Black Knight

Description

These are the once-proud knights of Gwyn that traveled with him to the Kiln of the First Flame, but were burned by the still hot ashes. Now these mighty knights roam Lordran and, in their hollowed state, are looking to kill the chosen undead as he/she will try to kill the one they were sworn to protect.

Black Knights do not re-spawn after being killed, aside from the Black Knights located in the Kiln of the First Flame.

Location

Undead Burg
Guarding the Blue Tearstone Ring. Wields Black Knight Sword.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 497 800
NG+ 1,212 4,000
NG+6 1,515 5,000

Undead Parish
On top of the tower before the Armored Tusk area. Wields Black Knight Greatsword.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 532 800
NG+ 1,219 3,200
NG+6 1,524 4,000

Darkroot Basin
Near the Grass Crest Shield before the Hydra. Wields Black Knight Halberd.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 603 1,800
NG+ 1,225 7,200
NG+6 1,531 9,000

The Catacombs
Under a pitfall trap, before the last Necromancer. Wields Black Knight Greataxe.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 710 1,200
NG+ 1,299 3,600
NG+6 1,624 4,500

Undead Asylum (revisited)
x2, Guarding the starting cell, replacing the first Hollow Archer. Wields Black Knight Sword.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 745 1,200
NG+ 1,304 3,600
NG+6 1,630 4,500

Tomb of the Giants
On a path near the second bonfire, after the first Skeleton Beast. Wields Black Knight Halberd.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 887 1,200
NG+ 1,393 2,400
NG+6 1,741 3,000

Kiln of the First Flame
Five respawning Black Knights located throughout the level. Wielding all Black Knight weapon types.

Playthrough HP Souls
New Game 958 2,000
NG+ 1,476 4,000
NG+6 1,845 5,000

Drops

Weakness

Occult Weapons

Notes

  • The Black Knights will chase you far longer than usual enemies. So if you aggro them you'll have to cover a very long distance until they'll stop chasing you and return to their initial place.
  • Resting at a bonfire will not reset a Black Knight that is already chasing you.
  • All Black Knight attacks, excluding the unblockable sword charge and the shield bash, can be easily parried; this includes the leaping Greataxe attack. This can make Black Knights in any playthrough or position a pushover for skilled players. Sticking close to the Black Knight helps.

Attacks

Sword

  • Stab
  • 3 Hit Combo
  • Heavy Combo
  • Running, Stab
  • Shield Bash

Greatsword

  • Overhead swing
  • Uppercut
  • Thrust
  • Shield Bash

Halberd

  • Thrust
  • Uppercut
  • Double Spin
  • Sweep
  • Shield Bash

Greataxe

  • Shield Bash
  • Leap attack
  • Repeated chops
  • Overhead swing

Strategies

Undead Burg

Black Knight (Sword)

The Black Knight is the first truly strong enemy in the Undead Burg, his attacks are fairly quick and his combos can break through your guard. Rolling past attacks is better than blocking but requires some practice.

The best approach is to get the Drake Sword first as a mistake is often fatal and this will significantly reduce the time required to duel him. Familiarise yourself with his combos and strike ONCE in the interim between him finishing a combo and raising his guard. Note that if you move too far out of range during his combo he will not complete it and you will not get your window. Keep your shield up and hover at the limit of his range. Careful of his shield bash as this will likely stagger you if this is your first playthrough and he will follow it up with a devastating attack. It is short range and relatively easy to dodge, just don't try to block it.

His shield has good magic resists so even if using spells or miracles you still need to bait out attacks.

For ambitious new players it is recommended to duel him like this as it is good experience to handle the rest of the game where workarounds are not always present. Lure him to the foot of the tower of the skeleton crossbowman for a reasonably open area and if you die you can easily recollect your souls (be sure to kill both hollows in the house and the firebombers on it so they don't interfere).

Bow/Soul Arrow strategy

Get a bow and 200 Arrows or a full stock of Soul Arrows (30) Head to Undead Burg and kill everyone there. Let him chase you to the ladder that you have to climb up in order to kill the Hollows that throw firebombs from the top. Walk to the very end of the rooftop, opposite from the ladder. This will lure him into the opening below. Wait for him to get confused and walk up and down the stairs to look for you, he can't climb up ladders. Shoot until he dies. If you time it right, you can hit him in the back while he circles, doing significantly more damage. Note the cost of the arrows will be far more than is retrieved from killing him.

Hellkite Dragon assist

This will only work after you kill the Taurus Demon. Clear out the level of all enemies, except the ones on the Dragon bridge. Get his attention and have him chase you all the way up and to the Dragon Bridge.

Fatal fall strategy

Clear the surrounding area of enemies. Go up the stairs leading to the fog gate. Right after the first corner is a drop leading to a small edge. Aggro the Black Knight, take the drop and it will fall off the cliff. You can then roll to the edge opposite of the Black Knight's original position.

Door strategy

Get the Black Knight to chase you and close the door behind you. The Knight won't be able to open the door and you can simply poke him through the door with a spear. Be wary, as the Black Knight can still kill you through the door.

Undead Parish

Black Knight (Greatsword)

On the top of the high tower near the portcullis leading from the Hellkite Dragon is a Black Knight.

Soul Arrow Strategy

Get his attention then run down the stairs, into the opening. Run up the stairs where the boar is, but instead of entering the area go on the ledge and run to the end of the ledge. As the stairs go down, but the ledge stays the same level, the Black Knight can't reach you there. Target him and pump 20 soul arrows or about 5 flame toss into him.

Bonfire assist

First kill everyone in the bottom where the fires are, and the slowly draw the Knight towards the second fire (near a corner). Lock-on to the knight, and position yourself behind the fire (preferably with your back against the corner and your shield raised). He'll connect a few hits, but he will also keep hitting the fire, and quickly die. Keep an eye on your stamina (let go of the guard to recover it quicker, but raise the shield again when he telegraphs an attack) and don't move, it should be over quickly.

Stealth assist

Equip the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring and backstab the Knight and continue to press the attack as he stumbles. This is most effective with the Drake Sword or Black Knight Sword.

Hellkite Dragon assist

First get to the bonfire underneath the Hellkite Dragon and open the gate to the area with the Armored Tusk, climb the steps and lead the black knight on to the bridge and run all the way to the second spear wielding undead, once you see the Hellkite Dragon take cover in the save nook and the knight will be blasted, he will not die but simply run out of cover and get the drake to spew flames forth once more.

Fatal fall strategy

Proceed from the Undead Burg bonfire, up the ladder shortcut, under the bridge, and up the ladder to Undead Parish, killing two soldiers and three rats as you go. Run up and draw the knight's attention. Return to the area under the bridge. When the knight tries to follow you onto the bridge, it will fall off the ledge to its death and automatically give you its drops.

Undead Asylum (Return Visit)

Black Knights (Sword)

There are two Black Knights waiting for you. They are tough opponents due to the confined space. Unless you are confident enough to parry their attacks, draw them out into an open area where you can fight more freely.

Watch attack patterns while slowly luring down the hall. When he does a shield bash, be ready to strike him after the following sword thrust. Don't attack while he does multiple thrusts. When he does a normal swing, it will either be a single or triple hit. If you want to play it safe only attack him after he executes a shield bash followed by the thrust.

Darkroot Basin

Black Knight (Halberd)

There is a Black Knight in the western area of Darkroot Basin. Coming from Undead Burg via the tower with Havel the Rock, proceed left to come across bodies with items. Taking the high road and proceed forward and the Black Knight will charge at you.

Parry/Riposte

Equip a small shield and parry and riposte. He should die from two ripostes when wielding the Drake Sword.

Soul Arrow Strategy

Part way to the corpse with the Hunter Armor Set, the Black Knight stops chasing you and turns around. Use this to lure the Black Knight to you, then fire at him when his back is turned.

Catacombs

Black Knight (Greataxe)

Bottom of Catacombs, near where you fight the Wheel Skeletons. He is standing up on one of the ledges, which is most easily accessed by taking the path down from the broken wall in the mausoleum where the Prowling Demon is.

Stealth assist

By using Hush or Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring you can move through the room with the Wheel Skeletons without being spotted by the Black Knight where normally the Black Knight would jump down and fight you.

Leeroy Strategy

Enlist the help of Paladin Leeroy. Smash all the Skeleton Wheels that come your way. Run to the Black Knight side of the cavern. Make him drop down and chase you to where Leeroy will help you smash him.

Tomb of the Giants

Black Knight (Halberd)

Through the fog right after Patches. Chance of dropping Black Knight Halberd or Black Knight Shield.

Kiln of the First Flame

All types - Sword (x2), Greatsword, Axe, and Halberd - 5 in total. They respawn so this is the place to farm chunks and get their weapons if they didn't drop for you when you killed the non-respawning ones.

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