Ash of War: Bloody Slash

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Affinity Blood
Skill Bloody Slash
Effect Grants affinities and skills to an armament.

Ash of War: Bloody Slash is an Ash of War and Upgrade Material in Elden RingAsh of War: Bloody Slash provides Blood affinity and the Bloody Slash Skill. Ashes of War can be equipped on Weapons and Shields to modify the Skill or an equipment, or to apply affinities that modify scaling values.

 

This Ash of War grants an armament the Blood affinity and the following skill:

"Bloody Slash: Blood Oath skill granted by the Lord of Blood. From a low stance, coat the blade in your own blood to unleash a rending blood slash in a wide arc."

Usable on swords (colossal weapons excepted).

 

Ash of War: Bloody Slash Location in Elden Ring

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Ash of War: Bloody Slash Elden Ring Guide

 

 

Elden Ring Ash of War: Bloody Slash Notes & Tips

  • Scales with Arcane, regardless of Affinity chosen.
  • Damage increases with Weapon Upgrade level.
  • HP cost: Each use damages the player for 0.05 × Max HP + 50 rounded down
  • FP cost: 6 FP
  • The attack itself does not cause any bleed build-up.

 

Builds with Ash of War: Bloody Slash

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      this is used in early game to put on an extra dagger or sword you happen to have and kill greyoll with the bleed affinity

      • Anonymous

        I put this on an occult claymore as a meme like "haha look at my funny dumb non-bleed blood I'm so quirky and different"
        Couple of dozen one shots later I and I feel like Lady Maria
        Not optimal but a lot nore fun than I thought.
        Really efficient spam fest ash too in pve if you think whatever your fighting is gonna really chunk you if you get close.

        • Anonymous

          Even when using this with low Arcane it still does crazy damage. For such low FP cost it’s pretty incredible. I suggest pairing this with the talisman that regens HP overtime.

          • Anonymous

            Is cool but c'mon this is just a mortal blade ripoff and they even reused the animation, but why they didnt add the mortal blade second follow up attack? Seriously being just a single slash makes it feel incomplete compared to mortal draw

            • Anonymous

              Kinsa disappointed of how the attack itself does not cause any bleed buildup but the knight who had this on Fort Haight can cause bleed when using this :/

              • Anonymous

                Nerfed, yet still incredible. Damage is extremely high, and avoiding it is very difficult in PVP, especially when you consider lag. Do not listen to those who complain about the nerfs, it went from being absurd to just being incredible.

                • Anonymous

                  So basically Mortal Draw but not nearly as cool-looking.

                  I kid, I use this to create double-bleed powerstance Scimitars and it's like playing Sekiro all over again, except with even MORE agility!

                  (P.S. - Valiant Gargoyles may be immune to status effects but they're not immune to the art's direct HP damage, which is MASSIVE)

                  • Anonymous

                    I still don't exactly get how the blood build-up works. If I pick Bloody Slash with the blood affinity, does it stack blood build-up when I hit with 'normal' attacks like R1/RB (Bloody Slash + the blood affinity)? Whereas if I pick Bloody Slash with the Heavy affinity, will I cause less blood build-up with normal attacks?

                    • Anonymous

                      Actually, even nerfed, bleed arcane build is OP in pvp from lev 60 till around lv 100. beyond that I've not tried yet but I think magic build dominates...

                      • Anonymous

                        I'm mister lightning bolt, I'm mister storm...

                        glad this got a bit nerfed, but hey, I never tried it myself, so makes sense to start. shame it doesn't work on claws, would be interesting to give them a single HP cost longer ranged move.

                        • Anonymous

                          Still powerful after the nerf, it's just not beyond broken anymore, didn't feel satisfying killing bosses with it before at all because of how ez mode it made everything so maybe it'll actually feel good to use now without feeling like a cheater.

                          • I was expecting more of a balance (e.g: Increase a penalty (HP/FP cost), but also increase an advantage) than a straight up direct nerf. I guess it was too strong to remain like that, considering it's obtainable early in the game. Well, stuff happens, at least you can still give bleed infuse to a weapon of your choice I suppose.

                            • Anonymous

                              Im early game not even aware it was "nerfed" and didnt even notice it lol. Still nuking enemies with ease using this

                              • Anonymous

                                Awwww man... I was having a lot of fun with my light-rolling Determination/Blood Slash build!

                                Now I don't know what to do with arcane. Make a cringey seppukku build? Lame...

                                • Anonymous

                                  Using +15 keen Uchigatana if it matters, Bloody Slash takes 109 of my HP on use (1198 to 1089) after 1.03 so its not always 130 damage

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The self damage is 7.5% hp not 130 flat. From the tests I have done I have taken 140 and 148 damage from using the ash of war.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      The insane amount of damage you take per cast now + less dmg and slower cast makes this Ash of War more harmful than good.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Patch notes said a "minor nerf" to this skill but thats straight up BS. I do 20% less damage than I did before (800 instead of 1000), it seems to cost almost double the hp, and slowing its casting time down has caused dozens of hours of muscle memory using the skill to be worthless now. That extra few frames makes you liable to get hit by so many more attacks.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Cast time seem roughly identical post patch, damage did take a hit I can def notice, other than that still a solid ash of war for the early game.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I bloodslashed my way through a lot of early/midgame content in this game and not only does it become old and stale, it also feels like effectively cheesing your way through the content. The dmg it does is absurd and the reach and stagger do the rest. Minibosses and even real bosses just can´t handle the slash. Other PvE content is even worse, three soldiers approaching you? One bloodslash, three dead. One of those scary knights? Bloodslash and stagger. Guard counter? Roll out of it and wind up that bloodslash. Counter their counter with slashing, the blood variety. Those glintstone miners with rockhard skin that makes non-strike weapons bounce off? Turns out, bloodslash. Radahn was almost slashed on first attempt(10% health left), then it took 5 or so more to slash him for good. Helped 50+ ppl through Rennala fight by slashing that poor lady to oblivion. For the few bosses that actually resist it, use a strike weapon instead.


                                            I don´t care what ppl use in PvP and invasion but PvE, you are almost ruining your experience by bloodslashing your way through all the content. I stopped using it because it was all I was doing. Why hit a boss 30 times with regular attacks when you can bloodslash him into oblivion with 10? Why not just press that button? I actually look forward to re-playing the bloodslashed content in ng+ without it. It´s a crutch and it´s not fun after a while.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This is partially false, I've done some testing. Bloody Slash scales on two things: weapon enhancement (1-25) and the Arcane Attribute (it works correctly). Character buffs such as Golden Vow do increase the damage, significantly might I add. Weapon enchantments such as Bloodflame Blade do NOT increase the damage, probably for the best honestly. Two more things of note: Bloody Slash does NOT cause bleed buildup (even with Bleed affinity), If it does it's so little that it's impossible to proc but I'm putting my money on that it does not at all (18 uses on the troll by Secluded Cell). The second thing: Keen, Heavy, and Quality Affinities do cause it to do a slight amount more damage (single digits with a +0 weapon and 20's Strength and Dexterity). Overall the perfect weapon for this Ash is a slow, short reaching, high stat requirement weapon. Ash of War's always used at same speed, Bloody Slash has some range, and the higher stats increase the damage (though not much from what I can tell). That being said the damage is superb, hits multiple targets, it costs next to no FP, and it looks pretty cool. Use it on whatever you please. I'm going to test a build with 40 Vigor, 25 Mind, 25 Endurance, 16 Strength, 13 Dexterity, Min Intelligence, 25 Faith, Max (80+) Arcane; while using an Occult Claymore +25 and Shield. Casting Golden Vow and Flame Grant Me Strength while opening my blood vessels at vagrants.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                works wonders for arcane builds just starting out, even if you choose bandit, because this ash of war also works with daggers like the great knife.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  The solid, dependable, knock off a chunk of everything's health choice of discerning Tarnished everywhere.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Not gonna lie, I'd have just stuck with this for the visuals but that absurd range, low cost and somewhat decent instant-death level damage seems a decent reason to use it as well I suppose.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      According to my testing the damage is based on two things. First the upgrade level of your weapon and secondly your arcane stat based on the infusion on your weapon with occult yielding the highest damage if you have a high arcane stat. However the exact scaling on your weapon doesn't matter really just the infusion (again occult is best at high arcane), i tested the Great Knife (A-Scaling) and the Uchigatana (B-Scaling) and both weapons dealt the exact same damage. So if you try to maximize the damage of bloody slash you want to get an occult weapon and pump arcane as much as you can, but otherwise you may use whatever weapon you like aslong as it can run this skill ofcourse.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        This ability doesn't seem to cause hemorrhage like that page says. I tested it. Even though your weapon may cause bleed when using this ability your weapon has no hitbox.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Bloody Slash is one of the strongest Ashes of War in the game in terms of raw damage. It technically has no damage type and is treated as raw (standard) damage, and is only reduced/resisted by enemies actively blocking. But here is where it gets rad. If you change your weapon affinity away from Blood and make it non-elemental (Keen, Quality, Heavy, or Standard) you can still use the Bloody Slash technique and it will do MORE damage based on your weapon's stats. Now the other bonus is that you can also apply elemental grease or a enchantment to your weapon and that damage will be applied ontop of the Bloody Slash and again will not be resisted by your enemy.

                                                          So for example (estimates since I can't look at my in-game stats at the moment) I have a Sword that does around 180+50 dmg at Standard affinity, with Bloody Slash it deals around 600 damage in a single hit. But using the faith spell Blood-Flame and coating the sword in Fire, Bloody Slash now directly deals a consistent 800+ damage per hit. Which for comparison, a backstab/critical-hit only does around 1.2k of damage at max for me currently. So by ramping up my HP/Stamina stats I have been able to consistently melt most enemies by spamming the technique when facing normally tanky foes. Overall it's low FP cost, decent cast/attack speed, and high damage output makes the small HP trade-off very negligible for my melee/tank build. Often this move let's me 1-hit kill anything weaker than a fully armoured Knight, and is best offset if you use the regenerating HP tear in the Wonderous Flask, or use the Assassins Talisman to regen HP by just scoring critical hits on low-tier enemies using a parry/guard-counter or backstab (basically this playstyle favors thinking like a Vampire, and using weaklings to feed off of to regen HP during dungeon crawls while melting the more troublesome foes in 1-2 hits).

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            It will proc bleed. I have it on a long sword with the affinity to bleed. It takes a few stikes but i have seen it.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I learned that the health cost can kill you if you're health is low enough and also it will still consume health without doing the actual weapon art if you are out of FP :/ wish it just wouldn't even let you use the move if you were in either of those circumstances

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I have the broadsword +17 keen and the bloody slash is just way too OP, I almost do not use it that often to not make the game to easy ... xD,

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I have bloody slash on two grossmesser curved swords and using the L1/LB three attack combo, having a lot of fun with it so far but i've only cleared Stormveil and Lucaria Academy with it.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Maybe I just am not noticing, but does this actually proc bleed build up? It does a lot of upfront damage but with all the blood animations I haven’t noticed if I’m procing bleed

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      this did jackpoop against margit with my lord's greatsword. better to unequip any ashes of war so it can retain it's full attack power. maybe margit is immune to bleeding or i'm dumb

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Lol arc>luck 100 to 1 even has spell application ty from... While easier than some melee styles... Hardly op carry(this skill) compared to someone melting a boss far faster than any bleed with gravity magic from relatively safe positioning.. let's just call everything op and hopefully from slaps everything with the nerf stick ;)

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          "op" but arcane doesn't have much else going for it, the nerf should be putting a 16ish arc stat req on it

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            My friend has a keen uchigatana with this but mine isn't letting me use keen, just standard and arcane, anyone know why?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Did some testing with the damage. I used a knight's greatsword and a flamberge, both with and without a blood infusion. The damage dealt was consistent, and the damage increase after I leveled arcane was consistent as well. Admittedly I didn't test to see if strength or dexterity changed the damage dealt, but from the testing I did do, it seems like it only scales off of arcane and weapon level, separate from a weapon's AR. I'll comment again if I do any further testing.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                The length of the weapon this is on doesn't matter, as the weapon doesn't have an active hitbox during the attack. Tested with the Great Épée; hitting with the blade didn't add any extra damage.
                                                                                Therefore, this is very well suited to shorter weapons that can benefit from additional range. Using this on my Broadsword and it's a lifesaver against mobs and bosses.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  It seems the skill scales only from arcane. I have tested on different weapons, including daggers, straight and thrusting swords, and still it give me the same damage number

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This is completely broken... don't even need arcane to be hitting for 600-700 a cast. When this gets inevitably nerfed, I hope they make it scale with arcane and nerf the base damage. Knowing fromsoft, they will nerd both and we will just get a DS3 "arcane is bad" situation again :(

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      What if I apply this ash of war to a lightning affinity weapon, will the damage of the ash of war become weaker?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        what is the golden buff visual effect and blood drop that appears on the status bar mean when you use this?

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I use to put this on my Lordsworn's Greatsword, during the boss fights for bleeding damage. But for roaming I use Sacred Blade.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I put this on Rogier's Rapier, one of the best early game dex weapons, one shots enemy's and most bosses die in like 3 slashes. High damage coupled with bleed proc is no joke.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I just put this on a +3 dagger and it does 400+ damage. I think it's the strongest ash of war you can get before beating any bosses.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                both the ability (extra range, high damage, not too much loss of life) and adding a passive bleed effect to weapons is really useful with this

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  This thing is carrying me through my first play through, does a stupid amount of damage, I’m expecting a nerf at some point in the future

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Either i explored too much or this **** is very strong. You can take off 1/4 of a health bar of any bosses with one Bloody Slash.

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