Ludwig's Holy Blade


Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

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100 -- -- -- --
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-- -- 100 100 250
Requirements & Scaling
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Ludwig's Holy Blade is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne.


Ludwig's Holy Blade Description

"A trick weapon typically used by Healing Church hunters. It is said that the silver sword was employed by Ludwig, the first hunter of the church. When transformed, it combines with its sheath to form a greatsword.
It exhibits several departures from the workshop's design, suggesting that the Church anticipated much larger inhuman beasts."


Ludwig's Holy Blade Information

  • This Trick Weapon is a longsword that can be transformed into a greatsword (by combining the sheath, as mentioned above in the description).
    • The normal form is wielded with one hand.
    • When transformed, it's wielded with two hands instead.
    • Both forms deal 50% extra damage against foes vulnerable to Righteous.




Ludwig's Uncanny Holy Blade

Ludwig's Lost Holy Blade


Player Notes

  • The normal form is a longsword wielded in one hand, with decent range and speed.
  • The transformed mode is essentially an oversized greatsword wielded in both hands, much slower than the normal mode but with greater reach and damage.
    • The charged R2 attack is a thrust with excellent range.
      • The charged R2 can be followed up by another R2 capable of pancaking a victim and dealing high damage.
      • It can be useful for catching opponents off-guard if they think they're safe after dodging the initial lunge.
    • Pressing L2 in the greatsword form causes the hunter to perform an overhead attack with good forward reach.
  • It, along with the Kirkhammer, has a unique mechanic where pressing R1 immediately after a neutral transformation causes the hunter to perform a special attack that combines the fighting style of both forms.
  • Ludwig's Holy Blade is known as a "quality build" (STR/SKL) weapon due to its scalings. It can also be a good weapon for Arcane builds due to its excellent scaling in the stat and Bloodgem slots making it a very good elemental weapon.



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



100 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 60


110 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 65


120 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- C 70


130 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- C 75


140 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C C -- C 80


150 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B C -- B 85


160 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B C -- B 90


170 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B B -- B 95


180 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B B -- B 100


190 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B B -- B 105


200 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B B -- A 110


Move sets & Videos

Regular Move set
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg0.70x, 0.71x, 0.72x, 0.74x, 0.76x 16 This is a four attack combo with a little flourish. The first attack is from right to left slashing on a downward diagonal followed by a horizontal slash from left to right, a dexterous spin to bring the sword overhead for a downward slash ending in a forward thrust that tends to also aim up. The first and third strikes hit the ground.
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.67x 20 Each quickstep has a unique animation, All three feature longer than average leaps toward the opponent, making this a great weapon to use quickstep attacks to close in on an opponent quickly. The left step leads to a horizontal slash from left to right, with a right step being mirrored (right to left slash). The forward quickstep results in an upward vertical slash that starts at the ground near the right foot and ends over the left shoulder.
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.67x 20 The weapon is brought to the lower left side of the body and raised rapidly in a mostly vertical upward slash, ending over the right shoulder. The leap forward is less dramatic than the quickstep counterparts, but does place the character very slightly advanced of where they were before the backstep.
Rolling R1 physical_atk.jpg0.67x 20 The sword is brought from the ground up in a slashing motion that starts with sparks on the ground and ends overhead.
Dash R1 physical_atk.jpg0.80x 30 (+run) The hunter takes a short step and slashes the sword from left to right horizontally.
R2 Attack thrust.jpg1.00x 55 A short windup animation leads to a thrust directly forward.
Charged thrust.jpg1.20x 75 The standard R2 windup animation is lengthened and at the end, a quick twist of the arm precedes a violent thurst forward. Very similar looking to the thrust of the standard R2, however the point of the blade is thrust upward as well as forward.
Backstep R2 thrust.jpg0.85x 40 The backstep R2 is very similar to the standard R2 except preceded by a very small step with the left foot which allows for a lunge with the right to extend the sword out.
Dash R1 physical_atk.jpg0.80x 30 (+dash) Another thrust attack very similar to the standard R2.
Dash R2 thrust.jpg0.95x 50 (+dash)  
Leap thrust.jpg1.20x 50 The arm holding the sword is cocked back as the leap starts and the blade is thrust forward and down into the ground.
Transform Attack blunt.jpg1.05x 40 (+x) There appears to only be one transformation animation, regardless of the prior action. The sword is slid into the scabbard/larger blade, raised overhead and brought down in a vertical slash that strikes the ground. The animation is actually started the same as the standard (not attack) transformation attack.
R1 after Transformation ? ? After sliding the longsword into the scabbard, the hunter uses one arm to slice horizontally from left to right.
Transformed Move set
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo blunt.jpg1.00x, 1.00x, 1.06x 36 A three slash combo beginning with a right to left mostly horizontal slash, then a left to right horizontal slash that loses elevation. This loss of elevation is then used to windmill the sword up and down in a vertical slash. While the two horizontal slashes do have some ability to hit enemies to the sides, the arc is relatively narrow than the size of the sword might suggest.
Quickstep R1 blunt.jpg0.90x 40 A quickstep left results in a hop forward and a slash from left to right horizontally. A right step is mirrored to this (right to left slash). A forward step uses the same slash animation as the right step, but has a less pronounced hop forward.
Backstep R1 blunt.jpg0.56x 20 The sword is placed in front of the hunter like a shield with the left hand supporting the flat of the blade. As the player lunges forward, the weapon is used to push out like a shield bash.
Rolling R1 blunt.jpg0.90x 40 Apart from a slight change in attack angle, this is nearly identical to the standard R1.
Dash R1 blunt.jpg1.01x 30 (+run) The sword is slashed from right to left in a mostly horizontal path. There is a slightly longer windup than many of the other similar slashes.
R2 Attack thrust.jpg1.25x 50 This has a somewhat long windup with the sword being brought to the left side of the player and back with the blade parallel to the ground. The weapon is then thrust forward and slightly up
Charged thrust.jpg2.20x
75 A thrust very similar to the standard R2 but with a significantly increased windup time.
L2 blunt.jpg1.15x, 1.15x, 1.18x, 1.13x 38 The sword is brought down on a diagonal from right to left, smashing into the ground, then left to right in a diagonal, another left to right on a diagonal (with a spin move to make this happen) followed finally by a thrust attack creating a four move combo.
Backstep R2 blunt.jpg1.06x 35 The sword is brought low and to the right and raised very rapidly in a vertical slash that end with the sword pointing behind the character.
Dash R2 blunt.jpg1.14x 40 (+run) The sword is brought up and down in a vertical slash that ends in the ground.
Leap blunt.jpg1.20x 50 The sword is held overhead while leaping and is brought slashing straight down into the ground.
Transform Attack blunt.jpg1.26x 30 (+x) There is only one transformation attack animation which is the hunter bringing the sword from left to right information a wide horizontal slash. This particular slash creates a greater arc than other slashes with this sword and ends with the character smoothly dropping the larger blade/scabbard onto their back and pulling the small sword/handle out. The attack is with the large blade which is significant as most transformation attacks use the attack form of the mode it's being turned into (the smaller sword would be expected in this case).
R1 after Transformation ? ? After removing the thin sword from the scabbard, the hunter uses two hands to slice down vertically.

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  • This trick weapon was wielded by Ludwig, a famous hunter of the Healing Church who designed the blade based on the Holy Moonlight Sword.
    • According to the description, Ludwig wielded this sword in combat instead of the Holy Moonlight Sword.
    • However, in his boss fight, he wields the Holy Moonlight Sword during a certain part in the fight.
    • It is possible that Ludwig wielded the Holy Moonlight Sword and his fellow hunters, inspired by the huge weapon, sought to make replicas. Unable to make a magic sword, a huge metal sheath was the compromise.
      • Before the DLC's release, Ludwig's Holy Blade was thought of as From Software's traditional "Moonlight Greatsword" seen throughout various games by the fanbase.
      • However, this sword was eventually revealed in the DLC to be a replica of the "true" Moonlight Greatsword in Bloodborne, the Holy Moonlight Sword.
  • This isn't the first time Miyazaki used the name of classical music composers in a game.
    • A boss from the first "Dark Souls" game, Dragonslayer Ornstein, is named after Leo Ornstein.
    • Berlioz from "Armored Core 4" is named after Hector Berlioz.
  • The normal form of this weapon is very similar to the sword used for the Kirkhammer.
    • However, this sword's normal form has a slightly longer reach when compared to the Kirkhammer's blade.
    • The similar nature of these swords suggests that the Healing Church used the method of interchangeable parts to quickly mass produce weapons for their hunters.


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  1. Tested in PvP with naked character, BL 120 with maxed weapon
  2. Tested in PvP with naked character, BL 120 with maxed weapon

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    • Anonymous

      My theory is that Ludwig first used the holy moonlight sword. Then, someone tried to make a replica, like pirating the HMS, but didnt have the stuff to make the holy blade glow

      • Uncanny LHB located in glyph: "v3nxwjrq," first layer treasure room. False Depth chalice accessible with just basic Pthumeru Root. Also worth noting a scurrying beast drops a tier 5 radial tempering gem, in case you're looking to pick one of those up early.

        Elias runs this dungeon, whom you may know as the proprietor of the cum dungeon ;)

        • Anonymous

          I think lore-wise, Ludwig may have wielded the LHB prior to discovering the HMS. As a hunter, I doubt he started out with the HMS and could've tried to emulate descriptions from various sources, making the Greatsword version from them. Then he might've devised the shortsword and transformation to follow the Workshop standard of a two-part transforming weapon. After that, maybe he found the HMS after years of searching and following the lore of the sword to its hiding place.

          • Anonymous

            I dont know if I'm crazy but after beating the shadows of yharnam the transformed moveset sound different.

            • Anonymous

              I hope in bloodborne 2 that they have this weapon or weapon that looks like the dragonslayer from berserk

              • Anonymous

                No, I disagree with the claim that Ludwig used this weapon instead of the Holy Moonlight Greatsword (Hence force being called HMGS)! I believe this sword was modeled after his HMGS so his followers could follow his example but with a makeshift version. As the description states “It is CLAIMED” he used this sword just points out the story of the legend changed via word of mouth and since no one really ever seen the HMGS, it can easily be believed that he used this sword instead.

                • Anonymous

                  This weapon is great! Huge damage, absurdly high scaling on anything that isn't Bloodtinge, and super versatile! My only complaint about this weapon is that 4/5 hunters that I see use it exclusively! That's not necessarily the player's fault for liking it and wanting to use it, that's Fromsoft's fault for making this thing just about overpowered! I say that practicing weapon diversity can only lead to an increase in skill (and not the less viable stat) but the fact that this thing more than likely wasn't immediately toned down at launch is really stupid!

                  Again, I'm not bashing players for using it, they're free to do whatever it is they feel like. From should have realised that B/B/-/A is going to make this weapon really overpowered!

                  • Anonymous

                    Man, so glad I switched to Uncanny from my normal LHB, spent 80 insight on the chunks needed to upgrade it, and used a blood rock to improve my AR by.... 14 damage. Lol

                    • Anonymous

                      just remember: no one has ever used this weapon before, and you're bad for liking the things you like.... I like the sheath design! Kinda DS2ish

                      • Anonymous

                        transform + r1 (transformed) combos into another r1
                        backstep r1 also combos into another r1
                        also, after a blocking an attack with backstep r1, continue holding r1 and your character will continue to block

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