Ludwig's Holy Blade


Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

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100 -- -- -- --
slow_poison.jpg rapid_poison.jpg VS_kin.jpg VS_beasts.jpg durability.jpg
-- -- 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 gret 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.

greatsword.gif ludwigs_holy_blade-in-game.jpg ludwigs_holy_blade-in-game-2.jpg



  • 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

    • Anonymous

      06 Apr 2020 13:40  

      To all new players: use this crutch all you want, just know that literally every other build will laugh at you the moment you show your clown arse online. It's the Bloodborne equivalent of a dunce hat.

      • Anonymous

        20 Feb 2020 19:22  

        Four hit sweep combo: From Regular stance, neutral L1 transform to Trick stance, quick R1, then R1, R1, L1 to return to Regular. Firearm. Repeat.

        • Anonymous

          09 Feb 2020 19:39  

          My friend calls this the Noobwigs Scrubby Blade, and I have to agree. I just did a playthrough with this weapon and man was it easy af lol.

          • Anonymous

            09 Dec 2019 06:38  

            Just because anyone can use it well, doesn't mean it's OP, broken, and evil. A bad player is a bad player, and whatever weapon you want to whine about won't make them a good player, just a bad one with high AR. Besides, the real cancer meta is gun spamming. If you're new, don't let the comments section influence your choice to use this weapon. The souls community will always hate either UGS or Straight Swords, and this thing is unfortunately both

            • Anonymous

              30 Nov 2019 22:16  

              If you are new, you should know that this is the best weapon in the game. it's a weapon you can get early game, it has fantastic bloodgem slots, the best damage in the game, and scaling for arcane which is the easiest build to make in the game.

              • Anonymous

                28 Oct 2019 07:47  

                I enjoyed this weapon, and for anyone who's played a darksouls game then moveset will be familiar and straight forward. One handed it's a straight sword, a balance of speed, damage, crowd control, and range. Very useful and flexible for learning the game, getting attacks without too much dedication and getting out when you're unsure. Two handed it's a great sword with better range and damage, with a marked loss in attack speed. More useful for baiting mobs coming into range, or when you are more knowledgable of a bosses moveset, getting in a big burst of damage when you know it's safe. Pretty flexible, B in Strength and Skill means the most straight forward route is to level them in a balanced manner for high physical AR with better than average visceral attacks. However with an high tier improved scaling gem you can get an S scaling in either, you can go for a pure 50 strength or 50 skill build with a very minuscule loss in damage. An A scaling in Arcane means putting an elemental gem on this will make an amazing arcane weapon, and due to it's early availability, and lack of contenders... may be the best early game weapon for getting an arcane build off the ground, or ending the game with. My ending thought is that the weapon may be a little boring and uncreative, but when something is soo good, who needs niche tricks and gimmicks?

                • Anonymous

                  06 Sep 2019 13:38  

                  Greetings traveler! I see that you too are traversing the Bloodborne Wiki I’m the hopes of improving your own gaming experience. As such, I must warn you: seek not the tips and tricks for using Ludwig’s Holy Blade in this comment section. There are no such treasures here. Only salt.

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Aug 2019 07:16  

                    It's probably been said before, but this weapon is a noob-trap; it has seemingly high damage in early game, with a host of big damage attacks that all seem good... Until late game, where enemies have such high health values that having faster attacks is much more preferable to doing like 200 more damage per attack with slow attacks that can only be done a few times. That and the longsword form of the weapon is noticeably weaker than other fast weapons like the Saw Cleaver/Spear.

                    • Anonymous

                      01 Jul 2019 04:58  

                      Hi , Billy Maze here ! Do you suck at video games !? Do you have zero skill and confidence !? Do you like being that person who always just abuses the OP meta stuff in every game you play !? Well then come visit us in the top layer of Cathedral Ward right before entrance to Upper Cathedral Ward , where all you need to do to get the easy mode skilless trash weapon of Bloodborne , is simply open a chest and spend a few echos ! Do not miss out on this limited time offer that has only lasted almost 5 F#####G years now!!!!!

                      • Anonymous

                        08 May 2019 05:54  

                        Definitely your best friend when doing a 50/50 str/skill build. I later realized that there are much more fun things to use than this easy mode simulator

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Jan 2019 14:44  

                          A boring, powerful weapon. Perfect for if you want to play dark souls. Seriously though, this weapon is a monster in pve. Seems a little too easy to parry in pvp though. I prefer the saws for r1 spam and the Kirk for heavy single hits, but the holy blade blends them pretty well.

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Oct 2018 18:47  

                            I really admire the creativity of the devs. I sword that can be combined with it's sheath to form a greatsword. Nice

                            • Anonymous

                              13 Sep 2018 12:27  

                              Ludwig's Uncanny Holy Blade is the most powerful weapon for a physic build. Improving Strength and Skill to 99, with the best blood gems of +27,2% in physical attack (two radials and one triangular), the damage output is 1064! Charged attack is something rated: more than 2500! Charged attack chain (R2 hold+ R2) is pure violence: more than 4000 damage!

                              • Anonymous

                                20 Aug 2018 09:32  

                                it was my last straw literaly after making no progress for days. Not my top favourite but it helped me alot back then. Definitly a weapon for beginners struggling with BB.

                                • Anonymous

                                  30 Jul 2018 12:47  

                                  I know the description for HMS says that few of his fellows ever laid eyes upon the blade, but aren’t they referring to the transformed version of the sword? Wasn’t LHB developed out of providing adaptability for the Holy Blades?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    26 Jul 2018 03:02  

                                    50 strength 25 skill 1x Heavy Abyssal +15 Phys and 2 27% Phys nets 866 AR. Kirkhammer with same setup gives 880 AR. Not bad...

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