Carthus Swordsman


Enemy Type Skeleton
Weakness Strike, Blessed
Resistances Dark, Fire, Slash and Thrust
Immune Status Effects

Carthus Swordsman is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3


Carthus Swordsman Enemy Description

  • These skeletons wield the Carthus Shotel and fling kukris. This skeleton is extremely agile and hits hard, making it a tough opponent.
  • Some of them dual wield shotels.


Carthus Swordsman Combat Information

  • The one that duel wields has the skill that Onikiri Ubadachi has: the Onislayer, "Leap forward and slash mercilessly with both blades, cutting open foes". 
  • As their shotels pierce through shields it advised to keep blocking to a minimum.
  • They have increased poise when sidestepping.
  • Sidesteps are usually accompanied by the throwing of Kukris. Kukris can be blocked effortlessly.
  • The Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords' initial two handed L1 may knock down the skeletons without dealing any damage.


Carthus Swordsman Drops


Carthus Swordsman Notes & Trivia

  • The attire worn by these skeletons is unattainable by the player.


Carthus Swordsman Variations

One-handed Shotel

Location Drops
Catacombs of Carthus  ??  450 (NG)  Aforementioned

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    • Anonymous

      07 Mar 2020 05:22  

      If you're struggling with the ones at Smouldering Lake right before the Crossbows, just running past them works fine. Their aggro range is very limited.

      • Anonymous

        29 Feb 2020 16:48  

        White Eyed one in Carthus Catacombs after the bonfire through the illusion wall rarely Drops Large Titanite Shard as well.

        • Anonymous

          09 Oct 2019 00:57  

          When others said "use strike weapon", so i used Fist/Caestus.. punching him in fury, and... the screen get darker, with 2 red big words..

          • Anonymous

            15 Sep 2019 03:34  

            you can kill them easily with a mace, (blessed if you want to kill the white eyed bastard and cancel his res entirely) They get knocked down very easily and you can chain it.

            • Anonymous

              22 Jul 2018 04:45  

              Those Shotel Skeletons...always remind me why I disliked Dark Souls 3s Bloodborne-esque gameplay. So obnoxious.

              • Anonymous

                25 Nov 2017 21:34  

                Even when using a Cheat Table to get 100% drop rate, it doesn't even guarantee vertebra shackles, which sucks as I'm trying to get Bloodlust without PvPing

                • Anonymous

                  31 May 2017 11:07  

                  to farm vertable shackles. the two in the catacombs of carthus (first bonfire). two hand a curved sword (I have a dark infused painted guardian sword - so no strike) and cast iron flesh with lingering dragoncrest ring. I don't use pyro (I could) but somehow I get more shackles in close combats. they go down in seconds. iron flesh makes and a fast 2-hand weapon like painted guardian sword (any infusion) and it's done in 3 secs. problem: vertable shackle drop rate 1 %!!!!! got damit from

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Apr 2017 06:50  

                    Use a strike weapon such as a mace and the catacombs is an easy stroll. Not sure about other strike weapons, but the mace knocks these guys down usually in one blow and you can easily finish them while they are down in a few swings.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Mar 2017 06:03  

                      The Fume Ultra Greatsword works great against them. The normal attack knocks them down & the follow-up swing while they're down finishes them off, plus it swings through their hits without being interrupted (usually). Once I upgraded the sword to +5, it kills them in one hit.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Oct 2016 23:29  

                        Double-jumps in circles throwing triple projectiles and trying to one-shot you with a curved sword. Genji: Skeleton Edition.

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