black knight sword

Black Knight Sword

icon wp physicalAttack
173 physical defense shield icon 55.0
icon magicbonus
-
magic defense shield icon
40.0
icon firebonus
-
fire defense shield icon
40.0
icon lightningbonus
- lightning defense shield icon 40.0
icon darkbonus
-
dark defense shield icon
35.0
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 40.0
icon weight 10.0
icon durabilitiy
100
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
D D - -
20 18 - -
weapon type icon Greatsword damage type icon Standard/Thrust
skill icon Perseverance icon fp cost 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. This includes the following:
  • The 2H and 1H R2 attacks deal more poise damage than any other weapon in this class. This applies to all other Black Knight weapons as well.
  • The increased poise damage does not apply to the second R2 attack when two handed. When one handed, both R2 attacks deal the additional poise damage. 
  • All weapons have motion values assigned to each attack, which are modifiers to AR that are associated with the attack being used.
    • All Greatswords have a motion value of 195 on backstab, 245 on riposte, and 60 + 220 on Hornet Ring riposte. The motion value of a Greatsword does not change with Hornet Ring.

 

  • The Black Knight Sword has a range of 34.0117xl on the 1h R1 and 36.837xl on the 2h R1.
  • The Black Knight Sword has vertical, slahing R2s when 2h.

 

  • Greatswords are a weapon class that utilizes Hyper Armor on the 2h R1, R2, Rolling R1, Rolling R2, Running R1, and Jumping Attack. Hyper Armor prevents you from being staggered during its active frames.
    • Note that this information is all measured in 60 frames per second (FPS).
    • Less FPS means a faster action. If you play on console at 30 FPS, the displayed values will be halved.
    • It is also important to note that while this is not the frame data for attack speed and recovery, those values are fairly similar to the ones listed.
Attack Type Attack Startup Poise Startup Poise End Recovery
First R1 32 22 64 2
First R2 (Slash) 50 32 87 0
Charged R2 30 12 66 0
Rolling R1 (Slash) 28 16 42 18
Rolling R2 48 26 78 4
Running R1 36 20 56 18
Jumping Attack 60 30 70 38
Weapon Skill 6 0 40 0
  •   Poise is a modifier to how effective Hyper Armor can be at preventing stagger.
    • Poise health is another component of Hyper Armor. Most standard attacks reset your poise health to 80%, most weapon arts reset it to 100%, and waiting around 30 seconds without getting hit will also reset to 100%. What this means is that there are two different poise breakpoints that you need to keep in mind; there is an "infinite trade" breakpoint and a "trade once with reset" breakpoint, both of which are displayed in the poise calculator. As I mentioned above, most weapon arts reset your poise health to full, but not all.
  • The poise required for Greatswords to avoid being staggered by certain attacks is as follows:

7.26: infinite trades vs small weapons 2h R1

13.89: infinite trades vs small weapons 2h WDR1

14.58: single trade vs Halberd 2h R1

31.67: infinite trades vs Halberd 2h R1

37.58: single trade vs GS 2h R1

39.72: infinite trades vs all small weapons WA

42.04: single trade vs GS 2h WDR1 (single trade vs small weapons 2h R1 with 2h running and rolling attacks)

47.65: single trade vs UGS 2h R1

50.07: infinite trades vs GS 2h R1

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 (%)
Name
icon wp physicalAttack
icon magicbonus
icon firebonus
icon lightningbonus
icon darkbonus
STR
DEX
INT
FTH
icon wp poisonbld
icon wp frost
icon wp bleed
icon wp physicaldef
icon wp magicdef
icon wp firedef
icon wp lightningdef
icon wp darkdef
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

 Weight

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
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

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)

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Who cares if it's not "as good as" claymore or onyx blade? When you start moving towards someone carring a greatsword with perseverance, the first thing they feel is fear.

      • Anonymous

        -UGS-like AR on a quality build despite being a greatsword
        -DS1 poise activation button for spammy R1 apes in pvp, also lets you manhandle everything in PvE
        -20%+ dmg against demons because lore
        -looks swaggy as ****
        10/10

        • Anonymous

          The best weapon in the entire game. Imagine getting the most well rounded weapon type along with the most chad weapon art. Absolutely dumps on all of the spammy fast obnoxious **** in both pve and pve. Like getting to use the mace and claymore at the same time. Simply beautiful.

          • Anonymous

            Aggressive gank counter, WA and go for normal R1 to get them to fck off or R1 and go for backstab fishing. Most ppl commenting here dont know wtf they are talking about.

            • Anonymous

              Great for PvE - lvl up vigor, put some heavy armor, pop Perseverance and R1 smash your way to end credits.

              PVP though... sketchy choice. It's very short, it doesn't have R2 pokes, it's weapon art is situational at best. Perseverance is ok against bad players, but even the lowest dum dum after few hits will learn to keep distance until your perseverance runs out. The only good thing is damage, but what's use of it, if it's much harder to outspace opponents and land a hit?

              • Anonymous

                Pretending it's a refined claymore with perseverance works well and good I suppose, but I love the 1H moveset on this thing. After some R1s, an unexpected R2 can easily rollcatch and setup a follow-up R2 thrust. Landing the killing blow against an invader this way and letting your character hoist the sword back to their shoulder in the signature style is a great feeling

                • Anonymous

                  One of my preferred PvP weapons on a quality build. Used the WA to dominate a 3v1 gank at once (greatclub, exile curved sword and friede's sythe) Tanked all their attacks at once and got a kill before I bailed.

                  • Anonymous

                    If you’ve fought D PLAYERSLAYER in PVP that guy uses this thing like it’s the best weapon in the game

                    • Anonymous

                      Beat weapon in the game hands down pair this with heavy armor decent health high stability shield you become a diamond cannon on high level builds

                      • Anonymous

                        I found this weapon's moveset very effective against Darkeater Midir, the running R1 is a horizontal swing which makes it easier to hit his snout during the openings.

                        • Anonymous

                          You know you’re fighting a trash gank squad if two or more of them need this sword. That doesn’t mean they always win though.

                          • Anonymous

                            The black knight glaive has C dex and D str and the black knight SWORD has C str and D dex (couldn't they just balance it out!!!)

                            • Anonymous

                              Use with pontiff knight curved sword as your secondary weapon and any small weaponart shield in your offhand.
                              Hosts will jump off cliffs, phantoms will crystal out. Make them run with the poise and then it's roll catch city. All aboard the r@pe train!

                              • - Great damage (542 1H, 560 2H at +5 with 40/40 STR/DEX)
                                - Great attack speed
                                - Great moveset
                                - Weapon Art's infinite poise/protection buff lets you ****ing man mode bosses
                                - Most importantly, it looks amazing
                                I've not used it much in PvP, but PvE this thing is insane.

                                • Anonymous

                                  best used on quiality build, its OK on a str build, and pretty bad on sharp build
                                  this weapon carried me through 10 playthroughs and 699 embers

                                  • Anonymous

                                    i wish they had a black knight straight sword. they need to rename rkss to bkss because it seems more fitting. idk i just wish fromsoft could somehow connect all the lore from all the games with like a dark souls 4

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This seems to be the weapon of choice for those people who seem like they hate the game. You know the ones, clearly looking to PVP but will do ANYTHING they can to make it not fun- using surprise attacks, gestures and throwing poop. ...Maybe I should just use it

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Just wanna throw this out there, but I don’t think there’s a single BK wielding this thing in DS3. I know there was one in DS.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Ah, the old Black Knight Sword, forged to strike harder against the Chaos Demons. This beaut saved my life more than once in the first Dark Souls. I’m happy to see the old girl is back.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This weapon works well for really any boss, but in particular I’ve found that it completely trivializes friede. Activate weapon art and go in for a few hits, you’ll stagger her and any hits you take won’t do much damage. Works on all phases, is particularly useful on phase 3.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Weird how some greatsword weapons like this one has hyper armor, but some ultra greatswords like the zweihander doesn't.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                pros:

                                                1. very good damage

                                                2. nice looks, for me at least and cool animation of puting sword back in sheath after r2s

                                                3. deceiving second 1hr2 poke

                                                4. good range and nice poise damage on 2hr2 that should be used only to surprise enemies

                                                5. very good wa, although it works very good with beginners in pvp, advanced players will only make you lose stamina and fp, can be used strategiclly and can save your life in some situations

                                                cons:

                                                1. cant be buffed and infused

                                                2. to reach full potential one needs a quality build, at least 27/40 so more stat investment

                                                3. 2hr2 looks nice and all, but it s situational, claymore poke r2 being superior in terms of range and damage

                                                other: a very good weapon that can carry the ashen one through the entire ng + 7 cycle. Has almost ugs class damage, 560 AR with 40/40 build 2h, and if this weapon could have been buffed or infused, it would have been op af. Very good vs demons and the wa can turn the side of a battle in an instant. Imo is the second best gs in the game, behind claymore

                                                • Love the moveset on this weapon. Very shifty. One Hand R2 - R2 can be delayed for some really tricky pokes. Two Hand R2 - R1 (heavy then light attack) does a similar sneak slash.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I've been using this weapon for so long I've mastered the 1hr1 for rollcatching. The incredible 1h phantom range means that I've often killed people as they are rolling away. Popping the l2 is a great way to survive rough situations or even retake control of a fight. The key is to pop it just as they start to hit you. Usually this is enough for you to overtrade and potentially kill them. This works in most 1v1 trades, but there are some weapons you really shouldn't try this with. For example yhorms cleaver, smoughs hammer, and ledos hammer are some of the weapons that you will seldom trade profitably with. Usually if I encounter these I switch to my red hilted halberd, pop power within or start backstab fishing. The same goes for any curved gs, but more because of range than damage.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Just started using this, and I can honestly say I'm moving from Dark Blade to this. I liked Dark Blade a lot, but this sword just has such good power and it's an amazing sword if you're looking to pick up a greatsword.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Used this sword exclusively when i got it and beat every boss including the dlc with it. Great sword. 2 handed this thing and destroyed everything.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I'm gonna use the WA just to kill my r1 spamming dark sword friend when he thinks he's winning and then never use this weapon in PvP again

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Edgy trash casuls who think that the R2 of this***** can actually hit someone are either delusional or retarded. I can just R1 my pkcs a few times and you noobs are done. for.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Also known as the ultimate anti-meta/cancer weapon. Get back to og ds1 poise for enough seconds to get those casuls back to the coffin

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Very good and well rounded weapon, the only thing to worry about is using the WA around decent players, they'll just back away and waste your FP. But once they get greedy, you can end their whole career

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Overall, an incredibly unbalanced weapon. And people thought the Dark Sword was bad, at least it doesn't hyper armor through everything.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    If you're having trouble with the Demon Prince in the ringed city DLC, this weapon right here pushes their***** in. High damage, fast attacks, fairly low stamina consumption. The hardest thing about the fight with this weapon is making sure you don't get greedy with all that damage ;)

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      You can build an amazing high level tank build if you pair this with heavy armor and Dragon Slayer Greatshield just need lots of vigor strength dex and health

                                                                      • When killing the 3 Ghru relaxing at Farron Keep Perimeter, I noticed that I get more souls when backstabbing with this, compared to any other weapon. Without any extra items (covetous ring, shield of want etc), I net 421 with the Black Knight Sword--compared to 350 with Fume UGS. Roughly about 20% increase. Haven't tested on any other enemies. Are they are demons, is that why?

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          That sure is a nice pair of Ringed Knight ultra greatswords you got there. It would sure be a shame if I pushed L2 and completely shut your meme weapon down.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Casual using this weapon: Ugh, it's so bad and it's not a sword! Please nerf this greatsword! Me, an intellectual: L2 + Attacking = Gg too easy.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              So...uhh the Black Knights Sword..is actually a greatsword…… and the Black Knights Greatsword..is actually a ultra greatsword...I really do see flawless logic here:P

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I’m not a skilled player, just went through NG+ with a lothric knight chaos sword and I came back to this incredible BKGS to get rid of the hardest bosses in the game IMO (lorian/lothric, gael, souls of cinder) !! Awesome weapon

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  That thingy and high stability shield makes Twin demons in "The Ringed City" DLC almost as easy as Iudex Gundyr. With +20% DMG to demons lower weight and stamina consumption then BUGS it is probably the best weapon for demon infested DLC.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Instead of a poise-up wa, it would be great if it had a wa to temporaly use this sword as a straight sword, just like the black knights use it

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      My Favorite weapon of the entire series .i didn't understand it in ds2 though .it looked different and needed faith to equip and used by sayans for some reason

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        weapon is good but holy shit it has the most bugged out, cheap and impossible phantom range of any weapon in PVP!!!!! needs to be patched

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Me: Carefully plans out strength poise build that can get close to 50 poise while still having decent strength to be able to do good damage and wield big weapons, allowing me to poise through pretty much everything.
                                                                                          My opponent: Does not know his spacing or how to roll bs and wears incredibly light armor... BUT he knows were the poise button is!

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I love this thing so much fun, it is just annoying when i equip a resin and then try to apply it and remember that you can not buff.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              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)
                                                                                              (stunned)
                                                                                              (2nd hit)
                                                                                              (unstunned)

                                                                                              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

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                  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

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

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              • 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

                                                                                                                  this piece right here is no joke, son... it'll turn you to spaghetti real quick... hit you with that perseverance then rrrrrrra

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    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?

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