Ludwig's Rifle

Ludwig039s Rifle
Imprints gun
physical atk blood atk arcane atk fire atk bolt atk
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slow poison rapid poison VS kin VS beasts durability
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Requirements & Scaling
strength skill bloodtingue arcane qs bullet use

Ludwig's Rifle is a Firearm in Bloodborne.


Ludwig's Rifle Description

"A rifle typically used by Healing Church hunters.
It is said that this rifle was employed by Ludwig, the first hunter of the Church. Its long, heavy barrel makes up in range for what it lacks in reload speed.
Ludwig's Rifle exhibits several departures from the workshop's design, suggesting that the Church anticipated much larger inhuman beasts."


Ludwig's Rifle Information

  • Requires Bloodstone Shards and ?? Blood Echoes to fully upgrade.
  • Despite the name, this firearm behaves more like the Hunter Blunderbuss, albeit with some differences in the spray pattern.
  • When fully upgraded, the higher base damage and lower scaling makes Ludwig's Rifle deal more damage than the Hunter Blunderbuss if your Bloodtinge is less than 28. Keep in mind that the distance your opponent is fired at will make a considerable difference in each firearm's effectiveness from a damage standpoint.




Player Notes

  • This firearm shoots a spread of shotgun pellets like the Hunter Blunderbuss. However, the spray pattern is more narrow and does more damage from a further distance as a result. This does weaken your ability to hit multiple opponents up close when compared to the Hunter Blunderbuss.
  • In PVE, this firearm serves as a longer range, higher recovery alternative to the blunderbuss; more consistently staggering and parrying at longer ranges. Keep in mind the longer recovery of it's gunshots may make capitalizing off long range parries with a visceral attack difficult. 
  • In PVP, this firearm is more useful for ranged parrying rather than dealing damage. Still, it can be considerably useful for chip damage and keeping evasive foes from trying to outmaneuver you.



trick weapons
physical atk
blood atk
arcane atk
fire atk
bolt atk
slow poison
rapid poison
VS kin
VS beasts
qs bullet use


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ludwigs rifle in game



  • Used by Alfred, Forgotten Madman, Brador and Yahar'gul Hunter in Cathedral Ward.
  • The Rifle's folding barrel is a reference to WC-GN230 Back Unit Grenade Launchers from Armored Core, which was equipped by Nine-Ball, and lately became the basis of OGOTO Grenate Launcher used by Berlioz.



Cannon  ♦  Church Cannon  ♦  Evelyn  ♦  Flamesprayer  ♦  Gatling Gun  ♦  Hunter's Torch  ♦  Hunter Blunderbuss  ♦  Hunter Pistol  ♦  Loch Shield  ♦  Piercing Rifle  ♦  Repeating Pistol  ♦  Rosmarinus  ♦  Torch  ♦  Wooden Shield


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    • Anonymous

      If I knew how to mod I would make one that fixes the guns in this game because I can’t for the life of me figure out what the design philosophy here was. This thing looks like it would be most effective as a wrist breaker.

      • Anonymous

        Forget damage. Ignore parries. You're here for the stun, and the range.

        I pair this with the threaded cane, both filled with +5 healing gems. It's for survival and infinite bullets.

        Also: hit a player with this and they're wide open for reiterpallasch.

        • Anonymous

          I think the length of the barrel makes it harder to hit certain bosses with a higher lock on. I use this as my primary parrying weapon, and I near consistently missed Logarius at point blank range when pulling the trigger. Pellets and everything but no damage or parry. I've had it happen in a few other situations, but him most prominently.

          • Anonymous

            This is my favorite gun I've tried so far, it's really good for parrying, and my personal favorite use, knocking over entire legions of dogs.

            • Anonymous

              Works quite well as a longer range scattergun, but oh my god it looks like something from an elementary school's science lab. Literally a steampunk broomstick

              • Anonymous

                Very late to the party, but the second paragraph in the Player's Notes section seems written by someone who doesn't know jack of parry mechanics: the staggering potential of a weapon has nothing to do with visceral openings, which are only a matter of timing (as everyone playing BB should know). Why some people try to appear brilliant when they really shouldn't is beyond me...

                • Anonymous

                  Good for a speedy ninja build. Use Formless Oedon +4 from the Workshop, Ludwig's Rifle, Rakuyo or Saw Spear, and then the Old Hunter's Bone. Scale Vitality, Dexterity, and Endurance as much as you can; and then focus on Endurance, Arcane, and Bloodtinge. Only scale strength when you need to, since it's not necessary. If in a PVP or Hunter fight, activate the Old Hunter's Bone, then follow a pattern of shoot, dodge, R1/L1 spam, dodge. Your enemy won't be able to catch up; but make sure to take advantage of Viscerals as much as possible.

                  • Anonymous

                    It doesn't seem to fill enough of a niche to have warranted creating. It has a (slightly) higher base damage than the blunderbuss and poorer scaling, while also requiring a higher bloodtinge to use, which seems self-defeating. More than that, though, the shotguns weren't really made for damage in the first place. They are safer for parries (on enemies with screwy hitboxes, at least) and good for staggering multiple opponents. The only time you will deal any kind of damage with a weapon like this is at point blank range and with a high bloodtinge, but the narrower spread on this weapon means it's worse at that as well. It would have made more since to me if they had flipped the base damage and bld scaling on this and the blunderbuss.

                    • Anonymous

                      Guys, the shotguns in general were not designed for huge and heavy damage, they were designed for staggering opponents and opening up easier viscerals when enemies try to side step you. This has a longer range than the starting shotgun and a decent spray, making it possible for longer range viscerals that would be difficult to pull off on the pistols. I use this shotgun even on high bloodtinge builds just because it's such a useful way to keep people from healing from a distance (and because I use the Evelynn as a side arm, which is the main reason for the high bloodtinge to begin with). For those who are curious, just look at the description. This weapon was clearly designed by the church to hunt down huger, even more abominable beasts than what was seen in the past. Remember that Wendigo boss you fight (Cleric Beast)? Yeah....I sure as hell would not want to get all up and personal with a beast like that if it was real life, so the normal shotgun wouldn't cut it. Now, a longer ranged shotgun with a specialized barrel to fight from a distance, on the other hand....

                      • Anonymous

                        The weapon seems to work well for staggering for me it you focus on bigger types of enemies, but not recommended for PVP. DEFINITELY not in PVP

                        • Anonymous

                          ...I was hoping it'd be a legit, long range rifle rather than a narrower cone spread Shotgun and yet despite that, Blunderbuss is just overall better too. I know the advantage of the weapon is supposedly that the base stats are better than the Blunderbuss, but I don't think that's all that noticable when both are upgraded to be honest. I kinda think this thing could use a buff of some sort it's unfortunately by far the least useful firearm imo. It sucks because it's so ***** cool looking, and its not to say it couldn't be made viable...but it just sits in this really awkward place that doesn't really give a blunt advantage as the pistols handle range, damage, and targetting better, and the Blunderbuss as well as even some of the hybrid trick weapons like Rifle Spear handle shotgun situations better with more versatility and even a tiny bit more damage where it counts (up close).

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