Black Knight Greataxe

216 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 60.0
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 40
icon_weight.png 19.5
Requirements & Bonus
C D - -
36 18 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greataxes damage_type-icon.jpg Standard
skill-icon.jpg Warcry icon_fp_cost.png 20 (-/-)

Black Knight Greataxe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Greataxe of the black knights who wander the lands. Used to face chaos demons.

The unique attack of this axe greatly reduces enemy poise, reflecting the tremendous size of the enemies that the knights have fearlessly faced.

Skill: Warcry
Let out a spirated warcry that temporarily boosts attack, and enables a special consecutive strong attack. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused. 
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Deals 20% bonus damage vs. demons.
  • The one hand R2 and leaping attacks are capable of flattening some enemies.
  • A fully charged two-handed R2 will launch enemies.
  • Attacks where you drag the weapon could get caught in certain terrain.
  • Cannot be parried while two-handed except for running and rolling R1.
  • With 40STR and 40DEX, this weapon has 647 AR. (As of patch 1.07)

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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  • The weapon art alters the strong attacks into a relatively quick, multi-hit chain that lunges forward and deals high damage.
  • The leaping strike of the one hand R2 is shorter ranged than its Dark Souls 1 counterpart, but has a stunning effect on enemies near the impact that aren't in range of the damage.
  • Black Knight Greataxe moveset



Black Knight Greataxe Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 216 - - - - C D - - - - - 60 45 50 40 45
+1 240 - - - - C D - - - - - 60 45 50 40 45
+2 257 - - - - C D - - - - - 60 45 50 40 45
+3 280 - - - - C D - - - - - 60 45 50 40 45
+4 338 - - - - C D - - - - - 60 45 50 40 45
+5 350 - - - - C D - - - - - 60.0 45.0 50.0 40.0 45.0


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)

    • 09 Feb 2017 18:02  

      at 36 str 19 dex it has a 595 two handed AR, I don't think the extra stat investment is worth it for an extra 50 damage when I can load vitality and endurance so I can get more than two hits and have a good amount of poise. This was for a no shield build that I didn't take past new game.

      • 22 Jan 2017 13:13  

        I don't know if anyone has already noticed this, but in the Dancer's boss room there's a red carpet on the floor. If you perform the 2h R1 while standing on it, the BK Greataxe will fail to attack, as if using the weapon on a wooden surface. I haven't noticed this on any other kinds of floor, so I don't know if it is a bug, or it was intended. I hope not, couse it turned the Dancer's fight even more frustrating for me...

        • 09 Dec 2016 19:47  

          Took me about 6 tries to obtain this. I used the crystal sages rapier for the killing blow, and had a rusted coin on. Once I used these on concert, I got it first try.

          • To good28 Aug 2016 23:41  

            I suck at pvp but with this thing I can easily beat 2v1 or even 3v1 ganks. It one shots phantoms and most host on parties if u have to hornet ring and can do almost 900 damage in two hit with the right build. As much as I love the weapon it might need another NERF :(

            • This Weapon04 Aug 2016 23:51  

              This axe is a monster and I love it even with a nerf. It costing more stamina per swing just makes it more of a skill weapon then a try hard weapon.

              • Can be acquired from demon ruins with some difficulty26 Jul 2016 20:05  

                There is a black knight wielding the axe in the demon ruins behind an illusory wall. It's a bit of a jog from the nearest bonfire, but it is possible to acquire one of these prior to reaching untended graves.

                • Untended Graves17 Jul 2016 08:26  

                  There are two in Untended Graves not one. One BK is right outside the Champion Gundyr arena on the stairs, the other one is right outside Firelink Shrine to the left (when viewed while exiting the shrine).

                  • Intresting findings05 Jun 2016 03:53  

                    While i was soul farming, with the Shield of Want and the Silver Serpent Ring (NG), while adding the warcry buff of this weapon, it seemed to buff my soul intake too, from 990 souls to 1189 souls. Either a glitch or intensional buff? Requesting more research, if can. I was farming at Irithyll of Boreal Valley, and used the Forgotten Manor bonfire.

                    • Got lucky!01 Jun 2016 11:22  

                      I got this axe on my third try with only 111 drop rate. That's not all, also dropped an ember and gauntlets at the same time. Anyway going to test out! Mixed opinions from what I'm reading.

                      • Wrong stats?28 May 2016 10:53  

                        Hey I have a 40str/40dex build and this weapon only gives me 647 AR. Not sure if they changed it recently but definity not 695 AR. Just thought I would point this out. I also am now noticing that the base damage of this weapon at +5 is 350 on my character not 376 like on this page so this could be what changed.

                        • Nerfed23 May 2016 19:34  

                          According to a Reddit user, 1.07 nerfed its base damage at max to 350, and its AR at 40/40 to 350+297 (647) damage. Hopefully, this will be enough to prevent parry spam + Hornet Ring 1HKOs with this weapon now

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