Katana Bullets

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Katana Bullets
Katana Bullets.png
Type: Passive
Quality: C Quality Item.png
Sell Creep Price: 21 Money.png
Unlock Method: Defeat the boss of the R&G Dept.
Introduced in: AFTA Indicator.png
Ammonomicon Entry
Folded Lead
These bullets Zero in on their target and keep slashing.

Legend tells of a katana bullet so quick and skilled that it once sliced through a bullet molecule in mid air.

Katana Bullets is a passive item and a bullet upgrade.


  • Increases curse by 1.
  • Upon killing an enemy, bullets have a chance to unleash a flurry of slashes along the path of the original bullet, damaging enemies.
    • The area of the flurry pushes the player and enemies away.
    • The flurry can ignite flammable materials, such as webbing or oil.


  • Because the flurry pushes enemies and players around, using Katana Bullets can damage the player in indirect and unpredictable ways.
    • Companions that damage enemies can trigger the effects of Katana Bullets. Due to this, players should exercise caution to avoid being pushed into hazards by the blade-flurries created by their companions.
    • The blade-flurries can appear behind enemies and push them into the player. Normally this isn't a problem since Katana Bullets does enough damage to kill affected enemies and dying enemies won't damage the player, but there are exceptions. Notably: enemies that explode upon death (Nitra, Pinhead, Det, Bombshee), enemies that spawn smaller enemies (most Blobulons, King Bullats) and enemies that spawn bullets after death (most Shotgun Kin).
  • Bullets created by Table Tech Shotgun can trigger Katana Bullets upon killing an enemy.
  • Blade-flurries can trigger the effect of Sunglasses.
  • The fact that the item increases Curse while being carried stems from the Gungeon rejecting non-bullet based weapons and items, including swords.
  • The blade-flurries may recycle code from the Nitra's explosion-chain, which would explain their unusual behavior (e.g., igniting oil and spider webs, triggering the effect of Sunglasses).
  • Despite the description, Katana Bullets do not have homing.
  • If duplicates of this item are somehow obtained, increases the chance of the effect and allows more katana bullets to occur.


  • A Katana is a type of traditional curved Japanese sword, renowned for their sharpness and cutting power.
  • "Folded lead" is a reference to the way katanas are forged, which involves folding the heated steel during construction.
  • The description and name are a reference to Katana ZERO, another game published by Devolver Digital shortly after the release of the A Farewell to Arms Update.


  • An active flurry can sometimes delay a Nitra's explosions.

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