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The Washing Pole is a katana in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

Katana forged in an Eastern land. Very unusual specimen with a long blade.
The blade is extremely long, but as a result, quite easily broken.

AvailabilityEdit

Shiva of the East sells Washing Poles in Blighttown for 20,000 souls. Players must be in the Forest Hunter Covenant to encounter him at either location.

CharacteristicsEdit

Washing Poles require 20 Strength and 16 Dexterity to wield. They deal identical damage to Uchigatanas initially, but possess greater reach. Washing Poles do not scale as well with Dexterity as other katanas, however this drawback is somewhat compensated by their additional scaling with Strength, being the only katana in the game to have scaling with it.

Due to their unique look and long reach, Washing Poles are very popular in PvP. In particular, the Washing Pole's rolling attack can be very hard to dodge due to its speed and large hitbox. However, in saying this, the Washing Pole is slightly slower and has less durability than the other katanas.

MovesetEdit

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
Fast, vertical cuts. Good for draining stamina and increasing bleed due to its long reach and excellent hit-frames.
One-handed
Strong Attack
Wielder pulls back, then lunges forward. Excellent reach, but high starting lag.
Two-handed
Weak Attack
Fast, vertical cuts that are slightly slower but deal more damage than the one handed variant.
Two-handed
Strong Attack
Wielder holds the sword overhead in both hands, then brings it down forcefully. High starting lag.
Jump Attack Wielder jumps and buries the katana into the ground. Good damage, but small hitbox and a short reach.
Running Attack Running stab. Fast with excellent reach, but small hitbox.
Rolling Attack Swings katana in front of the wielder horizontally.
Kick Standard kick.
Left-handed
Weak Attack
Vertical swing. Similar to the one-handed weak attack, except that it does not combo into upward swings.
Left-handed
Strong Attack
Standard parry.

UpgradesEdit

Requires: Standard Washing Pole, 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
Washing Pole 90 D D 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +1 (Titanite Shard ×1) 99 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +2 (Titanite Shard ×1) 108 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +3 (Titanite Shard ×2) 117 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +4 (Titanite Shard ×2) 126 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +5 (Titanite Shard ×3) 135 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 144 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +7 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 153 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +8 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 162 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +9 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 171 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +10 (L. Titanite Shard ×3) 180 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +11 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 188 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +12 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 198 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +13 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 207 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +14 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 216 D C 45 10 30 30
Washing Pole +15 (Titanite Slab ×1) 225 D C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole (Large Titanite Shard ×1) 156 D D 45 10 30 30
Raw Washing Pole +1 (Large Titanite Shard ×1) 166 D D 45 10 30 30
Raw Washing Pole +2 (Large Titanite Shard ×1) 176 D D 45 10 30 30
Raw Washing Pole +3 (Large Titanite Shard ×2) 187 D D 45 10 30 30
Raw Washing Pole +4 (Large Titanite Shard ×2) 197 D D 45 10 30 30
Raw Washing Pole +5 (Large Titanite Shard ×3) 208 D D 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole (Titanite Chunk ×1) 198 D C 45 10 30 30
Crystal Washing Pole +1 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 207 D C 45 10 30 30
Crystal Washing Pole +2 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 216 D C 45 10 30 30
Crystal Washing Pole +3 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 225 D C 45 10 30 30
Crystal Washing Pole +4 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 233 D C 45 10 30 30
Crystal Washing Pole +5 (Titanite Slab ×1) 243 D C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
102 109 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
108 116 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
115 124 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
122 131 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
129 138 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
136 146 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +6
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
142 153 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +7
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
149 160 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +8
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×2)
156 167 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +9
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×3)
163 175 E E C 45 10 30 30
Magic Washing Pole +10
(Blue Titanite Slab ×1)
170 182 E E C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Magic Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
136 144 E E C 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Washing Pole +1
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
141 148 E E C 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Washing Pole +2
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
146 152 E E B 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Washing Pole +3
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×2)
152 156 E E B 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Washing Pole +4
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×3)
157 161 E E A 45 10 30 30
Enchanted Washing Pole +5
(Blue Titanite Slab ×1)
163 167 E E A 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
91 111 E E C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
97 118 E E C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
103 125 E E C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
109 133 E E C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
115 140 E E C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
122 148 E E C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +6
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
128 155 E D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +7
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
134 162 E D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +8
(White Titanite Chunk ×2)
140 170 E D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +9
(White Titanite Chunk ×3)
146 177 E D C 45 10 30 30
Divine Washing Pole +10
(White Titanite Slab ×1)
152 185 E D C 45 10 30 30

Requires: Divine Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
124 136 E E B 45 10 30 30
Occult Washing Pole +1
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
131 142 E E B 45 10 30 30
Occult Washing Pole +2
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
138 149 E E B 45 10 30 30
Occult Washing Pole +3
(White Titanite Chunk ×2)
146 156 E E B 45 10 30 30
Occult Washing Pole +4
(White Titanite Chunk ×3)
153 163 E D B 45 10 30 30
Occult Washing Pole +5
(White Titanite Slab ×1)
161 170 E D B 45 10 30 30

Requires: Standard Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 116 116 45 10 30.0 30
Fire Washing Pole +1 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 126 126 45 10 30.3 30
Fire Washing Pole +2 (Green Titanite Shard ×1) 135 135 45 10 30.6 30
Fire Washing Pole +3 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 144 144 45 10 30.9 30
Fire Washing Pole +4 (Green Titanite Shard ×2) 153 153 45 10 31.2 30
Fire Washing Pole +5 (Green Titanite Shard ×3) 162 162 45 10 31.5 30
Fire Washing Pole +6 (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 172 172 45 10 31.8 30
Fire Washing Pole +7 (Red Titanite Chunk ×1) 183 183 45 10 32.1 30
Fire Washing Pole +8 (Red Titanite Chunk ×2) 194 194 45 10 32.4 30
Fire Washing Pole +9 (Red Titanite Chunk ×3) 205 205 45 10 32.7 30
Fire Washing Pole +10 (Red Titanite Slab ×1) 216 216 45 10 33.0 30

Requires: Fire Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
140 162 45 10 30.0 30
Chaos Washing Pole +1
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
148 171 45 10 30.6 30
Chaos Washing Pole +2
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
156 180 45 10 31.2 30
Chaos Washing Pole +3
(Red Titanite Chunk ×2)
163 188 45 10 31.8 30
Chaos Washing Pole +4
(Red Titanite Chunk ×3)
171 198 45 10 32.4 30
Chaos Washing Pole +5
(Red Titanite Slab ×1)
179 207 45 10 33.0 30

Requires: Standard Washing Pole +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 Washing Pole (Titanite Chunk ×1) 162 162 45 10 30 30.0
Lightning Washing Pole +1 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 174 174 45 10 30 32.4
Lightning Washing Pole +2 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 187 187 45 10 30 34.8
Lightning Washing Pole +3 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 199 199 45 10 30 37.2
Lightning Washing Pole +4 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 212 212 45 10 30 39.6
Lightning Washing Pole +5 (Titanite Slab ×1) 225 225 45 10 30 42.0

TriviaEdit

  • There is no such weapon termed "washing pole" in real life; however, in the manga "Yaiba", the titular character uses a very long sword he dubs a "washing pole".
  • Inspiration for the Washing Pole may have came from the Chinese Song-era weapon "Zan Ma Dao" (literally translating to "Horse disembowelment blade") which in turn became popular in Japanese fiction. Like the Washing Pole, the Zan Ma Dao features an extremely long blade and handle (being over one and a half meters long in total), useful for its reach but in reality also very unwieldy.
  • More than likely, the sword's name and shape is a reference to the sword of the famous Japanese Swordsman Sasaki Kojirō, who became famous for his rivalry against Miyamoto Musashi. Sasaki Kojirō used a no-dachi (Samurai equivalent of a Bastard Sword) that had been specifically rebalanced so that it could be wielded in one hand, and the traditionally long hilt was shortened to that of a normal katana. The sword was named "The Drying Pole", due to its long length yet incredibly light weight.[1]
  • In the German, French, Spanish and Italian versions of the game, its name is "Nodachi".

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasaki_Kojir%C5%8D#.22The_Drying_Pole.22


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