Saw Spear


Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

physical_atk.jpg blood_atk.jpg arcane_atk.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_atk.jpg
85 -- -- -- --
poison_damage.jpg bleeding_damage.jpg VS_kin.jpg VS_beasts.jpg durability.jpg
-- -- 100 100 200
Requirements & Scaling
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The Saw Spear is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne. There are 3 versions of this weapon: Normal, Uncanny and Lost. The only known differences being the Gem Imprints and the locations in which they are found.


Saw Spear Description

"One of the trick weapons of the workshop, commonly used by those who dedicate themselves to the hunt. This saw, effective at drawing the blood of beasts, transforms into a medium-range spear. The saw, with its set of blood-letting teeth, has become a symbol of the hunt, and only grows in effectiveness the more grotesquely transformed the beast."


Saw Spear Information

  • Transforms between a saw and a spear.
  • Requires Blood Stone Shards and Blood Echoes to fully upgrade.
  • To perform a Transformation Attack, press L1 while performing another attack.
  • The Saw Spear is considered a serrated weapon in both forms, and causes additional damage to enemies susceptible to these weapons




  • Can be bought from the Bath Messengers, after obtaining the Saw Hunter Badge, for 1,000 Blood Echoes.
  • Treasure in Central Yharnam Sewer, on the ledge above the dead end with boats. You also need to cut down the corpse hanging from the rafters high above.


  • Central Pthumeru Root Chalice
  • Glyphs: 68nqfbsq (Side Area after opening Boss Gate on Layer 1)
  • Glyphs: hi2x65mt (Layer 3, Foetid Offer)
  • Glyphs: v6is49mx (Layer 2, Coffin Chest in a room over the bridge. Respawns a Madman's Knowledge upon revisiting the chest after returning from the Hunter's Dream)
  • Glyphs: 2k4i4g6w (Layer 2, in the pre-lantern area, past the cannon there will be a Watcher guarding a coffin chest)
  • Glyphs: 7hqg2h9a (Pre-lantern area)
  • Glyphs: g9xq8g8t (Foetid offer, layer 2 pre-boss room)
  • Glyphs: n2jx4duu (Layer 3, After Boss Gate side area, Uncanny Threaded Cane also appears in main area on same layer.) 



Player Notes

  • Contrary to what its name suggests, the spear utilizes slashes rather than thrusts (except in its R2 attacks), functioning much like a sword with extended reach.
  • Both transforming attacks deal significantly more damage than basic attacks but are executed roughly as fast as the latter. Spamming L1 is a viable tactic that allows the hunter to dish out lots of damage in a short period of time.
  • Enemies susceptible to serrated weapons receive around 15%-20% extra damage from both modes of this weapon.
  • In saw form, this weapon has an identical move set to the Saw Cleaver  in saw form.
  • At 99 Strength, Skill and Arcane the Saw Spear+10 gains 193 physical bonus.




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



85 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 35


93 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 37


101 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 39


109 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 41


117 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 43


126 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 45


133 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D C -- D 47


141 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D C -- C 49


149 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D C -- C 51


157 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D C -- C 53


170 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D C -- C 55


Average Physical Attack Increase

Strength Stat
Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
8 to 25 2.17 39
26 to 50 1.20 30
50 to 99 0.27 13
Skill Stat
Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
9 to 25 2.94 50
26 to 50 1.52 38
51 to 99 0.33 16



Move sets & Videos

Regular Move set: Physical Damage
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg 1.00x, 1.02x, 1.04x, 1.09x 20 Alternating slashes; starting with top right to lower left, then top left to lower right side, horizontal from right to left, then an upward slash from left to right.
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg 0.95x (frontstep), 1.00x (sidestep) 25~27 Quickstep forward, back or left results in a quick hop forward and fast horizontal slash from left to right. Stepping right is the same attack, but slashing from right to left
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg 0.95 25 The character takes a step forward with the left foot and swings from right to left horizontally while taking a large step forward with the right foot
Dash R1 physical_atk.jpg 1.09x 30 (+run) The weapon is slashed on a downward diagonal from left to right
R2 Attack physical_atk.jpg 1.20x 35 The saw is slashed from right to left horizontally with a brief windup animation. This does not combo, with the character resetting each time and performing the same attack repeatedly.
Charged R2 physical_atk.jpg 1.90x 50 The saw is brought behind the character on the right side and held for a short duration. The right hand twists slightly which cues a rapid slash from overhead right diagonally toward the character's lower left
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg 1.10x 35 Similar footwork to the backstep R1, except the right foot takes a small step with the attack occurring as the left foot takes a big step forward. The blade is raised very quickly in an upward vertical slash from near the character's left foot to overhead above the right shoulder.
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg 1.26x 45 (+run) The R2 while running looks very similar to the standard R2, but has a shorter windup animation and has the player crouched lower to the gounrd.
Leap physical_atk.jpg 1.40x 50 As the character leaps forward the saw is raised over the right shoulder and brought down in a vertical slash that strikes the ground to the side of the left foot. Effective for enemies that are low to the ground
Transform Attack physical_atk.jpg 1.30x 23 (+x) Similar to the Saw Cleaver in that the player pushes the closed Saw Spear forward and has it extend. The extension of the blade is the actual attack as it snaps forward from unlocking. During dodging transformations, the weapon is brought from right to left, but other actions can lead to the attack animation going from left to right.
Transformed Move set: Physical and Thrust Damage
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg1.09x, 1.11x, 1.09x, 1.11x 25 A three move combo starting with a horizontal slash from right to left, a windmill starting from the left side of the body resulting in a downward vertical slash and ending in a left to right horizontal slash
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg1.09x 33~40 A quickstep left, back or forward results in a quick hop forward and a slash from left to right horizontally. A quickstep to the right slashes from right to left.
Backstep R1 thrust.jpg0.92 40 After the backstep, the character hops forward and thrusts the spear forward for what becomes a decent range poke.
Dash R1 thrust.jpg0.89x 35 (+run) The dashing R1 results in a thrust forward that looks like the backstep R1 attack.
R2 Attack thrust.jpg1.34x 35 A short windup leads to a thrust forward that looks much like the backstep R1 and dash thrusts.
Charged thrust.jpg1.75x, 1.55x 50 The weapon is brought back and held for a short duration before being thrust forward in a stab that hits the ground. Hitting R2 again will result in a slash from the character's lower left to upper right. This has a short delay between attacks but is only possible with this combo.
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg 1.19x 35 The Saw Spear is raised overhead and as the character lunges forward onto their right foot, the blade is swept down veritcally into the ground.
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg 1.19x 45 (+run) The dash R2 is a faster version of the backstep R2 animation. While not identical, they are very similar with the most notable difference being in swing speed.
Leap thrust.jpg1.34x 50 After leaping forward, the blade is thrust forward. This is effectively the same as the regular R2 after a small jump forward.
Transform Attack physical_atk.jpg 1.24x 30 (+x) The extended weapon is brought behind the character where it snaps shut. The now closed weapon is slashed forward. While dodging the animation starts from the right and sweeps left, but this can be reversed based on the previous action (R1 then L1 will have it begin on the left hand side for instance) 


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  1. Tested on wolves in Central Yharnam
  2. Tested in PvP with naked, BL 120 characters using maxed weapons
  3. Tested in PvP with naked, BL 120 characters using maxed weapons

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    • Anonymous

      i'm gonna do a skill build when i get bb, should i use this? it seems good and considering most people think saw cleaver is good and some people say this is better, i'm not sure. played all the souls games but seen nothing of this so... i dunno.

      • Anonymous

        Statswise, it seems obvious that the spear is the better weapon with its extra gusto to arcane builds/thrust bonus etc, but from an experience standpoint, in speaking to transformed mode - since standard mode is nearly identical between the two, I always felt that opening horizontal r1 of the spear (feels slow) didn't feel as good/effective/satisfying as the cleavers transformed r1 - and to take it a step further, that the entirety of the transformed cleaver moveset always felt more effective and intuitive - and I to me, thats the balance between these the spear/cleaver

        • Anonymous

          I just think it's so wild that you get two of the best PvE DPS weapons in the entire game in the first 20-30 minutes of play time. That is something very unique about Bloodborne compared to other FromSoftWare titles. I see people in like NG+ 2 using the Cleaver as their main weapon and it's still doing good damage. I personally think the SS is the better weapon out of the two because it does serrated damage in both forms unlike the Cleaver, and I think the SS has the better moveset with the R2 thrust, but it obviously depends on your builds stats. And I do miss the Cleaver's funny flattening attack with the follow-up to the charged R2.

          Basically, more Strength focused, Cleaver, more skill focused SS, but in a quality build, even if the Cleaver does slightly more damage, I still think the SS wins out because of the moveset and the advantage to doing the bonus beast damage in both forms instead of only one. And that SS R2 thrust attack and really deal good ranged damage and severely punish enemies weak to thrust attacks. But both great weapons, great game, and bloody hell am I happy I finally got a PS5. Cheers.

          • Anonymous

            At +6 the transformed R2 staggers and 3-shots shaman in upper cathedral ward, no stat requirements. It's definitely worth upgrading to deal with dangerous kin.

            • Anonymous

              Nice weapon, been using this exclusively during my first playthrough. I like the moveset a lot, seems very versatile to me. I'm building 50 Skill 25 Strength, based on the caps in this game I think that's the optimal build. Damage output feels solid, even without great blood gems.

              • Anonymous

                Carried me from the beginning up to Gehrman. Never failed me, always did the job. I only changed it for the Burial Blade.


                • Anonymous

                  Uncanny Saw Spear found in Fetid Central Pthumerian Labyrinth in first side area past starting lantern.
                  Glyph is kjj3kn58

                  • This is the best weapon in the game. Ludwigs Holy Blade is the most powerful but this can carry you all the way through. Amazing in every way.

                    • Anonymous

                      Slap on a fire gem; get decent gens in general combo with a Flamesprayer and your arcane build is SET and once you get the hunters TOOLS you absolutely one shot.

                      • Anonymous

                        Transformed attacks are not the same as saw cleaver's. First attack is horizontal on spear, vertical on cleaver.

                        • Anonymous

                          The saw spear is better because skill is more useful than strength in this game as visceral scale with skill. Also, endgame stats the saw spear does more damage than the saw cleaver

                          • Anonymous

                            Pretty much your best friend as an arcane build once you get fire gems. Great beside a larger, stronger ARC weapon, like HMLS as well

                            • Anonymous

                              This is better than the Saw Cleaver. That's a fact, not an opinion. Still, I use the Saw Cleaver more since it's the flagship weapon of the game. But, the Saw Spear does rule.

                              • Anonymous

                                Found an uncanny saw spear. Leaving this glyph up for the community. Nice early chalice dungeon. Tons of ritual materials and a messenger vendor on the 3rd layer. Cpsqqimr Foetid Central Pthumeruan. Enjoy...

                                • Anonymous

                                  I think this can be a good beast slayer for dex/arc : first it is serrated from beginnig and somewhat decently fast , but if you then put a less stamina consumption bloodgem, one with increased dmg vs beast, and finally split the dmg in fire it can really be a pain in the ass for the majority of the beasts in the game

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The Saw Spear is to the Saw Cleaver like the Longsword is to the Broadsword. It's a choice between slightly higher damage or a much better moveset.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I found an Uncanny Saw Spear on layer 2 of my Central Pthumerian Chalice dungeon. the glyph is 2k4i4g6w right after you beat the first floor boss (undead giant, super easy) take the elevator up, the only door before the next lantern, the first left and past the cannon there will be a Watcher guarding a coffin, it's in there. Happy hunting!

                                      • Anonymous

                                        For an arcane build which Saw Spear is better for gems? I've been using the normal one with fire gems but think that I could get more damage from Uncanny or Lost.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This thing will work wonderfully on a quality or dex build. It may not scale as well in str as the saw cleaver but its serrated on BOTH forms unlike the saw cleaver or threaded cane and you get it early on enough so as to not need to spend any blood shards on them by then.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Get an uncanny saw spear ASAP, farm for a triangle and two radial 27.2% physical blood gems and you've won the game. Nothing will match the DPS of a full upgraded and blood gem fortified saw spear.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              If anybody is looking for a Lost Saw Spear glyph without offerings, try nkuwf5gh (Lower Pthumeru Root Chalice). The weapon is in Layer 2, main area (Layer 1 boss is Watchdog).

                                              • Anonymous

                                                This weapon can literally wreck opponents when fitted with the best gems. Didn't take longer than 25 secs to drop Paarl on NG++

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Could somebody explain me why do I keep getting Madman's Knowledge? I've tried with three different glyphs and there's no result. Why?

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I've unlocked this weapon in the shop, and I have not yet killed Priest Gascoigne. Perhaps there is something in the room that unlocks it when picked up, like the brooch, or perhaps simply seeing the boss at all will unlock it. If it's the latter, then perhaps it was meant to be purchased to help kill his beast form; I think this because of the line "...grows in effectiveness the more grotesquely transformed the beast."

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This weapon also appears to be used by the gattling gun hunter in the cave byt river of blood. That hunter also wears charred hunter set. Not entirely sure but I think this saw spear is preferred by hunters that are somehow related to Djura or powder kegs.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I created a Central Pthumeru Root Chalice dungeon with Fetid Offering. First one I ever made. Layer one pre-area bonus room had an Uncanny Saw Spear in a coffin. Layer three I found an Uncanny Threaded Cane in the same dungeon. Glyph code is 7r564exx if anyone is interested.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Dungeon is Sinister Lower Pthumeru Root, and the glyph is: 3ukjayjk The Lost Saw Spear is in Layer 3 of this glyph's dungeon. There is also an Uncanny Rifle Spear in the side room before the first boss, Layer 1. Happy hunting!

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Can someone provide a glyph for the lost version that is actually still active? I keep getting expiration messages at the ritual altars.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              "At 99 Strength, Skill and Arcane the Saw Spear+10 gains 193 physical bonus" does this actually happen on every weapon?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Literally every page says, "At 99 Strength, Skill and Arcane the Hunter Axe+10 gains...." when it isn't that...

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Was looking for an Uncanny Saw Spear, but couldn't get the glyph here to work. But, as luck would have it, I found one in the one I made myself just to have access. Central Pthumerian Root, no extra offerings, in a coffin in the very first bonus area in level 1 (really, really easy access, 2 minutes tops). Glyph gwbeqrhd.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    If all of this info is from the guide, could someone add that to the pages? It would be nice to know the source of the information.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Was wondering if this thing is actually any good in "meta" level pvp (80-110, whatever it turns out to be)? I know the saw cleaver can melt people and I was wondering if this was the same since they both have the same scaling this one just being skill based with 10 less ar for a better transformed move set in my opinion.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I found these in the sewers after the dogs in Central Yharnam, I cut these people down from ropes which made them fall down into this area with rats and I killed the rats and searched one of the bodies and he had this

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I'm curious to try this with an Arcane build, considering it scales evenly with arcane as it does with skill. The reach is very nice, and I could utilize scaling electrical runes for added stagger when L1 spamming. If making it scale with arcane is not suggested, how's about utilizing the empty phantasm shell for such a build?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Layer 2 treasure room is broken/glitched but layer three has Great One Coldblood as well. Both offerings Glyph: hebgudby

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