Stake Driver

stake driver

Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

physical atk blood atk arcane atk fire atk bolt atk
85 -- -- -- --
poison damage bleeding damage VS kin VS beasts durability
-- -- 100 100 200
Requirements & Scaling
strength skill bloodtingue arcane qs bullet use

Stake Driver is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne.


Stake Driver Description

"A trick weapon fashioned by the workshop heretics, the Powder Kegs. Favored by the retired hunter Djura.
The stake driver, with its queerly complex design, violently drives thick stakes into the flesh of foes.
The stake driver allows for high-damage critical attacks, but is difficult to use and leaves its wielder wide open, but none of this should bother a mere Powder Keg."


Stake Driver Information

  • This trick weapon doesn't have a true transformation, but pressing L1 does open up a new move set nonetheless
    • When you "transform" the Stake Driver, it primes the stake, albeit while shortening the weapon's reach in the process.
    • In its transformed state, performing an R2 at any charge level will revert the weapon back to its normal form.
    • The transformed R2 has the longest charge time of any attack in the game by far, but makes up for it with absolutely devastating power at full charge




Uncanny Stake Driver

Lost Stake Driver

  • Lower Loran Root Chalice - Rotted/Feted (unknown whether these Offerings are mandatory for this to spawn)
  • Sinister Lower Loran Root Chalice
  • Glyph: nac5fh4q - Layer 3 (Sinister Offering, also contains Blood Rock on Layer 1)


Player Notes

  • The regular form is similar to a regular slashing weapon, but with short range it feels like a fist/claw weapon while wielded.
    • In this form, the 4th hit in the R1 combo is a thrust; this can be useful when dealing with certain enemies that are vulnerable to this form of damage.
    • It's mostly used to fight a single opponent, but it has more anti-mob potential than the "transformed" version.
  • While "transformed," the primed stake will make the Hunter punch enemies with it.
    • This is mainly used to fight a single opponent since it lacks horizontal sweeping attacks that the "normal" form uses.
    • When the R2 attack is used, regardless of how long you charged it, the weapon will fire the stake outwards and extend it once more.
  • While primed, the stake's charged R2 attack deals some of the highest amounts of damage possible in a single hit in regards to all Trick Weapons in Bloodborne.
    • However, to deal the full amount of damage, it must be charged for a handful of seconds.
      • This is extremely difficult to do in PVP since smart opponents will simply watch you (or listen to the unique sound charging the Stake Drive will make) and back off while attacking you from a safe distance.
      • It can be done more easily in PVE if you can predict how an enemy will react to you.
    • A successful fully-charged primed R2 attack will launch many humanoid-sized opponents, as well as stagger huge opponents and possibly even open up visceral attacks.
      • In order to truly master the Stake Driver's primed/charged R2 attack, you must predict enemy movement and/or ambush them .
      • The Stake Driver can be used without depending on this attack, but it can deal massive amounts of damage if you can successfully pull it off.
      • In PVP, against overly eager/aggressive opponents, you can trick them into charging you while you're priming a charged R2 attack.
        • Instead of charging it to maximum power, release it when the opponent gets close to stake them in a surprise move.
        • However, don't rely on this tactic; smart opponents will learn quickly not to get close whenever you're charging up.
        • This tactic isn't useful if your opponent is capable of dealing high amounts of damage from a distance and chooses to actively stay away from you.
  • Both forms will attack quickly, allowing you to deal quick amounts of damage if you close the distance on an opponent.
  • The Stake Driver is considered to be a "quality build" weapon (STR/SKL).
    • Overall, the versatile nature of this weapon allows the player to make interesting build choices.
    • It can also be used on Arcane builds to mix up damage types.



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

trick weapons
physical atk
blood atk
arcane atk
fire atk
bolt atk
poison damage
bleeding damage
VS kin
VS beasts


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


93 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 38


101 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 41


109 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 44


117 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 47


125 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 50


133 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- D 53


141 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D D -- C 56


149 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- C 59


157 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- C 62


170 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C C -- C 65



Average Physical Attack Increase

Strength Stat
Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
19 to 25 3.14 22
26 to 50 1.40 35
51 to 99 0.33 16
Skill Stat
Stat Range Damage per Point Estimated Attack Gained
10 to 25 2.69 43
26 to 50 1.32 33
51 to 99 0.29 14



Movesets & Videos


Regular Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical atk1.00x 19 A four move combo that consists of three horizontal slashes, followed by a forward thrust. The first attack sweeps left to right, then right to left and back to left to right. All slashes are about chest level. The final attack is a thrust forward, which with this weapon looks like a punch. The combo repeats starting with the first move. Despite horizontal sweeping attacks, there is very little range to the sides.
Quickstep R1 physical atk0.95x 25 There are three animations for quickstep attacks. The left and right step results in an uppercut with the weapon from right to left. The hunter takes several short steps forward with these. The forward step is a similar uppercut but scrapes the blade on the ground first and steps forward a shorter distance. The back quick step uses a jab straight out.
Backstep R1 thrust0.95x 25 The backstep R1 uses the same punching animation as the fourth attack in the R1 combo, with the exception of footwork. The backstep ends with the right foot forward after a short hop.
Rolling R1 physical atk0.94x 25 The attack animation is an uppercut much like the quickstep.
Dash R1 physical atk1.10x 30 (+run) The dash R1 is the same horizontal slash from left to right used in the R1 combo's first attack.
R2 Attack physical atk1.35x 45 The hunter cocks his arm back and does an overhand punch slashing the weapon down and across the body, ending near the left hip. The blade grazes the ground.
Charged physical atk1.90x 65 The R2 windup is extended down. After a short twist of the arm, the weapon is brought up and down in a very similar punching motion to the R2, except terminating in the ground rather than coming back to the hunter's hip.
Backstep R2 physical atk0.95x 40 After a very quick hop forward, the weapon is slashed from right to left with a slight upward trend. It starts at about hip level and finishes at shoulder height on the left side.
Dash R2 physical atk1.25x 45 (+run) The dashing R2 is functionally the same attack as the standard R2.
Leap thrust1.50x 50 (+run) The leap attack results in a punch forward as the hunter lands.
Transform Attack physical atk1.10x 15 (+x) There is only one transformation attack for this weapon. The Stake Driver is brought to the left side at stomach level and the blade is retracted. The hunter then uses the weapon in a backhand attack horizontally from left to right.
Transformed Moveset
Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical atk0.97x 15 The R1 combo is a series of forward jabs. While there is more than one animation, the primary difference is in elevation and even that difference is slight. This combo is the antithesis of crowd control movesets. It is extremely short range and focused completely in front of the player. However, the low stamina cost and high speed of the combo are quite effective against single opponents.
Quickstep R1 physical atk0.90x 25 There are only two animations for quickstep attacks. The forward step uses a short punch from right to left. The other three directions result in more forward movement and a jab attack. Left and right steps provide the greatest forward movement for the attack animation. Forward however still provides better closing distance as it involves the forward quickstep AND the shorter step in the attack animation.
Backstep R1 physical atk0.90x 25 A quick hop forward, followed with a jab straight ahead.
Rolling R1 physical atk0.96x 25 A quick punching motion from right to left, much like the quickstep.
Dash R1 physical atk1.10x 30 (+run) A horizontal punch from right to left. Exceedingly short range, but very quick.
R2 Attack (info also applies to backstep R2 and dash R2) blunt1.37x 55 The hunter turns to his right, and the weapon is brought behind with a slight delay. The weapon is punched forward and the blade extends at the same time.
Charged blunt3.55x 150 A drastically longer windup than the R2 ending with another jab forward. However, as the blade extends in this case it is accompanied by an explosion. While difficult to land directly, the resulting damage can be catastrophic.
Leap blunt1.30x 50 THe weapon is raised during the short jump and then slammed vertically downward into the ground.
Transform Attack physical atk1.00x 20 (+x) The Driver is raised over the left shoulder. The blade extends and the weapon is swept down and to the right.




  • The Stake Driver is exclusively wielded by Djura when he is still hostile towards you.
    • His fight is tricky because the area around him is very limited, meaning you can fall to your death if you're not careful.
    • Furthermore, the limited space is perfect for his choice of weapon which has a short range.
  • This is modeled after the "Pile Bunker," a type of fictional weaponry which launches piston with gunpowder or explosion.
  • In the Japanese version of Bloodborne, this weapon is literally called the Pile Hammer (パイルハンマー).
  • It bears a striking resemblance to the "Parrying Blade" weapons seen in several "Armored Core" games.
  • Has the highest charged attack multiplier out of any other weapon.



Stake Driver Untransformed Thumb Stake Driver Transformed Thumb Stake Driver Charged Burst C Thumb

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  1. Tested in PvP with naked characters, BL 120 and maxed weapons
  2. Tested in PvP with naked characters, BL 120 and maxed weapons

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    • Anonymous

      To this day I'm still mad that the transformed R1's don't have the blade repeatedly shoot out doing thrust damage each punch instead of it being limited to the R2 attacks. It would have made it a much better weapon as well as made more sense considering it's name and gimmick.

      As it is in-game It's by no means bad but this was always a disappointing missed opportunity Imo.

      • Anonymous

        Can you get charged r2 to deal more damage than a visceral? At +3 with 30 strength visceral is doing more, but maybe charged r2 could do more with more investment in the stake driver.

        • Anonymous

          you can cheese maria with the transformed mode if you parry and charge the heavy attack, not 100% fool proof as she might do a different move every time

          • Anonymous

            "Modeled after the 'pile bunker,' a type of fictional weaponry"
            Okay, so we're going to ignore the fact pneumatic stake drivers and captive bolt pistols exist, all of which use the same exact mechanism? Touch grass.

            • Anonymous

              Either master the spacing or use lead elixir for the charged r2. For the latter case, don't worry about lost health, you'll get plenty of it back.

              • Anonymous

                How is this as an ng+ / depth 5 weapon? The moveset seems like a fun challenge to use but i worry it'd just be strictly weaker than other options. (My build could go skill/bloodtinge or quality from where I am currently)

                • Anonymous

                  None of the uncanny stake driver glyphs work as of 7/12/2022. Here's one that does, first bonus room after entering. Zmqny7wt

                  • Anonymous

                    I once helped out a friend beat Ludwig on NG+2 and when they did a Visceral on him, I was able to 'catch' him and fling him back towards my friend with the Stake Driver charged R2. It remains the coolest thing I have ever done in BB and I will always regret that I didn't remember to save a clip of it. Stake Driver is the best, Powder Keg's rule.

                    • Anonymous

                      “The charged R2 takes too long.”

                      Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of me chunking half a boss’s health bar in a single hit.

                      • Anonymous

                        Finished the game with this. It's fun, quick weapon with a gimmick that is hard to pull of but quite strong if done correctly. I personally barely used the charged attack and it was totally fine. Why I like it it's for it's speed and ability to stun lock. R1 spam works well on this as it used very little stamina so you can dodge and attack very quickly. Range is of course a bit short, but I feel in this game staying close for most of the time is alright anyway.

                        • Anonymous

                          I put 3 Striking gems on this beast. Let's say getting 3000 DMG only from the Charged R2 is simply said, really fun. Best way to farm these is the pgt39my4 Glyph. It's a guaranteed drop from the Boss and Labyrinth sages. Now If only I could get a good Out of Shape triangle gem.

                          • Anonymous

                            I would enjoy it if you could shoot that stake out of the machine, making it fly both through air and enemies, exploding apon inpact

                            • Anonymous

                              I should specify this is a PVE build I want to do but this should pair well with the Whirligig Saw as a Strength/Arcane build right?

                              • Anonymous

                                Drinking a lead elixir will let you fully charge up the R2 without being interrupted. very useful against a lot of chalice bosses.

                                • Anonymous

                                  In addition to the supreme awesomeness that is the primed r2, the stake driver can do some serious r1 spam. Combine the 2 and you have the time I rekt Ebrietas in under a minute. Love this weapon; I ran it with 50 STR 25 SKL and it carried me through the whole game plus DLC.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Do you need a reliable argument with concentrated power of persuasion and are you striving for resounding success? Switch to the stake driver today. Your local powder keg will be happy to advise you.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I've been getting ganked by alot of mobs with this and yes i am pretty bad but i would like it if anyone could help and tell me a good back up with the stake driver.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        The chalices listed for the uncanny version are all out of date. Since the uncanny stake driver is only found in hintertomb (AFAIK) it is very difficult to keep these chalices open for any significant length of time because they are skippable. I would recommend doing a root chalice search, sort by popularity and start from the top if you need this version. I was lucky enough to find mine layer 3 first go using this method.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Compared to the Saw Cleaver/Spear, it trades off range and versatility for better scaling, slightly more damage, and an ultra-high-damage attack that you can use to meme on your enemies.

                                          • Found a super easy Lost Stake Driver; Lower Lorn Root glyph b264rc7t From the Layer 1 pre-lamp, open the door and go straight through, kill the werewolf and the Silverbeast. The Driver is in the coffin.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This weapon should be used on a base endurance character, as the best attack is the charged R2 which drains stamina profusely.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I was curious and put 3 charge attack up gems 2 that did 28.6% and one did 30% charge attack up and it was disgusting. This of course renders any other attack useless but man those labyrinth flaming greatsword guys were taking over 1500 damage on a full charge of the transformed charge attack. I wouldn't use it for PvP or PvE respectively but if you are farming those labyrinth greatsword guys for lvl 6 cursed bloodgems then time the charge as they climb up the ladder and as they get up the platform near the outside of the lamp room, you will one shot or nearly one hit them clean off the platform.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  i have the powder keg badge but the messengers dont sell it, nor any of the other keg badge weapons. is there another way to obtain it? its the last one for the trophy. im already at ng+. do i need to obtain the badge again despite already owning it?

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Guys, the secret to using this weapon is to use the lead elixir. The lead elixir will five you time to charge the attack while people in PvP will spam you with attacks and get close to them since the weapon is so short. This is also true for PvE as well, you can charge it freely without being interrupted by attacks. Pair it with a Fist of Gratia for the ultimate close quarters build.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This weapon’s short range and non-flashy moveset tend to turn people away from it. DO NOT BE FOOLED. With it’s short range comes a very fast moveset with high stagger considering it’s size. It’s transformed punching attacks do the same damage at a lesser stamina cost compared to the untransformed state, great for one on one combat. The fully charged R2 when transformed boasts one of if not the strongest physical attack in the game.

                                                      Pair this on a Quality build with the Burial Blade and you will not want for anything in your weapons.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        It's fun, it's powerful, it's useful. Be it on a pure physical build, or fire infused to be combined with oil urns on an arcane build, this is an excellent weapon. Goes very well with the underrated boom hammer - a short weapon with the longest charge time and a long weapon with the shortest charge time makes a very fun combination. I love this little weapon and wish I could use it on all my builds.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I use this with boom hammer in secondary slot. Absolute monster in close quarters and corridors, especially with those axe wielding church giants. Repeating pistol to stun, go in for the visceral, and charge R2 for the OHKO!

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            This stake driver / pile bunker thing sounds a lot like what the Alt Eisen uses in Super Robot Wars. I didn't even know Revolving Stake -like weapons were used in any other games...

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              According to the wiki's AR calculator the stake driver has blood damage as a secondary damage type. I've seen videos of people using the charged R2 to land parries. Does the blood damage only apply to the charged R2? Or do more moves in the moveset receive the blood damage? Also, I've heard that the charged R2 also deals fire damage from the explosion. Can anyone confirm this?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I love that the GIF for this weapon isn't actually a player using the weapon, but Djura kicking the player's ass.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I just fought the final boss of the 1st chalice (Watchdog thing) with a level 6 Stake Driver, fully gemmed out, 30 strength and 18 dex. I was able to get behind him and hit him with the transformed charged exploding L2 and basically staggered him over and over again until he died, without being able to react to me. Was I overlevelled or is this just really ***** awesome?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    took this bad boy on a test run in central yharnam, then decided to try the transformed charge attack on one of those big guys that carry bricks. the dude flew 10 meters away. 10/10

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Theres only 1 or 2 Thrust attacks in its moveset and thats the... 3rd? 4th? hit in its normal mode R1 swings. The other Thrust attack is one of the jump attacks if i recall correctly. The only Blunt attacks are its R2 attacks in Transformed Mode. This information is straight from the guide.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        So a friend of mine fell in love with this weapon since it sends mobs flying and can cripple stunned bosses. I watched him take a chunk of health from Paarl with a primed driver charge attack at +6

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          ...I think in a future patch they should up the scaling for str and skl up to B at least. This is one of the only true equally split scaling quality weapons in the game, along with Ludwig's Holy Sword, so I don't see the logic in them giving this a C/C while Ludwig's gets B/B. I know the idea is that Ludwig's is a big, two handed weapon (that can also become a fast one handed weapon with the same scaling I might add.), and they maybe don't want to make something too fast AND strong, but with my quality character right now the on paper ATK difference between the Driver and Ludwig's is a huge 70-80 point difference. The Stake Driver can spam pretty fast but its not THAT fast, and it has a lot less range and versatility so I think it'd only be fair. Don't get me wrong I love this thing and I'm gonna use it no matter what cause its too cool not to use, but I do think something about it needs to be stepped up a bit. Either the scaling, or maybe shorten the time of the stake-mode charge R2 a bit, or even increase its range a little. I dunno something to give it a little more payoff for the risk involved in using it other than how absolutely amazing it looks.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            So i made a new character with the stakedriver and cannon as the main weapons, Its tons of fun just cus of how you look, but unfortunatley the scaling isnt the best, i can always replace it with a ludwigs holy sword and instantly go OP but it would be nice if this got a tiny little buff to make it a little more viable in pvp

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              This weapon is terribly hard to use, does anyone know how to use this weapon in its second mode? I try charging it but it takes 3-5 seconds to set it off.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Probably a bug but the Stake Driver always disappears from my hand when doing a visceral attack. Makes it look like I'm ripping their heart out.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  While the stake driver may not do the most damage in the game, I do feel like it has one of the most versatile movesets in the game. It's hard to predict what a user of the stake driver will do, and due to that, I've never lost a PvP fight yet. It may not do massive damage, but I feel that it makes up for it in unpredictability, which in my eyes is essential for PvP. (Although I wouldn't mind a slight buff)

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    It has only happened once since it is difficult to hit people without lead elixirs, or precise timing, but I was able to perform a parry on a host with the fully charged R2 of the stake driver. This was at a much lower level (like BL 30), so the charged R2 didn't do a full health bar of damage. However, due to this sad fact, I was able to witness the most amazing parry I've ever done! It was so cool to see my character just punch the host straight in the gut as he charged at me for an attack. So, seeing as that happened, I'm assuming the blast of the charged R2 is considered on the same baseline as a QS bullet from a firearm that doesn't actually waste a QS bullet. Though you won't be able to see much of this in high-level PvP since the darn thing just obliterates any man, woman, child, or horrid beast in its wake, it's something cool to see and try to pull off in lower level PvP. I wish it could be done more often, but it's more based on luck and incredible timing than anything else. Besides all of that nonsense though, this weapon is a solid pick for a quality build. I use it with my "Tactician" build along with the Scythe. Using it with multiple items such as molotovs/rope-molotovs, elixirs, Hunter tools, etc. will bring out the best in this weapon. Solo, I'd say it is decent, with very good DPS, but it is much more fun paired with more equipment.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Hi, 3 dungeons from the b4 4 glyphes for the uncanny version was not working for me (glyphe not found), on the way to collect more ritual blood 3, i found another dungeon with the uncanny stake diver into. Ive edited the page with the new glyphes. Maybe some registered people with erase the 3 not working ? Because as guest, i would not delete something

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I just started playing Bloodborne, and it's my first run through with 32 levels. Vit 18 End 16 Str 18 Skl 13 Tinge 9 Arc 8. Is it worth spending the 8k echoes on this at this point in the game? I have the Saw Spear at +3 right now, and the Axe at +2. Or should I put that 8K towards another level/stat point?

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          so I was thinking it wuold be somewhat of a quality build, but moreso a Strength build... was gonna do 50STR and 25 Dex to maximize the scaling for each stat on this weapon. Does that seem reasonable? or would doing a more even quality build with 40/40 be better? I"ve never made a quality build in this game so not sure how they work. I guess in dark souls my quality build was 50/35, so that's possible too...

                                                                                          • Made some updates to this page. It looks like someone was in the midst of changing it up, but stopped before anything meaningful was done.

                                                                                            To me, the Stake Driver is one of the weirdest weapons in Bloodborne, but considering the heavy Victorian/steam punk theme going on, it's kinda hard to not have a Pile Bunker in Bloodborne.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              New idea focused on the super charge-attack: use beast roar or auger of ebrietas to nock foe down then get above them and start charging the attack up. Hopefully the attack will get them before they can dodge

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