The Black Knights are powerful enemies in Dark Souls III. Already appeared in Dark Souls I.

Black Knight

Enemy Type Knight
Weakness Dark, Frost, Poison/Toxic
Resistances All physical attacks & Fire (minor resistance to Lightning)
Health 672 at Road of Sacrifices (1200 at Untended Graves)
Souls 900 (Road of Sacrifices), 1600(NG), 2000(NG)(Untended Graves)


They were the elite knights of Gwyn, the first Lord of Cinder. They were burnt to ashes, but their ghosts are still wandering the land.


Demon Ruins (Smouldering Lake) - 1 wielding Ul. Greatsword, 1 wielding Greataxe

Untended Graves - 2 wielding Ul. Greatsword, 2 wielding Greataxe

Farron Keep Perimeter - 1 Wielding  Ul. Greatsword

Combat Information

  • Very powerful knights, which are remnants from the First Age of Fire.
  • There are two variations of the Dark Knights, each one carries either Greataxe or Ultra Greatsword. Unlike in Dark Souls, there is no Glaive and Greatsword variation, but in fixed locations these weapons can be found.
  • One-handed attacks can be parried, two-handed can't.
  • They attack every enemy on the map and Dark Spirits.
  • Are able to launch player into player or flatter him.
  • In differ to most regular creatures, staggering Black Knight can be a very difficult task.
  • Extremely weak to Dark and Frost. 
  • Vulnerable to Poison/Toxic, however application is very difficult.
  • Minor resistance to Lightning
  • Medium resistance to Physical and Fire.
  • Immune to  (Bleed?).




Notes and Tips:

  • In differ to Dark Souls I, all Black Knights respawn.
  • Untended Graves is an excellent farming location, provided you can defeat the Champion Gundyr, as 4 consecutive Black Knights can be defeated one by one with very little walking distance.
  • Black Knight at the Farron Keep Perimeter will chase player till boss fight arena, so he can "lured" to fight other enemies.

    • 13 Jun 2017 03:50  

      These guys are so easy to kill I don't even get hit at this point just using a medium shield and the irithyl straight sword. Once you learn their attacks it's really easy.

      • 16 Feb 2017 12:06  

        For someone to edit this, I've been seeing the same thing like it's ds1 none of the black knights in Ds3 don't re spawn, further more there is no regular sword wielding knights only great axe and ultra greatsword, the black knight sword and glaive is exclusively picked up in smoldering lake and champion gundyrs boss room, glaive for gundyr and sword for demons. Please and thank you.

        • 24 Jan 2017 21:55  

          If in coop have partner shoot him in the back while he is aggroed on you, (Note: use charged shot with bow) then when he's staggered start attacking him or run as to create space and heal then he should start running toward your partner.

          • 21 Dec 2016 08:20  

            I can confirm that it is only the black night on the bridge above lava that attacks invaders. At least during my time of playing this game since it came out this has been the only one to bother me after 6 playthroughs atleast.

            • Weapons are great09 Sep 2016 00:46  

              The weapons are amazing, armor heavy and doesn't have much impact like other armors. And I'd rather have a great shield. But the weapons are incredible mainly the UGS and the GS if you have the stamina you can spam the gs strong attack and dodge

              • Early game UGS farming27 Aug 2016 19:23  

                At the knight in farron keep, run up the stairs to the right of the knight. He will see you, but then turn around. Fall down and sneak up behind him to use the deep battle axe for a charged attack. Then dodge his next hit for the backstab and another charged r2 for the kill. Ezpz

                • Doesn't respawn???01 Aug 2016 06:25  

                  Now let me ask the editor of this page which one doesn't respawn??? - the two in Smouldering Lake respawn (1 GS & 1 GA). The one near Farron Keep Perimeter respawns (GS), the Untended Graves ones respawn (2 GS & 2 GA). This is false info, please edit the page.

                  • Gotta get that Ultra great Sword08 Jul 2016 12:08  

                    Isn't the second black Knight in the fire lake a UGS Knight? I've farmed him 30+ times at 214 ID rate, (crystal Raper, 14 luck, rusted coin) and still no weapon drop. But I don't see it recommend here as a UGS black Knight. I just want to be sure he can drop the weapon.

                    • Beating black knight at farron perimeter23 Jun 2016 21:40  

                      When reaching the room from bonfire, be sure you are not tailed by enemy on left. Then, go up the stairs on the left, there's a room. The black knight will notice, but won't follow unless you show yourself. Then go towards the pillar closest to the black knight and use ranged once and then retreat into the back corner of the small room until black knight returns to original position. Rinse and repeat.

                      • Possible bug18 Jun 2016 08:22  

                        The black knight in Smoldering lake can attack invaders without a seed of a tree giant being used. If the host is far enough away from the enemy it will have unlimited health.

                        • Behind the helmet...25 May 2016 05:26  

                          Are two eyeballs. Sneak up on one and adjust the camera. No idea why. Maybe theyve become so corrupted by the abyss that... Nah forget it.

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