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 unless it is dropped by NPCs on death like William and can be glitched to received more than one Eye 2 runes. A Madman's Knowledge 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% Would have been located in depth 5 of an unknown Root Chalice. No drop tables exist for this rune and can only be obtained via save editing
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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

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    • Anonymous

      "On a theoretical physicist level, your character memorizes swift lines and fridge drawings created by gods for passive bonuses that works regardless of weaponry.
      My favorites are more money, more money, and MORE MONEY- they stack."

      • Anonymous

        Did someone has the glyph for the Fading Lake + 7%?
        These aren't working: 9d6vhapi - r4qs4gux - fddm4rz7 -5njfipyu

        • Anonymous

          To the guy asking about Willem rune drop, yes it drops every NG all the items respawn including runes / unique items in every NG + you will just end up with duplicates if not sold.

          • Anonymous

            What if i killed Willem and take the top Eye rune, will he drop it again in the next ng IF i sold or discarded the Eye rune i took before?

            • Anonymous

              Thanks Fromsoft for making the two PvP covenants beside HoH absolutely useless. Corruption rune - whether you have 5% HP or 12% means nothing in PvP, and also in PvE unless you're significantly overleveled in earlier game areas, but at that point nothing is even capable of getting your health so low anyway. The Radiance rune increases the HP healed by a whopping 12 points on 50 VIT. Not surprising that nobody uses them, as it's a good waste of a slot that's much better used on a nice stamina regeneration bonus or beast/kin cosplaying.

              • Anonymous

                i *****ing hate dungeons lol. everytime i check this page for something im lookin for it turns out to be in depth 7473743839 layer 737482828447 nalabalabalabal. Is there a way to skip these painful amounts of dungeon runs

                • Anonymous

                  Thanks for the info, really helpful when designing new builds. One slight lore note, Iosefka isn’t the one you kill in the clinic. Iosefka drops her blood vial as kin. The rune is dropped by some member of the Choir (not sure if she’s named in game).

                  • Anonymous

                    It's a shame that all the base-game Oath Runes (Corruption, Hunter, Impurity, Radiance) offer virtually non-existent benefits, especially given by what's required by the player in order to obtain them, and where they're obtained over the course of a play-through. Corruption regenerates 1 HP per second when below 12.5% max HP, virtually useless because nearly anything can kill you at that low HP. Hunter increases Stamina regeneration by 6%, which is marginal at best, given how fast Stamina regenerates already. Impurity increases a summon's max HP by 2%, again, an effectively non-existant benefit. Worst of all; Radiance increases HP restored from Blood Vials by "2%". The in-game description says "2%", but doesn't specify that it's actually a 2% multiplicative of the 40% that Blood Vials restore. So it's actually a 0.8% increase in how much HP is restored per Blood Vial. Which translates to a flat +12 HP restored per Blood Vial.

                    • Anonymous

                      I'm kinda surprised there aren't any videos on YouTube that aren't just dedicated to showing where all the runes (and each version) are. Also, hello person who is reading this that might feel like they missed everything because they're looking at an "outdated" game. Don't feel bad! We're always here in spirit!

                      • Anonymous

                        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

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

                          • Anonymous

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

                            • Anonymous

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

                              • Anonymous

                                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.

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