For the Dark Souls variant, see Butcher Knife.
For the Dark Souls III variant, see Butcher Knife (Dark Souls III).

The Butcher's Knife is an axe in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

An oddly large butcher's knife.
Not your standard weapon, but certainly deadly enough to be utilized as one.
Absorbs the HP of foes.
Who in their right mind would create such a thing? Perhaps it is best not to dwell on how it was likely used in the past.
Effect: HP absorb


Trade Soul of the Rotten along with 5,000 souls to Weaponsmith Ornifex to acquire the Butcher's Knife.


  • Restores about 12 HP with each successful hit.
  • Upgrades with Petrified Dragon Bone.
  • +5 Butcher's Knife has a 280 base damage and A Strength scaling.


  • As the name and description suggets, this weapon is based upon the common cleaver used by butchers, albeit with a disproportionately large blade that is severely frayed and chipped.
  • Despite being classified as an axe, it uses the greataxe idle animation, where the weapon is rested on the wielder's shoulder.


Dark Souls 2 Butcher's Knife Tutorial (dual wielding w power stance)03:56

Dark Souls 2 Butcher's Knife Tutorial (dual wielding w power stance)


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Average speed right to left slash
Strong Attack
Average speed Forward jump and slam
Weak Attack
Average speed right to left slash
Strong Attack
Slow move holding with two hands and does a guillotine-like downwards smash
Jump Attack Longer forward jump than 1hStrong
Running Attack Quick right to left slam
Rolling Attack Quick right to left slam
Rolling Attack
Left to right 350 spin
Kick Standard guard break
Weak Attack
Average speed left to right slash
Strong Attack
Same as right hand
Bandit AxeBattle AxeBound Hand AxeButcher's KnifeDragonslayer's Crescent Axe
Gyrm AxeHand AxeInfantry Axe
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