 can be farmed in Belfry Luna but you must defeat the Gargoyle boss each time making this not only difficult but also time consuming.
  • 2 can be farmed in Harvest Valley via "The Mines" bonfire but you will have to defeat the Covetus Demon each time. You will also net 2 Simpleton's Spice, making this the most Bonfire Ascetic-efficient route in the game if you need both types of spices. (1 is located before the boss fog.)
  • 2 can be farmed in the "Tower of Prayer" bonfire in Shrine of Amana and only requires you to defeat Demon of Song once. It is possible to do this without drawing aggression from any of the enemies if you move slowly in light armor as to not produce sound. This is arguably the best and most efficient route to farm Skeptic's spices.
  • 1 can be perpetually farmed via the first bonfire in Brightstone Cove Tseldora the but you will need to defeat the Magus Congregation each time. The spice, as well as a Bonfire Ascetic is found after the boss near Pardoner Cromwell's area.

  1. Reducing the requirements of a spell does NOT reduce its damage in and of itself. You will, however, have less faith, so the spells will do less damage than normal because your chime will have less damage coming from faith scaling.

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