Crystal Soul Spear is a Sorcery in Dark Souls 2. To cast a Sorcery, you must use a Staff or Special Weapons that can cast Sorcery.
Crystal Soul Spear
Short to Long Range
"Soul spear sharpened through crystallization.
Pierces enemies, causing heavy damage.
Superior to the most finely sharpened weapons.
When wielded precisely, it can take down several enemies at once."
- Straid of Olaphis, Traded for Old Paledrake Soul
- Shoots a projectile spell that deals magic damage. Can pierce through multiple enemies. An upgrade to Soul Spear. It is the highest damaging single projectile-type sorcery in game. Casting speed is roughly same as Great Heavy Soul Arrow. Has a chance to pierce through shields with 100% Magic damage reduction especially Magic Shield under Magic infusion.
- Multiple scrolls can be obtained by using Bonfire Ascetic on the The Duke's Dear Freja.
- At 53 int and with Staff of Wisdom +4 it only deals 25% more damage than the normal Soul Spear but requires twice the attunement slots.
- As of Calibration 1.10, this spell requires two attunement slots, and it's casting time has been increased. A mistranslation of the patch caused confusion about reduced damage. The correct translation notes the reduction was only to poise damage. With 99 INT and a Magic Staff of Wisdom +5, Crystal Soul Spear does the exact same 1011 damage to Giant Lord that it did before the patch.
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Guide to completely break this game (And make Sorcerer a viable class for once lul)
Get Bonfire ascetics & farm some old Paledrake Souls - trade them for Crystal Soul Spears - leave INT in 53 and instead lvl up Attunement to 94 (This increases both the amount of slots and spell's casts). Some equipmen that increases casts and spell slots can be useful too - With this you can equip many CSS and also every single of the copies you farmed gains extra uses, ridiculously increasing the amount of casts.
Now CSS is your new and completely broken version of the basic Soul Arrow, making pointless getting other spells, and since cast regen items regens all of your copies it's just imposible for you to run out of CSS.
with super high attunement and intelligence, you cheese non dlc enemies with this or normal soul spear
Also costs 10,000 souls from Straid, in NG+
This is why I love DS2 Old Patch because this spell uses only one spell slot in old patch
Loved this spell in DS1. Here with two slots? I really don't agree on this, since there are major trade-offs between both, yet this requires more int and has both less casts and double the required slots.
Maybe for PVP it's viable. But for PVE Soul Spear is much superior, specially on ATT 50 and with Crown of the Old Iron King.
Combining this with Soul Spear, Crystal Soul Spear, Soul Geyser to farm the Guardian Dragon.
TBH its way easier and probably better to just farm some soul spears at the huntsman's copse second bonfire. Crystal soul spears take 2 slots, normal soul spears take only one
is this better than the normal Soul Sphere?
Its only NG+ though