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.
  • Has the highest Dexterity requirement of any weapon.
  • It has very low durability, thus it is sound to bring Repair Powder or the Repair sorcery.
  • The downward slash of the weapon art deals more damage when both the blade and shockwave hit the target. However, this is parriable.
  • At 60 DEX/16 STR it has 468 AR. It bests the Chaos Blade against enemies weak to dark and in critical hits.
  • At 30 Luck it gets 41 Bleed. Upgraded to +5 at 70 Luck it gets 49?
  • 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 may suggest that the blade was also eaten away by the insects of the Deep.


Location/Where to Find

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)



Black Blade  ♦  Bloodlust  ♦  Chaos Blade  ♦  Darkdrift  ♦  Onikiri and Ubadachi  ♦  Uchigatana  ♦  Washing Pole

    • Anonymous

      20 Jul 2018 22:47  

      I noticed some people complaining about the AR of this weapon, and honestly, the weapon is still really good, especially in PVP, due to the moveset of the weapon. The basic R1 combos into the WA, which destroys opponent's healthbars with every slipup they make. I'd argue it's the best katana for PVP due to the moveset of this sword.

      • Anonymous

        14 May 2018 09:26  

        Was a beast before the bleed nerf. you could one shot people with enough luck. Making it rain blood. Gank squads biggest fear. But now? What can it do now what the chaos blade can't? On top no parry, no forward slash. What we end up with in invasions are people circling around us. For eternity. Outranging or outspeeding us attack wise. Always cautious about the WA. Feeling smart roling around for eternity. wasting my time. Frustrating experience.

        • Anonymous

          10 May 2018 20:30  

          So disregarding the salt and moving on to an actual question, the lore for the sword says that without it's sheath it will crumble, is this a simple reference to its low durability, or does it suggest that you may actually be able to find or transpose a scabbard for the sword (similar to when you transpose the Twin Princes Greatsword)? It would be pretty awesome if there was actually more to this weapon than we presently know of and once it was completed it becomes the most powerful blade in existence.

          • Anonymous

            05 May 2018 15:13  

            Don't have the dlc so if anyone can trade the blade for any non dlc item for ps4 please id : azo0z2012lamfon

            • Anonymous

              16 Apr 2018 18:22  

              Sometimes i like to wear the complete shadow set and pretend i am Hattori Hanzo. Then i remember i will never be that good, and that i also have no friends. FeelsBadMan

              • Anonymous

                16 Apr 2018 04:30  

                Ultimate weeb sword for an ultimate weeb build. But, what if you wield it along with the washing pole? Shall you become the true king weeb? Will the anime levels multiply? Will your edge be so sharp that you can cut someone down by simply staring at them, and then edge-walking away?

                • Anonymous

                  22 Mar 2018 13:59  

                  Why does everyone want to trade it so bad? It's a great weapon yes but dark souls is not owing you anything it wasn't made for everyone to be able to see the entire game just because you bought it it's made for those who put effort into it can move forward. If you want the blade get it yourself summon if needed you most likely won't kill midir first try maybe you will. It's up there with the hardest in the series so it's no surprise but you will get experience for it in the end and will be able to prove you killed him through the blade and the covenant.

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Mar 2018 10:17  

                    "A dragon weapon symbolizing Darkeater Midir."

                    Best katana in the game, a reward for beating what FROM considers to be the ultimate souls challenge. And yet, all you need to do is hop over to r/summonsign to see people every single day asking for help against Midir. Worse, people who don't even bother and get it from karmaholics on r/pumpurum.

                    I guess I'm in no small part to blame, as I've helped more than 20 people against Midir (usually telling them to just sit back and survive while I take him on). But I was using this weapon today and it suddenly dawned on me: a lot of the people I see using this might have never actually beaten Midir properly: solo, with no cheese (looking at you, pestilent camemberts: it shouldn't even be possible to cheese him that way). The weapon, meant to symbolize the conquering of a challenge, is now meaningless. A lot of games offer rewards for conquering tough challenges - rewards that immediately distinguish the people using them. When you look at them, they mean more than what you see: they represent a prize for your efforts. Sadly, this is not the case.

                    Following a bit of the souls gained logic, I think you shouldn't be allowed to convert the boss' soul to 1 of 2 items or, in special cases, one of the items would always be inaccessible (it if is very, very good) if you beat it with help. Of course people would cry for days and I do realize that DS3, of all souls games, is the last where they would ever do this, but it would be fair: yes, you beat the boss - but no, you don't get the exact same rewards as you would for soloing him. The difference in souls gained is meaningless and can be covered by just putting on the mimic's head, wearing a ring and using a shield while you eat popcorn and the phantoms finish the job for you.

                    And now I hop on the arena and my opponent is using a frayed blade. I know him: I helped him (if I hadn't done it, 3 other guys would have - at least I got to fight Midir again). No one will ever erase the fact that I no damage Midir while my opponent has never beaten him - that much is obvious; but there is no denying that, at the end of the day, save for that consolation, we both got the same rewards for a very noticeable difference in effort.

                    Yes, the feeling of conquering the challenge is what counts the most. But other games give you not only that but something "material". That should have been the case here. No trading certain weapons, no ultimate rewards for not conquering the ultimate challenge.

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Mar 2018 06:58  

                      While this weapon May have a higher total AR than the Chaos blade, it should be noted that due to its split AR it will most likely end up doing less damage in practice.

                      • Anonymous

                        22 Feb 2018 18:10  

                        Such a awesome boss and such a waste of a weapon. Typical weeb bs. Glad they remastering DS1. At least u could get a nice greatsword from the
                        Black Dragon Kalameet.

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Feb 2018 20:57  

                          i might be getting this wrong due to lag, but the WA laser (i think its the heavy) has a way wider hitbox than the laser looks like

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Feb 2018 23:03  

                            Take a shot every time you go in a duel and someone using this just spams running R1s and WAs constantly, and take an extra shot if they constantly roll away from you if you are even a meter away from them. You'll need a new liver when the day is done

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Jan 2018 07:02  

                              Anyone who's having problems killing Midir: go under 40% weight to fast roll and spam pestilent mist with the white branch staff. All you need to do is get used to his moveset. You can get a good cast and deal >2000 damage to him without much difficulty

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