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Old Knights, also known as Sentinel Knights, are enemies in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

These giant warriors are relics of an era that has long passed. Whether they attack you out of madness or merely as a trial for would-be Knights of the Blue will matter little if they manage to cut you down, though, so stay alert. If you do intend to enlist as a Knight of the Blue, you'll require the power of the Cracked Blue Eye Orbs they hold, so consider this your rite of initiation.[1]

LocationEdit

Old Knights are found in Heide's Tower of Flame and outside the Cathedral of Blue.

In Scholar of the First Sin, a lone Old Knight wielding a great hammer can be found in Shrine of Amana, as well as multiple Old Knights located within Drangleic Castle.

DescriptionEdit

Old Knights are slow-moving, heavily armored and stand several feet above the player. They wear the Old Knight Set and wield either an Old Knight Greatsword and shield, or two-hand an Old Knight Ultra Greatsword. In addition, a unique non-respawning knight wielding an Old Knight Hammer can be encountered, dropping one Sublime Bone Dust when defeated.

In Scholar of the First Sin, two great hammer-wielding knights appear instead, one in the same location and the other guarding the fog door to the Dragonrider boss arena. Unlike the original game, this time they respawn and have random drops.

StrategyEdit

Old Knights can inflict heavy physical and stamina damage with their wide reaching combo attacks. They are often encountered in groups near sections without barriers, leading to a swift demise if one should be sent flying by one of their strong attacks. Old Knights will pursue players looking to flee all the way up to the start of the level or the Cathedral of Blue entrance. 

Since their attacks are very slow, they can be defeated by strafing around or rolling behind them. They are especially vulnerable after their three-hit combo, but be careful as some will use their quick stab attack immediately after.

Due to their heavy armor, Old Knights are vulnerable to strike, lightning and magic attacks.

One can avoid taking damage from the greatsword and shield variant by standing extremely close to them.

Players should be careful when engaging the great hammer-wielding variant, as they usually attack with wide horizontal swings in quick succession and can chain combos quickly. They also have very good tracking, allowing them to hit enemies standing behind them at the end of a combo. Their movements are also a bit deceptive, oftentimes tricking the player into thinking they are about to attack while they are actually just recovering from a combo. Staying very close to them and strafing to the left will allow melee players to evade most attacks. They are vulnerable after they finish smashing their great hammers on the ground.

AttacksEdit

Greatsword and Shield (740 HP / 400 souls)

Three-hit Combo
A three-hit combo is executed in succession. The first is a diagonal swipe, followed by a fairly straight horizontal swipe and ends with another horizontal swipe but using its whole body for the final swing. Long cooldown allows free strikes to be dealt.
Overhead Strike
Performed at the end of the three-hit combo attack. Performs an overhead strike onto the ground and sometimes follows it up with a lunge.
Quick Stab
Lifts their shield and stabs from behind it in a fast manner.

Ultra Greatsword (550 HP / 400 souls)

Large Swipe
Uses its entire body to perform a broad horizontal swipe.
Three-hit Combo
Performs two overhead strikes in a row and then finishes with a broad horizontal swipe. Starts by having the sword near the ground and swinging it all the way.
Power Strike
Performs a slow but powerful overhead slash.

Great Hammer (860 HP / 400 souls)

Uppercut Lunge
Points the mace and charges toward its target; when in range, it uses an uppercut strike.
Double Hit
Performs a double overhead strike twice in a row.
Power Strike
Performs a slow but powerful overhead strike.

DropsEdit

Item Sublime Bone Dust
Sublime Bone Dust
Cracked Blue Eye Orb
Cracked Blue Eye Orb
Palestone
Palestone
Human Effigy
Human Effigy
Amber Herb
Amber Herb
Drop Rate Guaranteed
(DaSII only)
(great hammer)
20% 5% ??? ???
Item Green Blossom II
Green Blossom
Old Knight Helm
Old Knight Helm
Old Knight Armor
Old Knight Armor
Old Knight Gauntlets
Old Knight Gauntlets
Old Knight Leggings
Old Knight Leggings
Drop Rate ??? 1% 1% 1% 1%
Item Old Knight Greatsword
Old Knight Greatsword
Old Knight's Shield
Old Knight's Shield
Old Knight Ultra Greatsword
Old Knight Ultra Greatsword
Old Knight Hammer
Old Knight Hammer
Drop Rate 1%
(greatsword)
1%
(greatsword)
1%
(ultra greatsword)
1%
(great hammer)

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Guide description.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Old Knight

  • Old Knight Parrying

    2 messages
    • is it possible to parry&riposte an old knight attack?
    • as far as i know (for a person who's only played the first hour of dark souls 1 & 2) the answer is a big fat NO

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