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

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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)



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    • 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 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.

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