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The Iaito is a katana in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

Katana forged in an Eastern land. The Katana is drawn from the scabbard at lightning speed, using an Iaijutsu technique.
Iaijutsu allows the wielder to charge forward to swiftly cut down distant foes.

AvailabilityEdit

The Iaito is found early in Blighttown from the entrance of the Depths, on a corpse lying on the roof of one of the wooden structures. It requires a running jump to reach.

CharacteristicsEdit

For all intents and purposes, the Iaito is somewhat similar to the Uchigatana in terms of moveset and damage. Notable differences are that the Iaito has a higher Dexterity requirement, slightly better scaling with Dexterity (although ultimately still having slightly lower damage), a faster one-handed strong attack with a larger hit-box and a longer ranged two-handed strong attack.

The Iaito possesses the Bleed auxiliary effect. Its buildup is 33 per strike, and once inflicted, does 30% of the enemy's total HP.

NotesEdit

MovesetEdit

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
Brisk, vertical slashes.
One-handed
Strong Attack
Player steps forward while pulling out the Iaito from its sheath and slashing forward horizontally. Relatively fast with good reach.
Two-handed
Weak Attack
Brisk, vertical slashes.
Two-handed
Strong Attack
Player rushes forward while pulling out the Iaito from its sheath and slashing forward horizontally. Relatively fast with good reach and can be used to dead angle.
Jump Attack Jumps forward and plunges the Iaito into the ground; tiny hitbox but good damage.
Running Attack Running, thrust-like stab. Good reach, but small hitbox.
Rolling Attack Swings the Iaito horizontally.
Kick Standard kick.
Left-handed
Weak Attack
Brisk, vertical slashes.
Left-handed
Strong Attack
Standard parry.

UpgradesEdit

Requires: Standard Iaito, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Standard+11 Standard Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Iaito 88 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +1 (Titanite Shard ×1) 96 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +2 (Titanite Shard ×1) 105 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +3 (Titanite Shard ×2) 114 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +4 (Titanite Shard ×2) 123 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +5 (Titanite Shard ×3) 132 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 140 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +7 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 149 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +8 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 158 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +9 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 167 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +10 (L. Titanite Shard ×3) 176 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +11 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 184 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +12 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 193 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +13 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 202 B 45 10 30 30
Iaito +14 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 211 A 45 10 30 30
Iaito +15 (Titanite Slab ×1) 220 A 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Iaito +5, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Raw Raw Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Raw Iaito (Large Titanite Shard ×1) 151 C 45 10 30 30
Raw Iaito +1 (Large Titanite Shard ×1) 161 C 45 10 30 30
Raw Iaito +2 (Large Titanite Shard ×1) 171 C 45 10 30 30
Raw Iaito +3 (Large Titanite Shard ×2) 181 C 45 10 30 30
Raw Iaito +4 (Large Titanite Shard ×2) 191 C 45 10 30 30
Raw Iaito +5 (Large Titanite Shard ×3) 202 C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Iaito +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Crystal Crystal Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Crystal Iaito (Titanite Chunk ×1) 193 B 45 10 30 30
Crystal Iaito +1 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 202 B 45 10 30 30
Crystal Iaito +2 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 211 B 45 10 30 30
Crystal Iaito +3 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 220 B 45 10 30 30
Crystal Iaito +4 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 228 A 45 10 30 30
Crystal Iaito +5 (Titanite Slab ×1) 237 A 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Iaito +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Magic+6 Magic Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Magic Iaito (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 99 108 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +1 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 105 115 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +2 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 112 122 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +3 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 118 129 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +4 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 125 135 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +5 (Green Titanite Shard ×3) 132 144 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +6 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×1) 138 151 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +7 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×1) 145 158 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +8 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×2) 151 165 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +9 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×3) 158 172 D C 45 10 30 30
Magic Iaito +10 (Blue Titanite Slab ×1) 165 180 D C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Magic Iaito +5, Blue Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Enchanted Enchanted Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Enchanted Iaito (Blue Titanite Chunk ×1) 132 140 E C 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Iaito +1 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×1) 137 144 E C 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Iaito +2 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×1) 142 148 E B 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Iaito +3 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×2) 147 152 E B 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Iaito +4 (Blue Titanite Chunk ×3) 153 156 E B 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Iaito +5 (Blue Titanite Slab ×1) 158 162 E A 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Iaito +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Divine+6 Divine Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Divine Iaito (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 88 109 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +1 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 94 116 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +2 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 100 124 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +3 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 106 131 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +4 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 112 138 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +5 (Green Titanite Shard ×3) 118 146 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +6 (White Titanite Chunk ×1) 123 153 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +7 (White Titanite Chunk ×1) 129 160 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +8 (White Titanite Chunk ×2) 135 167 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +9 (White Titanite Chunk ×3) 141 175 D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Iaito +10 (White Titanite Slab ×1) 147 182 D C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Divine Iaito +5, White Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Occult Occult Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Occult Iaito (White Titanite Chunk ×1) 120 132 D B 45 10 30 30
Occult Iaito +1 (White Titanite Chunk ×1) 127 138 D B 45 10 30 30
Occult Iaito +2 (White Titanite Chunk ×1) 134 145 D B 45 10 30 30
Occult Iaito +3 (White Titanite Chunk ×2) 141 151 D B 45 10 30 30
Occult Iaito +4 (White Titanite Chunk ×3) 148 158 D B 45 10 30 30
Occult Iaito +5 (White Titanite Slab ×1) 156 165 D B 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Iaito +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Fire+6 Fire Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Fire Iaito (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 114 114 45 10 30.0 30
Fire Iaito +1 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 123 123 45 10 30.3 30
Fire Iaito +2 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 132 132 45 10 30.6 30
Fire Iaito +3 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 140 140 45 10 30.9 30
Fire Iaito +4 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 149 149 45 10 31.2 30
Fire Iaito +5 (Green Titanite Shard ×3) 158 158 45 10 31.5 30
Fire Iaito +6 (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 168 168 45 10 31.8 30
Fire Iaito +7 (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 179 179 45 10 32.1 30
Fire Iaito +8 (Red Titanite Chunk ×2) 190 190 45 10 32.4 30
Fire Iaito +9 (Red Titanite Chunk ×3) 200 200 45 10 32.7 30
Fire Iaito +10 (Red Titanite Slab ×1) 211 211 45 10 33.0 30

Requires: Fire Iaito +5, Red Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Chaos Chaos Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Chaos Iaito (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 138 160 45 10 30.0 30
Chaos Iaito +1 (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 146 169 45 10 30.6 30
Chaos Iaito +2 (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 154 178 45 10 31.2 30
Chaos Iaito +3 (Red Titanite Chunk ×2) 161 186 45 10 31.8 30
Chaos Iaito +4 (Red Titanite Chunk ×3) 169 195 45 10 32.4 30
Chaos Iaito +5 (Red Titanite Slab ×1) 177 204 45 10 33.0 30

Requires: Standard Iaito +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Upgrade Lightning Lightning Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght
Lightning Iaito (Titanite Chunk ×1) 158 158 45 10 30 30.0
Lightning Iaito +1 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 170 170 45 10 30 32.4
Lightning Iaito +2 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 183 183 45 10 30 34.8
Lightning Iaito +3 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 195 195 45 10 30 37.2
Lightning Iaito +4 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 207 207 45 10 30 39.6
Lightning Iaito +5 (Titanite Slab ×1) 220 220 45 10 30 42.0

The A scaling in standard +14 and +15 is a 101%-102% multiplier of the dexterity stat, barely qualifying as A scaling.

TriviaEdit

  • In Japan, an Iaito is a "mock" sword, designed for practice rather than combat, making it odd that the game's Iaito inflicts bleeding.
  • The Iaito's moveset is inspired by the "Iaido", a martial art centered around drawing the sword as an attack, similar to the strong attack for the Iaito in Dark Souls. In real life, Iaido practitioners often use Iaito for practice.
  • The sheath of the Iaito is upside-down.

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