Elden Ring: How to Get the Rivers of Blood

The River of Blood in Elden Ring.

Key Takeaway

You can get the Rivers of Blood by defeating Bloody Finger Okina, located outside the Church of Repose in the Mountaintops of the Giants.

The Rivers of Blood is a notoriously powerful katana in Elden Ring. A lot of people believe it’s the game’s best weapon, while some think it’s overrated. Wield this powerful, bloody blade and see its worth for yourself.

Table Of Contents

    Finding Bloody Finger Okina

    To get the Rivers of Blood, you’ll need to find and defeat Bloody Finger Okina.

    He spawns outside the Church of Repose at the Mountaintops of the Giants. Defeat him and the katana, along with Okina’s armor set, are yours.

    Church of Repose marked on the map.

    Defeating Bloody Finger Okina

    The Tarnished fighting Bloody Finger Okina.

    Defeating Okina is easier said than done, though. Since he’s the original owner of the Rivers of Blood, it’s what he wields in his fight with you. He also wields the Wakizashi, a smaller katana, on his off-hand.

    That said, Okina power stances while fighting you. This means he wields a katana in both hands, making him attack faster.

    The Rivers of Blood also deals bleed damage. Once this gauge is filled, the hemorrhage status effect will remove about 15% of your total health.

    The move you’ll want to watch out for is the Corpse Piler skill. This is when he holds the Rivers of Blood with both hands and furiously slashes it at you, leaving trails of blood behind. This attack is immensely fast and it can easily one-shot you if you get caught up in it.

    Take note that you can parry Okina, even his Corpse Piler skill. If this proves too difficult, just dodge to his side to land behind him and attack him from there.

    Before the fight, be sure to rest at the Church of Repose Site of Grace to make the trip to him faster, in case you fall during the fight.

    Rivers of Blood Stats

    The Rivers of Blood is one of the game’s most powerful and best weapons. It inflicts fire and bleed damage. It has a 76 physical and fire damage rating, and a 50 blood loss build-up rating.

    At max level, the Rivers of Blood has 186 base physical damage and 186 base fire damage.

    It is leveled with Somber Smithing Stones. It also can’t be infused with other Ashes of War nor can it be enchanted by other status effects.

    To wield the Rivers of Blood, you’ll need to have a 12 in Strength, 18 Dexterity, and 20 Arcane.

    This weapon’s Ash of War, the Corpse Piler, will have you slashing at opponents—depleting their health and increasing their blood loss status build-up. It is one of the most powerful and effective Ashes of War in the game, and it can only be used while equipping this weapon.