It is one of several dungeons in Limgrave that has a Black Knife Assassin. To know more about it, read our Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon guide.

It’s yet another catacomb full of undead creatures in Elden Ring that want to slice you up, as you can see by its name. The area isn’t particularly difficult, but you might miss it since it’s located in West Limgrave’s northern part. Once you cross over a small encampment of enemy soldiers and dogs, you will find it on the northeast side of the Warmaster’s Shack site of grace.

When you find it, you will see a ghostly NPC standing beside it along with a door. Simply walk through that door and activate the site of grace. The crypt is now open for exploration. To know more, read our Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon guide.

Open the gate
Opening the gate (YouTube)
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Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon guide: Location

In Limgrave, just east of Stormveil Castle, there is a place called the Deathtouched Catacombs. In order to reach it, head north into the forest after fast traveling to the Warmaster’s Shack. Continue along the castle wall to the east in order to reach it. You must then safely descend the valley below once you have reached the two cliff edges. Find the entrance on the side you’re currently on. There is a Ghost seated next to a set of double doors.

How to start

From the site of grace, you’ll need to open a large locked door, which is located at the bottom of the stairs. The Root Resin should be on the right side of that door, and there will be stairs leading down to the left. You’ll encounter the first of many skeletons who will reassemble themselves and attack you as you descend those stairs.

When you reach the bottom of these steps, look to your right for another skeleton. After you beat those up and continue descending, you’ll come upon Grave Glovewort. More skeletons will appear, and you must deal with them as well. There are now two options for you. A tiny hall may be found on the right. Stairs await you on the left.

Fight with skeletons in Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon
Fighting with skeletons (YouTube)
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More skeletons will attack you

There are two more skeletons to your right, one of which will shoot arrows at you. You are also going to find a Grave Glovewort under the stairs. As you continue down the hallway, you’ll find two more Grave Gloveworts and a Grave Violet at the end. When you go to grab the weapons, you’ll be attacked by two more skeletons. Simply kill them, then make your way through the left entrance.

This is indicated by the high platform seen as you depart the entryway. You’ll come across a body wielding the Uchigatana sword, which you may know if you’ve played any of FromSoftware’s prior titles. When you take it up, a skeleton with a bow will appear, so you should beat it up. At the other end of the platform, a sprig of Grave Glovewort grows. After obtaining these two things, you will find yourself in a chamber full of skeletons.

Kill the skeletons permanently

You will have to deal with skeletons as your main enemies in this. You will encounter some of them with swords, while others will fire arrows at you with bows. When you knock the skeleton down and deplete its health bar, the skeleton will start to get back up again. You must smash the glowing parts of them on the ground to prevent them from regenerating.

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Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon guide: Boss Preparation

Pull the lever at the western end of this crypt to open the heavy door once the room full of skeletons has been cleared. Bloodrose will be found on a body, as well as another grave violet that can be collected. Back at your hotel room, you will notice that a whole group of skeletons has appeared. 

Bloodrose in Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon
Collect Bloodrose (YouTUbe)

Return to where you entered the catacombs and either kill or run past them until you reach the eastern door. Because the old door is now open, you may finally confront the boss. Fill your flasks in the place of grace if you’re low on fluids, then brace yourself for a long boss battle.

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How to beat Black Knife Assassin

Now that you’re beyond the yellow fog gate, you must face the Black Knife Assassin. Elden Ring contains this particular boss a few times, although this is the easiest version. The health bar on this boss will be missing a large chunk when this fight begins for some reason. Daggers will be used to hit you fast with some stabs and slashes. 

To deal with this boss, you need to immediately overwhelm it with damage. Because it lacks poise, if you whack it strongly enough, it will stagger. It might help to summon a spirit such as the Lone Wolf Ashes, as that should give you the help you need to defeat it. The Black Knife Assassin can easily be defeated by keeping your distance from it and not losing any health.

Fight with Black Knife Assasin in Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon
Fight with Black Knife Assasin

Deathtouched Catacombs Dungeon guide: Rewards 

In addition to 1600 runes, you will also receive the Assassin’s Crimson Dagger talisman, which heals the target when it suffers a critical hit. You will find a chest at the end of this room that contains some Deathroot, which can be traded with Gurranq, the Beast Clergyman who can be found at the Bestial Sanctum in Caelid. Now that you’ve seen everything in the Deathtouched Catacombs, it’s time to head back to the entrance.

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