Black Phantoms

General Information

A Black Phantom (BP1) is a special form of some enemy that is stronger and more dangerous than normal. You can easily distinguish a Black Phantom by its appearance; a Soul like black body with a red aura.

Even if it appears to be a human and perhaps even a friend you have met, Black Phantoms are always hostile and will single mindedly seek your death. Black Phantoms can also be another Online player who has invaded your world to kill you in Player vs Player combat!

Under certain circumstances, some types of enemies and many NPCs have a Black Phantom form which appears. Creating the right conditions to encounter and defeat the NPCs in Black Phantom form is necessary to obtain certain unique items, and therefore earn several of the Trophies.

Behavior

Game controlled Black Phantoms have the same abilities, weaknesses, attack behavior and movements as the normal enemy type which they mirror.

Compared to their non Black Phantom form, they will also have more HP and more powerful attacks. They are also more alert and will pursue more aggressively.

black phantom boss
a real player Black Phantom summoned by the Old Monk

Types of Black Phantom

There are different categories of Black Phantoms which you may encounter. They follow different rules determining when they appear and what the effect of killing them will be.

Invading Player

While playing online in Body Form, any player might be invaded by another player as a Black Phantom.

When they appear

Any location in a World, as long as the invaded player is Online and in Body Form. An area where the Boss has been defeated can't be invaded.

Instance

As mentioned above.

Result when destroyed

Shifts World Tendency and Character Tendency towards White.

Black World Tendency additional enemy

When they appear

In a world at Black World Tendency or lower, these Black Phantoms appear in addition to the usual enemies.

Instance

Result when destroyed

Guaranteed to drop an item.

Named Pure Black World Tendency NPC

Black Phantom forms of NPCs which you may encounter in Body Form at other times.

When they appear

If World Tendency is Pure Black. They will not reappear after being killed.

Instance

Result when destroyed

Strongly shifts both Character Tendency and World Tendency towards White, but only if directly killed by the player. Other damage (poison, falling etc) will not adjust Character Tendency. The death of the phantom unavoidably changes World Tendency.

Nameless NPC

These are NPC Black Phantoms that you will always encounter in a specific location in each World.

When they appear

Always appear in each playthrough. They will not reappear after being killed.

Instance

Result when destroyed

Whichever of these Black Phantoms is killed first in a New Game will drop the Black Eye Stone.
One ought to be careful while fighting the Great Club Black Phantoms in World 2-2, as it's possible for them to fall down the nearby elevator shaft where their drop can't be retrieved.

Recurring additional enemy

Some normal enemy Black Phantoms reappear every time the player enters a world.

When they appear

Each time the player enters the world. Not dependant on World Tendency.

Instance

Result when destroyed

Guaranteed to drop an item

Black Phantom Garl Vinland

When they appear

After Maiden Astraea is defeated, when World Tendency is Pure White. As part of the quest from his sister, Selen Vinland.

Instance

Result when destroyed

Drops the Crest Of Vinland and the Bramd.

Black Phantom Ostrava of Boletaria

When they appear

As the player approaches the elevator to Old King Allant.

Instance

Result when destroyed

Drops the Rune Sword and Rune Shield.

Old Monk summoned

The Old Monk Archdemon of the Tower of Latria will summon a Black Phantom to fight on his behalf.

When they appear

As the player ascends the tower in 3-3, the Old Monk will attempt to summon another player. When Online, any player that currently has a Blue Eye Stone, Black Eye Stone or Red Eye Stone placed anywhere in Latria may be summoned. That is providing they are in the Soul Level Range of the invaded player. That other player will become the Black Phantom Boss for this session. They will have the boss's HP and an automatic Homing Soul Arrow Spell casting.
If the player facing the Boss is offline or there are no Online players available, then the default Claws wielding NPC Black Phantom will be provided by the game. This phantom will automatically cast Homing Soul Arrow at some point after taking damage. The strength of his Homing Soul Arrow will increase as his HP decreases. He may eventually cast a full strength, five orb Homing Soul Arrow when at low health, if given the chance. He may also on occasion cast Soul Arrow.

Instance

Result when destroyed

As with a normal boss fight.

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