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The Sword Master is a non-respawning enemy and summonable character in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

My sixth sense warned me of danger, and I danced between flurries of blades, unscathed, but alas, my clothes went to tatters.[1]


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.

Once defeated, he can be summoned to aid in a number of boss fights throughout the course of the game, including Vordt, the Dancer of the Boreal Valley and Champion Gundyr.




Item Uchigatana (DSIII)
Master's Attire
Master's Attire
Master's Gloves
Master's Gloves
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  • 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.



  1. Excerpt from the Master's Set pieces descriptions.
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