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Backstabs are a form of critical attack and gameplay mechanic in Dark Souls.


General InformationEdit

Players may perform a backstab if they position themselves behind a humanoid enemy and do a light attack with shields down. Enemies must be on roughly the same level surface as the player. Backstabs can be performed with nearly every type of weapon, although exceptions exist.

Backstabs deal high damage based on the damage of the weapon and its critical rate.

Backstabs cannot be interrupted. While in the motion of backstabbing, both the perpetrator and the victim are granted invincibility frames and cannot take further damage except for damage-over-time effects such as being poisoned, under the effects of toxic, or while using Power Within.

Most humanoid enemies can be backstabbed. Most enemies that can be parried and riposted can also be backstabbed. Some non-humanoid enemies, such as the Fang Boar in the Undead Parish (but not the ones in Anor Londo), can also be backstabbed, but generally non-humanoid enemies are impossible to backstab.

It is possible for two players or monsters to backstab a single target at once (each dealing their standard backstab damage). This requires precise timing and positioning, however.

EnemiesEdit

When an enemy page displays information on backstabbing (Backstab, under Characteristics), this refers to whether or not the enemy can be backstabbed.

Information on whether the enemy can perform backstabs will be listed under Abilities and are also displayed here:

WeaponsEdit

The following is a list of weapons that cannot backstab.

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