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How to Beat Black Knife Assassin in Elden Ring

Although Elden Ring has introduced many new concepts to a FromSoftware game, one of the enduring aspects of the formula is dungeons. With dangers around every corner, these are areas that will challenge players and test their mettle. However, it’s worth it for the rewards at the end, i.e. if you can beat the optional bosses guarding them. For those who need help, here’s our guide to how to beat Black Knife Assassin in Elden Ring.

The Black Knife Assassin can be found in several dungeons, namely the Death-Touched Catacombs, Blackknife Catacombs, Sage’s Cave, and Tomb of the Holy Hero.

How to Beat the Black Knife Assassin in Elden Ring

As with most boss fights, calling for help is recommended. The Black Knife Assassin has damaging attacks, but they usually only target a single target. So, Spirit Ashes such as Lone Wolf Ashes will give you an advantage to distract the boss.

For those who fight from a distance, it will be easier to defeat this boss. While the Black Knife Assassin is fast, there’s plenty of room for you to open up some distance and unleash your most powerful sorceries or incantations.

When it comes to melee characters, the fast-paced nature of the boss means you’ll have to match up one way or another. Using the lighter weapons in your arsenal is key, and getting a few hits before you escape safely is the way to go. Thanks to the Black Knife Assassin’s low defense and health, this strategy won’t take too long either.

When it comes to attacks, the Black Knife Assassin has a few tricks up his sleeve. There is a simple stab forward, telegraphed by them stepping back slightly. This can be avoided by going to the side or backing up. There is also a double slash, where the boss raises their weapon upwards, and this can also be easily dodged.

If you see the boss start dragging its blade across the ground, a spin attack will follow. Make sure to stay away from him if you want to avoid the high damage this attack deals.

Finally, the Black Knife Assassin can unleash a dashing strike, which can be blocked or dodged, leaving it open for an attack on its back.

If you’re good at blocking and parrying, the fight becomes even easier. Dagger attacks can be blocked, and when the opportunity arises, parry and inflict the critical hit for additional damage. The boss also tends to knock back after a few hits, so you can recover your stamina or health during this short lull.

How to Beat the Invisible Black Knife Assassin

The toughest Black Knife Assassin will be found in the Sage’s Cave, where he has invisibility on his side. To beat him effectively, keep moving and spot the splashes in the water.

Black Knife Assassin elden ring Sage's Cave

Once the boss is directly behind you, hit with a heavy attack. This will hopefully stun him and allow you to critically hit for increased damage.

Rewards for defeating Black Knife Assassins

Defeating the Black Knife Assassin boss will yield the following rewards:

  • Death-Touched Catacombs – 1600 Runes, Assassin’s Crimson Dagger
  • Catacombs of the Black Knife – 1600 Runes, Cerulean Assassin’s Dagger
  • Sage’s Cave – 9000 runes, concealing veil
  • Tomb of the Sacred Hero – 11,300 Runes, Black Knife

This is all the key information about how to beat Black Knife Assassin in Elden Ring. Also, be sure to check out our wiki guide for more on the game, including info on all bosses, completing Ranni’s quests, and understanding New Game Plus. For everything else, please search Twinfinite.

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