Katanas are a type of Weapon in Elden Ring. Katanas specializes in mid-range combat and are capable of inflicting slash and thrust attacks, as well as the Hemorrhage Status Effect in many cases, which can deal significant damage. Many players choose this weapon type for its unique moveset.

Katanas can be modified by a number of Ashes of War to change their Skills or Damage Type, so play around with them and see what you like as you acquire more.

NOTEAs of Patch 1.08Katanas poise damage has been reduced only on PVP.

Elden Ring Katana Range Comparison

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Weapon Range Data for Katanas in Elden Ring. Credits to user Kaj.

 

Elden Ring Katanas

 

Katanas Showcase

 

 

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Elden Ring Katanas Base Values

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Name
Phy Mag Fire Ligh Holy Crit
Boost
Str Dex Int Fai Arc Wgt Skill
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Uchigatana

115

45

-

30

-

30

-

30

-

30

100

30

11

D

15

D

-

-

-

-

-

-

5.5

10

Unsheathe

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Nagakiba

115

49

-

33

-

33

-

33

-

33

100

33

18

D

22

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

7.0

16

Piercing Fang

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Serpentbone Blade

120

45

-

30

-

30

-

30

-

30

100

30

11

E

22

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

6.0

6 ( - 3)

Double Slash

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Meteoric Ore Blade

112

50

72

45

-

31

-

31

-

31

100

33

15

D

14

E

18

D

-

-

-

-

7.5

13

Gravitas

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Moonveil

73

31

87

57

-

26

-

26

-

26

100

31

12

E

18

D

23

C

-

-

-

-

6.5

6.5

Transient Moonlight

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Rivers of Blood

76

36

-

26

76

52

-

26

-

26

100

31

12

E

18

D

-

-

-

-

20

D

6.5

17 ( - 9)

Corpse Piler

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Dragonscale Blade

110

35

-

25

-

25

-

50

-

25

100

30

12

D

20

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

5.5

25

Ice Lightning Sword

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Hand of Malenia

117

49

-

33

-

33

-

33

-

33

100

33

16

E

48

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

7.0

9 ( - 7)

Waterfowl Dance

Elden Ring Katanas Max Standard Values

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt Upgrade
Dragonscale Blade 269 - - - - 100 90 D B - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 33 15 5.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Hand of Malenia 286 - - - - 100 90 E B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(50) 49 33 33 33 33 36 16 7 Somber Smithing Stones
Meteoric Ore Blade 274 176 - - - 100 104 C D C - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(50) 50 45 31 31 31 36 16 7.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Moonveil 178 213 - - - 100 90 E B B - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(50) 31 57 26 26 26 34 15 6.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Nagakiba 281 - - - - 100 90 D B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 49 33 33 33 33 39 16 7 Smithing Stones
Rivers of Blood 186 - 186 - - 100 90 E B - - D hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(50) 36 26 52 26 26 34 15 6.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Serpentbone Blade 294 - - - - 100 84 E B - - - poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(66) 45 30 30 30 30 36 15 6 Smithing Stones
Uchigatana 281 - - - - 100 90 D C - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 45 30 30 30 30 36 15 5.5 Smithing Stones

Elden Ring Katanas Max Heavy Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 258 - - - - 100 90 B - - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 49 33 33 33 33 36 16 7
Uchigatana 258 - - - - 100 90 A - - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 45 30 30 30 30 33 15 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Keen Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 242 - - - - 100 99 E A - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 49 33 33 33 33 36 16 7
Uchigatana 258 - - - - 100 90 E A - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 45 30 30 30 30 33 15 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Quality Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 225 - - - - 100 90 B B - - -
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49 33 33 33 33 36 16 7
Uchigatana 225 - - - - 100 90 B B - - -
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45 30 30 30 30 33 15 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Fire Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 187 - 187 - - 100 90 C E - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 46.55 31.35 41.25 37.95 31.35 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 187 - 187 - - 100 90 C E - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 42.75 28.5 37.5 34.5 28.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Flame Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 214 - 214 - - 100 90 E E - B -
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46.55 31.35 41.25 37.95 31.35 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 214 - 214 - - 100 90 E E - B -
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42.75 28.5 37.5 34.5 28.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Lightning Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 187 - - 187 - 100 90 E C - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 46.55 31.35 37.95 41.25 31.35 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 187 - - 187 - 100 90 E C - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 42.75 28.5 34.5 37.5 28.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Sacred Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 214 - - - 214 100 90 E E - B - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 46.55 37.95 31.35 31.35 41.25 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 214 - - - 214 100 90 E E - B - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 42.75 34.5 28.5 28.5 37.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Magic Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 214 214 - - - 100 90 E E B - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 46.55 41.25 31.35 31.35 37.95 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 214 214 - - - 100 90 E E B - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(45) 42.75 37.5 28.5 28.5 34.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Cold Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 198 158 - - - 100 90 D B C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105)
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46.55 37.95 31.35 31.35 31.35 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 198 158 - - - 100 90 C B C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105)
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42.75 34.5 28.5 28.5 28.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Poison Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Uchigatana 236 - - - - 100 90 C B - - D hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 42.75 28.5 28.5 28.5 28.5 30 15 5.5
Nagakiba 236 - - - - 100 90 D B - - D hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 46.55 31.35 31.35 31.35 31.35 33 16 7

Elden Ring Katanas Max Blood Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 236 - - - - 100 90 D B - - D
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46.55 31.35 31.35 31.35 31.35 33 15.2 7
Uchigatana 236 - - - - 100 90 C B - - D
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42.75 28.5 28.5 28.5 28.5 30 14.25 5.5

Elden Ring Katanas Max Occult Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Nagakiba 247 - - - - 100 90 E D - - B hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 49 33 33 33 33 36 16 7
Uchigatana 247 - - - - 100 90 E D - - B hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 45 30 30 30 30 33 15 5.5

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Funny, there's the moonveil for int/dex builds and the meteoric blade for the int/str builds. No faith katanas outside of the one you infuse.

      I guess they're saving a black blade katana for a future dlc.

      • Anonymous

        One day from will gift us a faith scaling katana. One day, the power of god and anime will be on are side.

        • Anonymous

          Honestly, overrated weapon type. The ashes locked to katanas carry the class. Exception to the Nagakiba, which is colossal sized at medium speed.

          • Anonymous

            People were so obsessed with this category of weapons they failed to notice just how broken thrusting swords can be.

            • Anonymous

              Unholy weapons born from the tears of thousands of casual. their resentment and hate from being victimized in the previous games morphing into these abominations.

              • Anonymous

                I know that you can parry with Katanas by putting the Parry Ash of War onto the Uchigatana or Nagakiba; i just wish it was similar to the Katana parry of DS3

                • Anonymous

                  Running r2 is good. Semi fast r1s, bleed passively, l1s are okay. Kinda slower and more separated swings making them parry bait, use with caution against players 2h moveset bout the same as 1h. Unsheathe is a top tier AoW... 9/10 fun wep class

                  • Anonymous

                    It’s been said before in a nicer way I know.

                    It’s time for a dedicated non-game space for PVPers. There is a time and a place for that but just not in game.

                    Hear me out.

                    The real dedicated pvpers are people who want ER to be Mortal Kombat with armour and swords. It’s not. And a game doesn’t have to have a winner and a loser. In fact that’s what makes a game a game and a sport a sport.

                    PVPers are why — in part — people don’t take games seriously as art or even as games. PVPers want Fortnite or fight club and not an engaging game. Great. Let them have it just not in the game.

                    The other day some 10 year old kid I invaded complained in a dm afterwards to me that I beat him with magic and madness. He was enraged. Imagine. I told him to go back to COD if he wants to beat up people with weapons.

                    Just at a game level imagine you were playing chess with a friend. Then a third person entered the room with a chess piece of their choice and started a fight with one of the pieces on the board, in the middle of game play. This is the same as PVP.

                    I do invasions. 4 out of 5 invasions are summons from some jacked PVPer begging you to fight them and show off their build or katana. 2 out of 3 of those are some staged scenario with a friend nearby or fake host in some rune farming operation.

                    Please, From, create a separate arena for pvp or fight club. They can already summon each other as duelists but god knows why they don’t and waste everyone’s time by summoning unknowing hunters and invaders to their fight club.

                    Rant complete! I feel better already.

                    ** Note this is not an anti-pvp post. It is an anti pvp in the game post. I know some people have fun doing both, no doubt. That’s great.

                    I don’t interrupt your pvp by running into your pvp to assign both players side quests. So please stop running into my game with your fight clubs.

                    • Anonymous

                      katanas are kinda just mid outside of their ashes of war. damage is pitiful, speed is alright, dual wield is way too slow but atleast they got style right?

                      • Anonymous

                        Though we already know that From really love their katanas, but katanas in Elden Ring really look cool as F! Really want more katanas which U can use AOW on them but has the same unique moveset as Meteoric blade or Serpent bone blade.

                        • Anonymous

                          Katanas are kind of self nerfed. Everyone uses them so everyone knows how to deal with them. For the primary meta weapon of this fromsoft game they lack any of the teeth previous meta weapons had. In ds3 we had straight swords, (lothric straight sword) which were fairly unique in how you could use them. The skill ceiling was fairly high, the moveset could easily rollcatch & was generally a great all around choice for any build. In this game everyone uses katanas despite their incredibly inferior moveset. Its very hard to rollcatch with anything but a running r2 & even then good luck. Gone are the days of hosts in full onion armor doing nothing but running r1s with a washing pole. Nowadays i barely take katanas seriously. Moonveil is only dangerous when your connection is bad, hom & rob are both easy to bait out & outmaneuver. Yea these are powerful weapons but only because of their ashes. Im not saying katanas need a buff. No im simply advising you pick a different weapon. Try something else, & you just might win the next fight you have.

                          • Anonymous

                            What kinda weapons do you guys want from up coming DLCs? I want more Dragonscale sized Katanas, the others are freakishly long, I want an infusable one for a proper Samurai cosplay.

                            • Anonymous

                              As much as I hate going up against dual nagakibas and moonveil spammers over and over again, there's no denying katanas in this game are fantastic. There are 4 different R2 movesets in this class, 4 special skills and unsheathe aow is only available for katanas, all of this makes these weapons feel unique.

                              • Anonymous

                                so: what stats do i update to deal more damage aside arcane and does lowering my strength also lowers the damage i deal with a katana?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Expect a point down if you use any one of these weapons. I think at least the most honorable is the STR based Meteoric Ore Blade for it's special R2, but even then, don't think anyone will like you if they see you with a katana in hand.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Hobby Samurai cosplayer here :)
                                    I hope a DLC brings back Sir Alonne's Nagamaki. I mean on his trips to the Elden ring Universe he bought all the big pots for his castle. They are all around the roundtable area.
                                    I know somebody in the Elden Ring universe made the tasty Nagamaki :)

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Nakiba's skill is actually Unsheathe, not Piercing Fang. Piercing Fang is just the equipped ash of war when you receive the weapon in-game.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Ideas for Ashes of War for Katanas: 1. Frayed Blade from DS3's weapon art, with or w/out the dark applied, so a series of slashes followed be a sheathe again (stamps have multiple forms, why can't Unsheathe?)
                                        2. Stance holds, like Square off. Holding the blade up like a samurai, while being able to move slowly, and follow up with one of two attacks, depending on input like usual. Again, swords and axes have this ability, so why not.
                                        3. Just reimplement parry... that was solid.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Idea: Make Katanas have a higher Critical Range, and remove bleed (except for bleed focused ones). Nerf damage and speed a little and there you have it, daggers that are a little bit slower but outperform them in range and damage.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I like to roleplay as zoro from one piece, i always do that in every souls game, and katanas in this game r pretty good looking, meteoric blade and moonveil for the white/black look of them, and the dragonscale for the flashy effects, 10/10

                                            • There are more katanas than: thrusting swords, heavy thrusting swords, twinblades, flails, great spears, reapers, whips, claws, light bows, bows, great bows, crossbows, ballistae, and torches. There are an equal number of katanas and sacred seals. What did Fromsoft mean by this?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I love how people who say katanas are overtuned just get thumbs down but no counterarguments. I wonder why

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  We are so close to a more balanced game. All we need now is to nerf katanas and heavy thrusting swords and then the community shall rejoice.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I hope katanas in this game get nerfed to the ground, from a PvE perspective. Even an uchigatana is too powerful.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      It’s says a lot about From’s balancing when two of the most powerful and most common weapons are katanas. I know they’re based out of Japan, but in other Souls games they’ve just been powerful, not OP like Elden Ring.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        it sucks that the damage numbers and status effects are what makes these katanas 'good'. they could have done many unique things with the movesets and ashes of war. Personally the only katana that i like is the meteoric ore blade solely for the heavy attack. fromsoftware really could have done a lot more with these weapons as they are on the fewer side and i hate that these get bad rep. cool designs though.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          The katana jumping heavy attack should've been like the tricked Chikage plunge attack and like the jump attack Tachibana Muneshige from Nioh does.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Fun fact: In real life katanas were entirely useless outside of Japan. It doesn't matter what anime you've been watching, it's physically impossible to make a real katana that can stand up to almost any other real weapon.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              In light of the unique strong attacks some of the other katana get the strong attack of the Uchigatana feels so flimsy. I mean there's a double hit strong attack, a thrust strong attack and ICHIMONJI DOUBLE yet the Uchigatana gets stuck with the same old strong attack that has been around since Dark Souls. Hope we get some normal looking katana in the DLC that have unique movesets and can use ashes of war.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                In a future update they should allow you to put the parry ashes of war on this. Surprised they didn't initially.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Let me be clear: in Ellen Ring, the pinnacle of FromSoft, katanas are really frustrating to play against and too overpowered to use. The point was, is and will be here. However, there is but one thing keeping my respect for katana users: the legend, the myth. The Soldier of God is the only match for Him. For a simple man, who once Soloed Her.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    There is nothing wrong with using katanas you guys. I used katanas for my first run and the game is still really hard.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Ever since Dark Souls 1 i've heard people complain about katanas being too op, yet when i try them i'm always feeling like they aren't as good as other weapons

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        So many comments I see in here of people complaining of good or not good/over or pvp lol stop crying and just enjoy the game plus fyi,no one said you had to use or get the katanas if you have such an issue with how they are done in this one

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          There is a mod on Nexus that replaces the models of Katana to straight swords. This is weird because curved swords are pretty relevant even in Europe, and are the primary swords in regions like the Middle East and India.
                                                                          What I want to say is some of these "katana" don't even look like katana. Hand of Malenia is more curved than typical katana should be, and even looks like a shamshir or a scimitar (with the patterning on the blade as well); while the Serpent Bone Blade has a very European hilt design and is more curved than typical katana. Meteoric Ore Blade has a katana-like curve/curvature but the hilt is pretty Middle Eastern/Indian.

                                                                          Signed, DS3FireKeeperbestwaifu.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            holy crap these are way more overpowered than I thought they would be. downright broken. so fast, so much damage, bleeding, and no weakness!

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Fun triva fact(that probably gonna get disliked for being a "weeb")

                                                                              The whole stuff about folded steel actually had a primary reason behind it. Most swords had wobbly blades, but the katanas had much more firm, non-bending ones. As such, it made them much stronger at precise strikes, but in turn, imprecise strikes made it much easier to break these blades.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                It makes sense these weapons are so good the katana is basically the most masterful weapon out there unlike the European style weapons and stuff the katana is an art and I so superior to European design like I once saw one slice through a roll of paper towels clean I'd like to see a longsword do that so it really makes sense to make these the best git guy or stop crying

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  don't care about pvp but who cares, use what you want. its a game its supposed to be fun and weebs and whiners need to get a grip.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I still cannot comprehend how you can have dragonscale and serpentbone in the same class as rob and mv. They are so underpowered its not even funny meanwhile the other two not only trivializes a lot of pve they basically destroyed pvp for most people I've spoken to. They should halve the damage of moonveils L2R1s and Nerf the rivers of piss to the fiery depths of hell.

                                                                                    Hopefully they will either open up DS3 servers or nerf the noobtubes in the near future, stacked with that new mod coming out the future of pvp isn't bright

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      These things are in desperate need of a nerf. I'm not just sick of fighting them, I want to be able to use them without feeling like a ****

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Katanas are one of the most powerful weapon types in the game.
                                                                                        Game was made by a Japanese game company.
                                                                                        ...HMMMMMMMM... must be a coincidence.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Why I despise Mooveil more than Rob is because you have to make a specific build in order to counter it. Rob can easily be countered with anything like spears or even Moonveil itself. On the other hand, Moonveil has to be countered with a specific build that's just made for it. If you don't have the right build, just pray that you dodge all Moonveil L2s.

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