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By Anonymous
As a dex player I can’t really find a reason to use these. They’re inferior to straight swords in every way. But in the end everything loses to UGSs in both pve and pvp so it doesn’t really matter anyway
By Anonymous
I have to disagree. Katanas overall have better range and very similar damage and speed to straight swords. They also have what is probably the best running attack in the game, while the straight sword running attack is just decent. WA utility is pretty close to the same overall, you just need something extra for shields.
Also ultras get destroyed by everything except other giant weapons and most joke weapons, the only real exceptions are the two paired ones which both have quicker attacks and even then they still have a good struggle against higher tier weapons. Ultras in pve are also kind of a joke, have you tried using one against any enemies that don’t stagger?
By Anonymous
What you mean? Strength weapons are king my dude. Playing through DS3, with any big great sword/hammer is a cake walk, in both pvp and pve
By Anonymous
By Anonymous
Neckbeard weapon
By Anonymous
PvP nowadays is basically who makes the mistake of getting hit 1st. So, for anything less than a 'Great' weapon, it comes down to range & speed. Unique katanas aside, apart from taking maybe 1-2 more attacks to kill a guy, any reason to use the others over the Washing Pole?
By Anonymous
higher poison buildup at 60 luck with poison infusion
By Anonymous
if you don't feel silly using washing pole, you should get good.
By Anonymous
Katanas deserve much better than that. Much, much better than that. I should know what I'm talking about. I myself commissioned a genuine katana in Japan for 2,400,000 Yen (that's about $20,000) and have been practicing with it for almost 2 years now. I can even cut slabs of solid steel with my katana.

Japanese smiths spend years working on a single katana and fold it up to a million times to produce the finest blades known to mankind.

Katanas are thrice as sharp as European swords and thrice as hard for that matter too. Anything a longsword can cut through, a katana can cut through better. I'm pretty sure a katana could easily bisect a knight wearing full plate with a simple vertical slash.

Ever wonder why medieval Europe never bothered conquering Japan? That's right, they were too scared to fight the disciplined Samurai and their katanas of destruction. Even in World War II, American soldiers targeted the men with the katanas first because their killing power was feared and respected.

So what am I saying? Katanas are simply the best sword that the world has ever seen. This is a fact and you can't deny it.
By Anonymous
Folding metal doesn't make it sharper and the only reason the fold the metal is because they are trying to get Co2 out of the blade. If anything folding the metal actually makes it more fragile.
By Anonymous
No sword can cut through slabs of solid steel, Katanas are good swords, especially for slashing, but no better than other swords like a cavalry saber or scimitar, also Katanas may be harder than other swords, but this is not a good thing, the best swords were made of spring steel, so they could flex, otherwise, some swords (like katanas forged in the traditional way) are prone to chipping, and if hit hard enough, could snap in two. And they definitely could not bisect someone wearing plate armour, of the european or japanese type, the chances are the sword would blunt before you got anywhere.

You can't fold steel anywhere near up to a million times, firstly it would take forever, secondly it would probably render the steel back into iron, or in the case of a million times, render it down into something that isn't really metal anymore.

Medieval Europe didn't conquer japan for two reasons, nothing to do with katanas, the first being that is it on the other side of the planet, secondly is that they have very little natural resources, and would not have been profitable (the americans in 1853 sailed up to a japanese port with some gunships and demanded that the country be opened for trade, the japanese accepted without a fight)

Katanas in WW2 Were almost exclusively ceremonial, and were only used to kill already wounded enemies, and when fighting got brutally close range. Also, for the entirety of japanese history, Katanas were a sidearm (once again, mostly ceremonial and used in non-mounted close range fighting) the main weapons used by Samurai were the Naginata (A Spear) And the Yumi (A Longbow)

Katanas are definitely not the "finest blades known to mankind" (although there is no such thing, all swords are good at certain things) again, i'm not saying that Katanas are bad, i like them, however some people seem to think that they are the essentially lightsabers, which is not true. (Sorry about this long and pointless rant, Katana weebs just really annoy me)
By Anonymous
You sir, have won the dumbest person award.
By Anonymous
Ha, people are taking this seriously.
By Anonymous
@Anon 29/07/2021 incredible right?
By Anonymous
Hammers are better! Katanas can´t cut hardened steel plate armor! They just skip off the curved surface of the armor like every other sword! Hammers can dent in plate armor and break the Bones underneath! Blocking the hammer with a shield will result into the shield arm broken while wlocking a Hammer with another weapon will result in the other weapon being knocked to the side. Besides this the main weapon of the Samurai was the Bow (used from horseback, later replaced with the gun)! Katana was just for self defense in town!
By Anonymous
Lmao you genuinely had me till you brought up the slabs of steel. Thought I ran into the king of neckbeards can't believe people fell for the bait
By Anonymous
People think this is serious? this is a copypasta right?
By Anonymous
unironically this is really good bait. almost got me until the 20k part. lmao
By Anonymous
Outstanding comment lmao
By Anonymous
good post. i needed a laugh.
By Anonymous
By Anonymous
You know whats funny about all this? Katanas broke so much during wars and minor conflicts that they were reserved for samurais, daymios and other high-class because the production cost was horrendous with how frequent their breaking was, and there was no way to fix them because they were too thin. Polearms were cheaper, 2 handed katanas were thicker and way more durable (though expensive af), war clubs were easier to use, etc. Western weaponry started influencing katana's crafting offering more durability with the grip designs and blade channels that jointed grip and blade, and the hand guard got altered to prevent the act of seathing to gradually separate the blade from the grip. Sure, their sharpness were inferior, but former katanas hit a roadblock with russian chainmail, mongolian iron plates and shields, chinese's lightning-fast nunchakus, etc.
By Anonymous
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By Anonymous
Artorias' favorite weapon class, in case you want an accurate cosplay
By Anonymous
By Anonymous
Darkdrift=worst katana frayed blade=best katana
By Anonymous
I found a reference video of the katana Parry.
By Skulladium
Here is the range of all Katanas from Longest to Shortest:

*1 Hand R1 :
1-Washing Pole : 22(The Running R1 is ~32.5)
2-Chaos Blade : 20.5
3-Uchigatana : 20.5
4-Frayed Blade : 20.5
5-Onikiri and Ubadachi : 20.5
6-Darkdrift : 19.5
7-Bloodlust : 19
8-Black Blade : 19

*2 Hand R1 :
1-Onikiri and Ubadachi : 14(1st L1),21(2nd L1)
2-Washing Pole : 19
3-Frayed Blade : 18.5
4-Chaos Blade : 18.5
5-Uchigatana : 18
6-Darkdrift : 16.5
7-Bloodlust : 16
8-Black Blade : 16
By Anonymous
That's wild, using 2H should give more benefit for how much range you lose.
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