Washing Pole
washing pole on hand

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.

Availability

Sold by Shiva of the East in Blighttown for 20,000 Souls to members of the Forest Hunter Covenant

General Information

Bleed build-up is 30 per strike.

The name "Washing Pole" is a reference to the famous Japanese swordsman Sasaki Kojirō (佐々木 小次郎), and his weapon of choice.

In the German, Italian, Spanish and French translation this sword is called "Nodachi".

The Washing Pole has a somewhat slower attack speed compared to other Katanas.

Image Name Damage Durability Weight Stats Needed
Stat Bonuses
Damage
Reduction %
Stability Aux Effects Frampt
Souls
washing-pole.png Washing Pole 90/0/0/0

(Slash/Thrust)
60 8.0 201/16/0/0

D/D/-/-
45/10/30/30 30 300/0/-/- 50

Move Set

Upgrades


Key

Damage:

The Damage stat dictates how much damage the weapon does. The Damage stats for a weapon are W / X / Y / Z:

  • W is Physical Damage
  • X is Magical Damage
  • Y is Fire Damage
  • Z is Lightning Damage

Each weapon has one or more physical damage types:

  • Normal
  • Striking
  • Slashing
  • Thrusting

Certain enemies are weak or strong against different types of damage types.

Critical: One of the multipliers (in percent) for the bonus damage on criticals, such as backstabs and ripostes.
Durability: The health of the weapon. The effectiveness of the weapon will severely deteriorate when the durability falls below 30%.
Weight: The weight of the weapon. Note that carrying over 50% of a character's Equip Burden will reduce the speed of their rolls, while going over 100% will reduce their regular speed to walking and attempts to roll or backstep will leave them momentarily stunned.
Stats Needed:

The Stats Needed determines how high various Stats must be in order to wield the weapon effectively. The Requirement stats for a weapon are W / X / Y / Z:

  • W is the Strength required
  • X is the Dexterity required
  • Y is the Intelligence required
  • Z is the Faith required

Wielding a weapon without the required Strength and/or Dexterity will incur a penalty to the Physical damage of the weapon, while lower-than-required Magic and/or Faith will reduce the Magic damage of the weapon.

Also keep in mind that a character gains a 50% bonus to Strength by wielding a weapon with both hands, thus reducing the actual Strength required.
For example, a character with 18 Strength can wield a Large Club (Requires 26 Strength) properly if the weapon is held with both hands.
(18 x 1.5 = 27)

Damage Reduction %:

The Damage Reduction stat dictates the percentage of damage reduced while blocking. The Damage Reduction stats for a weapon are W / X / Y / Z:

  • W is the Physical Damage Reduction
  • X is the Magical Damage Reduction
  • Y is the Fire Damage Reduction
  • Z is the Lightning Damage Reduction
Stability: The stability of the weapon. The higher this value, the less stamina is consumed when blocking attacks.
Frampt Souls: This is the amount of souls players will receive if they feed the item to Kingseeker Frampt.
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