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Rakuyo is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne added with The Old Hunters DLC. There are 3 versions of this weapon: Normal, Uncanny and Lost; which only differ in their Gem Imprints and the locations in which they are found.


Rakuyo Description

"Hunter weapon wielded by Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower.
A trick sword originated in the same country as the Cainhurst Chikage, only this sword feeds not off blood, but instead demands great dexterity.
Lady Maria was fond of this aspect of the Rakuyo, as she frowned upon blood blades, despite being a distant relative of the queen.
One day, she abandoned her beloved Rakuyo, casting it into a dark well, when she could stomach it no longer."


Rakuyo Information

  • Transforms from a Twin-blade to dual wielded Saber and Dagger
  • Requires 16 Blood Stone Shards, 16 Twin Blood Shards, 16 Blood Stone  Chunks, 1 Blood Rock, and 4240 Blood Echoes to fully upgrade
  • When in dual wield mode, pressing L2 performs a double spin move slicing with both swords
  • Performing an L2 immediately after an R1 in dual wield mode will result in a simultaneous diagonal slice with both swords
  • Performing an L2 immediately after an R2 in dual wield mode will result in a simultaneous forward thrust with both swords
  • To perform a Leap Attack, tap forward on the Left Stick as you press R2
  • To perform a Transformation Attack, press L1 while performing another attack.




  • Fishing Hamlet. Get to the bottom of the well. Can be reached from the underground tunnels at the end of the area or via a ladder in the well right away. In that area a Shark Giant will wander around. Fighting him makes a second one appear after the first reaches sufficiently low health. The first giant will walk over near the ladder and scream at the ceiling, causing the second one to drop. The second one drops the weapon.
  • Fighting the two of them can be difficult and it is a good idea to use the Shaman Bone Blade to make them fight each other and finish off the weaker one. Molotov cocktails are also very effective against them. If neither is available to you, try to kill the one with the anchor first, as it is significantly harder to dodge.
  • One easy way to beat them is use of ranged weapon like Simon's Bowblade if you are a bloodtinge build, and the Holy Moonlight Sword if you are an arcane build.
  • A Threaded Cane's transformed whip can easily hit the giants from the ledge once they're lured over and begin attacking, but be sure to keep your distance after each hit. Except that there is no way to lure them over the the ledge. No ranged weapon will hit the one standing at the back and the one hanging from the ceiling doesn't drop down until the first one is at 50% health. 
  • Unlike other giants in the game, these ones are easy to gun parry for a visceral attack. Keep in mind this will get very tricky after the other one starts fighting, so try to separate them and time your viscerals to get the invincibility at the right moment.
  • If your range is inadequate you can use the monocular to angle a throwing knife to be able to hit the shark giant in the back. This way, you can continue from the strategy of killing them on the ledge with a gun/magic without going around. (confirmed as of January 19th, 2019)
  • Chaining together backstabs is a very effecient way of dealing with them, if played right you should be able to eliminate the first shark giant before the second reaches you this way. It is extremely difficult to get behind the patrolling Shark Giant without him detecting you. 
  • For a video showing an easy way to kill the sharks with a monocular and a throwing knife strategy, check .

Uncanny Rakuyo

  • If you have the normal version: Create Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Root Pthumeru Labyrinth) and buy from Bath Messengers up a ladder from the main room for 50,000 Blood Echoes

Lost Rakuyo

  • If you have the normal version: Create Glyph 8i29rqz3 (Root Pthumeru Labyrinth) and buy from Bath Messengers up a ladder from the main room for 50,000 Blood Echoes


Player Notes

  • In twin-blade mode, the hunter alternates between attacking with either blade in their R1 combo, meaning the transition time between the 1st and 2nd attack (or 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, etc.) is very brief.
  • In dual wield mode, the hunter alternates between thrusting with either sword in their R2 combo, which can continue indefinitely as long as stamina permits.
  • In dual wield mode, L2 changes behavior depending on the context of its usage.
    • Neutral L2 initiates a spin attack that is great for crowd control. Press L2 again to spin again.
    • Pressing L2 after R1 attacks causes the hunter to slash with both swords simultaneously.
    • Pressing L2 after R2 attacks causes the hunter to thrust with both swords simultaneously.
  • In addition to having the same blade as the Chikage, the Rakuyo's rolling attack and running attacks are also identical to that of the Chikage. However, unlike the latter the Rakuyo does not scale with bloodtinge.






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Movesets & Videos

Regular Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, .90x, 1.00x, 1.15x ?? This combo starts with a horizontal sweep from right to left, followed by a backhanded thrust of the hilt, followed by a backhanded diagonal downward slash from the left shoulder to the right foot, then a forward thrust, backhand diagonal downward slash, another forward thrust and finishes with a final backhand diagonal slash.
Backstep R1 .90x   A diagonal uppercut from the right foot to the left shoulder.
Dodge R1 ?? ~ ?? ?? ~ ?? After the roll performs a more vertical uppercut.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Horizontal sweep from the right to the left.
R2 Attack 1.35x ?? A sweeping uppercut that winds up behind the player arcs past the right foot and finishes above the left shoulder.
Charged R2 1.70x ?? Initiates a dash thrust.
Backstep R2 1.25x   Backhanded forward thrust.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? Performs a sweeping diagonal uppercut.
Dash R2 1.40x ?? A quick forward thrust.
Leap 1.40x ?? (+run) Performs a leaping horizontal swipe.
Transform Attack 1.30x ?? (+x) Detaches the dagger and performs a diagonal sweep up (left foot to right shoulder) with the saber and a diagonal sweep down (right shoulder to left foot) with the dagger.
Transformed Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo 1.00x, 1.00x, 1.20x, 1.10x ?? This combo alternates a right and left horizontal slash, then performs a dual backhand slightly diagonal slash, with both hands moving from the torso to full extension at the sides.
Backstep R1 .90x   Performs a short backhand horizontal swipe with the dagger, moving from right to left.
Dodge R1 ?? ~ ?? ?? ~ ?? After the roll, performs a horizontal sweep with the saber, moving from right to left.
Dash R1 1.10x ?? (+run) Performs a horizontal backhand sweep with the dagger, moving from left to right.
R2 Attack .90x, .95x, .90x ?? Alternates left and right thrusts.
Charged R2 ?? ?? N/A
Backstep R2 1.25x   Performs a thrust with the saber.
Dodge R2 ?? ?? After the roll performs a thrust with the dagger.
Dash R2 1.40x ?? (+run) Performs a thrust with the saber.
L2 .95x+100, 1.05x+110 (after normal 160, after r2 120)   Performs a 360 dual slash (counter clockwise). Pressing L2 again performs a counter spin (clockwise).
Leap 1.40x ?? Performs a leaping diagonal slash with both blades, moving from right to left.
Transform Attack 1.50x ?? (+x) Attaches the dagger to the bottom of the saber before performing a forward thrust.



  • Rakuyo (落葉) literally means "falling leaf".
  • The sword of Rakuyo bears resemblance to the "kyū guntō", which was a hybrid of the sabre/katana with a handguard, used during the Russo-Japanese War.




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    • Anonymous

      13 Jan 2019 14:53  

      Definitely powerful, but I cant seem to master the timing of this weapon. The moveset feels pretty slow and limited.

      • Anonymous

        22 Dec 2018 19:40  

        This weapon is absolutely worth the pain and frustration of taking on the two shark giants. Certainly in my top 3 favorite trick weapons.

        • Anonymous

          13 Dec 2018 07:47  

          I was lucky and went up the ladder twice, healed each time, jumped down attacking. Requires a bit of luck, but thanks to them being extremely aggressive, they spend some jolly time at the ladder anyway ! HA TAKE THIS, FISHMEN !

          • Anonymous

            26 Nov 2018 20:08  

            Moltowcocktails are useless they take to much time and do way to low dmg The easiest way is to use the pillar as covrr and attack through with loaded attacks through the "edge" thats the only way The ancor one is faster then a dog does not have any brake in its attacks and does three times more dmg then maria This is the hardest enemy in game I thinl this enemy is a bug in game it just cant be that the only way to get him down is to glitch

            • 05 Nov 2018 06:35  

              The Monocular and using a Knife actually helped me because i kept trying to take these two on and as i got closer the more difficult it got to actually do anything,I did not engage them i just used the threaded cane and just kept attacking with that,and kept my distance so don't get hit to much. i lost all patience with these two but after killing one i just kept attacking with the cane,and i finally got my Rakuyo!

              • Anonymous

                28 Oct 2018 12:27  

                What*****tingly stupid bull*****These assholes cost me more nerves than any boss. Finally though, I got killed the first one and was searching the second one, who already came down before I killed the first one, obviously. Didn't find the second shark, he was glitched away. Minutes later I got my echoes, without the reward. Great.

                • Anonymous

                  17 Oct 2018 16:26  

                  It is still possible to use the throwing knife and monocular trick to lure the Shark Giant at the back without having to drop down. Oct 17, 2018. Could you not write wrong statements in a wiki just because YOU couldn't do it.

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Sep 2018 06:33  

                    Majorly overrated weapon . Not as overrated as Ludwigs blade but still overrated . At this point I've made top tier bulids with 100% top tier gems and runes for literally every single weapon in the game . The reality is if you make the bulid right , "almost" every weapon is equally amazing and only dominant in certain situations . Perfect example , Boom Hammer with top tier setup is super mega god mode at one shotting mobs but absolute garbage at tough bosses , where as the Whirligig is the exact opposite of that

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Aug 2018 00:10  

                      The L2 spin attack is not that powerful, the DPS is higher when you use the transform attacks and the simple L2 attack at the end of a combo. I mean at the same cost of stamina It's a wonderful weapon, it has 534AR in my game at 42 Skill and cursed bloodgems, it's not that bad as this can hit very quick and the Rakuyo can be buffed.

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Jul 2018 11:40  

                        The ledge trick doesn't work, even the giant clinging to the ceiling can't be shot and he's well within range.

                        • Anonymous

                          09 Jul 2018 02:36  

                          Be careful when fighting the giants from above. I was shooting at them for a while, and one of them eventually clipped through the terrain and appeared in the upper level. Thankfully, it was nearly dead by that point, and the other one had dropped the rakuyo. Still, it was kind of scary to suddenly come face to face with a giant in that little tunnel.

                          • Anonymous

                            23 Jun 2018 21:43  

                            The problem with this weapon is that its too well designed. lol

                            I'm surprised From Soft didn't use it as a template to try more three button combo weapons in Dark Souls 3, but whatever the case the Rakuyo's sick. People can stay mad at it all they want, but I think everyone needs to make a character to optimizes it at least once because it's just such an amazingly fun weapon. It's like you become a devil may cry character while everyone else is still pressing one button.

                            • Anonymous

                              08 Jun 2018 21:33  

                              This is, without a doubt, my favorite weapon in the game. Not quite sure what all the salt is in these comments about the overuse of it in PVP. It's a good weapon yes, but not a great weapon. If you're any good it's easy to counter and stay out of its range. With that being said, I just love this weapon, the move set screams fluidity and grace and the design compliments this perfectly. It fits Lady Maria's character great and its the perfect weapon for my favorite boss fight.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Mar 2018 01:36  

                                Dear anyone that uses Rakuyo in pvp, f-uck you. Anyone can spam L2 to spin-to-win, and R1 spam since dark souls. This weapon has a ghost range that extends to at least 3 times the length of this weapon and is unpunishable. Seriously hate this thing.

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Mar 2018 21:08  

                                  "One day, she abandoned her beloved Rakuyo, casting it into a dark well, when she could stomach it no longer."
                                  Sure, Bloodborne, sure.... and the Rakuyo she fights us with is totaly not this weapon. Just our imagination I guess....

                                  • Anonymous

                                    07 Mar 2018 17:05  

                                    With two +15 phys heavy abyssals and one 27.2% phys I get 573 ar which is 14 ar higher than two 27.2% phys at 50 strength 25 skill.

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