Heide Knight

HP NG: ~1250
NG+: ~2,125
NG+7: ~ 5,200
Weakness ?
Resistance ?
Respawns No (Yes in Heide's Tower of Flame)

Heide Knight is an enemy in Dark Souls 2. They are first encountered after climbing a ladder beyond the The Crestfallen's Retreat bonfire. 


Heide Knight Information

"Heide Knights served as protectors for the ancient Heide kingdom. However, their land sunk into the sea long ago, and only time distortion could explain their presence in Drangleic.
Heide Knights' equipment is made of a special alloy that is incredibly durable. Even after thousands of years, weapons and armors found in game have not deteriorated.
Heide Knights are non-hostile until attacked by players.
Heide Knights have high HP, swift attacks and movement, and deal significant damage. They can surprise and stagger players with their combos.
Heide Knights, although proficient in close ranged combat, have no ranged attacks. They can also be parried and backstabbed.






Strategy Tips

  • The Lost Bastille: Don't let him fall off the edge. If you do, the item drops in the water and you can't get it.
    A good strategy for beating them is to bait their attacks and get in a couple swings, as well as back stab fishing when an opening is available. You can also try using a guard break as your opening attack on the knight; if it lands he will stand up and begin to stagger away in a dazed state, leaving him wide open for an easy backstab. Or you can back off from him, and when he start running to get you, you do a power attack staggering him and then roll away from him.


Move Set

  • Sword Move Set:
    • Slash: usually comes in two's and three's. they swing around clumsily but also fast. 
      • blockable
    • Backslash: If you stand behind them, they will quickly slash behind as well. They also do this after backstabs.
      • blockable
  • Spear Move Set:
    • Jab and Spin: They will jab once before spinning with their spear
      • blockable 
    • Swing and Stab: they with swing twice before jumping forward to stab you with the spear
      • blockable



  • In Scholar of the First Sin, they appear in Heide's tower, and, while generally non-hostile to begin with, some do attack on sight, and the rest will become hostile and roam the area after the Dragon Rider is killed. They no longer have a 100% drop.
  • They attack fast but its easy to get backstabs on them if you keep moving right. Its also really easy to parry their swings. Unless your weapon can stagger them this is a really easy way to kill them without getting hit. 



  • The breathing noise they make is the same as that of King Vendrick. It is unknown what this means lore-wise.



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    • Anonymous

      I've farmed for this mfs sword for the past 4 hours and my results have been no swords a large tendency to kill myself

      • Anonymous

        "The breathing noise they make is the same as that of King Vendrick. It is unknown what this means lore-wise." these lore freaks really sit in front of their pc wondering about the LORE significance of fromsoftware not making an individual breath.ogg for every single enemy in the game

        • Anonymous

          i feel like it couldve been better if FROM didnt add so many of these guys to heide's tower in SOTFS, or at least didnt remove the one in forest of giants. that one was so cool and adding hordes of them just kinda ruins the impact

          • Anonymous

            For the Gutter one - don't die before picking up the item because it disappears completely. Just had this unfortunate incident occur where the knight died of poisoning, but got a fatal stab on me before going down. He was not there when I ran back and the item was gone. Also - thanks, B team. I love this game, but that's a crummy function.

            • Anonymous

              I’ve seen a few comments complaining about how this enemy is unfair, I’m glad the Heidi knights weeded out those filthy casuals

              • Anonymous

                Tried multiple times to backstab, my character animation starts then heide knight just turns and slashes me. haven't been able to land a single backstab so not sure they are able to be backstabbed.

                • Anonymous

                  I need the drop rate on the Armor, i've been farming the tower for 2 days straight and it wont drop i've even used 2 bonfire ascetics

                  • Anonymous

                    These guys are terrifying... Seeing them just chilling and suddenly breathing heavily while walking towards you like freckin possessed zombies is just awesome! Also, why are they impaled by arrows? Some Lore theories?

                    • Anonymous

                      Perhaps someone should add the neutral stance to quick slash attack? Would be more than helpful for newer players to know about that one.

                      • Anonymous

                        Can u get the sword if you died before picking it up after killing the first heides knight in the forrest of the fallen giants?

                        • Anonymous

                          This enemies moveset along with its poise is grossly unfair. His attacks have no wind up making it impossible for the player to react. Very bad enemy design but what else do you expect with DS2.

                          • Anonymous

                            Staggering them in SOTFS doesn't work, just stick to throwables if you can't kill them. I just tested this, also their attacks don't bounce off of shields.

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