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 tricky but effective method of defeating the Sword Master is forcing him off the side of the cliff. You can bait out his lunge attack at the edge of the cliff, 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

      30 Aug 2021 07:25  

      Chad Master, when everyone else is gone or dead in the Age of Dark in the Untended Graves, he alone stands with you to face Champion Gundyr, with nothing but a katana and some rags.

      • Anonymous

        14 Aug 2021 02:38  

        this guy sucks cause hes at such an early level. im not sure if im supposed to kill him or find a way around

        • Anonymous

          21 Jun 2021 06:59  

          Killed lizard and Gundyr on first try no problem, runned away from a naked f**k with katana like a coward.
          The he just suicided out of shame of bullying the new player.

          • Anonymous

            20 Jun 2021 12:05  

            I was playing on my girlfriends account, (I still haven't actually played the game yet) but I killed both the crystal lizard and sword master first try with no damage taken.

            I was proud of my self and felt like I needed to share.

            • Anonymous

              27 May 2021 02:31  

              He once used the weapon art on the stairs dashed down and plunge attacked me killing me despite having 80% of my health

              • Anonymous

                23 Apr 2021 12:31  

                I have a theory about this guy. The reason he is waiting outside firelink shrine is because he knows that heroes (or at least skilled warriors) gravitate towards it and they might have a chance of beating him in a fight, and when you beat him he decides to help you out of respect.

                • Anonymous

                  02 Apr 2021 06:22  

                  Easy way to kill this guy early is to use the tree jump method to get on top of firelink shrine on your first visit. Walk around the ledge to the other side of the building and you can safely pelt him from above with firebombs or magic.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Oct 2020 03:01  

                    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 08:36  

                      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 14:57  

                        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 08:47  

                          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.

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