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 2H R2 deal more poise damage than any other weapon in this class. This applies to the other Black Knight weapons as well.

Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 2-Handed Stats
    • 20/18 = 435 AR = Base Stats
    • 27/18 = 469 AR = Str Softcap
    • 40/18 = 483 AR
    • 20/40 = 509 AR = Dex Softcap
    • 27/39 = 541 AR = Combined Softcap
    • 40/40 = 560 AR
  • After Softcaps it get's less than 2 AR per level
  • 2-Handed Quality weapon
  • Scales well with both stats


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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

      21 Feb 2018 14:38  

      I find this (theme-fittingly) good to pair with the Black Knight Shield (or any other Weapon Skill shield with good stability).

      Typically when fighting, especially with heavy weapons, because of stunlock

      (1st hit)
      (2nd hit)

      most people just spam R1 even though it's unnecessary.

      Because they spam R1, they won't have the chance to kick your shield until after the R1s. I usually:

      (block 1st hit)
      (activate Perservance between 1st and 2nd hit)
      (swing some R1s)

      While you won't be poise broken, you're still gonna want some decent armor (medium sets are sufficient) because you're gonna be trading.

      You don't always have to use Perseverance after blocking, but I do that when against stunlock-heavy/true combo weapons.

      If you do get kicked though, prepare to lose <50% of your health.

      • Anonymous

        09 Feb 2018 10:31  

        I wish it had better scaling. C-D doesn't seem very good for such an iconic weapon. It's also quite an ugly weapon. Love the move-set though.

        • Anonymous

          02 Feb 2018 11:15  

          Great weapon for dealing with weapon arts that rely on long and wide hit chains like the ringed knight paired greatswords, Friede's great scythe, or Farron greatsword. Pop perseverance when you see them coming at you like a blender and you'll land two R1s while knocking them out of their WA.

          • Anonymous

            26 Jan 2018 21:38  

            Best weapon for gankspank success. Just time the weapon art right before they attack an watch them all melt before your juicy goodness

            • 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.

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