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

      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

                • Anonymous

                  09 Apr 2017 07:38  

                  So, now that poise is relevant again has there been any testing done on this statement: "this sword's unique attack greatly reduces enemy poise"? I think other greatswords are a bit better, but the ability to poisebreak weapons a normal greatsword couldn't seems very useful against hammer/great weapons, especially with the perseverance.

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Mar 2017 04:30  

                    I like to use the lightning blade miracle and I already use a +6 claymore, should I instead stick with my +3 black knight sword? the damage is so much more tempting and perseverance is a skill I love but I cant use lightning blade on it for that sweet flat damage buff

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Jan 2017 17:21  

                      Never used this because I didn't want to use same weapon from ds1. Decided to play a quality build, thought to use this and wow, cuts through PvE like butter!

                      • Anonymous

                        12 Jan 2017 19:31  

                        One of the bests GS in the game by far! Excelent for PVE and PVP. Excelent proportion between power and weight! Fast movements (1H and 2H)! And for me the best Weapon Art of all the GS, which allows you to trade hits even with R1 spammers, gank spankers, and depending on your poise also with UGS. It really deserves a slab.

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Dec 2016 09:52  

                          If you finish off an enemy with the 2nd hit of the 1-handed R2, don't move or roll and let the animation finish. You will earn 100 style points

                          • Anonymous

                            06 Dec 2016 15:11  

                            the WA does not give you increased POISE, if the Perseverance wiki page is to be believed. It only activates poise, but you don't get the +100pts worth of poise that the greathammers give.

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Dec 2016 06:05  

                              This might very well be the best greatsword for a quality build. It has an amazing 1 handed moveset, and is the only greatword with perseverance. Also, while its light rolling attack is quite meh, the heavy rolling attack (1H) is a lunge with crazy reach and damage.

                              • Anonymous

                                24 Nov 2016 03:09  

                                Kind of shocked by the number of players who don't understand the significance of Perseverance on this weapon. This is one of the best gank-spank tools in existence: let them gather up, pop Perseverance, and watch the bodies drop as they swing wildly into your (relatively) quick, nigh-unstoppable counter strikes.

                                Other weps with Perseverance tend to be balanced by their weaknesses: Greathammers or Ult. GS's are crazy slow and eat up stamina, while the Demon Fists are short-range and low-damage, with zero inherent hyperarmor or crowd control ability. The BKGS essentially bypasses ALL of those weaknesses, giving you a high-damage greatsword with solid built-in poise, wide sweeping strikes, decent attack speed and moderate stamina usage. Giving that complete package the ability to blow through more than one r1 (and even some r2s) at reduced damage can make it ridiculously powerful in the right hands.

                                • Anonymous

                                  05 Nov 2016 10:19  

                                  i love how the R1 catches panic rolling so well. Plus it's just got such a great moveset and balance of power, speed, and AR. I've loved this sword since i got it, the first hour into the first game. I love the R2 too, turns PVE into baseball. Perseverance is pretty lame, but overall a sweet weapon

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Perseverance on BKGS26 Sep 2016 05:44  

                                    If you think about it, Perseverance is basically a lame damage block. You use it to save your ass before you get hit, which would be a mistake on your part since you let yourself get in the opponent's range. A good pvp player kites the range of his opponent's weapon while baiting him into his own range. Not to mention you automatically get hyperarmor when 2-handing all greatswords, so calling it 'hyper armor at will' makes it redundant. More like pray you won't *****-slapped for making mistakes.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      THE RETURN16 Sep 2016 16:42  

                                      In DS1 used this sword all the time was an absolute beast, im DS2 didnt make a return was disapointed and then IM DS3 it came back and when i found it tears of joy, best weapon i think in the game

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Beastly04 Sep 2016 06:06  

                                        Let's face it, Black Knight weapons are beasts in the game. If you got the stamina and the materials, upgrade it all, you won't be disappointed, I'm at the point where regular attacks are basically uncharged strong attacks. The one handed strong move set for this is great. It's a slash, then a stab and rolling then strong attack it skips to a stab. Best move set ever

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