Black Knight Halberd Any%

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This is an overview of the current Black Knight Halberd (BKH) Dark Souls Any% route. Note, that this does not include any safety strategies for people learning the route.

Overview

Asylum Demon

  • Start as Hunter with Master Key.
  • Unequip the Straight Sword Hilt and drop it as you open the Asylum door.
  • Pick up the Shortsword and the Shortbow (not the Leather Shield).
  • Kill Asylum Demon, fly to Firelink.

Belfry Gargoyles

  • Take the elevator to New Londo Ruins, use the Humanity (dupe it if you can).
  • Make your way through the Valley of Drakes.
  • Pick up the Soul of a Proud Knight at the Undead Dragon.
  • Climb up the ladder near the drakes and grab the Red Tearstone Ring (RTSR).
  • Roll off and roll three times towards the bridge. Run accross the bridge to the elevator.
  • Pop the Soul of a Proud Knight (dupe it once to skip killing Oswald later on) on the elevator, equip the RTSRRed Tearstone Ring and unequip your armor.
  • Grab and equip the Grass Crest Shield and make the Black Knight fall off, giving you the BKHBlack Knight Halberd.
  • Run towards the Undead Parish, kill the Crystal Lizard and buy a Battle Axe from Andre of Astora.
  • Level 18 Strength (up to 20 if you duped the Soul of a Proud Knight).
  • Get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range by backstepping through the Berenike Knight's attack.
  • Kill Gargoyles, ring the bell, use one Estus Flask and drop down to Oswald of Carim for RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range.
  • Buy 2 Homeward Bones, then kill Oswald of Carim (unless you duped the soul earlier) and use a Homeward Bone.

Chaos Witch Quelaag & Centipede Demon & The Bed of Chaos

  • Level 22 Strength and 18 Dexterity.
  • Drop unused weapons on the elevator towards Firelink Shrine. Drop down to get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range. Pick up the 6 Firebombs and the 3 Humanities on the way.
  • Kill Lautrec of Carim (2 normal attacks), pick up the Ring of Favor and Protection (FAP ring) and take the elevator to New Londo Ruins.
  • Equip the FAP ringRing of Favor and Protection and pop the Twin Humanity.
  • Pick up the Estoc, turn around and make your way to Blighttown.
  • Use the Blighttown drop and the poison to get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range.
  • Equip the BKHBlack Knight Halberd as you go through the foggate.
  • Kill Quelaag, hitting her in the torso to stunlock her if possible.
  • Ring the second bell, drop down the hole and go to the Demon Ruins.
  • Ceaseless Skip.
  • Firesage Skip.
  • Kill Centipede Demon.
  • Equip Orange Charred Ring and run to The Bed of Chaos.
  • Kill The Bed of Chaos with Tokhi Bombs and Homeward Bone back to Undead Parish.

Great Grey Wolf Sif

  • Level up to 25 Endurance and 27 Strength.
  • Upgrade the BKHBlack Knight Halberd to +2, buy the Crest of Artorias and the Weapon Smithbox from Andre of Astora.
  • Use the Titanite Demon to get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring Range (2 non-blocked counter hits).
  • Pick up the Stone Armor.
  • Equip the BKHBlack Knight Halberd as Sif's door opens, pick up the Hornet Ring.
  • Kill Sif then use the Darksign without waiting.

Iron Golem

  • Head through Sen's Fortress, don't pick anything up, get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range with Boulder Skip (don't need any armor).
  • Kill Iron Golem by knocking him off the edge, two R1-R1 combos to his legs should do it.

Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough

  • Rest at the Anor Londo bonfire, don't level up anything.
  • Run through the rafters and past the Silver Knight archers (you can kill the archer easily with the halberd).
  • Get RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range from the Silver Knight at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Jump over the railing of the stairs and moveswap the BKHBlack Knight Halberd with the Estoc.
  • Kill Ornstein, then Super Smough.
  • Kill Gwynevere with the bow, dupe a Homeward Bone and warp to Firelink Shrine.

Seath the Scaleless

  • Place the Lordvessel and warp to Anor Londo using it. Head to The Duke's Archives.
  • Dupe Soul of Sif twice on each elevator.
  • Duke Skip.
  • Use falls to get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range, kill the three Crystal Lizards. Save & Quit if you miss any.
  • Try and avoid having clams in your Seath fight.
  • Shoot the Primordial Crystal with your bow and kill Seath with R1s (don't combo them).
  • Pop Soul of Sif and Homeward Bone out.

Pinwheel & Gravelord Nito

  • Upgrade the BKHBlack Knight Halberd to +4, level up to 32 Endurance and 24 Vitality. Warp to Firelink Shrine.
  • Head towards the Catacombs, moveswap before Pinwheel.
  • Kill Pinwheel.
  • Equip the Grass Crest Shield and the BKHBlack Knight Halberd on the next ladder.
  • Kill the Crystal Lizard.
  • Equip Stone Armor as you go through the Nito foggate.
  • Kill Nito, unequip armor, then Homeward Bone back to Firelink Shrine.

Four Kings

  • Level up the BKHBlack Knight Halberd to +5. Warp to Firelink Shrine.
  • Seal Skip (make sure to remove your FAP ringRing of Favor and Protection before doing the RTSRRed Tearstone Ring setup).
  • Go towards Four Kings, make sure you have the Covenant of Artorias equipped.
  • Moveswap in The Abyss.
  • Kill Four Kings (2 kings: [1 running attack + 1 R1 (3 hits in total), then 1 running attack + 2 R1s on the death animation hitbox] x 2). Darksign back.

Gwyn, Lord of Cinder

  • Enter the Kiln of the First Flame.
  • Get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range by Toggle Escaping a running backstab from the first Black Knight.
  • Exchange Covenant of Artorias for Hornet Ring as you go through the foggate.
  • Kill Gwyn (2 ripostes will kill him).