This article is about the tower in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance. For the enemy in Kingdom Rush, see Dark Knight.

TwrIcon DKnights "Come on, make my day!"
The Dark Knights are the second Melee Tower to be introduced in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance, and is unlocked at the start of Bolgur's Throne. These soldiers, though limited in number (only two is trained per barracks), are fairly resilient and deal a respectable amount of damage.


These elite knights traded the taint of corruption for great power. Fighting in pairs, their full plates make them almost impervious to physical damage.


Level HP
(With Upgrades)
Heal Rate (per 2s) Damage
(With Upgrades)
Armor Build
DKnight I 1 100
10 2-3
40% 110
DKnight II 2 130
13 4-10
50% 160
DKnight III 3 180
18 7-20
60% 220
DKnight IV 4 240
24 12-36
75% 260


Brutal Strike

TwrSkill DK 1 "I am your executioner!"

Dark Knights have a chance of executing their enemy every time they hit.

Level Cost Instant-kill Chance
1 280 (238) 2%
2 280 (238) 4%
2 280 (238) 6%

Armor of Thorns

TwrSkill DK 2 "What you give is what you get!"

Dark Knights reflect damage for each melee attack they receive.

Level Cost Damage
1 150 (127) 15
2 150 (127) 30
2 150 (127) 45


TwrSkill DK 3 "Immovable as a mountain."

Dark Knights shield themselves, resisting hits* without receiving damage. (Cooldown: 15 seconds)

*: Excludes bosses' attacks.

Cost Duration
200 (170) 6 seconds


Dark Knight are made for tanking, not stalling opponents. The kit they had is made for holding strong enemies and trade back the damage they dealt. 

  • Dark Knights has a generous health pool and high armor, allow them to tank many hits some Nanoq Warbears, Svell Druids and Gryphon Bombardiers for just tier 2 and 3. Even MechaDwarf MK.9s, Frost Giants, High Sorcerers and bosses can be held in a place while your towers going ham as your tier 4 Dark Knights aren't even flinching. Unless you have Armor of Thorns, don't use Dark Knights for stalling little grouped enemies, as the 2 of them cannot stall all the enemy at once. Leave that to Orc Warriors Dens.
  • Armor of Thorns is the main reason why Dark Knights are good. It trades back damage as they take damage from enemies. It does consistent amount of damage, making weak, fast attacking opponents like Glacial Wolves, Northern Berserkers, Apex Stalkers and Paladins completely wiped off. They also slowly chip away bulky foes, making defeating them easily.
  • Impervious is the beautiful thing that only Dark Knights have: invincible while tanking. This granted them 6 second of completely immune to damage (and doing damage with Armor of Thorns), except bosses. Ranged damage like Elven Rangers, Musketeers and Sulfur Alchemists are also staying in place trying to attack them, making them super easy to handle.
  • Brutal Strike is Dark Knights' main killing power. By giving them an instant kill, it's easier for them to finish off strong enemy that they are stalling. However, the instant kill work on percent for each attack, not on a timer, making bulkier enemies has a higher chance to died and it's isn't as bad when they Instant kill a smaller foe.
  • Dark Knights is different from Orc Warriors Den, Grim Cemetery and Elite Harassers where they are created with a main goal: tanking and making sure stronger foes died. They themselves don't do much damage and require other towers to support, plus they are expensive and not reliable against range units. If you think Golem Houses, Frost Giants and High Sorcerers are not a big problem for your defense, it's maybe better to get the other 3 mention above.


Related Upgrades

  • KRVUp Rations WAR RATIONS (1 soul): With a full belly, Barracks units have improved health. (30% additional HP)
  • KRVUp Guild GUILD OF MERCHANTS (2 souls): Costs of towers' special skills is now reduced. (15% cost reduction)
  • KRVUp Master MASTER ARCHITECTS (2 souls):All towers gain extra bonus damage. (10% additional basic attack damage)

Related Achievements

VAch Exec FEAST ON THIS! (30 gems) Execute 81 enemies with the chainsaw sword.


  • "Here comes the pain"
  • "For the Dark Lord!"
  • "We're the bad-guys!"

Tier 4:

  • "Come on, make my day!" (building)
  • "Witness true strength!" (Brutal Strike)
  • "Watch out for the thorns!" (Armor of Thorns)
  • "We're unbreakable!" (Impervious)


  • The Brutal Strike skill and the weapon is based on the Chainsword from the game Total War Warhammer 40k used by Space Marines.
  • The upgrade Armor of Thorns is based on the armor set of the same name in the game Dark Souls, worn by Knight Kirk who shares a similar appearance to the tier 4 barracks.
  • "Here comes the pain"
    • The subtitle of the 2003 video game, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain
  • "For the Dark Lord!"
  • "We're the bad-guys!"
    • A line said by the character Deadshot in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn has a similar line in the film; We're bad-guys; which it may also be derived from.
  • "Come on, make my day!"
    • Likely to be adapted from the line "Go ahead, make my day" said by the character Harry Callahan in the 1983 film Sudden Impact (part of the Dirty Harry series).
  • "Witness true strength!"
    • A line said by the character Darius in the 2009 video game League of Legends
  • Regardless of the fact that they are evil, the Dark Knights are still Knights, so all their names are prefixed by the title Sir. The unit names are all inspired by actors who have played Batman; aka the Dark Knight; on screen,
    • Sir Wilson - Lewis Wilson, first seen in a 1943 serial Batman. Wilson was the first ever screen Batman.
    • Sir Lowery - Robert Lowery, starred in the follow up to Wilson's series, Batman and Robin in 1949
    • Sir West - Adam West, logged the most hours as Batman in the iconic 1960's series
    • Sir Keaton - Michael Keaton, first seen in Tim Burton's 1989 big-screen film
    • Sir Kilmer - Val Kilmer, seen only in Joel Schumacher's 1995 Batman Forever
    • Sir Clooney - George Clooney, seen in the follow up to Kilmer's film Batman & Robin in 1997
    • Sir Bale - Christian Bale, first seen in 2005's Batman Begins
    • Sir Affleck - Ben Affleck, first seen in Zack Snyder's 2016 film Batman v Superman
    • Sir Conroy - Kevin Conroy, the only name listed that was not seen on screen, Conroy voiced Batman in Batman: The Animated Series and many other DC animated series featuring the character.