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Damned Paladin is a hero available to The Drowned subfaction. They are an undead version of the Bretonnian Paladin.


Paladins are powerful heroes renowned through Bretonnia for their chivalry and feats of arms. Many of them are high-ranking nobles, holding titles such as earl or baron, while others hold warrior titles like marshal or warden. Paladins are powerful fighters, and make good leaders for units of Knights. Most Paladins are elite Grail Knights, having supped of the Lady's cup and attained everlasting life. Their courage, valour and loyalty are beyond reproach, and they defend the palaces of the Lady to the death. Considered by the people as paragons of society, Paladins attract crowds when they visit, held aloft by all as the very pinnacle of Bretonnian chivalry and brilliance.


  • Armoured & Shielded: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage. Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.
  • Ethereal: Ethereal units ignore most damage done by non-magical weapons. As they have shed most of their physical form, they are not slowed by terrain-based movement penalties either.


First and foremost players should be aware that Cylostra Direfin gives her army Magical Attacks. This in turn means that in the early stages of the game Friendly Fire will arguably be more of a concern than the enemy unit he is fighting as every stray bullet an artillery shell will deal full damage to him.

Furthermore, whilst not quite fragile the Damned Paladin is not an ideal damage dealer nor duelist. He will hold and hold well against just about any infantry or cavalry unit no matter their tier, but If he is fighting other lords or heroes you will need to keep an eye on him, preferably with a Lore of Vampires - Vampire Captain ready to support. Otherwise he can die surprisingly fast.

With all that said, The Damned Paladin is a formidable tank an excellent delaying option uniquely available to The Drowned and should not be underestimated. Set him up with all the defensive items you can find, then put him between you and the enemy to attract their attention away from your fragile backlines all whilst liberally bombarding his position with any an all artillery in your army. A simple and extremely effective strategy that works no matter the faction you're fighting again.


  • Cylostra Direfin's starting Damned Paladin is named Robert Barthelemy and has a helmet with antlers. This is most likely a reference to Robert Baratheon, a king and former knight in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.