Catacombs of the Black Knife in Elden Ring is one of the many dungeons in the Interearth. Inside you can find several unique items and fight immediately with two dangerous opponents “The Black Knives Assassin and the Cemetery Shadow.”
The location is considered quite dangerous and is not recommended for characters below level 50.
This guide will detail how to completely clear the dungeon, and also show how where to find leverto open the door to the boss.
How to find the Black Knife Catacombs in Elden Ring
To find the Catacombs of Black Knives, head to the lands Lake Liurnia. First move to the place of grace Ruined Labyrinth, and then follow the road in a northeasterly direction. In the distance there will be a gorge where the dungeon is located.
In front of the cave entrance Mausoleum Knight You have to kill him to go further. He doesn’t pose much of a threat and is easily killed with the standard hit and run tactic – hit and run when the Knight combos.
How to get through the Black Knife Catacombs in Elden Ring
After going down the stairs, activate the Place of Grace to save in case of sudden death. Continue downhill until you encounter skeletons attacking in close combat.
Once defeated, the skeleton shatters into individual bones, which begin to glow with a ghostly light. Need be sure to hit the bone remains at that moment, otherwise the enemy will respawn and continue to attack. You can also use a weapon charged with holy power to completely destroy the animated corpses.
At the end of the stairs is a locked door and a summoning pool on the left. You need to go into the left passage, pick up the grave lily of the valley and continue to go down further.
Two skeletons will appear at the very bottom of the steps – it is useless to kill them while the necromancer is alive nearby. The sorcerer instantly revives bone corpses after death, forcing you to deal with him first.
How to find the Rosus Ax
On the left is a statue of a demon that hides a secret passage. Using the xiphoid key, you can remove the blockage and go to a secret place. A pair of skeletons with a sword and a bow await the Extinguished One. After destroying them, you need to examine the corpse on the right side of the room and pick up Rosus Ax.
Go back to the corridor in front of the statue and keep moving to the left. Don’t forget to pick up another one grave lily of the valley.
Soon, a trap of moving blades and a pair of skeleton archers will appear ahead, firing from a secluded place. Killing them at a distance will not work – the skeletons quickly respawn, but after their temporary death there will be a few seconds to complete the deadly “puzzle”.
After going further, kill the skeleton swordsman on the right and take grave lily of the valley next to the coffin. On the left side of the room is a staircase down – the descent will lead to the sewers.
Aggressive small crabs will roam the water, which can be killed with one blow.
Approach the corpse on the right to observe the appearance giant crab.
It can deliver powerful side claw strikes – it’s best to attack the crab from a distance, preventing it from getting too close. After killing the enemy, search the corpse and take the runic arc.
Also note that at the exit from the sewers will appear second giant crab.
How to find the Black Knives Killer boss
After killing the crab, return to the room with the moving blades. Wait for the trap platform to descend and climb onto it to climb higher and find a necromancer with a skeleton guard.
After dealing with him, follow the road, killing the skeletons and another sorcerer.
Then go into the room with the Skeleton Warrior on the right and the Skeleton Archer on the left. After they die, go forward to hit the back wall in the middle of the room.
The illusory wall will disappear and open the way to the first boss of the dungeon, the Black Knife Assassin. Having crossed the foggy veil, get ready to immediately start a hard fight (read about ways to defeat him in a separate guide).
How to open the door to the Shadow of the Graveyard boss
To open the door to the main boss of the Black Knife Catacombs, you must find the lever in the same sewer where the giant crabs were.
The lever will be located on the south wall behind the grate and open the locking mechanism that will not allow you to go through the door at the beginning of the dungeon.
You need to go to the lever through the second descent into the sewer – it is located on right from the passage to the first boss.
You just need to press the lever, then open the grate with another lever and return to the initial part of the Catacombs to go through the opened door.
How to kill the Shadow of the Graveyard boss
Ahead awaits the main boss of the Catacombs of the Black Knife – Shadow of the Cemetery.
A dark humanoid with white eyes holds a black sword and immediately attacks the protagonist. He instantly moves around the room in short teleportations and is capable of dealing heavy damage with a successful attack. The boss can use the following tricks:
- combo attack – The shadow unleashes a quick series of targeted strikes that can temporarily stun the character.
- Side kick – The boss unleashes a wide range charged attack, dealing heavy damage. After losing a significant amount of health, he will be able to use several side attacks in a row.
- Web Shot – the opponent throws back his head and creates a ball of green substance to spit it out towards the main character. A successful hit immobilizes the victim for a few seconds, making them helpless against the boss’s attack.
- capture – the most annoying boss skill. The shadow instantly travels to the Extinguished One and bites him, dealing massive damage over time. The attack is very difficult to dodge, and a character with low health can die from a single grab.
Weapon of the Shadow summons bleeding effect on the Extinguished, and Lightning Shock Flurry prevents the use of a flask of health regeneration. An additional problem will be three respawning skeletonsto help attack the player.
Using combat magic and ranged weapons has low efficiency – boss moving too fast teleports and easily dodges most spells. And the helper skeletons, in turn, will not allow you to aim and make an accurate shot.
The most effective melee tactic is to carefully attack after heavy blows of the enemy and slowly reduce his health. The charged attacks of the boss can be canceled if you attack him in time with a fast weapon.
Worth it in the first place get rid of the skeletons – otherwise they will constantly get under your feet and attack from the back. For this it is better to summon spirits or other playersto distract the main enemy and kill his bone servants.
The most important – don’t stand still, otherwise the Shadow will be able to paralyze the Extinguished One with webs or perform an instant grab. Most static spells are almost useless, from magic it is better to use area attacks.
Drops for killing an enemy Ashes of the Mage of Double Wisdom (summoning spirit), and in a nearby chest you can pick up Root of Death.
What to do if skeletons do not die in the Catacombs of the Black Knife
Some players, having found themselves in the Catacombs of the Black Knife, faced an unexpected problem – skeletons did not die.
The first thing everyone needs to know is this is not a bug.
Restart the game or, for example, update the progress of the world using places of grace NOT need. To solve the sudden “immortality” of enemies, it is enough to go deep into the catacombs to find an elite necromancercontrolling opponents, and kill him.
As soon as the sorcerer is defeated, the skeletons will again become “mortal”.