Sword Master

Hostile NPC
General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
1,000 2,000 Firelink Shrine Uchigatana, Master's AttireMaster's Gloves

Sword Master is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.

Sword Master Information



  • Sword Master can be found at Firelink Shrine; to the left of the main entrance.



Combat Information

  • Weak against most forms of damage.
  • A popular way players are defeating Sword Master is forcing him off the side of the cliff. You can bait out his lunge attack at the edge of ledge, causing both of you to fall off.
  • Another cheesy way to make him fall to his death is by standing in the corner of the narrow ledge, beside the staircase, two flights below the tower entrance. He will usually try to attack you from above, which leads to himself being launched off the cliff.
  • Safe Tactic: Make him follow you to the Firelink Shrine's entrance. He can't enter inside so smash him until he's dead from there. 
  • Parrying is an effective tactic against him.
  • Has low poise. As soon as you hit him he will lose his balance, if you time it correctly, you can hit once and roll away, nudging slowly at his health. 
  • Sword Master can parry players by the use of the Uchigatana's Hold Skill, it's best to attack with caution.



  • Dark Souls I artbook contains a draft design for a character quite similar to the Sword Master of DS3. As notes to the design imply he was planned to have a bit more important role and lore, but never made it into DS1, however, it seems character appears in DS3 as Sword Master NPC, though less detailed and without much lore.
  • There is a theory that Sword Master may actually be Shiva of the East. When visiting Firelink Shrine after the Untended Graves, in place of his initial location lies the Chaos Blade, which Shiva has been desperately looking for through the ages. It may very well be that one day he found it, and its damage backlash or just time resulted in Shivas apparel to be reduced to what we know as the Master's attire. Or he may actually be Sword Master Makoto, the original wielder of the Chaos Blade. This needs further investigation.
    • Unlikely considering the Easterner's Ashes are very heavily implied to be Shiva's. Additionaly, it's worth considering that the subplot involving Shiva and the Chaos Blade was never included in DS1's final releases and thus should be considered non-canon.


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    • Anonymous

      11 Jan 2018 12:40  

      I tree-jumped onto the roof to attack this guy with a bow on my first ever time through the game. He went nuts and threw himself off the cliff. Next gen AI design right there. I've had players do that to deny kills in PVP.

      • Anonymous

        17 Apr 2017 15:34  

        I did a stupid roll and fell off the cliff, was about to face palm, then i see him jump after me, gwyn bless his soul. : ^)

        • Anonymous

          28 Feb 2017 02:32  

          If you dont pick up the swordmasters loot in the firelink shrine, you can get it in the untended graves where it is in the shrine

          • Anonymous

            25 Feb 2017 02:40  

            Me and the Swordmaster made out and the ferocity of us parrying each others loins rendered his armor to scraps.

            • Anonymous

              30 Oct 2016 17:40  

              I unwillingly left Sword Master's gear (the one he drops when defeated) where it would lie. Eventually I made it to the Dark Firelink Shrine. When I went to where the Chaos Blade would be, the Sword Master's gear and weapon was there! Spooky.

              • Anonymous

                Maybe a little bit of speculation...11 Oct 2016 14:44  

                But maybe he's that one master that Shiva mentions in DS1 who he refers to when talking about the Chaos Blade? I mean, he does use the Chaos Blade when summoned and you can pick it up in the spot that this Sword Master would be in the Untended Graves. I'm more than likely wrong, but its just a thought!

                • Anonymous

                  Useless phantom02 Oct 2016 00:03  

                  Don't bother to summon him to the Champion Gundyr fight. He has very low defense and dies quickly because of that. He is also no use as a distraction since he takes forever to target the boss and likes to just slowly follow him in his katana stance without getting in range to attack.

                  • Anonymous

                    I dont even need to beat him22 Sep 2016 13:07  

                    I go there, lure him and then just leave and loot the rest of the shrines early accesable items...he dies somewhere in between, so i go to the bonfire and then back and loot his stuff...

                    • Anonymous

                      Sign isNT showing24 Aug 2016 15:40  

                      The swordmaster sign wont apear outsid The boss room and i have killed him. What is The problem

                      • Anonymous

                        Advice?21 Aug 2016 15:31  

                        So I recently got DS3 and I was wondering if the glitch, or whatever you would call it, people used to make him SUPER POWERFUL and kill the Dancer in early-game still worked.

                        • Anonymous

                          From the east21 Jul 2016 22:48  

                          If I remember correctly, isn't there a "Eastern Shield" in a tree at the path towards him? Could that be hinting towards the "Shiva if the East" theory?

                          • Anonymous

                            Summon20 Jun 2016 18:01  

                            Can you summon him in front of Vordt's room once you have already killed Vordt? (I need help with the Dancer)

                            • Anonymous

                              Question. Has anyone else noticed how he looks in NG+?17 Jun 2016 08:13  

                              When I came upon him in my 2nd playthough. I stopped to take a look at him from afar and realized that his face was EXACTLY that of my character. At first I thought that I was seeing things as my character also has a dark complexion. But after going to look up his original picture I think I was right. Has this happened to anyone else? Or was it a glitch maybe?

                              • Soul Arrow cheese for easy kill25 May 2016 09:34  

                                I took him out quite easily as an Assassin using Soul Arrow, which you can afford as soon as you arrive at Firelink. Simply approach him, then spam him while backing off. What helped this was backing up quite far, right back round the corner, as he seems to stop pressing forward if you retreat a long way.It took two whole FP bars of Soul Arrow, so have one slug backup in your Ashen Estus.

                                • Anonymous

                                  why sword master saber?12 May 2016 14:15  

                                  Its not a saber at all, its a katana. Is this really his official name? Why not ronin, lone samurai, or just sword master. Sabers are designed differently and aren't that long.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Chaos blade for vordt08 May 2016 23:57  

                                    This is gonna need to be checked but I vividly remember bloodstains on the master's katana when summoning him for vordt, I'm pretty sure he uses the chaos blade when summoned for vordt boss fight as well as champion gundyr.

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