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Black Knight Commander

Medium humanoid (any race), lawful evil alignment

Armor Class 18 (plate)
Hit Points 78 (12d8 + 24)
Speed 30 ft.

18 (+4) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 13 (+1) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Str +7, Wis +4, Cha +5
Skills Animal Handling +4, Athletics +7, Intimidation +5
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages any two languages
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Charge. If the black knight commander is mounted and moves at least 30 feet in a straight line toward a target and then hits it with a melee attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 10 (3d6) damage.
  • Hateful Aura. The black knight commander and allies within 10 feet of the commander add its Charisma modifier to weapon damage rolls (included in damage below).
  • Magic Weapons. The black knight commander’s weapon attacks are made with magical (+1) weapons.


  • Multiattack. The black knight commander makes two melee attacks.
  • Mace. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft, one target. Hit: 8 (1d6 + 5) bludgeoning damage.
  • Lance. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (1d12 + 5) piercing damage.
  • Frightful Charge (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The black knight commander lets loose a terrifying cry and makes one melee attack at the end of a charge. Whether the attack hits or misses, all enemies within 15 feet of the target and aware of the black knight commander’s presence must succeed on a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A frightened creature repeats the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.


The black knight commander strikes an imposing figure upon his chosen mount; one that inspires bloodlust in his allies and fear in his foes. Devoted to his own twisted code, the black knight commander has a sense of honor but he spares no compassion for those who stand in his way. Whether he fights for a dark lord or a demonic god, all of his foes will be trampled into the dust and their families slaughtered so there can be no revenge. The only victory is a total victory.

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