Elden Ring Uchigatana: Stats, Location, Builds, Best Ashes Of War

Uchigatana Elden Ring

Elden Ring is inarguably one of the best games that have graced our TV or PC screens in the last decade. With FromSoftware perfecting their Soulsbourne formula, they’ve finally crafted, dare I say, the best Souls game experience to date. Like their previous entries, Elden Ring has iconic weapons to pit against otherworldly foes. However, we’ll discuss the Uchigatana in Elden Ring and all the details you need to know about this weapon.

How Good Is Uchigatana In Elden Ring?

Here are some quick stats for Uchigatana in Elden Ring:

Attack Guard
Physical Damage 155
Physical Resistance 45
Magic Damage 0
Magic Resistance 0
Fire Damage 30
Fire Resistance 30
Lightning Damage 0
Lightning Resistance 30
Holy Damage 0
Holy Resistance 30
Critical Damage 100
Guard Boost 30
Attribute Scaling
Strength D, Dexterity D
Attribute Requirements
Strength 15, Dexterity 15
Katana Type
Passive Effects
Bleed Damage
Focus Points - (10, 15)

Elden Ring provides a vast arsenal of weapons to choose from, and Katanas might just be my favorite of the bunch. One of those Katanas is the Uchigatana, which you can find in the Lands Between or get as a starting weapon if you choose the Samurai Archetype. 

Uchigatana is a weapon that will scale with your Strength and Dexterity stats. It is a good choice of weapon if you’re going for something with piercing and slash damage.

Now, Uchigatana might be one of the shorter katanas in the game, but it offers the perfect balance between speed and power. Why, you ask? It’s the lightest katanas, weighing only 5.5, and provides an excellent bleed buildup on every hit. I was able to breeze through the beginning section of the game and Stormveil and Lucaria Academy bosses by only upgrading (+1) it once.

Locate Uchigatana In Elden Ring

Quick Directions:

  1. Start Elden Ring with the Samurai Class to get the Uchigatana from the get-go.
  2. You can get the Uchigatana from the Deathtouched Catacombs if you’re not a samurai.
    1. You’ll need to enter these catacombs and keep descending the stairs until you arrive at an intersection. 
    2. Take the left tunnel and keep descending down once you reach a big room. Move to the end of the room and take a right to enter another tunnel. 
    3. Here, you’ll need to keep moving forward until you come face to face with a Statue with a level. Pull that level to unlock the area with Uchigatana. 
    4. Backtrack to the backroom, and instead of climbing the stairs, keep left and turn left into a small doorway. 
    5. Follow this doorway to a well-lit room and then take the first left into another doorway that leads to the Uchigatana. 

You can get your hands on the Uchigatana in Elden Ring in two ways. The first one’s the easiest. You simply begin the game by choosing the Samurai class. This will allow you to get Uchigatana as a starting weapon. 

The second one is for players who chose a different archetype and simply want to locate the weapon in the Lands Between. Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough to help you locate Uchigatana in Elden Ring:

Head Towards The Deathtouched Catacombs

Deathtouched Catacombs

You’ll need to open the map and head towards the optional dungeon named the Deathtouched Catabombs. You’ll find the dungeon in the Limgrave Region, and reaching it is quite simple and linear, as you don’t need to unlock prior areas before accessing it.

You can start your journey by traveling to the Saintsbridge site of grace or simply fast-traveling if you’ve already unlocked it.

From here, simply travel westward to the path that leads to the Stromveil Castle. Keep moving uphill until you see a rock formation on your right that will be climbable. Move up those rocks, and you’ll see the big door with a ghost figure right next to it, giving off a golden glow.

Golden Glow Stromveil Castle

You’ll simply need to open up the gates to this dungeon, and you’ll have reached the Deathtouched Catacombs.

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Going Into The Catacombs

Once inside the Catacombs, let me warn you about the enemies you’ll encounter here. 

The first one is the Skeletal Warriors, which are pretty easy to beat. The notable one is the mini-boss called Black Knife Assassin. 

Now, defeating the mini-boss isn’t necessary for you to get your hands on the Uchigatana. However, the Black Knife Assassin does drop the Assassin Crimson Dagger, another powerful weapon in the Elden Ring. 

Now let me guide you where to find Uchigatana in the Deathtouched Catacombs. First, I recommend that you rest at the site of grace that’ll be right in front of you. 

Locating Uchigatana In Deathtouched Catacombs

Locating Uchigatana In Deathtouched Catacombs

After you’re rested, head down the stairs through the lit corridor until you reach a room with a door and a tunnel on the left. You need to take the left tunnel here and follow the stairs down until you reach a big room. 

Tunnel Deathtouched Catacombs

First, you must head down the stairs and take a right to enter a small tunnel entrance. Keep moving forward to the end of the room, where you’ll see a status with a level. Pull down this lever and backtrack to the big room with stairs.

Instead of going up the stairs, you must keep left and take a sharp left to enter a small doorway.

Small Doorway Deathtouched Catacombs

Keep following the corridor until it opens up into a well-lit room, move a bit forward, and then take the first left that will lead you to the room where Uchigatana is located.

Uchigatana Location

Once you enter this doorway, it’ll lead to a room, and you’ll see the Uchigatana right in front of you. Simply pick it up and have fun.

Uchigatana Elden Ring

Fun Fact: You can actually acquire two Uchigatanas in Elden Ring. If you start the game with Samurai Class, you’ll automatically get your first Uchigatana this way. Once the Lands Between opens fully for exploration, you can use the guide above to locate your second Uchigatana in the Elden Ring. I hope you enjoy dual-wielding this amazing weapon. 

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Skills On Uchigatana

The default skills make the Uchigatana a formidable starting weapon that can easily take you into the late game. By default, you’ll get the following skills on Uchigatana:


Unsheathe is the default weapon skill that Uchigatana comes with. When you use this skill, the player will sheathe the Uchigatana in the sheath and assume a fighting stance. Once you release the skill button, the player will inflict a switch slash at the enemy.  

This high-damage attack makes it ideal as an opener to every fight and a switch from death to unsuspecting foes. It consumes only 10-15 focus points, making it quite efficient to use as well.

Blood Loss Buildup (Passive)

Blood Loss Buildup is a passive ability for Uchigatana, which makes it one of the strongest starting weapons in the game. 

The Uchigatana inflicts a 45 bleed effect on enemies, which only builds up on every slash you inflict. It can cause hemorrhages, which help you quickly dispatch even the toughest enemies. 

This effect becomes even more deadly when paired with a bleed status build. 

Best Ashes Of War To Use With Uchigatana

Different Ashes Of War in the game help you add additional abilities to Uchigatana to fit your build. Here are some of the best Ashes of War that you can use on your Uchigatana:

Bloody Slash

Bloody Slash Uchigatana

Focus Points Cost 6 FP
Ash Of War Description
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)

Let’s start off our list of best Ashes of War for Uchigatana with Bloody Slash. 

This is one of the best Ashes of War for your Uchigatana bleed status build that’s both effective and looks amazing when you pull it off. 

This Ash of War will drop when you defeat Godrick Knight in Fort Haight. Pair this with Uchigatana to deal an insane amount of damage to enemies. It has the ability to even one-shot from minions to mini-bosses if you’ve upgraded your Uchigatana enough and using the right build. 


Focus Points Cost 13 FP
Ash Of War Description
The skill originates from the Alabaster Lords, who had the skin of stone in their possession. You'll create a gravity well once you thrust this armament into the ground. Additionally, it’ll deal damage as it pulls the enemy into its vortex.

The next Ash of War on our list is the Gravitas.

It’s a great crowd-controlling Ash of War, as you’ll be pulling enemies towards yourself while they’re taking damage. Once they’re close enough, you can easily dispatch them in bulk. 

This Ash of War is non-chargeable and sets off a purple force field, which, dare I say, lets you live your Jedi fantasies for a bit. 

Flame Of The Redmanes

Flame of the Redmanes

Focus Points Cost 14 FP
Ash Of War Description
The Flame of the Redmanes is the skill of Redmanes, who used to fight alongside the great General Radahn. It produces a burst of flames that engulf enemies right before you in an arc AOE. (You can use it on all melee weapons.)

We’ll teach you how to fire-bend in Elden Ring with this next Ash of War. This will be a perfect fit with a weapon as quick and deadly as Uchigatana. 

Why? Because if you pair the damage of Uchigatana with the powerful Flame of The Redmanes skill, it’ll do significant damage to your foes and vanquish them in your flame of justice.

This is another crowd-controlling Ash of War, as it damages multiple enemies right before you. 

Raptor Of The Mists

Focus Points Cost 14 FP
Ash Of War Description
When activated, this ability lets the player duck into a low stance for a moment, and just before the enemy’s strike connects, the avian wings will help the player vanish and escape into the air. (You can use this Ash of War on any melee weapon.)

Let’s talk about one of my favorite Ash of War in the game that I use to juke the enemies in Elden Ring. 

Raptor of the Mists infuses Uchigatana nicely and literally takes your defense to a whole new level. It’ll let you dodge almost any attack and teleport you into the air, where you can jump attack the enemy.

You can find Raptor of the Mists after you help out the Bloddy Finger Hunter Yura defeating his enemy in the Raya Lucaria. 

It goes extremely well with an agile katana like Uchigatana. The best part is that it’ll only cost you focus points when it does activate. If you keep pressing the ability button, it won’t cost you any FP unless an enemy strikes at you.

Bloodhound’s Step

Focus Points Cost 6 FP
Ash Of War Description
Bloodhound’s Step does two things simultaneously. It allows the player to become temporarily invisible while dodging an enemy’s attack at high speed. The player mostly ends up behind the enemy, where they can launch a surprise attack. (You can use it on all melee weapons.)

Last but not least, one of my favorite Ashes of War that costs the least in this list is the Bloodhound’s Step. This amazing defensive skill lets you quickly dodge an incoming attack or projectile from an enemy. It looks anime as heck, trust me!

You’ll find the Bloodhound’s Step on the bridge near the Lenne’s Rise Tower by a Night’s Cavalry in the Dragonbarrow. This complements the Uchigatana’s speed, as you can swiftly strike back the enemy after using this skill. 

Since it costs quite less, you can even spam it in certain situations and make quick work of an enemy before they even realize you’re there. If this sounds cool, it looks even cooler when you pull it off.

Best Builds For Uchigatana

Here are some of the best builds that you can make with the Uchigatana in Elden Ring. Let’s discuss their playstyle and stats in detail below.

Samurai Bleed Dex Build (Beginner Build)

Here’s a quick run-down of the Samurai Bleed Dex Build:

Uchigatana & Longbow
Land of Reeds Set
Primary Stats
Dexterity & Vigour
Secondary Stats
Endurance & Mind
Ash of War: Unsheathe & Mighty Shot
Flask Spread
Primarily HP with 1 or 2 Focus Points


This is my go-to build for Uchigatana, which you can make quite early in the game. It offers a mix of ranged attacks with an increased focus on the Melee combat. 

You actually feel like a hunter when playing this build. First, you try to pick off enemies from afar when you can. Once the enemies get close, you switch to the Uchigatana and start slicing and dicing at will. 

I recommend using the Unsheathe Ash of War, as it’s incredibly fast and will help you dispatch any enemies before they can land a strike on you. 

Faith-Dex Uchigatana Build (Level 50 Build)

Here’s a quick run-down of the Faith-Dex Uchigatana Build:

Propher, Confessor or a Samurai
Uchigatana or Bloodhound’s Fang or Godslayer’s Seal
Primary Stats
Faith & Mind
Secondary Stats
Vigour & Dexterity
Bloody Slash or Unsheathe
Black Flame, Black Flame Blade, Catch Flame and Bloodflame Blade
Flask Spread
Balance Between HP & FP

Attribute Points

Using Black Fame to increase your damage output is the main goal of this Faith-Dex build. 

If you want to make this build work, you’ll need to place the seal in your left hand and the Uchigatana in your right. You’ll need to buff your Uchigatana with the Black Flame or Bloodflame Blade. I’d recommend using the Bloodflame blade as it’ll go hand in hand with the bleed buildup passive of the Uchigatana, significantly boosting the bleed status effect you inflict on enemies. 

You can alternatively use the Black Flame Blade according to your situation. It might have a shorter duration than Bloodflame, but it’ll inflict even more damage. Not to mention that its damage-over-time scales with the HP of the enemy. This makes it highly effective against tougher enemies and bosses. 

For long-range, you can switch to using your Black Flame spell, which does quite a bit of damage to the enemies and continues to inflict damage over time.

Moonveil X Uchigatana Mage Build (Level 100 Build)

Here’s a quick run-down of the Moonveil X Uchigatana Mage Build:

Pair Moonveil with Uchigatana and Academy Glintsone Staff
Any Armor that can still med roll
Primary Stats
Intelligence & Vigour
Secondary Stats
Dexterity & Mind
Carian Filigree Crest, Assassin’s Cerulean Dagger, Magic Scorpion Charm, Green Turtle Talisman
Transient Moonlight & Glinstone Phalanx
Loretta’s Greatbow, Great Glinstone Shard & Terra Magica
Flask Spread
Increased Focus on HP than FP

If you’re bored of just melee attacks in the late game and looking to mix up your gameplay, then this is an excellent melee-mage build for you. It can stagger the enemies and apply Frostbite and Hemmorage on them using Transient Moonlight and Glinstone Phalanx.

This build mainly focuses on staggering your enemies, landing critical hits on them, and then regaining your lost Focus Points. 

First, you launch Glinstone Phalanx with your cold Uchigatana in the air, then switch to dual-wielding Uchigatana and Moonveil. You’ll have a high chance of staggering enemies when they’re hit with either the Phalanx or the Transient Moonlight. You might even need to use a combination of both to stagger the tougher enemies in the game.

Once the enemy is staggered, simply spam your attacks on the enemy to inflict Hemorrhage and Frostbite on them. If you’re low on FP, you should go for a critical strike to regain lost FP.

Was Our Guide On Uchigatana In Elden Ring Helpful? 

With this, I’ll conclude everything you need to know about the Uchigatana in Elden Ring. I hope this journey, from learning about the Uchigatana to making powerful builds with it, was smooth and easy to grasp. 

Elden Ring is a huge game, and there’s plenty more that I might not have covered about the weapon yet. But let’s not overwhelm ourselves and instead focus on the basics and then work our way towards the more advanced builds and strategies. 

If you have any lingering questions about the guide, make sure to let me know in the comments section below. I’ll try to get back to as many queries as I can. 

Elden Ring Uchigatana – FAQs

Is Uchigatana good in Elden Rings?

Uchigatana is one of the best-starting weapons in Elden Ring that can even take you much further into the late game without a sweat. 

Can you dual-wield Uchigatana?

Yes, you can dual-wield Uchigatanas. However, you’ll first need to get your hands on two Uchigatanas. To do that, you’ll need to acquire the first one by starting the game as a samurai and the second one within the Deathtouched Catacombs.

Is Uchigatana a good bleed weapon?

Uchigatan’s main appeal comes from its great passive skill, which is that it builds up a bleed effect on enemies with every strike. This makes it a must-have in a bleed status build.


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