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 are Mini Bosses in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Mini Bosses are hostile creatures that do not respawn after being killed.


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, who were then burnt to ashes when he linked the First Flame, leaving behind just their spirits that roam the spectral staircase in between the Kiln and the Lordvessel.



  • 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 his 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
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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    • Anonymous

      I have the sword and the ultra greatsword and the greataxe now I am having to think which one I wanna upgrade to the max

      • Anonymous

        Just shoot the 1 in undead burg once with an arrow then run to that wood structure with the firebomb throwers and spam arrows. It takes a while but at least you get the souls and the drops + your first usefull ring

        • Anonymous

          I was playing dark souls remastered for 30 and beat a dark knight in undead burg first try and it gave me a black knight sword I was using the schimitar

          • Anonymous

            Has there been a patch or something? I'm trying to get the halberd from the black knight in the basin with 6 humanity (putting the drop chance just below 40%) and knocking him over the ledge with a back stab, after doing this about 10 times all I've gotten are chunks

            • Anonymous

              i bloody LOVE this enemies, tough and unwielding. and packing a punch strong as the Anor Londo Sentinels, these things have a deep lore and amazing armor and weapons. all around best enemies in dark souls

              • Anonymous

                what BK weapon is the best? i really like the swords moveset but the damage offered by the greatsword and greataxe is tempting, although i dont like them as much

                • Anonymous

                  i got to shields in a row, this happend during my shield only run, is it posible the drop chance is afected by what type of wepon you kill it with?

                  • Anonymous

                    Wanted to design a build focusing on BK gear mixed with some thorns armor. I went after the axe first and it took a few tries to get. The rest of the BK weapons I got first try with 10 humanity. Felt lucky to have all 4 before Gargoyles. Only miss was the shield.

                    • Anonymous

                      when i was fighting the one in undead burg i got invaded but instead of killing me the invader started attacking the knight instead and left i guess everyone hates the black knights

                      • Anonymous

                        Oh man I got a good laugh out of a recent co op session in the burg. I wanted the host to get the blue tear stone ring for their journey but I died to the black knight and turned the camera around to see the host fat running away while the knight pursued them at full speed. I wonder how that played out after I was gone. Have a great play through, host that I failed.

                        • Anonymous

                          I took a 6 months break from the game, and today I came back to it and got all 4 black knight weapons in one run, jesus this game is ****ing amazing

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