Power Within

Spell Type Pyromancy
Type Self Buff. Cannot be used if any other self buffs are active, or vice versa.
Slots Used 1
Uses 1

Power Within is a Pyromancy in Dark Souls. To cast a pyromancy, you must use a Flame or Special Weapons that can cast Pyromancies


Pyromancy of Carmina, who harnessed the power of flame to actualize the inner-self. Short strength/endurance boost, but lose HP.
Excessive power eats away the life-force of its caster, and like all dangerous spells, Power Within was kept secret for eons.


  • Personal Buff. Cannot be used if any other personal buffs are active, or vice versa.
  • Duration: 100 seconds.
  • Increases Attack power and Stamina regeneration, but gradually drains HP.
    • Increases all damage dealt by the user by 40%
    • Increases stamina regeneration by 73%
    • The Lingering Dragoncrest Ring  extends the duration of the effect to 150 seconds, lowering the rate of HP drain to suit the extended duration.
    • There is no easy way to cancel the spell once applied, it will even continue its duration while resting at a Bonfire. Only death, warping with the Lordvessel; or using a Homeward Bone, the Homeward Miracle, or the Darksign will end it.
    • It is possible to "safely" use the Red Tearstone Ring in conjunction with Power Within by reducing the character's max HP to near 200, which can be achieved by being both cursed and wearing the Dusk Crown Ring with a low vitality stat, then equipping the Sanctus when both Power Within and the Red Tearstone are active. Sanctus's meager regeneration will then be adequate to offset the HP drain, keeping the player alive while maintaining the Red Tearstone effect.


Acquired From



  • The total duration of the spell consists of 101 ticks of HP loss unless the Lingering Dragoncrest Ring is equipped, which lowers this amount to 99 ticks.
  • Power Within is a Self Buff and interferes with other such buffs (i.e. Great Magic Barrier, Green Blossom, Transient Curse, etc.). As long as it's active it's not possible to cast other Self Buffs and vice versa.


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    • Anonymous

      23 Sep 2021 16:09  

      so this is pretty much unlock your brain limiters and use your body at 100% while destroying it kinda thing

      • Anonymous

        09 Sep 2021 00:19  

        Why is the icon for the buff a blue shield with an arrow pointing up? That icon implies you have better armor or better blocking, but the buff basically does the opposite; it makes you more fragile.

        These are the thoughts you have while farming

        • Anonymous

          04 Jul 2021 22:38  

          "Pyromancy of Carmina, who harnessed the power of flame to actualize the inner-self." I like this as it nods to the idea that the spell isn't 'applying a buff' on you, its a way to gain access to your true power.

          • Anonymous

            19 Jun 2021 03:40  

            This is incredible for a spell that takes absolutely zero investment aside from finding a pyro flame on a non-magic character

            • Anonymous

              21 May 2021 23:40  

              This, combined with the effect of Elizabeth's Mushroom, would be super overpowered ultra berzerk mode if it was possible.

              • Anonymous

                17 May 2021 01:43  

                Had some blue turtle pop this. I could have probably backstabbed him but instead I r2d him twice with my silver tracer. Ah, the sweet joy of watching someone panic in the face of a slow and inevitable death. If you cast this just hope you don't get toxic.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Apr 2021 07:16  

                  At 35 Vitality and Ring of FaP I have 1459 hp. Power Within ticks 14hp per second. Leaving me at 73/1459 hp at the end of the duration.

                  However, with the Lingering dragoncrest ring, the hp drain was the same at 14hp but I ended up with 59/1459 hp at the end of the duration. While the dragoncrest ring will boost it's duration and tick slightly slower, it can also tick one time extra.

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Apr 2021 21:31  

                    fantastic spell in PvE, I use it to demolish bosses by casting it before crossing the fog or shortly after, depending on the situation it might not be worth it. keep in mind it drains 1% hp during 100 seconds so having at least 1 estus is a must. against certain foes the health drain might not be worth it, especially things like dark or silver knighs or giant guards against whom the fights might take a while.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Mar 2021 16:08  

                      Is it compatible with the Dragon Stone roar buff? The article seems to imply no, but has anyone tested it?

                      • 15 Jan 2021 13:53  

                        Definitely the best pve spell in the game (ok maybe second to dark beads) because it can fit on any build and buff any damage. It is more dangerous in pvp though, because players will take advantage of the health drain

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Jan 2021 20:20  

                          "I've got the powers within
                          Running through me
                          My favorite color is "oh my god, *****"
                          I'm wearing black gloves through your mall, I'm rich
                          You wanna check my pockets but
                          I've got the powers within"

                          • 17 Sep 2020 19:22  

                            I have done testing on PW's affect on weapon buffs and I found that at least on DSR on the Nintendo Switch (I have it on console, but I do testing on Switch) Power Within does affect weapon buffs including, the magic weapons, the blade buffs, and the resins. This is because Power Within doesn't affect AR at all, it increases the damage you do with your attack by 40%. I used a +0 Broken Washing Pole and Sunlight Blade, then both with and without Power Within, and while the base damage was around 10 without buffs the difference between w/ and w/out Power Within was around 100 damage, leaving the only explanation to be that Power Within affects weapon buffs.

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