Great Sacrifice is a dark based skill available in Dragon's Dogma.


"An advanced form of Sacrificial Bolt that boasts greater destructive power and slows time further while aiming."

A more powerful form of Sacrificial Bolt that returns a pawn to the rift in exchange for a magickal bolt of great destructive power. Both damage and blast radius are greatly increased.


For the spell to be cast the Arisen must have at least one pawn in their party to sacrifice. After a relatively long incantation a randomly selected pawn dies and returned to the Rift - their 'life force' is transferred to the bolt which can then be fired.

Whilst the spell is fully incanted and charged, the Arisen's vision becomes monochrome and time slows, though the spell itself requires little or no stamina to cast. During the time-slowing effect, stamina depletes rapidly.

Releasing the spell fires a dark enchanted magic bolt of great power. If a foe was targeted with the spell the bolt will track them. The offensive damage is twofold:

  1. A directly-struck creature receives great dark magick damage, as well as substantial knockback, with human sized creatures knocked back several meters. The power of the initial shot will also knock back the caster, too.
  2. The second effect is a massive magickal blast of wide radius, which damages both the target, and any other creatures within range, as well as destroying any fragile objects in the near area.

If stamina is exhausted while the spell is being held time will return to its normal rate of passage.  The spell can still be cast, however, with no loss of power.

The sacrificed pawn is chosen randomly and immediately returned to the Rift. No rescue is possible; a Legion's Might staff, if equipped, will not resurrect the fallen pawn.


core power 9990
magick scaling 1x 20x
Blast core power 19990 24990
magick scaling 1x 5x

Both Sacrificial Bolt and Great Sacrifice create a dark element magickal arrow attack through the death of a pawn.

Only the initial strike seems to be imbued with the Dark element, the subsequent blast is Neutral Magick.

With Sacrificial Bolt the core spell power contributes the majority of the destructive power, with only around 10% of damage contributed by the Arisen equipped with the strongest magick bows.

With Great Sacrifice the Arisen's magick power contributes incredibly strongly to the spell's power, in addition to the already very powerful base magick strength. With the strongest magick bow and high core Magick the Arisen's own magick ability can contribute around 4/5ths of the dark bolt's power, and 1/3rd of the shockwave's power.

The blast radius of Sacrificial Bolt is wide, around 3m, Great Sacrifice has a massive blast radius, at least twice as big as that of its minor spell.

  • The invigoration Magick Boosted (e.g. Demon's Periapt) will increase damage; physical attack boosts such as Conqueror's Periapt have no effect.
  • The spell's power is independent of range.
  • Sneak attacks are very possible with this skill, which generally doubles damage done.
  • The damage done seems to be, in general, completely independent of the level of the pawn.

Dark Resistance

Creature's with high dark resistance (or possibly high dark Critical Hit resistance) can resist the effect of this spell.

If the spell is resisted the neutral magick shockwave will not be produced. Additionally even if the power of the spell would have been able to destroy the target many times over, they will be left with one health.

Potentially resistant creatures include : Wight, Hydra, and Gorechimera, and occasionally much lesser creatures such as Hobgoblins and Undead. Ghosts also can resist the bolt.

When facing dark resistant foes it can be better to aim the bolt to miss but hit nearby the creature, ensuring the neutral magick blast is still triggered.

Creature damage

Both Sacrificial Bolt and Great Sacrifice have sufficient power to destroy in one shot all minor living creatures in Gransys. In addition to those with dark resistance a few monsters show some resistance :

  • An armored Cyclops will be quite resistant until its helmet is removed, after which it is completely vulnerable to the bolt.
  • A bolt can remove all the heads of a Hydra, but the headless polysnake is resistant to further bolts. Once the heads have regrown a successive bolt will re-remove them.
  • Golems show fair resistance to the bolts. However, they still do moderate damage at lower levels of power. With high enough magick it is possible to use Great Sacrifice to kill the Golem.
  • Metal Golem discs are very magick resistant, but can also be damaged or destroyed by both the bolt and the blast shockwave. Interestingly, hitting the body of the Metal Golem produces the same results.
  • An indirect magickal blast from the shockwave greatly damages Death, but when directly hit this blast is partially resisted - the dark component of the spell is completely resisted.


  • If no pawns are present the spell will still be incanted, but attempts to fire a bolt fail.
  • The initial release of the spell bolt causes some knock back to the caster (Arisen) - be cautious using this spell in elevated places as the knockback is sufficient to cause the user to be forced off a ledge for a nasty fall.
  • Hired Pawns are sent back to their own Arisen with a 3/3/3 review, no gift and no message.
  • It is possible to cancel the attack before the spell fully charges, but once the spell is fully charged, a pawn will be sacrificed regardless of whether the arrow is fired or not. Additionally, being staggered or knocked down in this state will interrupt the spell, preventing it from being cast.
  • Stamina depletion can be mitigated by eating or drinking stamina restoratives, similar to the method used with the Sorcerer spell Exequy.
    • Alternatively, stamina depletion can be halted by imbibing Liquid Vim.  Since time is slowed, the potion will appear to have an unusually long duration of effect.
    • If stamina depletes entirely the monochrome world view will end, and normal color vision is returned; however if stamina restoratives are taken afterwards (but before the bolt is released) time will once again slow as long as the caster has stamina though the monochrome visual effect will not return.
  • Usually a 'battle cinematic' plays when the pawn is sacrificed, with the viewpoint swinging round to show the death throes of the pawn.  A purple bead of life force then must travel from the pawn to the magick bow before the spell can be released. If the pawn is not within close view, such as behind a door, or round a corner this cinematic will not play, and the bolt can be fire immediately on completion of the spell induction period.
  • The augment Tenacity does not save pawns from death when sacrificed.
  • The augment Autonomy is triggered the moment the last pawn in the party dies, giving a damage boost on the last use of this spell.
  • A glitch allows the world view to be semi-permanently switched to monochrome using this spell.  For more details see : Screenshots

See also

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