Elden Ring Rivers Of Blood Katana Location Walkthrough

Like previous soulsborne video games, Elden Ring too has some of the best katanas. Each melee weapon under the Katana category is an excellent addition, and players can pretty much make the best build in the game using just the katanas. Moonveil, an intelligence scaling katana, can be used in intelligence build, and Rivers of Blood can be made as a go-to weapon in an Arcane build. Previously we curated Arcane build, so make sure you read it, and for the sake of our Elden Ring Rivers of Blood katana location guide, we will stick on the subject of how to get this amazing Arcane katana in the game. 

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How To Find Rivers of Blood Katana  

Elden Ring Rivers Of Blood Katana Location
Forbidden lands

In order for the players to get Rivers of Blood katana, you are going to have to progress through a lot of the main story and reach the Mountaintops of The Giant region of the game’s map. It’s almost like 70% into the storyline until you get into the location called Forbidden Lands. Now through the Forbidden Lands, you are going to have to go all the way across to Giant’s Gravespot by using the Grand Lift of Rold as a conduit also working your way through the Zamor Ruins.

Zamor Ruins Location

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Zamor ruins

Now we’re going to mention how to get all the way from Zamor ruins. Once you’re there, move forward and straight, and there you will encounter a tanky enemy. You can avoid the enemy when they try to aggro you or surround you. So, avoid it or beat him, and then you’d reach the junction of two pathways from where you must take a left turn because it is less traversed. Also, when you take the left pathway be sure to avoid the gigantic birds because they can be annoying and intimidating.

Elden Ring Rivers Of Blood Katana Location
giant bridge crossing

Moving on there is going to be a dungeon there, skip that dungeon and work your way up the mountain top, and then taking a right. Traversing forward you will encounter one of the most beautiful sceneries in the game, where you’ll meet red-colored armor set wearing enemies who will be praying to the mountain. You can engage here or once again avoid the conflict and run across the bridge you see at the end of the cliff as shown in the image here as well.

Giant Firing Arrows

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giant on left rivers of blood location

Now on the other side of the bridge, a giant at your left will bombard you with giant arrows. There will be little spaces as you cross the bridge, so use them wisely and dodge the incoming arrows.

Crossing the giant firing arrows will be your biggest hurdle in reaching the location of Rivers of Blood katana in Elden Ring. After crossing the giant firing arrows at you, climb up the mountain top, and you are going to reach an impasse again from where you must take a right and move up the broken sled; keep moving forward and stop by to get to the Site of Grace.

After that, keep moving straight forward and beware of the Giants because they will hit you, and your health will drop substantially. Using your Torrent horse keep moving forward where you will reach another junction from where you must take left.

Elden Ring Rivers Of Blood Katana Location
giant near site of grace rivers of blood location

Once you reach the hill make sure to hit the resting place because if you die after this you are going to have to come all the way back here which is pretty hefty. Keep moving up and forward there will be a couple of rats just avoid them and keep moving straight. If they jump at you, you just have to jump forward with your horse and not waste your health fighting with them.

After ignoring the two giants you’d come across a Site of Grace to its right will be a long frozen lake that will be quickly engulfed in fog if you approach there. From this Site of Grace to the left will be another way that we’re not interested to venture for the sake of this guide.

So, we’d need to approach the frozen lake, which also is home to an ancient dragon. You can ignore this optional boss encounter and move on with the Rivers of Blood katana location guide – the choice is yours. Before you move on with our guide, why not also consider reading our Elden Ring Bosses Tier List.

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crossing the freezing lake

After you have done that you must be able to see a frozen lake just cross that, and you will reach the Church of Marika. So, interact with the Site of Grace there and make sure to collect the Sacred Tear there before moving on with our Rivers of Blood Katana location guide.

Reaching Church of Repose

Elden Ring Rivers Of Blood Katana Location
ignoring enemies to reach church of repose

There is going to be a site of grace as you spawn in, you are going to head on a little bit forward and straight until you actually get to see a statue that has a skeleton upon it. Beware there is going to be a couple of giants walking around they are going to be roaming in this space because you shouldn’t go with minimal health.

Once you get to the far end you are going to see two enemies fighting, now go straight towards them and make a quick sharp right over a rock.

killing blood finger Okina
invader bloody finger Okina

You’re going to get mounted off from your Torrent Horse as you approach Church of Repose, hinting that you will be invaded shortly. Killing the Bloody Finger Okina will reward you with Rivers of Blood Katana. Keep in mind that he is powerful and you must use the most powerful sorcery, incantation, or melee weapon available at your disposal to beat this invader quickly. Use Comet Azur if you have and maintain distance from the invader, otherwise, he has Rivers of Blood weapon on him and will use its unique Ash of War to critically deal blood loss damage on you.

Moreover, as we mentioned above that keeping a good amount of distance from him because he uses the slash attack and your health might go down really quickly. Using the spell with Comet Azur will take him out easily and quickly. On the subject of spells, read our Elden Ring Spells Tier List and learn about the best spells in the game.

After killing the invader, you’d receive the Rivers of Blood Katana in Elden Ring. You can also acquire the White Reed armor, gauntlets, Greaves, and Okina Mask that the invader is wearing from Spiritcaller’s Cave in the Mountaintops of the Giants. Before you make an attempt to collect this armor set, make sure you have at least two Stonesword keys with you. Also, White Reed armor set is an excellent choice if you want to have the best Samurai build in Elden Ring

Rivers of Blood Weapon Stats In Elden Ring

Elden Ring Rivers Of Blood Katana stats
rivers of blood weapon stats

Rivers of blood katana, to be honest, is reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden, as you can hack and slash foes quickly, killing them by causing blood loss status effect. This katana has the slash/pierce attack type, so it’s a mix of both; the thing which is significant about this katana is that its weight value is 6.5, and the FP cost is actually pretty low.

The overall inflict damage is pretty solid as you can deal good physical damage and excellent fire damage. In our Elden Ring Weapons Tier List, we ranked Rivers of Blood as an S-tier katana because it is such a versatile weapon. Its attributes require strength to be 12 and dexterity of 18, and the arcane needs to be at level 20. So in order for its efficient use, make sure that your character attributes meet the arcane level 20 requirements.

Overall Rivers of Blood weapon is an excellent katana that also comes with unique ashes of war on the stock. Upgrading this to a higher level from Blacksmith will obviously give more damage output. The blade slashes a coat of blood for repeated interweaving successive attacks. If you follow up with additional input, you get further successive attacks,  and it deals with a bunch of physical fire damage. On top of that, Rivers of Blood katana also builds blood loss build-up, and it works so much better in PvE and PvP of Elden Ring. 

That is pretty much everything you need to know about Elden Ring Rivers of Blood katana location. You can pretty much use any katana in the game and make the best Elden Ring dexterity build. However, which katana has been your go-to weapon in the game? Have you tried Rivers of Blood after patch 1.03? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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