Rifle Spear

Imprints (Normal) radial.pngtriangular.pngradial.png
Imprints (Uncanny) radial.pngwaning.pngradial.png
Imprints (Lost) radial.pngtriangular.pngwaning.png
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85 85 -- -- --
slow_poison.jpg rapid_poison.jpg VS_kin.jpg VS_beasts.jpg durability.jpg
-- -- 100 100 180
Requirements & Scaling
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Rifle Spear is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne; it's one of three skill-based "firearm" weapons.


Rifle Spear Description

"A trick weapon crafted by the workshop heretics, the Powder Kegs. A prototype weapon serving as a simple firearm and spear, possibly created in imitation of a lost Cainhurst weapon. Lacks any notable functions, saving that it is the only trick weapon with an attached gun. "


Rifle Spear Information

  • This trick weapon transforms between a spear and gun with a bayonet attachment. The spear tip folds downwards to create a modified halberd of sorts.
  • Similar to normal firearms, the transformed mode can fire Quicksilver Bullets.
    • It's also fired by pressing L2 like a normal firearm.
    • One thing to keep in mind is that the transformed mode will disable your left-handed firearm, but it still allows you to fire a gun regardless.




  • It can be found inside a hidden building in Old Yharnam. From the area you fight the first NPC Hunter (who wields a saw spear), drop down where the railing is missing in a corner and land on the ledges below. Go into the building and follow the stairs up; eventually you can find it stashed on a corpse tucked away in a hidden nook as you advance.
  • Bought from the messengers for 4000 blood echoes after acquiring the Powder Keg Hunter Badge.

Uncanny Rifle Spear

Lost Rifle Spear

  • Ailing Loran Root Chalice
  • Glyphs: h6nav3wb (Layer ?)
  • Glyphs: r4qs4gux (Layer 2)
  • Glyphs: 2336ttcm (Layer 1) 2nd bonus room before the boss.



Player Notes

  • This trick weapon performs very well as a defensive weapon when you need to keep opponents at bay.
    • This is thanks to the weapon's long reach, as well as the built-in gun.
    • It can be an interesting choice for skill builds that need a weapon for crowd control.
    • Since it has a built-in gun, builds that utilize both skill and Bloodtinge are suited for this trick weapon.
  • The gun is only active while transformed.
    • Unlike the Hunter Blunderbuss or Ludwig's Rifle, which seem to deal the listed Blood Attack per pellet (firing several pellets in a single shot), the Rifle Spear's shot damage seems to total the listed Blood Attack, with each "pellet" being a percentage of the listed value.
    • It will initially fire at the same time as the other "shotguns." However, the Rifle Spear's transformed mode has the fastest continuous firing rate among them.
    • Blood Gems that increase Physical Attack will also increase the Blood Attack value used for the rifle shot.
    • Despite the game saying it deals blood damage, the weapon it self does not, but its bullets do.
    • Keep in mind that Bloodtinge will only affect the damage of the rifle shot itself, but at max level, it has a fairly high scaling.
    • The gunfire spray pattern seems to be an intermediate between the Hunter Blunderbuss and Ludwig's Rifle.
      • It doesn't spread as quickly as the Hunter Blunderbuss up close, but it does spread more quickly than Ludwig's Rifle.
      • It also doesn't have as effective a damage output from a long distance compared to Ludwig's Rifle, but it does more damage from a considerable distance when compared to the Hunter Blunderbuss.
      • All in all, it's an intermediate option between the other two "shotguns," making it adaptable for close and long range combat.
  • R1 attacks are generally thrusting when wielded one-handed (normal mode), and slashing when wielded two-handed (transform mode), with a few exceptions.
    • The mix-up between the attack types (thrust and regular) can help you deal with opponents who are resistant to one form of damage but not the other.
    • When using the regular mode's roll attack, keep in mind it's a very quick slash, making it useful for hitting multiple opponents while dodging (whereas a thrust could've missed).
  • When fully charged, the transformed mode's R2 attack results in the hunter lunging forward an exceptionally long distance.
    • This attack allows the hunter to rapidly close the gap against distant foes.
    • It also can potentially execute very safe backstabs from well out of enemy earshot.
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Fire Paper, Bolt Paper, or the Empty Phantasm Shell, nor the rifle strengthened with Bone Marrow Ash.
  • Despite having Arcane scaling listed, the Rifle Spear cannot be converted into Fire/Bolt/Arcane damage, though flat elemental damage gems will apply.
  • Prior to patch 1.04, blood gems that grant flat arcane damage would erroneously affect the damage of the rifle shot. Specifically, it would add the flat Arcane amount to each individual pellet, making it capable of absurdly high damage. However, this is no longer the case. These gems can still be used to augment the weapon strikes, but they will not affect the rifle shot.
    • Credit goes to Milk Kyou for discovering this bug. Click to watch his original video.



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



85 85 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E D D D 40


93 93 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E D D D 43


101 101 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E D D D 46


109 109 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E D D D 49


117 117 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E D D D 52


125 125 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E C D D 55


133 133 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E C D D 58


141 141 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E C C D 61


149 149 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E B C D 64


157 157 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 E B C D 67


170 170 -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D B B C 70



Average Physical Attack Increase

Strength Stat
Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
11 to 25 1.53 23
26 to 50 0.68 17
51 to 99 0.16 8
Skill Stat
Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
12 to 25 3.57 50
26 to 50 1.64 41
51 to 99 0.37 18



Average Blood Attack Increase(Bloodtinge Stat)

Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
10 to 25 3.19 51
26 to 50 1.52 38
51 to 99 0.35 17



Move sets & Videos

Regular Move set
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo thrust.jpg0.98 ~ 1.12x 18 A simple thrust forward, cementing the legacy of spear weapons in From games. The combo repeats the same animation for as long as you have stamina.
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.88x 28 There are two animations for this attack. The left, forward and back steps have the hunter scrape the ground to the left side of his body and raise the weapon across the body on an upward diagonal. Right step has the blade start overhead and slash down and to the left.
Backstep R1 thrust.jpg0.92x 30 A quick hop forward and a stab in front of the hunter at about stomach level.
Rolling R1 physical_atk.jpg0.87x 28 The weapon is brought to the left side. The tip of the spear creates a few sparks on the ground to the side of the left foot and is swept across the body to the right and up, ending overhead.
Dash thrust.jpg0.88x 25 (+run) Another thrust forward but with subtle changes. The character steps into the lunge more than the standard R1 and extends the spear slightly further.
R2 Attack thrust.jpg1.37x 40 The spear is cocked back a little higher and little longer than the R1, but is thrust forward in much the same manner.
Charged thrust.jpg1.98x 55 After being brought up with the R2 attack, the spear is lifted higher, above the head and thrust forward and down.
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg1.22x 45 The spear is lifted vertically overhead and slammed down into the ground, slashing with the tip.
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg1.18x 45 (+run) This attack is nearly identical to the backstep R2.
Leap thrust.jpg1.63x 50 As the character jumps up, the spear is raised overhead parallel to the ground and stabbed forward and down, barely scraping the ground as it strikes.
Transform Attack bloodtinge.jpgNot comparable to base 0 (+x) Regardless of prior action, the spear is brought back and to the right side of the body. The blade slides down to allow the gun to fire from a two handed hip shot.
Transformed Move set
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg0.96 ~ 1.12x 18 A four strike combo that uses slashing motions primarily in front of the character. The halberd is used to slash from left to right on a downward diagonal from overhead to the ground, followed by a horizontal slash from right to left, an upward diagonal from left to right and a downward diagonal from right to left. After these attacks, the hunter alternates between the last two attacks (left to right up diagonal and right to left down diagonal), until stamina is depleted.
Quickstep R1 thrust.jpg0.92x 32 Regardless of direction, the weapon is thrust forward. The left hand comes off the handle as the attack is pushed forward.
Backstep R1 thrust.jpg0.92x 35 A quick thrust forward and slightly up with a two handed grip.
Rolling R1 thrust.jpg0.93x 32 The spear is thrust forward directly in front of the character. The left hand comes off at the end, very reminiscent of the quickstep R1.
Dash R1 thrust.jpg 0.92x 25 (+run) A longer thrust that sees the left hand come off the weapon as the hunter stretches forward to maximize strike distance.
R2 Attack thrust.jpg1.78x 45 A long windup shows the weapon coming back and to the right at about crouched chest height. The weapon is thrust forward similarly to the dash R1 which sees the left hand come off the weapon.
Charged thrust.jpg2.47x 60 The windup from the R2 is extended by bringing the point down to near the ground. The thrust attack that follows is nearly identical to the regular R2 except the character takes several steps forward. This move is excellent for closing the distance to an enemy, provided you have the time to charge it.
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg1.38x 55 A quick step forward and the weapon is raised up overhead and slammed into the ground in front.
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg1.38 45 (+run) A very similar attack as the backstep R2, except from running.
L2 bloodtinge.jpgNot comparable to base 0 The weapon is brought to the right side about chest level and fired.
Leap physical_atk.jpg1.62x 50 As the character leaps, the weapon is raised up and slashed from right to left in a downward diagonal. The blade skips off the surface of the ground.
Transform Attack physical_atk.jpg1.33x 25 (+x) Regardless of prior action, the weapon is swept from right to left horizontally, and the blade snaps back into spear mode after the attack is finished and the weapon is behind the hunter.


  • According to the Rifle Spear's description, it was designed as an imitation of "a lost Cainhurst weapon".
    • That particular weapon may or may not be the Reiterpallasch.
    • It should be noted these two weapons are the only two skill/firearm hybrids whose alternate forms utilize guns.
      • The third skill/firearm hybrid weapon in this game is Simon's Bowblade, which transforms from a sword into a bow.
  • The Rifle Spear is carried by a Yahar'Gul Hunter in the Cathedral Ward.
    • This fight can be tricky because you first encounter a Yahar'Gul Hunter that uses a Tonitrus near the base of the stairs, and if you advance too far towards the houses, the Rifle Spear Yahar'Gul Hunter will join the fight as well.
    • He also uses Ludwig's Rifle, meaning he can hit you from a considerable distance with shotgun pellets no matter what mode he uses for the Rifle Spear.




Trick Weapons
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  1. Tested in PvP with naked characters, BL120 with max weapon
  2. Tested in PvP with naked characters, BL120 with max weapon

    • Anonymous

      29 Jul 2019 15:12  

      ever since I got my hands on it, i play with nothing but this weapon. completely wipes the floor with everything in both pvp and pve. ludwig's? cannot compete. whirligig? please! chikage? watch me kill you without taking damage. the fact that you don't see this weapon used often and has so many scrubs *****ting on it is a slamming indictment of the extremely low IQ special needs people that constitute the bloodborne playerbase. the weapon doesn't suck, it's just that its full potential escapes those who are mentally impaired. this weapon is only for high IQ people with aristocratic leanings.

      • Anonymous

        13 Jan 2019 14:35  

        This weapon had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it wasn't very well executed. The moveset is pretty limited, but that doesn't matter since the charged 2hr2 does way more damage than anything else, so it's the only attack that gets used. It makes for a very boring playstyle, even though it is still viable.

        • Anonymous

          27 Mar 2018 21:43  

          I have found.a Lost Rifle spear in my dungeon feel free to join is on the first layer of Aling Loran dungeon The glyph is: xj5myivi
          dosent have any aditional rite thank you btw the dungeon is not going to be deleated okay

          • Anonymous

            12 Mar 2018 04:51  

            Can you trickshot with the follow up L1 to transform parry into a 2 handed riposte with this? I could be wrong but I attempted this earlier and it didnt work out.

            • Anonymous

              16 Dec 2017 16:19  

              Was doing some testing on my 99 Bloodtinge build.

              If you stack three Damp Bloodtinge Gems on this sucker godDAMN is the gun strong. Nevermind using it as a weapon in this case tho. Really best to just use as bait to get your opponent to think you're weak, then do a transform gun shot. Strongest unbuffed gun in the game, with this set up, easily. but god help you if you decide to farm for the 3 out of shape gems. 2 radials and 1 triangle. Yes, BMA on your other guns will outdamage it, but as I said, this thing can hit for over 500 damage per shot if you hit the sweet spot. Take into the fact that you don't have to pause to buff it, and how rapidly it can fire and the range + the stun, it's pure hell. Your vicerals will be crap, so if you get an interrupt just shoot them again.

              • Anonymous

                22 May 2017 07:16  

                This weapon is either cancerous or ultimate. Not only it can be spammed a lot in shotgun mode, it also has scale with almost everything that players have.

                • Anonymous

                  Uncanny Rifle Spear new and active04 Oct 2016 20:33  

                  Found a lost saw cleaver and an uncanny rifle spear on my first ever sinister, that i created for fun and pvp!I'll keep it up and active for any new players and characters interestedGlyph: 6di5przmHost: Edward Edgy McWhere: Layer 2 pre-boss bonus roomAlso: Lost Saw Cleaver on layer 1 pre-boss bonus room.It's a SINISTER Lower Pthumeru, so make sure you can join sinister dungeons before joining.If you cant, just create any dungeon with sinister rites and it will unlock.

                  • Anonymous

                    Uncanny Rifle Spear01 Sep 2016 14:20  

                    lower pthumeru root chalice (fetid) glyph dvr87ftm Extra room off to the side before layer 3 lampNot sure about roted offering

                    • Anonymous

                      Arcane Scaling05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                      So Arcane scales and adds just raw damage? Asking becuase this weapon doesn't seem to have innate magic/fire/bolt damage. I've been thinking of using this weapon in conjuction with some of the Arcane tools/side weapons. So this weapon could work for a skill/arcane build?

                      • Anonymous

                        Extreme Range05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                        The 2H R2 attack is probably the longest ranged heavy hitting attack I've seen out of all the weapons. Extremely handy on using on a boss if you've summoned some friends, as the boss is distracted you can zoom over and deal a ton of damage. Note for scaling, it starts to lean more towards Skill. Also, the scaling with Bloodtinge only affects the damage of the shotgun blast you see in 2H L2 move.

                        • Anonymous

                          About the first player note...05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                          I think that the Rifle Spear's description isn't stating the attached firearm part incorrectly because, while "Trick Weapon" just means the weapons on your right hand from a gameplay perspective, the lore uses the term "Trick Weapon" to refer to weapons that hunters use, which would make Rifle Spear the only Trick Weapon with a firearm attached as the Reiterpallasch was used "by the Knights of Cainhurst" , meaning it isn't a Trick Weapon in the sense that it's not hunter equipment per se. Not that important I guess, but I just wanted to point that out.

                          • Blood damage is wrong.05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                            The Rifle Spear's gun damage is extremely misleading. Even though it says 85 at most it'll deal 20 damage at point blank.

                            • Anonymous

                              Noob-tube05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                              Anyone else watch Iron Pineapple's video? You literally turn this thing into the ultimate bass-cannon weapon.

                              • Anonymous

                                Need help05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                I'm doing a skill/bloodting build and my rifle won't get anymore powerful when I level up with skill or bloodtinge. What's going on? It's just stuck at 101 damage

                                • Anonymous

                                  Uncanny Rifle Spear location05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                  Lower Pthumerian with Rotted and Fetid offerings. Glyph is 'md96ycev'. Layer 1 the SECOND gold side door, right before the boss door.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Bloodtinge05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                    So when you upgrade bloodtinge, it only affects the gun shot in the twe handed form right? If I keep my bloodtinge at minimum req for it, it won't affect the actual damage as long as I don't shoot. Am I right?

                                    • Lost Rifle spear05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                      Found One in the First floor Post-area of an Ailing Loran Chalice Dungeon. Glyph 2336ttcm.Also Contains an Uncanny Beast claw in the Pre-area of the Same Floor.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Charged R2 instead of viceral05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                        Does the charged R2 in rifle form charge fast enough to hit someone staggered for viceral by the rifle? Haven't tested it yet but if that's possible, imagine the damage.

                                        • Rank C Arcane Scaling???05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                          It can get rank C scaling in arcane yet you can not put blood gems on it to make it do any of the elemental damages. so why does it even get decent arcane scaling when you cant take advantage of it? an oversight perhaps?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            skill scaling05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                            I recently picked up the rifle spear, and i'm pretty sure it had a C in skill scaling, not D. I can't look it up now cause i stopped playing, but maybe someone else can

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