Black Skeleton

Health 255
Damage Reduction
241 Magic Attack Reduction -
148 Fire Attack Reduction -
Location Shrine of Storms
Enemy Type Undead
Reward/s 1227 Souls

Black Skeleton is an Enemy in Demon's Souls and Demon's Souls Remake. Enemies have their own behavior and unique attacks, killing enemies provide various drops that reward players with items and souls.


Debatably the hardest type of Skeletons, these enemies make themselves formidable being armor clad and wielding two Katanas dealing huge, quick damage. Nothing can really penetrate their tough armor; even blunt damage is lacking.

Luckily their health bars are rather puny, and are slow to turn around making them extremely vulnerable to backstabs. They are the only source of Pure Bladestone in the game.


Combat Information

  • Horizontal slashes.
  • Right-handed piercing thrust.
  • Dual katanas slash attack.
  • Lunging dual slash attack that causes knockdown.



  • All kinds of ranged strategies work well, be it magic or arrows. The damage will be mediocre but eventually, they usually go down without a fight. Flame Toss works well on the first playthrough of the game, combined with Thief's Ring. On the rare occasion that they run towards you, Warding or Second Chance are very helpful. They ignore stun from most weapons, particularly small ones, though Dragon Bone Smasher is a weapon that works particularly well, as do large hammers like Meat Cleaver and Bramd, if you can weather the damage.

  • Parrying tends to be pretty straightforward - wait until they make any kind of attacking movement, there isn't too much timing involved. Occasionally they do attacks that take longer to come out, and you have to be up close to parry, which can be difficult due to their massive range. Backstabs are usually the most effective methods of takedown, even if they hit you chances are you can still stab them from behind. From there, you can constantly hit them in the back, or even wait between attacks and use another backstab to finish them off. Their turning around is so terribly slow they can't make a comeback from there.

  • As for melee tactics, using Soul Remains to distract them and then going for a critical hit and finish with several quick strikes works very well on the early Black Skeletons. The best way to do this is as follows: stand back, some distance, but within lock-on range. Then run towards them, forcing them to jump and make a killing strike. If you roll at the moment they jump or just run past them while they are in the air, they will miss, and you can turn around for a quick backstab. It's best not to wear the Thief's Ring or use a spell that hides you, because then you have to be closer to make them jump. If this strategy does not work the first time, just back up and try again. Any fast hitting weapon, like a Dagger, soaked in Turpentine or Black Turpentine will work very, very well.

  • Using a Shield to block his attacks will cause him to get pushed back, at this moment you can hit him once or twice and repeat with another block. This is perhaps the most fail-proof and simple strategy against them.


Item Drop

Enemy Variety Item Drops
All Soul Remains
Uchigatana (rare)
Shard of Bladestone
4-2 Chunk of Bladestone (rare)
Pure Bladestone (very rare)
Black Phantom Chunk of Bladestone (rare)
Pure Bladestone (very rare)


Notes & Trivia

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Alfred, Knight of the Tower  ♦  Baby's Nail Black Phantom  ♦  Bearbug  ♦  Bearbug Black Phantom  ♦  Black Skeleton Black Phantom  ♦  Blue Eye Knight  ♦  Blue Eye Knight Black Phantom  ♦  Boletaria Soldier  ♦  Depraved One  ♦  Depraved One Black Phantom  ♦  Dog  ♦  Dregling  ♦  Dregling Black Phantom  ♦  Executioner Miralda Black Phantom  ♦  Fat Official  ♦  Fat Official Black Phantom  ♦  Fire Lizard  ♦  Flying Bearbug  ♦  Gargoyle  ♦  Garl Vinland Black Phantom  ♦  Giant Bearbug  ♦  Giant Depraved One  ♦  Giant Depraved One Black Phantom  ♦  Giant Man Centipede  ♦  Giant Man Centipede Black Phantom  ♦  Giant Mosquito  ♦  Giant Tick  ♦  Gold Skeleton  ♦  Gold Skeleton Black Phantom  ♦  Great Club Black Phantom  ♦  Hawk  ♦  Hoplite  ♦  Imperial Spy  ♦  Large Bearbug  ♦  Long Bow Oolan  ♦  Lord Rydell Black Phantom  ♦  Man Centipede  ♦  Meat Cleaver Black Phantom  ♦  Metas, Knight of the Lance  ♦  Mind Flayer  ♦  Mind Flayer Black Phantom  ♦  Ostrava, of Boletaria Black Phantom  ♦  Phosphorescent Slug  ♦  Plague Baby  ♦  Poison Jelly  ♦  Prisoner  ♦  Prisoner Horde  ♦  Rat  ♦  Reaper  ♦  Red Eye Knight  ♦  Rock Worm  ♦  Satsuki Black Phantom  ♦  Scale Miner Black Phantom  ♦  Scale Miners  ♦  Scirvir, the Wanderer Black Phantom  ♦  Selen Vinland Black Phantom  ♦  Shadowlurker  ♦  Silver Skeleton  ♦  Silver Skeleton Black Phantom  ♦  Storm Beast  ♦  Uchigatana Black Phantom

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    • Anonymous

      Why the f*** do these f***ers chase me to the f***ing ends of the f***ing Earth!!! F***ing re***ds at Bluepoint!!!

      • Anonymous

        Who thought that this Bladestone farming nonsense was a good Idea? And who thought people need that in a remake?!

        • Anonymous

          Fire damage caused them to take a short stagger which is pretty useful but unfortunately it doesn’t stunlock them

          • Anonymous

            What the hell farming these to get chunks is painful. Hit soul level 67 running between the 2 black skeletons and only killed 2 bosses, got 12 pure and 2 chunks in PBWT with provident ring. Not sure its worth it.

            • Anonymous

              As many others have pointed out, the skelly right before the boss in 4-1 definitely drops both Chunks and Pure Bladestone (just got one myself, after 250-300+ kills, even with Providential Ring). I can also confirm that the two black skellies earlier in 4-1 can drop Chunks and Pure as well, as I farmed those two on another character for Pure Bladestone when I misread the wiki entry originally, AND no joke as I was typing this I killed them each once again to check and got another Pure.

              Skelly in 4-2 might have higher drop rate, hard to say as I never bothered to farm it that much since it's easily 2-3x farther than the one above Adjuticator room.

              • Anonymous

                It took me multiple tries but I also got pure bladestone from black skeleton in 4-1 right before the boss. Way quicker route than the hidden path in 4-2 (which I tried loads and didn't get it).

                • Anonymous

                  Dropped the Pure Bladestone from the 4-2 secret passage Black Skeleton on PWWT, in a few tries. I had the Providential Ring equiped. Not sure if I was blessed by the RNG gods or if the droo rate was lowered in the remake.

                  • Anonymous

                    Tested drops using Gold Coin Luck Glitch, Uchigatanas drop practically every time any one of these enemies is defeated. Pure Bladestone and Bladestone Chunks are still extremely rare even with this glitch.

                    • Anonymous

                      I just got two bladestone drops, one right after the other, on the Black Katana skeleton in 4-1 right before the Adjudicator boss room. Maybe about an hour of farming total.

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