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 once-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

Frayed Blade

    • 08 May 2019 09:58  

      Someone messed up the chart. In-game and in the requirements and bonus section, you can clearly see it has an E rating for scaling in STR, but it's listed as D for the whole chart at the bottom. It doesn't start at D.

      • Anonymous

        23 Mar 2019 16:28  

        Best katana, hands down. Unparriable, fast-hitting, multiple hit, bleed inducing WA r1. Far-reaching, roll-catching, high damage beam WA r2. Katana moveset. Ez wins if used by someone with a small amount of skill.

        • Anonymous

          19 Feb 2019 02:11  

          Got the wrong thing from midirs soul, anyone have one to trade? Ill offer a friedes scythe or demon scar, messqge me on xbox1:The Everwatcher

          • Anonymous

            17 Jan 2019 03:24  

            I like this weapon but prefer chaos blade and dark drift :) I know they aren't quite as good but I like their look :p

            • Anonymous

              11 Jan 2019 00:54  

              Good pop practice for this weapon is to use the LB WA to force opponents closer to you at which point you transition to LT WA to attempt a stun lock and build up bleed

              • Anonymous

                01 Jan 2019 18:30  

                Its shape, hand-part and protection plate looks identical to the Sekiro's dark katana that he holds on his back

                • Anonymous

                  21 Oct 2018 22:50  

                  Bleed and dark? Well, it already ripped the Nameless King a new face hole. Here's hoping it works out as well, if not better, against Sister Friede.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Oct 2018 17:05  

                    You mean this weapon already comes with dark! Well sign "me" and the rest of the dark soul's community up with this*****, cause everyone knows that no weapon Is good without dark.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Sep 2018 23:45  

                      Damage wise, moveset wise I think this is the best bleed weapon ATM. Cause the WA hits multiple times and causes bleed build up along with it while having a pretty good Bleed value in general. Not to mention it's a Katana so it has a decent moveset. Worth using on a DEX/LUCK build.

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Sep 2018 02:05  

                        This sword is really cool (weeb alert) but I feel a bit like they could have made that much cooler. Everyone who has played Dark Souls 3 for more than an hour knows how horrifically nerfed durability is in this game to the point where finding Repair Powder is basically a free 100 souls at the vendor, and that the only reason to buy the Repair sorcery is for the achievement. Although slightly annoying particularly in PvE, I actually liked the way it worked in DS2, especially with unique R2s (in DS3 it would be the WAs), essentially giving some of the perks of being a caster (the Curved Dragon Greatsword comes to mind) while also punishing you for not putting points in Int or Faith by taking it out on the weapons durability. >Unfortunately, DS3 nerfed the whole mechanic to the point that even after playing with this sword, a weapon with one of the lowest durabilities in the game, I haven't needed to repair it once. If I could've made a recommendation, I would've have actually brought back DS2 durability mechanic (albeit not AS aggressive) to balance out some of the sillier incidences like the Pontiff Knight Curved Sword, whose blade looks like it would shatter to pieces if it hit a Havel once yet having the highest durability of all curved swords and where QUALITY builds can spam (not that they do, granted) what is essentially a 360 soul greatsword with only 10 Int and no cost to durability. >The thing that would've been really cool with this weapon is if, since the description suggests that the blade would disintegrate without its sheath, that the WA does hurt its durability significantly, but when in the hold stance (the blade in the sheath) that the weapon gains a passive durability regeneration, which of course is balanced out by the hold stance's lower stamina regeneration, slower movement speed, and potentially telegraphing your next move in PvP.

                        • 19 Sep 2018 03:48  

                          I have this weapon from solo kills, and feel like I should give it away to all these folks via scum saving, because who cares how someone got it? It's what they do with it that matters. Maybe I want to run one from the early game or something - if that's even possible! Veteran players, we've got so many weapons they're dripping out my butt-cheeks like Biggie had techniques... I'm just saying. But it's sucha hassle to meet up, drop the weapon, so probably won't. Not because I'm opposed, but because I'm lazy.

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