Holy Moonlight Sword


Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

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Requirements & Scaling
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Holy Moonlight Sword is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne. It was introduced with 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.


Holy Moonlight Sword Description

"An arcane sword discovered long ago by Ludwig.
When blue moonlight dances around the sword, and it channels the abyssal cosmos, its great blade will hurl a shadowy lightwave.
The Holy Moonlight Sword is synonymous with Ludwig, the Holy Blade, but few have ever set eyes on the great blade, and whatever guidance it has to offer, it seems to be of a very private, elusive sort."


Holy Moonlight Sword Information

  • Transforms from a One-handed Claymore into the Moonlight Greatsword.
  • Requires 16 Blood Stone Shards, 16 Twin Blood Stone Shards, 16 Blood Stone Chunks, 1 Blood Rock and 6,360 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.
  • 50% righteous bonus for all attacks.
  • All untransformed attacks except for the L1 deal 50% of the listed arcane damage.
  • Untransformed L1 deals 83.3...% of the listed arcane damage.
  • Transformed attacks performed with the R1 button deal 70% of the listed arcane damage.
  • Transformed attacks performed with the R2 button deal 0% of the listed arcane damage if you have bullets. Instead, 100% of the arcane damage but not physical damage is dealt in the Lightwave. If you have no bullets, it deals 70% of the listed arcane damage.
  • The Transformed L1 deals 100% of the listed arcane damage.
  • The L2 deals 100% of the listed arcane damage if you have bullets. If you have no bullets, it deals 70% of the listed arcane damage.
  • All arcane damage %s presented here are applied to the individual attacks' multipliers. E.G. the transformed running R1 has a 1.1 multiplier, so its arcane damage multiplier is 0.7 * 1.1 = 0.77. Thus, if your HMLS in its stat screen read that it had "100 + 50" arcane damage, you would deal (100 + 50) * 0.77 = 115.5 arcane damage.





  • The Hunter's Nightmare: Found on the Underground Corpse Pile after the fight against Ludwig, The Holy Blade. Ludwig's head will be lying there and you can:
    • Kill the head for the sword.
    • Wear a piece of any church attire and talk to the head. When prompted, reply "Yes" and you'll get the sword.
    • Wear a piece of any church attire and reply "No", then come back later and Simon the Harrowed will be there and give you the sword.
    • NOTE: This weapon is missable. If Lawrence is killed before you obtain it, you will no longer be able to talk to the head or obtain it from Simon.

Uncanny Holy Moonlight Sword

  • 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 Holy Moonlight Sword

  • 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

  • The normal moveset consists of horizontal slashes and a thrust charge attack which can be followed up with a vertical slash which hits from bottom to top, very similar to a Dark Souls one-handed greatsword moveset, particularly the Claymore.
  • The normal uncharged R2 is a fairly quick, long-reaching thrust and can be repeated quickly, though it will eat through your stamina. It's good for interrupting enemies, even bosses like a transformed Gascoigne, and the reach lets it hit them right as they start their windup, with proper spacing.
  • Transformed moveset consists of diagonal slashes followed by horizontal slashes. The R2 attack emits arcane projectiles just like the moonlight greatsword from Dark Souls games. A fully charged R2 can be followed up with another attack. Each projectile attack including the L2 attack consumes one QS bullet per use.
  • The jumping attack emits a forward projectile.
  • L2 performs an explosive thrust which appears to knock down most enemies.
  • Without QS bullets the transformed heavy attacks will no longer emit projectiles but will still perform the normal slashes.
  • In transformed mode it is possible to hit with both the sword and the arcane projectile and deal heavy damage, especially if you use the follow up after a fully charged R2.
  • The transformation attack back into normal mode is an overhead slam which creates a small arcane explosion (does not consume QS bullets).
  • Deals physical and arcane damage both one-handed and two-handed, however the projectile deals only arcane damage. 30% of the Physical AR is transferred to Arcane while in it's transformed mode (needs confirmation).
  • Cannot be buffed by Empty Phantasm Shell.
  • Cannot be changed to a different element by using Gems that give Fire or Bolt bonuses.
  • The weapon has poise frames in both of its normal and transformed modes. You cannot be interrupted by light attacks mid-swing while you are attacking an enemy. (Tested in both PvP and PvE)
  • At 17 str, 12 skill, 50 arc the scaling is +49 phys and +85 arc






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Movesets & Videos

Regular Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, 1.02x, 1.06x. 1.06x ?? Horizontal swings alternating from left to right and right to left, with a slight diagonal arc.
Backstep R1 .90x   Performs a shortened ground slam.
Dodge R1 .90x ?? ~ ?? Horizontal sweep from right to left.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Performs a horizontal slash at a slight diagonal.
R2 Attack 1.30x ?? Performs a forward thrust.
Charged R2 1.80x, 2.00x ?? Performs a more powerful forward thrust.
Backstep R2 1.03x   Performs an uppercut that starts at the right foot and ends above the left shoulder.
Dodge R2 1.03x ?? After the roll, initiates a forward thrust.
Dash R2 1.40x ?? Initiates a forward thrust.
Leap 1.30x ?? (+run) Performs a leaping overhead slam.
Transform Attack 1.20x ?? (+x) transforms the blade then brings it down with a diagonal slash.
Transformed Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, 1.02x, 1.06x, 1.06x ?? Diagonal and horizontal swings that alternate directions from left to right and from right to left.
Backstep R1 .90x   Overhand downwards slash.
Dodge R1 ?? ~ ?? ?? ~ ?? After the roll, performs a horizontal sweep from right to left.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Performs a diagonal and downward horizontal swipe starting at the right shoulder and ending by the left foot.
R2 Attack 1.20x, 2.00x (wave) ?? Backhand horizontal sweep from left to right which also emits a moonlight wave from the blade. Consumes a quicksilver bullet per swipe.
Charged R2 1.40x, 2.80x (wave) ?? Backhand diagonal sweep from left to right which also emits a wave. Consumes a quicksilver bullet. Tapping R2 again here will follow it with another horizontal sweep from right to left along with another wave. This follow up also consumes a quicksilver bullet.
Backstep R2 1.20x, 1.80x (wave)   Initiates a diagonal uppercut. Consumes a quicksilver bullet.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? Performs a horizontal left to right sweep which emits a wave. Consumes a quicksilver bullet.
Dash R2 1.20x, 2.20x (wave) ?? (+run) Performs an overhead downwards slash. Consumes a quicksilver bullet.
L2 1.50x, 1.50x (flash)   A forward thrust with a flash at the end. The attack is the same for every iteration (backstep, dash, etc) Does not emit a projectile but consumes a quicksilver bullet in the flash. The attack causes an area knockdown effect on enemies.
Leap 1.30x, 2.40x (wave) ?? Performs a leaping overhead slam and emits a vertical wave.
Transform Attack 1.30x ?? (+x) A downward slash that releases the arcane energy of the blade into an attack. The blade is untransformed after.




  • It seems to be another reappearance of the Moonlight Greatsword, a recurring item found around FromSoftware's games. Notable examples of such games include the first, second and third Dark Souls games, Demon's Souls, King's Field, Ninja Blade, Enchanted Arms, Armored Core, 3D Dot Game Heroes, and Otogi.
  • Lore theories exist under "Ebrietas Lore (Seath the Scaleless)".




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    • 17 Aug 2018 19:59  

      50 Strength, and I have 500~ AR with this thing's non-transformed state. Combine that with huge stamina bar and you can pretty much kill anyone. I once had a time where I straight up mashed r1 and killed someone, because they didn't think my stamina bar was that big, but they were wrong. Dead wrong.

      • Anonymous

        04 Aug 2018 23:00  

        My current build with this weapon is very strong. I guess you could say it's a quality build. Vitality- 30 End- 30 Strength- 40 Skill- 40 Bloodtinge- 6 Arcane- 25 This build has been VERY powerful. I recommend it.

        • Anonymous

          08 Jul 2018 17:58  

          they better put this thing in Sekiro. the player probably won't be able to use it but it would be nice if it was mentioned in lore or it was being used by boss, it would just be very sad if they stop putting it in their games.

          • Anonymous

            23 Jun 2018 22:34  

            This thing is, much like the Rakuyo, just almost too well designed for the game. Between its extremely technical build parameters, and its incredible and diverse moveset you could easily make three completely different hunters using this one weapon in completely different ways. Do you build for quality, and some Arcane and basically make use of either the blade or even its untransformed mode? (and since it's essentially the Dark Souls Claymore moveset, that does have value.), build for balance and make absolute full use of the entire weapon (which in itself is a challenge of balances between physical scaling and arcane, unless you just don't care about self imposed level caps.), or go full Arcane and treat this thing as basically a magic gun? Moveset wise, both transform attacks are amazing, the auto block move being a great fake out against other players or npcs, and the big BOOM being your most damaging attack. The unique "tipper" mechanic this iteration of the MLGS brought, where you try to hit with both the blade tip and the energy wave at the same time for maximum damage, which when combined with both the running attack and leaping attacks to name a few also shooting waves adds an extra element of technique to the weapon. As said, even the untransformed mode is the Dark Souls Claymore which needs no introduction.
            This weapon's almost a game unto itself.

            • Anonymous

              13 Jun 2018 07:26  

              Anybody have an extra unupgraded one laying around? Been meaning to do an early build with this.

              PSN: ShamelessSellout

              • Anonymous

                30 Mar 2018 21:16  

                Tbh I feel like the non-transformed form is way better than transformed, despite how cool it looks. The stagger on those R2 stabs.... I think the only time I ever transform the blade is when I'm fighting Amygdala, but that's just for elemental exploitation.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Mar 2018 09:14  

                  Transformed attacks performed with the R2 button deal 0% of the listed arcane damage if you have bullets. Instead, 100% of the arcane damage but not physical damage is dealt in the Lightwave. If you have no bullets, it deals 70% of the listed arcane damage. - this line makes no sense. seriously.

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Mar 2018 16:01  

                    So I have a character right now with 40STR 30Skill and 20Arc
                    I'm in the process of increasing their Arcane, what is a good level to get my Arc to, to see some actual good damage but not waste levels.

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Feb 2018 15:27  

                      What kind of gems are best on a 25STR, 25SKI, 40ARC build using this? And which chalices can I find them on? Also, am I better off with the normal, uncanny or lost version?

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Jan 2018 21:53  

                        The moonlight greatsword is truly the greatest weapon from has ever made, period. Not only do the constantly make this beauty great in every game but the incorporate it in a way that makes it feel like they actually care about it. The blade is simply stunning in visual design, combat prowess, and overall importance to the narrative of the game. However this version of the sword is simply perfect, everything about it from the effects on the moonlight waves to the transformation to the reveal of it in the game screams perfection. This is without a doubt the biggest reason why I love these games so much. And I don't care what anyone says, there IS a great one living within the glow of the blade and that great one is the collection of spirits, undead, hollows, hunters and ashen ones who chose to brandish the legend of the Holy Moonlight Greatsword! (Love you From!)

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Jun 2017 23:28  

                          this weapon makes gehrman a meme fight, when at mid distance, do a forward R2, and it'll hit him as he attacks, and it staggers him, that was the whole fight, up button, triangle, forward R2, and charged R2 when he charges up. in fact, if you're good enough with spacing, you can use charged R2 the whole fight

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Jun 2017 01:19  

                            With top tier abyssal nourishing gems this thing Tops the ludwigs holy blade on damage easily. Not pure physical but in my experience it still does more damage anyway.

                            • Anonymous

                              05 Jun 2017 10:42  

                              I got the sword without ever talking to the head. I didn't kill it either, the sword was just lying there on top of the head.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 May 2017 21:33  

                                Hey everyone! I m now playing bloodborne just to take a break of DS3 cause I just play too much of it you know... I m a great fan of Dark souls and I have bloodborne s dlc but im just at early game. I want to play with this HOLY Moonlight greatnessss!!! Has soon has possible so the question is if there is somebody somewhere in this dark, cold and very gentle place that have a duplicate of this sword to give me? I am noob in this game and have nothing to give in exchange.. but in DS3 I can reward you like a Lord of Cinder would have;)

                                • Holy Moonlight Sword [Bloodborne Wiki]18 Feb 2017 15:13  

                                  hey guys i can wait to take this sword!!!!i just created my character and i am going arcane build with 2h !!any usefull tips from a legedary hunter around here would be nice!!thanks

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Feb 2017 03:26  

                                    I feel like I am the only one who uses this weapon constantly, I mean it is my best weapon. Also, I felt like an idiot when I realized that the holy moonlight sword is basically a supped up version of the church hunter holy blades. Holy moonlight sword starts out as a one handed claymore that does only physical damage, similar to the church holy blades, that are silver straight swords when one handed, and to further support this, when you two hand either weapon, the blade gets larger, and deals more damage in general (the holy moonlight sword's blade gets a coating of blue moonlight, the church hunter holy blades combine with their scabbard to create a larger sword). This always reminds me of the fact Ludwig is mainly modeled after Artorias, in terms of lore and weapons at least. What I mean by this, is that the church hunters are very much like the abyss watchers, seen as they follow after Ludwig and weild swords designed to appear and operate similar to Ludwig's own personally weapon (now if that isn't parallel to Arotrias and The abyss bros then idk what), and, like Artorias and the abyss watchers, Ludwig became a beast, not because of the blood lust, but because he was infected by a desease (this is mainly supported by the fact blood lust beasts are wolf or savage beast like, where as Ludwig is a horse), and his Church Hunter Spartan Knights succumbed to the blood lust. Think what you want, but nothing will stop me from believing Ludwig is the Artorias of bloodborne.

                                    • 13 Nov 2016 13:14  

                                      Coming back from Dark Souls 3, while the MLGS in 3 if built specifically for it is very powerful it still can't hold a candle in my mind to the MLGS in Bloodborne. I miss it every day. It might have been an absolute pain in the ass to build for (and I suffered making an Arcane build before the DLC. It was pain but I was so glad it was rewarded.) as you do need all damage gems to bring it to its best potential and a high arcane build with maybe a decent tinge of physical to it, since unlike the DkS3 weapon this thing is actually somewhat of a hybrid weapon; but damn was it all so worth it. The sword's not just incredibly powerful when built right, but the sheer number of options its amazing moveset had just makes the DkS3 version of it seem so plain in comparison (although I do like that the "sweet spot" between the energy wave and the sword strike itself was carried over from Bloodborne to DkS3.) Often unsaid, this thing had one of the best transformation attacks in the game, being the normal to transformed moves like backstep L1 which was an auto guard attack. I caught so many players with that move. The pokes in untransformed mode were great too, and it being able to fire the energy waves with running attacks and roll attacks as well just made it more unpredictable.

                                      This was the best interpretation of the Moonlight Greatsword From's ever done (as of now) imo, I miss it so much.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Use nourishing gems08 Oct 2016 17:36  

                                        Using physical gems will gimp the this sword too much nourishing gems will round out this sword nicely go for secondary effects on the gems like flat physical arcane or bolt just a warning farming Amygdala will be a massive pain and might take countless hours it took me 16 hours just to get one triangle gem from Amy took another 10 or so to get the perfect waning from Amy as well

                                        • Anonymous

                                          damage types07 Oct 2016 12:20  

                                          ok so does this deal physical and arcane at the same time in its transformed state or is it separate?

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