Elden Ring Bloody Slash: Location, Affinities, & Tips

Slash through the waves of enemies using the "Bloody Slash" Ash of War in Elden Ring

Elden Ring is filled with many Ashes of War, which are basically skills, that allow you to perform special attacks at the cost of FP. Among them, there is one such as the Elden Ring Bloody Slash, which lets you unleash a blood slash in a wide arc, dealing massive damage to the enemies and inflicting them with bleed status.

Key Takeaways
  • Bloody Slash in Elden Ring lets players unleash a wide slash on foes.
  • Obtain it by defeating Godrick Knight at Fort Haight’s ramparts.
  • Uses a minor percentage of both FP and HP.
  • The Bloody Slash inflicts Blood Loss on enemies.
  • Ideal Ash of War for Katanas, Straight Swords, and Curved Swords.
  • Efficient for crowd control and single-target damage.
  • Watch for enemy attacks before using due to a lengthy charge-up animation.
Important: Bloody Slash is dropped by Godrick Knight, located in Fort Haight, and provides Blood affinity to weapons.

Blood Slash Location

Location of Bloody Slash

For Haight
Approaching Fort Haight (Image Captured by Us)

After making your way to Fort Haight, you’ll find a couple of basic Knights and a Pumpkin Head patrolling the castle gates.

  • Make sure to engage with the Pumpkinhead, after you have taken out the Knights.
  • Once you are done with them, head inside the fort.
  • Now that you’re inside, ignore the giant rats crawling on the castle grounds. Otherwise, you’ll get incinerated by fireball-throwing enemies.
  • Head upstairs, take them out first, and then take care of the rats afterward.
Inside Fort Haight (Image Captured by Us)
  • Once you are done with normal mobs, prepare to face off against the Godrick Knight.
  • He is a bit tougher than the other opponents and also uses the Bloody Slash Ash of War.
Godrick Knight (Image Captured by Us)
Elite Knight defeated
Bloody Slash Acquired (Image Captured by Us)
  • The easiest way to take him out is to use summons to distract the Knight while you go in for the backstab.
  • Furthermore, his attacks can also be easily blocked using Shields, which allows you to hit him with the guard counter.
  • Once defeated, you’ll get the “Bloody Slash” Ash of War.

Stats & Use

Stats of Bloody Slash (Image Captured by Us)

Each Ash of War in Elden Ring is only compatible with certain weapon types and provides unique Affinity upgrades. Bloody Slash is no different in that regard.

The unique thing about the Bloody Slash Affinity Upgrades is that it provides Blood affinity, which helps with Bleed buildup and is of the easiest ways to deal extreme damage to your opponents.


Affinities alter the scaling, damage, and damage negation of the equipped weapon. Depending on the weapon’s affinity, its physical damage, magical damage, and status buildups can change significantly. The affinities Bloody Slash can provide are:

  • Standard
  • Heavy
  • Keen
  • Quality
  • Poison
  • Blood 
  • Occult

Compatible Weapon Types

  • Greatswords
  • Curved Swords
  • Katanas
  • Twin blades
  • Straight Swords
  • Heavy Thrusting Swords
  • Daggers
  • Curved Greatswords
  • Thrusting Swords

Tips & Usage

Bloody Slash attack
Attacking a normal knight with Bloody Slash
  • Bloody Slash consumes both FP and a portion of your health, so use it strategically.
  • Its wide arc is effective against single and multiple enemies for crowd control.
  • Avoid spamming Bloody Slash against regular enemies due to health loss.
  • Choose Heavy Affinity for Greatswords’ increased damage and opt for Blood Affinity with Katanas for Blood Loss.
  • Be cautious using Bloody Slash against bosses due to its long wind-up; wait for opportune moments.
  • Use Bloody Slash sparingly against bosses and swift enemies to avoid interruptions.
  • In the later game, consider replacing Bloody Slash with Rivers of Blood for a similar, but health-cost-free, experience.

If you feel the HP penalty is not worth it, you can try Carian Greatsword, Hoarfrost Stomp, and Bloodhound Step in its stead as well.

Above, I have mentioned some weapon types in Elden Ring is the Bloody Slash compatible with, and to determine with which weapons this skill will work the best, consider reading the guides on Best Swords, Best Curved Greatswords, and Best Katanas. 


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Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and has been gaming for more than 22 years. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites, including TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming. Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Learn some more about Irfan's gaming journey on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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