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修羅刃 Shuraba is a living demonic katana that originally appeared in the first Bayonetta game as part of her arsenal of weapons and can be equipped to the hands' slot. Said to be the twin blade of Angel Slayer, this weapon possesses the power of the demon god of war, Ashura. It also appears in the second game, Bayonetta 2.

In-Game Description[]

"A living katana, pulsing with the heart of Ashura, the demon god of war. Always seeking blood, the blade will even suck the very souls out of its victims."


Shuraba is a normal sized katana that has a silver and dark grey blade with a red blade ridge that has a deeper crimson energy running through it. It has a stylized golden blade collar, a dark brown guard that resembles a simplified Umbra Witch symbol, a black handle that has a eye-like object embedded inside it, according to the concept art and scrapped animations it is the, still beating, heart of Ashura that would open up and reveal itself when the blade was charged up, it's pommel is also golden with a very intricate design and from it dangles a chain with a red decorative piece.

How to Obtain[]


The Golden LP: Quasi una Fantasia, is obtained after defeating the two Beloved in Chapter II verse 5. Giving this LP to Rodin will unlock the Shuraba for use.

Bayonetta 2[]

Beating the game on 2nd Climax Difficulty allows for players to purchase the Super Mirror, which contains specific outfits and weapons from the first game. Purchasing the Super Mirror will automatically unlock Shuraba for Bayonetta.

Unique Traits[]

Shuraba Horizontal Attack

Bayonetta using Shuraba against a Laguna battle in Paradiso.

With quick and agile attacks that deal with modest damage with sweeping range and thrusting jabs, Shuraba is one of the most popular weapon choices in the game among players, especially during their first playthrough. Its combos, abilities, speed, and damage make it the most well-rounded melee weapon in the game, being useful against nearly every enemy. It is surpassed in some instances, however, by the slightly more powerful Pillow Talk which has the same combos and very similar reach.


Bullet Climax: Bayonetta will spin with the Shuraba outstretched, creating a whirlwind of slashes that hit all adjacent enemies a few times in quick succession. This attack is quick and deals modest damage, while also having good stagger attached. Executing it while surrounded by enemies can give Bayonetta some breathing room, especially on harder difficulties after executing a Torture Attack.

Charge Modifier: Bayonetta sheaths the demonic katana and then performs an Iaijutsu slash, causing considerable damage to everything around her. This is the definitive three-stage charge modifier that has subsequently been applied to most melee-oriented weapons. By holding Punch, Shuraba can be charged up, with progress through each stage being accompanied by a visual and audio cue, with the final stage dealing significant damage to all enemies around Bayonetta in a considerable area. Charging Shuraba also freezes the combo counter and magic consumption by accessories, similar to a long Taunt.

Notable Combos: PunchPunchPausePunchPunchPunch will execute a series of spinning slashes and then finish with a Wicked Thrusting Slash. A variation of this combo can also be done; PunchPunchPausePunchPunchPausePunch which will execute similarly as the previous, however, the last sword strike will be a rising swing, accompanied by a vertically rising Wicked Blade that will launch bot Bayonetta and her enemies into the air.

Wicked Weaves: While equipped, normal Wicked Punches from Madama Butterfly will be replaced with spectral "Wicked Blades", massive spectral blades that mimic the motions of the attack that summons it. These Wicked Blades do an extremely high amount of damage when compared to other Wicked Weaves, making Shuraba one of the most powerful choices during boss fights when Bayonetta enter Serious Mode or when the Climax Brace is equipped.

Moonlight Massacre: A special attack, holding down Lock On (Right Bumper or R1) and standing in place causes Bayonetta to slowly move the katana in a circular motion, drawing a demonic seal in the air in front of her. When she's drawn half of the circle, Shuraba will flash brightly, pressing Punch at this time will perform the Half-Moon Slash, which will send out a blade of power in a straight line along the ground. Pressing Punch after the seal is fully drawn will execute the Full-Moon Slash, where Bayonetta will thrust the blade downwards into the Seal and send forth a massive red beam of energy. Though this is the most powerful attack Shuraba can execute outside of Serious Mode, it is very slow, inaccurate, and leaves Bayonetta open for attack. The only practical way to use it would be during Witch Time, usually with the Bracelet of Time equipped.

Bayonetta 2[]

In Bayonetta 2, Shuraba functions largely as it did in the first game with its Bullet Climax, Charge Modifier and Notable Combos all being executed and functioning almost exactly the same. The most notable differences in its Bayonetta 2 incarnation are that its damage has been reduced overall, especially the damage of its Wicked Blade finishers, and it has certain combos that link together much more quickly when used with some of the new feet-slot weapons, most notably Rakshasa, which it seems to have a particular synergy with.

Wicked Weaves & Umbran Climax: In Bayonetta 2 Shuraba's Wicked Weaves are much more fluid and less distinct, manifesting faster and slicing more cleanly. Despite this, they deal significantly less damage than they did in the first Bayonetta. During Umbran Climax all of Shuraba's swings will be accompanied by broad slashing Wicked Blades and finishers will be replaced with Mictlantecuhtli, who will fly across the battlefield and strike enemies.

Angel Slayer[]

Angel Slayer is an unusual katana used by Jeanne and is her equivalent to Shuraba. Said to be the twin blade of the aformentioned demonic katana, its incredible power has been used numerous times to slay the Laguna.[1]

Angel Slayer is expressed to be Jeanne's preferred weapon, being one of the other weapons she wields in combat against Bayonetta several times along with All 4 One. The weapon can be equipped in the games Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 if the player selects Jeanne and meets the requirements to unlock it.

In-Game Description
A katana born in the unknown depths of Inferno, brimming with mystery. One legend states that it is the twin sword to Shuraba. It is also said the sword's name comes from the story of a witch who loved the sword, and was excommunicated for carrying out a futile war against the angels. While the sword did not contain the soul of a demon, the Angel Slayer displayed incredible power; however, the sword, and the witch in whose hand it was held, both found themselves in Inferno. Eventually, the blade passed into the hands of Rodin who was able to make up for its previous deficiency; however, it remains unknown what sort of demon the smith was able to seal away in the historic blade.


Born in the depths of Inferno, the true origins of the sword is unknown though one legend claims that it was the twin blade of Shuraba. The name of the sword eventually originated from a witch whom loved the sword and waged a futile war against the forces of Paradiso, resulting in her excommunication from the Umbra Witches. The unnamed witch eventually found herself in Inferno along with the sword. Eventually, Rodin was given the blade and having been weakened, he sealed an unknown demon within it to make up for it's apparent lost power.[1]

Master Sword[]

Hero of Hyrule costume

Bayonetta with the Master Sword

The mythical blade wielded by the Heroes of Hyrule, those who possess the Spirit of the Hero and Triforce of Courage, to banish great evil. Its power is legendary, and the blade itself can cut down the most powerful of monsters with relative ease. ― Bayonetta 2's In-Game Description

In the Wii U and Nintendo Switch re-release of Bayonetta, players gain access to a Legend of Zelda Link costume. When in this costume and using the Shuraba, the sword will take on the appearance of The Master Sword. In Bayonetta 2, the Master Sword becomes its own weapon until the Shuraba becomes unlocked, The Master Sword uses Shuraba's move-set and combos and is available only when the Link costume is worn.


  • When literally translated from Japanese to English, Shuraba means "the scene of bloodshed." The word is also used in Japan within the screenwriting industry to categorize fight and action scenes, both in traditional plays and in the film.
  • In Japanese Buddhism, Ashuras are powerful multi-limbed and faced human demigods, being one form of incarnation in the cycle of Samsara, but whose existence is also seen as one of the Four Unhappy Births, said to be the reincarnation of humans who have constantly engaged in violence, and are cursed to a life of never-ending carnage where there is no sort of resolution or peace. Their behavior regarded as bellicose, prone to jealousy, and addicted to carnal pleasures, and whose image served roles in Samurai culture to warriors in Feudal Japan, suits the weapon's form of a katana.
  • Angel Slayer is a Kyū Guntō, a sword that was used primarily by the Japanese army, navy and cavalry officers in the Russo-Japanese War. Each military branch carried a different type of Kyū Guntō.
  • In the first Bayonetta, when doing the "Wicked Weaves Only" Alfheim, Shuraba's PunchPunchPunchPausePunch combo's Wicked Weave finisher does not count as a wicked weave and fails to damage the enemies.
  • As the taunt for this weapon, Bayonetta assumes a split stance and says "Bring it".
  • The LP used to unlock Shuraba and Angel Slayer is named after Beethoven's music "Moonlight Sonata."
  • In his commentary, Hideki Kamiya mentions that a special animation was planned and developed for Shuraba to play when it is charged: the hilt of the sword would open, revealing Ashura's pulsing heart. During subsequent changes in animation, the developers forgot to link the animation back and it is not used in the game through the code for it still exists.