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
strength.jpg skill.jpg bloodtingue.jpg arcane.jpg qs_bullet_use.jpg

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

      29 Aug 2021 14:21  

      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

        17 Dec 2020 12:00  

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

        • Anonymous

          06 May 2020 07:09  

          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

            14 Jan 2020 22:24  

            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

              17 Apr 2019 13:05  

              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

                24 Jan 2019 06:59  

                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

                  08 Jan 2019 09:15  

                  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

                    07 Dec 2018 23:57  

                    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

                      14 Dec 2017 01:59  

                      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

                        12 Aug 2017 10:16  

                        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

                          12 Jul 2017 16:47  

                          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

                            13 Jun 2017 08:46  

                            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

                              13 May 2017 02:29  

                              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

                                05 Feb 2017 13:19  

                                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

                                  08 Jul 2016 00:54  

                                  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

                                    05 Jul 2016 08:35  

                                    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."

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