Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

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Requirements & Scaling
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Kirkhammer (Japanese: 教会の石槌 Church's Hammer) is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne.


Kirkhammer Description

"A trick weapon typically used by Healing Church hunters. On the one side, an easily handled silver sword. On the other, a giant obtuse stone weapon, characterized by a blunt strike and extreme force of impact. The Church takes a heavy-handed, merciless stance toward the plague of beasts, an irony not lost upon the wielders of this most symbolic weapon."


Kirkhammer Information

  • The normal form is a regular silver sword.
    • It's slightly shorter than Ludwig's Holy Blade's normal form.
    • In this form, it's considered a Righteous Weapon, and will deal 50% increased damage against opponents vulnerable to this subgroup.
  • When transformed, the Hunter inserts the sword into a huge rock and wields the new form as a gigantic hammer.
    • This form is wielded with two hands.
    • It doesn't receive the Righteous Weapon modifier, unlike the normal form.




Uncanny Kirkhammer

Lost Kirkhammer


Player Notes

  • The normal form consumes low stamina per attack and is an easily handled weapon.
    • However, it's somewhat slower than other light weapons, such as the Threaded Cane.
    • Still, it's a fast and highly versitile weapon that can used for almost any situation.
  • While transformed, the hammer form uses heavy blunt attacks to crush foes.
    • The hammer is capable of staggering many enemies in the game quickly.
    • The hammer's smash attacks have an area of effect; enemies not directly hit by the hammer will take reduced damage.
    • The sprinting R2 attack also has an AoE effect.
    • The hammer's stagger and interrupt effects lends it to an aggressive rather than reactive playstyle. Be the one who attacks first and you can prevent the enemy from attacking at all. The best defense is a good offense with this weapon.
  • Both transforming attacks have two parts: damage is dealt in the first part, but the 2 components of the weapon are not combined/separated until the second is complete.
    • If you are staggered in the middle of a transforming attack, damage will be dealt but the weapon will not transform.
    • The sword-to-hammer transformation attack can save you from some attacks when you are close to the enemy; this happens as the Hunter bends over when pulling the hammer part from his/her back.
    • After performing the sword-to-hammer transformation attack, you can follow up with a thrust attack (R1), which has decent reach.
    • The Kirkhammer and Ludwig's Holy Blade's transforming attacks take significantly more time to execute than those of other Trick Weapons.
  • The Dashing R1 attack of the Hammer is a two-handed "push" towards the enemy using the handle of the hammer.
    • It deals less damage and can be annoying at first, but it is a very quick attack and staggers most enemies.
    • It should only be used when trying to get a quick attack in with the hammer.
    • If you wish to deal heavy damage while dashing with the hammer, use the dashing R2, which delivers a horizontal swing with decent reach. (The dashing R2 is the same attack as the L2, but consumes more stamina and continues to move forward during the attack)
  • Sprinting R1 and backstep R1 in hammer form have block frames, and significantly reduce incoming damage. The frames seem to begin as soon as the attack is performed.


Player Preferences

The Beast Cutter is a good choice to compliment the Kirkhammer. The Beast Cutter is ideal for groups (and has range unlike the Kirkhammer) in tricked form, while the Kirkhammer is good for single targets (shortsword for quick/light/weak targets), and the tricked form is good for large targets. The L2 in tricked form for the Kirkhammer does have some range, however it's not nearly as safe as a tricked R1 attack from the Beast Cutter, and the Beast Cutter has just as much stagger. Plus, both weapons have different damage types (shortsword form is Righteous, while Beast Cutter in both forms is Serrated), which helps their complimentary uses further.



R: Rally/Regain. The amount of HP regained on an R1 attack immediately after taking damage



105 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C E -- D 60


115 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C E -- D 66


125 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B E -- D 72


135 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B E -- D 78


145 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B E -- D 84


155 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B E -- C 90


165 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B E -- C 96


175 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 A E -- B 102


185 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 A E -- B 108


195 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 A E -- B 114


210 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 A E -- B 120



Move sets & Videos

Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg1.00x 16 A four attack combo starting with a diagonal slash from upper right to lower left, horizontal slash left to right, windmill motion to raise the sword up and down for a vertical slash and a thrust forward and slightly up.
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg1.00x 20 There are three quickstep attack animations. Going forward or backward has the character scrape the ground on its right side as the sword is brought upward and overhead in a slashing motion. Going left creates a horizontal slash from left to right. This is not quite mirrored to the right as the attack adds a slight diagonal downward path to the right to left arc.
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg 0.90x 20 The hunter's right foot comes forward, and as the left takes a step the sword is raised from near the left foot to over the right shoulder in an upward slash.
Rolling R1 physical_atk.jpg0.95x 20 Finishing the roll, the hunter scrapes the blade of the sword on the ground near his right foot and slashes up and slightly left.
Dash R1 physical_atk.jpg1.10x 30 (+run) The sword is brought to the left and back where, after a very short pause, it is slashed horizontally from left to right.
R2 Attack thrust.jpg1.40x 55 A forward thrust, directly in front of the character.
Charged thrust.jpg1.70x 75 After a longer windup, the sword is thrust forward much like the R2 attack, except with a lightly upward path.
Backstep R2 thrust.jpg1.25x 40 A thrust forward that is different from the R2 only in very minor differences in arm angle during the windup.
Dash R2 thrust.jpg1.35x 50 (+run) The hunter thrusts the sword forward like the R2 and backstep R2
Leap thrust.jpg1.70x 50 The character leaps forward and as it falls, thrusts the sword into the ground, ending in a near kneel
Transform Attack blunt.jpg1.50x 40 (+x) There is only one transformation animation for this weapon. The hunter reaches behind to grab the hammer part off their back and raises it overhead to smash it in front on the ground. The right hand then slams the blade in to add the handle, completing the hammer.

Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo blunt.jpg1.40x 38 The hammer is alternated between two downward diagonal attacks. Upper right to the ground on the left side, and upper left to the ground on the right side. The first animation (right to left) is slightly different than later ones.
Quickstep R1 blunt.jpg1.20x 40 Each direction has a unique animation in this form. Left and right create opposite diagonal attacks, with the right going from right to left while it slams into the ground and the left quickstep resulting in a left to right diagonal. Both forward and back steps have the hammer brought overhead and slammed into the ground in front of the character. However, the forward step animation is much faster, but with a less pronounced move forward.
Backstep R1 blunt.jpg0.60x 20 The character lunges forward with the hammer held in front horizontally like a shield and pushes the enemy.
Rolling R1 blunt.jpg1.26x 40 The rolling R1 is a very similar attack animation to the standard R1 (overhead right smashing down). However, the attack is slightly faster and combines with the roll to create a move that's fairly effective at closing distances and striking with such a large weaon.
Dash R1 blunt.jpg0.80x 25 (+run) The character uses the same push animation as the backstep R1
R2 Attack blunt.jpg1.70x 50 The hammer is brought behind the character and raised straight up and down
Charged blunt.jpg3.10x 80 The hammer is brought even further behind, with the character actually twisting to raise the hammer up over the left side of the body. The hammer is brought up, not quite as vertically as the R2 attack, and brought violently into the ground. The hammer is brought down with such force that the left leg comes off the ground at impact. The following R2 input makes the character spin around and hit the foe again, usually sending smaller foes flying backwards and has a circular hitbox.
Backstep R2 blunt.jpg1.40x 35 The hammer is brought down from the shoulder to the right side. As the hunter lunges forward the hammer is thrust forward using the full length of the weapon.
Dash R2 blunt.jpg1.50x 50 (+run) The hunter drops the hammer off the shoulder and swings the hammer horizontally from right to left.
Leap blunt.jpg1.60x 50 The leap has the hunter smash the hammer into the ground from a vertical swing.
L2 blunt.jpg1.50x 40 A three attack combo, it begins with the hammer swung horizontally right to left, followed by a quick flick of the weapon to thrust it forward, and finally it's brought around the right side of the body then behind and up to be swung down diagonally from left to right into the ground. If you happen to have stamina left over and your enemy isn't already past, the combo can be started again. There are significant pauses between attacks, meaning the hunter is open to retribution
Transform Attack blunt.jpg1.50 20 (+x) The hammer is brought low to the right side then swung to the left and up to conclude the attack. The swing is carried through however, and the hammer is place on the back while the sword is pulled out.



  • A miniature of the Kirkhammer was included as the Pre-Order Bonus for Asian editions of Bloodborne. [See the Bundles page for details]
  • A "kirk" is an archaic old english word meaning "church."
    • This means the weapon is literately known as the Church Hammer.
    • The wording also might be a nod to Nordic culture since the word "Kirk" originated from northern England and Old Norse wording.
      • The etched wording on the side of the hammer part has similarities to the Old Norse alphabet.
      • However, it also has similarities to the Elder Futhark, one of the oldest forms of the runic alphabet system used by Germanic tribes.
      • Similar etchings can be found on gravestones all over Yharnam.
  • The sword used for this weapon is very similar to the one used for Ludwig's Holy Blade.
    • This suggests that the Healing Church used the method of "interchangeable parts" to efficiently mass produce weapons for their hunters.
    • However, the sword used for the Kirkhammer is shorter.
  • It's wielded by Alfred, should you choose to be friends with him.
  • When untransformed, with the hammer part on the character's back, some cloth parts (capes etc.) of the armor can either get awkwardly stuck on it or cover it.
  • Despite being labeled a 'stone weapon', the etchings, wear, and sound produced when it strikes indicate that the hammer is in fact made of metal.




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    • Anonymous

      24 Feb 2019 09:32  

      It might not be as fancy and flashy as the DLC weapons, but there is still no better weapon if you want to stunlock something to death. It can stagger larger enemies that other weapons take many hits to stagger. The best attacks are the jumping attack, and the charged R2 to followup charged R2. The jumping attack does considerably more damage than regular attacks, and a charged R2 almost always staggers long enough to hit with the followup charged R2 (which comes out quickly) leading to massive damage. Its main weakness is poor ability to deal with multiple enemies or fast enemies in hammer mode. Also for some reason, some bosses just refuse to be staggered easily by anything which makes the hammer less than ideal in those fights.

      • Anonymous

        23 Feb 2019 02:10  

        I used lots of tools for calculating Weapon AR. Kirkhammer have A scaling with STR, Whirligig Saw have S scaling. However, STR bonus always is higher in Kirkhammer. How is it even possible? With 40STR/40SKL, kirk get 149 from STR (A scaling) and 43 from SKL (E scaling). Whirligig get 148 from STR (S scaling) and 40 from SKL (D scaling) ... Why are smaller numbers with better scaling??

        • Anonymous

          24 Jul 2018 18:07  

          Few things are more satisfying than hitting a troll or a troll-sized boss with a fully charged R2 in hammer form.

          • Anonymous

            21 May 2018 05:14  

            Looking at the etchings in the Kirkhammer, don't they look familiarly close to the etchings on titanite shards, chunks and slabs form the souls series? Could it be that titanite still exists after possibly eons and somebody found it?

            • Anonymous

              06 Apr 2018 02:08  

              has nobody noticed that it has a sweetspot on r1's (hammer mode) where it does more then double the listed damage? it cant just be me. I have a whirligig character that uses a +10 gemmed whirligig, and for lols I pulled out a +9 kirk with no gems in it and can hit for almost 1000 when I hit that sweet spot... what the heck. 45 str, 12sk, whirli has 27.2/27.2/25.3 gems in it with almost 800 listed damage, kirk has around 400 listed damage

              • Anonymous

                21 Feb 2018 11:42  

                This is the most lesbian weapon i have ever seen, miss me with that **********. The blades of mercy are far superior as they have the ability to ***** your mum 2 times (since there are 2 blades). Also summons allow you to gangbang which is much more efficient!

                • Kirkhammer [Bloodborne Wiki]15 Jan 2018 13:01  

                  It carried me for the whole NG and a good chunk of NG+ until I started levelling up SKL and a hybrid STR-SKL with Ludwig's outdamaged it (high level PvE, as I don't care for PvP).

                  Frm that point of view, the hammer has more stopping power when close and personal and can stunlock small to large sized enemies unless they use a hyperarmor move. The sword is shorted than Ludwig's, but since I went from the hammer to that one I felt it was a little bit slower and was used to the shorter range. I suppose it is not too different from the difference there is between Balder's side sword and a longsword's R1 in Dark Souls.

                  My approach with the Kirkhammer was quickstep to the side of an enemy and hitting R1, which comes out very quickly and chaining R1s. Or letting them close to me and do a R2 stab, which is crazy effective for that sword. I would rarely use the hammer option unless attacking slower enemies and usually baiting an attack to squash them with a barrage of R1s (against common knowledge I upped Vitality up to 40 for maximum stamina gain, which is very useful if you don't care for the meta). Maybe not the most elegant way of playing, but it was pretty darned effective.

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Jan 2018 12:33  

                    I'm astonished reading a lot of users hating this weapon. In the right hands, the Kirkhammer is simply devastating.

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Jun 2017 01:54  

                      The AR modifiers for this weapon's moveset, as listed here, are entirely wrong. Check the page for Ludwig's Holy Blade to get a better idea of how this weapon performs, since the scaling factors are very similar for both of these weapons.

                      • Anonymous

                        19 Jun 2017 08:14  

                        It has some kind of Italian influence. "The Hammer" is title of the family executioner, the one who directly eliminate all the threats and the guiltied.

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Jun 2017 23:20  

                          I found the lost saw spear in the lower pthumerian root chalice, not the lost kirkhammer. And yes I did the offering. Ugh what a waste of time

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Dec 2016 21:24  

                            Just came here to show off honestly, I made a isz root dungeon with full curses and, as well as awesome blood gems, I got a lost kirkhammer I might give the glyph for it if I can figure out how lol but it's privacy is open anyway so there hah

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