Black Knife

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attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 66
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 65
Crit 110
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 26
Mag 15
Fire 15
Ligt 15
Holy 42
Boost 15
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str E
Dex D
Fai D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 8
Dex 12
Fai 18
Dagger Slash/Pierce
Blade of Death FP 25
Wgt. 2.0 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Black Knife is a Dagger in Elden Ring. The Black Knife scales primarily with Faith and Dexterity and is a good Weapon for dealing addition Holy Damage and for its Unique Skill, Blade of Death, that allows the user to fire an additional projectile.

 

Dagger once belonging to one of the assassins who murdered Godwyn the Golden on the Night of the Black Knives. 

A ritual performed on the oddly misshapen blade imbued it with the power of the stolen Rune of Death. 

 

Where to Find Black Knife in Elden Ring

The Black Knife weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Black Knife Notes & Tips

  • Black Knife can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones.
  • This weapon can't be infused with Ashes of War, nor can it be enchanted with Magic or boosted by Consumables.
  • This weapon has a unique R2 moveset shared with the Blade of Calling, that performs quick double slashes. 
  • Weapon SkillBlade of Death - This projectile will reduce the Target's Maximum HP for a period of time while also reducing their Current HP. For further notes and tips, go to the skill's page.
  • This weapon may be drew inspiration from an African hybrid knife/axe known as the mambele.
  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 100
  • Other notes and player tips go here

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Black Knife

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Knife Assassin Written Guide

 

Black Knife Upgrades in Elden Ring

Please see the Upgrades page to understand the weapon bolstering process.

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones

This upgrade can be enchanted with Magic or boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Black Knife Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 66 - - - 65 28 E D - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +1 75 - - - 74 30 E D - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +2 85 - - - 83 33 E C - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +3 94 - - - 93 36 E C - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +4 104 - - - 102 39 E C - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +5 113 - - - 112 42 E C - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +6 123 - - - 121 44 E C - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 15 10
Standard +7 132 - - - 130 47 E C - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 16 10
Standard +8 142 - - - 140 50 E B - D - - 26 15 15 15 42 16 10
Standard +9 152 - - - 149 53 E B - C - - 26 15 15 15 42 16 10
Standard +10 161 - - - 159 56 E B - C - - 26 15 15 15 42 16 10

 

 

Elden Ring Daggers
Blade of Calling  ♦  Bloodstained Dagger  ♦  Celebrant's Sickle  ♦  Cinquedea  ♦  Crystal Knife  ♦  Dagger  ♦  Erdsteel Dagger  ♦  Glintstone Kris  ♦  Great Knife  ♦  Ivory Sickle  ♦  Misericorde  ♦  Parrying Dagger  ♦  Reduvia  ♦  Scorpion's Stinger  ♦  Wakizashi

 




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    • Anonymous

      This weapon has helped my first RL1 run immensely in late game. Especially in Faram Azula. It takes a bit of setup to get the right faith boosting gear to hit the requirements but is definitely worth it.

      • Anonymous

        is this darn thing supposed to phantom proc the fire damage even if you dodge through the projectile? that seems like a busted pvp setup. worth more of a nerf than RoB

        • Anonymous

          Left Hand: Dragon Communion Seal
          Right Hand: Black Knife, BBlade (switch out when I see fit) Just beat Radagon/Elden Beast with this setup

          • Anonymous

            For bonus style points: Acquire the knife by finishing off the assassin with a backstab.

            He had one job, and you did it better.

            • Anonymous

              so ive been getting one hit killed by this thing with over 2k hp and a crimson bubbletear... anyone know how that one works?

              • Anonymous

                I've just completed a playthrough using this weapon and it was a breeze. I completed the game in record time (for me). The only part which was tricky was the final boss pair, other than that the WA on this weapon destroyed everything.

                • I like it, but unfortunately it suffers from the same major problem of all daggers: extremely short range.
                  If you like the idea of having access to this weapon's max HP reduction and damage over time effect, but don't really want to use it, try the ash summon Tiche. She utilizes this dagger and its weapon art, and is overall a very strong summon for boss fights (unless it's a duo/trio fight, in which case other summons might be better.)

                  • Anonymous

                    So... An interesting thing to note.

                    The max health debuff from Blade of Death/Destined Death/Black Blade are actively detrimental to you if you use any other form of % health damage such as Black Flame, Bleed, Scarlet Rot, Frostbite or Poison.

                    Since lowering the max health of a target, means that the percentage damage these effects deal is calculated off of their reduced max health.

                    Meaning that if your build focuses on other status effects, you should only use Blade of Death for the initial hit of the fight where it'll do 12.25% of the targets max health (10% from the health reduction and then 2.25% from doing 2.5% max health burn to their reduced health) and then refrain from using it again so your other effect(s) will deal full damage.

                    • Anonymous

                      I think the idea is that you main hand this, and you off hand the Blade of Calling so then you're powerstancing daggers with similar damage profiles, and with the Sacred Scorp and Holy DMG Tearstone you can start shredding anything that's not resilient to Holy damage. Since both of these are Fth focused if you need to you can swap them for a Fire DMG weapon like Godslayer Greatsword or Vyke's Spear if you're going against something like Elden Beast, and swap your Talismans/Tears accordingly.

                      With the powerful ranged skill and the rapid attack speeds of powerstance daggers, makes for a pretty flexible tool for Dex/Fth builds.

                      • Anonymous

                        This weapon is trash compared to the Jar Cannon, only nubs and casuals run around with this piece of garbage.

                        • Anonymous

                          Very very good and amazing weapon overall. But you can dodge this attack in PvP. All you need to do is just timing. When you see your enemy using this skill just right after the animation close the distance to the attacker and wait for the projectile. When the projectile is out just close more distance to the attacker and then dodge roll when is about hit you. In this way you gonna dodge the atack and you get nothing not even the health reduction effect. And if you do it correctly you will end up right front of your opponent after his attack animation in the ground for a free counter attack. You have to be light or med heavy fot this and it is even better if you use bloodhound step ashes of war. You are welcome!

                          • Anonymous

                            In PvP dodging the weapon skill when in the path of the projectile will still get you the chip damage and health reduction, which is utterly bullshit.

                            • Anonymous

                              Wish it has a moveset resembling the ones the assassins use. They could increase the size of it and make it a little slower than a standard dagger, as the one the bosses use is much bigger proportionally to them than the one we can use is to us. Still a cool weapon though.

                              • Anonymous

                                Did my own black knife build and after 3 other characters this is the most fun/challenging. I’ve done pure int, bleed arcane, rot strength, and then this, dex/faith. Love the lore behind the black knives and this weapon is awesome

                                • Anonymous

                                  When I got this on a new playthru just now may 7 22 the drop color was legendary. Doesn’t say it in description of item in game either nor is part of achievement. Maybe was just orange background of Altus messing with my eyes?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Faith/STR Build, but still use this in off hand for the skill alone. I've got middling dex for increased cast time and some other weapon requirements, but the weapon skill on this slaps so hard I'm fine using it for just that and swapping between it and my seal.

                                    • Malenia was so much easier after I switched to using this weapon. Also got the final boss. Legit one of the best weapons in the game. Try using Shard of Alexander, Old Lord's Talisman, Carian Filigreed Crest and the Sacred Scorpion Charm to boost the weapon art further.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I only now just used this on a boss last night 4/28/22 and Idk if this is a bug from one of the recent updates or it’s always been like this, but once the max hp reduction expires they get all that health back. So the boss that had no heal kept getting health back because I couldn’t kill them in the 30 seconds, or however long, that it lasts. So it’s basically useless in a fight that you can’t kill the enemy while their max HP is reduced. Imo

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Can't seem to dodge the weapon art of this without getting hit by the status effect. Not sure why from decided to make status effects depend on the one applying it point of view.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            As an Incantation user, even un-upgraded Black Knife seems to be awfully powerful.

                                            Low level characters: You can cheese Alecto with this, after getting her to the corner and breaking her A.I with Rejection.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              i rushed to get this early game and started the radahn festival since i had to rest at a grace point in altus plateau, works wonders in pvp when chasing down hosts trying to heal after taking damage from my banished knight halberd. just wish it works with dex weapons, stat-wise. oh well. i'm not gonna give up on my halberd, the flaming strike AoW is too fun to use against 2 or 3 man teams

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Anyone notice how this weapons moveset is a bit different to other daggers? The charged attack is completely different with 2 swipes and not the normal one, also i’m on ng+ and want to try daggers but I was put off as the r1 attack felt a tiny bit slower and I might try it’s alternative (blade of calling) but can someone do me a favour and actually check the speed because sometimes my brain tricks me into believing stupid stuff

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  So, what if I wanted to replicate that breakdancing move the assassins do with these, what would be my best option? I thought about stamp sweep but I'd be odd to have a pocket Greatsword for an assassin build. The veteran prothesis also has a move similar to that jump they do, but the lightning effect is a big turn off.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    the holy damage actually heals the elden beast? I got discouraged of using this weapon because of this, it looks so cool

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Why oh why can't we have the same moveset and animations as the enemies do when wielding this?!? I'd gladly give up a couple dozen of repeated boss fights for more unique-feeling weapons..

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        One of the best mid game weapon especially the weapon art. The damage over time is so strong that you just use it and you can get far away from dangerous boss.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Wtf this weapons ash of war hits through i frames. My host dodged through it perfectly and still got the health drain effect.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Amazing offhand; two-hand to open up with the skill, then keep it in the left for when you need a quick hit in.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Really would be cool if the backstab animation was shared or at least similar with the one's the Black Knives themselves have, oh well.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Sooo how would this WA work on Elden Beast and Radagon

                                                                They heal when hit with Holy?

                                                                Btw
                                                                Black Knife Tiche summon melts its health.. would we get same effect as her

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I originally thought the way it worked is you hit someone with the Ash of War, "marking" them for death by reducing their maximum HP by 10%, and then, as you land hits with the dagger, you also maintain the HP reduction effect since you had little black flames shoot up as you make contact. I don't think that's how it works, but how cool would that be. Maining daggers is a hard choice often because the damage is low and the range is short, so you really need something to make it effective, like Bleed. But how cool would it be if this was a viable alternative "status effect," that, after landing the projectile, you could continually refresh the reduction by landing hits, maybe even slowing increasing to a max effect of like 20% HP reduction, +2% every couple of successful blows sort of like how the Rotten Wing Insignia talisman buffs you?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I was stuck on Godfrey at RL30 (making low level invader) for a bit then respec'd to faith and used this. It wrecked him easily just at +1.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Why the **** do I take damage even though I dodge the Ash of War? And why the **** does it do the same damage as a powerstanced R1?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        My fav dagger in this game. It is surprising good in pvp. Put on your left hand, use the weapon when u have a good position. The weapon art go through sheilds and destroying everyone.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          someone knows how to increase the damage of the weapon art besides the talismans? like what stats does the weapon art scale

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            This weapon is amazing for bosses that you can't reliably get close. Namely the fallingstar beast, usually I use bleed/scarlet rot but instead I kept firing the projectile and melting it's health

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I did some basic testing comparing a +10 black knife dance of death to the black blade incantation (faith 80).
                                                                              Dance of death is slightly cheaper, and did a bit more damage than the black blade projectile.
                                                                              But Blade blade has more range, can be chained, and if the blade actually hits the target as well as the projectile, it did a lot more damage.
                                                                              I also felt like black blade came out a bit faster.
                                                                              I could definitely kill things more quickly with black blade.



                                                                              (Didn’t make note of the specific values.)

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I have +9 black knife. Currently at 16 Guard boost. +10 lowers it to 15. Probably a bug. Probably wont ever get fixed because no one cares. Good job me for looking at numbers that go red during an upgrade.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I have +9 black knife. Currently at 16 Guard boost. +10 lowers it to 15. Probably a bug. Probably wont ever get fixed because no one cares. Good job me for looking at numbers that go red during an upgrade.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    So the actual effect for black knife based on the data shows, it will permanently sap enemy's health for about 0.05% every 0.1 second for total 5 second (2.5%), 25% more max health damage then the black blade incantation. Also it will reduce enemy's max health temporarily 10% for 15s. I also posted the effect for black blade incantation.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Until they fix statuses effects the DoT applies through people's rolls, meaning you can kill others on their iframes...

                                                                                      • I notice everytime you use the skill or similar abilities like Malekiths Black blade, Black blade, ect. It gives the target mostly bosses extra hp back before the dot takes effect.. Kinda weird

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          These daggers murdered Godwyn, which is a demigod and children of the erdtree. But they deal Holy damage? Something doesn’t add up here

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            does this dagger have some additional effect on its physical attacks? i keep noticing a black flame effect every few hits.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              did they shadow tune this ash of war or am i going crazy? now it seems the first hit does a ton of damage and the hits afterwards do less...whereas before the first hit only really seemed to drain sometimes and the hits afterwards did more damage...maybe it varies from enemy and im just wrong but idk

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                When putting together your edgelord dagger powerstance with black knife armor set, you may ask yourself "Which weapon do I pick? There's Black Knife and Blade of Calling.." If your build is more Dex-reliant, use Black Knife. If you're more Faith-reliant, use Blade of Calling. Note: The reason for this is because they have inverse scalings in both dex and fth.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  if you struggle with the boss that drops it but still want to solo him use a fast weapon with longer range i fought him with 3 different swords and he always destroyed me cuz he jumps around like a maniac and abrely let me get into attack range or do a chain but once i used this super long katana that the ronin dude drops i just had to spam light attacks and use a few quick draws and he could barely hit me

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    It's worth noting, that this weapons doesn't have a thrust r2 but delivers two quick strikes in a criss cross pattern. Very quick and powerful move albeit at very limited range. Charging the r2 simply increases the damage.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      The skill has 2 part (initial damage and burn). Does 0 initial damage to Black Knives and only burn damages them.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Does anyone know if this weapon art scales strangely? Like does it do flat damage, scale off of weapon damage, or specifically one of the stats?

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