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Saw Cleaver

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Imprints (Normal)

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Imprints (Uncanny)

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Imprints (Lost)

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Damage
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90 0 0 0 0
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0 0 100 100 200
Requirements & Scaling
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8
D
7
E
0
--
0
D
n/a

Saw Cleaver is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne.

 

Saw Cleaver Description

"One of the trick weapons of the workshop, commonly used in the hunting business.
This saw, effective at drawing the blood of beasts, transforms into a long cleaver that makes use of centrifugal force.
The saw, with its set of blood-letting teeth, has become a symbol of the hunt, and only grows in effectiveness the more grotesquely transformed the beast."

 

Saw Cleaver Information

  • This particular weapon transforms between a saw and an extended cleaver.
  • It's classified as Serrated while wielded in the saw form.

 

Location

Normal

Uncanny Saw Cleaver

Lost Saw Cleaver

 

Player Notes

  • The Saw Cleaver is one of two choices for a strength weapon when you are first starting off with a new character.
    • It's also the only starter weapon that has a waning gem slot for its normal form.
    • This weapon is a jack-of-all-trades in terms of combat, and is highly versitile against either single opponents or a mob.
  • The normal mode (saw form) is useful when dueling a single opponent.
    • It utilizes very fast attacks that do not take alot of stamina.
    • However, it has a short reach and is difficult to use against mobs.
  • When transformed, it takes the appearance of an extended cleaver.
    • This form has superior range and several attacks that can strike whole mobs at once.
    • Like the normal form, it's wielded in one hand at all times.
    • Keep in mind that this form also suffers a decrease in attack speed when compared to the normal form.
    • Furthermore, remember that only the saw form deals extra damage against enemies vulnerable to serrated attacks.
  • The follow up R2 after a fully charged R2 can knock some enemies down while the cleaver is extended.
  • This trick weapon and the Saw Spear differs mainly by transformed move sets and STR/SKL scaling.
    • The Saw Cleaver has superior strength scaling and deals serrated damage in saw form only.
    • The Saw Spear has superior skill scaling and also deals serrated damage while in both forms.

 

Stats/Scaling

R: Rally/Regain. The amount of HP regained on an R1 attack immediately after taking damage

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R

+0

90 -- -- -- - -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 35

+1

99 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 37

+2

108 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 39

+3

117 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 41

+4

126 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 43

+5

135 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 45

+6

144 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 47

+7

153 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 49

+8

162 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- D 51

+9

171 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- C 53

+10

180 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- C 55

 

Move sets & Videos

Results from testing on an unarmored level 120 character with a +10 Saw Cleaver with no gems. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100th.


Regular Move Set

Move Damage Type & Modifier[1] Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg1x, 1.02x, 1.04x, 1.06x, 1.09x 20 The character slashes from right to left, with combos altering direction. The first and second slashes fall in elevation while the third and fourth rise. Fast paced combo with short range
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.95x 27 The character steps forward quickly and slashes from left to right for all quicksteps except to the right. For that step the slash is from right to left.
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg 0.95x 25 After leaping back, the character leaps forward and slashes from right to left from a crouched position
Dash R1 physical_atk.jpg1.09x 30 (+run) The weapon is brought from left to right and somewhat downward. Very short range but the character takes a leaping step forward.
R2 Attack physical_atk.jpg1.20x 35 The weapon is brought back behind the character and after a short delay, brought from right to left in a quick slashing motion. A big step with the right foot is taken to help close the distance to enemies.
Charged physical_atk.jpg1.90x 50 Very similar to the R2 attack but with a longer windup (but a relatively short windup for a charge attack). The attack still goes from right to left, but on a diagonal rather than horizontal path.
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg1.25x 45 Essentially the same attack animation as the standard R2, however the delay before swiping the weapon is shorter. The character remains running until the actual swing occurs, meaning this attack does very well to keep the player in stride
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg1.10x 35 The weapon is brought near the ground to the left side and raised violently upward while hopping forward
Leap physical_atk.jpg1.40x 50 (+run) The player jumps forward a short distance and raises the weapon overhead, bringing it down to attack during the landing. This attack nearly sweeps the ground.
Transform Attack physical_atk.jpg1.30x 23 (+x) This attack appears like it would hit twice, but only provides one hit. The character brings the closed weapon forward into a punch and it extends to strike while out in front of you. The damage is caused by the weapon opening. Due to a fairly short range during transformation, this is best used with a quickstep toward your enemy.

Transformed Move Set

Move Damage Type & Modifier[2] Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg0.97x, 1.00x, 1.02x 24 Starting from overhead, the character brings the blade down mostly vertically and then back up, repeating this until stamina is exhausted. Despite the extra length and seemingly large size of the weapon, combos are relatively fast. This combo also works well in narrow passages or near walls where horizontal strikes may be deflected
Quickstep physical_atk.jpg0.95x 30 The character steps forward quickly and slashes from right to left if moving forward, backward or right. While stepping to the left, the blade is brought from left to right.
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.95x 25 This looks very similar to the quickstep animation moving forward or right but the attack arc is narrower. That is, it's a right to left slash, but shorter.
Dash R1 physical_atk.jpg1.15x 30 (+run) The blade is brought low to the ground and then, in a windmill motion brought overhead and back down
R2 Attack physical_atk.jpg1.25x, 1.27x 38 The character makes a large sweep from right to left horizontally, and back again from left to right for a combo. This attack has a wider attack arc, making crown control easier with this move than with the R1 set
Charged physical_atk.jpg1.70x 50 Very similar to the R2 but with a long wind up. The attack comes out very quickly after the windup
Follow up attack (after Charged) physical_atk.jpg1.27x 50 Following the charged attack, pressing R2 will have the character spin and bring the blade overhead and down
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg1.10x 37 The weapon is brought up in front of the face to overhead and brought swiftly down in a vertical strike ending with a smash into the ground
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg1.20x 45 (+run) The dashing R2 is nearly identical to the standing one.
Leap physical_atk.jpg1.30x 50 Unlike many leaping attacks, the player slashes from right to left horizontally instead of a downward attack. The attack is still useful for closing short distances
Transform Attack physical_atk.jpg1.30x 30 (+x) The weapon is brought back behind the player where it snaps shut and promptly brought forward in a punching motion

Trivia

  • The Saw Cleaver is the Trick Weapon featured on the title screen.
    • It was also one of the first weapons to be revealed for this game.
    • Overall the mechanisms of this weapon didn't change at all, starting all the way back when Bloodborne was still known as "Project Beast."
  • According to the concept art, the Saw Cleaver uses a trigger mechanism to unlock the joint during transformation.
  • The design of the Saw Cleaver seems to be inspired by multiple references:
    • The transformed cleaver shows a resemblance to LB-66 MOONLIGHT from Armored Core V.
    • The Japanese name is written as "nokogiri nata" (ノコギリ鉈) or "saw hatchet". Nokogiri is a traditional Japanese saw that cuts from the pull stroke, as opposed to the more common push stroke.
    • In real life, there is a type of cleaver known as a mezzaluna ("half moon") cleaver, known for chopping/mincing up various food products.
      • Most of these types of cleavers have handles on both ends.
      • However, some use a single handle that stretches across the blade, which was used to chop up herbs usually; the saw cleaver follows this particular model.
  • Coincidentally, the Strength/Skill/Arcane scaling at maximum level is "CDC" in their respective order.
    • The CDC is an American organization designed to combat and prevent "health threats" of varying natures.
    • Since the beast scourge acts like a plague (and is spread due to blood-related reasons), those who wield the Saw Cleaver can be thought of as fighting a dangerous epidemic.
  • Henryk uses this weapon when he fights you and Eileen the Crow during her questline, as well as when he is summoned by you when using the Old Hunter Bell.

 

Gallery

   


  1. ^ Tested in PvP, naked characters, BL 120 with maxed weapon
  2. ^ Tested in PvP, naked characters, BL 120 with maxed weapon



    • Anonymous

      01 Apr 2017 18:30  

      any know where to get a good physical% gem to put in its 3rd sloot early game? (waning gem slot) I am already at "the one reborn" and haven't find a better gem that the one I get from Gascoigne daughter.

      • Anonymous

        Uncanny Saw Cleaver new and active06 Oct 2016 00:24  

        Found an uncanny saw cleaver when creating a random chalice while waiting for my friend.<br/>I'll keep it up and active for any new players and characters interested<br/><br/>Glyph: dyh2ky2a<br/>Host: Sandra<br/>Where: Layer 2 pre-boss bonus room<br/><br/>Aren't these weapons supposed to be rare? I found at least one on every dungeon so far.

        • Anonymous

          Lost Saw Cleaver New and Active04 Oct 2016 20:30  

          Found a lost saw cleaver and an uncanny rifle spear on my first ever sinister, that i create for fun and pvp!<br/>I'll keep it up and active for any new players and characters interested<br/><br/>Glyph: 6di5przm<br/>Host: Edward Edgy Mc<br/>Where: Layer 1 pre-boss bonus room<br/>Also: Uncanny Rifle Spear on layer 2 pre-boss bonus room.<br/><br/>It's a SINISTER Lower Pthumeru, so make sure you can join sinister dungeons before joining.<br/>If you cant, just create any dungeon with sinister rites and it will unlock.

          • Anonymous

            Uncanny Cleaver06 Aug 2016 05:42  

            Pthumeru Root Chalice, layer 1 after opening the gate but before the boss<br/>Glyph: ut8p68hr

            • Anonymous

              hidden damage modifier?05 Jul 2016 14:43  

              I can't speak for myself, but word is that people are feeling like the Saw Cleaver has a hidden damage modifier of some sort, as the weapon especially late game seems to do a lot more damage than its on-paper stats would suggest, with or without gems. <br/> <br/>Could be something unintentional, or maybe it's just people's imaginations but this is a sentiment I've seen from more than one person.

              • Anonymous

                Viability05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                Is it viable as an end game weapon? Because I want to keep this beauty as a my main for as long as possible.

                • Anonymous

                  R2 "Secret" 2nd Charge Attack05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                  What many might have missed and don't really know, is the there is a hidden secondary charge attack: <br/>R2-R2 hold <br/>In other words you can attack once with R2 and then charge the 2nd R2 - giving new charge up animation. <br/>What more you can do this: <br/>R2-R2hold-R2 this ends in the same flattening knockdown certical strike. Try it! <br/> <br/>Other than that Dash(left)+R1 is a delayed strike with huge reach a d high damage. Dash-right is different. Try dashing (locked) sideways and attacking it's amazing. <br/>Finaly this weapon is great vs many bosses and has a good stun locking capabilities and tracking.

                  • Anonymous

                    damage05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                    Does anyone els notice something? That the base damage of this this is just 30 lower than that of the Kirkhammer?! Jezus man this thing is a beast.

                    • Anonymous

                      One of the best weapons05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                      Having done multiple playthroughs now, I'm fairly convinced this is actually one of the best weapons in the game. Top 3 at least. <br/> <br/>Before anyone says anything, every weapon is viable yes, I made a whole build centered around the Stake Driver. That said though, you're always gonna have some that are a little better than others and this thing is just perfect. Its moveset is just perfectly designed, from that insanely fast retracted R1 that almost reminds me of DkS Falchion, a solid retracted R2, to wide swinging arcs and vertical chops in extended mode with its charged R2 having a followup that even knocks down. On full Str builds especially this thing just shreds the game up and it just has a move for every situation. I almost think at +10 on a build like this, its damage is maybe too high (not to mention hidden modifiers) for how fast it is. It's one case where C scaling in STR I think is justified. <br/> <br/>About it's only flaw I guess is maybe some find it "boring", cause its' the "canon" weapon on the cover? I dunno, but easily one of the most effective, no BS weapons in the game.

                      • Anonymous

                        Secondary R2 attack05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                        The saw cleaver has a secondary charged R2 attack in its transformed state in which the player swings it left to right and does a clockwise spin for the follow-up(with the normal charge the character goes counter-clockwise). The secondary charge attack leads with the saw edge,as apposed the normal charge which use the smooth cleaver side,but I do not know if it adds the serration bonus(I don't have the patience to test this for myself,just sharing my observations).The follow-up to this uses the standard cleaver edge and acts much the same as the standard follow-up. You can use it after 1,3,5,ect. R1s, a short R2, use it in an R2, or use it after the original R2 follow-up combo. If someone wants to test for a serration bonus that'd help as I don't know how much it is to begin with. <br/> <br/>If someone has covered this already then whatever, but I haven't seen anything about it so I thought I would say something. :)

                        • Transformed R2 combo05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                          Not sure if it's worth noting, but the transformed R2 charge attack can be done 4 times in a row with a different move each time (it does that right to left swipe, then the slam, then left to right swipe, then another slam)

                          • Anonymous

                            Lost Saw Cleaver -Get-05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                            Glyph: 8tjfc79q <br/>Rotted Lower Pthumerian Labyrinth [Fetid] [Rotted] <br/>Layer Three - Long Sarcophagus chest. <br/>Guarded by 3 Undead (2 Pike Undead, 1 short sword) and 1 Shield Warrior (??, Big armor guy, long 2h-sword, omage to DkS, shield variant)

                            • Anonymous

                              Potentially one of the best weapons, imo05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                              Uninteresting as it looks, this weapon is actually one of the beastliest in the game, in term of DPS. The damage multipliers are just fantastic. The speed, as it being a light weapon, is remarkable. The stamina consumption per strike is ridiculously low. All these points make it an ideal weapon for R1-spamming in PvE. <br/> <br/>An extremely powerful weapon against bosses, no doubt it is. Still, there's a new weapon in the upcoming DLC, a one-handed Burial-cleaver sort. I am much intrigued to see how it performs in both PvE and PvP.

                              • Anonymous

                                that scaling05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                So anyone else think it's hillarious the final scaling on the main weapon in the game is CDC? I guess it really was meant to control disease.

                                • Anonymous

                                  picture change05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                  Can someone search the actual display icon for the saw cleaver its a click away from google please and thank you.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I like it05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                    It reminds me of the long sword just a basic weapon that will get you through anything probaly just my love for the long sword tho

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Normal versus Uncanny for Physical damage gems05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                      Just picked up the Uncanny Cleaver from the listed dungeon last night. Looks like that might be a better option than the starter Cleaver for primarily +Physical damage blood gems because of the Triangle imprint, then?

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