How to get the Rivers of Blood katana in Elden Ring

Elden Ring’s Rivers of Blood katana may be the most popular sword in the game. Bleed damage is strong in Elden Ring, and the Rivers of Blood was born to make make enemies burst like crimson balloons. It’s a nasty, nasty blade, and I mean that in the best way possible. (If you already have Rivers of Blood, skip down below for some suggestions on how to put together a full build).

You can’t get your hands on The Rivers of Blood katana very early in Elden Ring, so if you’re a katana fan you’ll have to make do with other weapons for awhile. But once you do get Rivers of Blood, you’ll likely be using it as your primary (or only) weapon for the rest of the game. Finding it requires progressing deep into the Lands Between, beyond the capital. Make sure to grab it as soon as you’re able, though, because it becomes unavailable once you’ve killed a certain major boss (until you roll into NG+, anyway).