Madaras Whistle is a Hunter Tool.

Madaras Whistle

Requirements & Scaling
Bullet Use
S 18 4


Madaras Whistle Description

"Whistle of the Madaras twins, denizens of the Forbidden Woods.
The twins grew up alongside a poisonous snake, and developed a silent, inhuman kinship.
The poisonous snake grew uncontrollably, raised on a healthy diet of beast entrails.
Even after their deaths, it is said to respond to the call of the twins' whistle from within the Nightmare."


Madaras Whistle Usage

  • Using this Hunter Tool summons a gigantic snake directly underneath the user.
  • The snake cannot be controlled and will always spawn under the user.
  • It deals a large amount of damage in an aoe radius, originating from where it was summoned.
  • The snake can damage the caster along with the enemy. The user, however, can cast the spell and quickly move away to avoid damage.
  • It can be used as a trap against your victim(s) when used creatively.
  • Despite what the animation looks like, the snake does not provide protection against attacks (they go straight through it).
  • If you're desperate (or bored), it can be used as a suicide move in online play.
  • As an adversary, one can use this on low health with the goal to kill oneself (either by the snake or the host) and lure the host in at the same time to hopefully die as well.
  • Alternatively, a better usage of this move is if you know you can survive the snake's damage, but you believe the opponent will not, making this an unexpected (and very painful) execution method.



  • It's carried by a hostile hunter in the Forbidden Woods who appears under certain circumstances.
  • When you crush at least five Vermin, you will advance Valtr's questline, and he will announce his departure. Upon reloading the area, you will find an item he left in his place. After picking up the helmet, the enemy hunter NPC will spawn outside without needing another reload. Defeat him, then you will acquire Madara's Whistle as a reward.
  • The enemy hunter will also appear after you kill Valtr; walk back to lamppost afterwards and he will be waiting for you, no reloading necessary.
  • You can kill the enemy hunter easily by pushing him off the ledge in the elevator room, located in the hut next to the lamp. Run straight away into the elevator room in the hut - the enemy hunter will follow you. Using strong attack you can push him over the edge and he will fall to his death. The Madaras Whistle will appear in your inventory.



  • Madara's Whistle requires/scales with Bloodtinge, a unique trait among all known hunter tools.
  • In PVE, simply learn the enemy's movement patterns/tendencies and you can bait them into a deadly snake trap.
  • In PVP, this item is useful as a sneak attack against unsuspecting opponents.
  • One of the best ways to surprise opponents is to avoid initially wielding weapons that reveal yourself as a high bloodtinge user to the opponent (e.g. Chikage) and bait them into the trap.
  • Alternatively, this item can be useful as a method to discourage opponents from getting too close to you if you need time to recooperate.
  • For instance, using the Kirkhammer and this item in conjunction gives you ways to scare off opportunistic foes who will try to attack in-between swings.
  • Take care if you're low on stamina yourself, since you need to escape the deadly snake as well.
  • Useful if you wish to kill yourself in conjunction with blood bullet creation in order to reset your world with only one load screen and without using Bold Hunter's Marks.  Alternatively the Chikage provides the same result.



  • The snake summoned is similar to the ones the Shadow of Yharnam summon during the boss encounter in the Forbidden Woods.
  • There are various cultures/places that have superstitions based on whistling in the night.
    • Many of these superstitions (mainly Eastern) tell of foul things, snakes and evil supernatural beings, who are summoned whenever someone whistles in the night time.
    • Coincidently, in Bloodborne the hunter can summon a gigantic snake during the night of the hunt by using a special whistle (evidently sunset counts as well once you hit NG+).
  • "Madaras" means "of birds" in Hungarian. It is also a town in Transylvania known for its mercury mines.







    • Anonymous

      17 Oct 2018 15:17  

      Surpringsingly it is not needed for the Hunters Craft Trophy despite beeing a vanilla tool. (got my trophy yesterday, have no whistle)

      • Anonymous

        22 Apr 2018 21:16  

        I obtained this item without really knowing why. It must be a bug. I was walking trough the bridge near the lamp in the Forbidden Woods, fighting the enemies there and trying to avoid the trap, when suddenly I picked up an item on the ground thinking it would be a blood vial. But nope, it was Madaras Whistle. I fought no NPC nor even started Valtr's quest, so I don't know how this item came to me.

        • Anonymous

          14 Feb 2017 08:13  

          I really feel guilty for killing him, but i got no choice since my account wasn't plus to spare him instead :(

          • I didn't have to kill Valtr to make the hostile hunter spawn05 Jul 2016 14:36  

            I just teleported to the lamp near Valtr and the hostile hunter was there. After killing him Valtr was still alive and friendly.

            • Anonymous

              Hostile Hunter appeared with Valtr alive05 Jul 2016 14:36  

              No idea if this will help with people's search for what exactly spawns the Hostile Hunter however after I crushed 1 Vermin I obtained the cane and the oath, I obtained a second vermin after this however I went into the forbidden woods without crushing it and the hostile NPC was there waiting for me, he dropped the whistle. I think the NPC might just spawn after you rank up once

              • Anonymous

                Pretty funny05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                It's kind of like a delayed Wrath of the Gods that also damages you, unless you move. The snakehead bites upwards and will hurt anyone within range. These guys always know how to add a little twist so things stay interesting. By the way, I didn't even crush a vermin before the NPC appeared. I just warped back after my first co-op session and there he was. I also equipped the Impurity rune, so that might be the trigger. but you probably also need a vermin.

                • Anonymous

                  sinister bell05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                  for me the hunter appeared when i summoned an invader, so i freaked out thinking they where TWO invaders, not sure if the sinister chime triggered the npc through

                  • Anonymous

                    After summoning the twin05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                    I joined the League, but did not use Vermin. Summoned the other twin for the fight against Shadow of Yharnam, died and when respawned a lantern near bridge, the guy was there.

                    • Anonymous

                      Damage05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                      It seems to do more damage if the enemy is in mid dodge. Tested against Boom Hammer hunter in Hunter's Nightmare on NG+, 50 BLT. Unmoving does 1020, but during dodge it does 1340-1400.

                      • Some trivia I might add later.05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                        In various cultures around the world (mostly eastern), there's a belief that whistling in the night summons foul things, anything from snakes to supernatural beings. The belief stems from the idea that whistling "summons" things by nature, and by whistling in the dark, you're inviting beings not normally seen by mankind.In Korea, whistling is believed to summon snakes and ghosts. Not surprisingly, when you use Madaras Whistle, you summon a hungry snake from a dream world that attempts to eat anything that summoned it, including you.

                        • Anonymous

                          Clarification05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                          TL;DR - The hunter is a beast lover, they're not part of the covenant, they're instead removing people belonging to The League. Killing Valtr doesn't actually trigger their hostility, they're simply hostile to anyone who threaten or hunt beasts, like you. I'll probably be wrong in this assumption, so feel free to correct me, but the reason I believe that the hunter just seems to show up randomly is because they're trying to kill Valtr, they're not actually friendly to him. From Software have demonstrated that they know how to turn enemies aggressive if you attack a member of their group, so it seemed strange to me that Valtr would do squat about you killing one of his own members when he openly states that you're supposed to support each other, and families a big deal to him. It also seems strange that (some people have mentioned this before) Valtr can die without a trace. I have little evidence to back me, but it seems likely that the hunter kills him if left on their own for too long - could be a glitch though. If the NPC is part of the covenant, then it's not only weird but lazy that they attack you regardless of killing Valtr or not, even if you're part of the covenant. They just seem to attack on sight on different occasions, regardless. The only discernible patterns about when they appear is that they show after you join the covenant. It also would be considerably strange for Valtr to employ someone who's feeding a beast (the whistle) when he's clarified that every beast should be swept from the streets. That would make him a hypocrite of the highest order. It instead seems more likely that the hunter is like Djura, someone who supports and connects with beasts, also reflected in the item they're carrying, the whistle. So they're trying to stop The League from killing other beasts by killing them first. Someone did get the whistle from Valtr, but I'm fairly certain this is a glitch, because though he may have lost his ability to see vermin, it's a huge snake... You can't miss that even if you're blind. There's my theory. Its still open for discussion however, so leave your own if you disagree or have something to add.

                          • Anonymous

                            Easiest kill method05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                            If you just run straight for the elevator after he sees you he will jump right off the elevators edge if you are already going down.

                            • Great against Labyrinth Sages05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                              This tool is amazing against the screaming labyrinth madmen. Once they've spotted you they'll run at you, so cast it more or less the moment he begins moving towards you, then jump back and watch in gleefull joy, as one of the scariest enemies in the dungeons jumps into a big gaping snake maw by his on free will <3

                              • Anonymous

                                If you see him without doing anything with Valt05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                                I bet that it has to do with just having some Bloodtinge. I had mine leveled up (don't exactly remember, I bet it was more than 25) and he was there when I came down to activate the lamp. Like the first time I ever entered Forbidden Woods in that play through.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Whistle just showed up05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                                  Yesterday I was going through the Forbidden Woods and after fighting the first Snake Parasite inside the windmill I noticed Madaras Whistle was in my inventory. I don't remember collecting it anywhere!! Also, I never fought the hunter NPC that supposedly carries it and I hadn't yet met Valtr that playthrough. Does somebody know what might have happened?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Whistle Damage Type05 Jul 2016 14:36  

                                    The whistle deals Arcane damage despite having Bloodtinge scaling. Not sure why FromSoft thought this was a good idea. Logically, a weapon with bloodtinge scaling should deal blood damage. Tested this with my friend.

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