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The Frayed Blade (綻び刀 Hokorobitō, Eroded Sword) is a soul-transposed katana in Dark Souls III: The Ringed City.

In-Game Description

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.


Obtained by transposing the Soul of Darkeater Midir with Ludleth of Courland for 5,000 souls.


With a staggering requirement of 40 Dexterity, the Frayed Blade is one of the most difficult to wield katanas in the game. However, it has many characteristics that solidify its position as the best in its class.

With its innate Dark damage, the Frayed Blade is capable of chipping down opponents through shields, something that most katanas have trouble with. As well, its skill gives it very strong offensive potential, as the shockwave can be used to hit opponents at range or catch them as they try to roll away, and the slash combo can inflict tremendous amounts of Bleed on an unprotected target or deal powerful stamina damage to a shield. In the hands of an aggressive player, the Frayed Blade is truly a force to be reckoned with.

However, it is also one of the heaviest katanas in the game, and has very low durability much like the Washing Pole. Care should be taken when using this weapon, and carrying Repair Powder may be very useful on extended forays.


Moveset is identical to that of the Uchigatana, however its weapon arts are unique.
Attack Description
Weak Attack
Vertical downward slash, followed by an upward slash.
Strong Attack
Thrust, followed by horizontal slash.
Weak Attack
Downward two-handed slash from right to left, followed by upward slash in reverse direction.
Strong Attack
Two-handed overhead downward slash, followed by powerful upward slash from right to left.
Jump Attack Performs a jump and lands plunging the blade into the ground.
Jump Attack
Same as one-handed.
Running Attack Running thrust attack.
Running Attack
Same as one-handed, but holding the katana in both hands.
Rolling Attack Low horizontal slash.
Rolling Attack
Same as one-handed, but holding the katana in both hands.
Kick Standard kick.
Weak Attack
Strong Attack
Mirrored version of one-handed weak attacks.


Upgrade Level Attack Values Aux. Effects Bonuses
Physical Magic Fire Lightning Dark Bleed Poison DSIIIWFrost.jpg Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith
Frayed Blade 101 41 E B
Frayed Blade +1 (Titanite Scale ×1 & 720 souls) 117 48 D B
Frayed Blade +2 (Titanite Scale ×2 & 1152 souls) 134 55 D A
Frayed Blade +3 (Titanite Scale ×4 & 1584 souls) 150 62 D A
Frayed Blade +4 (Titanite Scale ×8 & 2016 souls) 167 69 D A
Frayed Blade +5 (Titanite Slab ×1 & 2880 souls) 184 76 D A

The data displayed above are current as of Patch App 1.15 Regulation 1.35.


  • It can deflect certain projectiles


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