Black Knight Sword

173 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 55.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
- icon-wp_stability.png 40.0
icon_weight.png 10.0
Requirements & Bonus
D D - -
20 18 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Perseverance icon_fp_cost.png 10

Black Knight Sword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

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: Perseverance
Raise sword in the name of the First Lord to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduces while activated.

Notes and Tips:

  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Deals 20% bonus damage vs. Demons.
  • The strongest pure physical Greatsword at 40/40, with a total of 542 AR.
  • The 2H R2 deal more poise damage than any other weapon in this class. This applies to the other Black Knight weapons as well.

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Moveset and Videos:

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Black Knight Sword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 173 - - - - D D - - - - - 55 40 40 35 40
Regular +1 193 - - - - D D - - - - - 55 40 40 35 40
Regular +2 206 - - - - D D - - - - - 55 40 40 35 40
Regular +3 241 - - - - D D - - - - - 55 40 40 35 40
Regular +4 271 - - - - C D - - - - - 55 40 40 35 40
Regular +5 302 - - - - C D - - - - - 55 40 40 35 40



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)

    • Anonymous

      19 Jan 2018 20:19  

      I tried this thing in PvP today and holy***** it is godly. Easily destroys those fat guys with big two-handers that want to trade. The WA, high damage and extra poise damage... perfection.

      • Anonymous

        23 Dec 2017 22:06  

        Perseverance can be used as rush tactic, because you CANNOT be poise broken or staggered under any circumstances (in terms of PvP).
        For that reason, I find the WA very useful against ultra/great melee users, or true combo users. Just activate Perseverance in anticipation of an attack and wail on them (if the opponent's damage output is high, it might not be a good idea to trade).

        • Anonymous

          13 Oct 2017 21:03  

          I'm following my playthroguh of DS1 in DS3, Claymore hard leather armor until I get this sword and complete the rest of the game in a breeze

          • Anonymous

            25 Sep 2017 08:20  

            this sword (along with the other blk knight weapons) will absolutely destroy the demon prince. killed him second try with this on ng +7. would have been first try, but was using a different weapon then.

            • Anonymous

              18 Sep 2017 00:29  

              I remember my very first run through the game while using this weapon. Got invaded by three aldritch defenders and thought they were NPC invaders with how easy and fast they went down.

              • 29 Aug 2017 18:16  

                Fun thing to do: When killing folks in Ringed City, wear not much like the magician's clothes and Leonhard's mask, then run up on a pack of folks with rosaria's ring on the steps of hell and when they are fighting those harald knights, get close, pop iron flesh and walk right into them with that and perseverance and kill everyone very quickly. It's how I finished my Rosaria and my Moundmaker quests...

                With good players, this generally only catches them once, if at all, but its still fun and my favorite method of murdering packs. It can also work pretty well with heavier armor in the Spears of the Church fight. Kills the host in two or three shots and you might win, but you only get one shot at that before he and his dogs rip you apart.

                But very satisfying when it works.

                • Anonymous

                  29 Aug 2017 07:15  

                  this piece right here is no joke, son... it'll turn you to spaghetti real quick... hit you with that perseverance then rrrrrrra

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Jul 2017 04:23  

                    How much more poise does it reduce exactly? Would it be useful to use this instead of some other greatsword against a Havel-set for example?

                    • 10 Jun 2017 04:02  

                      Very quickly climbing the ranks as of late, if only because it cuts through the current heavy armor heavy weapon trade-fest bollocks of a meta the games' currently settled into like a hot knife through butter. Perseverance is just the best WA in the game overall imo, but here it comes with an incredibly solid moveset and great damage, and at least the black knight weapons have always looked badass too.

                      Unfortunately, I can already see the oversaturation of it beginning, but still a great sword and so satisfying to just literally cut through all this heavy armored trade orientated nonsense that's so prevalent now.

                      • 12 May 2017 18:09  

                        Best weapon in the game 10/10 You just have to equip some heavy armor and you can out-poise even greathammers with this thing. Low weight, very good dmg and low stamina cost + Perfect 1H moveset makes this the best quality weapon I can think off...

                        • 01 May 2017 14:59  

                          This weapon is a general monster. It's better than the AR stats suggest, which are extremely good to start with. I ran this as a main on a new quality build and my strength and dex are currently at 35 and 27 respectively as I'm working on it. I had forgotten what a quality build is/was like, having gone faith/dex faith/strengh - I ripped through most obstacles and it was just silly how much easier the game is. I've smashed soul of cinder solo before, but with a summon on this run, because I'm speeding toward Gael as fast as possible, I went through him like sh-t like a goose. I had the good luck to have him jump into the magician form after the straight sword onslaught and ripped him up.

                          Best all around weapon I've found. Tried an awful lot of them...

                          Perseverance will destroy pvp folks with big weapons if you can take the first hit because they will totally stagger and panic and you will put them down.

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Apr 2017 05:51  

                            So their straight sword is a great sword and their greatsword is an ultragreat sword... XD aight from add in a dagger i need a straight sword :P

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Apr 2017 09:43  

                              People using the Paired Cancer don't understand that this sword is the bane of their existence. Oh well, free Ws for me

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