Carthus Swordsman

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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

      I can confirm that, regardless of rarity, all of them can drop a large titanite shard, not only the ones near the ballista.

      • Anonymous

        Wrath of the Gods knocks them down every time and deals massive damage. So if you are going to farm these, try it out.

        • Anonymous

          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

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

            • Anonymous

              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

                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

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

                  • Anonymous

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

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

                            • Anonymous

                              I once saw a player do one of the jumps that these skeletons do, and even threw the three kukri while he did it. Was he hacking? Or is doing that flip entirely possible?

                              • Anonymous

                                they are annoying yes, but STRIKE weapons will make that area a walk in the park. any strike weapon will do against any skeleton

                                • Anonymous

                                  The annoyance is real with these ones. They are so incredibly agile, it's hard to hit them when they keep jumping with my Dex build.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Personally I enjoy annihilating them. The majority of those skeletons can be semi-snuck up upon as there's a pillar covering you from their sight or similar scenarios in the catacombs. Get into their face, literally. Walk up close and then start ruining those guys. They stagger very easily against larger weapons.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Hit them with a mace. From what I can tell, it doesn't matter if it's just a standard mace or a mace +10, they crumple to the floor in one hit.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        If you're having trouble and you have the stats try using the Executioners Greatsword, you'll be swimming in titanite shards once you finish the catacombs so upgrade it to +3 for some easy farming on NG.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Just wasted like 3 estus flasks on one of these guys. And I died anyway. No obvious weaknesses from what I can see. What the hell...

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Ridiculously agile, hits hard and often, easily causes bleed, and gives no *****s about your shield. Easily one of the worst enemies to face in this game.

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