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Royal Swordsman is an enemy in Dark Souls 2.

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The Royal Swordsman were chosen from the bravest of King Vendrick's men, and provided them with the best armor available for the war against the Giants. However, very few survived the battles. While they may be no match for Giants, they still pose a threat when they attack you in numbers

Royal Swordsmen are encountered in The Lost Bastille and Drangleic Castle. They are often found in teams of around 3-4 soldiers and they will work together to overwhelm the player. They wield greatswords and crossbows.
Though both of them look alike, the Castle variant are more aggressive and can do more damage. Standing their ground when using the crossbow and switching weapons only when the player approaches within a few units of distance.

They are weak to Thrust (i.e. Spears) type attacks.



Strategy tips


  • Royal Swordsmen are weak individually but they work in teams and can easily overwhelm the player if they trap them in a corner. Greatsword wielding soldiers will attempt to rush the player while their comrades armed with crossbows will open fire from a distance.
These enemies have low poise and are easily staggered. It is advisable to use ranged attacks to thin their numbers when they assault the player in a group

Variants


Variants One

HP
Weak
Resists
Respawns?
NG: 400
NG+: 900
NG+7: 1,200
Thrust Attacks
Magic
Lightning
Fire
Dark
Yes
Location: Lost Bastille
NG: Yes
Move set
  • Overhead Slash: Swings downward .
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
  • Stab
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
  • Double slash
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
  • Pommel Bash: Bashes with hilt of greatsword.
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
Drops

Variant Two

HP
Weak
Resists
Respawns?
NG: 600
NG+: 850
NG+7: 1,630
Thrust Attacks
Magic
Lightning
Fire
Dark
Yes
Location: Sinner's Rise, Shrine of Winter, Drangleic Castle
NG: yes
Move set
  • Overhead Slash: Swings downward .
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
  • Stab
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
  • Double slash
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
  • Pommel Bash: Bashes with hilt of greatsword.
    • Physical Damage
    • Can be blocked
Drops








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