Although Elden Ring has many new concepts for a FromSoftware game, the formula of enduring aspects of one is the dungeons. With every corner around dancers, these are areas that will challenge players and test their mettle. However, it is all worth it for the rewards lying at the end, if that is the case, you can beat them by guarding the optional bosses. For those who need some help, here’s our guide How to beat Elden Ring in the Black Knife Assassin.
The Black Knife Assassin can be found in several dungeons, namely The Deathtouched Catacombs, The Blackknife Catacombs, Sage’s Cave, and Sainted Hero’s Grave.
How to Beat the Black Knife Assassin in Elden Ring
As with most boss battles, calling will help some. The Black Knife Assassin boasts damaging attacks, but they are usually only aimed at a single target. As such, Spirit Ashes such as the Lone Wolf Ashes will give you an advantage in distracting the boss.
For those fighting at range, it will be an easy time taking down this boss. While the Black Knife Assassin is fast, there is plenty of room for you to open some distance and unleash your most powerful Sorceries or Incantations.
As for melee characters, the speedy nature of the boss means you need one way or another to match. Utilizing the lighter weapons in your arsenal is key, and getting a few hits is the key to escaping to safety. Thanks to The Black Knife Assassin of Low Defense and Health, this strategy will not take too long.
When it comes to attacks, The Black Knife Assassin has a few tricks up his sleeve. There is a simple stab forward, pulling them back slightly by telegraphed. This can be dodged by going to the side or backstepping. There is also a double slash, where the boss raises his weapon, and this can also be easily dodged.
If you see the boss start dragging his blade on the ground, a spinning attack will follow. Be sure to get some distance away from him if you want to avoid the high damage this attack inflicts.
Lastly, the Black Knife Assassin can unleash a dashing strike, which can be blocked or avoided, leaving him open for an attack.
If you have mastered blocking and parrying, the fight becomes even more simple. The dagger attacks can be blocked, and when the opportunity presents itself, parry and deal with the bonus damage for the critical hit. The boss also tends to have a few strikes after the back off, so you can recover this short lull during stamina or health.
How to Beat the Invisible Black Knife Assassin
The most challenging Black Knife Assassin will find is Sage’s Cave, where he has his side on invisibility. To beat him, keep moving and spot the splashes in the water.
Once the boss is directly behind you, strike out with a strong attack. This will hopefully stun him, and let him deal with you for a critical hit.
Beating Black Knife Assassins for Rewards
Defeating the Black Knife Assassin Boss will yield the following rewards:
- Deathtouched Catacombs – 1600 Runes, Assassin’s Crimson Dagger
- Black Knife Catacombs – 1600 Runes, Assassin’s Clear Dagger
- Sage’s Cave – 9000 Runes, Concealing Veil
- Sainted Hero’s Grave – 11,300 Runes, Black Knife
That’s all the key information How to beat Elden Ring in the Black Knife Assassin. Be sure to check out our guide to the game, including information on all the bosses, completing Ranni’s quests, and understanding New Game Plus. For everything else, please search Twinfinite.