Sword Master is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.
Sword Master Information
- Killable enemy. Aggros on sight.
- After killing Sword Master, his summon sign will appear outside the Vordt of the Boreal Valley boss room and outside the Champion Gundyr boss room in Untended Graves.
- Uses the Uchigatana when fought outside of Firelink Shrine and the Chaos Blade when summoned as a white phantom.
- Sword Master can be found at Firelink Shrine; to the left of the main entrance, near the bell tower with the dead firekeepers.
- Souls: NG (2,000), NG+ (10,000), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
- Weapons: Uchigatana
- Armor: Master's Attire and Master's Gloves
- 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.