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 Axe 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 but can be Buffed using its Weapon Art.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • Light attacks restore 2 HP. Heavy attacks restore 10 HP. Fully charged heavy attacks restore 19 HP.
    • 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.
  • Has relatively low base damage compared to most axes, but has excellent scaling in Strength and is tied with the Man Serpent Hatchet for having the highest range out of all the axes.
  • Has unique R2 attacks.


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)



Battle Axe  ♦  Brigand Axe  ♦  Dragonslayer's Axe  ♦  Eleonora  ♦  Hand Axe  ♦  Man Serpent Hatchet  ♦  Millwood Battle Axe  ♦  Thrall Axe  ♦  Winged Knight Twinaxes

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    • Anonymous

      22 Aug 2020 00:03  

      This thing would have been hilarious if it could have been infused. But alas, blessed butcher knife shenanigans were never meant to be...

      • Anonymous

        11 Jul 2020 00:31  

        The only thing idislike about it is the skin.
        Would prefer if it was more looking like the Dragonslayer Axe.

        • Anonymous

          17 Dec 2019 13:18  

          Sure, this weapon might not be the best. But it s WAY better than that embarassement from the profaned capital (eleonora)

          • Anonymous

            21 Mar 2019 22:11  

            This weapon is really cool and it will work in PvE, but the healing is pretty unnoticeable, and the Weapon Art makes it only slightly less terrible. The damage is mediocre, but it will do. In PvP this thing is AWFUL. It has no good moves because they are all easy as hell to parry. Overall, use it if you want, but avoid if you're doing anything serious.

            • Anonymous

              24 Feb 2019 04:01  

              I created a character strictly for pve health regen using this knife, the etheral oak shield, sun princess ring, pontiff's left eye and right eye and your good to go. But avoid pvp like the plague as you will most certainly got parried.

              • Anonymous

                14 Jan 2019 21:29  

                The Butcher knife got nerfed a little. Not using sharpen, 1 point light , one or two handed 8 points heavy, one or two hands 16 charged One or two handed

                • Anonymous

                  26 Jul 2018 14:54  

                  I guess the weapon is most useful if you want to farm for souls/items while wearing the mimic chest to counter the heal drain and you don't want to invest that many points into faith to counter it with miracles.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Jun 2018 09:48  

                    Overrated weapon. Overall damage is so low that even an A in strength scaling doesn't save it. Scaling isn't everything people.

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Jun 2018 14:52  

                      Ok, why is it i see this so damn much when i invade low lvl? After seeing it so much, I thought "huh, guess ill see what all the hype is about", so i go pick it up and im like ?????????. It can't be infused or buffed, it has a str req of 24 (on par with some ugs!?) and it doesn't even hit that hard. Sure, it has an a scaling in str, but im seeing this low lvl were they probably only have the min req. My only theory is that this is kinda the noob trap of ds3, since i bet not having to worry about infusions or buffs is quite tempting to a new player. Also the "health every hit" thing probably sounds way better than it is to a newbie. Thats it lol. I'm just super confused as to why i see this so damn much.

                      • 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 2...lol...cause 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).

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