For the boldest of warriors, wielding the greatweapons in Dark Souls 3 is the pinnacle that the Ashen One seeks to reach. The epic ultra greatswords, devastating greataxes, and humongous great hammers are all immensely satisfying to slash, cleave, and crush foes with respectively. It is quite possible to do some soul farming so that one can level up enough to wield these weapons without any aid, however, there are some items that can help one pick up and use their desired weapon without spending time to achieve the required stats organically. Since the weapons that one will be two-handing are usually fairly hefty, players may need a bit of help dealing with their immense weight and high stamina consumption, as well as some other minor drawbacks.
Despite all the flashy magic Dark Souls 3 bestows upon players, the best and most efficient way to kill some rotting old gods and their emaciated minions is to poke holes in them or slice them in half. It just so happens that one of the best starting classes that lets players do that is the Knight.
It's one of the most straightforward classes in the game; wield a big sword, and wear shiny armor. For some, it's even the most well-dressed out of all the starting classes, which is probably why it gets picked a lot. Thankfully, many good things can come from playing as a knight in Dark Souls 3, and one can expand upon their knightly ventures by looking into these ten strongest knight builds in the game.
Finding the right mix of stats and the perfect weapon can be troublesome, which is why we updated this guide to give a clear stat and gear breakdown for each entry. It should be much easier to replicate each of these builds. Note that these builds are all tuned for PvE; your mileage in PvP will vary.
Every build listed in this article can be found in the Dark Souls 3 Fextralife wiki. However, the armor can be any fashionable item you want. Gameplay-wise, this build uses the flexibility of the Lothric Knight Sword to decimate targets in a few hits, investing heavily in Dexterity to get the most out of each strike.
An off-hand shield is useful for absorbing an incoming attack you didn't expect. Skilled players can two-hand the sword instead, utilizing rolls to get out of danger instead. A Dexterity knight might sound odd, but it's surprisingly strong in PvE. It isn't bad in PvP either, capable of destroying opponents in a few swings.
Just be careful of players adept at parrying, as they'll punish you for spamming the same attack. Expertionis' Flamesword Dude build is a treat for the eyes, weaving the power of pyromancy and greatswords together. This build focuses more on smashing enemies with a greatsword than using pyromancy, using flame spells for zoning and buffing yourself.
Focusing on strengththis build crushes opponents with devastating swings that are buffed by Carthus Flame Arc. If swinging a flaming sword wasn't cool enough, what about turning enemies against each other? It's odd that Rapport is a pyromancy, but this spell will allow you to turn most targets into an ally for a short time, giving you breathing room or the opportunity to deal some serious damage. If you want a ranged option, consider replacing Rapport with Black Fire Orb to deal some solid damage from safety. Using four different weapon buffs seems excessive, but every enemy in Dark Souls 3 has unique strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing the enemies you're facing is paramount for this build, allowing you to swap your buff on the fly to deal optimal damage. This applies to both PvE and PvP. Regardless of who you're facing, always be sure to have a spell buff active to deal as much damage as possible.
Any shield will do, and the build is best with either the Lothric Knight set or the regular Knight set along with Havel's Ring and Cloranthy Ring. The brilliance of this build lies in its versatility.
You have a powerful one-handed weapon to damage opponents up-close, a shield to block damage, and a bow that can deal with long-distance targets. Its item requirements can be met in the early-game, and there's no spell management required. This is the archetypical knight build in the best way possible. Once again, you can always change your armor if you don't like its look; armor in Dark Souls 3 has little impact on your character.
As for the build itself, the Darkest Knight uses the power of dark magic and swords to annihilate enemies. Besides using your Dark Sword, this build can utilize pyromancies like Great Chaos Fire Orb to annihilate groups of enemies from a distance. Like most hybrid builds, most of the spells you'll be using are buffs you should apply before you start combat. Played properly, this character can output some fantastic damage. Mokgore swears by the Versatile Wraith build's power and brokenness.
This build is rather simple: use your raw strength and dexterity stats to crush every enemy in your path.
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The slight amount of Intelligence and Faith allows you to use Carthus Flame Arc, further increasing your damage output. Nothing will stand a chance. Lord of Blood Hollows by alfieSk8r is a bloody knight that relies on the bleed mechanic. The build is rather straightforward: apply Carthus Rouge to your sword, then swing away until the enemy hemorrhages all of their health.
Note that some bosses are immune to bleed, so expect some boss fights to take an eternity. Soul of Cinder Cosplay by Relinquished is a great and effortless self-buffing knight that only necessitates the Firelink Greatsword and the Pyromancy Flame for the Power Within buff. Rings and armor are also up to the players, but the Firelink Set completes the look.
Use your Weapon Art to engulf your sword in flame, then buff yourself with Power Within to output a ludicrous amount of damage with each swing. The Fume Build by Hiechan is a guaranteed heavy hitter without much effort. One only needs a Fume Ultra Greatsword combined with any rings players want and medium or light armor for easier dodging.
With the heavy stat investment in Strength and Dexterity, each greatsword attack can easily do damage when two-handed.
Using the power of Lightning Blade and your high stats, this build can output as much as 1, damage per hit. Apply Sacred Oath and Lightning Blade for every battle and make quick work of any enemy that stands in your way.
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