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

Uchigatana Elden Ring

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

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)

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.

Uchigatana Location

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 acquire the Uchigatana in Elden Ring through two methods. The first and easiest way is to select the Samurai class when starting the game, which grants you the Uchigatana as a starting weapon.

For players who have chosen a different archetype and wish to find the weapon within the Lands Between, follow these steps to locate the Uchigatana in Elden Ring:

Head Towards The Deathtouched Catacombs

Deathtouched Catacombs

To obtain the Uchigatana in Elden Ring, you must head to the optional dungeon known as the Deathtouched Catacombs, located in the Limgrave Region. In my experience, accessing the dungeon was pretty straightforward. Here’s how to find it:

  1. Begin your journey by traveling to the Saintsbridge site of grace or fast-travel there if you’ve already unlocked it.
  2. From Saintsbridge, head west along the path that leads to Stromveil Castle.
  3. Continue uphill until you come across a rock formation on your right that you can climb. Ascend the rocks, and you’ll spot a large door with a ghostly figure standing beside it, emitting a golden glow.

This is the entrance to the Deathtouched Catacombs, where you can find the Uchigatana in the Elden Ring.

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 right in front of you. 

Locating Uchigatana In Deathtouched Catacombs

Locating Uchigatana In Deathtouched Catacombs

After resting at the site of grace, head down the stairs and proceed through the lit corridor until you reach a room with a door and a tunnel on the left. Here’s what you need to do:

Tunnel Deathtouched Catacombs

  1. Take the left tunnel on the left side of the room.
  2. Follow the stairs down until you reach a large room.
  3. Go down the stairs, and you’ll find a small tunnel entrance on your right.
  4. Proceed through this tunnel until you reach the end of the room, where you’ll see a lever with a level indicator. Pull down this lever.
  5. Return to the large room with stairs, but instead of going up the stairs, keep to the left and enter a small doorway on the left.

This will take you further into the Deathtouched Catacombs to retrieve your Uchigatana.

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. Pick it up, and it is yours to claim forever for your playthrough.

Uchigatana Elden Ring

Fun Fact: I was able to claim two Uchigatanas and you can too. 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.

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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:


  • Coming as a default weapon skill, upon activation, your character will sheathe the Uchigatana in its scabbard and assume a fighting stance.

  • Upon releasing the skill button, your character will perform a powerful switch-slash attack against the enemy.

  • This attack deals high damage, making it an excellent choice as an opening move in combat and a quick transition from an idle stance to a surprise attack.

  • The Unsheathe skill consumes a moderate amount of focus points, typically 10 to 15 points, making it an efficient and effective combat option.

Blood Loss Buildup (Passive)

The Uchigatana has a passive ability called “Blood Loss Buildup,” which makes it one of the most potent starting weapons in the game. Here’s how this ability works:

  • When you attack with the Uchigatana, it inflicts a bleed effect on enemies.

  • This bleed effect is cumulative and builds up with each successful slash you land on your target.

  • Over time, the accumulated bleed damage can cause hemorrhages, significantly damaging your enemies.

  • This effect becomes even more deadly when combined with a bleed status build, which emphasizes and maximizes the potential of the weapon’s blood loss buildup, allowing you to quickly dispatch even the toughest foes.

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)

My emphasis may never be enough on how important this Ashes of War is for your Uchigatana bleed status build that’s effective and looks amazing when you pull it off. 

This Ash of War will drop when you defeat Godrick Knight in Fort Haight. Pairing with Uchigatana will allow you to deal an insane amount of damage to enemies. It can even one-shot from minions to mini-bosses if you’ve upgraded your Uchigatana enough and used 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. I found this immensely powerful allowing my build to completely obliterate enemies. 

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.)

With several hours invested in Elden Ring, I can 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. 

It is 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 defeat 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 takes your defense to a 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 exceptionally 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. 

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. 

Best Builds For Uchigatana

Here are some of the best builds 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. 

The Uchigatana build in Elden Ring provides a thrilling hunter-like experience in combat. Here’s how to play with this build:

  1. Begin by picking off enemies from a distance whenever possible.

  2. When enemies approach and close the gap, switch to your Uchigatana for close combat.

  3. Utilize the Unsheathe Ash of War, a swift skill, to swiftly dispatch enemies before they can land a hit on you.

This approach allows you to transition seamlessly between ranged and melee combat, making you feel like a true hunter in the game.

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. 

  1. Equip the Uchigatana in your right hand and the seal in your left hand.

  2. Buff your Uchigatana with either Black Flame Blade or Bloodflame Blade. I highly recommend using Bloodflame Blade to enhance the bleed status effect from the Uchigatana.

  3. Consider using Black Flame Blade in situations where you need to deal extra damage or face tougher enemies and bosses. This spell’s damage-over-time effect scales with the enemy’s HP, making it effective against formidable foes.

  4. Utilize Black Flame, your long-range spell, to deal substantial damage to enemies and continue inflicting damage over time.

By following these steps, you’ll maximize the effectiveness of your Uchigatana build, allowing you to exploit its bleed buildup and unleash powerful attacks.

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

For this melee-mage build in Elden Ring, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to utilize it effectively:

  1. Launch Glinstone Phalanx with your Cold Uchigatana.
  2. Switch to dual-wielding your Uchigatana and Moonveil.
  3. Focus on staggering enemies with either the Phalanx or the Transient Moonlight.
  4. Use a combination of both to stagger tougher enemies.
  5. Once the enemy is staggered, spam your attacks to apply Hemorrhage and Frostbite.
  6. If your Focus Points (FP) are running low, perform a critical strike to regain lost FP.

By following these steps, you can effectively use the melee-mage build to stagger enemies, apply debuffs, and regain lost Focus Points, providing a dynamic gameplay experience in the late game.

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, 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 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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