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
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.
  • Black Knight Sword +5 has 542 AR at 40 Strength and 40 Dexterity.

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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 - - 0 0 0 55 40 40 35 40
+1 193 - - - - D D - - 0 0 0 55 40 40 35 40
+2 206 - - - - D D - - 0 0 0 55 40 40 35 40
+3 241 - - - - D D - - 0 0 0 55 40 40 35 40
+4 271 - - - - C D - - 0 0 0 55 40 40 35 40
+5 302 - - - - C D - - 0 0 0 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)

    • 09 Apr 2017 01:38  

      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.

      • 03 Mar 2017 22:30  

        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

        • 20 Jan 2017 11:21  

          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!

          • 12 Jan 2017 13:31  

            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.

            • 06 Dec 2016 09:11  

              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.

              • 04 Dec 2016 00:05  

                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.

                • 23 Nov 2016 21:09  

                  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.

                  • 05 Nov 2016 05:19  

                    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

                    • Perseverance on BKGS25 Sep 2016 23:44  

                      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.

                      • THE RETURN16 Sep 2016 10:42  

                        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

                        • Beastly04 Sep 2016 00:06  

                          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

                          • Press Pray to Poise31 Aug 2016 13:48  

                            "Raise sword in the name of the First Lord to temporarily boost poise". Let's pray to the times when the ancient art of Poise existed... Time of the First Lord...

                            • Weapon Art Tips02 Aug 2016 21:20  

                              I think this weapon is really great. It's unique moveset is AMAZING. The only trouble I am having is what time to use the weapon art (since it only lasts 3 sec.). Can anyone give me some scenarios where perseverence is actually useful?

                              • Amazing weapon22 Jul 2016 12:58  

                                A great all rounder for whatever you need. Perseverance saved my life numerous times when I should have clearly been dead, in PvP and PvE. This, plus the low stamina consumption from being a greatsword and not a freaking great hammer means I can get a few hits in and still be able to dodge away.<br/><br/>I don't see anyone using this, and I don't mind, really. It's fun to crush katana/bestoc/dark sword spammers when they expect to stunlock me, only for them to get bad trades as a result.

                                • Favorite Blade16 Jul 2016 14:33  

                                  Loved this since the first time i saw<br/><br/>Draw it whenever I'm holding a pin<br/><br/>Black knights are my favorite characters in the whole series.

                                  • A fun tactic10 Jul 2016 03:15  

                                    When you use this, try having nothing in your off hand, when you have nothing in your off hand, you can use the weapon art, and one handing your weapon and suddenly doing Perseverance and hitting them with 1 handed r1 without getting locked out catches a lot of players off guard

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