Elden Ring: An Expert’s Guide On The Best Bleed Weapons

After extensively exploring for more than 150 hours, here is a list of the 15 best Bleed Weapons I found in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring includes blood/bleed weapons that build up the blood loss of the enemies and make them explode. When they explode, it deal tons of damage to the enemies. Trust me these best bleed weapons will surely make your Elden Ring playthrough a breeze.

Key Takeaways
  • Bleed is a status effect in Elden Ring that increases as you level up and defeat enemies.
  • The advantage of these weapons is that they can cause blood loss to targets, dishing out huge damage, even to bosses.
  • There are two methods to infuse weapons with the Bleed status effect:
    1. Use the Ash of War called “The Blood Blade.”
    2. Utilize Bleed Affinity to add Bleed Status to weapons.
  • Reduvia Dagger and the Uchigatana are the best Bleed weapons, in my personal opinion.
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Before I begin, let’s have a look at the comparison between the Best Bleed Weapons that you can get while playing Elden Ring:

Weapon NameWeapon TypeBest ForPhysical MagicFireLightning Critical
Reduvia DaggerDaggerThe Best Bleed Dagger In Elden Ring79.00.00.00.0110.0
UchigatanaKatanaThe Best Early-Game Bleed Weapon115.00.00.00.0100.0
Rivers Of Blood KatanaKatanaThe Best Weapon For Bleed Build76.00.076.00.0100.0
Ghiza's WheelColossal WeaponThe Best Colossal Weapon For Stun-Lock156.00.00.00.0100.0
Eleanora's Pole BladeTwin BladeThe Best Twinblade For Damage Efficiency165.00.0165.00.0100.0
Sword Of MilosGreat SwordThe Best Greatsword For Dmg Buff325.00.00.00.0100.0
Cross-NaginataSpearThe Best Bleed Spear For Dex Builds122.00.00.00.0100.0
Bloody HeliceHeavy Thrusting SwordThe Best Heavy Thrusting Sword For Bleed Builds121.00.00.00.0100.0
Blood Hound's FangCurved Great SwordThe Most Versatile Curved Greatsword141.00.00.00.0100.0
Hook Claws ClawThe Fastest Bleed Claw In The Game89.00.00.00.0110.0
Morgott's Cursed SwordCurved Great SwordThe Best Curved Greatsword For Bleed Builds120.00.00.00.0110.0
God Skin PeelerTwin BladeThe Best Twinblade For Black-Flame Builds121.00.00.00.0100.0
Moonveil KatanaKatanaThe Best Katana For Int Builds73.087.00.00.0100.0
Hoslow's Petal WhipWhipThe Highest Base Attack Among Whips110.00.00.00.0100.0
Thorned WhipWhipThe Best Whip For Bleed Builds77.00.00.077.0100.0

1. Reduvia Dagger

The Best Bleed Dagger In Elden Ring.
Reduvia is a blood weapon in Elden Ring.
Reduvia, the best Bleed dagger in Elden Ring. [Screenshot by eXputer]
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 79 0 0 0 0 110 0
Guard 38 22 22 22 22 0 16

Reduvia is one of the early blood weapons you can find in the game. The servants of the Lord of Blood use this dagger. It was one of my go-to choices for a bleed build, so you can rest assured knowing that it is one of the Best Blood Weapons in Elden Ring. The dagger has a unique skill known as the Reduvia Blood Blade.

Location

The Location to reduvia dagger in Best Blood Weapons in Elden Ring.
Map of Reduvia dagger’s location. [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Reduvia dagger is located near the Murkwater Catacombs site of Grace. Once you get there, head to the south while going up the river. There, you’ll come across an invasion from Bloody Fingers Narijus. Killing this enemy is quite easy. Once defeated, they’ll drop Reduvia.

  • The Reduvia Blood Blade skill can easily cause bleed from a safe distance.
  • Bloodloss buildup also increases with Arcane investment.
  • Ash of War has a somewhat short attack range.
  • Has less damage outside of bleed.

2. Uchigatana

The Best Early-Game Bleed Weapon.
Uchigatana Blood weapon in Elden Ring
Tarnished can get Uchigatana early on if they start as Samurai Class. [Screenshot by eXputer]
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 115 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 45 30 30 30 30 0 30

The Uchigatana is a fantastic blood weapon in Elden Ring, especially for a Bleed build. You can obtain this deadly katana right from the beginning of the game by starting as a Samurai.

Location

Location of Uchigatana in Elden Ring
Uchigatana is located in the Deathtouched Catacombs in Elden Ring. [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Uchigatana location in Elden Ring is in the Deathtouched Catacombs in Limgrave.

You can get this katana without defeating the boss in the Catacombs. When heading inside, turn left from the main entrance, and after following the route, you can loot the blade from a dead body.

Once you progress further in the game, I suggest switching to the Nagakiba. It’s greater length gives it a longer reach, and it performs identical to Uchigatana but with more attack range.

  • The skill Unsheathe can deal exceptional HP as well as poise damage.
  • Can be modified to fit a variety of categories like Str, Dex, and Cold builds.
  • Normal attacks and Ash of War both have rather short range.
  • Only has the base katana bleed value.

3. Rivers of Blood Katana

The Best Weapon For Bleed Build.
elden ring best bleed weapons
Rivers of Blood (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 76 0 76 0 0 100 0
Guard 36 26 52 26 26 0 31

The Rivers of Blood Katana doesn’t need any introduction in the Elden Ring. It is one of the most famous Bleed Weapons and according to me is by far the best weapon for Elden Ring’s many monstrosities. So whether you are going for a PVP or a PVE Fight, the Rivers of Blood Katana will help you achieve victory in no time.

The Rivers of Blood Katana uses the stellar move-set of Katana and combines it with the range and bleed build-up of the blade. The weapon is available in the late game. And the wait to get it in the late game is worth it.

Rivers of Blade special Corpse Piler.
Corpse Piler, the special ability of Rivers of Blood katana. [Screenshot by eXputer]

Location

Rivers of Blood bleed weapon location in Elden Ring.
Rivers of Blood is located at the Church of Repose. [Screenshot by eXputer]
To get to the Rivers of Blood Katana’s location in Elden Ring, you’ll have to travel to the Mountain Top of the Giants. On the map’s southern side, you’ll find the Rivers of Blood katana near the Church of Repose.

It will be dropped by Bloody Finger Okina, who attacks you. But mind you, before you hunt for the Katana, make sure that you haven’t defeated the Fire Giant. If you have defeated the Fire Giant, you won’t get this katana as a drop.

  • The most effective and quick-working bleed weapon in game.
  • Can enable the use of all other katanas by powerstancing.
  • Is a very end-game weapon, so can’t be used in NG.
  • Corpse Piler cast can be interrupted by high poise enemies.

4. Ghiza’s Wheel

The Best Colossal Weapon For Stun-Lock.
Ghiza's Wheel in best bleed weapons in Elden Ring.
Ghiza’s Wheel has a literal wheel on it. [Screenshot by eXputer]
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 156 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 73 43 43 43 43 0 48

Ghiza’s Wheel is a Colossal Weapon in the Elden Ring. The basic attacks of the Ghiza’s Wheel act as any hammer. But the Weapon Art that is literally named ‘Spinning Wheel’ is what makes it special. I frequently used it for a little Bloodborne nostalgia.

Spinning Wheel, Ghiza's Wheel. Best Blood WEapons elden ring
Ghiza’s Wheel’s special ‘Spinning Wheel.’ [Screenshot by eXputer]

Location

Location to Ghiza's Wheel.
Ghiza’s Wheel can be obtained in Volcano Manor. [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Ghiza’s Wheel is located at the Volcano Manor. It is located above the stairs leading to Lady Tanith. There, you’ll have to defeat an invader that is using the Ghiza’s Wheel.

  • Has a very high base bleed buildup (70).
  • Spinning Wheel skill can stunlock PVP opponents and low-poise enemies.
  • Is a very heavy weapon (19.0), thus requires Endurance investment.
  • Spinning wheel has slower bleed buildup than regular combos.

5. Eleanora’s Poleblade

The Best Twinblade For Damage Efficiency.
Eleanora's Poleblade in Elden Ring.
Eleanora’s Poleblade is an incredible weapon. [Screenshot by eXputer]
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 72 0 72 0 0 100 0
Guard 33 23 47 23 23 0 28

Eleanora’s Poleblade has an edge over other weapons as it is a twin-blade. With that, it can bleed way faster than most of the weapons on my list. If you want a strategy on how to use it, that’s simple, equip it in both hands and spam sprint attacks. It will make everything in front of you explode either with raw damage or with a blood loss effect.

Special attack of Eleanora's Poleblade.
Eleanora’s Poleblade’s ‘Bloodblade Dance’. [Screenshot by eXputer]

Location

Eleanora's Poleblade, best blood weapon location in Elden Ring.
Eleanora’s Poleblade is located at the Second Church of Marika. [Screenshot by eXputer]
This Blood Weapon in Elden Ring is acquired during Bloody Finger Hunter Yura’s questline. In this, you’ll have to travel to the Second Church of Marika and defeat Eleanora, Violet Bloody Finger. When defeated, Eleanora will drop Eleanora’s Poleblade with other items.

  • Can deal very high HP and stagger damage outside of bleed, too.
  • Fast attacks can cause significant bleed buildup in a short duration.
  • Requires progression in an NPC questline, the invader won’t appear without it.
  • Has pretty low Arcane scaling (D) despite dealing bleed dmg.

6. Sword Of Milos

The Best Greatsword For Dmg Buff.
elden ring best bleed weapons
Sword of Milos (Image Captured by Us)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 141 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 68 36 36 36 36 0 44

The Sword of Milos may not be an overpowered Blood Weapon in Elden Ring, as it doesn’t deal high Bleed damage and isn’t particularly fast. Its 55 bleed effect can’t be buffed either. However, it’s a noteworthy weapon and deserves a spot among the Best Blood Weapons in Elden Ring.

Location

The Sword of Milos can be obtained in the Dung Eater’s Questline.

Dungeater in Elden Ring Best Blood weapons.
Dungeater can be found at the Round Table. [Screenshot by eXputer]
You’ll notice that Dung Eater uses this sword, so in order to obtain it, you’ll have to kill Dung Eater. If you don’t want to kill Dung Eater, you can simply complete the quest, and Dung Eater will be available as the spirit summon to help you in fights.

Outside of bleed builds, you can use the Blasphemous Blade if you wish to regenerate HP rather than the FP regen that Sword of Milos gives.

  • Ash of War provides a hefty damage bonus and reduces foes’ resistances.
  • Can passively restore FP by killing enemies.
  • Substantial FP cost for Shriek of Milos, particularly agains elite enemies.
  • Low bleed buildup, which cannot be buffed.

7. Cross-Naginata

The Best Bleed Spear For Dex Builds.
best bleed weapons elden ring
Cross-Naginata (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 122 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 52 32 32 32 32 0 39

The Cross-Naginata, found in the Elden Ring, is one of the best spears available. It combines a katana with a spear, offering excellent reach. The Cross-Naginata has a fantastic move-set, with wide-reaching and fast attacks, and I found it ideal for crowd control.

Location

Location of Best blood weapon Cross-Naginata in Elden Ring.
Cross-Naginata’s location in Elden Ring. [Screenshot by eXputer]
To find the Cross-Naginata, you’ll have to travel to the Gael Tunnel in Caelid. Get inside, and you’ll have to deal with a few knights guarding it.

Now jump down carefully And interact with the lost site of grace. There, you’ll have to go through a few tunnels until you come into a cavern with water dripping from the walls and roof. If you look to your left, you’ll find an item. That item is the Cross-Naginata. But before you can get to it, you’ll be attacked by a land octopus. I recommend that you run past it, as dealing with it will be hard.

  • Has a longer range than most other bleed weapons.
  • Moveset contains both thrusts and slashes, as opposed to other spears.
  • Requires investment in both Str and Dex.
  • Powerstancing it removs the unique moveset.

8. Bloody Helice

The Best Heavy Thrusting Sword For Bleed Builds.
best bleed weapons elden ring
Bloody Helice (Image by eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 121 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 57 40 40 40 40 0 34

The Dynast’s Finesse and Bloody Helice’s Weapon Art are exceptional. The Tarnished can move backward and perform a powerful thrust at enemies. You can also use it as an escape skill for repositioning. What makes this Weapon Art stand out is its ability to build bleed quickly compared to normal stabs.

Location

Blood Weapon Bloody Helice location in Elden Ring.
Location of Bloody Helice in Elden Ring. [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Bloody Helice is located in the Altus Plateau. There, you get it by defeating a boss in the underground portion of the church. Some guards will guard the area, going past them and down the stairs. You’ll find a boss fight’s mist door. Defeat the boss, and the Bloody Helice will be found behind him in a chest inside a room.

  • Ash of War can be used to avoid incoming strike and counterattack.
  • Bleed buildup scales with Arcane and can be triggered efficiently.
  • Every subsequent move in the three-stage skill costs FP.
  • While using the skill without meeting stat requirement, iframes are lost.

9. Bloodhound’s Fang

The Most Versatile Curved Greatsword.
elden ring best bleed weapons
Bloodhound’s Fang (Image Captured by Us)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 141 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 68 36 36 36 36 0 44

The Bloodhound’s Fang is an incredible weapon in Elden RIng. And without a doubt, it is one of the most powerful Blood Weapons in Elden Ring. The BloodHound’s Fang is a Curved Greatsword that deals damage through slashes.

Location

Location of Bloodhound's Fang in Best Blood Weapons in Elden Ring.
You’ll have to get here and defeat a mini-boss to get the Bloodhound’s Fang [Screenshot by eXputer]
To get to the Bloodhound’s Fang, you must travel to a specific location called Forlorn Hound Evergaol. That place is a teleporter that teleports you to a location to the Bloodhound Knight Darriwil.

As it is in Limgrave, you can get to this place even at the beginning. But I’ll recommend that you don’t start the fight unless you’re at least level 20.

  • Bloodhound’s Finesse is an excellent skill for dodging and striking back.
  • Can be buffed with various spells to improve its effectiveness.
  • The skill can be countered easily in PVP.
  • Slower moveset as compared to fast bleed weapons.

10. Hookclaws

The Fastest Bleed Claw In The Game.
best bleed weapons elden ring
Hookclaws (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 93 0 0 0 0 110 0
Guard 35 20 20 20 20 0 20

Hookclaws are another unique weapon in the list of Bleed Weapons in Elden Ring. Light weapons inflict beefy damage if you’ve performed their combos right. And as the Hookclaws are light weapons, they have a fast attacking pattern. This comes in handy when aiming for a blood loss build-up on the enemies. You can use these for a Wolverine cosplay, too, as I did.

Location

Location of Hookclaws is in Stormveil castle.
Hookclaws are found in the Stormveil Castle. [Screenshot by eXputer]
Hookclaws are an early weapon in the game, so they’ve made it into my best blood weapons list. You’ll find these after you’ve defeated Margit the Fell omen.

  • Extremely lightweight and very fast bleed buildup.
  • Customizable to fit a number of builds.
  • Has lower poise damage than other claws.
  • Shorter attack range than other weapons.

11. Morgott’s Cursed Sword

The Best Curved Greatsword For Bleed Builds.
best bleed weapons elden ring
Morgott’s Cursed Sword (Image by eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 120 0 0 0 0 110 0
Guard 55 29 29 29 29 0 35

With the Patch 1.04 update, the weapon has completely changed. What once was a normal weapon has now turned into a monster. When you’ve finished your combo, It will make your enemies run for their lives in PVP. The weapon’s animations have become faster.

Morgott's Cursed Sword in Eldenr Ring.
Morgott’s Cursed Sword’s Weapon Art. [Screenshot by eXputer]

Location

Morgott's Cursed Sword in Best Blood Weapons in Elden Ring.
To acquire Morgott’s Cursed Sword, you’ll have to defeat Morgott at the Elden Throne. [Screenshot by eXputer]
You get Morgott’s Cursed Sword by killing Morgott, the Omen King. Morgott can be found in Leyndell, Royal Capital. I suggest that you prepare yourself as Morgott is a strong boss. 

You’ll have to defeat Morgott, The Omen King, and then take his Remembrance to Enia at the Roundtable Hold and then exchange it for his Cursed Sword.

  • Cursed-Blood Slice can instantly cover gaps and stagger even larger enemies.
  • Lightweight for a CGS, and high bleed trigger potential.
  • Is a boss weapon, thus can be difficult to obtain.
  • For a bleed weapon, has comparatively lower Arcane scaling (D).

12. Godskin Peeler

The Best Twinblade For Black-Flame Builds.
elden ring best bleed weapons
Godskin Peeler (Image Captured by Us)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 121 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 47 31 31 31 31 0 31

Another Twinblade on my list that is as exciting as the last one is the Godskin Peeler. This twin blade has the same move set as any other twin blade. You can use it to slash enemies or poke at them. Furthermore, the power stance can deal massive amounts of damage.

Location

Godskin Peeler is located in the Altus Pleatue
The Godskin Peeler can be acquired in the Altus Plateue. [Screenshot by eXputer]
To find the Godskin Peeler, you’ll have to travel to the Windmill Village. The village is located in the Altus Plateau. There, you’ll have to climb up the hill and come across the Godskin Apostle.

The Godskin Apostle has an easy move-set. It won’t take long for you to plan your attacks. Once the Godskin Apostle at Windmill Village is defeated, you’ll get the Godskin Peeler as a drop.

  • Can be powerstanced with Eleonora’s Poleblade for massive dmg comps.
  • Black Flame Tornado is highly valuable for clearing groups of enemies and bosses alike.
  • Ash of War has a substantial FP cost.
  • Base variant has no bleed option unless you opt for the Blood upgrade path.

13. Moonveil Katana

The Best Katana For Int Builds.
Moonveil Katana in Elden Ring.
Moonveil katana is the perfect Katana for a mage. [Screenshot by eXputer]
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 73 87 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 31 57 26 26 26 0 31

Moonveil Katana, like any other katana, is a fast weapon that can attack many times before the enemies get to react to it. It deals with a 50-blood loss build-up on every attack.

Weapon Art of Bleed Weapon in Elden Ring.
Moonveil Katana’s Weapon Art. [Screenshot by eXputer]

Location

Location of Moonveil katana is in Gael Tunnel.
Moonveil Katana is located in the Gael Tunnel. [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Moonveil Katana is located in a hidden cave located on the right side of Caelid. The cave is called the Gael Tunnel. While getting the Moonveil Katana, you’ll have to fight a Magma Wyrm, a mini-boss.

The mini-boss will drop the Katana, and you can pick it up. If you have a problem getting to its location, check out our detailed Moonveil Katana Location Guide to get to its location easily.

  • Transient Moonlight can make short work of many opponents.
  • Has high poise damage, and can attack from a range.
  • More suitable to an Int build rather than a bleed one.
  • Requires investment in Mind stat to spam skills.

14. Hoslow’s Petal Whip

The Highest Base Attack Among Whips.
best bleed weapons elden ring
Hoslow’s Petal Whip (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 110 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 28 17 17 17 17 0 17

Elden Ring offers a variety of weapon types, including whips. Whips are known for their fast strikes, excellent range, and ability to cause blood loss build-up, making them contenders for the Best Bleed Weapons. I’ve always found whips a fascinating option, and thus Hoslow’s Petal Whip was a fun weapon to play around with.

Location

Hoslow's location in Elden Ring to defeat him.
Location of Hoslow’s invades rune.[Screenshot by eXputer]
You get Hoslow’s Petal Whip by completing the Volcano Manor Questline. In this questline, you’ll have to invade Juno Hoslow’s world and defeat him. His invade rune is located in the Mountaintops of the Giants.

  • Can be buffed to improve bleed buildup.
  • Can be combined with cold infusion to get a dual status weapon.
  • Requires questline completion and is found in the end-game area.
  • The innate skill Kick is highly situational and restrictive.

15. Thorned Whip

The Best Whip For Bleed Builds.
best bleed weapons elden ring
Thorned Whip (Image Captured by eXputer)
Stat Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 102 0 0 0 0 100 0
Guard 26 15 15 15 15 0 15

The Thorned Whip is another intriguing weapon as its distinctive feature is the red thorns protruding from the whip, indicating its ability to cause Hemorrhage to enemies.

Location

Thorned Whip is located in Mountaintops of the Giants.
The Thorned Whip can be found in Mountaintops of the Giants [Screenshot by eXputer]
To get the Whip, you’ll have to travel to the Zamor Ruins in Mountaintops of the Giants. There, just before you reach the bridge, you’ll find Prelate. You’ll have to kill it, and it will drop the Thorned Whip. Getting the Thorned Whip as a drop is a rare chance, so you’ll have to kill it several times before you can get your hands on it.

  • Has very low weight (2.5), so can easily be powerstanced.
  • Ash of War can be customized to suit a more bleed-focused build.
  • Can only be obtained in the end-game area, and is a rare enemy drop.
  • Has comparatively lower damage outside of bleed.

Alternative Bleed Weapons

Here are some alternative Bleed Weapons in Elden Ring that are worth mentioning. However, I did not include them in my list because of specific factors.

  • Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear: A good weapon that has heavy attacks, but it deals only fire damage.
  • Scavenger’s Curved Sword: An excellent choice, but it has a low attack rating and shortest reach.
  • Bloodhound Claws: This weapon doesn’t cause as much critical damage or bleeding as other claw weapons.

My Thoughts On The Bleed Weapons

Elden Ring Game Hours
My Elden Ring Game Hours (Image by eXputer)

In my playthrough, Bleed Build is arguably one of the most overpowered builds in Elden Ring, and the best weapon to choose with it is Rivers of Blood Katana.

While the Katana was overpowered before it got nerfed, still, after being nerfed, I think it is the best Katana you can use with a bleed build. Using Rivers of Blood can be difficult for some players so they can use Reduvia or Uchigatana.

I personally don’t like Reduvia that much, but Uchigata and Rivers of Blood are two of my favorite Bleed weapons that go perfectly with a Bleed Build.

With this, I conclude my guide. If some of these aren’t Bleed Weapons, Elden Ring allows you to apply Seppuku to them. If you think I’ve missed any interesting Bleed Weapon in Elden Ring, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to give them a try.

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