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Just found out if you wield the Bloodlust in your offhand then dual wield it and use the weapon art. When you go back to wielding both weapons they both will have the extra bleed effect applied.
Extra note this can be used on weapons that can't be buffed, but not bows, talismans, and shields although it will work on all normal weapons and fist weapons. Although is you use it on a two handed weapons (ex. Gotthard Twinblades, Drang Hammers, etc.) it will be applied when one handed, but will disappear when two-handed.
Tried Bloodlust +5 on the hollows in front of Firelink, 40 dex, 18 str, 7 luck (if it's any use).

Sleeping hollows:
unbuffed - 310 damage
buffed - 433 damage

Not sleeping hollows:
unbuffed - 310 damage
buffed - 433 damage
So it's chikage.
In a nutshell
the original of self damage inflicting weapons was the Chaos Blade equivalent of Demons Souls. The chikage is just the Bloodborne version that works slightly different. But Bloodborne in opposition to DS3 recycles old stuff but you don't feel that this is old. They did all the right twists to keep it interesting. DS3 is compared to BB very conservative. It's more like a soft reboot with all the fan service. And Bloodborne is the real DS3.
How much bleed does it add
can anyone trade me for this? I could offer titanite slab or something im on pc Steam id: mikenukes
Each character can only get this weapon ONCE. As in, no matter how many NG+, whereas titanite Slabs are basically infinite
Just want to say that this weapon is trash as of patch 1.15, tried it out for a bit with 40 dex 50 luck and could not bleed anyone to save my life, hitting people 6 or 7 times and no proc what a shame
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This was fixed the AR damage is back with the increased bleeding on the bloodlust. It's in the patch notes on the front page.
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Guys in the patch notes the AR bug was fixed. The AR buff will give the Bloodlust a heft AR% increase along with faster bleed buildup. It is more than viable, with high luck/vigor builds especially.
What vitality should I have to be put to under 20% I one stab?
tbh I find the uchigatana a much better scaling bleed weapon, even late game. I've only had it break/go at risk once, and thats its only real downside. All the other katanas seem to fill more spefic roles, but this one is kind of just a worse version of uchi.
So the weapon skill does damage? Apparently pulling it out your chest will allow it to do damage should the target be close enough.