Frayed Blade

101 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 15.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 8.0
Aux   34
Requirements & Bonus
E B - -
11 40 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Katana damage_type-icon.jpg Slash /Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Hold icon_fp_cost.png -(18/11)

Frayed Blade is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of The Ringed City.

A dragon weapon symbolizing Darkeater Midir.

The one-exquisite blade is now stained black, and frayed at the hilt. Without its sheath, it will soon crumble into nothing.

Skill: Hold
Assume a holding stance in which a normal attack sends a shockwave along the earth, and a strong attack commences a series of slashes.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scale.
  • At 60 DEX/16 STR it has 468 AR.
  • Bleed effect increased to 41 at 30 Luck; 49 at +5 and 70 Luck.
  • At 60 Dex, 20 Str, it has a greater AR than Chaos Blade, which, against dark susceptible enimies, makes it the better katana.
  • Wielded by Halflight, Spear of the Church in offline mode.
  • The corroded texture of the weapon is similar to the weapons wielded by the Pontiff Knights and High Lord Wolnir. This suggests that the blade was also eaten away by the insects of the Deep.
  • Has the highest Dexterity requirment of any weapon.

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Moveset and Videos:

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Frayed Blade Upgrade Table 

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 104 - - - 41 D A - - - - 34 45.0 25.0 40.0 15.0 40.0  
Regular +1 117   -  48  D  -  -  - 34   45.0  25.0 40.0   15.0 40.0  30 
Regular +2  134  -  55  A 34   45.0 25.0   40.0  15.0  40.0  30
Regular +3  150  -  62  D  A  34  45.0  25.0 40.0  15.0   40.0  30
Regular +4  167  -  -  69  -  34  45.0  25.0 40.0  15.0   40.0  30
Regular +5 184 76 D A - -  -  -  35 45.0 25.0 30. 15.0 40.0 30


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

      02 Aug 2017 19:03  

      Does anyone think it would be cool if instead of the frayed blade, we got something like a Darkmoon Greatsword? Basically the opposite the the Moonlight Greatsword.

      • Anonymous

        02 Aug 2017 19:00  

        Was expecting lots of hateful comments on this page since it's a katana and all. It's not that bad luckily.

        • Anonymous

          28 Jul 2017 05:47  

          I will clear the l2 plus r1 ,if it hits. I mean you act hit the player with the blade, not just the ground beam. It staggers them allowing you to spam r1. It will utterly destroy any of them. Even after getting parried, since the hornet nerf it is not as big a deal. Plus one miss parry and its over. The days of parry gods are over lol. The risc is not worth the reward. I was parried so many times yet won becouse they got out done by the sheer dmg this sword can unleash. Now go try it and tell me its not the number 1 katana out there.

          • Anonymous

            28 Jul 2017 05:35  

            I was working on my shackles by putting my red soapstone down at pontive fight club areana. So I try the best of ugs, axes, reg gs ect. I get wooped over and over. Upon equipping the Freyblade and pontive eye rings, things changed. The more I practiced the more I won. In after 2 hours, I won the last 10 matches with no loss. Best killer, use l2 plus r1 if it hits, player will take massive damage. Continue with r1 3 to 4 hits and unless they have over 1600hp its over.

            • Anonymous

              14 Jul 2017 04:53  

              Ahhh yes. The weapon that changed Dark Souls III from "SMASH THAT MF R1 BUTTON!" and trancended us to the world of "SMASH THAT MF WEAPON ART!!!"

              • Anonymous

                08 Jul 2017 19:46  

                is mugenmonkey up to date on this? Despite having an A scaling it still gets huge bonuses until 60dex. This is en par with the S scaling chaos blade!

                • 12 Jun 2017 21:35  

                  Used it on Dancer on NG+. Only used L2+R2. She went down in under a minute, though I played it safe. Got two or three bleed-outs, and the R2WA tickled my weeb side. Loved it. 9/10 Would be 10/10 if not for the lack of faith scaling, even a low one, and a joke-like durability

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Jun 2017 00:25  

                    I really don't know if the R2WA can be parried. Know for a fact the R1 can be but me and a friend tried over and over practicing and he could never parry it with a cestus. We didn't try with a shield though so that might work but it didn't seem like the cestus worked

                    • Anonymous

                      25 May 2017 12:32  

                      So.. while everyone here goes about "this is a good bleed weapon at last" I'm so annoyed about this sword right now.. The range is as bad as with the other katanas what's a real problem against all the foes using greatswords or speers.. Damage is only about medium and the biggest joke about this weapon are 20(!) durability and that it hardly ever makes an enemy struggle. So you slash at them and directly have their weapon in your face as you break the blade within 5 minutes in narrow places... If you are looking for a decent bleed weapon rather go for the crow talon things...

                      Really extremely dissapointed what a poor weapon this is considering how hard it was to kill the dragon..

                      • Anonymous

                        17 May 2017 15:22  

                        so I'm taking a stab in the dark, but I'll chance it. Does anyone have a spare one of this katana? Level doesn't matter to me, but I don't think I have anything of worthwhile value to give back though. :/

                        if interested, I'm on ps4. CrimsonDevil713

                        • Anonymous

                          15 May 2017 15:12  

                          Hey if you new to dark souls 3 and got the dlcs and like the frayed blade look past all the haters and look at it with the best lens you can: you're own lens. However I belive the frayed blade is arguably the best katana in the game, and if you look past all them haters and look further down the comments you see the love from other people for this weapon.

                          • Anonymous

                            14 May 2017 03:51  

                            It's the Ds3 equivalent of the Lost Sinner's Greatsword of Ds2.. Cool looking blade, cool looking moveset, but ultimately pointless to use unless you're that desperate for a challenge or to have a unique looking character.

                            You'll be unique alright because most people value winning duels over looking good. This blade is just too weak and not worth the hassle. Would look good mounted on the wall, though.

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