Caryll Runes in Bloodborne are upgrades the player can make to his/her character that give different bonuses (similar to rings in the Souls games). They are languages of the Great Ones inscribed by Runesmith Caryll, a student of Byrgenwerth. Hunters who etch the runes into their mind can attain their wondrous strength.

  • Runes are memorized at the Memory Altar in the Hunter's Dream, which unlocks after obtaining the Rune Workshop Tool.
  • There are 4 rune slots. 3 slots are for generic runes while the 4th slot is dedicated to Oath runes, which are covenant related.
  • Most runes come in multiple iterations of different strength. Several runes of the same type, but varying strength, can be stacked for increased effect. The strongest runes of each type will have a star-like point of light in the center of their image.
  • You can only possess 1 rune of the same type and strength, so another item will replace it if you pick up a rune you already have.


Caryll Runes

Name & Icon Effect Location

Anti-Clockwise Metamorphosis

Boosts Max Stamina +10% Forbidden Woods on a corpse near the blue aliens.
Boosts Max Stamina +15% Talk to Patches the Spider in Lecture Halls by using the ladder from the second floor. Either option will produce the Rune.
Boosts Max Stamina +20% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

Arcane Lake

Arcane DMG Reduction +5% Yahar'gul, Unseen Village - On a corpse near the skeleton slugs.
Arcane DMG Reduction +7% Byrgenwerth - right at beginning, to left of lamp, near the tree with the brainsucker.
Arcane DMG Reduction +10% Isz Root Chalice
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Temp. boost to transform +20 At the very bottom of the Healing Church Workshop Tower, dropped by the Beast-possessed Soul.
Temp. boost to transform +50 Kill the Suspicious Beggar you meet in the Forbidden Woods, at the back of the building with 2 shortcut elevators. Sending the bandaged npc to Iosefka will turn him into an alien that hangs out in the rear of Iosefka's clinic that also drops the rune.
Temp. boost to transform +100 Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice



Beast's Embrace

Covenant Rune:
Transforms character into a ghastly Beast type of creature
Defeat Laurence, The First Vicar

Blood Rapture

V.ATKs restore HP +200 Dropped by the Shadow of Yharnam.
V.ATKs restore HP +250 Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice
V.ATKs restore HP +300 Dropped by the Bloody Crow of Cainhurst fought at the completion of Eileen the Crow's Quest.


Ups visceral attack ATK +10% Drops from a hunter in the Hypogean Gaol Lamp room in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village, after killing Rom and entering the nightmare version.
Ups visceral attack ATK +20% Dropped by the transformed Gillbert at Central Yharnam at the lamp after killing Rom and entering the nightmare version.
Ups visceral attack ATK +30% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice
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Clear Deep Sea

Add slow poison RES +100 Forbidden Woods behind a big gravestone.
Add slow poison RES +200 Nightmare Frontier behind a rock thrower on top of a hill.
Add slow poison RES +300 Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice
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Clockwise Metamorphosis

Boosts Max HP +5% Forbidden Woods, behind locked gate up the stairs from the boss.
Boosts Max HP +10% Nightmare Frontier, in a cave across the stone bridge.
Boosts Max HP +15% Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice
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Max vials held UP +1 Found above the Cathedral Ward Lamp, through the door that opens after defeating the Blood-Starved Beast. Take the elevator up and it's in a chest in the first room.
Max vials held UP +2 Lecture Building.
Max vials held UP +3 Iosefka's Clinic.
Max vials held UP +4 Dropped by the Celestial Emmisary.
Max vials held UP +5 Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
Cont. heal near death +1
Join the Cainhurst Vilebloods.
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Deep Sea

Add frenzy RES +100 Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
Add frenzy RES +200 Forbidden Woods - by 2 Viper Pits.
Add frenzy RES +300 Isz Root Chalice
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Dissipating Lake

Bolt DMG Reduction +5% Forbidden Woods under some huge entangled roots near a pig.
Bolt DMG Reduction +7% Ailing Loran Root Chalice
Bolt DMG Reduction +10% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice


More items from fallen enemies (Item Discovery +50) Obtained in Nightmare of Mensis, on a corpse next to the Mergo's Loft: Base Lamp.
More items from fallen enemies (Item Discovery +70) Drop from Master Willem.
More items from fallen enemies (Item Discovery +100) Isz Root Chalice
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Fading Lake

Fire DMG Reduction +5% Nightmare Frontier.
Fire DMG Reduction +7% Ailing Loran Root Chalice
Fire DMG Reduction +10% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

Formless Oedon

Max QS bullets held UP +1 send little girl to Iosefka's clinic
Max QS bullets held UP +2 Lower Pthumeru Root Chalice
Max QS bullets held UP +3 Dropped by the Oedon Chapel Dweller in Cathedral Ward.
Max QS bullets held UP +4 A secret passage taking elevator leading to Healing Church Workshop in Cathedral Ward. Take the elevator up, turn around and roll to open rooftop. It's in a chest.
Max QS bullets held UP +5 Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice
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Great Deep Sea

Add all types of RES +50 Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
Add all types of RES +100 Nightmare Frontier - There is a small cave with a hole by the Brain Trust on the cliff, drop down (another Brain Trust right after the drop) in to the poison swamp and take a right. It's in one of the narrow passages guarded by few squids.
Add all types of RES +150 Isz Root Chalice
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Great Lake

All DMG reduction +3% Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
All DMG reduction +4% Upper Cathedral Ward, take a right turn at the top of the stairs above the Lamp.
All DMG reduction +5% Isz Root Chalice

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Rally Potential +10% Kill the Carrion Crow on the top floors of the Research Hall
Rally Potential +20% Defeat Ludwig, The Holy Blade
Rally Potential +30% Located in depth 5 of (unknown) Root Chalice
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More Blood Echoes gained from V.ATKs (+20%) Dropped from Henryk in Tomb of Oedon area. To fight him, follow Eileen the Crow's quest line.
More Blood Echoes gained from V.ATKs (+40%) Obtained from a corpse in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village. Found in a room with bell ringer that summons a werewolf and a wheelchair enemy, near a brick troll.
More Blood Echoes gained from V.ATKs (+60%) Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
Increases stamina recovery speed
Complete Eileen the Crow's questline and she rewards you with this rune along with the Crow Hunter Badge.


Covenant Rune:
Increases max health by 2% while in co-op
Join The League via Valtr.
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Physical DMG reduction +3% Obtained from a corpse at Hemwick Charnel Lane. See Lake rune description for exact location.
Physical DMG reduction +5% Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice
Physical DMG reduction +7% Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
- Slight increase to Item Discovery
- Transforms character into a celestial Kin type of creature
Complete the questline for Saint Adeline.
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More echoes from slain enemies (+10%) Obtained just downstairs of the Hypogean Gaol lamp post. Guarded by two Snatchers.
More echoes from slain enemies (+20%) Obtained at the very bottom of the spiral staircase during the Micolash boss fight in Nightmare of Mensis.
More echoes from slain enemies (+30%) Obtained in Nightmare of Mensis. Stand in front of Mother Brain's eye (giant brain) in Mergo's Nightmare "abyss" and use the "Make Contact" gesture.
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Oedon Writhe

V.ATKs grant QS bullets +1 Obtained by killing Adella in Hypogean Gaol, Oedon Chapel or Iosefka's Clinic.
V.ATKs grant QS bullets +2 Found after killing Iosefka in Iosefka's Clinic. This must be done before killing Rom, the Vacuous Spider as she will no longer drop this rune after she is killed.
V.ATKs grant QS bullets +3 Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
Increases HP recovery from Blood Vials.
Received from completing Alfred's questline. You must return to the first place you met him at the altar and you will find his corpse there with the rune.
Does not drop if Alfred is killed before he kills Annalise.
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Stunning Deep Sea

Add rapid poison RES +100 Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice.
Add rapid poison RES +200 Nightmare Frontier.
Add rapid poison RES +300 Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

    • 01 Nov 2016 00:05  

      Is there any way to expand the amount of Caryll Runes you can use? Say from using 3 of the typical ones (not counting Covenant runes mind you) to maybe being able to use 4 or 5 of them at once? Just wanted to ask. Thanks in advance for the help. Much appreciation.

      • Permanent or Temporary?06 Sep 2016 19:58  

        so when you get a rune and click "use" is the boost temporary or permanent? Like does it stay with me forever after I use it or only for a short time? Like idk the communion rune gives me a higher blood vial maximum, so does my maximum gets upgraded for the rest of the game or is it only for a limited amount of time?

        • Beast +50 [SPOILER]05 Jul 2016 08:40  

          So I sent the old lady to the cathedral ward. Then i sent the beggar (who semester to be eating corpses in the forbidden woods to the cathedral ward. He kille (suposedly) the lady and when attacked (hes passive and you can speak to him) Outside the ward, he turns into a huge beast that drops beast +50 upon death

          • Found one called "Eye"05 Jul 2016 08:40  

            If you kill the priest/pope that's right before the Spider Boss in the Burgenworth he drops a Rune called Eye which, as the text description describes, lets you "Make additional discoveries." No idea what that means but I'm using it now.

            • Table Organization05 Jul 2016 08:40  

              Someone with a better working knowledge of the wiki table format needs to re-sort these and organize the table, it looks really rough. They should at minimum be sorted according to the game's default order; i.e. Lake, Dissipating Lake, Fading Lake, Arcane Lake, Deep Sea, and so on...

              • Alot of runes off this list...05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                I've counted about 7 in my inventory that didn't make the list, wish there was a complete list already, if you want to know which ones your're missing I will let ya know

                • Odeon Writhe LV 1 location05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                  I noticed that Odeon Writhe LVs weren't being noted here, so I added a note to differentiate between the two and how to acquire them. Does anyone know if there are any tiered runes? <br/>- PSN: NIKTENDO1

                  • Attention. Rune from chalice dungeon. Top tier Heir rune.05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                    Found rune that can be obtained only from chalice dungeon. Layer 1. Follow sub door between chamber of seal lamp and layer 1 lamp. Pthumeru Ihyll chalice, glyph nmvnj2eg

                    • claw mark05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                      You can get a claw mark from central yharnam. After defeating a boss (vicar amelia? ?) A small wherewolf will spawn next to the lantern and try to kill you

                      • Great Deep Sea05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                        Any info about Great Deep Sea rune? Have done NG and NG+, still don't have this OP rune. More then 25% buff to all resistances? - Yes, please.

                        • Arcane Lake runes switched05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                          The Arcane Lake rune that's 7% is found in Byrgenwerth, not in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village (nightmare version). I think you have those switched.

                          • Formles Oedon05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                            Can anyone confirm having a +2 version of this rune and where they got it? Contrary to the table above, the Chapel helper drops the +3 one, and there is no NPC in Iosefka's clinic that drops a rune of this type.

                            • Odeon Whrithe05 Jul 2016 08:40  

                              found in the cathedral ward going up the elevator half way up roll out when you see an opening to do so, there you will find yourself at the top of the ward where you will collect the odeon whrithe

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