The Black Knights

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HP 497 ~ 887 (NG+ 1212 - 1393)
Drops 800 - 1800 Souls (NG+ 2400 - 7200)
White Titanite Chunk
Titanite Chunk
Red Titanite Chunk
Blue Titanite Chunk
Black Knight Halberd
Black Knight Greataxe
Black Knight Greatsword
Black Knight Sword
Black Knight Shield

The Black Knights 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.


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.



  • 800 - 2000 Souls (depending on location)

Axe knight

Great Sword Knight

Halberd Knight

Sword Knight





  • 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.
  • Only the Black Knights in the Kiln of the First Flame respawn, the other ones do not respawn even if you rest at a bonfire



Location Health NG+ Souls NG+ Respawn
Undead Burg 497 1212 800 4000 No
Undead Parish 532 1219 800 3200 No
Darkroot Basin 603 1225 1800 7200 No
The Catacombs 710 1299 1200 3600 No
Northern Undead Asylum 745 1304 1200 3600 No
Tomb of Giants 887 1393 1200 2400 No
Kiln of the First Flame 958 1476 2000 4000 Yes
Mini Bosses
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    • Anonymous

      28 Aug 2019 14:47  

      if you had parry experience in DS3 , all of black knight and silver knight just a cake for you , their moveset very slow and easy to predict

      • Anonymous

        12 Aug 2019 18:19  

        Once on my first playthrough of this game i smacked the one in burg did very little dmg and ran all the way back too the bon with him hot on my tail, was able to rest and had a heart attack when he came through the doorway after i reset the enemies and backstabbed me. He is too powerful for the bonfires...

        • Anonymous

          18 May 2019 20:23  

          How doe the drop percentages change if you have humanity and the gold snake ring? Do the weapons become more likely at high humanity or is it a flat 20%?

          • Anonymous

            11 Mar 2019 05:50  

            They are pretty simple to take out of you can’t put poise them if they hit you I find that low level is best to just become a parry god and Parry everything than to fight head on that’s how I fought all of them until o got the black knight straight sword

            • 03 Dec 2018 08:47  

              For anyone having a hard time killing these knights in Undead Burg or Undead Asylum I have a solution. Lead the knight to a set of wide stairs. Bring the knight to the top and circle around him so you are below him. Once you are both on the stairs and you are lower them him get close to bait the shield bask attack. The knight will follow with a stab attack that is easily parried and most of the time will not hit you unless you are basically touch him. After the parry walk up even with the knight and riposte then repeat. This only works with sword and shield knights so trying this with a knight using the greatsword or greataxe will probably get you killed.

              • Anonymous

                04 Sep 2018 13:42  

                i have my own theory about the knights of anor londo i believe the black knights were the elite knights and thats why they were sent to kill demons and the elite have different weapons and armour and the normal (silver knights) have different weapons and armour too by the weapons it seems the silver knight are dex users and the elite knights use strength weapons and i think their shields look different as well

                • 09 Aug 2018 08:06  

                  You don't get the drops. I'm in Remastered v 1.03 Regulation 1.04. I'm in Kiln of the first flame and if I get the black knights near Gwyn to fall to their deaths, I do not get their drops. If I backstab them to death, I do 100% get a drop every time.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Jun 2018 17:52  

                    I killed the one in the burg and lucked out because he dropped his shield and I now use that shield even at sl 40

                    • Anonymous

                      30 May 2018 03:31  

                      My first fight with the one in the Burg back in 20.... (oooh that long ago??) scared me so hard I think a little bit of wee came out...GOOD TIMES!

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Apr 2018 03:39  

                        please to a show vid for me im lost on the undade burg i am looking for all ways crits like an soureser play thru i cant spell goodly

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Dec 2016 21:18  

                          LOL I thought I suck because I got the shield only, but I see now that I only had a 5% chance to get it! WTF

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