Katanas are a type of Weapon in Dark Souls 3. These Weapons usually do moderate to good damage and deal Bleed. These weapons have particularly strong running attacks. Like curved swords, they're utilized primarily for slashing attacks. While useful in many scenarios, their main downfall is their low durability (an issue that is easily solved in this game, due how durability works), and really low STR scaling (gaining almost no damage benefit from using them two handed).

 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
icon-wp_physicalAttack.pngicon-wp_physicaldef.png icon-magicbonus.pngicon-wp_magicdef.png icon-firebonus.png icon-wp_firedef.png icon-lightningbonus.png icon-wp_lightningdef.png icon-darkbonus.png icon-wp_darkdef.png CriticalStability Frosticon-wp_poisonbld.pngicon-wp_bleed.png Strength Bonus Dexterity Bonus Intelligence Bonus Faith Bonus

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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From


Darkdrift

134

40.0

0

25.0

0

20.0

0

20.0

0

25.0

100

30

 

34

10

E

28

D

0

-

0

-

35

3.5

20 (-/-)

Darkdrift

Dropped by Yuria of Londor at Firelink Shrine

Washing Pole

121

55

0

30

0

25

0

25

0

30

100

35

 

33

18

D

20

D

0

-

 0 

-

20

8.5

- (22/8)

Hold

Sold by the Shrine Handmaid after giving her the Easterner's Ashes for 7,500 souls

Uchigatana

115

45

0

25

0

20

0

20

0

25

100

30

 

34

11

E

 16

C

 0

-

 0

-

 35

5.5

 -(17/5)

Hold

Dropped by Sword Master Saber just outside Firelink Shrine

Chaos Blade

103

45

0

25

0

20

0

20

0

25

100

30

 

35

16

E

14

A

0

-

0

-

 35

6.0

-(17/5)

Hold

Outside of the Untended Graves, Firelink Shrine

Black Blade

122

50.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

35

 

33

18

 E

 18

C

0

 -

0

 -

 50

6.5

-(17/5)

Hold

Looted from a Mimic  near the Flame Demon on the way to Smouldering Lake

Onikiri and Ubadachi

104

45.0

0

25.0

0

20.0

0

20.0

0

25.0

100

30

 

33

13

D

25

C

0

 -

0

-

35

8.5

20 (-/-)

Onislayer

 Dropped by Black Hand Kamui at the top floor the Grand Archives

Bloodlust

105

45

0

25

0

25

0

25

0

25

100

30

 

34

11

E

 24

C

0

-

0

-

40

5.0

10 ( -/ -) 

Bloodlust

Rank 1 reward in the Mound-Makers covenant 

 

Frayed Blade

101

45

-

25

-

30

-

15

41

40

100

30

34

11

E

 40

B

0

-

0

-

 20

8.0

-(18/11)

Hold

Transposed with Soul of Darkeater Midir

 




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    • Anonymous

      24 Sep 2021 12:47  

      If you could buff the katanas in this game, would you do it? And how? I would personally give them hyper armor and make them do a bit more damage (and possibly increase their durability)

      • Anonymous

        23 Sep 2021 09:31  

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

        • Anonymous

          21 Sep 2021 07:24  

          TEH KATANA STEEL GOT FOLDED 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999^999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 TIMES!!!!!11!!1!!1!1!11111!11

          • Anonymous

            11 Aug 2021 16:58  

            As a dex player I can’t really find a reason to use these. They’re inferior to straight swords in every way. But in the end everything loses to UGSs in both pve and pvp so it doesn’t really matter anyway

            • Anonymous

              07 Aug 2021 08:49  

              PvP nowadays is basically who makes the mistake of getting hit 1st. So, for anything less than a 'Great' weapon, it comes down to range & speed. Unique katanas aside, apart from taking maybe 1-2 more attacks to kill a guy, any reason to use the others over the Washing Pole?

              • Anonymous

                20 Jul 2021 22:33  

                Katanas deserve much better than that. Much, much better than that. I should know what I'm talking about. I myself commissioned a genuine katana in Japan for 2,400,000 Yen (that's about $20,000) and have been practicing with it for almost 2 years now. I can even cut slabs of solid steel with my katana.

                Japanese smiths spend years working on a single katana and fold it up to a million times to produce the finest blades known to mankind.

                Katanas are thrice as sharp as European swords and thrice as hard for that matter too. Anything a longsword can cut through, a katana can cut through better. I'm pretty sure a katana could easily bisect a knight wearing full plate with a simple vertical slash.

                Ever wonder why medieval Europe never bothered conquering Japan? That's right, they were too scared to fight the disciplined Samurai and their katanas of destruction. Even in World War II, American soldiers targeted the men with the katanas first because their killing power was feared and respected.

                So what am I saying? Katanas are simply the best sword that the world has ever seen. This is a fact and you can't deny it.

                • 01 Mar 2021 14:34  

                  Here is the range of all Katanas from Longest to Shortest:

                  *1 Hand R1 :
                  1-Washing Pole : 22(The Running R1 is ~32.5)
                  2-Chaos Blade : 20.5
                  3-Uchigatana : 20.5
                  4-Frayed Blade : 20.5
                  5-Onikiri and Ubadachi : 20.5
                  6-Darkdrift : 19.5
                  7-Bloodlust : 19
                  8-Black Blade : 19

                  *2 Hand R1 :
                  1-Onikiri and Ubadachi : 14(1st L1),21(2nd L1)
                  2-Washing Pole : 19
                  3-Frayed Blade : 18.5
                  4-Chaos Blade : 18.5
                  5-Uchigatana : 18
                  6-Darkdrift : 16.5
                  7-Bloodlust : 16
                  8-Black Blade : 16

                  • Anonymous

                    15 Feb 2021 23:37  

                    All this nippon swords and none could beat the one, the only, ultimate Dex weapon pkcs. Like really, none of you scrubs could beat pkcs users in a fair fight.

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Jan 2021 18:33  

                      I really like how katanas are portrayed in this game. In so many films and video games they are portrayed as magical godlike swords that can cut through steel and that are indestructible, but in dark souls, they are actually realistic, they do slash damage (meaning they are bad against armour) and they have low durability, which is also realistic (katanas were prone to dinting and cracking) while still maintaining a cool (but not unrealistic) moveset and good damage against lightly armoured enemies.(what they were made for)
                      Thank you FromSoftware for not pandering to the desires of katana fanboys!

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Oct 2020 17:32  

                        Really hoping katanas will be great in the demon souls remake, they are fun to use but can be tricky to use in pvp and some pve.

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Jul 2020 06:45  

                          For katana fanatics who are mostly into faith/int builds like me... Most infusable katanas scale just as well elemental as they do dex.. tables need an update... Uchi, washing, and black(my fave).. enjoy

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