Fright knight

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The fright knight is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest VII. It is a heavily armoured skeleton warrior that wields a sword and shield in battle.


The fright knight is a hellish, large scary skeletal soldier adorned in massive teal and magenta armour, and it wields a wicked giant sword in battle. These undead fiends are capable of strategically saving their strength for the right time to strike, unleashing their brutal hits when their enemies are at their weakest. The knights also know how to unleash freezing attacks with both their breath and spells, strong enough to cause a serious threat. They can also support their allies by bringing them back from the dead with Zing.


Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

Fright knight (ナイトリッチ Naito ricchi) DQVII Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Niterich.gif 420 0
220 200
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
92 400 (PS1)
600 (3DS)
140 (PS1)
210 (3DS)
Bestiary No. #212
Spell(s) Kacrackle
Skill(s) Desperate attack
Freezing Blizzard
Focus Strength
Location(s) Cathedral of Blight
Item(s) Dropped Ruinous shield1128
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance *
164 0% 0% 0%
Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
0% 60% 50% 0%
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance *
100% 0% 100% 100%
Poof Resistance * Poison Resistance * Burning Breath Resistance Fuddle Resistance *
90% 100% 100% 100%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance * Ban Dance Resistance
100% 100% 50% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
100% 15% 0%
3DS version changes
Gained MP in order to cast Kacrackle and Zing.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

A Fright knight appears in Upover as part of the main storyline, accompanied by a pair of Stenchurions.

##181 - Fright knight
DQIX DS Fright knight.png
HP MP Experience Gold
226 33 2,180 180
Attack Defense Speed
161 206 130
Dropped Item Sword breaker164
Dark shield1256
Locations Gittingham Palace
Grotto (volcano)
Skills Blocks with its shield
Desperate attack
Freezing Blizzard
Attack Attacker
Psyche Up
Spells Zing
Family Undead family
Bestiary # #181
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS
Japanese Name ナイトリッチ
Romanized Jap. Naito ricchi
Description Destroy these dastardly masters of Freezing Blizzard first so they can't zap everyone back to life with Zing.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

Niterich (ナイトリッチ Naito ricchi) DWM2 Taras Adventure Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
Niterich.png 65 8/10 4/10
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
7/10 7/10 6/10 4/10
Family Zombie
In-game description
Abilities Beat, BladeD, ThickFog
Habitat Cemetery
Breeding chart DeadNoble, Skeletor x Octoraid, Roboster2, Serpentia
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
None None None None
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
Immune Immune Strong Weak
Water Resistance * Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance
Strong Strong Strong Weak
Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance *
Weak Immune Immune Weak
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
Immune Strong Immune Immune
Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance *
Weak None Weak Weak
Sap Resistance * Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
Weak Weak Immune

Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart[edit]


Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Fright knight
Family Undead
Rank B
Size S
Weapons Swords, Spears, Claws, Staves
Traits Able Ambusher, Giant Killer
Resistances Vulnerable to Zap, Immune to Crack and Sag
Skill Firewind Slashes
Location Necropolis (night)
Breeding chart Cross bones x Pink sanguini
Bona constrictor x Dark Slime

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Fright knight (ナイトリッチ Naito ricchi) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Fright knight DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 undead family icon.png 1,350 300
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
630 470 510 450
Bestiary No. #478
Rank C Rank
In-game description These proud knights draw upon the powers of darkness as they wield their ghoulish great swords. They are utterly merciless, prepared to cut down any crony in their command who defies a direct order
Talents Maniac (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Tactical Trooper (lv. 1)
Critical Triumph (lv. 20)
Metal Medley (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Little Menace (lv. 1)
Insult to Injury (lv. 1)
Dodge Denier (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart Sir roseguardin DQM3 portrait.png X Skeleton swordsman DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
-25% 0% 25% 50%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
0% 50% 0% 0%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
50% 0% -25% 0%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
50% 25% 0% 25%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
0% 50%
Instant Death Resistance *

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai[edit]

In the 2020 anime series, a fright knight can be seen amongst Hadlar's Dark Army at the end of episode 5.


The fright knight's original name Niterich and name in Japanese, ナイトリッチ, is intended to be "knight/night lich". Lich is an English word dating back to the 9th century which simply referred to a corpse or dead body. In modern works of fiction, a lich has come to refer to a specific undead creature, a former wizard that seeks to defy death through necromancy. Unlike ordinary zombies, a lich retains some degree of its intelligence and spellcasting abilities. This usage originates from the 1976 Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game booklet Greyhawk, which contained a description of the lich.

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