The world of Elden Ring is dark, ghoulish, and dangerous for both beginner and veteran players. With the years of development and a vast open-world, Elden Ring is transcending the expectations of players with limitless exploration and huge content. Survival in the Lands Between is critical and that is only possible by keeping essential items like weapons, armors, and spells. On the other side, you will be encountering unique enemies on any portion of the map. Be it the smaller enemies or the dungeon bosses, they are going to challenge your patience and practice for the specific character build. One particular boss is the Black Knife Assassin Elden Ring which is known for the brutal moves and weapons for attacks.
Almost every boss in the Elden Ring has their own respective moves and weapons. Above all, they allow players to dive deeper into the story lore to maximize the gameplay experience. These combined with the open-world exploration can easily persuade players to create their own approach and strategy to defeat the enemies.
Black Knife Assassin involves a similar approach for defeating the Elden Ring. You do not have to limit yourself to the given quest and dungeon to take on the PvP battle. However, the key is to devise your own strategy with the weapons of choice to engage in combat with the boss. If you are wondering what are the different ways to beat Black Knife Assassin Elden Ring, then you are in right place. This guide entails all the details from the different locations to the best approach to defeat the famous assassin boss. With that said, let’s get right into it.
Black Knife Assassin Elden Ring
Black Knife assassins are numerous bosses in Elden Ring. They are highly agile and combat experts, which makes them challenging for slow players. These bosses are relentless to shed blood on the tarnished and defeating them is not going to be an easy feat. Above all, there are numerous locations where you can find Black Knife Assassins. This means you do not have to worry about missing them out if you are in a completionist playthrough.
Plus, Black Knife Assassins are completely optional bosses that do not affect the Legacy Dungeon progress. You can either avoid them or take them on the battle to claim the rewards of loot and drops. With that said, let’s discuss different locations where you can find Black Knife Assassins and defeat them to claim all the rewards.
Where to Find Black Knife Assassin?
First things first, you will need to find the Black Knife Assassins to defeat them. There are numerous locations where you can encounter Black Knife Assassin as an optional boss in Elden Ring. You can trigger the encounter with the boss at Sainted Hero’s Grave at the Altus Plateau or the Deathtouched Catacombs in the Limgrave.
Or you can visit dark Sage’s Cave at the Altus Plateau. But that variant of the Black Knife Assassin is tougher and fast making it harder for early-mid-level players. The boss is also using Concealing Veil that hides the boss during the crouching sequence. However, you can negate this effect by using Sentry Torch which requires Strength, Dexterity, and Faith to reveal the boss movements, thus allowing you to make your move. You can obtain Sentry Torch for 7,000 Runes from Hermit Merchant in his shack.
One of the best and most accessible locations for the boss is in the Liurnia of Lakes at Black Knife Catacombs. Head to the northeast side of the Liurnia of Lakes and you will be able to reach an entrance gate to the Black Knife Catacombs. Word of warning, as the place is lurking with skeletons and crabs that are not afraid to take a bite off your character.
It is highly advised to bring some holy weapons along with your main character’s weapon to easily put down these skeletons before their attack. Here you will be going all the way up until you enter through a gateway to the church. The Black Knife Assassin will be ready to engage in combat with you inside the church.
How to Defeat Black Knife Assassin?
Black Knife Assassin is the fastest enemy you can encounter in the Elden Ring. On top of that, the boss is highly agile, dodging the attacks and also moving with invisibility. For that instance, you may want to incorporate a series of strategies and tricks to easily register the damage with your weapon and also avoid the potential strikes from the boss.
You will also need a good medium-weight armor set before taking on the huge battle with the brutal Black Knife Assassin. Here are some of the best Elden Ring early game armor that you can find around the map. Once you have a set to enhance the defenses of your character, you can engage in combat with the boss.
The first major thing you will notice is that the Black Knife Assassin boss will instantly engage the cluster of strikes at the start of the battle. For that instance, you might need to wait before going near him. Once he is tired of the starting combo, you can engage your strikes as fast as possible to deal heavy damage early on in the battle.
Next, you will have to learn the boss’s moves. Black Knife Assassin comprises a total of five moves that include, Retreat, Knife Stab, Double Slash, Low Sweeping Slash, and Dashing Stab. Each move comes with its own risks and strategies that players might want to consider before going near the boss. Meanwhile, Low Sweeping Slash is the most dangerous one because of the higher range and spinning attack from low to higher.
You might also want to watch out for Knife Stab. This is because the boss will be going backward. Thinking the boss is retreating, before you can make your move, the boss will again dash forward with a brutal stab that will break your poise. Black Knife Assassin does not have a really good range. But what it lacks in range, it makes up for the speed. So make sure to learn the attack patterns and keep your distance to keep a safe side from the strikes from the dagger.
Most importantly, it is essential to pursue the boss with a sword and shield. This is because this equipment will deal heavy damage along with enhancing the defenses of your character. Black Knife Assassin Elden Ring relies on a dagger that is extremely weak to slash instantly into your character.
A timely block with a shield will block the dagger attack of the boss. Moreover, it also gives an edge to performing Parry to dish out the highest damage and finishes the job on the boss.
As for the sword, it is advised to go with light weapons. The heavy weapons will indeed serve the role of offering the best damage. But with the faster boss like Black Knife Assassin, a lighter sword will be more beneficial.
Tips and Tricks to Defeat Black Knife Assassin
Now that you are aware of the Black Knife Assassin’s moves and attack patterns, you can easily defeat the boss with the equipment of your choice. However, with the different locations to find the boss, there are indeed some tricks that may add more benefits to your gameplay.
One of the major aspects that you can include in your fight with the Black Knife Assassin is the Spirit Ashes Summon in Elden Ring. These are the AI-powered companions that will assist players during the battle in Elden Ring. Unfortunately, you will not be able to summon ashes spirits in Black Knife Catacombs. So if you are pursuing locations other than Black Knife Catacombs, casting the spirit ashes will greatly ease the boss fight.
The cherry on top is that your multiplayer feature is allowed for the boss. Now you can co-op with friends to defeat the blood-thirsty dagger yielding Black Knife Assassin. Those players that are considering going after the boss for their loot might not receive worthy rewards in the loot. You can farm on the boss to earn good Runes. Deathtouched Catacombs and Black Knife Catacombs will give players 1,600 Runes each. While Sage’s Cave boss will hand out 9,000 Runes and Sainted Hero‘s Grave with 11,339 Runes.
Moreover, each location for the Black Knife Assassin has its own loot drops. The boss at Deathtouched Catacombs drops only an Assassin’s Crimson Dagger, Black Knife Catacombs will drop Assassin’s Cerulean Dagger and Black Knifeprint. Additionally, Sage’s Cave will reward players with Concealing Veil and Sainted Hero’s Grave’s boss drops Black Knife.
Sadly, no boss is going to drop the armor set. The only way to obtain the Black Knife armor set is to pursue a location hunting approach that is a little tedious. You can follow this guide to obtain the complete set of Black Knife armor to enjoy both enhanced defenses and invisible movements.
Black Knife Assassin is indeed a difficult boss to put down. But following different tactics and learning the moves will allow you to easily defeat the boss and claim the rewards.
That is about it for the Black Knife Assassin Elden Ring. Do you find this Black Knife Assassin guide helpful to defeat the ancient boss? What is your strategy to go after the Black Knife Assassin? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below.