How to Defeat Black Blade Kindred in Elden Ring

 

Black Blade Kindred is a challenging boss in the Curse of the Kindred dungeon available in the Elden Root instance. This article will explain how to defeat Black Blade Kindred and his second form, ShadowBlade Kindred, as well as their minions and final third form, Hooded Black Blade Kindred. We have all the details you need on beating this tricky boss right here.

How to Beat Black Blade Kindred

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Black Blade Kindred is one of the two bosses in the Curse of the Kindred dungeon. You’ll fight this boss in the first encounter, after you’ve opened the seal in the middle of the room. This fight takes place in two stages: the first form of Black Blade Kindred, and then a second form called ShadowBlade Kindred. During the first stage of the fight, you’ll need to avoid the blades that Black Blade Kindred fires at you, and then hit them with a melee attack to deflect them back at him. The second stage of the fight is a little more complicated. You’ll have to defeat ShadowBlade Kindred’s minions, the Echoes of the Past, before you can even damage ShadowBlade Kindred. The Echoes of the Past are copies of the enemies you’ve faced in the dungeon so far. You’ll face a mixture of Rages and Shadowy Echoes. Shadowy Echoes are more powerful versions of the Rages you’ve faced, so they will take a little more effort to defeat. Once you’ve defeated the Echoes of the Past, ShadowBlade Kindred will appear. At this point, you’ll need to avoid his blades, and then hit them back at him with a melee attack.

Tips for Defeating Black Blade Kindred

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When you first enter the room, you should focus your attacks on killing the Echoes of the Past before they destroy the Seal. If the Seal is broken, you’ll have to retry the dungeon. If you’re having trouble fighting the Echoes of the Past, try to focus on one at a time. Eventually, you should be able to kill all of them, which will cause ShadowBlade Kindred to appear. When fighting ShadowBlade Kindred, you should try to get behind him as often as possible. The spirits are blocking the entrance to the middle of the room, so you’ll only be able to hit him from the front. ShadowBlade Kindred is immune to crowd control effects like Break Free, so you’ll need to deal damage to him as quickly as possible.

ShadowBlade Kindred Minions – Guide

You’ll face a mixture of Rages and Shadowy Echoes when you first enter the room to face the minions. Rages are weaker versions of the cyclops you’ve faced throughout the dungeon, so they shouldn’t give you too many problems. Shadowy Echoes are more powerful versions of the cyclops you’ve faced, so they will take a little more effort to defeat. Rages will charge at you, dealing a large amount of damage if they hit you. They can also stun you, immobilizing you so you’re unable to fight back. You’ll need to move away from the Rage as soon as you see it charging at you. Cyclops Echoes have a weak ranged attack, and they’re also immune to crowd control effects like Break Free, so you’ll have to kill them quickly.

Final Form: Hooded Black Blade Kindred

The final form of the fight is a mixture of Black Blade Kindred and ShadowBlade Kindred. You’ll see Hooded Black Blade Kindred firing blades at you, and you’ll also see him surrounded by spirits. You’ll need to avoid Hooded Black Blade Kindred’s blades, and then hit them back at him with a melee attack so they bounce off the Seal. At the same time, you’ll need to destroy the spirits with a ranged attack so they don’t break the Seal. When you break enough spirits to kill them all, Hooded Black Blade Kindred will be defeated and you can claim your loot.

Item Drops From Black Blade and ShadowBlade Kindred

You can earn a wide variety of items from Black Blade Kindred and ShadowBlade Kindred. You might be able to earn a piece of Black Blade or ShadowBlade armor, or a weapon from the Black Blade or ShadowBlade line. You might even earn a piece of the Black Blade or ShadowBlade Head, Armors, or Legs set! Black Blade armor gives you 8% increased critical strike chance, while ShadowBlade armor gives you 10%. The weapon drops from these bosses deal Physical damage, and they have a chance of applying a poison effect to enemies. Black Blade weapons drop with a chance of 18%, while ShadowBlade weapons drop with a chance of 15%, and Hooded Black Blade weapons drop with a chance of 10%.

Conclusion

The Curse of the Kindred dungeon is a challenging three-boss dungeon that you can find in the Elden Root instance. You’ll first have to fight Black Blade Kindred in the first encounter, and then ShadowBlade Kindred in the second encounter. You’ll face a mixture of Rages and Shadowy Echoes when you first enter the room to face the minions. You’ll need to avoid the blades that Hooded Black Blade Kindred fires at you, and then hit them with a melee attack so they bounce off the Seal. When you break enough spirits to kill them all, Hooded Black Blade Kindred will be defeated and you can claim your loot.

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How To Defeat Black Blade Kindred