Description: (PRESTIGE CLASS) A blackguard epitomizes evil. They are nothing short of a mortal fiend, a black knight with the foulest sort of reputation. Many refer to blackguards as anti-paladins due to their completely evil nature. A blackguard is an evil villain of the first order, equivalent in power to the righteous paladin, but devoted to the powers of darkness.

Hit die: d10

Proficiencies: all simple and martial weapons, all types of armor and shields

Skill points: 2 + int modifier

Skills: concentration, craft armor, craft trap, craft weapon, discipline, heal, intimidate, lore, parry, persuade, ride, taunt

Unavailable feats: brew potion, craft wand, curse song, deflect arrows, extra music, extra turning, lingering song, quicken spell, scribe scroll, spell focus, weapon specialization
These general feats cannot be selected when taking a level of blackguard.

Primary saving throw(s): fortitude

Base attack bonus: +1/level


To qualify as a blackguard, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria:

Alignment: any evil

Base attack bonus: +6

Skills: hide 5 ranks

Feats: cleave

Note: Getting this feat requires either a strength of at least 13 or one level of monk.

Level progressionEdit

Lvl BAB Saves Feats HP range Sneak
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 use poison 5-10 -
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 bull's strength, dark blessing, smite good 10-20 -
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 create undead, turn undead 15-30 - ghast
4th +4 +4 +1 +1   20-40 1d6
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 summon fiend 25-50 1d6 succubus
6th +6 +5 +2 +2 inflict serious wounds 30-60 1d6
7th +7 +5 +2 +2 contagion 35-70 2d6 doom knight
8th +8 +6 +2 +2 inflict critical wounds 40-80 2d6
9th +9 +6 +3 +3 45-90 2d6 vrock
10th +10 +7 +3 +3   50-100 3d6

Tip: becoming a BlackguardEdit

  • Any melee class, or any class that focuses on charisma, can make a successful blackguard.
  • The rogue, bard, monk and ranger classes have the prerequisite skill (hide) as a class skill.
  • Above all is required the will to serve the forces of darkness.

Epic BlackguardEdit

The epic blackguard is a twisted reflection of the epic paladin, the commander of legions of undead, the unholy lieutenant of evil gods, and a foul source of fear and mortal danger.

Hit die: d10

Skill points: 2 + int modifier

Bonus feats: The epic blackguard gains a bonus feat every three levels. In other words, at levels 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, and 28.

Epic bonus feats: armor skin, devastating critical, epic fiendish servant, epic prowess, epic reputation, epic toughness, epic weapon focus, great smiting, improved combat casting, improved sneak attack, overwhelming critical, perfect health, planar turning

Unavailable epic feats: automatic quicken spell, automatic silent spell, automatic still spell, bane of enemies, construct shape, dragon shape, epic spell penetration, epic spell: dragon knight, epic spell: epic mage armor, epic spell: epic warding, epic spell: greater ruin, epic spell: hellball, epic spell: mummy dust, epic weapon specialization, improved ki strike 4, improved ki strike 5, improved spell resistance, improved stunning fist, lasting inspiration, mighty rage, outsider shape, terrifying rage, thundering rage, undead shape
These epic general feats cannot be selected when taking a level of blackguard.

Epic Blackguard level progressionEdit

 Level  Feats HP range Sneak
13thbonus feat65-1304d6
16thbonus feat80-1605d6
19thbonus feat95-1906d6
22thbonus feat110-2207d6
25thbonus feat125-2508d6
28thbonus feat140-2809d6

Special Edit

Sneak attack: increases by +1d6 every three levels after 10th.

Summon fiend: does not improve without the epic fiendish servant feat, despite in-game documentation to the contrary.

Notes Edit