Silver Knight

Silver Knight - Dark Souls Remastered
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212 315 D D B
HP 464 (NG+ 812)
Drops 1000 - 1300 Souls (NG+ 3000 - 3900)
Silver Knight Straight Sword
Silver Knight Shield
Silver Knight Spear
Dragonslayer Arrow

Silver 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.



Silver Knight Description

Littered all over the Anor Londo Cathedral, Silver Knights are similar to the Black Knights but are easier to kill and respawn. When Gwyn left for what is now the Kiln of the First Flame, he had two groups of knights. These knights stayed in Anor Londo to defend the illusory goddess.





Silver Knights are not as strong as Black Knights and don't have as much health, either; they're just as aggressive and have all the same moves and hence they can easily kill you if you underestimate them. They will appear with the following weapons:

  • Greatbow - These Knights generally prefer to hold their ground and snipe at the player with a Dragonslayer Greatbow and Dragonslayer Arrows, but once approached, they'll quickly switch to a sword and shield. You can usually dodge their arrows and close the gap easily to take the fight to them. If you walk towards them at an angle and keep moving, their arrows are slow enough that they'll never hit you. You may be able to land a hit or two before they take out their sword, but keep your shield up when nearing them just in case they change weapons before you reach them. Once their swords are out, they act pretty much exactly like the sword & shield variant, though they will take their bows out if you go too far and are in their line of sight. The only time these enemies are a nuisance is when you first encounter them in Anor Londo flanking a catwalk that leads to a back entrance to the Cathedral. There are a number of viable strategies for this area detailed in the Anor Londo walkthrough. Drops Dragonslayer Arrow.
  • Sword & Shield - Sword & Shield Silver Knights are dealt with in a very similar way to your standard sword wielding Black Knight. Keep your shield ready while they approach and watch out for their charging over-arm swing and 3-hit combo as they can devastate your stamina and leave you open for attack. After these Knights miss a 3-hit combo, aim to position yourself directly behind their shield to register the backstab. Take advantage of the slow wind-down of most of their attacks to get some hits in and also be aware that most of their close-quarters sword slashes are quite easy to parry. After doing a shield bash, they will always do a short stab, so try to dodge the shield bashes instead of blocking them if you have low stamina. When they start their 3-hit combo, they are very easily countered upon the second and third hit. The combo will start with a wide slash from the left. If you watch carefully, you'll see them flip their sword around to do the second hit, that's your cue to use the counter. If you miss it, don't panic; their third hit is also easily countered. One or two counters should be enough to drop them. Drops Silver Knight Straight Sword and Silver Knight Shield.
  • Spear & Shield - This variation of the Silver Knight can be tricky as they have a tendency to keep their shield up when not attacking and their attacks are either very wide slashes or quite damaging lunges and lunge combos. Be careful; they have an uncanny ability to hit the player with lunge animations that appear to miss entirely, even when the player is completely behind the speared Silver Knight. They also have a special lunge that starts with lifting their spear above their shield; this attack will reach you even if you have your shield up, so be sure to dodge it. The way to kill them is to avoid their attacks and strike when they miss. Another good strategy is to bait their 3-hit lunge combo, cycle behind them while they're doing it, and go for the backstab once you've successfully evaded the third hit. To register the backstab, your character should be lined up with the cape, not the shield like the sword variant. Another very easy way to kill them is to parry a specific attack; a very wide slash that they start by aligning their spear perpendicular to their shield. As with the other silver knights, one or two successful parries should be enough to drop them. Drops Silver Knight Spear and Silver Knight Shield.


  • When you converse with Hawkeye Gough he will tell you that for for every single dragon that they kill, they lose sixty of their own men. A large number of these men were without doubt Silver Knights.
  • When the Witch of Izalith attempts to reproduce the First Flame using a soul (her own soul, which is why there is a Daughter of Chaos in front of the bossroom that seeks to prevent anyone from attempting to harm the Bed of Chaos), the Witch ends up creating the Bed of Chaos. The Bed of Chaos spawns hordes of demons upon Lordran. Gwyn seeks to retrieve her soul and uses his Silver Knights to do this, but to no avail. The Silver Knights are scorched black and become the Black Knights. Their weaponry changes as well to reflect the size of their opponents.



Location Health NG+ Souls NG+ Respawn
Anor Londo 464 (Sword & Spear Knights) 812 1000 3000 Yes
Anor Londo 464 (Greatbow Knights) 812 1300 3900 Yes
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    • Anonymous

      they like to do a little trolling. they pretend to charge up a thrust attack but then shield bash you to death instead

      • Anonymous

        The spear ones must either have infinite stability on their shields or have godlike stamina with how they seem to be pretty much impervious with their shields up and never get guard-broken

        • Anonymous

          Love how they just casually EXPLODE with a ridiculous loud FWOOOOOSH!! everytime you kill them with an attack that pancakes them like the Zweihander's heavy attack, or most Ultra Greatsword/Great Hammer heavy attacks, It's so comical.

          • Anonymous

            I hope those archer f***s go f*** themselves half to f***ing death!!! F*** this game!!! Elden Ring is f***ing better!!!

            • Anonymous

              Try to build it... after 65 levels I could weild it and.... it ****ing sucks, horrible moveset, horrible damage.

              • Anonymous

                I stormed the two archers with the mircle Force ready to knock them off to their death. As I approached, the knight switched to his sword and shield, and I cast force. He fell but stayed on the ledge. I panicked and mashed all the buttons. Next moment I parried his attack and cast force again - this time he fell to his death rofl

                • Anonymous

                  As much as I hate these archers and think they are one of the worst things in this game, they are the reason I got into dark souls. They were the first proper wall I hit. I actually reset because I assumed I made a mistake, which I had. Several really. But they lead to me talking to someone about the game and them giving me a bunch of tips. Something that lead to me making my first build, and getting into the entire soulsborne franchise. So thanks for that, and if I ever see anything like you again, the flames of my hatred with make the first flame look like a match in a strong breeze.

                  • Anonymous

                    So the Greatbow variant doesn't drop Silver Knight Shields? Should I just ignore them on my farming route?

                    • Anonymous

                      If you are looking to learn how to parry, practice on the silver knight near the staircase, after the bonfire where Solaire is. Once you think your good, practice on spear knights, like the one in the room across from the bonfire room.

                      They give good souls, and can drop rare equipment. Eventually you'll be able to parry every single knight in anor londo and maybe in pvp. This is what I did many moons ago. It works.

                      • Anonymous

                        The spear ones like to suddenly put their shield up in the middle of me stunlocking them to death then proceed to do 3-hit combo which kills me. I have no problem with the sword ones since they don't turtle as much. Also when dealing with them I suggest getting behind them then chain backstabbing. Backstabs OP

                        • Anonymous

                          I like fighting these guys, and as a tip for people who want to practice shield parrying, they're very good enemy to learn. I've found that the double swipe attack's second swing is very easy to parry and get the timing down, so just practice doing parry on that attack (you have to just block against the first one) and in no time you'll be a master-parryer.

                          • Anonymous

                            Zweihander +10 two heavy 1h smashes do the job any decent shield for protection. The sheer Joy of flattening them that way after those two motherfu##ers on ramparts...

                            • "The Bed of Chaos spawns hordes of demons upon Lordran. Gwyn seeks to retrieve her soul and uses his Silver Knights to do this, but to no avail. The Silver Knights are scorched black and become the Black Knights." Didn't they go black because of going with Gwyn to the Kiln of The First Flame?

                              • Anonymous

                                I'm not sure have been a while since I played original DS1 but feels like Silver Knights got an upgrade. BK are 100% same as well as Dark wraths but Silver knights are much quicker and harder to backstab. I mean they still very easy to kill but I have to parry and quick hit instead of chain backstab them. Silver knight spear and sword If I remember correctly have a bit of lightning damage that is not mentioned in description same as BK weapons have some fire. SKSpear used to be my favored weapon during first DS1 gameplay. Sadly last 10-15% of the game as well as in DLC it becomes severely underpowered.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I noticed something odd while at the Anor Londo Bonfire (where Solaire is at). I noticed while using homing crystal soulmass I was doing 911 Damage (only about 3 soul masses were hitting until they died (NG+)) BUT I was killed by one so I come back to kill him and retrieve souls but this time he took more damage 912 (I didn't change a single thing and this works on the spear knight and the sword knight) so I'm not sure if they're taking more damage to make it easier since the game recognizes I'm dying to them or if they gained a small boost in some way. I noticed this first with the spear knight and then killed the sword knight and the one who killed me took more damage while the one who didn't kill me didn't then I let the one that didn't kill me kill me. Now that they had both killed me they both are taking 912 damage.

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