Rifle Spear

Imprints (Normal) radial.pngtriangular.pngradial.png
Imprints (Uncanny) radial.pngwaning.pngradial.png
Imprints (Lost) radial.pngtriangular.pngwaning.png
physical_atk.jpg blood_atk.jpg arcane_atk.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_atk.jpg
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

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    • 17 Oct 2021 15:08  

      Every playthrough I have of Bloodborne, I find a reason to fall in love with this little weapon. It's a doozy for enemies who usually outreach you, IE the Grave Women and Snatchers. I usually coat it with a poison gem for extra fun.

      • Anonymous

        26 May 2021 20:36  

        Both Glyphs for the uncanny version are wrong, there are no uncanny rifle spears on the tombs, only madmans knowledge

        • Anonymous

          05 Mar 2021 12:47  

          Kinda funny this is based on the Reiterpallasch cause I'd say this is way more versatile and usable than it. Plus this has an actual transformation instead of just "gun". Well, still gun, but way flashier, and what's more important than presentation?

          • Anonymous

            29 Dec 2020 22:21  

            Provided the Perfect cheese against the Pyromancy spamming cuck Known as the "Keeper of the Old Lords" in Pthumerian Defilement, You'll always have a Place in my heart Rifle Sear.

            • Anonymous

              09 Dec 2020 17:50  

              Imagine someone seeing the reiterpallasch and they are asked what the weapon was and they say “It was a thrusting blade combined with a gun” and they make this.

              • Anonymous

                02 Nov 2020 12:05  

                Judging by the description, it's possible that the design of the weapon came from an Executioner. Or at the very least someone who has seen the weaponry used by Cainhurst knights. The Powder Kegs would have caught wind and reverse engineered their own version of the Reiterpallasch.

                • Anonymous

                  10 Sep 2020 18:59  

                  Say what you will about the Powder Kegs and most of their normally impractical weapons, but I think that they had the right idea making this one. Sometimes a Hunter cannot afford to carry that many weapons (if we ignore the fact that the player's character themselves is basically a walking arsenal), so being able to get the most out of what you need from one weapon is a good deal, especially if it allows you to shoot bullets and jab like a spear which works well when trying to keep far from the beasts... Perfect for a particularly light-on-their-feet skillful fighter! (Also good for hunters that want to keep their arsenal simple, to avoid confusion)

                  ------ Even with what I said in mind, this thing also works for other hunters that think it'd be practical to use more weaponry, because this is a two-in-one package deal, and cuts down on the weight of what they carry, which frees room for other weapons, like a saw, a pistol, AND a flaming hot torch. If you REALLY wanted to go heavy-weight, the cannon combined with this, combined with a wooden shield as a secondary, with maybe with a kirkhammer or ludwig's holy blade for another weapon, and you are set for many of the horrors that await in the dark of Yharnam, ready for any odd situations.

                  ------In any case... With this baby, you will not have anything to fear, as it'll have you covered in multiple ways, no matter who you are, or what your specialty as a hunter.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Aug 2020 17:23  

                    it's just a handgonne with a spear blade attached. Handgonnes came around the early 1200s, just a small cannon on a stick.

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Jul 2020 20:17  

                      Does anyone know if poison gems affect the bullets? Having a long range means of inflicting poison would make up for a lot of shortcomings in my opinion, particularly if each pellet caused buildup. I have zero luck getting the gems I need to test this myself.

                      • Anonymous

                        21 May 2020 06:39  

                        Why does this weapon even scale with arcane? You can't even convert the physical damage to arcane/fire/bolt damage.

                        • Anonymous

                          17 Apr 2020 00:56  

                          honest to go. This weapon is *****ing useless. It is just a worse version of the Reiterpallasch. The only incentive to use this crap over the Reiterpallasch is the charged R2

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Mar 2020 04:00  

                            Even with the nerf this is still a viable weapon, though you'll need to take extra care in PvP. It's great for surprise parries and with the right gems you can do decent damage, but sadly I find the moveset lackluster, and like the Threaded Cane it's fairly weak early game. Also like the Threaded Cane, if you put up with it you'll find the Rifle Spear a reliable and effective weapon late game.

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Feb 2020 07:35  

                              Tired of stabbing people from just a few measly feet away? Press L1 and fire up that charge attack for a stab that makes the phantom range in Ds3 jealous. Your character's metaphorical balls pull them forward across oceans, continents and small alleyways just to shove a giant bayoneted shotgun into your opponent's rectum and wipe their healthbar not by damaging them physically, but emotionally

                              • Anonymous

                                07 Dec 2019 05:27  

                                This is a totally underrated weapon. It's one of the best for defensive play in its tricked form, competing with the BB but lacking the huge rally. However it has an innate parry without using the stinky slow augur. The standard form is great as well. Chain those stabs. Players will expect something more complicated but won't get anything but a bunch of jabs to the face and pride. As for PvE, you know what enemies are weak to thrust? ALL OF THEM DUDE LIKE SERIOUSLY ITS ALMOST UNBALANCED

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Jul 2019 09:12  

                                  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 08:35  

                                    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 15:43  

                                      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

                                        11 Mar 2018 23:51  

                                        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 10:19  

                                          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.

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