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 is an Ash of War that allows the players to unleash a wide bloody slash upon their adversaries.
  • Bloody Slash can be acquired by defeating Godrick Knight, found on the ramparts of Fort Haight.
  • Bloody Slash consumes a minor percentage of both FP and HP upon usage.
  • What sets Bloody Slash apart from many other Ashes of War is its Blood Affinity upgrade which allows the player to inflict a Blood Loss status effect upon enemies.
  • Katanas, Straight Swords, and Curved Swords are the recommended weapon types for this skill in Elden Ring.
  • Bloody Slash is efficient for both crowd control and single-target nuking.
  • Due to its long charge-up animation, it is recommended to wait until the enemy is done with its attack before unleashing Bloody Slash.
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
Location of Fort Haight (Image Captured by Us)
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. So 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 (Image Captured by Us)
  • The crucial thing you need to know about Bloody Slash is that it also consumes a portion of your health bar along with your FP. 
  • Bloody Slash’s wide arc is not only useful against lone enemies but can also be used for crowd control against multiple enemies as well.
  • Due to its HP absorption, it is not recommended to spam Bloody Slash all the time against normal enemies, as it can eventually put you at a disadvantage even in normal encounters.
  • Choose Heavy Affinity if you want to deal increased damage with Greatswords; otherwise, select Blood Affinity if you are using Katanas, which will help you with Blood Loss buildup.
  • Due to its long wind-up, you have to be cautious when using Bloody Slash against bosses, as their attacks can easily interrupt your animation.
  • Instead, wait for your opportunity when using it against bosses or swift enemies.
  • Later on, in the game, you can replace your Bloody Slash weapon with Rivers of Blood. That weapon uses a very similar but more extreme version of this skill, without costing any HP.


It’s no secret that Elden Ring’s Bloody Slash is one of the best Ashes of War due to its Blood Loss buildup and high damage. However, if you feel the HP penalty is not worth, you can try Carian Greatsword, Hoarfrost Stomp, and Bloodhound Step in its stead as well.

Above we mentioned some weapon types Bloody Slash is compatible with, and to determine with which weapons this skill will work the best, you can refer to our guides on Best Swords, Best Curved Greatswords, and Best Katanas. This concludes our guide on the location and stats of Bloody Slash in the game. Let us know about your concerns in the comments below.


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With four years of Video Game Journalism and Tremendous love for Gaming, Irfan loves chatting and writing everything about video games.

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