Drakeblood Knight

Enemy Type Hostile NPC
Weakness ??
Resistances ??
Immune ??

Drakeblood Knight is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.


Enemy Description


Combat Information

  • Has around 1300 health on NG and deals high amounts of damage.
  • The combination of lightning and magic damage bleeds through shields. Dodging and parrying become a necessity instead of blocking and countering.
  • A very methodical, knightly fighter. Frequently switches his shield in and out and loves using the Skill stance. Dodging around his sword arts gives you the widest window for a backstab.
  • Very high endurance. Can rapidly swing that sword 6 times in a row, if given an opening.
  • Killing the Man-Serpent Summoner will not kill him but you'll at least be able to kill him permanently.
  • Can be kicked of the map. He'll still drop his sword if you do this.
  • Immune to the Pyromancy Rapport



Notes & Trivia

  • Drops 4000 Souls
  • Drakeblood Knights appeared in the Dark Souls 2 DLC "Crown of the Sunken King". The errant knights up on Archdragon Peak either appear to have found a way to indulge their worshipful obsession with dragon blood without the dragon-hunting part, or were otherwise spellbound by the man-serpent cult after their intrusion.
  • The corpse in Consumed King's Garden, from which you learn the "path of the dragon" gesture, is also clad in Drakeblood Armor.
  • Farming Method:
    Go to the Dragon-kin Mausoleum bonfire and wait near the summoning spawn point for the enemy.
    Your character should have 45 Strength, a Yhorm's Great Machete +5, Lloyd's Sword Ring, and a Hornet Ring, with a Dragon Torso Stone in your Quick Items.
    With these items equipped, you should be able to kill the knights with one backstab, make sure that you have enough time to use the Dragon Roar before backstabbing them, or else the AR buff will wear off.
    It is reccomended that you equip the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring and the Shield of Want to gain 5280 Souls with each kill. 
  • You can further boost the souls earned by equipping mendicants staff, the staff of the snake summoner, gained by farming it. This item also boosts souls earned from kills. If you cant use staffs, simply switch to it w the short cut key right on the killing blow. You should have enough time to get the extra buff as it takes a little while for souls to pop out after death. Then switch back to your normal weapon for the next knight.
  • NG+: If you don't feel like farming for their armor, the corpse where you obtain the Path of the Dragon gesture gives you the full Drakeblood armor set.



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    • Anonymous

      18 Jan 2018 16:32  

      "NG+: If you don't feel like farming for their armor"

      But you can't farm their armor, they don't drop it. You can get their armor yes, but they don't drop it.

      • Anonymous

        02 Jan 2018 03:44  

        So the info about the Drakeblood set being on the corpse in NG+ is false. I found the set on the corpse in Consumed Kings Garden in NG after killing the Drakeblood Knight.

        • Anonymous

          28 Dec 2017 02:57  

          Hey if anyone still posts information lol in NG that have low health is there any weapon that can deal 1300+ dmg with the backstab alone to farm fast as possible?

          • Anonymous

            18 Aug 2017 15:04  

            Backstab damage vs Drakeblood Knight w/ Lloyd’s Sword Ring & Hornet Ring:

            weapon (+10/+5) backstab eq. screen total damage % increase
            Lightning Longsword 612 461 132.75%
            Chaos Longsword 572 445 128.54%
            Dark Longsword 609 457 133.26%
            Sunlight Straight Sword 467 360 129.72%

            Looks like he's weak to Dark and Lightning (or resistant to Fire and Physical).

            • Anonymous

              07 Jul 2017 18:50  

              After some testing
              Clutch Ring (for each respective element)
              Lloyd Sword Ring

              Weapon and attack:
              Falchion (+6) R1

              Crystal Chime (+5)
              Pyromancy Flame (+10)

              Int and Faith: 31
              18 Str 16 Dex

              Fire weapon:
              Normal Atack: 115
              Riposte: 315

              Lighting Blade
              Normal Atack: 124
              Riposte: 335

              Blessed Weapon
              Normal Atack: 91
              Riposte: 321

              Dark Blade
              Normal Atack: 120
              Riposte: 331

              Crystal Magic Weapon
              Normal Atack: 127
              Riposte: 338

              • Anonymous

                01 Jun 2017 17:19  

                The armor can't be farmed, just kill the first one that was summoned and the corpse you got the path if the dragon emote from has the full set.

                • Anonymous

                  12 May 2017 04:08  

                  Does he get replaced by a dark spirit if invaded. I died a couple times to him, reembered the third time instead of him a Havel Knight appeared and killed me for the third time. I do not know if this is a glitch or what.

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Apr 2017 00:12  

                    Cosplaying these guys is actually viable in PvP. The sword deals decent enough damage and is quite fast for a greatsword when twohanded. The shield is great against mage builds and the spell parry works wonders at increasing survivability. Once parried multiple CSS before dying cos I screwed up the timing on the last one and got finished off by another invader. The armour is pretty decent as well.

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Mar 2017 05:29  

                      The drakeblood knight spawn has been moved to the top of the stairs nearest the summoner so you can no longer one-shot backstab farm him. Easiest way to farm him now is to draw him out to the long area where the Nameless King bonfire is (Obviously you need to have beaten NK first) It doesn't take long to down him, he's crazy weak when it comes to parries.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Jan 2017 19:49  

                        Actually the very first summoned Drakeblood Knight gives 2x souls than the next ones, at least in NG+, being just barely stronger. Thus it's better to kill one and go to the near bonfire, then repeat.

                        • Anonymous

                          24 Dec 2016 00:32  

                          I recently tried the farming method and i think changes to the hornets ring and or other parts of the farming method or the Drakeblood Knight himself make it harder to one shot. However if you use the buff on the sunlight straight sword along with dragon roar you should be able to oneshot the guy at the 45 or 50 strength mark requires more fp though and the requirements on the SS sword as well

                          • Anonymous

                            17 Nov 2016 15:44  

                            The armor will only spawn on the dead knight at the Consumed Kings Garden (the dead dude where you learn the path of the dragon gesture) after killing the first knight that the Summoner spawns (the guy who drops the Drakeblood Greatsword). Who would have thought you gotta go back?

                            • Anonymous

                              More Souls in NG11 Oct 2016 12:14  

                              After resting at the Dragon Mausoleum bonfire, the first summoned knight has (probably) raised health, more absorption and does more damage. It also drops 8000 souls instead of the normal 4000.If you haven't rested at a bonfire after killing the first knight, all the other spawned knights appear to have reduced stats and drop the standard 4000 souls.Resting at bonfire at any time will reset the cycle i.e. the 1st knight will be stronger, and the others will be weaker & drop less souls.

                              • Anonymous

                                the shield08 Oct 2016 11:06  

                                Why aren't they using the dragon shieldIts not all that important but whyThey are dragon hunters in a dragon area summoned by a half dragonsurrounded by dragon menright after a dragon boss fight why

                                • Anonymous

                                  Stat spread of the Drakeblood Knight05 Aug 2016 02:53  

                                  I can successfully deduce that he has 50 Vigor, 40 Endurance.I'm not sure about the rest but he has 18 (or more) Str & 16 (or more) Dex.This guy is a good offline 1v1 training dummie (CPU) to learn the Drakeblood Greatsword match up. Which is a very underrated weapon with low stamina costs, fast hyper armor frames & is a beast buffed with Darkmoon Blade (anything is viable with Darkmoon Blade through).

                                  • What does it take to one-shot this guy with a backstab?29 May 2016 17:25  

                                    I've been using the Dragonkin Mausoleum "Summoned Drakeblood Knight" method of soul farming for mats and levels and I still can't really manage to 1 hit him with a backstab even with over 600AR doing 'standard' damage(Yhorm's Great Machete) and the Hornet's Ring equipped. It's a little maddening to be honest.

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