Black Knight Greatsword

185 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 65.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 45
icon_weight.png 16.0
Requirements & Bonus
C D - -
30 18 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Ultra Greatswords damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Stomp icon_fp_cost.png 10 (-/16)

Black Knight Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Ultra greatsword wielded by the Black Knights who wander the lands. Designed to face chaos demons.

The Black Knights constantly faced foes larger than themselves, and this sword's unique attack greatly reduces enemy poise. 

Skill: Stomp
Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning slash. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Deals 20% bonus damage vs. Demons.
  • At 40/40 Str/Dex this weapon has 612 AR and becomes stronger than the Greatsword by 11 points on top of being lighter and having an arguably better moveset - however, the Greatsword hits 639 AR when infused to refined, and can be buffed.

Location/Where to Find


Moveset and Videos:

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Black Knight Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 185 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+1 206 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+2 220 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+3 257 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+4 289 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+5 322 - - - - B D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50


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)

    • 16 Mar 2017 02:08  

      I don't know if it's just me, but whoever I invade/invades me do not know how to counter this weapon. My 40STR/25DEX build, with +5 BKG, does monstrous damage, and with people not knowing its moveset at all, it just puts them down in two or three hits, easy. It's almost like dex-spam R1R1R1R1R1R1 weapons have climbed so high in the meta that they forgot greatswords existed. I haven't lost a single duel in this character's NG+ so far, and it's even stood up to two spam-heavy, Carthus Rogue-katana users.

      finally I can tell other players to git gud

      • 03 Mar 2017 03:36  

        For early game farming, i recommend starting from Farron Keep perimeter and walking through the doorway where the ravenous crystal lizard was. Also make sure you have either coventous gold serpent ring and/or a rusty coin active. GL

        • 31 Jan 2017 14:17  

          So i've been farming the Black Knight's after Champion Gundyr and I have at least two of each thing in the set. Except the sword. It doesn't seem to drop at all.

          • 23 Jan 2017 20:19  

            I've been playing with the BKG and the Fugs. Both are +2 at the moment and I see no difference in attack power. As of now the BKG seems superior. It's does the same damage and is lighter. Can somebody explain to me which is the better weapon?

            • 20 Dec 2016 02:25  

              I tried invasions, put a longsword/thrusting weapon in lefthand. I got to say, amazing strategy but keep your BGS hidden, spam r1 to trick your enemy that you’re a noob... do weapon with longsword/thruster, take out BGS
              L1 L1 R1 R1 R2. It never let me down.

              • 07 Dec 2016 16:24  

                All the sword variant BK wield this, which is well known as the "demon slayer". But only 3 demons in the game, so maybe they still wander around, still thinking demons and dragons still roam the earth. Or maybe they're just killing gankers, who knows

                • 06 Dec 2016 09:01  

                  The line that says: " however, the Greatsword hits 639 AR when infused to refined"

                  ^ this is wrong info I believe, doesn't square with the numbers from the greatsword wiki page, or mugenmonkey's weapons page.
                  Should be 587 AR with refined-infused

                  • This thing is a beast.27 Sep 2016 19:37  

                    Can do 1200+ damage with a rather tricky combo of 2h r1 and 2h r2, making sure to hit with the first part of the strong attack and turning around to hit with second part of the strong attack.

                    • Better than Fume UGS03 Sep 2016 12:13  

                      I fined the art style better than the Fume, not to mention the Fume UGS is legendary which isn't good since everyone knows it's strong attack. I don't have too much endurance, but 1 handed I can fit in 2 strong attacks and then end it off with a quick swipe to the left.

                      • Amazing crowd control26 Jul 2016 11:51  

                        The greatsword is really good for killing off mobs while used one handed but takes quite a bit more stamina. I can only swing 3 or 4 times<br/>Use it against deacons of the deep and you will see what I mean

                        • 0 poise07 Jul 2016 20:49  

                          I find myself getting interrupted in the MIDDLE (not the beggining) of attacks with this weapon. When do you get max poise in the attack animation, if any???:

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