Black Knight and Dread Knight

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Necropolis creatures
Level 1
Skeleton Skeleton
Skeleton Warrior Skeleton Warrior
Level 2
Walking Dead Walking Dead
Zombie Zombie
Level 3
Wight Wight
Wraith Wraith
Level 4
Vampire Vampire
Vampire Lord Vampire Lord
Level 5
Lich Lich
Power Lich Power Lich
Level 6
Black Knight Black Knight
Dread Knight Dread Knight
Level 7
Bone Dragon Bone Dragon
Ghost Dragon Ghost Dragon
Castle Rampart Tower
Inferno Necropolis Dungeon
Stronghold Fortress Conflux
Cove Factory
Black Knight
 Cost per troop 


Attack 16
Defense 16
Damage 15–30
Health 120
Speed 7
Movement Ground
Size 2
Growth 2
AI Value 2087
 Special abilities:
Curses enemies
Dread Knight
 Cost per troop 


Attack 18
Defense 18
Damage 15–30
Health 120
Speed 9
Movement Ground
Size 2
Growth 2
AI Value 2382
 Special abilities:
Curses enemies
Death blow attack
Hall of Darkness  

Black and Dread Knights are the level 6 creatures of Necropolis. They are recruited from the Hall of Darkness.

"Knights have a chance of cursing opponents they strike. Cursed creatures inflict only minimum damage in their own attacks. Dread knights' attacks also have a 20% chance of inflicting double damage death blows." RoE manual

Special Abilities[edit]

Special Ability: Curse[edit]

Black and Dread Knights have a 25% chance to curse their target stack for three rounds. This ability uses the Curse spell. However, Fiery Fields terrain does not affect creature spells. The ability is affected by the Magic Plains.

Special Ability: Death Blow[edit]

Dread Knights' special ability death blow gives them 20% chance of dealing double base damage when attacking a creature stack. The game information states that Dread Knights would deal double damage when the death blow occurs, but that is not technically correct as it only doubles the base damage. In other words, bonuses from Offense, Luck or attack-defense difference are not doubled. See damage calculation for more specific information about the matter.

Heroes with a specialty[edit]

  • Tamika Tamika the Death Knight has black knights as a specialty, which increases the Attack and Defense skills of any Black Knights or Dread Knights for each level attained after 6th level, and gives them a speed bonus of 1.
  • Lord Haart Lord Haart the Death Knight Map Editor increases the Attack and Defense skills of any Black Knights or Dread Knights +5 and damage +10.


A Dread Knight appears at the beginning of the Corporeal Punishment scenario from the Long Live the King campaign in Restoration of Erathia.

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Some may find the information in this section subjective or irrelevant.

The Dread Knights are considered to be the best level 6 unit, alongside the Naga Queens. They also have the highest attack, defense and health for a level 6 unit, accompanied by the largest damage range and max damage (together with the Naga Queens who have a fixed damage value). However, the weaknesses of the Bone and Ghost Dragons compensates for their strength.

They should be used as a powerful striking force, since they will both deal much damage to the enemy and also resist attacks pretty well.

In one-on-one combat with no stats bonus, a Dread Knight defeats a Naga Queen only if their Death Blow triggers.

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