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Death Knight
Animated Death Knight.gif
Animated Mac Death Knight.gif
HP 1250/1350/1450/1600[1]
Points 5000
Weapon Dual chainguns
Dual rocket launchers

Death Knight (German: Todesritter) is the boss in Spear of Destiny level 18, and the penultimate boss of Original Encounter of Wolfenstein 3D.

In the Mac Family, he doesn't have a targeting scout. The manual of the SNES port refers to him as the Black Knight (German: Schwarzer Ritter), though he is still called Death Knight in-game. In the mission packs, the Death Knight is replaced with the Robot.


Spear of Destiny[]

He is a high-ranking Nazi official, the man in charge of guarding & using the Spear of Destiny at Castle Nuremberg. He is equipped with heavy power armor and a targeting system. He uses two chainguns and two shoulder-mounted rocket launchers.

Original/2nd Encounter[]

After retrieving plans at Wolf's Lair, the plans, are discovered to detail the Nazis first attack stratagem, which is already underway at the time. Operative B.J. is ordered to Castle Heidenheim to face the Nazi Leader known only as the Death Knight. It was not an easy mission, and that was why they were sending Blazkowicz (this was his 2nd encounter with the knight since Castle Nuremberg).

Following the defeat of the Death Knight, B.J. is ordered to attempt an assassination of Hitler at Castle Wolfenstein.

Tactical analysis[]

Death Knight in Wolfenstein (2009) graphic novel part 2

The Death Knight fires 4 bullets and 2 rockets per volley. Upon death, he will talk before falling to ground and dropping a gold key.

With not only two chainguns but also Rocket Launchers, the Death Knight won't be easy to handle. First off, you MUST kill every enemy in the level. Trying to kill the Death Knight and his companions while avoiding his missiles and the gunfire from him and the enemies is impossible (of course they're not gonna sit back waiting for you to kill him first!). If you see him getting close, either try to run past him or take an alternate route that leaves a very safe distance between you and him.

Once the enemies are dead, focus on the Death Knight. Situate yourself so that you're near a source of either ammo or health. Make sure there's a large distance between you and him and that you're not near a wall (if you're near one, the splash damage from his rockets will hurt you), then begin firing at him. You'll still take damage from his chainguns, but they'll suffer significant damage and accuracy falloff because of the distance between you. When you hear "beep!" sounds, that means he's fired two missiles! Strafe away to dodge 'em.

When you need supplies from another area, either take another route that bypasses the Death Knight or quickly run past him, depending on the level. If you have to run past him, don't get too close, or he might blow you up with a surprise volley of rockets.

Once he is dead, he'll drop a key.


The poor quality of sound in the game makes it difficult to ascertain what is being said. Sources are given for what Id Software claims is the language, but this is sometimes open to criticism.

"Tod ist mein Leben!"[2]
"Death is my life!"[2] File: "KNIGHTSIGHTSND". Spoken on seeing the player.
"Alles ist verloren!"[2]
"All is lost!"[2] File: "KNIGHTDEATHSND". Spoken on death.
"Kommen Sie her, Schwein!"
"Come here, pig!"
Mac & 3DO ports


While the DOS version of the Death Knight's sprite has the targeting system covering his left eye, the Jaguar sprite lacks this. In the Spear of Destiny credits, it covers his right eye.


Hit points 1250 (skill 1),
1350 (skill 2),
1450 (skill 3),
1600 (skill 4)
Speed 2048
Pain No
Score 5000
Sprites & sounds
Sprite number 362-376
Ranged attack
Type Hitscan
Shots per minute
Ranged attack
Type Projectile
Speed 2000
Shots per minute
Sprite number 307-314,
319-321 (explosion),
315-318 (trail)


  1. WOLFSRC/WL_ACT2.C from the Wolfenstein 3D source code on github.com, line 42
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cloud, Kevin. Spear of Destiny Hint Book. FormGen Corporation, 1992. Page 36. Web. (Third-party scan)