Balder Knight

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137 ~ 275 137 ~ 275 137 ~ 275 137 ~ 275 100 ~ 200
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103 ~ 207 89 ~ 179 D D C
HP 129 ~ 385 (NG+ 245 - 695)
Drops 160 - 500 Souls (NG+ 800 - 1000)
Balder Side Sword
Balder Shield
Light Crossbow
Balder Helm
Balder Armor
Balder Gauntlets
Balder Leggings
Titanite Shard
Large Titanite Shard

Balder Knight is an Enemy in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Enemies are hostile creatures that respawn when players rest at a Bonfire or upon death. Special enemies that do not respawn are classified as Bosses, Mini Bosses or Invaders.

Balder Knight Information

Also known as Balder's Undead Knight, these fully armored undead knights hail originally from the land of Balder. They are seen carrying either a straight sword, rapier, or crossbow. Balder was the homeland of the Knight King Rendal, but it came to ruin after a great many Undead were spawned.


All Types

Longsword Type

Rapier Type

Crossbow Type



Stay behind your shield, and only attack when they are vulnerable. They have moderate health, but their attacks are usually predictable. The longsword variant has many attacks that leave it vulnerable for countering, so just take a couple steps back to wait out the attack, then step in with your own. The rapier variant will attempt to parry and riposte. You can tell when it will attempt this because it will change stances, pointing it's rapier towards you whilst keeping it's shield up. You can safely kick them out of that stance, or just take the chance to heal. The crossbow variant is easy enough to deal with; just approach with your shield raised, and attack when it switches weapons.



Location Health NG+ Souls NG+ Respawn
Undead Parish 129 (Balder Side Sword)
151 (Rapier)
Sen's Fortress 380 (Balder Side Sword & Rapier)
134 (Light Crossbow)



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    • Anonymous

      11 May 2019 12:47  

      Those drop rates can't be accurate. After over 60 of those knights killed I have 4 Balder Shields and still no Sword, yet both are supposed to have a drop rate of 1%.

      • Anonymous

        16 Jul 2018 20:48  

        How can I tell which ones use the side sword, and which use the rapier? I'm only here for the side sword because it's supposedly so good D:

        Thanks to anyone who helps with this~

        • Anonymous

          14 Jan 2017 23:54  

          Suggest an update to this. I was farming for a Balder Side Sword, and one of the Longsword types actually dropped a Rapier. I thought I might just have the types confused, so I killed a rapier guy, and he dropped one two. Apparently both drop rapiers, but not yet sure if they both drop side swords.

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