Sword Master

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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

 

Location

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

 

Drops

 

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.

 

Trivia

  • 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

      Brand new to dark souls, and I've got a question. I've gotten to the Vort of the Boreal Valley fight, and his summon sign isn't there. I am fairly certain I've killed him, so the sign should be there, right? Is there a special item I need, like the tower key. Im also not online so that may be an issue.

      • Anonymous

        threw him off the cliff with force as a cleric, that felt so underwhelming compared to beating him fair and square

        • Anonymous

          I didn't win against him. In fact, my first death came from this guy but somehow upon respawning, he disappeared and left his dropped items on the stairs. Not sure that was intentional or not.

          • Anonymous

            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

              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

                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

                  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

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

                    • Anonymous

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  "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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          >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

                                            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

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

                                              • Anonymous

                                                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.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  started as a deprived, farmed for 20000 souls, bought the tower key then went and snuck up behind him and backstabbed him with a dagger, then it took 3 pummels from the club to kill him, all before going to the high wall

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I simply killed him by falling off the cliff which then led to him jumping after me. Went back to the spot and his loot was sitting there waiting for me.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I don't know if he got smarter or something but he started getting hard for me to kill mano a mano. I used to destroy this guy but now he's back on my level or something.

                                                      • If he isn't Shiva, could he be his bodyguard ? Taking the Chaos blade from his master's ashes, and vowing to protect those who defeat him, in order to clear his conscience ?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          You can cheese him from the roof with ranged spells, throwing knives, firebombs, and/or arrows. Requires the tree-jumping glitch or the tower key.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Probably one of the worst summons. All he does is slowly follow the boss with his WA ready and then get destroyed. Not worth summoning.

                                                            • Can be cheesed by standing on the stone coffins that jut out over the cliff edge under the tree and just shooting him with cheap arrows. He never stops moving so you have to time it right, but he never figured out how to path his way to me so I had all the time in the world to kill him.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I tres him off the clff and I didn't get anything bus souls. Did this happened to someone else? Do anyone knows a way to fix this?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  this is where the game is really dumb, i'm a knight in full armor and i can only take 3 hits before i die, and that guy needs 25+ hits before he dies despite wearing only seaweed as armor

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Sword Master is one of the few NPC summons worth their salt if for no other reason than he plays very defensively. Having him for the Champion Gundyr fight at a low SL run makes all the difference since he serves as a perfect distraction. Wait for Gundyr to aggro to him, land a spam chain of R1 before he's pounded into the ground, then let Gundyr chase you so Sword Master can heal. 5-6 rounds of that even with a +0 weapon and it's over.

                                                                    Night and day difference to trash like Sirris, who is aggressive as fuck and then tries to heal herself with a 5 second miracle 2 feet from a boss charging up their hydrogen bomb attack.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      He (usually) strafes left to right while in the parry hold, and (usually) approaches when he is in his attack hold. I don't have any proof this will work for everyone, so you'll have to make sure your version of Sword Master follows these rules, but if he does, this can be some helpful non-cheese strategy.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        In my playthrough he just fell of the cliff without me doing anything. He just stared at me for 5 seconds with his weapon sheathed and just jumped.. lol.. not that i complain about it.. i got 2 levels and his sword.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I tree-jumped onto the roof to attack this guy with a bow on my first ever time through the game. He went nuts and threw himself off the cliff. Next gen AI design right there. I've had players do that to deny kills in PVP.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I did a stupid roll and fell off the cliff, was about to face palm, then i see him jump after me, gwyn bless his soul. : ^)

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              If you dont pick up the swordmasters loot in the firelink shrine, you can get it in the untended graves where it is in the shrine

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Me and the Swordmaster made out and the ferocity of us parrying each others loins rendered his armor to scraps.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Hey,
                                                                                  I unwillingly left Sword Master's gear (the one he drops when defeated) where it would lie. Eventually I made it to the Dark Firelink Shrine. When I went to where the Chaos Blade would be, the Sword Master's gear and weapon was there! Spooky.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    But maybe he's that one master that Shiva mentions in DS1 who he refers to when talking about the Chaos Blade? I mean, he does use the Chaos Blade when summoned and you can pick it up in the spot that this Sword Master would be in the Untended Graves. I'm more than likely wrong, but its just a thought!

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Don't bother to summon him to the Champion Gundyr fight. He has very low defense and dies quickly because of that. He is also no use as a distraction since he takes forever to target the boss and likes to just slowly follow him in his katana stance without getting in range to attack.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I go there, lure him and then just leave and loot the rest of the shrines early accesable items...he dies somewhere in between, so i go to the bonfire and then back and loot his stuff...

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          So I recently got DS3 and I was wondering if the glitch, or whatever you would call it, people used to make him SUPER POWERFUL and kill the Dancer in early-game still worked.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            If I remember correctly, isn't there a "Eastern Shield" in a tree at the path towards him? Could that be hinting towards the "Shiva if the East" theory?

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Can you summon him in front of Vordt's room once you have already killed Vordt? (I need help with the Dancer)

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                When I came upon him in my 2nd playthough. I stopped to take a look at him from afar and realized that his face was EXACTLY that of my character. At first I thought that I was seeing things as my character also has a dark complexion. But after going to look up his original picture I think I was right. Has this happened to anyone else? Or was it a glitch maybe?

                                                                                                • I took him out quite easily as an Assassin using Soul Arrow, which you can afford as soon as you arrive at Firelink. Simply approach him, then spam him while backing off. What helped this was backing up quite far, right back round the corner, as he seems to stop pressing forward if you retreat a long way.It took two whole FP bars of Soul Arrow, so have one slug backup in your Ashen Estus.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Its not a saber at all, its a katana. Is this really his official name? Why not ronin, lone samurai, or just sword master. Sabers are designed differently and aren't that long.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      This is gonna need to be checked but I vividly remember bloodstains on the master's katana when summoning him for vordt, I'm pretty sure he uses the chaos blade when summoned for vordt boss fight as well as champion gundyr.

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