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Wyvern Knight

Clad in armor and carrying a spiked lance, the knight grips tight to the reins of its wyvern mount. The knight snarls, goading its mount forward.

Medium humanoid (any race), lawful evil

Armor Class 20 (plate, shield)
Hit Points 102 (12d8 + 48)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Strength +6, Constitution +7
Skills Animal Handling +4, Perception +4
Damage Resistances poison
Damage Immunities poisoned
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Draconic
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Brave. The wyvern knight has advantage on saving throws against being frightened.
  • Ring of Feather Falling. When the wyvern knight falls while wearing this ring, it descends 60 feet per round and takes no damage from falling.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The wyvern knight makes two lance attacks. If the wyvern knight is riding a war wyvern, its mount can then make one bite, claw, or stinger attack.
  • Lance. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d12 + 3) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) poison damage. The wyvern knight has disadvantage on attacks with this weapon against creatures within 5 feet of it and can wield this weapon in one hand instead of two while mounted.
  • Heavy Crossbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 100/400 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d10) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) poison damage.
  • Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) poison damage.

Reactions

  • Protection. When a creature the wyvern knight can see attacks a target that is within 5 feet of it, including a creature it is riding, the knight can use a reaction to impose disadvantage on the attack roll. The knight must be wielding a shield.

About

For centuries, many realms have been safeguarded by knights on horseback, their advanced mobility and powerful steeds cutting through infantry lines like shears through cloth. But against the wyvern knights, even mighty cavaliers are little more than worms to be snapped up by a hungry starling. The wyvern knights are trained to ride domesticated war wyverns, using their aerial mobility to perform countless roles on the battlefield from shattering cavalry charges to sowing chaos from behind enemy lines.

Baal’s First. A group of elite kobolds works with a dragonborn wyvern knight commander. The kobolds themselves hang onto leather straps and buckle themselves onto the commander’s war wyvern for swift transport across a battlefield. As arsonists, scouts, and ambushers, they’ve been extremely effective.

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