Black Knife Assassins

Location Deathtouched Catacombs
Black Knife Catacombs

Sage's Cave
Sainted Hero's Grave

Deathtouched Catacombs:
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Assassin's Crimson Dagger

Black Knife Catacombs:

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Assassin's Cerulean Dagger
Black Knifeprint

Sage's Cave:
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Concealing Veil

Sainted Hero's Grave:
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Black Knife

HP ≈ 2750 (Field Boss)
Strong VS
Phy (Str) 
Immune to
Weaker to
Phy (Sta)
Phy (Sla) 
Phy (Thr)
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Black Knife Assassins are Bosses in Elden Ring. Black Knife Assassins are relentless and agile dark figures, and are found in Deathtouched CatacombsBlack Knife CatacombsSainted Hero's Grave, and Sage's Cave. These are a optional bosses as players don't have to defeat them to advance to the Legacy Dungeon.

Elden Ring Black Knife Assassin Boss

  • Optional Field Boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Deathtouched Catacombs, Black Knife Catacombs, and Sage's Cave.
  • Multiplayer allowed for this boss
  • You can use Summon Spirit ashes for this boss (except for Black Knife Catacombs)


Elden Ring Black Knife Assassin Location

Black Knife Assassin are found in many locations, here is where to find Black Knife Assassin mini-bosses:


Black Knife Assassin Combat Information

  • Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases - a firebomb will do the same damage in phase 1 as in phase 2.
  • Deals Slash Damage, Pierce Damage, Standard Damage and Holy Damage.
  • Parriable: Yes
  • Can be poise broken? Yes.



The absorption numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example if an absorption is 60. 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% is absorbed. Bigger number= less damage. An absorption of 100 means no damage goes through, and a resistance of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.


The resistance numbers is the buildup amount to trigger it. For example if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of whatever aux buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs.



Elden Ring Black Knife Assassin Boss Guide

Black Knife Assassin Boss Video Guide

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Black Knife Assassin Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Black Knife Assassin:

Melee Users

The Black Knife Assassin is easily staggered, and the Lone Wolves Ashes can distract her and damage her a lot. This will leave you open to land some free hits on her. Otherwise, using a fast attacking weapon to keep her staggered is ideal, since she seems to have no Poise.

Best way to attack her is to wait for her to do the Overhead Slam, you will have a lot of time to backstab her after the slam. You can also try parrying her, but it is not really recommended as her attacks are swift and fast, and she also tends to move around the area a lot.

Invisible Black Knife Assassin: If you don't have access to summons or the Sentry's Torch when fighting the Invisible Black Knife Assassin, she can still be defeated by looking for the dust clouds and water deformations she leaves behind as she moves around. When she charges you (again look for the dust clouds/water deformations), always stand your ground and time your attacks to land just before she reaches you. She will either be hit by your initial attacks or she will dodge by jumping backwards before immediately charging directly at you again, in which case simply attack again. She almost never retreats from this second charge so as long as you time your attacks correctly, damage is all but guaranteed. Each time she is hit, she will almost always retreat before charging at you again after a brief period of time. She will sometimes aggro on you continuously, it is best to avoid these by dodging away as much as possible until she loses aggro and charges you again.  

Magic and Ranged Users

Keep your distance and range her down. You can use Spirit Ashes to keep her distracted, but otherwise just roll and run away to keep separation. The Carian Greatsword Sorcery is a decent tool to use, due to its wide sweep, and staggers the Assassin on hit.


Black Knife Assassin Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Overhead Slam An attack where she jumps in the air before slamming the dagger to the ground. This is the attack you need to look out for, once you her jump in the air, get ready to dodge roll, you will have a lot of time to get behind her and backstab to deal crit damage.
Spinning Slice An attack where she drags the dagger across the floor and spins around twice before fully committing into attacking you. You can either block the full attack or dodge roll away once you see her place the dagger to the ground.
Red Slash This is her projectile attack where if you try to create some distance, she will shoot out a single red slash projectile towards you.  You can easily dodge roll through this attack. Once you see her charge up her dagger, get ready to dodge roll.
Forward Thrust Combo Lunges forward closing the gap while thrusting the dagger, followed by swinging the dagger continuously. After the thrust, you can either dodge roll away to avoid the follow-up attack, or block it completely. You can also try parrying the follow-up attack to get some crit damage in.

Black Knife Assassin Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Voice Actor: ??
  • Other Notes and Trivia Go Here

Black Knife Assassin Image Gallery

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