Black Blade


A short katana wielded by the swordsman and distinguished guest of High Lord Wolnir. This shiny black blade is thick, but shorter than the typical katana.

The swordsman was a master of a rare technique, traces of which can be observed in this weapon's strong attack.

Skill: Hold
Assume a holding stance to rapidly execute a lunging slash with normal attack, or a deflecting parry with strong attack.



Dropped from a Mimic in the Catacombs of Carthus, near the Demon and the entrance to Smouldering Lake.



  • Stronger R2s.


  • App 1.11, Regulation 1.30
    • Decreased motion of normal attack while dashing for Katanas. Improved motion of any other normal attacks.

In Other Games


Stability increases to 36 at +2, 37 at +3, 38 at +5, 39 at +6, 40 at +8, 41 at +9, and 42 at +10.

Regular reinforcement.

Level Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Cost Souls
+0 122/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (11.00%/53.00%/-/-) - -
+1 134/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (11.55%/55.65%/-/-) 2 Titanite Shard 380
+2 146/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (12.10%/58.30%/-/-) 4 Titanite Shard 456
+3 158/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (12.65%/60.95%/-/-) 6 Titanite Shard 532
+4 170/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (13.20%/63.60%/-/-) 2 Large Titanite Shard 608
+5 183/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (13.53%/65.19%/-/-) 4 Large Titanite Shard 684
+6 195/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (13.86%/66.78%/-/-) 6 Large Titanite Shard 760
+7 207/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (14.19%/68.37%/-/-) 2 Titanite Chunk 836
+8 219/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (14.52%/69.96%/-/-) 4 Titanite Chunk 912
+9 231/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (14.85%/71.55%/-/-) 6 Titanite Chunk 987
+10 244/0/0/0/0 0/30/0 E/C/-/- (15.40%/74.20%/-/-) 1 Titanite Slab 1140


The Damage stat dictates how much damage the weapon does. The Damage stats for a weapon are A / B / C / D / E:

Each weapon has one or more Physical damage types:

  • Standard
  • Strike
  • Slash
  • Thrust

Certain enemies are weak or strong against different damage types.
See the damage formula for further details.

Aux Effect:

The Aux Effect stat dictates how effective the weapon will be at causing the effect. The Aux Effect stats for a weapon are A / B / C:


Damage multiplier when performing a backstab or riposte. Value of 100 means no extra damage.

Spell Buff:

Damage multiplier applied to the base value of a Spell. This value scales depending on the primary stat of the Catalyst, i.e. a Catalyst with Intelligence scaling will have its Spell Buff rise as the player's Intelligence rises.

By default the value reflected in the infobox and the upgrades uses 60 Intelligence and/or Faith.

Stats Needed:

The Stats Needed determines how high various Stats must be in order to wield the weapon effectively. The stats required for a weapon are A / B / C / D:

Wielding a weapon without the required Strength and/or Dexterity will incur a penalty to the Physical damage of the weapon, while lower-than-required Intelligence and/or Faith will reduce the Magic/Fire/Lightning/Dark damage and Spell Buff.

Stat Bonuses:

The Stat Bonuses rating indicates the level of bonus damage you do with the weapon, based on the associated Stat. This rating can be S, A, B, C, D, or E (in order from most to least bonus for the associated skill). See Scaling for more information.

The Bonus Stats for a weapon are A/B/C/D:

Damage Reduction:

The Damage Reduction % of the weapon. It dictates how much damage the weapon mitigates while blocking. The Damage Reduction % stats for weapons are A / B / C / D / E :


Determines the amount of stamina expended to block an incoming attack. A higher stability also allows you to block stronger
attacks without breaking guard and reduces the amount of stamina depleted from blocking attacks.


The durability of the weapon.


The weight of the weapon. Note that carrying over 70% of your Equip Load will reduce the speed of your rolls, while going
over 100% will reduce your regular speed to walking and attempts to roll or backstep will leave you momentarily stunned.


Black Blade
Black Blade Image
General Aux Effects
Physical Damage Type Slash/Thrust Bleed Effect 30
Sell Price / Soul Value 300 Poison Damage 0
Can this equipment be buffed? Yes Frost Effect 0
Skill Hold Stability 35
Skill FP Cost - (17/5) Durability 50
Spell Buff N/A Weight 6.5
Range N/A Critical Damage 100
Damage Damage Reduction
Physical Damage 122 Physical Reduction 50
Magic Damage 0 Magic Reduction 30
Fire Damage 0 Fire Reduction 25
Lightning Damage 0 Lightning Reduction 25
Dark Damage 0 Dark Reduction 30
Requirements Bonuses
Strength Requirement 18 Strength Bonus E
Dexterity Requirement 18 Dexterity Bonus C
Intelligence Requirement 0 Intelligence Bonus -
Faith Requirement 0 Faith Bonus -
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