Caryll Runes in Bloodborne are upgrades the player can make to his/her character that give different bonuses (similar to rings in the Souls games). They are languages of the Great Ones inscribed by Runesmith Caryll, a student of Byrgenwerth. Hunters who etch the runes into their mind can attain their wondrous strength.

  • Runes are memorized at the Memory Altar in the Hunter's Dream, which unlocks after obtaining the Rune Workshop Tool.
  • There are four rune slots. Three are designed to accept generic runes while the fourth slot serves a covenant rune.
  • Runes stack with other runes of the same type (like Moon 1 + Moon 2 + Moon 3 =  110% x 120% x 130% (total 171.6%) Blood Echoes
  • A single rune cannot stack with itself (like Moon 1 + Moon 1 + Moon 1 = impossible)
  • You can only possess one rune of the same type and strength. Another item will replace it if  you acquire it again.


Caryll Runes

Name & Icon Effect Location

Anti-Clockwise Metamorphosis

Boosts Max Stamina +10% Forbidden Woods on a corpse near the blue aliens.
Boosts Max Stamina +15% Talk to Patches the Spider in Lecture Halls by using the ladder from the second floor. Either option will produce the Rune.
Boosts Max Stamina +20% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

Arcane Lake

Arcane DMG Reduction +5% Yahar'gul, Unseen Village - On a corpse near the skeleton slugs.
Arcane DMG Reduction +7% Byrgenwerth - right at beginning, to left of lamp, near the tree with the brainsucker.
Arcane DMG Reduction +10% Isz Root Chalice
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Temp. boost to transform +20 At the very bottom of the Healing Church Workshop Tower, dropped by the Beast-possessed Soul.
Temp. boost to transform +50 Kill the Suspicious Beggar you meet in the Forbidden Woods, at the back of the building with 2 shortcut elevators. Sending the bandaged npc to Iosefka will turn him into an alien that hangs out in the rear of Iosefka's clinic that also drops the rune.
Temp. boost to transform +100 Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

Beast's Embrace

Covenant Rune:
Transforms character into a ghastly Beast type of creature
Defeat Laurence, The First Vicar

Blood Rapture

V.ATKs restore HP +200 Dropped by the Shadow of Yharnam.
V.ATKs restore HP +250 Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice
V.ATKs restore HP +300 Dropped by the Bloody Crow of Cainhurst fought at the completion of Eileen the Crow's Quest.


Ups visceral attack ATK +10% Drops from a hunter in the Hypogean Gaol Lamp room in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village, after killing Rom and entering the nightmare version.
Ups visceral attack ATK +20% Dropped by the transformed Gilbert at Central Yharnam  at the lamp after killing Rom and entering the nightmare version.
Ups visceral attack ATK +30% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice
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Clear Deep Sea

Add slow poison RES +100 Forbidden Woods behind a big gravestone.
Add slow poison RES +200 Nightmare Frontier behind a rock thrower on top of a hill.
Add slow poison RES +300 Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice
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Clockwise Metamorphosis

Boosts Max HP +5% Forbidden Woods, behind locked gate up the stairs from the boss.
Boosts Max HP +10% Nightmare Frontier, in a cave across the stone bridge.
Boosts Max HP +15% Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice
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Max vials held UP +1 Found above the Cathedral Ward Lamp, through the door that opens after defeating the Blood-Starved Beast. Take the elevator up and it's in a chest in the first room.
Max vials held UP +2 Lecture Building.
Max vials held UP +3 Iosefka's Clinic.
Max vials held UP +4 Dropped by the Celestial Emmisary.
Max vials held UP +5 Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
Cont. heal near death +1
Join the Cainhurst Vilebloods.
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Deep Sea

Add frenzy RES +100 Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
Add frenzy RES +200 Forbidden Woods - by 2 Viper Pits.
Add frenzy RES +300 Isz Root Chalice
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Dissipating Lake

Bolt DMG Reduction +5% Forbidden Woods under some huge entangled roots near a pig.
Bolt DMG Reduction +7% Ailing Loran Root Chalice
Bolt DMG Reduction +10% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice


More items from fallen enemies (Item Discovery +50) Obtained in Nightmare of Mensis, on a corpse next to the Mergo's Loft: Base Lamp.
More items from fallen enemies (Item Discovery +70) Drop from Master Willem.
More items from fallen enemies (Item Discovery +100) Isz Root Chalice
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Fading Lake

Fire DMG Reduction +5% Nightmare Frontier.
Fire DMG Reduction +7% Ailing Loran Root Chalice
Fire DMG Reduction +10% Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

Formless Oedon

Max QS bullets held UP +1 Send Gascoigne's daughter to Iosefka's Clinic
Max QS bullets held UP +2 Lower Pthumeru Root Chalice
Max QS bullets held UP +3 Dropped by the Oedon Chapel Dweller in Cathedral Ward.
Max QS bullets held UP +4 A secret passage taking elevator leading to Healing Church Workshop in Cathedral Ward. Take the elevator up, turn around and roll to open rooftop. It's in a chest.
Max QS bullets held UP +5 Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice
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Great Deep Sea

Add all types of RES +50 Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
Add all types of RES +100 Nightmare Frontier - There is a small cave with a hole by the Brain Trust on the cliff, drop down (another Brain Trust right after the drop) in to the poison swamp and take a right. It's in one of the narrow passages guarded by few squids.
Add all types of RES +150 Isz Root Chalice
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Great Lake

All DMG reduction +3% Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
All DMG reduction +4% Upper Cathedral Ward, take a right turn at the top of the stairs above the Lamp.
All DMG reduction +5% Isz Root Chalice



Rally Potential +10% Kill the Carrion Crow on the top floors of the Research Hall
Rally Potential +20% Defeat Ludwig, The Holy Blade
Rally Potential +30% Located in depth 5 of (unknown) Root Chalice
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More Blood Echoes gained from V.ATKs (+20%) Dropped from Henryk in Tomb of Oedon area. To fight him, follow Eileen the Crow's quest line.
More Blood Echoes gained from V.ATKs (+40%) Obtained from a corpse in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village. Found in a room with bell ringer that summons a werewolf and a wheelchair enemy, near a brick troll.
More Blood Echoes gained from V.ATKs (+60%) Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
Increases stamina recovery speed
Complete Eileen the Crow's questline and she rewards you with this rune along with the Crow Hunter Badge.


Covenant Rune:
Increases max health by 2% while in co-op
Join The League via Valtr.
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Physical DMG reduction +3% Obtained from a corpse at Hemwick Charnel Lane. See Lake rune description for the exact location.
Physical DMG reduction +5% Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice
Physical DMG reduction +7% Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
- Slight increase to Item Discovery
- Transforms character into a celestial Kin type of creature
Complete the questline for Saint Adeline.
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More echoes from slain enemies (+10%) Obtained just downstairs of the Hypogean Gaol lamp post. Guarded by two Snatchers.
More echoes from slain enemies (+20%) Obtained at the very bottom of the spiral staircase during the Micolash boss fight in Nightmare of Mensis.
More echoes from slain enemies (+30%) Obtained in Nightmare of Mensis. Stand in front of Brain of Mensis' eye (giant brain) in Mergo's Loft's "abyss" and use the "Make Contact" gesture (wait for your hunter to switch sides).
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Oedon Writhe

V.ATKs grant QS bullets +1 Obtained by killing Adella in Hypogean Gaol, Oedon Chapel or Iosefka's Clinic.
V.ATKs grant QS bullets +2 Found after killing Iosefka in Iosefka's Clinic. This must be done before killing Rom, the Vacuous Spider as she will no longer drop this rune after she is killed.
V.ATKs grant QS bullets +3 Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice


Covenant Rune:
Increases HP recovery from Blood Vials.
Received from completing Alfred's questline. You must return to the first place you met him at the altar and you will find his corpse there with the rune.
Does not drop if Alfred is killed before he murders Annalise.
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Stunning Deep Sea

Add rapid poison RES +100 Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice.
Add rapid poison RES +200 Nightmare Frontier.
Add rapid poison RES +300 Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice

    • Anonymous

      13 Jun 2019 14:52  

      All Dungeon Chalice runes are locked away in root chalices. Are they guaranteed to spawn or are these random as well? I really don't feel like making multiple chalices to try and get these. Online play is not an option unfortunately.

      • Anonymous

        07 Jun 2019 08:55  

        I fought my way through most of the dungeons (loran & isz) I didn't get any runes yet! What am I doing wrong?

        • Anonymous

          02 Feb 2019 08:21  

          Increase physical defense, increase all defense, increase hp, cainhurst armor, shield. "Who says you can't play as a knight in Bloodborne?"

          • Anonymous

            29 Jan 2019 17:16  

            Just gonna throw this statement out there since i hardly see any...."Thank you for all the easy glyph locations guys."

            • Anonymous

              18 Jan 2019 15:54  

              Best runes are: first place for Clockwise Metamorphosis and Anti-clockwise Metamorphosis in second place. Third could be Clawmark or Lake' runes family (Lake, Great Lake especially). The other are just situationals. If your temporary goal is farming, Moon and Heir are suited for it. If you fight a easy parryable boss (as Maria, Gehrman or Gascoigne), Blood Rapture and Oedon Writhe are good (in sinergy with Clawmark). If you wear clothes with high levels in beasthood, Beast is a plus. But, as I said, the Metamorphosis, the Lakes and Clawmarks are useful in each situations.

              • 28 Sep 2018 05:17  

                I scoured all three Bloodborne wikis as well as Reddit for glyphs and the details about those glyphs. Then I checked every single one of them to see if they were still active, some of them twice just to make sure they were really dead. This is what I came up with; the fastest paths to all the Runes and Lost / Uncanny weapons as well as all the gem farming glyphs that are still active. Enjoy!

                • Anonymous

                  09 May 2018 19:53  

                  Did anybody else receive the "Clawmark" rune from the beast the jumps out of a window in central yharnam.You know the window you talk to the guy with a flamesprayer.

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Jan 2018 19:07  

                    Is it possible that runesmith Caryll is based on Carroll from H.P LoveCraft's book "At the Mountains of Madness" I haven't finished the book yet, but this is just a theory.

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Oct 2017 16:31  

                      the moon rune description lists the Brain of Mensis as "mother brain". this should really be changed . people are looking for factual info not nicknames

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Sep 2017 16:19  

                        The moon rune is so op.. Im blood lvl 150 and only just beat the one reborn on ng +, been using one at least one variation of it since I first found it on my first playthrough wish the silver serpent ring in dark souls did this much

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Nov 2016 05:05  

                          Is there any way to expand the amount of Caryll Runes you can use? Say from using 3 of the typical ones (not counting Covenant runes mind you) to maybe being able to use 4 or 5 of them at once? Just wanted to ask. Thanks in advance for the help. Much appreciation.

                          • Anonymous

                            Permanent or Temporary?07 Sep 2016 01:58  

                            so when you get a rune and click "use" is the boost temporary or permanent? Like does it stay with me forever after I use it or only for a short time? Like idk the communion rune gives me a higher blood vial maximum, so does my maximum gets upgraded for the rest of the game or is it only for a limited amount of time?

                            • Anonymous

                              Improved Runes05 Jul 2016 14:40  

                              How does that work? Do they have upgrades in the world? Is that what happens when you equip a rune in the blue slot?

                              • Beast +50 [SPOILER]05 Jul 2016 14:40  

                                So I sent the old lady to the cathedral ward. Then i sent the beggar (who semester to be eating corpses in the forbidden woods to the cathedral ward. He kille (suposedly) the lady and when attacked (hes passive and you can speak to him) Outside the ward, he turns into a huge beast that drops beast +50 upon death

                                • Found one called "Eye"05 Jul 2016 14:40  

                                  If you kill the priest/pope that's right before the Spider Boss in the Burgenworth he drops a Rune called Eye which, as the text description describes, lets you "Make additional discoveries." No idea what that means but I'm using it now.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    more rune info05 Jul 2016 14:40  

                                    Star increase discovery by 70, dropped by Npc in bygernwyth before spider boss(must kill npc)

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Blood Rapture rune- +300 HP with visceral attacks.05 Jul 2016 14:40  

                                      from the hunter you kill at the last part of the eileen the crow questline

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