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.
  • 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.




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 Covetous 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.



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    • Anonymous

      25 Apr 2021 20:29  

      So I'm curious. What if I sold a Spell I used spices on, meaning I have no scroll of that specific spell anymore. If I buy another one, will it reset the requirements or stay like I used the spice?

      • Anonymous

        15 Aug 2020 18:11  

        I have read a lot of conflicting info about the use of these things, people have even debated the interpretation of the info on this and other wiki pages and guides. I'm so confused and really only want to know one thing: does using this to minimize (lower stat) requirements weaken the power of the spell? Yes or no?

        • Anonymous

          03 Jul 2020 23:57  

          Why is the bonfire ascetic always the first suggestion for respawn farming? Company of Champions would be the better choice since you're not constantly powering up the enemies permanently. You can easily leave and rejoin at your convenience anytime.

          • Anonymous

            29 Aug 2019 19:44  

            Getting the three in Belfry Luna *does not* require you killing the Gargoyles. You will, however, have to go up and kill the Bellkeeper NPC invader in order to leave.

            • Anonymous

              03 Feb 2019 20:03  

              1 in Harvest Valley In the area with multiple Artificial Undead, and 1 in the small notch with the lone Poison Beetle before the Covetous Demon. I don't think it is there in Scholar. Area was redesigned.

              • Anonymous

                11 Jan 2019 13:51  

                take note that healing spells have no scaling so you could potentially use great heal with very low requirements allowing your melee builds to take some along. Be careful with duration spells, they are often affected by the amount of int/faith you have.

                • Anonymous

                  31 Oct 2018 13:39  

                  Who want to sit there, attune a spell, and have to remember to use a skeptic's/simpleton's spice before actually being able to cast it? If there's something I want to cast, I'll grind until I have the required faith/intelligence. I'm not going to worry about whether or not I have the right spice just so I can cast a spell.

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