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 some 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.





  • You MUST HAVE the underground cell inner chamber key which is at the lighthouse hut lamp location. Talk to a dying man on the floor in this location.
    Go to the Underground Corpse Pile Lamp and once there, go up the stairs and at the top, turn right and on your left you'll pass a door the 2nd door, you go down and use that key to kill Brador. Other methods need testing.

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

  • Similarly to the Chikage, the Bloodletter uses the wielder's own blood to achieve its true form. But unlike the Chikage, which drains health over time, the Bloodletter takes a large chunk of health (20%) immediately with no health drain. You can wield the transformed form in full health by committing suicide via transformation.
    • The Frenzy effect produced by this weapon appears to only take 50% of the wielder's health, rather than the standard ~70%.
    • 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, thus giving the player easy access to Frenzy counter-measures.
    • Wearing Ashen Hunter Set, Beak Mask, equipping Deep Sea runes and having low Insight can increase your Frenzy resistance.
  • Can be transformed while running.
  • Using the transformation attack on an enemy allows you to regain most of your health instantly (and all health in a cursed dungeon)
  • Has unique death animation during transformation if one's health is too low.
  • Much like the Chikage, the weapon's damage switches from Physical to Blood upon transformation. This means that without an investment in Bloodtinge, This weapon's transformation is useless.
  • The L2 attack will not trigger Frenzy if the player has a Frenzy resistance of 180 or higher.
  • The L2 attack is probably the most interesting aspect of the Bloodletter as it gives you a powerful explosion that inflicts Frenzy to use every 30 seconds or so. Does require a commitment to frenzy resistant attire and keeping your insight low.
  • R2 allows you to use the Bloodletter as a spear and the charged form creates a small blood explosion at the tip.
  • Transformed form knocks down dogs and spiders with any attack, not necessarily useful as they're invulnerable while knocked down.
  • The transformed roll attack is an especially useful thrust with stunning power. Very good against Phtumerian Descendant/Elder





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126 126 - - - - - 100 100 B - 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.]




    • 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.

                    • Anonymous

                      mace/greatsword?05 Jul 2016 14:44  

                      its odd, it looks like a mace in its un transformed but its grip looks like it could become some sort of greatsword if transformed

                      • Anonymous

                        Blocking05 Jul 2016 14:44  

                        It has been seen wirh some versions of brador that he appears blocking with his bloodletter, is this true?

                        • Anonymous

                          The Transformation HP Loss05 Jul 2016 14:44  

                          Is actually 20% + 1 HP lost when transforming; and no this isn't from rounding. For anyone who wants to test this for themselves, transform the weapon with an HP value perfectly divisible by 5 and you should see that you've lost 20% + 1 health when you check in the menu.

                          • Anonymous

                            I killed Bradors summons 3 times and didnt get this item, any help?05 Jul 2016 14:44  

                            Only got the armor items and not the weapon. Checked lighthouse lamp and no items.

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