Sir Harold
The Knight
Hero SirHarold
Type Champion
Hiring Cost Icon Gold.png 500
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 0 *
Prereq. Icon Fame.png 40
Moves Icon Movement Ground2
Melee Attack Icon Melee Normal.png 8
Defense Icon Defense.png 5
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points Icon Hits.png 9 *
Equipment Slots
ItemSlot SwordItemSlot ShieldItemSlot Misc
Hero Abilities

Ability Leadership Super Leadership

Ability Legendary Super Legendary

Ability Constitution Constitution

Ability Noble Noble
Random Abilities 1 (Fighter)
Tactical Hero SirHarold
Sir Harold the Knight is one of the 35 Hero units featured in Master of Magic.

Sir Harold is a Champion. He may randomly appear for hire if a wizard has at least Icon Fame.png 40 Fame points, in which case his Hiring Cost is Icon Gold.png 500 by default. Alternatively, Sir Harold can be summoned using the Summon Champion spell.

Sir Harold has impressive combat capabilities, making him one of the better Melee Attack Heroes in the game. His Melee Attack strength will grow faster than normal thanks to the Super Leadership ability, and he also has a rapidly-growing Icon Hits.png Health score thanks to Constitution. These will enable Sir Harold to perform very well in close combat.

Sir Harold's greatest advantage however is that Super Leadership will grant pretty impressive bonuses to the attack strength of all Normal Units and Heroes accompanying him into battle. When Sir Harold is placed within a large army comprised of such units, the entire army becomes significantly more dangerous than normal. As Sir Harold gains Experience, his army becomes more deadly.

Additionally, Sir Harold has the Super Legendary ability, which will increase his employer's Icon Fame.png Fame score by a substantial margin, and thus allow recruiting much larger armies (and a better chance to gain more Heroes, Mercenaries and Magical Items through random events). He also gains an extra Random Ability from the "Fighter" category, which could make him even more deadly and/or useful than he already is!

If the Strategy Guide is to be believed, Sir Harold was intended to have (or did have, prior to patch 1.3) the First Strike and Armor Piercing properties which would boost his capabilities even further. Unfortunately, these do not appear in the game.

Sir Harold may be equipped with the basic fare of Magical Items. He will not be able to cast spells, and thus can focus on gaining various bonuses to increase his attack strength even further, or to concentrate on becoming more survivable through defensive bonuses.

Sir Harold has the Noble trait, and will not demand any Upkeep Costs. In fact, he will instead contribute Icon Gold.png 10 to your treasury every turn!

General Description Edit

Sir Harold the Knight is a veteran combatant of many wars, and has performed many deeds of greatness in his past. Now, unemployed and feeling like his best days are behind him, he has chosen to offer his services to any lord who deserves them. Despite now being past his prime, Sir Harold is still a fierce combatant - tough as nails - and his name precedes him: he inspires others to fight as valiantly as he once did.

Sir Harold's age should not deceive you. His mustache may be greying, but he is still quite strong. He diligently dresses in full chainmail armor, with a solid metal cap on his head, and carrying a bright red shield. His eyes, though kind and betraying wisdom, have not lost their taste for battle. Sir Harold rides a brown horse.

Initial Properties Edit

Note: All data below assumes Sir Harold is at his lowest Experience Level, and without any Magical Items or Random Abilities - After all, any Hero can become devastatingly powerful after gaining several levels and powerful items. Please refer to the tables and chapters below for more information.

Attack Properties Edit

Sir Harold the Knight possesses only a Melee Attack. It is initially quite powerful, and will improve faster than normal with additional Experience. The default strength of this attack is Icon Melee Normal.png 8. With a default To Hit chance of Icon ToHit.png 30%, he can be expected to deliver about Icon Damage.png 2.4 points of Damage per attack. This is a respectable amount, and should have no trouble getting at least some damage past any type of armor.

This attack grows in strength primarily thanks to Sir Harold's Super Leadership ability. As will be explained below, the same bonuses are also bestowed on all other Normal Units and Heroes accompanying Sir Harold into battle, making his entire army stronger.

Defensive Properties Edit

By default, Sir Harold the Knight has a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 5 - about average for a low-level Hero. He can block about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage from any incoming attack. While this can adequately protect against low-tier Normal Units, it may struggle to fend off damage from more serious attacks.

On the other hand, Sir Harold possesses a very high initial health score of Icon Hits.png 9 Hit Points by default. This is immediately boosted to Icon Hits.png 10 thanks to his Constitution ability. High health allows Sir Harold to take plenty of damage before falling in battle, allowing the Knight to fight on despite his injuries for quite some time, and thus covering somewhat for his deficient Icon Defense.png Defense score.

As with most Heroes, Sir Harold possesses a default Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 6. This makes him somewhat vulnerable to Curses and other combat maledictions. It will take at least Icon Experience Level.png 4 Experience Levels before he can become immune to some of these effects, assuming no Magical Items or Random Abilities augment it.

Other Properties Edit

Sir Harold the Knight has a basic Hero's Movement Allowance of Icon Movement Ground2. This is good for speeding up his movement on the overland map, through plain land tiles like Grassland and Deserts. During battle, Sir Harold may need to use his speed to stay away from stronger enemies, or in order to reach his targets more easily.

As mentioned earlier, Sir Harold's Super Leadership ability not only improves his own Melee Attack strength, but also the strength of any friendly Normal Unit and Hero on the battlefield (but not friendly Fantastic Units). Each such friendly unit receives Icon Melee Normal.png +0.5 Melee Attack for each of Sir Harold's Icon Experience Level.png Experience Levels (rounded down). Units with a Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack, Icon Ranged Boulder.png Ranged Boulder Attack, Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack and/or Icon Breath.png Breath Attack receive a bonus of +0.25 to the strength of each of these attacks (rounded down). Note that all this applies only during combat, and only when Sir Harold is present.

Sir Harold also possesses the Super Legendary ability. While Sir Harold is under a wizard's employ, that wizard's Fame score is increased by Icon Fame.png +4.5 for each of Sir Harold's Icon Experience Level.png Experience Levels (rounded down), including the first level. This helps maintain larger armies (by reducing the total Upkeep Costs for Normal Units and Heroes). It also helps attract other high-tier Heroes and Mercenaries to the wizard's employ, as well as Item Merchants offering their goods. The bonus to Icon Fame.png Fame is lost if Sir Harold is removed from the payroll (through either dismissal or death), returning the wizard's Icon Fame.png Fame score to normal.

Experience Edit

The following table illustrates how Sir Harold's various skills and attributes increase as he gains Experience. His innate Super Leadership and Constitution bonuses are already taken into account in the values below. Attributes not appearing on this list do not improve with Experience. Also note that Sir Harold's chosen Random Ability may also increase with Experience, and may adjust any of the attributes listed below!

Icon Level Name EP Melee To Hit Defense Resist Hits Leader Fame
Experience 0 Hero Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 6 Icon Hits.png 10 -- Icon Fame.png +4
Experience 1 Myrmidon Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 12 +1 Icon Fame.png +9
Experience 2 Captain Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 11 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 14 +1 Icon Fame.png +13
Experience 3 Commander Icon Experience.png 120 - Icon Experience.png 199 Icon Melee Normal.png 13 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 16 +2 Icon Fame.png +18
Experience 4 Champion Icon Experience.png 200 - Icon Experience.png 299 Icon Melee Normal.png 14 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 18 +2 Icon Fame.png +22
Experience 5 Lord Icon Experience.png 300 - Icon Experience.png 449 Icon Melee Normal.png 16 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 20 +3 Icon Fame.png +27
Experience 6 Grand Lord Icon Experience.png 450 - Icon Experience.png 599 Icon Melee Normal.png 17 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 22 +3 Icon Fame.png +31
Experience 7 Super Hero Icon Experience.png 600 - Icon Experience.png 999 Icon Melee Normal.png 19 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 9 Icon Resist.png 13 Icon Hits.png 24 +4 Icon Fame.png +36
Experience 8 Demi-God Icon Experience.png 1,000 Icon Melee Normal.png 20 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 9 Icon Resist.png 14 Icon Hits.png 26 +4 Icon Fame.png +40

Average Damage Output Edit

The following table shows Sir Harold's average Icon Damage.png Damage output with each of his attacks, based on his current Experience Level. The effects of the Super Leadership ability have already been taken into account in the values below. You can use the checkboxes to see the effect of some of the Random Abilities that Sir Harold may occasionally possess. Note that this table completely ignores bonuses from Magical Items, if any.

Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Hero
Experience 1 Myrmidon
Experience 2 Captain
Experience 3 Commander
Experience 4 Champion
Experience 5 Lord
Experience 6 Grand Lord
Experience 7 Super Hero
Experience 8 Demi-God

Improvement Overview Edit

As with any other Hero, Sir Harold can eventually become very powerful as he gains Experience Levels. He is already somewhat powerful at base level nonetheless.

Sir Harold's fastest-growing attribute is his Icon Hits.png Health, thanks to the Constitution ability. It will quickly become very difficult to kill Sir Harold with only one attack - even for very high-level Fantastic Creatures or other Heroes. If he is coupled with a Healer unit, he may be able to quickly go from battle to battle with very little pause. Nonetheless, it is important not to neglect his Icon Defense.png Defense, which does not improve very quickly - it's always better to avoid Icon Damage.png Damage than to absorb it.

Sir Harold's Melee Attack strength will also rise faster than normal, but not as quickly as Heroes possessing the Might ability. He only gets Icon Melee Normal.png +4 by the time he reaches Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level 9 ("Demi-God"), thanks to the Super Leadership ability.

On the other hand, the same bonus to Melee Attack will apply to each and every friendly Normal Unit and Hero accompanying Sir Harold into battle. Quite early on, Sir Harold's entire army will have a much better damage output than normal, and thus be significantly more dangerous than a similar army led by another Hero. In particular, armies made up of many Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units will become very deadly since the bonus applies to each Icon Figure.png figure in each unit.

Sir Harold's Super Legendary ability also improves with level - at a staggering rate. As Sir Harold's level goes up, his employer becomes significantly more Icon Fame.png Famous, thus attracting more Heroes, Mercenaries and Item Merchants - possibly even one per turn. Also, it reduces Upkeep Costs for Normal Units and Heroes across the empire, allowing you to recruit a much larger army or invest in your economy.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Leadership Super Leadership Edit

  • During combat, this Hero bestows a certain bonus to the attack strength of each friendly Normal Unit and Hero, including him/herself (but not including Fantastic Units).
  • The bonus to Melee Attacks is Icon Melee Normal.png +0.5 per every Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level this Hero possesses, rounded down.
  • This Hero also gives a +0.25 bonus per level to each friendly unit's Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks, Icon Ranged Boulder.png Ranged Boulder Attacks, Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attacks and Icon Breath.png Breath Attacks, rounded down.
  • No bonus is given to friendly units' Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Attacks.

Ability Legendary Super Legendary Edit

  • While this Hero is under a Wizard's employ, that Wizard's Fame score is increased by Icon Fame.png +4.5 per every Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level the Hero possesses (rounded down), including the first level.
  • If the Hero is lost or dismissed, the bonus points are removed.

Ability Constitution Constitution Edit

  • This Hero receives Icon Hits.png +1 Hit Points to his maximum health per each Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level, including the first level.

Ability Noble Noble Edit

  • This unit has no Upkeep Costs to be paid each turn. Instead, it will add Icon Gold.png 10 Gold to your treasury each turn.
  • This Hero ability does not improve with the Hero's Experience Level.

Random Abilities Edit

When a new game is started, the program randomly chooses 1 additional ability for Sir Harold. This is called a Random Ability. The selection is done completely at random (while observing a limit on the strength of certain abilities) from the list below:

Ability Agility Agility Ability Armsmaster Armsmaster Ability Blademaster Blademaster Ability Charmed Charmed
Ability Constitution Constitution Ability Lucky Hero Lucky Ability Might Might

Whichever Random Ability is picked, it is permanent. Sir Harold will never re-randomize his abilities during the course of a single game. He may, however, pick a different ability in the next game.

The Leadership and Legendary abilities do not appear on this list because Sir Harold already has the "Super" versions of these abilities by default. Similarly, Noble does not appear since it does not have a "Super" version and Sir Harold already has the basic version.

However, Sir Harold can select the Constitution ability (which he already has) in order to upgrade it to "Super" Constitution, increasing his Icon Hits.png Hit Points 50% faster. He will gain Icon Hits.png +1.5 hit points per Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level instead of the normal Icon Hits.png +1. Still, it is often more beneficial to get a completely new ability rather than improve an existing one. If he picks the Might ability his Melee Attack will be even more powerful. Sir Harold will prove very useful regardless of which Fighter ability he picks.

Since Sir Harold is somewhat lacking in defensive properties, he will greatly benefit from Agility. This will raise his Defense score by Icon Defense.png +1 per level, reducing reliance on healing between battles and better ensuring that Sir Harold can survive serious combat.

Blademaster is another useful ability, boosting Sir Harold's Icon ToHit.png To Hit score as he gains Experience, resulting in a higher damage output with his Melee Attack. Charmed may also come in handy, entirely protecting Sir Harold from enemy Curses and some types of combat spells and Special Attacks. Lucky is useful as well.

Another valuable ability for Sir Harold is Armsmaster. If this ability is picked, Sir Harold will likely be used as a trainer for new troops. He can either stay behind the lines to quickly train new units up to high Experience Levels before they go off to war, or lead those units to battle until they are ready to fight on their own. Remember that Sir Harold is a Noble, meaning that it's not imperative to actually use him as a combat unit.

Equipment Edit

Sir Harold the Knight has the following item slots:

Icon Name Items that fit here
ItemSlot Sword Sword Slot Sword, Mace or Axe
ItemSlot Shield Shield Slot Shield, Chainmail or Platemail
ItemSlot Misc Jewelry Slot Any Jewelry

This set-up contributes primarily to Melee combat. This is excellent for Sir Harold, who is essentially a Melee-oriented unit.

Recommended Items Edit

Magical Items are primarily necessary for boosting Sir Harold's Icon Defense.png Defense score, which is somewhat lacking. He will likely never be as powerful as some of the other Champions in combat (though still stronger than most non-Champions), and is more of a group-oriented Hero. Therefore, it's often better to focus on defensive properties which will keep Sir Harold alive on the battlefield - bestowing his bonuses on other troops in his army.

Weapon Edit

Although Sir Harold has a high Icon Hits.png Hit Points count, he should not neglect to defend himself properly. As a result, a Sword with a high Icon Defense.png Defense bonus is quite recommended for Harold.
A weapon with a good Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonus is also useful, especially if you intend to risk Sir Harold in combat by sending him to physically attack his foes. Remember however that even with great attack-related bonuses, Sir Harold is usually nowhere near as powerful as some of the other Champions such as Roland the Paladin or Mortu the Black Knight.
Remember to take into account Sir Harold's chosen Random Ability. If he takes Agility or Super Constitution, there may be a reduced need for defensive bonuses. If he takes Might or Blademaster, his attack properties are naturally boosted and may or may not need further augmentation.
You may safely ignore any weapon that gives extra Icon Mana.png Mana ("Spell Skill"), as Sir Harold may not utilize that bonus.

Armor Edit

Sir Harold has an initial deficiency in Icon Defense.png Defense, and thus will likely want to wear as heavy an armor as you can acquire for him. Though his Icon Hits.png Health is impressive, and can eventually absorb a good amount of damage, it's always better to prevent that damage from coming through in the first place.
Icon Resist.png Resistance bonuses are also quite desirable - assuming Sir Harold has not picked the Charmed ability. This will protect him from dangerous enemy spells and some forms of Special Attacks. Remember that if he dies during combat, his entire army loses those great bonuses from Sir Harolds Super Leadership - potentially costing you the battle!
Finally, Movement Allowance bonuses may give some advantage. They allow Sir Harold to quickly move from army to army, boosting the strength of any stack that is threatened by enemy forces or about to advance into an enemy position. This may be even more important when Sir Harold picks Armsmaster as his Random Ability - enabling him to train armies across your empire wherever they may be.

Jewelry Edit

Without Agility, Sir Harold's primary deficiency is usually Icon Defense.png Defense, and even heavy armor is not always enough to offset this. Therefore, Jewelry with Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses is highly recommended. This will allow Sir Harold to go up against some extremely-powerful opponents by the time he reaches a median Experience Level.
If this deficiency is covered, pretty much any of the non-magic-related bonuses from Jewelry are fine. It might be a good idea to look for a wider range of bonuses rather than a single powerful bonus. Again, Sir Harold's chosen Random Ability will influence your decision here as described earlier.
Any of the magic-related bonuses given by Jewelry can be completely ignored.

Acquisition Edit

Sir Harold the Knight can be acquired in one of three different methods:

Hiring Sir Harold Edit

Every once in a while, a Hero will arrive at your Fortress town to ask for employment. The frequency of this event depends on your current Icon Fame.png Fame score, the number of Heroes already under your employ, and whether or not you have particular Retorts that affect this chance.

In order for Sir Harold to appear for hire in this way, you must meet several requirements:

  1. You must have at least Icon Fame.png 40 Fame points.
  2. You must have sufficient Icon Gold.png Gold in your treasury to hire Sir Harold (more on this below).
  3. Sir Harold must not have already been killed in battle.

Since the game randomly chooses which Hero appears during this event, there's no guarantee that Sir Harold will ever appear. The chance, however, increases if the number of other valid Heroes dwindles (such as when most other Heroes have died in battle).

The default Hiring Cost for Sir Harold is Icon Gold.png 500. This is reduced to Icon Gold.png 250 if your wizard has the Charismatic Retort. If you do not have this much Icon Gold.png Gold at the start of a turn (after paying all Upkeep Costs), Sir Harold will not appear for hire. In fact, if he is picked as the Hero who approaches you, and you lack the money to hire him, you are effectively forfeiting your chance to hire any Hero this turn.

After agreeing to hire Sir Harold (you can always refuse), you may give him any name you choose - he will be known as "<name> the Knight". His overland unit will appear at your Fortress town or, if that town's garrison is full, next to your Fortress town.

Summoning Sir Harold Edit

As a Champion, Sir Harold the Knight can only be summoned using the Summon Champion spell.

Once the spell is completed, the game chooses a random Champion to bring to your Fortress from a list of all available and valid Champions. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Sir Harold will appear when this spell is cast, unless all other Champions are unavailable.

Again, you get a chance to agree or refuse to hire Sir Harold. If you agree, he will appear in your Fortress town and/or next to it.

If Sir Harold is hired through the use of Summon Champion, there is no need to pay any Hiring Cost. However, you may still need to pay an Upkeep Cost (see below).

Resurrecting Sir Harold Edit

For most wizards, losing Sir Harold in battle removes him from the game permanently. He will never appear again.

For Icon Life.pngLife-wielding wizards, however, who have access to the Resurrection spell, it is possible to bring Sir Harold back to life after he has died. In this case, Sir Harold returns to your Fortress town, with no Magical Items, but keeping all Experience he had prior to his death.

You may repeatedly resurrect Sir Harold each time he dies.

Upkeep Costs Edit

Thanks to his default Noble ability, Sir Harold will never demand any Upkeep Costs. You would still need to pay Icon Mana.png Mana for any Unit Enchantments placed on him, but no Icon Gold.png Gold whatsoever.

Instead, Sir Harold will actually give you an amount of Icon Gold.png 10 Gold at the start of each turn!

This is one good reason to hire Sir Harold very early in the game, though it's highly unlikely to acquire him early on. Nonetheless, Icon Gold.png +10 Gold per turn is no small amount of money, and is even more significant considering that most Champions require Icon Gold.png 10 as their Upkeep Costs every turn! You can look at it as a net benefit of Icon Gold.png +20 per turn - and you get a powerful Champion to boot.

Alternate Names Edit

Other wizards can also have a Knight, but they are different characters (what happens to one has no effect on the others), and go by different names, as follows:

Hero SirHarold
Player Alternate Name
  Human (0)   Sir Harold
  Wizard 1   Sir Henry
  Wizard 2   Stephan
  Wizard 3   Sheldon
  Wizard 4   Thomas

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