Black Knight Greatsword

185 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 65.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 45
icon_weight.png 16.0
Requirements & Bonus
C D - -
30 18 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Ultra Greatswords damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Stomp icon_fp_cost.png 10 (-/16)

Black Knight Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Ultra 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: Stomp
Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for a spinning slash. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Deals 20% bonus damage vs. Demons.
  • At 40/40 Str/Dex this weapon has 612 AR and becomes stronger than the Greatsword by 11 points on top of being lighter and having an arguably better moveset.
  • The 2H R2 deal more poise damage than any other weapon in this class. This applies to the other Black Knight weapons as well.
  • It is possible to stun-lock player for a R1 into fully charged R2 when two handing the Black Knight Greatsword. This can be done by quickly unlocking after the initial R1 (or starting unlocked) then rotating the character so that your back is to the enemy while starting to charge the R2, it is important to make sure that the weapon contacts the enemy when it first touches the ground with a visible stagger animation or the combo will not work, as soon as the enemy is staggered immediately lock on and rotate the character back to facing the enemy as the R2 finishes. This combo is extremely difficult to pull off and it is recommended that you practice before trying it out in pvp.
    This has been patched; the stagger on the backswing of the 2HR2 has been shortened and players can now roll out of it. With correct roll prediction and timing it can still connect if you end the 2HR2 where the opponent ends their roll provided they are still in range.

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Moveset and Videos:

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Black Knight Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 185 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+1 206 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+2 220 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+3 257 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+4 289 - - - - C D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50
+5 322 - - - - B D - - - - - 65 50 50 45 50


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

      09 Mar 2019 21:44  

      what is the drop rate on this thing? i was farming for at least 45 minutes at untended graves with 157 item discovery and got 0.

      • Anonymous

        25 Feb 2019 21:35  

        With 40/40 str/ dex on level 100 this Beast almost oneshot every phantom with the combo R1 and Jump atack, and the poise uuf<3

        • 14 Feb 2019 05:32  

          I'll be honest, everybody says, "This weapons sucks" or "this weapon is just mediocre" but I used it on a SL 200 character with around 90 STR and ~60 DEX and it devastates health bars while simultaneously deleting what broken remnants of poise are left on players hit by it. if you don't have the patience to lvl this weapon and your stats with it, but you have enough time to whine about how bad it is, just don't use it then and pretend it doesn't exist. Point is just stop complaining and use it right, and if you can't, don't use it.

          • Anonymous

            12 Feb 2019 18:07  

            Weak. Just use the Lothric Knight Greatsword. It has Lightning Damage and can still be Infused AND buffed. I really see no reason to use this other than the better fashion and better moveset.

            • Anonymous

              28 Dec 2018 14:33  

              could it be that the true combo does not work anymore? i did the combo perfektly several times (pressing and holding R2 before the R1 animation even finished) then i turn and hit the enemy with the slam on the ground but they sometimes still manage to escape the upwards swing in the end

              • Anonymous

                17 Nov 2018 22:57  

                Role playing as a black knight while in full bk armour, the shield in one hand and the greatsword in the other has been the most fun playthrough I have ever done. I recommend it to everyone.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Nov 2018 07:12  

                  I dont have a black knight greatsword but i have the almost 1% drop black knight sword its my 3rd best weapon

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Oct 2018 19:05  

                    I feel this weapon is more for new players who don't know what they want to do yet, seeing the damage before reforging it is high so of course what do new players do? they use the strongest weapon they can find but it would require them to grind those souls and level up a lot to be able to use this weapon. It's kinda a gateway between casual new player and becoming a pro player if you think about it... as long as the player has some sort of armor set that absorbs decent damage and a good shield all together to be less than 70% so they're not fat rolling everywhere

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Jun 2018 14:48  

                      I've never really used this weapon. On a str build ive ignored it due to its 18 dex req, on a dex build ive ignored it because the astora gs exists, and i've never really run a quality build as they just seem boring. Is this worth giving a shot?

                      • Anonymous

                        07 May 2018 06:26  

                        Trying to get the no set (ugs, shield and armor) been farming a good 7hrs and only have the gloves and chest. If anyone has a spare of anything else I need, a fellow souls veteran would be grateful. Psn Necrotizing_Death. Thanks mates. Happy hunting.

                        • Anonymous

                          03 May 2018 22:13  

                          *invader Approaches* *raises his shield* *stomp* *there goes the blocking* *stomp* there goes 600 hp* *stomp* *there goes the invader*. Really, this weapon is one of the best. High damage, nice moveset and you can get it quite early in game, if you know what you're doing.

                          • Anonymous

                            21 Apr 2018 06:15  

                            what is the highest damaging weapon when it has 60 of that stat and only scales well in one thing and that attacks similar to smough's great hammer?

                            • Anonymous

                              09 Apr 2018 01:16  

                              So, I haven't played this in over a year, but was a big fan of the 3-hit R1+chargedR2 wombo combo; however, they don't seem to connect as reliably as they used to do (as far as I'm able to, at least). I can land it just fine against mobs, but in PVP it doesn't seem to take, dude roll out just as the third and final hit is coming out, breaking stunlock. Was something changed in the last year or so? Any tips for pulling this off cleanly?

                              • Anonymous

                                31 Mar 2018 03:48  

                                At 99/99, matches the Profaned Greatsword in damage at 709 AR. Profaned, however, can self-buff with charged strong attacks (that attack only) or WA (several seconds) for +80 fire damage, whereas BKGS has +850 AR vs demons. Both are surpassed by a refined Greatsword at 721 AR and a sharp Lothric Knight GS at 597+174 AR. BKGS still has arguably the better moveset, despite being the 4th strongest.

                                • Anonymous

                                  24 Jan 2018 16:50  

                                  i got mine on the second time while putting on covetous serpent ring +2 and while wearing symbol of avarice

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