For the Dark Souls variant, see Black Knight.

Black Knights are enemies in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

The knights served the First Lord Gwyn, and followed him into the flame upon its linking. They became ash, but still wander the realms to this day.


Almost identical to their Dark Souls counterparts, Black Knights continue to roam the world following their burning in the Kiln of the First Flame.


Road of Sacrifices

  • The first knight guards the rear entrance to the Farron Keep. Even though the door is no longer accessible, the Farron Coal can be found there.

Smouldering Lake

Untended Graves

  • Four knights wielding diverse weaponry patrol the graveyard that leads to the ruins of Firelink Shrine. The one at the end of the left path guards the Chaos Blade, and the one at the end of the right path guards the Hornet Ring.


Former Silver Knights loyal to Lord Gwyn who tragically were burned, their armors ending up charred, in their expedition to the Kiln of the First Flame in Gwyn's desperate attempt to link the flame.


Blacks Knights fight similarly to their counterparts in Lordran, although they are faster and more agile due to the enhanced combat mechanics. They are still very vulnerable to parries and backstabs, although they will attempt to shield-bash the player if they continually try to circle around them. If they manage to knock the player down, they can follow up with their slow uppercut attack, potentially killing the player while they are still getting up.

They are extremely weak to Frostbite, capable of being inflicted with the status effect in just two hits with an Irithyll Straight Sword. Inflicting them with the status effect will deal a sizable amount of damage upon proc as well, greatly diminishing the threat that they pose.

They wield either a greatsword or greataxe in combat and will attack other enemies if provoked.


Item Ember
Black Knight Greatsword (DSIII)
Black Knight Greatsword
Black Knight Greataxe (DSIII)
Black Knight Greataxe
Black Knight Shield (DSIII)
Black Knight Shield
Drop Rate ??? ??? ???
(Smouldering Lake
Untended Graves)
Item Black Knight Helm (DSIII)
Black Knight Helm
Black Knight Armor (DSIII)
Black Knight Armor
Black Knight Gauntlets (DSIII)
Black Knight Gauntlets
Black Knight Leggings (DSIII)
Black Knight Leggings
Drop Rate ??? ??? ??? ???


  • Differing from their Dark Souls counterparts, Black Knights will respawn in all encounters this time around, having a chance of dropping both their weapons and the Black Knight Set.
  • They are able to target and attack all enemies on the map, including dark spirits.

See alsoEdit

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