How to get the Rivers of Blood katana in Elden Ring

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Elden Ring’s Rivers of Blood katana is quite possibly the most popular sword in the game. Bleed damage is strong in Elden Ring, and the Rivers of Blood was born to make make enemies in the Lands Between spill gallons of red. It’s a right nasty blade, and I mean that in the best way possible.

The Rivers of Blood katana isn’t attainable too early in Elden Ring, but once you do get your hands on it, you’ll likely be using it for the rest of the game. To obtain it you’ll have to progress deep into the Lands Between. Make sure to grab it as soon as you’re able, because it becomes unavailable once you’ve killed a certain boss (until you roll into NG+, anyway).

The Rivers of Blood katana is ideal for a bleed build, either two-handed or dual wielded with another katana. Until you get it you’ll likely be making do with the Uchigatana, which you can find in Limgrave or start with as a samurai class. There are plenty of other Elden Ring weapons you can try out before you get your hands on the Rivers of Blood, but it’s our go-to for inflicting catastrophic blood loss on bosses and slicing away a chunk of their health bars in the process. Even after FromSoftware toned down bleed just a bit in an early patch, it’s still one of the most powerful tools in the game.

Here’s where to find Rivers of Blood—and make sure to get it before defeating the Fire Giant.

Elden Ring Rivers of Blood location 

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If you’ve already killed the Fire Giant, Bloody Finger Okina won’t invade so you won’t be able to get the Rivers of Blood katana in your current playthrough.

If you haven’t, venture into the Mountaintops of the Giants to get this katana. It’s the area past Leyndell, Royal Capital, so don’t expect to get to it too early.

When you approach the Church of Repose, far south of Castle Sol, you’re invaded by the NPC Bloody Finger Okina. Okina wields the Rivers of Blood katana and deals heavy bleed damage if he hits you, so your best bet is to keep him at a distance. Or just don’t get hit. Easy, right?

Once you’ve defeated the invader, you’re rewarded with the Rivers of Blood katana and the Okina Mask.

Rivers of Blood stats

  • Requires: 12 strength, 19 dexterity, 20 arcane
  • Damage type: Slash/Pierce
  • Scaling: Strength E, dexterity D, arcane D
  • Skill: Corpse Piler
  • Passive: Blood loss buildup (50)

The bleed passive means you’ll be able to take chunks of health from enemies with successive hits, making some formidable opponents an absolute breeze.

What makes Rivers of Blood especially popular is its unique skill Corse Piler, which isn’t on any other weapons in the game. This multi-slash attack has great range, does heavy damage and piles on extra helpings of bleed. Its bloody slashes are ridiculously effective even after FromSoftware’s first few Elden Ring patches.

The Rivers of Blood katana is upgraded with Somber Smithing Stones, meaning you can upgrade it to a final value of +10. At level +3 its dexterity scaling increases to C, and at +10 its dexterity scaling improves to B.

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