image:wpn_iaito_tran.pngThe Iaito is one of the Katanas in Dark Souls. It has low Durability, but high damage scaling with Dexterity when upgraded along the Normal Reinforcement path.

While any Normal +10 Katana can be converted into the Chaos Blade, the Iaito is a better choice than an Uchigatana or Washing Pole because it is simply not as useful as the others and cheaper to obtain.

How to get one

The Iaito is located not far from the upper Bonfire in Blighttown. From the Depths entrance, before descending the ladders towards the Bonfire you should be able to see the item glow on a ledge. You need to sprint and jump to it.

It is highly recommended that you rest at the Bonfire before attempting this leap as it is easy to miss. Also a few enemies are located below the Iaito. Take them out first.

Iaito, one of the Katanas.
Weapon Statistics

Base level:

Difference at +15 (Normal) :

Weapon statistics at full ascension
All upgrade paths include 300 Bleed.
Ascension Attributes Notes
image:try_Strongest_Weapon.png Standard (+15) 220 (Phys)
Bonus: A (Dex)
Can be Enchanted
image:try_Raw_Weapon.png Raw (+5) 202 (Phys)
Bonus: C (Dex)
Can be Enchanted
image:try_Divine_Weapon.png Divine (+10) 158 (Phys), 162 (Mgic)
Bonus: D (Dex), C (Faith)
Adds 110 Holy damage.
image:try_Occult_Weapon.png Occult (+5) 156 (Phys), 165 (Mgic)
Bonus: D (Dex), B (Faith)
Adds 110 Dark damage, Holy damage is removed.
image:try_Magic_Weapon.png Magic (+10) 165 (Phys), 180 (Mgic)
Bonus: D (Dex), C (Intel)
image:try_Enchanted_Weapon.png Enchanted (+5) 158 (Phys), 162 (Mgic)
Bonus: E (Dex), A (Intel)
Lower base damage than Magic weapon, but much higher stat bonus on Intelligence.
image:try_Fire_Weapon.png Fire (+10) 246 (Phys), 246 (Fire)
Bonus: All removed
May not be correct values. Highly possible the values are more like 216 each.
image:try_Chaos_Weapon.png Chaos (+5) 192 (Phys), 222 (Fire)
232 (Phys), 268 (Fire)
Bonus: Humanity
Damage scales with Humanity up to 10. Values shown at 0 and 10 Humanity.
image:try_Lightning_Weapon.png Lightning (+5) 242 (Phys), 246 (Lght)
Bonus: All removed
image:try_Crystal_Weapon.png Crystal (+5) 237 (Phys)
Bonus: A (Dex)
Durability reduced to 8 (1/10 the original). Can not be repaired.
Categories:  Weapons  Katanas