Black Knight

Enemy Type Humanoid

Dark, Frost, Poison/Toxic

Resistance Standard, Slash, Thrust, Bleed, Lightning,
Immune Rapport, Alluring Skull

Black Knights are powerful enemies in Dark Souls 3. These foes are iconic of the series since their introduction in Dark Souls. You can see their original form here.


Black Knights Description

Black Knights are large, imposing enemies often found standing guard in key locations. Despite wielding different weapons, they all share the same suit of jet-black armor with horns protruding from the helmet. When provoked, Black Knights are surprisingly agile and can easily catch a player off-guard with a flurry of high damaging attacks. Black Knights were the elite knights of Gwyn, the first Lord of Cinder. However, they were burnt to ashes, leaving only their ghosts to wander the land.


Black Knights Location

Black Knights can be found in the following locations:


Black Knights Combat Information

  • Health: 672 at Road of Sacrifices, 1200 at Untended Graves.
  • There are two variations of the Black Knights, each one carries either Greataxe or Ultra Greatsword. Unlike in Dark Souls, there is no Glaive/Greatsword variation, but in fixed locations, these weapons can be found.
  • One-handed attacks can be parried, two-handed can't.
  • Only Black Knights of Smouldering Lake will attack every enemy, Dark Spirits and even their own kind in the area 
  • Are able to launch the player into the air or flatten him.
  • Black knights have very high poise.
  • Attacks deals Standard Damage or Strike Damage.
  • Weak to Dark Damage, Poison/Toxic and Frostbite
  • Resistant to Lightning Damage, Standard Damage, Slash Damage, Thrust Damage and Bleed.
  • Can't be Lured.
  • Can't be Rapported.


Black Knights Drops


Black Knights Gallery


Black Knights Trivia & Notes

  • In differ to Dark Souls I, all Black Knights respawn.
  • Black Knight at the Farron Keep Perimeter will chase player till boss fight arena, so he can "lured" to fight other enemies.
  • Untended Graves is an excellent farming location, provided you can defeat the Champion Gundyr, as 4 consecutive Black Knights can be defeated one by one with very little walking distance.
  • Outside of Champion Gundyr, the first 2 knights can be killed from the safety of the arena you killed Gundyr. Just tag the first knight, just up the right path, with a bow, and attack him while he is stuck in the door. Run up just past where he was to trigger the second knight’s patrol, run back to the arena entrance, then use a bow to aggro the knight as he walks down the left path.


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    • Anonymous

      23 Aug 2021 19:01  

      these *******s are unnecessarily fast, they swing that greatsword 4 times faster than you can swing a stick, and it does way too much damage, more than just about any boss or mini boss in the game, they can 1 shot you before NG+

      • Anonymous

        16 Aug 2021 01:30  

        For some really badass fashion souls, wear this set with the Billed Mask instead. Then **** people up like the terminator.

        • Anonymous

          19 Jun 2021 23:24  

          If you want to farm the set and weapons, the best advice I can give is to parry them. The one near Farron bonfire takes 6 hits with a Claymore +2 and can potentially one shot you at this stage of the game. Parry takes only 1 hit, aside from the riposte. Tested at SL20 with a Claymore +2.

          • Anonymous

            23 Mar 2021 05:27  

            Were the Glaive and Sword variants cut? cause some mods (champion's ashes is one of them) have a few of them and have very polished movesets that aren't just taken from DS1.

            • Anonymous

              03 Mar 2021 05:16  

              If you lure the one in Carthus catacombs, he'll kill everything super easy as long as you keep your distance from him.

              • Anonymous

                03 Feb 2021 01:03  

                Idk why but for me the drop rates are sky high of all the gear including ugs and great axe. Thanks Miyazaki.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Jan 2021 08:41  

                  Someone needs to change the droprate for "Black Knight Greatsword" from "rare" to "Good luck you'll be there for hours"

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Dec 2020 06:57  

                    I see some guys saying that the knights ain't that intiminating as in DS1, well, that was the first time you saw them and the first time you interacted with them. in this game you already (somewhat) know the attackpattern and because you have seen them before there is no "shock value" left. It's more of a nice "aha, this guy is back" as with many things in this game e.g. the blacksmith and also the nexus stile from demon's souls.

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Oct 2020 14:43  

                      n Dark Souls 1 their very presence was enough to make you doubt if engage them or not, and how and with what weapons and items, their drops were rare but incredibly valuable and fighting and killing them was exciting and almost felt like an honor. In dark Souls 3 they feel like cannon fodder, generic enemies easy to defeat and without that mystical aura, and their drops are nothing extraordinary. They still look cool though.

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