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Rakuyo is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne. It was added with The Old Hunters DLC. There are 3 versions of this weapon: Normal, Uncanny and Lost. The only known differences being the Gem Imprints and the locations in which they are found.


Rakuyo Description

"Hunter weapon wielded by Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower.
A trick sword originated in the same country as the Cainhurst Chikage, only this sword feeds not off blood, but instead demands great dexterity.
Lady Maria was fond of this aspect of the Rakuyo, as she frowned upon blood blades, despite being a distant relative of the queen.
One day, she abandoned her beloved Rakuyo, casting it into a dark well, when she could stomach it no longer."


Rakuyo Information

  • Transforms from a Twin-blade to dual wielded Saber and Dagger
  • Requires 16 Blood Stone Shards, 16 Twin Blood Shards, 16 Blood Stone  Chunks, 1 Blood Rock, and 4240 Blood Echoes to fully upgrade
  • When in dual wield mode, pressing L2 performs a double spin move slicing with both swords
  • Performing an L2 immediately after an R1 in dual wield mode will result in a simultaneous diagonal slice with both swords
  • Performing an L2 immediately after an R2 in dual wield mode will result in a simultaneous forward thrust with both swords
  • To perform a Leap Attack, tap forward on the Left Stick as you press R2
  • To perform a Transformation Attack, press L1 while performing another attack.




  • Fishing Hamlet. Get to the bottom of the well. Can be reached from the underground tunnels at the end of the area or via a ladder in the well right away. In that area a Shark Giant will wander around. Fighting him makes a second one appear after the first reaches sufficiently low health. The first giant will walk over near the ladder and scream at the ceiling, causing the second one to drop. The second one drops the weapon.
  • Fighting the two of them can be difficult and it is a good idea to use the Shaman Bone Blade to make them fight each other and finish off the weaker one. Molotov cocktails are also very effective against them. If neither is available to you, try to kill the one with the anchor first, as it is significantly harder to dodge.
  • One easy way to beat them is use of ranged weapon like Simon's Bowblade if you are a bloodtinge build, and the Holy Moonlight Sword if you are an arcane build.
  • By using the monocular, you can aim freely with Simon's Bowblade (or any firearm). Kill the two Winter Lanterns and walk to where the two items sit at the end of the tunnel from the Lighthouse Hut elevator. Don't drop down the ledge. Instead, aim from the ledge with the monocular. If you run out of QS bullets, use blood bullets. Sometimes, no attack will reach either shark giant no matter the range, so it's possible you might have to run all the way back around to make the first giant pace the room. If your bloodtinge is at or near 50, this shouldn't take long. However, they can hit you if you stand too close to the edge.
  • A Threaded Cane's transformed whip can easily hit the giants from the ledge once they're lured over and begin attacking, but be sure to keep your distance after each hit.
  • Unlike other giants in the game, these ones are easy to gun parry for a visceral attack. Keep in mind this will get very tricky after the other one starts fighting, so try to separate them and time your viscerals to get the invincibility at the right moment.
  • If your range is inadequate you can use the monocular to angle a throwing knife to be able to hit the shark giant in the back. This way, you can continue from the strategy of killing them on the ledge with a gun/magic without going around.
  • Chaining together backstabs is a very effecient way of dealing with them, if played right you should be able to eliminate the first shark giant before the second reaches you this way
  • For a video showing an easy way to kill the sharks with a monocular and a throwing knife strategy, check .

Uncanny Rakuyo

  • If you have the normal version: Create Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Root Pthumeru Labyrinth) and buy from Bath Messengers up a ladder from the main room for 50,000 Blood Echoes

Lost Rakuyo

  • If you have the normal version: Create Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Root Pthumeru Labyrinth) and buy from Bath Messengers up a ladder from the main room for 50,000 Blood Echoes


Player Notes

  • When transformed you can use R2 to set up a combo spam that deals only thrust dmg.
  • Lead attack on R2 is a great stunner for small to medium sized enemies.
  • The L2 spin is a very effective as a lead attack and crowd control, it's basically the little brother of the Hunter Axe spin.
  • When in combo L2 turns into two-handed slash or stab, depending on the previous attack being a slash or a stab.
  • Despite being a Cainhurst weapon, Rakuyo doesn't get any boon from bloodtinge. This makes it a great fit for classic Hunters of Hunters and other Skill-based builds, especially since it has a speed and range comparable to the Chikage.






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Movesets & Videos

Regular Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, .90x, 1.00x, 1.15x ?? This combo starts with a horizontal sweep from right to left, followed by a backhanded thrust of the hilt, followed by a backhanded diagonal downward slash from the left shoulder to the right foot, then a forward thrust, backhand diagonal downward slash, another forward thrust and finishes with a final backhand diagonal slash.
Backstep R1 .90x   A diagonal uppercut from the right foot to the left shoulder.
Dodge R1 ?? ~ ?? ?? ~ ?? After the roll performs a more vertical uppercut.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Horizontal sweep from the right to the left.
R2 Attack 1.35x ?? A sweeping uppercut that winds up behind the player arcs past the right foot and finishes above the left shoulder.
Charged R2 1.70x ?? Initiates a dash thrust.
Backstep R2 1.25x   Backhanded forward thrust.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? Performs a sweeping diagonal uppercut.
Dash R2 1.40x ?? A quick forward thrust.
Leap 1.40x ?? (+run) Performs a leaping horizontal swipe.
Transform Attack 1.30x ?? (+x) Detaches the dagger and performs a diagonal sweep up (left foot to right shoulder) with the saber and a diagonal sweep down (right shoulder to left foot) with the dagger.
Transformed Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, 1.00x, 1.20x, 1.10x ?? This combo alternates a right and left horizontal slash, then performs a dual backhand slightly diagonal slash, with both hands moving from the torso to full extension at the sides.
Backstep R1 .90x   Performs a short backhand horizontal swipe with the dagger, moving from right to left.
Dodge R1 ?? ~ ?? ?? ~ ?? After the roll, performs a horizontal sweep with the saber, moving from right to left.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Performs a horizontal backhand sweep with the dagger, moving from left to right.
R2 Attack .90x, .95x, .90x ?? Alternates left and right thrusts.
Charged R2 ?? ?? N/A
Backstep R2 1.25x   Performs a thrust with the saber.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? After the roll performs a thrust with the dagger.
Dash R2 1.40x ?? (+run) Performs a thrust with the saber.
L2 .95x+100, 1.05x+110 (after normal 160, after r2 120)   Performs a 360 dual slash (counter clockwise). Pressing L2 again performs a counter spin (clockwise).
Leap 1.40x ?? Performs a leaping diagonal slash with both blades, moving from right to left.
Transform Attack 1.50x ?? (+x) Attaches the dagger to the bottom of the saber before performing a forward thrust.



  • Rakuyo (落葉) literally means "falling leaf".
  • The sword of Rakuyo bears resemblance to the "kyū guntō", which was a hybrid of the sabre/katana with a handguard, used during the Russo-Japanese War.




    • Anonymous

      03 Nov 2017 01:56  

      An interesting weapon, it's got a bit of a tainted reputation due to the flood of skilless l2 spammers that easily get ludwiged or burried, for a more refined player who can make use of anything this is an incredibly versatile weapon, it doesn't take a lot of skill or good timing to use thanks to some of it's more infamous movesets, but it does have the massive drawback of dealing with enemies with range, if you're not good at evading and striking this weapon is just going to get you killed. It pairs up quite well with the burial blade as an alternative to the blades of mercy for a quick weapon to deal with targets you cant easily kite with your burial blade's reach.
      In brief, this weapon really doesn't deserve much of the hate or praise it gets but is a solid weapon that any hunter looking to spice up their combat should acquire, just mind the rotting carcass of the ten thousand l2 spammers that have nesled up inside it....

      • Anonymous

        15 Sep 2017 11:53  

        Welcome to the page of the most overused weapon in PvP! Period! More-so then Moonlight and Ludwig! Have fun spamming L2 and even R2 with lead elixer to your hearts content! It's certainly not looked down upon by like, everyone!

        • Anonymous

          23 Aug 2017 19:19  

          Eh, looks more like a standard cutlass judging by the gradual curve and pointed tip of the blade, albeit with the dagger in place of a pommel. Its origin is evidently similar to the kyu gunto, but that's about it.

          I find it cool that the dagger's edge faces the opposite direction of the saber when connected, suggesting that the weapon is supposed to be swung pommel-first, unlike any ordinary sword. This is actually showcased in its R1 chain: the dagger connects first, with the saber following in an arc, then the dagger is stabbed into the enemy, and the chain is completed with a final slash from the saber as the blade is turned back around. The weapon requires the movement of the entire body, otherwise the user would only end up injuring themselves on the edge of the dagger.

          As for the name "Rakuyo," I assume the "falling leaf" in question would be the wilting lumenflowers, whose petals are scattered all throughout the Astral Clocktower. Furthermore, the change of seasons is apparently significant in Bloodborne, as winter and snow are heavily tied to the arcane and eldritch Truth. The Rakuyo could also be alluding to autumn, and the impending discoveries of the Healing Church by use of the Hunters.

          • Anonymous

            14 Aug 2017 18:39  

            Well, needless to say, i wonder why the second brain trust doesn't seem to follow you and frenzy the giants, it's not like they are out of sight or anything, and besides if it sees you a mile away it should act like the big brain and frenzy regardless, but then again, this is from software the cheapest programmer ever who leaves programming bugs in the game and calls them features, and retards all over the world praise this game for its beauty, not seeing the fact that physics IS important in a game and that the enemies SHOULDN'T *****ING SLIDE AROUND obstacles to get to you.

            • Anonymous

              17 Jun 2017 09:44  

              Out of all the weapons I love this blade, it has slightly less speed than m.daggers and has (in my opinion, right or wrong idc) best scaling for skill users, if you look at it stat wise with a high skill is out ranks most weapons, it his hard and fast pending on pendants, and doesn't sap your stanima, leaving plenty of we'll timed dodges. Played with it for 10 minutes decided that was my choice, my go to, l2 spam is fine and all, but anyone who knows how to build it and use it well, will see that it is far better in the hands of a user. L2 spams, have fun, but part of the fun is being a master. Not a spammer

              • Anonymous

                21 Apr 2017 10:06  

                It is quite remarkable, that when you fight the first shark with a hit and run method overtime it will disappear, then take the ladder up and go back then you will see the second shark waiting for you. It is the easy way to get the rakuyo without messing with both shark giant.

                • Anonymous

                  27 Mar 2017 22:15  

                  When killing the shark bros, i found getting behind one and using augur of ebrietas (my arcane is at 32 idk if that matters) would open them for a visceral, while they get up, time it right and it does it again, rinse and repeat

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Mar 2017 08:48  

                    I feel sorry for the noobs who gives us OG users a bad name I do not spam L2 I have gotten good with my rykuo. And I used every button For the right moment. I feel sorry for you guys because a pro win or lose with get better

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Feb 2017 13:05  

                      How to get the Rakuyo easily: 1. Stay at a distance 2. Press L2. 3. Repeat 4. Shaman Bone Blade 5. Press L2. 6. Enjoy

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Jan 2017 01:55  

                        To kill the sharks (i did in 2 tries): get a +10 ludwig. Go down. Transform the ludwig, hit 2 times, run. Hit 2 times run. (4x). When the other shark is joining the party, use the shaman blade and sit down to enjoy their fight.

                        Best weapon in the game so far. Its fast like hell.

                        • Anonymous

                          12 Jan 2017 01:03  

                          I see people unironically using "git gud" or "go back to Ludwigs lol" for anyone who doesn't think this weapon is the most amazing thing in the world, stroking their e-peens thinking they're hot ***** because they use a purportedly "difficult" weapon. Nope, it's just that where every other weapon is R1 spam this is L2 spam. That's it. It's also now considered pretty much a "meta weapon" at this point because of how BS it is in PvP against people who use it. Spam L2 and win. It's this game's Ice Rapier or Carthus Curved Sword, just face it. Sorry to snap your e-boner in half but you "git gud" Rakuyo kids aren't any better than the Ludwig's people. At least the Ludwig's users aren't so pretentious with their heads stuck up their bums. Other than that this is a fun weapon, just shut up about how superior you are for using it.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Nov 2016 13:01  

                            Since it's introduction, the Bladebow has become an almost infamous weapon amongst avid PvP players due to it's perceived ease of use and scant weaknesses.
                            Yeah, that' s why Rakuyo is the most popular cancer weapon in the game

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Nov 2016 04:05  

                              Its a bit difficult but once the second shark joins if you shaman blade them twice they will practically kill each other

                              • Anonymous

                                My strat for the bloody giants09 Sep 2016 06:54  

                                Got a maxed out Ludwigs in trick mode, hit the anchor giant twice then ran like a little b*tch and repeated. I also played ring around the Rosie with them when the second dropped and took pot shots when I could.

                                • Anonymous

                                  no messengers, but patches24 Jul 2016 19:29  

                                  So I went to dungeon 8i29rqz3, and instead of there being the bath messengers, patches was there instead. It would seem that once you befriend patches he replaces the bath messengers in dungeons, and his items don't cost anymore than buying it from the dungeon messengers.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    no messangers, but patches24 Jul 2016 19:24  

                                    So I went to dungeon 8i29rqz3, and instead of there being the bath messengers, patches was there instead. It would seem that once you befriend patches he replaces the bath messengers in dungeons, and his items don't cost anymore than buying it from the dungeon messengers.

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