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The Sword Master appears as a hollowed man wearing nothing but just a few rags and wielding a katana. He serves as a matter of tutorial for one-on-one fights in the game, to differentiate them from confrontations against lesser enemies.
His decayed aspect and almost complete lack of armor may fool the player into thinking it would be an easy fight, but his resilience to damage at the point in the game when he can be first encountered and his superior combat techniques will prove him to be a worthy adversary.
He uses the Uchigatana's two-handed moveset and he often keeps changing stances to prepare to use this weapon's skill, a powerful lunging slash. If attacked while he approaches in this stance, he will perform this weapon's secondary skill, a parry and riposte counterattack.
- Cemetery of Ash
- Found guarding the back entrance to the bell tower, uphill the left path before entering Firelink Shrine.
- High Wall of Lothric
- Untended Graves
- Summonable as a white phantom for fighting Champion Gundyr.
- In order to summon the Sword Master for the Dancer of the Boreal Valley boss battle, the player must refrain from killing Vordt; otherwise, his summon sign will disappear from the area, preventing him from being recruited for the fight. The player will then have to bring him to the cathedral on the opposite side of the courtyard and kill Emma in order to obtain the Basin of Vows and start the boss battle.
- The Master's Set takes its name from this character.