How to get the Moonveil Katana with Transient Moonlight in Elden Ring

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✓ At a glance
  • The Moonveil Katana can be found by killing the Magma Wyrm in Gael Tunnel
  • Its Ash of War, Transient Moonlight deals massive posture damage against enemies
  • Transient Moonlight has both a light and a heavy attack that hit horizontally and vertically respectively

Ever since Elden Ring first released, there have been a few weapons that have always been fan favourites thanks to how powerful they are. For some, it’s their sheer damage, for others, it’s inflicting certain status effects. But for weapons, it’s their Ashes of War, and the Moonveil Katana and its powerful Transient Moonlight attack are no different.

So if you’re looking for a weapon to take your build to the next level and crush the posture of any enemy, the Moonveil Katana might be for you. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide explaining how to get it, and what makes it so good.

Elden Ring Moonveil Katana: Moonveil stats in the inventory.
Moonveil stats maxed out. Captured by VideoGamer

Moonveil Katana stat requirements

The Moonveil Katana requires 12 Str, 18 Dex and 23 Int to wield. That makes sense, as it scales best with Intelligence, followed closely by Dexterity. Its base stats deal 73 physical damage and 87 magic damage, making it a powerful weapon against enemies with a magic weakness. It also causes 50 Blood Loss buildup per hit, which isn’t much, but is certainly handy.

The Moonveil Katana comes with its own Ash of War – Transient Moonlight – and cannot be infused with any other Ashes of War. But as we’re just about to get into, there’s no way you would want to anyway.

Transient Moonlight explained

Transient Moonlight is one of the most powerful Ashes of War in Elden Ring. The player sheathes their blade, before pressing either their light or heavy attack to slice ahead of them and firing a beam a short distance. The light attack slices horizontally while the heavy attack slices vertically, and does slightly more HP and poise damage in exchange for a higher FP cost.

The reason it’s so good isn’t necessarily its damage, which is still perfectly good. Instead, its that poise damage that makes it so powerful. Average mobs can be staggered in a couple of hits, and even most bosses will be staggered with far fewer hits than it would take just swinging your sword at them.

Put together a build with high Intelligence and decent Dexterity and you’ve got a weapon that has great damage, incredible posture damage and even decent crowd control thanks to the Transient Moonlight light attack.

Elden Ring Moonveil Katana: The location of Gael Tunnel in Elden Ring.
The Moonveil Katana can be found in Gael Tunnel in Caelid. Image captured by VideoGamer

How to get the Moonveil Katana in Elden Ring

Moonveil can be found by killing the Magma Wyrm miniboss at the end of Gael Tunnel in Caelid. The entrance to the cave can be found just south of the Rotview Balcony Site of Grace at the western entrance to Caelid. While it’s accessible fairly early on, the enemies in here are tough, so it’s not recommended for lower-level characters.

Once you make it through the cave, you’ll reach the Magma Wyrm at the end, a huge enemy in a small room capable of dealing pretty heavy damage if you’re not careful. The small room it’s in makes it difficult to properly avoid its attacks, so take your time and whittle it down. After it’s dead, you’ll be rewarded with the mighty Moonveil Katana.

About the Author

Alex Raisbeck

Alex is a Guides Writer for VideoGamer. He is an indie gaming obsessive with a soft spot for Zelda, roguelikes, and Football Manager, as well as an unhealthy relationship with his backlog.

Elden Ring

  • Release Date: February 25, 2022
    • - 25 February 2022 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S)
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Action, RPG