Elden Ring: Defeating Black Knife Assassin in Altus Plateau

This page of the Elden Ring guide provides a walkthrough on how to defeat the Black Knife Assassin boss in the Altus Plateau region.

The guide also includes tips on how to beat bosses in other locations like Limgrave, Liurnia of the Lakes, and Caelid.

The Black Knife Assassin boss battle is optional, and players can choose to skip it.

  • Locations
  • Reward for defeating
  • General tips
  • How to defeat?

Locations

Black Knife Assassin in Limgrave:

The boss is first encountered in Limgrave, specifically in the Deathtouched Catacombs.

Black Knife Assassin in Liurnia of the Lakes:

The second version of the boss is located in Liurnia of the Lakes, specifically in the Black Knife Catacombs.

Black Knife Assassin in the Altus Plateau:

The final version of the boss is located in the Altus Plateau, specifically in the Sage\’s Cave.

Reward for defeating

Black Knife Assassin in Limgrave:

Defeating the boss in Limgrave rewards players with the Assassin\’s Crimson Dagger and 1600 Runes.

Black Knife Assassin in Liurnia of the Lakes:

Defeating the second version of the boss in Liurnia of the Lakes rewards players with the Assassin\’s Cerulean Dagger, the Black Knifeprint, and 1600 Runes.

Black Knife Assassin in the Altus Plateau:

Defeating the final version of the boss in the Altus Plateau rewards players with the Concealing Veil talisman and 9000 Runes.

General tips

  1. The Black Knife Assassin boss battle in Altus Plateau is similar to the first one in Limgrave.
  2. The boss is immune to most negative statuses, except for frostbite.
  3. The Black Knife Assassin is easy to throw off-balance, providing opportunities for critical hits.
  4. Using a mount during the battle may make it more difficult.
  5. Avoid using a shield and instead dodge attacks to get more chances to strike.
  6. Equipping fast weapons can be effective due to the boss\’s low balance and agility.
  7. Using Ashes or the help of other players can make the battle easier.

How to defeat?

The Black Knife Assassin boss is encountered at the entrance to Sainted Hero\’s Tomb. Before initiating the battle, summon allies or use items that increase durability. The battle requires a lot of dodging, so ensure that stamina is sufficient.

Fighting while riding a mount can be more challenging than fighting on foot. Although your mount can dodge through short dashes, it is not as effective as your character\’s dodging abilities. Engaging in mounted combat carries the risk of being dismounted, leaving you temporarily vulnerable to attacks.

Your opponent will typically attack with a dagger, but may also use magic attacks. One such attack is a rapid projectile that inflicts fire damage upon impact. You can dodge it by moving in any direction. You will know this attack is coming when the enemy starts swinging a fiery dagger.

The enemy may also point their dagger towards the ground and run around the area. If you avoid this attack, you will have a chance to land a few attacks of your own if you are using a fast weapon. However, if you are caught during this attack, you will be knocked down and vulnerable to an additional combo attack from the enemy.

There is a chance that the enemy may grab you during the fight. You can tell when this is about to happen when the enemy raises their arm and takes a quick step towards you. If you are grabbed, you will receive a single hit from the enemy, but you cannot break free until the grip is released. During this time, your allies cannot damage the boss. To avoid being grabbed, dodge away when you see the enemy reaching out.

If the opponent jumps high up, holding their dagger with both hands, this means they are about to perform a death from above attack. To avoid this attack, it is best to dodge towards the enemy just as the strike is about to land. After the enemy executes this attack, they will need time to recover, which presents a good opportunity for you to strike.

This fight does not have any distinct phases and continues until the enemy\’s health points are depleted. The key to success is to dodge frequently and be as agile as your opponent. Using ashes or allies can also help make the fight more manageable.

FAQ

What is Elden Ring?

Elden Ring is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is being developed by the creators of the Dark Souls series and the writer of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin. Elden Ring is set in a fantasy world and features an open world environment for players to explore.

Who is Black Knife Assassin in Altus Plateau?

Black Knife Assassin is one of the bosses in Elden Ring. He is encountered in Altus Plateau, an area in the game that is known for its difficult terrain and dangerous enemies. Black Knife Assassin is a skilled warrior who uses a variety of weapons and tactics to defeat his opponents. He is known for his speed and agility, making him a formidable opponent for even the most skilled players.

How can I beat Black Knife Assassin in Altus Plateau?

Beating Black Knife Assassin in Altus Plateau requires a combination of skill and strategy. One of the most important things to remember is to stay agile and avoid his attacks. Black Knife Assassin is very fast and can easily take down players who are not careful. It is also important to use the right weapons and tactics to take him down. Players should try to use weapons that are effective against his armor and attacks. Finally, it is important to stay focused and not get too aggressive. Players who rush in too quickly are likely to be defeated quickly by this skilled opponent.

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