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The Knight is a hero encountered in Dungeon Keeper, Dungeon Keeper 2, and Dungeon Keeper Online (in which its name translates to Paladin).

In Dungeon Keeper, he often acts as the Lord of the Land. He is even tankier than the Dragon, and has the Rebound spell to boot, making him very difficult to defeat at higher levels.

In Dungeon Keeper 2, he is just another unit, the goodly counterpart to the Black Knight.

Dungeon Keeper[]

Knight in Dungeon Keeper

The Knight as it appears in Dungeon Keeper

Dungeon Keeper Knight movement animation

Ingame animation of the Knight

"A traditional knight, excellent at hand-to-hand combat. He is the sworn enemy of the Horned Reaper and they both immediately fight to the death if they encounter one another in the dungeon’s subterranean passageways."
Dungeon Keeper Manual

Panoplied, the sound of their sabatons (which don't seem to impede their movement at all) should appal an ill-prepared Keeper, for Knights are very strong melee tanks. Higher-leveled Knights are equipped with an array of defensive spells, and the Keeper will need to swarm the hero in order to kill or capture him.

A Knight often rules the territory in the world above and is the map's final enemy. When he arrives belowground, the Mentor announces, "Beware, the Lord of the Land approaches," while the Knight himself issues a fittingly self-righteous declaration against the Keeper. In the earliest levels, his stats are weakened to make it possible to defeat him with the lowly creatures you have at this time.

In addition to obtaining Knights through the traditional means of conversion through torture, it is possible to obtain Knights by training Thieves past level 10. Unlike Demon Spawn, who can only become their more powerful cousins in the later stages of the campaign, Thieves can be promoted as soon as they can be obtained. It is not possible to convert a Knight by Steal Hero.

Although the manual mentions them as enemy of the Horned Reaper they get along without problems in a shared Lair.

Dungeon Keeper Knight being dragged

A Knight being dragged to the Torture Dungeon

If you can manage to capture the Knight, a screen to torture him is shown after the level is finished. This happens even if you convert the Knight in your Torture Chamber prior to closing the match.

Dungeon Keeper Knight portrait

Portrait of the Knight


Combat Statistics
Query Speed icon Dungeon Keeper Speed: 40
Heal Icon Small Base Health: 950
Strength Base Strength: 80
Defence Defence: 100
Skill Base Skill: 30
Dexterity Base Dexterity: 150
Luck Luck: 15
Tasks & Management
Knight-icon Primary Job Do Nothing
Knight-icon Primary JobFX Train
Library Icon Small Base Research Skill 1
Workshop Icon Small Base Manufacturing Skill 1
Training Room Icon Small Training Skill 3
Wage Training Cost /64t 40
ScavengerRoom Icon Small Base Scavenging Skill none
Wage Scavenging Cost /64t n/a
Temple Icon Small Praying Anger -75
Lair Icon Small Sleeping Anger -1
Heal Icon Small Sleep Recovery 6
Hatchery Icon Small Hunger 3Chicken icon tiny / 9000t
Wage Base Wage 540


  • Knights' slow base movement speed (40), high wage, and relative ineptitude at anything except tanking (at which they are extraordinary) keep them from being very popular as minions.
  • Knights have twice-normal torture resistance (2000t).
  • Knights cannot be scavenged. The game implements this by making the Knight himself unable to perform scavenging.
  • When a Thief grows up into a Knight, a Thief is added to the Creature Pool. Thieves can be scavenged. Useful.
  • The Knight serves the role of Lord of the Land in many levels.
  • In the Japanese version (such as Dungeon Keeper Premium), the Knight is also known as the Lord.[2]


Dungeon Keeper 2[]

Knight concept art Dungeon Keeper 2 B&W

Knight Concept Art

The Knight is a noble warrior with excellent sword skills and protected by a suit of heavy plate armour. They are not to be taken lightly.

The Knights are one of the most powerful heroes and are not easily taken down. Although slow and relatively bulky, they are strong enough to send more than one creature packing, and they can strike fear into others. When converted, this can be turned to your advantage.

Knights usually in the early campaign escort the Lord of the Land, and in later levels they lead other groups of heroes inside the dungeon or guarding alone in vital points of heroic strongholds. A group of Salamanders and Goblins raining quick blows upon one can weaken him quickly, and using the Thunderbolt spell to drop them to the floor reduces their fear effect and makes your creatures bolder and giving them the time to bring him down.

Knights take the longest to convert, but they are excellent replacements of the Black Knights, which aren't available for a long time to come. However, they are very grumbly and seem to hate working with Portal creatures, especially their evil counterparts. They will become unhappy easily and will quickly rebel if left angry. It may be hard to keep them happy, but they're worthy and powerful minions that greatly help in tough battles.

They will get angry if forced to share a Lair with Portal creatures, so a separate Lair space is required for the former heroes. It's also recommended that you build separate Guard Rooms and Training Rooms, as they hate working with Portal creatures in either of these rooms. If a Knight gets unhappy due to working with Portal creatures, letting them gamble in the Casino will make them happy again.

Dungeon Keeper 2 Knight panel icon

Knight panel icon

When converted, a Knight trains in the Training Room if he's low level, or patrols in the nearest Guard Room like Guards. He's also useful in defending the dungeon from enemies and, combined with Guards and a Warlock or Wizard, can make him very deadly.

Due to their high health, attack strength and being almost fearless, Knights should always be converted whenever possible, especially earlier on when you lack powerful creatures like Black Knights, Bile Demons, and Dark Angels.

You can gain a Knight in Dungeon Keeper 2 by:

The Mentor's thoughts[]

""A Knight has turned to your cause. He will serve you well as a strong front line soldier.""
The Mentor, Pet Dungeon Mode (DK2)


  • The Knight uses the same model as the Black Knight, Lord of the Land and the Stone Knights.
    Dungeon Keeper 2 Knight in cutscene

    A Knight, with a purple glowing sword and a red plume, as seen in a cutscene

  • In cinematics and in the panel icon, the Knight has a red plume sticking out of his helmet, but in-game he has a yellow plume.
  • In some cinematics, his sword glows purple. This does not happen in-game.

Dungeon Keeper Online[]

In Dungeon Keeper Online, the Knight is known as the Paladin.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 圣骑士 地下城守护者地下城生物之人族生物大全 (Chinese). dk.178.com (31 March 2012). Retrieved on 19 April 2020.
  2. ダンジョンキーパープレミアム勇者撃退ガイド. (Japanese). p. 43. Tokyo: NTT Publishing. (1998). ISBN 978-4-87188-897-4.