Blade of Death

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Unleash the power of the Rune of Death to fire off a blade-like projectile.
In addition to dealing immediate damage, the blade reduces the enemy's maximum HP and continues to wear down HP for a while.

Blade of Death is a Skill in Elden Ring. Blade of Death is a Unique skill for the Black Knife.  It shares an animation with Blade of Gold, the unique skill for the Blade of Calling. It allows user to fire a projectile and deal additional damage. This also has a unique feature that debuffs a few enemy stats. Updated to Patch 1.07.


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Elden Ring Blade of Death Guide, Notes & Tips

  • This is a Unique Skill
  • FP Cost: 25
  • This Skill is not Chargeable
  • Reduces enemy max HP by 10% for 15 seconds.
  • Saps enemy HP for 5 seconds
  • Damage type is Holy Damage and scales purely with Faith. Damage can be increased by Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear and Sacred Scorpion Charm, as well as other generic attack buffs like Golden Vow and Howl of Shabriri.
  • The debuff stacks with either the Black Blade incantation OR Destined Death but NOT both.
  • The range of Blade of Death is longer than Reduvia Blood Blade and equivalent to Sorceries and Incantations.
  • Stealth attacks with Blade of Death will do additional damage.
  • The burning effect from the Blade of Death weapon art, like status effects, will go through i-frames.
  • Both this and the Blade of Calling have substantial hyper-armor once the player is in the air.
  • Comparison to Blade of Gold, Blade of Gold values are represented first and in yellow, Blade of Death values are represented second and in red: FP Cost: 17/25, Poise damage (PVE/PVP): 180/100, 180/100, CC type: Knock back/Stagger, Total AR 421/430 (50 FTH), 443/446 (80 FTH), Holy Damage Motion Values: 145/180, Actual damage at 80 faith and Upgrade level +10: 1323/1150.
    • In short, Blade of Gold deals more damage that blade of Death at a cheaper FP cost, but Blade of Death applies a DoT and a debuff.
  • Note: This Skill was changed with Patch 1.07 as follows: Effect duration that reduces maximum HP has been increased.
  • See Buffs & Debuffs for more information on stacking debuffs.




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    • Anonymous

      While the percentage is something I see mentioned a lot, I'm noticing that on godfrey at RL1, with stat boost gear to use the weapon, I'm hitting for a specific number each hit [882]. When I use a rune arc it increases the damage to about 902. So I'm assuming that's the faith scaling. I'm not sure how this affects the percentage calculation but the damage output is consistent at least on this boss. The effect seems a little different from how tische's works, which seems more in line with the percentage.

      • Anonymous

        Does Shard of Alexander affect the damage and sapping damage of this? I know it probably doesn't affect the HP reduction but what about the other two?

        • Anonymous

          Can you essentially kill any boss in the game with no more than ten uses of this ash of war, or am I misunderstanding something?

          • Anonymous

            The max health debuff seems inconsistent/bugged. It doesn't work on Godfrey's first phase but does on his second phase (which is useless at that point).

            • I was reading the comments and to save your time, the debuff of 10% of health it's great to use in the star of the boss fight. It will drain automacally 10% and it will NOT recover after the effect has passed out, unless the boss has a way to heal (malenia). However if Tiche uses this skill, once the effect passes way, the health WILL RECOVER the 10%. So in the end, if you use it the damage is permanent, if Tiche uses, the health will recover at end of the effect. Hope this helps someone.

              • Anonymous

                So if I open a boss fight with this, does the 10% reduction basically mean I deal 10% of their total health bar in damage immediately?

                • Anonymous

                  What's the point of this? Reduces 10% max hp, nonstackable, for what? After 15 seconds enemy will return to max hp. It's like... I don't see the real benefit of reducing max hp. Maybe in PVP so enemy can't heal at full HP, but after 15s will be able to do again...

                  • Anonymous

                    This can be parried with carian retaliation, though you may still take the health dot if you dont time it perfectly.

                    • Anonymous

                      Something ive found quite interesting is that if you hit a late game boss with it after they've taken some damage the skill will appear to be healing the boss when in actuality its making the hp pool much shorter and therefore the hp left is a higher percentage of the total. Bet thats been confusing some of the people ive been helping as a summon!

                      • Anonymous

                        Does anyone know if this weapon art scales strangely? Like does it do flat damage, scale off of weapon damage, or specifically one of the stats?

                        • Anonymous

                          can you apply blade of death multiple times on one enemy? one such enemy being malenia, would be nice to reduce the amount she can heal

                          • Anonymous

                            Incredibly strong, I decided to switch to this for shits and giggles to try it out and the special just melts without any upgrades

                            • Anonymous

                              This skill is not Chargeable.

                              Initial damage does not scale with Strength, Dex or Faith.

                              Initial damage IS affected by buffs to Holy damage (Sacred Scorpion Charm and Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear Physick).

                              Damage over time scales with Faith only.

                              Damage over time is not affected by buffs to Holy damage.

                              Neither initial damage or DoT is affected by Red-Feathered Branchsword or buffs to AR.

                              • Anonymous

                                Insane utility against all high hp bosses, just use it once to take a few thousand hit points off the boss.

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