Simon's Bowblade


Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

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Requirements & Scaling
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Simon's Bowblade is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne. It was introduced in The Old Hunters Expansion. 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


Simon's Bowblade Description

"Church hunter Simon despised firearms, and so the Church workshop had this specially fashioned to his liking.
The large curved blade serves as a bow when transformed.
But aside from a few close friends, Simon was scoffed at for his choice of arms, for who would dare face the beasts with a measly bow?"



Simon's Bowblade Information

  • Transforms from a one-handed blade to a bow
  • Requires Blood Stone Shards and 6360 Blood Echoes to fully upgrade
  • 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.
  • Firing the bow will consume a single quicksilver bullet.




Uncanny Simon's Bowblade

  • Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Pthumeru Chalice) Bath Messengers. Must have Normal version to purchase for 24 000 blood echoes.

Lost Simon's Bowblade

  • Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Pthumeru Chalice) Bath Messengers. Must have Normal version to purchase for 24 000 blood echoes.



Player Notes

  • The Bow's charge attack into an enemy's back can stagger them, setting up an easy visceral attack by your cooperator.
  • Your blade's damage is based on the physical damage of the weapon.
  • Your bow's damage is based on the bloodtinge damage of the weapon.
  • You should most definitely use Phys. ATK UP gems as they affect both physical and bloodtinge damage.
  • You can use the Monocular to accurately Aim the Bow as you would in Dark Souls. This allows for Free Form sniping.
  • 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. The weapon sports a dual "S" Scaling in both Skill and Bloodtinge, fair reach, a wide, circuitous swing, coupled with a fair period of recovery. On top of being able to hold it's own up close, ranged attacks are quick enough to demand constant attention on the part of an opponent as well as discourage deserters, making it capable of adapting to most ranges.





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88 88 - - - - - 100 100 - B B D 1


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112 112 - - - - - 100 100 - B B D 1


120 120 - - - - - 100 100 - A A D 1


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136 136 - - - - - 100 100 - A A D 1


144 144 - - - - - 100 100 - A A C 1


152 152 - - - - - 100 100 - A A C 1


160 160 - - - - - 100 100 - S S C 1


Movesets & Videos

  • Tokyo Game Show Moveset Preview


Regular Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, 1.02x, 1.04x, 1.06x ?? Diagonal horizontal slash from the right shoulder to left foot, backhand horizontal sweep from left to right, sweeping diagonal uppercut from the right foot to the left shoulder, followed by a forward thrust, a backhand horizontal swipe from left to right, an uppercut from the right foot to the left shoulder and a final forward thrust.
Backstep R1 1.05x   Performs a forward thrust.
Dodge R1 1.05x ?? ~ ?? After the roll performs an uppercut from the right foot to the left shoulder.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Performs a backhand uppercut from the left foot to the right shoulder.
R2 Attack 1.30x ?? A backhand horizontal swipe from the left to the right.
Charged R2 .80x + 1.70x ?? Performs a 360 with two horizontal backhand swipes, moving from the left to the right.
Backstep R2 1.35x   Performs a 360 backhand swipe.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? After the roll, performs a backhand horizontal swipe from the left to the right.
Dash R2 1.30x ?? Performs a backhand horizontal swipe from the left to the right.
Leap 1.20x ?? (+run) Leaping downward diagonal slash that nicks the ground.
Transform Attack .95x ?? (+x) Transforms the sword into a bow, firing off an arrow and disengaging backwards.
Transformed Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo .85x ?? Fires an arrow, consumes one quicksilver bullet.
Backstep R1 .85x   Fires an arrow, consuming one quicksilver bullet.
Dodge R1 .85x ?? ~ ?? Fires an arrow, consuming one quicksilver bullet.
Dash R1 .85x ?? (+run) Fires an arrow, consuming one quicksilver bullet.
R2 Attack 1.05x ?? Fires an arrow, consuming one quicksilver bullet.
Charged R2 1.40x ??  
Backstep R2 1.05x    
Dodge R2 1.05x ??  
Dash R2 1.05x ?? (+run)  
L2 .70x   Performs a backhand horizontal swipe with the right hand arrow/blade, moving from left to right. Attack is the same in every iteration (dash, dodge, etc)
Leap 1.20x ?? Performs a leaping thrust with the bow in the left hand.
Transform Attack 1.35x ?? (+x) Combines the two ends of the bow back into the sword with a thrust attack.



  • Simon's Bowblade is the only weapon to have a S-scaling for two attributes (Skill and Bloodtinge respectively) when fully upgraded


    • 13 Jun 2017 01:14  

      If you're finding a boss difficult and don't feel like spending countless tries trying to beat it, this is your weapon. Every boss that gave me trouble I just pulled this baby out and with a little time and good dodges you'll cheese your boss of choice like you're in a deli.

      • 05 Jun 2017 15:08  

        Safest way to cheese getting the bowblade early. First, speedrun the area till you open the shortcut back to the chapel. Next, Agro Simon, and when he starts coming for you, run out the other door of the chapel and up the hill until you reach the first lamp post, about halfway up the hill. Don't go further up the hill or you'll agro the hunter at the top. Wait a couple of seconds, then walk back to the shortcut door in the chapel. Simon will have gone back to his starting position, but won't be facing you. Instead, he'll be looking down the other hall. Hug the left side and approach him slowly. When close, preform a charged R2 attack. It will hit him from the side, but will still drop him for the visceral. Visceral attack him, then immediately run through the chapel and up the hill to the lamp post. Repeat this until he's dead. I did this with a level 3 saw cleaver on a low level character and took no damage. It's a little time consuming, but the visceral damage makes it quicker than the getting him stuck on the door method. I hope this helps someone out.

        • 03 Jan 2017 21:12  

          If you want to get this item early while low level then you can easily run through the first area of the Nightmare, past all the enemies until you get to the shortcut. Just be careful of the boulder and the guns. also run under the bridge with blood suckers and up the stairs to the short cut. the hunters with the piercing rifle are a surprisingly good shot when trying to run by them. Make sure you open the door, next to Simon, in case he kills you. Next aggro Simon and then hide outside the door with a weapons that has long range and a high charge attack. The Hunter's Axe or Spear Rifle work gloriously. Simon will usually try and shoot arrows which are stopped by the door allowing you to safely charge and hit him while staying safe on the other side, occasionally they do make it through FYI. Just angle the camera so you can see when he's running up and if you catch him he will back up and then repeat coming forward. I killed him with a +5 Rifle Spear, BL 25 using this strategy. GL!

          • Best Weapon ever conceived22 Sep 2016 02:49  

            My Favorite weapon ever in the soulborne series. It's a freaking blade that turns into a Bow... I mean C.mon!.<br/><br/>Seriously though on a Skill/BT Build it destroys in PvE. Wrecked so many bosses at a safe distance with this lol.

            • Bowblade Variants26 Aug 2016 02:48  

              I first thought that the Lost Bowblade was the best bet, due to that tempting bloodtinge gem slot. I'm not so sure anymore. Anyone care to weigh in?

              • 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.

                • Original Form and Ammo?05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                  So I'm almost certain that the bow is the weapon's transformed state. Any theories as to what its original form is? <br/>Since the one-handed version can't be dual blades, the only thing I can guess is one large curved sword. <br/>Also, do you think ammo will be a new resource or be based on Quicksilver Bullets? I kind of want unlimited ammo...

                  • Arcane on charge attacks?05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                    Do you think with such a high base arcane damage, this weapon only deals arcane damage on charged R2 bow attacks? The charge attack looks like a hadouken more than an arrow if you ask me, so maybe this is really for mixed skill/arcane builds? Otherwise it looks like a fast weapon with high base damage to boot if it deals split damage like BoM or BB.

                    • Bowblade!05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                      i need Simons Bowblade, like... right now, been waiting for a bow. I really hope you also can parry/viceral with an arrow xD from it, transform it, and BAM!!

                      • Strong in arcane/skill builds but.....05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                        Will have horrible tracking and no side firearm for a parry. in Pvp just wait till your opponent draws back. single/double lunge doge in.. gg

                        • About the sword and shield weapon...05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                          I'm pretty sure this is the sword and the shield is just a left hand weapon. I'm seeing a lot of people thinking they're one weapon, but the sword form of the bowblade looks just like the one paired with the shield into the screenshot. Just thought I'd bring it up.

                          • Bug05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                            Interesting bug that I found while testing the weapon, if you have no bullets left, and you do an r1-transform combo, your character will skip the transform animation all together.

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