Manus Catalyst

physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg 190 critical_dark_souls 100
magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg - stability_dark_souls.jpg 16
fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg - durability_dark_souls 200
lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg - weight_dark_souls 5.0
Requirements & Bonus
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14 13
Weapon Type Catalyst
Attack Type Strike
Enchantable No
Special No

Manus Catalyst is a Weapon in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.


A sorcery catalyst born from the soul of Manus, Father of the Abyss. A rough, old wooden catalyst large enough to be used as a strike weapon. Similar to the Tin Crystallization Catalyst, it boosts the strength of sorceries, but limits the number of castings. "

How to Get / Where to Find the Manus Catalyst

  • Ascend: From any catalyst, along with Soul of Manus, at the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo.


  • Give to Frampt to receive 1000 souls.
  • Unlike other catalysts, the physical attack is a heavy attack very similar to that of a Greataxe.
  • Although similar to the Tin Crystallization Catalyst, it has a much lower Int requirement.
  • While you wield this catalyst in either hand, your maximum number of castings available for all spells will be halved, which includes Pyromancy and Miracles.
  • Due to its rather high Strength scaling, Dark Sorceries cast with this catalyst will get a large physical damage boost based on your Strength stat in addition to the magic damage from its Intelligence scaling.
  • The Strength scaling is enough to make this catalyst more powerful than the Tin Crystallization Catalyst, but only when casting Dark Sorceries. It is weaker than the Tin Crystallization Catalyst when casting any other sorceries.
  • Two-handing the Manus Catalyst will not increase its strength scaling, only its melee attack damage.


Manus Catalyst Upgrade Table

  Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Manus Catalyst magic_adjustment_dark_souls.jpg physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg strength_dark_souls.jpg dexterity_dark_souls.jpg intelligence_dark_souls.jpg faith_dark_souls.jpg physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg stability_dark_souls.jpg
  295 190 0 0 0 B - S - 26 8 20 20 16



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    • Anonymous

      18 Mar 2021 05:32  

      Does this increase the damage of dark flame if held in the other hand while casting with pyromacers flame?

      • Anonymous

        21 Feb 2021 09:30  

        The trivia must be incorrect. The characters in DS2 were his daughters, not grandchildren. They refer to him as father and were created through fragments of his traits. I don't recall any middle-man to make them grandchilren.

        • Anonymous

          19 Jul 2020 12:36  

          You can actually see the Giant Blacksmith say it is something that you can craft it even if you don't have DLC. I mean you can't craft it but its still pretty weird.

          • Anonymous

            25 Sep 2019 14:37  

            the manus catalyst information is incorrect as it doesnt need dexterity it needs 14 strength and 13 intelligence

            • Anonymous

              29 Jan 2019 09:47  

              I have 50 int, 50 str, dusk crown and bellowing dragoncrest ring. And dark bead with manus catalyst does a lot less damage than with tin crystalasation? Help?

              • Anonymous

                16 Jan 2017 22:24  

                Does the giant blacksmith having the option to make the Manus Catalyst mean I have the dlc because I can't seem to get the dark hole in darkroot basin to appear

                • Anonymous

                  06 Nov 2016 16:01  

                  Edit: further testing on ng+0 normal smough99int/str----
                  (Varied results because of massively lower defenses than titanite demon)

                  Dark bead (manus v tin): ring: 2674v2365 crown: 2674v2365 both: 3080v3079 neither: 2078v1862

                  Pursuers (manus v tin): ring: 2440v2160 crown: 2440v2160 both: 3140v2795 neither: 1880v1660

                  Difference is attributed to defense amounts, both have more physical resistance than magic, but titanite demon has a lot more of both.

                  Updated conclusion: which is the better catalyst varies on defenses, probably because there's a trade off of magic for physical damage taking place. In any case, it explains thoroughly why one gets one shot by these spells despite having 1800hp and upgraded gear. Not all that incredibly useful information because the end result is the same: don't get hit by it.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Nov 2016 15:06  

                    @99 str+int, both dark bead and pursuers are best utilized with the tin crystallization.

                    This is UNLESS you have BOTH the dusk crown and bellowing ring equipped. It must be a result of dark souls' famous nonsensical. However, the damage difference is about five damage for bead and about a hundred for pursuers (tested on anor titanite demon, ng+0, obviously different enemies will respond differently).

                    Probably due to the fact that despite both having S int scaling, the tin is recognized as better (the game shows manus as a red S if comparing). This is probably verified, i.e. Known how many points is received per int, but I don't feel like checking.

                    In conclusion: manus is pretty worthless considering the weight, considering exploiting its greatest strength to the highest amount (99str) doesn't do anything. It is probably useful for lower int/higher strength people who want to grief low levels, but even then, you're wasting 2.5 units, halving your casts, and str points when you could be using chaos.

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