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

      14 May 2021 03:17  

      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

        17 Apr 2021 01:17  

        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

          10 Apr 2021 13:17  

          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

            26 Mar 2021 05:08  

            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

              18 Mar 2021 02:57  

              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

                28 Jan 2021 21:36  

                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

                  08 Nov 2020 03:53  

                  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

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Oct 2020 14:41  

                    The greataxe knights jumping attack is the most ballsy move in the game. Leaps about 6 metres straight up with no regard for anything and rails your ass into fine dust. My favourite enemy move in the game.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Oct 2020 18:58  

                      I have made a couple of posts on the "Occult" page trying to see if an Occult weapon actually does extra damage against BKs which I have not been able to verify. Curious if anyone else has tried Occult against BKs or any other enemies that Occult is supposed to help against.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Oct 2020 07:12  

                        The halberd knight drops blue titanite chunks in the Darkmoon basin and in the Kiln of the first flame, but the one halberd knight in the Tomb of the Giants drops a white titanite chunk. He's often overlooked since he has a bad habit of just falling to his death in the dark when you pass by. Similarly, in the two sword knights in the undead asylum drop red titanite chunks when normally, elsewhere and in the Kiln of the First flame, ultra greatsword knights drop red titanite chunks and sword knights drop ordinary titanite chunks.

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Sep 2020 20:51  

                          I have no idea why, but during my first play through, the black knight at Undead Parish just died and I didn't even do anything to him. I ran down stairs to run away tho, but that's it. Did he clip through the wall when he was chasing? I'll never know, but at least I got his weapon and shield.

                          • Anonymous

                            14 Aug 2020 00:40  

                            When I played the game for the first time and spoke to the undead merchant, I thought the first black knight (who guarded the BTSR) was the terrible goat demon ... Well, he's big, scary and the helmet has horns. I was a very virginal Casul.

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Jul 2020 13:10  

                              I came back after a year off and in that year I played the **** out of dark souls 3 and the black knight with the UGS in the undead parish destroyed me about 10 times. It’s slower paced yet requires much better dodge timing and if you don’t have the stamina to block attacks you’ll be jam on the floor rather than being guard broken. The original holds its own against the later titles to this day and I love it for that.

                              • Anonymous

                                14 Jul 2020 03:41  

                                Honestly even though they are some serious mfers, the parry animation for them is so funny. It's like you gave him the world's most powerful slap ever.

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