The Bloodhound’s Fang is one of the most powerful Curved Greatswords in Elden Ring. Fully upgraded, it even rivals the Legendary Armaments. Players that use this Dual-Wield Build become practically unstoppable.

In Elden Ring, due to the amount of equipment available, players can constantly change their PvE meta.

The Bloodhound’s Fang is one weapon that allows players to use most of those tools with the bonus of having its unique weapon skill.

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Best Bloodhound’s Fang Dual-Wield Build

The Bloodhound’s Fang Dual-Wield build takes advantage of the incredible strength of both blades coupled with the boost from talismans and status effects to decimate enemies in Elden Ring.

Here are the items that players should use in this build:

  • Left Hand: Bloodhound’s Fang +10
  • Right Hand: Bloodhound’s Fang +10 (Omen’s Cleaver +20)
  • Armor
  • Talismans
    • Rotten Winged Sword Insignia – Earned through Millicent’s Quest
    • Claw Talisman – Can be obtained at Stormveil Castle by looting a corpse in a watchtower near the Rampart Tower Site of Grace.
    • Lord of Blood’s Exultation – Can be obtained by defeating Esgar, Priest of Blood, in the Leyndell Catacombs in the Leyndell, Royal Capital.
    • Kindred of Rot’s Exultation – Can be obtained by defeating the Kindred of Rot in Seethwater Cave near the Minor Erdtree in Mt. Gelmir.
  • Quick Inventory

The Bloodhound’s Fang is a versatile weapon because it scales with strength and Dexterity, and players can coat the blade with different greases and Incantations. This allows players to approach their enemies in a variety of ways.

Use our Every Cookbook in Elden Ring for a guide on how to gain the ability to craft the different greases and always have them at your disposal.

Alternatives to Bloodhound’s Fang

It is worth noting that players will only be able to obtain two Bloodhound’s Fang after entering New Game Plus. You can only get one Bloodhound’s Fang per playthrough.

Thankfully, this build also works great with other Curved Greatswords.

Here are a few that you should use alongside your Bloodhound’s Fang:

  • Omen’s Cleaver
    • Occult Affinity with the Seppuku Ash of War
    • It can be found in Stomrveil Castle’s Courtyard.
      • From the Liftside Chamber Site of Grace, head to the courtyard. There will be an Omen Ogre.
      • Defeat it, and it will drop an Omen Cleaver.
      • It can also randomly drop from Omen enemies.
  • Beastman’s Cleaver
    • Occult Affinity with the Seppuku Ash of War
    • Found by using the Waygate in the Four Belfries that is described as “crumbling lands.”
      • Head to the Four Belfries on the western side of Liurnia of the Lake above a hill.
      • You will need an Imbued Sword Key. One can be found at the top of the Four Belfries in a chest.
      • Once you’re in the Crumbly Farum Azula, make your way towards the bottom flying rocks.
      • The Beastman’s Cleaver will be there.

This actually opens up a new level of gameplay because you’ll be able to infuse these alternate weapons with the Seppuku Ash of War.

This will greatly bring up your affinity with blood loss and help you dish out massive damage.

How to Deal Maximum Damage with Bloodhound Fang’s Dual-Wield Build

The most simple and efficient way to use the Bloodhound Fang’s Dual-Wield Build is to continuously land hits while one of the blades is coated in either Rot or Poison.

This will allow players to do the greatest amount of damage possible. This is due to the following factors:

  • Kindred of Rot’s Exultation talisman increases your damage by 20% for 20 seconds when someone in your vicinity is inflicted with poisoning or rot.
    • This will give you a burst of damage in the beginning. If you are fighting a boss, then you’ll need to wait until the status effect wears out before you can reapply it and get the burst of damage again.
    • Rot Grease causes 63 Rot build-up and lasts 60 seconds.
    • Poison Grease causes 63 Poison build-ups and lasts 60 seconds.
  • Lord of Blood’s Exultation allows the players to increase their damage by 20% for 20 seconds when blood loss occurs in its vicinity.
    • This is a more constant boost. Blood loss is instant. Players won’t need to wait too long to reapply. The talisman itself does have a 10-second cool down between uses.
    • Each Bloodhound’s Fang causes 55 Blood Loss build-up.
  • White Mask Helm will increase the player’s damage by 10% for 20 seconds when blood loss is inflicted in its vicinity.
  • The Rotten Winged Sword Insignia will start to increase attack power after the third successful hit for a total of three tiers of damage.
    • The damage increases are as follows:
      • 6%, 8%, and 13%
    • If it is too big of a delay between hits, then it will start to decay.
  • One of the most useful attacks for Curved Greatsword Dual-Wield is their jumping attack. The Claw Talisman boosts the damage of jumping attacks by 15%.
    • This attack also delivers powerful staggering damage to enemies.

For more information and each status effect and why they’re so useful in Elden Ring, check our complete Status Effect Guide here.

But another way that players can keep the pressure on their enemies is by quickly staggering them.

How to Quickly Stagger Enemies with Bloodhound’s Fang Dual-Wield Build

The fastest way to stagger enemies with the Bloodhound Fang’s Dual-Wield Build is to use jumping, and charged attacks alongside the Stonebarb Cracked Tear mixed in the Wondrous Physick.

Here are the variables that increase your poise damage with this build:

  • Great weapons, in general, do 100 poise damage. More than the average weapon in Elden Ring.
  • Jumping attacks in Elden Ring boost your poise damage. With Curved Greatswords, players get an increase of 1.67x normal damage.
  • Charged attacks with Curved Greatswords get an increase of 3x normal damage.
  • Using the Wondrous Physick mixture featuring the Stonebarb Cracked Tear will add 30% stance damage to your build.

For a full breakdown of Poise and why it’s important to know, check out our Elden Ring Poise Guide. It’ll elaborate on all the damage types for other weapons as well.

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Best Strategies for Bloodhound’s Fang Dual-Wield

The best strategy for players using the Bloodhound’s Fang Dual-Wield Build is to stay on the offensive and use quick movements to land continuous hits and stagger their enemy.

Follow these tips for this Bloodhound’s Fang combat strategy:

  • Use a combination of jumping attacks and charged attacks: This will help the player stagger their enemy, opening up their defenses and allowing gamers the possibility of landing multiple hits.
  • Use the Bloodhound’s Fang unique weapon skill when in danger: Bloodhound’s Finesse allows players to slash at their enemy and jump backward to create distance and safety in battle.
  • Use your strong attack input right after to lunge at your enemy with a Bloodhound’s Step: This is particularly useful if you are open to an attack after Bloodhound’s Finesse.

Where to find Bloodhound’s Fang in Elden Ring

Players will be able to obtain Bloodhound’s Fang by defeating the Bloodhound Knight Darriwil in the Forlorn Hound Evergaol located in southern Limgrave, right before crossing to the Weeping Peninsula.

To reach this Evergaol, you’ll just need to follow a few steps:

  • Head to the Agheel Lake North Site of Grace.
  • From the Site of Grace, start heading south on the dirt path.
  • Once you pass the bridge, take a right and continue on the path.
  • Eventually, you’ll come across the Agheel Lake South Site of Grace. Rest here to refresh your flasks.
  • From this Site of Grace, face the path south. There should be a fork in the road. Take the left path that goes up the cliff.
  • At the top of this cliff, you’ll find the Forlorn Hound Evergaol. Activate it, and you’ll be sent into a battle with Bloodhound Knight Darriwil.
  • Defeat Bloodhound Knight Darriwil, and it will drop Bloodhound’s Fang.
Bloodhound's Fang Location

Follow these steps, and Bloodhound’s Fang will be yours. Players can also make this fight easier by speaking to Blaidd in Mistwood.

To do this simply:

  • Head to Mistwood in East Limgrave.
  • From the Minor Erdtree on your map, head southeast towards some ruins. You’ll hear some howling.
  • Now you’ll need to fast travel back to the Church of Elleh and speak to Merchant Kale.
  • Eventually, Merchant Kale will teach the player a gesture to get the howling man’s attention.
  • Head back to the ruins in Mistwood, and find the tallest point. Use the gesture, and Blaidd will jump down.
  • He will mention that he is looking for a man named Darriwil.
  • Exhaust his dialogue, and the next time you see him will be in the Evergaol as a summon to fight against Bloodhound Knight Darriwil.
Blaidd Location Elden Ring

Also, players looking to unlock more rewards can continue meeting with Blaidd through Ranni’s quest.