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Once upon a time, these were knights of the realm and carriers of significant status. The long years and a curse seems to have robbed them of their reason and memory. Now, all that remains within that armor is the will to "fight for something, someone, and some matter."
Depending on how much wear and tear they have undergone, they are by turns known as "Shadowy Husks" or "Black Serpent Knights."

The Black Serpents are an elite enemy group. Members of Khaenri'ah's royal guard, they have been since affected by the curse and have lost their memories.

Outside of quests and the Spiral Abyss, they are found in The Chasm: Underground Mines.

In combat, the Black Serpents are fairly durable enemies that use slow elemental attacks. When one of their attacks is fully absorbed by a player's Shield, they will grant themselves and/or other nearby Black Serpents a buff at the cost of a percentage of their current HP.


For Artifact and Weapon drop rates of Elite Enemies, see Loot System/Artifact Drop Distribution and Loot System/Material Drop Distribution.

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The Black Serpents, while considered one group in the Adventurer Handbook, have two subclasses: Shadowy Husks and Black Serpent Knights.

Shadowy Husks
Black Serpent Knights
  • Black Serpent Knight: Rockbreaker Ax Black Serpent Knight: Rockbreaker Ax — Wields dual axes and will enter a rampage state where their damage is converted to Geo and gain a massive defensive improvement when hitting shielded players. Similarly to Fatui Anemoboxers, they can dart to nearby Shadowy Husks and protect them with a shield.
  • Black Serpent Knight: Windcutter Black Serpent Knight: Windcutter — Wields a greatsword and will obtain an ATK increase and the ability to blink away from the next attack upon hitting a shielded player.


Buliwyf, Guardian of The Desolation - Black Serpent Knight: Windcutter - Stony Halls
Spotting the Traveler Craven trespassers... the majestic one's dark curse... is inescapable...
Defeated ...In death... there is awakening...
Skeld, Augur of the Mirrors - Shadowy Husk: Defender - Ad-Hoc Main Tunnel
Spotting the Traveler Enter not, outlander... Do not disturb the sleeping stone from the heavens...
Defeated ...You... do not belong here...
Herger, Jester of Bloody Tears - Shadowy Husk: Line Breaker - The Glowing Narrows
Spotting the Traveler Depart! Depart...! The shadow of the omnipresent struggle is not something you can bear!
Defeated ...The echoes of the end... will never... subside...
Haltaf, The Young - Shadowy Husk: Standard Bearer - The Serpent's Cave
Spotting the Traveler ...O guest from the false land, it is time to face the truth...!
Defeated ...Truth voided, justice inverted... O partisan heavens...
Hyglacg, Rebuked Servant - Shadowy Husk: Line Breaker - Underground Waterway
Spotting the Traveler ...Even the ominous thing that came down from the heavens shall be ours to use...
Defeated ...Shatter... Shatter... this chaotic illusion... our resurgence... shall not be barred...
Roneth, Banished Knight - Shadowy Husk: Defender - The Glowing Narrows
Spotting the Traveler ...Who art thou to stop us... We shall cleanse the tainted things from the skies... with sacred blood...!
Defeated ...The heaven's judgment... the needle of retribution... Never... forget...
Edgetho, Breaker of the Oath of Silence - Black Serpent Knight: Windcutter - Underground Waterway
Spotting the Traveler ...Companion of that tyrant, "fate," the traveler known as "calamity"...
Defeated ...No one remembers... that which has passed away...
Serkir, Scribe of Swords - Shadowy Husk: Defender - Nameless Ruins
Spotting the Traveler ...Envoy of the heavens, allow me to greet you — with a vengeance!
Defeated ...A hollow victory over despair... is the greatest dejection of all...
Rethel, Slain of the Split Bow - Black Serpent Knight: Windcutter - The Glowing Narrows
Spotting the Traveler Why do you tarry in this place, Traveler? ...There is only death here, only memorials to injustice...
Defeated ...Void emptiness... everything is... void...


These silent monsters were originally members of Khaenri'ah's Royal Guard under their captain Dainsleif before the nation's fall. Ever since the cataclysm, they have been suffering from their curse, losing most of their humanity in the process. Depending on how far they've degraded, they're either referred to as Shadowy Husks or Black Serpent Knights.

A group of Black Serpent Knights gathered at the Chasm's mines, led by Halfdan. Although the group was suffering the curse, they were still able to remember Dainsleif's order to protect the people of Khaenri'ah at all costs. Large groups of hilichurls, former civilians of Khaenri'ah, were making their way to the underground depths of the present-day Chasm, somehow aware of a special fountain inside, which was able to remove some of the curse. The group is eventually discovered by the Traveler and Dainsleif; the former was investigating hilichurl activity, while the latter had been pursuing an Abyss Herald. They stumbled upon some hilichurls, before a group of knights attacked them, believing them to be hostiles and were unable to recognize Dainsleif. However, Halfdan was able to recognize him and ordered the knights to stand down, leading them to various areas in the Chasm.

At the same time, the Abyss Order, aware of the fountain's properties, attempts to use an amplification device in the hopes that they could restore the consciousness of those affected by the curse, despite being aware that the chances of success were low. The device instead causes pain to the knights and hilichurls, but Halfdan sacrifices his life to stop the device and passes on peacefully. The status of the remaining knights are not known.

In Sumeru, one of the Schwanenritter, Ynghildr, was presumably lost while fighting abyssal monsters during the cataclysm. Instead, she was corrupted into a Black Serpent Knight and eventually returns to the Ruin Golem in Devantaka Mountain, guarding a control module of the semi-operational golem. The Traveler encounters her while activating various relays in the golem and defeats her.




Video Guides[]

12 Shadowy Husks

Other Languages[]

The Black Serpents

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishThe Black Serpents
Black Serpent Group
Black Serpent Group
Korean 무리
Heuk Baem Muri
Black Serpent Group
SpanishGuardias Serpiente NegraBlack Serpent Guards
FrenchLes Serpents noirsThe Black Serpents
RussianЧёрные Змеи
Chyornyye Zmei
The Black Serpents
ThaiBlack Serpent
VietnameseHắc XàHắc Xà
GermanSchwarze Schlangen
IndonesianThe Black Serpents
PortugueseSerpentes Negras
TurkishKara YılanlarThe Black Snakes
ItalianI Serpenti neriThe Black Snakes

Black Serpent Knight

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishBlack Serpent Knight
Hēishé Qíshì
Black Serpent Knight
Hēishé Qíshì
Kokuja Kishi‍[!][!]
Black Serpent Knight
Korean 기사기사
Heuk Baem Gisa
Black Serpent Knight
SpanishCaballero Serpiente NegraBlack Serpent Knight
FrenchChevalier des Serpents noirsKnight of the Black Serpents
RussianРыцарь Чёрного Змея
Rytsar' Chyornogo Zmeya
Black Serpent Knight
ThaiBlack Serpent Knight
VietnameseKỵ SĩKỵ Sĩ Hắc XàHắc XàBlack Serpent Knight
GermanSchwarzer SchlangenreiterBlack Serpent Rider
IndonesianBlack Serpent Knight
PortugueseCavaleiro da Serpente Negra
TurkishKara Yılan Şövalyesi
ItalianCavaliere del Serpente neroKnight of the Black Snake

Change History[]

Version 4.5
  • Fixes an issue whereby the defeat animation of the enemy "Black Serpent Knight" would play abnormally in certain situations.

Version 3.5

Version 2.6

Version 2.5