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.
- 1 in Heide's Tower of Flame, near the door at the first lever. (NG+)
- 1 in Lost Bastille on the ledge below the torture prison elevator's upper platform.
- 3 in Belfry Luna one up the first stairs and on a corpse on the railing, one on the first floor in the area which you can reach by dropping through the holes in the second floor and the final one on a corpse behind a column where you ring the bell.
- 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.
- 1 in Shaded Ruins in the broken towers before the path to the boss.
- 1 in Brightstone Cove Tseldora just before the second bonfire in the room with Cromwell the Pardoner.
- 3 in Shrine of Amana. The first is at the end of the path where you cut the branch with the Twinkling TItanite, in a chest. The second is on a corpse near the house at the first bonfire, and the third is in the water clearing after the third bonfire.
- 1 in Dragon Shrine, on the body before the door leading to the spiral staircase which leads to the Petrified Egg.
- 1 in Brume Tower after activating the elevators. From the Foyer Bonfire, take the elevator down and follow the path to snowy ledge. It is near where you find the Tower Key.
- 1 in Memory of the Old Iron King near the first corpse in the main hall.
- 1 in Frozen Eleum Loyce on a corpse past the area where you obtain the Eye of the Priestess.
- Drops from the white hollow mages in Brightstone Cove Tseldora (uncommon).
- Drops from Leydia Witches in the Undead Crypt (uncommon).
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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i'm at 28 faith and want to use this to lower sunlight blade, will it reduce slb damage?
Essential if you only use the various healing miracles, since their usefulness isn't affected by your FTH stat.
Does it work like this? *SNIFF*......Akhschually......
Easiest farming method (I've found at least). Join the Champion's Covenant and go to the Undead Crypt Ditch bonfire. Exit the ditch, go right, and smash through the gravestones to get to ladder in the rightmost corner. Ignore everything else. Climb it and beat the witch at the end to pulp. Collect what she drops, but don't warp back to the bonfire because you'll have to smash the grave stones again. Also the ladder can be annoying to use on the return trip as there'll most definitely be a hollow following you and blocking it off. Instead, drop between the archways to the side and smash through to the door on the left. Smash a path back to the bonfire, rest up and repeat (but faster this time as no need to smash!). Equip all your best item drop gear and you'll be getting either of the spices, a magic gem, an awestone, or any combination of the above. Since doing this I've only received those items. I got the ring, set, and 2 staves beforehand when going through the area for the first time.
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?
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?
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.
Blinding Bolt, here i come!!!!
In Black Gulch past Rotten there's a chest (SotFS anyway) with 1x of both spices.
This is only worth it for utility spells on a melee build
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.
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.
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.
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.
The shades in the Undead Cript also drop Skeptic's Spices.