Butcher Knife

95 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 60.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 35
icon_weight.png 7.0
Requirements & Bonus
A - - -
24 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Axes damage_type-icon.jpg Slash
skill-icon.jpg Sharpen icon_fp_cost.png 18 (-/-)

Butcher Knife is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Butcher's knife with an oddly large blade wielded by the madwoman haunting the Road of Sacrifices.

Squarely-landed hits restore HP.

Back in the Undead Settlement, the woman acquired a taste for human flesh, of which she took glee in partaking.

Skill: Sharpen
Sharpening the blade increases HP restored with each successful hit.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • Tied with the Man Serpent Hatchet for the most range out of all the axes.
  • Light attacks restore 2 HP. Heavy attacks restore 10 HP. Fully charged heavy attacks restore 19 HP.
  • Sharpening the Butcher Knife will add +10 HP restored to every attack for the duration of the buff.
  • HP restoration is the same whether wielding the Butcher Knife with 1 or 2 hands.
  • Any hit will proc the healing effect whether it deal damage or not, for example staggers.

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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Butcher's Knife Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 95 - - - - A - - - - - -  60 40 30 30 40
Regular +1 104 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +2 114 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +3 123 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +4 133 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +5 142 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +6  152 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +7 161 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +8 171 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +9 180 - - - - A - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40
Regular +10 190 - - - - S - - - - - - 60 40 30 30 40


DaS3 - Butcher Knife

Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

    • Anonymous

      25 Jan 2018 19:19  

      Sure it can't compete with the heavy hitters like ugs, great maces and axes in terms of damage but considering how early you can find it, its damage, speed, scaling and weapon art and how easy it is to use for new players... I'd say this is probably the best str weapon in the game until you reach a point where you can find a top tier str weapon and you stats can afford it which is probably during the second half part of the game. Only negative is that you can't buff it with elemental damage.. and of course it's strictly a str weapon.. no other build should use it.

      • Anonymous

        14 Jan 2018 20:04  

        I have this on a cosplay character of pudge from dota even those who are beyond fearing the Reaper, fear the Butcher.

        • Anonymous

          22 Oct 2017 00:28  

          i was very confused that it doesnt proc bleed since in my language its name is litteraly "bleeder" (french)

          • Anonymous

            16 Aug 2017 03:45  

            An awesome backup weapon for pure strength builds :)

            Currently running this for a 40/10 STR/DEX build (just to see if thay build is even goddamn feseable). The issue with high STR builds is finding good speedy options that scale well with your build. This weapon fills that niche beautifully.

            Granted, it's not perfect. Health regen is better forgotten, can't be infused or buffed. But it's attack range, moveset versatility, attack speed, solid damage and low stamina drain speed make this a great choice.

            Think of it a bit like a speedy, pure strength equivalent of an Executioner Greatsword (another much maligned, awesome weapon).

            • Anonymous

              01 Apr 2017 15:22  

              Where oh where is my precious bleed aux on the weapon? Why would you remove it? Could have had an extra heal every time you cause a bleed.... It could of been a contender....

              • Anonymous

                30 Jan 2017 01:43  

                does the range seem a bit off to anyone else? just saw someone use it in a fightclub and the butcher knife user outranged a dude with a spear

                • Anonymous

                  01 Jan 2017 07:18  

                  Quick question, does anyone know a good fashion souls that would go with the butcher knife? Preferably with armor?

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Dec 2016 15:56  

                    When I sharpen the butcher knife it doesn't recover my health when i attack, I'm currently using patch 1.09 so I don't know if they removed that feature or not, please help me

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Nov 2016 16:33  

                      This was my favourite candidate for buffing on strength/faith or strength/intelligence builds in dark souls 1, very sad to see it can't be buffed or even infused now! it's definitely the worst than it's ever been in any title. the health regen is about as useless as it's ever been. However, it's still not an awful weapon. it has a nice reach for the axe class, but quite lacklustre damage at later levels, especially on quality builds.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Oct 2016 23:19  

                        I use the Butcher's knife in my offhand so i can just use mainhand attack, offhand attack, repeat so i get good damage from my Irthyll Straight Sword in my main hand, and mehish healing and block value in my offhand. Just an idea.

                        • Anonymous

                          Great for pvp pre quality24 Sep 2016 16:23  

                          Wrecks house in the 70-80 bracket in a pure strength build, recommend pairing with blessed offhand and ring swapping life out for sun princess if you take too much damage to keep lloyd ring buffs active. Also It seems to heal when swinging at an opponent in the middle of their roll i frames even if it doesnt register damage. Just be prepared for fellow duelists to butt chug estus or simply kill themselves after witnessing your hp climb back up anytime they try to tactically roll around you or get caught in a combo. In short, keep buff up, R1 R1 fake out the parry gods and do your favorite post victory gesture.

                          • Anonymous

                            Utility04 Sep 2016 16:41  

                            Effective when simply going through an area to help regen somewhat without estus. Also very good at counteracting head of averace when buffed which helps with soul and item farming. Solid secondary swoon for a full strength build (faster than most great swords, ultra great swords, great axes, and great hammers)

                            • Anonymous

                              Parryable?11 Aug 2016 23:21  

                              I'd like to know if the r2 on this weapon can be parried. Pretty sure it can, but I'd like confirmation.

                              • Anonymous

                                underwhelming07 Aug 2016 10:03  

                                Even with a great scaling with strength the damage is sub par at most and hp regen is really only useful early game the moveset and the weapon art is unique but not that useful even with 66 str and two handing it doesn't make the damage that good

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