Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)

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Imprints (Lost)

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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.
  • Similar to the Chikage, this weapon's damage and scaling changes to bloodtinge when transformed.





  • 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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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.]




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    • Anonymous

      05 Mar 2021 12:38  

      This thing is deceptive in so many ways. Good ways. It has a deceptively long range, a deceptively fast speed for what you would expect of its size, and deceptively high damage in part thanks to low blood resist across the board in PvE but also because the weapon itself is very strong with the right amount of bloodtinge. And because of its size, it's pretty good at staggering the more basic enemies in combos as well.

      It's just a shame you have to go through nearly all of the DLC to get it.

      And people in this comment section think it's just okay or even bad???? This is IMO easily one of the most powerful weapons for pve purposes if you make the stat investment for it and can deal with waiting or rushing to the end of the DLC for it.

      • Anonymous

        06 Jan 2021 23:34  

        As you probably know by now, most of the enemies in the game have different resistances. Beasts are weak to fire, Kin are weak to bolt, etc. The thing is, while as much fun as using the hunters axe, or beast cutter it, unless I use bolt paper or bolt gems on them, they're practically worthless against Kin enemies like Ebrietas or the Celestial Emissary. But this, this is good. Like the Chikage, this is a physical weapon that transforms into a two handed bloodweapon. It trades off speed and a mere 4 base damage points for a one-and-done health drain for transforming, and LOTS of stagger. Obviously, it does blood damage. Which means that only 1 boss in the entire game has any real resistance to it. And unless you plan on killing a lot of bloodlickers any time soon, not many mobs have resistance either. So if you're debating between this and the Chikage for a blood weapon, it all rides on wether or not you like that weird looking sheathe or if you can handle constant health drain.

        • Anonymous

          16 Nov 2020 15:43  

          Jesus, this thing is basically a ‘kill yourself’ weapon. Not worth the trouble to get it, not worth using past the one time you try out it’s attacks.
          C’mon, Brador. You are dumb.

          • Anonymous

            27 Sep 2020 20:49  

            .... What foul power would even dare craft a weapon of this sort? At least with the chikage, you DON'T have to impale yourself to activate it, but this thing? Stab stab stab... *Shudders* Spooky...

            Then there is the part about the AOE attack, and the frenzy it causes. I can only imagine what horror it is you do to yourself, when you use it that causes that? Is it the blood in your body pulsing too much and then spurting out of your eyes, or is it really the damage to your soul...?

            • Anonymous

              17 Aug 2020 13:25  

              Can we transform this weapon in an elemental version (arcane, fire or bolt) with a gem? Because I wonder if the arcane scaling could be useful in anyway.

              • Anonymous

                12 Aug 2020 09:34  

                If you go to his cell from the research hall lantern, he invades with his back turned against you. Easy backstab and a follow-up charged r2 should almost deplete his health.

                • Anonymous

                  16 Jun 2020 02:52  

                  first time i ever saw this weapon was when i invaded someone using this they were a naked bald man and they one shot me

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Jun 2020 02:57  

                    This is one of the best pve weapons as blood defense is low across the board and it feels like 90% of the enemies have the exact same defense to it combined with the fact that it’s move set is great and there’s no HP drain after the initial transformation. After reaching several ng+ cycles the numbers to enemies haven’t changed at all.

                    • Anonymous

                      29 May 2020 21:15  

                      >Japanese: 瀉血の槌 Phlebotomy Hammer lmao phlebotomy hammer should have been the english name too, that's gotta be the best weapon name

                      • Anonymous

                        19 May 2020 08:43  

                        I managed to obtain a triangle 31.5% blood attack up with a durability curse and now this gem controls my play style as I precisely down enemies without hitting them during their death animation or breaking objects lying around the areas during combat. I am under this gems spell, I am this gems slave, this gem is my master.

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Apr 2020 17:50  

                          Anyone else think that this weapon is a reference to the Grant from Dark Souls? Every souls gave has to have a massive AoE hammer in it.

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Apr 2020 20:47  

                            My favourite weapon. The only thing I dislike is the lack of a version with a circular slot, can this be justified? It has a transformation penalty like the chikage and it has either equal or less damage than it too. I think it was an unnecessary choice as if Str/Blt needed any more disadvantages as an overall build.

                            • Anonymous

                              15 Mar 2020 16:44  

                              Does anyone know how it performs on a STR build? Does the transformed mode benefit at all from STR with the right gems?

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Jun 2019 17:17  

                                I don't know if anyone pointed this out yet, but in tricked mode if you hit the oiled barrels they explode.

                                • Anonymous

                                  26 Feb 2019 19:20  

                                  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 11:40  

                                    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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