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A death knight was a mighty undead warrior created by gods of death or other malevolent forces. They were most commonly created from evil humanoids who in life had been blackguards, fighters, rangers, barbarians, and even paladins fallen from grace.[3]


A death knight appeared similar to how it appeared in life, but it had a decayed body with rotting flesh and pinpoints of light in place of eyes. A death knight often wore fine clothing and armor, especially capes, as a mark of importance. A death knight struck fear into the hearts of weaker creatures.[3]


A death knight often rode a nightmare into battle and had a variety of undead servants, such as skeletons, wights, zombies. More powerful death knights had more servants.[3]

Notable Death Knights[]


See Also[]


Undermountain: Maddgoth's CastleExpedition to UndermountainWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad MageBaldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Elminster Must DieBury Elminster Deep
Referenced only
The Paladins
Video games
Dungeon HackEye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth DrannorNeverwinter Nights 2
Board Games
Tyrants of the Underdark: Aberrations and Undead
Card Games
AD&D Trading Cards
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
Unusual OppositionPools of CeruleanMoving DayHonors Unforeseen


Further Reading[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 47. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), pp. 207–209. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 52. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. Don Turnbull (1981). Fiend Folio. (TSR Hobbies), p. 23. ISBN 0-9356-9621-0.
  6. George Krashos (August 2006). “Impiltur: The Forgotten Kingdom”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #346 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 70.
  7. Template:Cite book/Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus