Sword Master

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
1000 2000 Firelink Shrine Uchigatana
Master's Attire
Master's Gloves

Sword Master is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.


Sword Master Information



  • Sword Master can be found at Firelink Shrine; to the left of the main entrance, near the bell tower with the dead firekeepers.




Combat Information

  • Weak against most forms of damage.
  • A popular way players are defeating Sword Master is forcing him off the side of the cliff. You can bait out his lunge attack at the edge of ledge, causing both of you to fall off.
  • Another cheesy way to make him fall to his death is by standing in the corner of the narrow ledge, beside the staircase, two flights below the tower entrance. He will usually try to attack you from above, which leads to himself being launched off the cliff.
  • Safe Tactic: Make him follow you to the Firelink Shrine's entrance. He can't enter inside so smash him until he's dead from there. 
  • Parrying is an effective tactic against him.
  • Has low poise. As soon as you hit him he will lose his balance, if you time it correctly, you can hit once and roll away, nudging slowly at his health. 
  • Sword Master can parry players by the use of the Uchigatana's Hold Skill, it's best to attack with caution.
  • When summoned, Sword Master will act much more defensively than other summons, which is a useful attribute in the two fights he is summonable for, against high damage enemies with high mobility, but will also result in him being less useful in drawing a boss's attention.



  • The Dark Souls I artbook contains a draft for a character quite similar to that of the Sword Master of DS3. Notes to the design imply he was planned to have an important role and lore, involving ringing a bell for dead children, but he never made it into DS1. The role of the Sword Master in DS3, appearing to guard the belltower housing the dead firekeepers, may in part be the evolution of this character concept.
  • There is a theory that Sword Master may actually be Shiva of the East, as a cut subplot from Dark Souls 1 involved Shiva searching for the Chaos Blade, which is strongly tied to Sword Master, and can be found in The Sword Master's location in The Untended Graves.  Or he may actually be Sword Master Makoto, the original wielder of the Chaos Blade in Demon's Souls, which bears his name.  However, the Easterner's Ashes are  heavily implied to be Shiva's, making this theory less likely.
  • It is possible that the ragged appearance of Sword Master's clothes is a result of using The Chaos Blade, whose attacks also damage the user. 


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    • Anonymous

      27 Oct 2020 08:01  

      if you mouse over the hyperlink to sword master's page in the npc list, it appears as "sword master Saber". is this intentional?

      • Anonymous

        09 Oct 2020 14:36  

        Sword master can be summoned for Champion Gundyr after you kill him! I summoned him and a warrior of sunlight and killed Gundyr first try

        • Anonymous

          27 Jun 2020 20:57  

          Just parry this weeb, it's not that hard or just bait him to the edge and kick him. I've been seeing a lot of bloodstains near him. Probably because of the steam sale.

          • Anonymous

            23 Jun 2020 14:47  

            He's actually easy to kill with good distancing and by using the weapon arts that lunge forward over and over again. Classes that start with these weapons are Knight, Herald, Assassin, Sorcerer, but everyone can afford a shortsword and R2 L2. Faster than dying trying to bait him to the edge of the cliff or running around trying to get a drop attack on him.

            • Anonymous

              07 Jun 2020 19:40  

              "Sword Master will act much more defensively then other summons" It should be than instead of then. Surprised no one has fixed this small grammatical error.

              • Anonymous

                01 Jun 2020 15:40  

                I just noticed it today, but if you kill him without looting him, his normal drops will also appear near the chaos blade in untended graves.

                • Anonymous

                  22 May 2020 07:41  

                  When I got close to firelink shrine, I got a bunch of souls and found the katana on a second visit. No idea how he died but I never fought him

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Apr 2020 23:25  

                    I just started the game today and I ran away from him when I noticed it was too hard for me at the moment, later I went to check him again and there was only his gear on the floor. Did he fall to his dead or something?

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Apr 2020 14:17  

                      >Be him >Chillin outside firelink >Lifes gud >See some malformed goblin approaching you >Oh shid he has a weapon >Fight >Get parried to oblivion >Why even live?

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Nov 2019 22:40  

                        the easiest way to kill this big ole chungus is to parry him while hes facing away from the cliff and using r1 spam with the dagger to push him off the edge.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 May 2019 21:36  

                          Kinda looks like Isshin, maybe they alluded to Sekiro with this guy? Or am I trying really hard to make a connection?

                          • Anonymous

                            26 May 2019 04:25  

                            Not sure why this tactic isnt in there for killing him. If you go onto the roof of firelink shrine you can shoot him with arrows.

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