Elden Ring Sage’s Cave Guide | How to Beat the Black Invisible Knife Assassin

Elden Ring Sage's Cave Guide | How to Beat the Black Invisible Knife the Assassin

In the vast expanse of The Lands Between, you’ll find caves, dungeons and catacombs. Certain of them are more interesting than others, and a lot is hidden away with some of the most valuable objects in the Elden Ring.

Sage’s Cave is on the Altus Plateau and is filled with mysteries. The Cave brimming with secret paths, mysterious walls, and many chests. This time also, it is clear that none of the Cave’s chests has been locked. Each of them has more treasure and makes Sage’s Cave a must-visit.

There are many hidden pathways. We’ve outlined how to get through the Sage’s Cave within Elden Ring without missing out on any treasures and also how to defeat The Black Knife assassin, who’ll wait for you at the end.

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Sage’s Cave Items

  • Crystal Cave Moss
  • Budding Cave Moss
  • Golden Runes
  • Silver Fireflies
  • Lost Ashes of War
  • Rejuvenating Boluses
  • Silver-Pickled Fowl Foot
  • Nascent Butterfly
  • Black Hood
  • Candletree Wooden Shield
  • Stone sword Key
  • Golden Great Arrow
  • Dragonwound Grease
  • Raptor Talons
  • Raptor’s Black Feathers
  • Skeletal Mask
  • Family Heads
  • Concealing Veil

How do you get through Sage’s Cave?

Begin your journey towards Sage’s Cave by travelling to the abandoned Coffin Site in Grace, which is somewhat to the north to the northeast of Caria Manor.

Sage’s Cave lies slightly to the northeast of Elden Ring. Abandoned Coffin Site of Grace in Elden Ring.

From the Grace ride, take Torrent and take a ride mostly to the north, but always slightly east through this lake. Be wary of enemies as the entrance to the Sage’s Cave is located on the cliff side along the edge of the lake.

It’s dark inside Sage’s Cave, so make sure you have an emergency flashlight or torch on be on hand. Take your Grace within the Cave, and proceed left to the tunnels.

You’ll come to an endpoint; however, if you roll, the wall will vanish. Proceed forward and then to the left. Don’t forget your attention to the Crystal Cave Moss and Budding Cave Moss that are scattered throughout the Cave.

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When you come out of the waterfall, be aware of the skeleton creatures that are lurking. If you turn right, just behind you will be a wall. Then, a secret way will be revealed.

There is a chest and two. The chest to the right has Lost Ashes of War, while the second chest contains revitalizing Boluses hidden inside.

Continue on to the chests, and loot the Golden Runes from the corpses in the Cave’s next area. You can also collect the many Silver Fireflies.

Look to the left and toward the two flames from where the bodies are. The wall in this area is a fake, with many more skeletons. Take a look at the wall and prepare yourself for attack prior to moving forward.

In the room are four additional chests. They are from right to left. They contain Silver-Pickled Fowl FootBlack HoodCandletree Wooden Shield and A nascent butterfly.

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Take the room out and walk left, following another tunnel. Soon you’ll be in the room with a fire and skeletons you must take on. The final part of the room, secured by a skeleton, is a chest that holds the Stonesword key. You’ll have to walk through another wall first to get it, however.

To the right, to the right of the chest and to the left, on the platform made of wood in the room, is a second tunnel you can go through. There are three chests in the room that is small towards the end.

On the chest, which is on its own in the alcove to your left, there is a 10-x Golden Great Arrow. For the two other chests left, the first is filled with Raptor Talons, and the one on the right has 4 Dragonwound Grease inside.

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Continue beyond the room and continue to proceed down the tunnel to the left until you come to the waterfall. Platform to the left, then proceed straight to the right into the tunnel you come across.

There are two additional chests you can open. The left one contains the Black Feathers, and the right one contains the Skeletal Mask.

In this room, begin to roll towards the wall on the right from the chests. In front of you is the yellow mist which will take you to battle Necromancer Garris.

Necromancer Garris isn’t difficult to defeat within Elden Ring.

It’s good to know that he’s an easy fight. Beware of his tricks, and you’ll have no problem fighting him or his skeletal-armadillo buddy. If you take him down, he loses an item called the Heads of the Family Heads object.

Then, you’ll need to begin removing the Black Knife and taking the drop, which can be a difficult task. Return to the waterfall instead of taking one of the tunnels; go until you find the second tunnel, which has an orange mist gate.

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How do you beat the Black Knife Assassin of Sage’s Cave?

Fighting with a Black Knife Assassin is likely to be an uphill battle. The assassins are seen everywhere in The Lands Between. If they’re not pestering you as bosses of dungeons, The principal boss Rennala Queen of the Full Moon summons one, or they’re trying to chase the player around Ordina.

They’re inevitable and one of the most irritating enemies in Elden Ring due to their brutal and vicious nature. 

As you might have discovered in the past, Black Knife Assassins are extremely quick and agile. They can repeatedly attack at a distance and then close it by teleporting short distances and can catch you by surprise when they’re speeding by your position and trying to take you out. In this scenario, combats that are ranged are likely to be nearly impossible to utilize. If you’re using an Intelligence build, go to use using the Moonveil Katana rather than spells in this particular fight.

Overall it is recommended to keep many health flasks in your be on hand, along with any other Talismans that assist in your HP or attack power. The Crimson Dagger, for instance, is an Assassin’s Crimson Dagger that can restore HP when you hit critical targets, and, surprisingly enough, you can get this talisman through a Black Knife Assassin as well.

In this particular battle, the Black Knife Assassin is also invisibly. You can, however, use the Sentry’s Torch item to bring them out, and you can also observe footsteps in the water surrounding the boss’s arena. Pay attention to them as they can inform you when the Assassins are trying to strike.

This fight will require Spirit Ashes, as your summons can also find the place where the Assassins are. If you can determine exactly where the Assassin’s location is and when they’re likely to strike, then you’ll be able to attack them with backstabs. You’ll be unable to keep your eye on the enemy. During this battle, they’re invisible, which means you’ll probably have to do some research before trying to attack them.

Although the Sentry’s Torch and summons are extremely useful in this battle, any other AoE attacks or skills you have can come in handy against this undetectable foe. For instance, the Carian Greatsword or the Carian Greatsword spell or the Rivers of Blood katana skill, Corpse Piler, can be fantastic for this attack due to their broad sweep-cutting slashes.

A Concealing Veil can hide you from attackers when you are crouching.

When the Black KnifeAssassin is defeated, it will release an item called the concealed Veil item.

Sage’s Cave is over. If you want to learn more about the Black Knife Assassin, I would recommend a trip to the Black Knife Catacombs in case you haven’t. For more information on Elden Ring, take a look at our walkthrough for The Lands Between.

Chris Evan was born in Dubai and raised in Montreal. He studied Computer Science and was so pleased with computer languages. He began writing after obsessing over technology.

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