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For those of you who have chosen "pyromancer" as their starting class or have learned pyromancy sometime in your adventure, it's safe to say that pyromancy is one of the most powerful weapons to have in your arsenal. However, being Dark Souls, it takes time to learn all the tricks, locations, and upgrades for pyromancy. Well, I want to bestow upon you my knowledge of pyromancy.
Unlike other catalysts in Dark Souls, the pyromancy flame can indeed be upgraded. Please keep in mind that pyromancy WILL NOT SCALE WITH INTELLIGENCE. So if you're wondering why your intelligence isn't having an effect on your pyromancy, hopefully the above sentence will magically burn in your mind. Now, to upgrade your flame you will have to rescue Laurentius of the Great Swamp. You can not upgrade your pyromancy without him, so here I will provide you with his location. If you're past this part, skip the green!. As you enter the door to The Depths, head down the stairs. When you get down to the room with the torch wielding hollows and tables, you will notice there are openings in the right wall. Jump down and move to the top of the room, and there is a hall to the left. Defeat the 2nd mad butcher, and continue on to the room. Laurentius is in a barrel in the top left corner. ROLL into the barrels to break him free, and he will thank you and will now reside at Firelink Shrine. Head there now! As you talk to Laurentius, you will notice the options Modify Equipment and Purchase Item. Pick Modify equipment and you will see a screen much like the blacksmith upgrade screen. There are 15 total levels of modification for you flame, and I will post the costs below.
You can also ascend your flame past level 15. To do this, you have to find Quelana of Izalith. To find her, start by looking out from the entrance of Quelaag's Domain. You will notice that there are several pillars. From where you are standing, she will be at the left most pillar. Go down and she will be on one side (it takes a little bit of searching). You can only ascend your flame if you've upgraded it to level 15. She also sells pyromancies, all of which are powerful. These are the only two teachers who can ascend and upgrade your pyromancy, so find them early! Costs of ascension is as follows:
An important reminder____ When you ascend your flame, then the attacks will scale with intelligence. BUT IT ONLY SCALES WITH THE PUNCH ATTACK (R2). INTELLIGENCE WILL NOT MAKE YOUR PYROMANCIES STRONGER!!!
Here is a straight-forward chart of all pyromancies with their descriptions, Whew this is a lot to write!
Starting spell for pyromancers
Painted World of Ariamis
Also a list of the merchants that sell pyromancies:
Laurentius- see upgrade section to find where he is. Also, if you don't have the pyromancy catalyst, he will give you one
Quelana- left most pillar from facing out of Quelaag's Domain
Eingyi- after you defeat Quelaag, go down the stairs from where you rang the bell. There will be a suspicious looking brick wall at one of the sides. Strike it, and before you attack that egg carrier talk to it. He will ask you if you're new to the covenant. Answer yes, and you will be allowed in. Talk to him further and if you don't have a pyromancy catalyst, he will give you his. He will also sell you some pyromancies, but only if you are infected. To become infected, go to the other egg-burdened undead near the beginning of Quelaag's domain and try to damage them as little as possible. They will grab you and infect you with their eggs. You can now succesfully learn the other pyromancies!. To learn more about the covenant, see the Covenant section.
COVENANTS THAT RELATE TO PYROMANCY
Perhaps the only covenant that contributes to pyromancy is the CHAOS SERVANT covenant. To find this covenant, start from the room that has the second bell (n Quelaag's domain). You will notice that there is a spiral case of stairs leading down. Head down, and at the bottom of the stairs is another room. Don't continue onward to Demon Ruins (the covenant's not there!). There is an out of place brick wall in this room. Strike it to make it disappear, and you will be greeted by Eingyi, the egg-bearing pyromancy master. Tell him you are a new recruit to the covenant, and you'll be directed to a, to be frank, creepy spider lady. She doesn't talk, but as a gift for joining she will give you the Great Chaos Fireball. To level up in this covenant, you need to give the creepy spider lady your humanity. The chart below gives you the description of each level and its rewards
TIPS FOR USING PYROMANCY