For the Dark Souls variant, see Black Knight Sword.
For the Dark Souls II variant, see Black Knight Greatsword (Dark Souls II).

The Black Knight Sword is a unique greatsword in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

Greatsword wielded by the Black Knights who wander the lands. Designed to face chaos demons.
The unique attack of this sword greatly reduces enemy poise, reflecting the tremendous size of the enemies that the knights have fearlessly faced.
Skill: Perseverance
Raise sword in the name of the First Lord to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.


Found in the Smouldering Lake, behind an illusory wall.

From the Demon Ruins bonfire, descend two sets of stairs to reach a big room with two Demon Clerics. Turn right and proceed straightforward into a passage at the end. Hit the carved wall at the very end of this passage to reveal a hidden room with a Black Knight slaying a Ghru. The sword can be found inside.


The Black Knight Sword is a very effective greatsword for quality builds, despite being un-infusable and un-buffable. Its scaling tends more towards Strength, however due to its un-infusable nature it cannot take advantage of scaling bonuses past 40 in either category.

Its moveset is composed mainly of slashes, as well as being capable of performing a thrust with the second one-handed strong attack. While it does not have an advantage in reach compared to other greatswords, its moveset still grants it good coverage against crowds as well as against single targets. As well, the strong attacks of the weapon, whether one-handed or two-handed, deal increased Poise damage, making it useful for staggering foes should the need arise.

What sets the Black Knight Sword apart from its peers is its weapon art, Perseverance, which is normally only seen on hammers and great hammers. Combined with its impressive damage output and respectable swing speed, this allows players to stand their ground and out-trade opponents who try to contest their ground, even those wielding ultra weapons.

This weapon, as well all the other Black Knight weapons, inflict 20% bonus damage to demon-type foes. This means that it is particularly effective against enemies such as the Stray Demon and even bosses like the Demon Prince.


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Alternating horizontal swings, starting from right to left.
Strong Attack
Strong horizontal counter-clockwise swing, the brings the weapon around for a forward-stepping thrust.
Weak Attack
Alternating vertical swings, starting with a downward swing.
Strong Attack
Strong upward slash from right to left, followed by horizontal slash from left to right.
Jump Attack Jumping overhead slam.
Jump Attack
Same as one-handed, but holding the sword in both hands.
Running Attack Roundhouse clockwise swing.
Running Attack
Same as one-handed, but holding the sword in both hands.
Rolling Attack Quick overhead mash
Rolling Attack
Same as one-handed, but holding the sword in both hands.
Kick Standard kick.
Weak Attack
Strong Attack
Mirrored version of one-handed weak attacks.


Upgrade Level Attack Values Aux. Effects Bonuses
Black Knight Sword 173 D D
Black Knight Sword +1 (Twinkling Titanite ×1 & 850 souls) 193 D D
Black Knight Sword +2 (Twinkling Titanite ×2 & 1190 souls) 206 D D
Black Knight Sword +3 (Twinkling Titanite ×4 & 1530 souls) 241 D D
Black Knight Sword +4 (Twinkling Titanite ×8 & 1870 souls) 271 C D
Black Knight Sword +5 (Titanite Slab ×1 & 2550 souls) 302 C D

The data displayed above are current as of Patch App 1.15 Regulation 1.35.


Weapon Art Showcase Black Knight Sword

Weapon Art Showcase Black Knight Sword

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