Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)

radial, radial, waning

Imprints (Lost)

radial, triangle, waning
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Requirements & Scaling
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Bloodletter (Japanese: 瀉血の槌 Phlebotomy Hammer) is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne. It is wielded by Brador and is part of 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.


Bloodletter Description

"The demented hunter weapon brandished by Brador, the Healing Church assassin.
The Bloodletter assumes its true and terrifying form after it draws upon blood from the inner reaches of one's body and soul.
This is the only effective means of expelling tainted blood, or so Brador, isolated in his cell, continued to believe."


Bloodletter Information

  • Transforms from a short one-handed mace to a large two-handed bloody morning star at a price of its user's health.
  • Requires 16 Blood Stone Shards, 16 Twin Blood Shards, 16 Chunks and 1 Blood Rock and 4240 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.





  • Obtain the underground cell inner chamber key.
  • Return to the underground prison (from the underground corpse pile lamp, go up the stairs and turn left) and open the door to Brador's cell. His cell is the second on the left behind a flight of downward stairs. Kill Brador to obtain the bloodletter.
  • Brador will not be hostile in his cell, but will invade the player right outside his cell.

Uncanny Bloodletter

  • If you have the normal version: Create Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Pthumeru Labyrinth) and buy from Bath Messengers up a ladder from the main room for 80,000 Blood Echoes

Lost Bloodletter

  • If you have the normal version: Create Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Pthumeru Labyrinth) and buy from Bath Messengers up a ladder from the main room for 80,000 Blood Echoes


Player Notes

  • Transformed R1 combo consists of two horizontal swipes followed with slam attacks.
  • Similar to the Chikage, the Bloodletter consumes the wielder's blood to achieve its true form. Whereas the Chikage drains health over time as long as the transformed mode is active, the Bloodletter takes a large chunk of health (20%) on transformation with no health drain afterwards.

  • Using the transformation attack also consumes health, though if it hits an enemy the hunter can regain most of the lost health.
  • Much like the Chikage, the weapon's damage switches from Physical to Blood upon transformation, and the damage scaling changes to bloodtinge.
  • Pressing L2 while transformed causes the hunter to perform a slam attack but at the cost of inflicting frenzy buildup on themselves.
    • The frenzy effect produced this way costs 50% of the wielder's health, rather than the standard ~70%.
    • Will not trigger frenzy if the hunter has a frenzy resistance of 180 or higher.
    • It is recommended to obtain the Cosmic Eye Watcher Badge from Upper Cathedral Ward, as this item will unlock Sedatives for purchase from the Bath Messengers in the Hunter's Dream.
    • Equipping Deep Sea runes and having low Insight can also increase frenzy resistance.
  • Charged R2 attack while transformed creates a small blood explosion at the tip.
  • Attacks in transformed mode knock down any enemy that can be knocked down by firearms, such as dogs and spiders.
  • The transformed roll attack is an especially useful thrust with stunning power.
  • Augur of Ebrietas can be used to parry enemies while using the transformed mode.
  • Has unique death animation during transformation if one's health is too low.





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117 117 - - - - - 100 100 B - B D -


126 126 - - - - - 100 100 B - A D -


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153 153 - - - - - 100 100 A - A D -


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Movesets & Videos

Regular Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, 1.00x, 1.00x, 1.10x ??

This combo begins with an overhand slash, followed by a backhand horizontal sweep from left to right, back to an overhand downwards slash, a straight thrust, an overhand downwards slash, and a backhand horizontal sweep from left to right. The second hit has significantly less range than the first sometimes resulting in a complete miss.

Backstep R1 .95x   Performs a backhanded horizontal sweep attack from left to right.
Dodge R1 .95x ?? ~ ?? After the roll, performs a downward overhead swipe.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Thrusts the weapon forward and straight out.
R2 Attack 1.50x ?? Thrusts the weapon forward and straight out.
Charged R2 1.90x ?? Performs a broad overhead sweep from right to left.
Backstep R2 1.40x   Brings the weapon down in an overhead ground slam.
Dodge R2 1.50x ?? After the roll, thrusts the weapon straight ahead.
Dash R2 1.50x ?? Performs an overhead ground slam, similar to the backstep R2.
Leap 1.40x ?? (+run) Performs a leaping overhead ground slam.
Transform Attack 1.30x ?? (+x) The user turns 180 and thrusts the weapon through themself, creating the spikeball in the process and hitting anyone behind them.
Transformed Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.05x, 1.05x, 1.05x, 1.10x, 1.10x ?? This combo becomes with a backhanded slightly diagonal slash/sweep from left to right followed by a sweep from right to left, then a backhanded overhead smash into the ground, and then brought back around overhead for 3 successive ground slams.
Backstep R1 1.00x   Thrust the weapon straight ahead with two hands.
Dodge R1 1.00x ?? ~ ?? After the roll thrusts the weapon straight out with only the right hand holding it.
Dash R1 1.15x ?? (+run) Performs a backhanded sweeping uppercut from left to right.
R2 Attack 1.50x ?? Performs a backhanded hybrid uppercut/thrust from left to right.
Charged R2 2.00x ?? Performs a backhand overhead downward slash/thrust into the ground. Appears to be a horizontal sweep at first but reorients to a downward slash.
Backstep R2 1.40x   Performs a horizontal sweep with a slight uppercut, similar to a homerun swing.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? Performs a hybrid uppercut/thrust similar to the standard R2 attack but with a longer windup.
Dash R2 1.40x ?? (+run) Performs a two handed overhand ground slam.
L2 2.00x ?? Brings the weapon overhead and drives it straight down into the ground producing an AoE effect which adds Frenzy to everything in the immediate area, including the wielder. Performs the same attack for all the different iterations (dash, dodge etc).
Leap 1.40x ?? Performs a leaping overhead backhand slash/slam, from left to right.
Transform Attack 1.20x ?? (+x) Swings the weapon in a wide horizontal sweep from left to right that causes the blood portions of the weapon to dissolve and have a very light AoE move.


  • [Bloodletting/Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood from patients for testing, to cure or prevent illness and disease.]




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    • Anonymous

      27 Feb 2019 01:20  

      I find this weapon to be a bit underwhelming compared to the other DLC weapons. It's not a bad weapon, but it just doesn't stand out too much in its abilities. For example, the transformed version looks like a giant spiked mace, but it has weak stun ability for some reason, seemingly no better than the one handed version. Mid-to-large size enemies barely flinch when you hit them with it. The only exception is the downward slam attacks, but those only start on your third R1 which can be hard to find an opening for. It has a bit of a weird swing arc, one that covers more area on your left than your right. The charged R2 has a bit of AoE at the end of it, but charges slower than almost all other weapons. The L2 is basically a worse version of the Kos Parasite's L2 because it causes frenzy to yourself, meaning to use it you either have to waste a rune slot for increased frenzy resist or you have to limit yourself to certain fashion options with high frenzy resist. The transform attack also causes damage to you. These drawbacks would make sense if it did a lot of damage or something, but the damage is just OK. I will say that I found it to be the best weapon for fighting Ludwig just because the weird angles and such tend to hit him more easily than other weapons. Other than that, it's a pretty average weapon.

      • Anonymous

        14 Jan 2019 17:40  

        So, what does the frenzy damage on the transformed l2 scale off? Total AR? BLT? STR? Insight? Or is it a static value?

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          • Anonymous

            05 Jul 2018 06:46  

            Pretty sure this counts as serrated cos my stats say my chikage doing more dmg but in actual boss fight this doing more

            • Anonymous

              23 Jun 2018 22:18  

              How many Saw scrubs got hatemail levels mad because their R1 spamming, best weapons in the games couldn't beat this thing.

              This thing is one of the biggest reasons why all hunters need to have sedatives on ready at all times, and that's the way it should be.

              • Anonymous

                22 Apr 2018 02:37  

                The bloodletters death animation is haunting, the way it stands up vertical as the hunter dies is almost like a symbol of it's evil. Even if this might be unintentional it still gives off a very dark feel about the weapon and how it corrupts it's user.

                • Anonymous

                  19 Apr 2018 01:48  

                  Build potential for the bloodletter with 3 27.2% gems if anyone ever wants to know.

                  Strength 30 (gatling gun/cannon work very well with this weapon) gives 581 AR on the one handed mace, at 50 strength this jumps to 685 with no skill scaling involved. The one handed mace is extremely strong and it will tear single enemies apart which is the ideal use because it has short range but much faster attacks)

                  Bloodtinge 50 has an AR of 716 in transformed mode (about 745 if anybody ever manages to farm a triangle 31.5 blood gem or wants a comparison to the chikage) I only began this set up after reaching 50 BT so I don't have numbers for lower amounts.

                  Crazy weapon overall.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Mar 2018 22:48  

                    It's a shame this thing will always be slightly outclassed by the chikage in terms of blood ATK, feels like with its slightly slower nature this should have the slight upperhand in damage.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Feb 2018 06:50  

                      Can I use this weapon against Forgotten Madmen bosses since they have so low frenzy res and this is the only weapon that can inflict frenzy to enemies? I know it's not necessary but I am interested

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Feb 2018 21:12  

                        Bloodborne weapons look and feel so much freaking better than any Dark Souls weapon... they should've brought more inspiration from BB over to DS3

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Feb 2018 23:05  

                          I feel robbed that there is no circle slot on lost or uncanny version of the bloodletter; I would've used my 2x radial 27.2%'s and my 31.5% bloodtinge gem on this since I'm a skilltinge build.

                          • Anonymous

                            15 Dec 2017 01:02  

                            In the transformed mode dose it only deal out Bloodtinge damage? Or is there physical damage that is dealt as well?

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Aug 2017 00:03  

                              How did you get these seemingly accurate AR increases per stat on some other weapons? Cause I was hoping I could see the AR per strength on the mace...

                              • Anonymous

                                19 Aug 2017 05:21  

                                Recently started using this and out of curiosity hit an explosive urn with the transformed weapon and it should be obvious what happened, nice to know for future reference.
                                Melee blood attack plus explosives is bad lol. Also, transformed, the weapon doesn't get blocked by walls.

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 May 2017 21:11  

                                  Couple questions, one, does anyone know how it works with an arcane gem? Like does it still switch to bloodtinge when transformed if you put say, a lightning gem on it to switch its physical damage? I'm going to start working on a bloodtinge arcane build and didn't want to have too big of a drain on bullets. I was thinking this with an arcane gem (or three) if it still uses bloodtinge transformed, and various arcane hunter tools.
                                  Second question, is there a fast way to run to this fairly early? I don't want to use too much blood stones on other weapons and I'm trying to have this for a large portion of the game

                                  • Anonymous

                                    no messengers, but patches24 Jul 2016 19:27  

                                    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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