Dead Crusaders are particularly tough enemies that come armed with a sword and shield. They can either be skeletons or zombies depending on the game they appear in. They tend to raise their shields against most oncoming attacks, and even some that are not directly aimed at them. They are only vulnerable if caught unaware or whilst attacking.
Crusaders generally raise their shields when the player is at the same level as them and performs an attack, even if they are too far away. Attacks from above or below usually don't trigger them to start blocking. Likewise, attacks which are not directly aimed at them (e.g.: the player is not facing at them) generally won't make them to start blocking either.
All variants drop the Blocking Mail, a chest armor piece which randomly nullifies any damage taken.
First appearance of the Dead Crusader in the series. It is a palette swap of the Skeleton Knight, although this time actually using the shield it holds to block attacks. They can be encountered in several areas of the castle, being particularly bothersome to deal with in areas where there are other enemies around, as they can provide them some protection. They can be prevented from blocking any attacks by using Nemesis's soul, Invisibility.
They generally start blocking as the player performs an attack, although not always. Since most of their encounters happen in relatively close quarters, perhaps the best method to deal with them is simply to attack continuously and hope one of these hits connects. Another relatively easier tactic would be to wait for him to attack - when he raises his sword he will become vulnerable to damage - the player can hit him once and then back dash away from the blow.
The Dead Crusader returns in Dawn of Sorrow as a zombie instead of a skeleton. He wields a sword, heavy armor and a massive shield that blocks all attacks and will not flinch unless he stops blocking. The only way to kill him is to either hit him from very far away or wait until he lifts his sword to strike. Using the Nunchakus or the Valmanway is really handy against this undead knight, since he cannot block their attacks.
Another method to defeat him easily consists in equipping a weapon that traces a wide arc around the player, like a great sword, axe or hammer. Approach the crusader, quickly face the opposite direction and attack. The weapon will hit him as it arcs behind the player and the crusader won't block since the attack is not directly aimed at him.
The Dead Crusader in Portrait of Ruin is just a recolored version of the Dawn of Sorrow sprite, and as such, behaves exactly the same, so the same tactics to deal with him apply. Furthermore, due to the versatility Jonathan's sub-weaponry and Charlotte's magic spells provide, there are many more options to defeat them from a safe distance this time around, like throwing vials of Holy Water at him from an elevated platform or simply performing a wide area-of-effect attack, like the Holy Lightning Dual Crush.
|Item Data: Dead Crusader|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Sword with a thin, needle-like blade.|| Weapon|
| Attrib: Sword|| ATK +31|
| Buy: $2,000 Find: Castle Corridor (Hammer's shop)|
Common Drop: Dead Crusader
|Parries attacks on occasion.|| Armor|
| DEF +35|
| Rare Drop: Dead Crusader|| Effect: There is chance that all damage from an attack will be negated.|
|CON is increased by 16.|| Enchanted Soul|
| CON +16|| Drop: Dead Crusader|
|A mail suit that occasionally blocks attacks.|| Armor|
| DEF +25|
| Rare Drop: Dead Crusader|
|Reduce the amount of damage from attacks.|| Enchanted Soul|
| Rarity: ***|
Drop: Dead Crusader
|Armor that completely blocks some attacks.|| Body Gear (Armor)|
| DEF +8|
| Drop: Dead Crusader|| Effect: Has a chance of completely blocking enemy attacks.|
- Both the Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin versions of this enemy appear to be wielding a Final Sword.