For the Dark Souls III variant, see Silver Knight (Dark Souls III).

Silver Knights are an enemy in Dark Souls, and are encountered in Anor Londo.

General informationEdit

Silver Knights are a primary enemy in Anor Londo. They have high lightning resistance and their armor offers a small curse resistance.

They wear the Silver Knight Set, use a Silver Knight Shield and wield either a Silver Knight Straight SwordSilver Knight Spear, or Dragonslayer Greatbow. When faced at short range, the Dragonslayer Greatbowmen can switch to a sword and shield.

Silver Knights are able to backstab the player.

Silver Knights will still appear even if Anor Londo goes Dark, they are one of the respawnable enemies as well as the Painting Guardians.


Many Silver Knights accompanied Gwyn to the Kiln of the First Flame while the rest stayed behind to guard Anor Londo and the illusion of Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight.[1][2][3]

In the time of Lothric, these Knights are still in Anor Londo to protect the grand city.


  • The Silver Knights can pose a considerable threat to inexperienced players. An easy way to defeat them is to block or dodge their attacks, and then backstab them.
  • Silver Knights are also highly susceptible to parrying and ripostes.
  • Players should strafe to the right of a Silver/Black Knight as their right handed attacks will often hit the player if they strafe to the left. Avoiding their shield bash attack can be helpful, as they have a window of 2-3 seconds after their shield bash to attack them or backstab.
  • The Silver Knight guarding the Silver Knight set Has an unusually short aggro range, making it easy to avoid combat.
  • The two Silver Knight Archers guarding the outside of the palace can be troublesome to both experienced and inexperienced players alike. A good strategy is to use an upgraded bow with good range and Feather Arrows, and snipe the Silver Knights from one of the walkways where their arrows get stuck in railing.

Enemy informationEdit

Health and soulsEdit

Variation Health Souls
Dragonslayer Greatbowmen 464 812 1,300 3,900
Swordsmen and Spearmen 464 812 1,000 3,000


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Thrust / Strike - Dependent on weapon wielded
Abilities Can block and bash with their shields. Bowmen cause knockback.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Arrow Shoot 380 Thrust None No Neither Slow

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Triple Poke 440 Thrust None Yes Both Medium
Quick Swing Combo 512 Thrust None Yes Both Medium
Overhead Slice 350 Regular None Yes Both Medium
Shield Bash 272 Strike None No Both Medium

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Overhead Slice 380 Regular None Yes Both Medium
Quick Swing Combo 360 Regular None Yes Both Medium
Shield Bash 272 Strike None No Both Medium
Forward Thrust  ??? Thrust None Yes (Cannot Block) Both Slow


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
315 315 394 315 251 212 315 D D B

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.




  1. Silver Knight Set descriptions.
  2. Silver Knight Shield description.
  3. Black Knight description.

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