Elite Fallen Knight
level_icon.jpg Vigor Attunement Endurance Vitality
 133  43  10  40  44
Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Luck
 45  15  9  9  7


This is a player-created Build for Dark souls 3.

Created by Rocrus

  • Build Name: Elite Fallen Knight
  • Starting Class: Knight
  • Burial Gift: Rusted Gold Coin
  • Build Level: 133
  • Build Focus: PvE
  • Build Main Stat: Strength


Build Equipment

  • Right Hand: Heavy Claymore +10, Heavy Dark Sword +10
  • Left Hand: Havel's Greatshield +5, Torch (highly recommended for any build)
  • Head: Lothric Knight Helmet
  • Chest: Fallen Knight Armor
  • Hands: Elite Knight Gauntlets
  • Legs: Elite Knight Leggings
  • Rings: Ring of Favor +3, Havel's Ring +3, Chloranthy +3, (Optional) Fleshbite Ring +1, Prisoner's Chain. Any other rings are player preference.
  • Items: Estus Flask +10 x 15, Any


Build Strategy

A knight, fallen from the path of righteousness, seeks to reclaim their honor as a proud elite knight in the face of insurmountable danger. Donned with a heavy sword and shield, the knight bravely sets out into the world to conquer the darkness that plagues the land of Lothric.

This is a build that I've been running since the launch of the game back in 2016, and have now decided to share with the community. It is an easy and very basic build to accomplish but may require some players to venture into NG+1 at the very least to reach the recommended level.

This build is a high-strength, high vitality build that requires at least 44 Vitality, the Ring of Favor, and Havel's Ring to prevent fat rolling. Even still, the build is tanky and outputs great damage. This page will guide you through the general process of the build. NOTE: For maximum build effectiveness, owning The Ringed City DLC is highly recommended.

Early Game

Begin the game as a Knight class. Play through the game until you reach the High Wall of Lothric. There, pick up the Claymore by the fire-breathing dragon before reaching the second bonfire. Make sure you pick up Titanite Shards along the way through the early game. Once you find a Heavy Gem, infuse the Claymore with it and level it up as much as you can. Also, along your way, be sure to pick up Rusted Coins in the Undead Settlement and Cathedral of the Deep. It also doesn't hurt to buy a Torch from the Shrine Handmaiden for dark areas and any bug monsters that may or may not want to suck your blood.

Upon reaching the Road of Sacrifices, pick up the Fallen Knight Set on the body near the two enemies by the ladder that leads down to Farron Keep. You will also need to talk to Anri of Astora in this area and progress through her quest however you see fit. For details on how to complete her quest, follow along with Fextralife's guide on Anri of Astora: https://darksouls3.wiki.fextralife.com/Anri+of+Astora. It's also a good idea to backtrack to the tower where you met Siegward and help him kill the demon so you can go through the rest of this area. Here is where you will find the Chloranthy Ring.

Before fighting the Abyss Watchers, go up the ladder in Farron Keep to where the Stray Demon is and kill it to get the Stray Demon Soul. You will need to have killed the Cursed-Rotted Greatwood to get the Transposing Kiln and given it to Ludleth in Firelink Shrine to transpose the Stray Demon Soul for Havel's Ring. While you're here, go find and pick up the Dragon Crest Shield. This is the shield that I prefer to use throughout the game until I get Havel's Greatshield. It's also good to have another lighter shield like this one on you for parrying. In fact, you don't have to use Havel's Greatshield if you don't want to - I just like it with the build and it's really sturdy. If there is another shield that you would prefer to use instead of Havel's, feel free to do so.

At the Farron Keep Perimeter Bonfire, you will need to begin farming for a Dark Sword. Find any way you can to increase your Luck without raising any stats. You could use the Crystal Sage Rapier for the additional Luck along with the coins, but it is unlikely that you will be capable of doing any reasonable damage with the weapon given your stats. Either way, spend some time farming the Darkwraiths until you obtain a Dark Sword. If you would prefer to leave the farming component until later in the game, you can come back to this area later in the game. You will also need to obtain a Lothric Knight Helmet from the Lothric Knights in the High Wall of Lothric or Lothric Castle, so keep that in mind when you begin farming. Throughout your journey, you should be steadily increasing your Strength, Vitality, Vigor, and Endurance. I would recommend focusing on Strength and Endurance at first, but eventually, you will want to invest in Vitality and Vigor.

Mid Game

When you arrive at Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, you will have a few items to pick up here. After resting at the Church of Yorksha Bonfire, make sure you defeat the dogs down the left corridor and pick up the Rusted Gold Coins. Once you defeat Pontiff Sulyvahn, head for the church past the giants. Rather than going up the stairs like normal, kick the invisible wall near the left side of the room. Here, you can bait the NPC enemies into falling to their deaths. Climb down the ladder but remain on the top few steps so the enemies can't get on the ladder and kick you off and so they can charge at you and fall off. Just be careful not to be hit off by their jumping attacks. Once they are dead, head down the ladder and defeat the two Sulyvahn Beasts to obtain the Ring of Favor. I recommend slowly walking up to the one on the left first, aggroing him, and then bringing him back to the ladder and fighting him there so you don't aggro both enemies at the same time.

Throughout this process, be sure to be picking up Large Titanite Shards to reinforce the Claymore up to +6. If you have the Dark Sword, feel free to level this weapon up as well. By the time you finish the game, you will have found enough materials to level up both weapons to +10. As you travel through Irithyll Dungeon and the Profaned Capital, be sure to find more Rusted Gold Coins. You may also want to find the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring in the Profaned Capital to increase your luck for when you start grinding (if you haven't already).

By now, if you had been following along with Arni's quest, you should have killed her in the Smoldering Lake (or "married" her, if that's the route you are taking). Once you do, you should be able to purchase the Elite Knight Set from the Shrine Handmaiden. Purchase the entire set or just the gloves and leggings, the choice is entirely up to you. If you have already farmed for and collected a Lothric Knight Helm, your armor will now be complete.

End Game

Here is where your most important items will be found. As you fight through Lothric Castle, be sure to pick up every Titanite Chunk you can find, along with the Titanite Slab under the elevator in the room near the Dragonslayer Armor boss fight. Once you have defeated Lorian/Lothric (or before), head to Archdragon Peak. You will need the emote found past the Oceiros boss fight. If you want to use the Prisoner's Chain, you will need to enter the Untended Graves and defeat Champion Gundyr. Once you arrive at Archdragon Peak, continue to pick up Titanite Chunks and Titanite Slabs. You can also defeat Sister Friede in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC if you want another Titanite Slab, but that DLC is completely optional for this build otherwise. Also, in the Grand Archives, you can pick up the Fleshbite Ring. While this ring is optional, I like it because it increases each status effect by a little bit, which is useful to me. If this isn't your style, feel free to skip it.

Defeat Ancient Wyvern and head through the level until you reach the bonfire before the Nameless King boss fight. Head out into the courtyard and over to where the Havel Knight is. Defeat him to receive his shield and weapon. Now that you have his shield, you can upgrade it if you'd like, but I find that upgrading it is optional. If you want to upgrade it, you'll need some Twinkling Titanite and another Titanite Slab. Defeat Nameless King if you'd like, otherwise head to either the High Wall of Lothric or Farron Keep Perimeter to farm for the Dark Sword/Lothric Knight Helm if you haven't already. Whenever you do pick up the Dark Sword, make sure to infuse it with a Heavy Gem.

I would highly recommend that you have a decent amount of Vigor, Endurance, Vitality, and Strength by this point in the game. You'll need at least 15 Dexterity to wield the Dark Sword. For some reason, in my most recent build, I have 16 Dexterity, which is not needed. Place the additional point into either Vigor or Vitality. 60 Strength, while good for damage, is not needed for this build. 

The Ringed City (DLC)

Now that you're prepared, head to the Kiln of the First Flame and then subsequently to The Dreg Heap to begin The Ringed City DLC. Travel through The Dreg Heap until you reach the Earthen Peak Ruins. Travel through this area until you get into the poison swamp. The Ring of Favor +3 is on a branch in this area. Next, continue on and defeat the Demon Prince. Once you arrive in The Ringed City, travel through it until you reach the Ringed City Streets bonfire. From the bonfire, head back towards the stairs where the Harald Knights spawn and go around the corner on the left side of the stairs. There will be a few Hollow Clerics hanging around. Just ignore them and take the ladder to the higher area. From here, head up the path to the tower. Here an NPC invader will attack you. Kill him and then slowly hop down the ledges to the area below. On one of the ledges, there will be a corpse with an item. Pick up the item to receive Havel's Ring +3.

Now head through the area to where you would normally have your first encounter with Darkeater Midir. Send him spiraling down into the chasm below and continue. Once you open the shortcut, take the elevator to the area where the Darkeater Midir boss fight normally takes place. Head to the room with the large crack in the floor and drop down onto the statue of Gwyn. On this statue is the Chloranthy Ring +3. Now you have collected all of the items, the build is almost complete.

New Game +

Since this build is an endgame, high-level build, you will most likely need to travel into NG+ to acquire all of the souls in order to level up to level 133. From the Tower on the Wall bonfire in the High Wall of Lothric in NG+, run and jump onto the adjacent roof from where the Hollow bursts into the black snake enemy. Here you will find the Fleshbite Ring +1. Continue throughout the game until you obtain enough souls to reach level 133 and acquire all of the stats required. By this point, your most important stat to have at its recommended level is Vitality so you may wield Havel's Greatshield, the Claymore, Dark Sword, and the entire armor set without fat rolling.


Thank you for taking the time to read this page and try out my build! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have over the years. May the flames guide your way, Ashen One.

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