The Black Knights

Location Undead Burg
Undead Parish
Darkroot Basin
The Catacombs
Undead Asylum
Tomb of Giants
Kiln of the First Flame
Health * NG: 497-958
NG+: 1212-1476
Souls * NG: 800-2,000
NG+: 2,400-7,200
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05 & Varies by location.

The Black Knights are Mini Bosses in Dark Souls.


The Black Knights Information

The Once proud Silver Knights of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder, now roam around Lordan wielding powerful weapons, the Black Knight Shield and the Black Knight Set. It is said that these knights were burnt black in their fight with Chaos Demons, and this caused them to have high Fire resistance. Few even traveled with Gwyn to the Kiln of the First Flame, and then burnt away when he linked the First Flame, leaving behind just their spirits that wander the staircases around.



The Black Knights are found in various locations around Lordan, often as non-respawning enemies except for at the Kiln of the First Flame. The various locations are:



Guranteed Drops

Chance Drops





  • Stabs / Running Stabs
  • Triple Slash Combos
  • Heavy Slashes
  • Shield Bash


  • 4 Hit Combos combo
  • Spinning underhands
  • Running stab / thrust
  • Uppercut /thrust
  • Forward Thrust
  • Shield Bash


  • Single /Double / Running thrusts
  • Spinning Slash
  • Sweep combo
  • Shield Bash
  • Jumping attack


  • Double / Triple Chop Combo
  • Jumping Attack
  • Overhead Slashes
  • Running thrusts
  • Shield Bash



Black Knights have high poise and can deal huge amounts of damage if you simply try to fight them head-on. The best way to deal with them is through Backstabs and Parries as their recover post-attack is relatively slow, making them especially susceptible to such attacks.

The attacks are often predictable so hitting the Parry button as soon as you see their hands move and then following up with a Riposte is a very effective and satisfying way of defeating these Knights. Every attack except for the Shield Bash can be parried.

WATCH OUT for the shield bashes as they can take away A LOT of your stamina and are often followed by a heavy attack or combo. The knights are also most vulnerable right after having completed a combo attack, allowing you to sneak up behind them and perform a Backstab.


  • It is often easier to run them off a ledge or bridge than to fight them, especially at lower levels. You still get the drops even if they die by falling off. So just let Gravity do the work for you.
  • Ranged attacks are usually the safest way to deal with these knights. Position yourself where they cannot reach you and then unload into them with your bows or firebombs.
  • If you are rocking a heavy build, you should keep your distance as outmaneuvering the knights if not an option for you. Stay at the edge of the Knight's range and strike in between attacks, patiently taking away a bit of the Knight's health with each opportunity.


Mini Bosses
|  Black Hydra  | |  Black Phantom  | |  Butcher  | |  Fang Boar  | |  Giant Cat  | |  Giant Rat  | |  Golden Crystal Golem  | |  Havel The Rock  | |  hydra  | |  Ricard the Archer  | |  The Berenike Knights  | |  The Channeler  | |  Titanite Demon  | |  Undead Dragon  |


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