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This article is about the hostile mob in Minecraft Dungeons. For the powerful mob on the Arcade, see MCD:Giant Royal Guard § Giant Royal Guard (mob). For the boss on the Arcade, see Giant Royal Guard. For the hostile mob in the tower, see MCD:Tower Guard.
Royal Guard
Royal Guard.pngRoyal Guard Without Shield.png


Natural equipment

A royal guard is a heavily-armored illager that wields a shield and a mace found in Minecraft Dungeons. The royal guards are the highest ranking guards of the Arch-Illager and they protect him at all costs. A variant of the royal guard, the tower guard exists in certain floors of the tower.


Royal guard are illagers wearing dark armor with yellow outlines on the helmet and sleeves, and with a sapphire gem. They carry shields that have a yellow cross-like pattern, in addition to maces.



Royal guards are one of the strongest illagers in the Arch-Illager’s army, capable of overwhelming the hero with both damage and numbers.

Royal guards are usually protected by their heavy armor and their shield and mace. The shield should be destroyed first, so the hero can damage it. Royal guards are slower than most mobs, but extremely strong, capable of dealing heavy damage to the hero. Their health pool is larger than the gold armored vindicator and they do more melee damage. They still can be stunned by normal attack.

In this sense, they are the illager equivalent of skeleton vanguards, except they use maces instead of glaives.

They have three behaviors:


If a royal guard is in range it charges at the hero.

Basic attack

Royal guards are capable of swinging their mace at the hero, dealing heavy damage. However they cannot move when attacking as regular vindicator.

Target lock

If the hero runs 15 blocks away from a royal guard, it locks onto them and chases after them, ignoring other heroes.[verify]

Royal guard shield[]

Royal Guard Shield
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Common Common Rare Rare

A royal guard shield is an unobtainable shield equipped exclusively by royal guards.


The royal guard shields are dark gray with a golden outline. There is a golden cross on the center of the shield with a dark gray square in the middle.


Royal guard shields do not deflect all ranged attacks, unlike the tower guard shields wielded by the tower guards however they give the royal guards some protection against attacks.


Power Min health
1 52.8
4 89.76
10 142.56
16 216.48
22 290.4
27 390.72
33 522.72
39 675.84
45 865.92
51 1114.08
56 1510.08
62 2048.64
68 2766.72
74 3553.44
80 4561.92
86 5855.52
91 7972.8
97 10818.72
103 14657.28


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Vigilant scoundrel[]

The arena where the vigilant scoundrel is summoned and battled.

The vigilant scoundrel is the ancient variant of the royal guard encountered during Ancient Hunts with the minimum offering of the following runes:

The ancient resides within a Highblock Halls interior-themed arena and possesses, at minimum, the following enchantments:

15 enchanted pillagers act as the ancient's minions, possessing the following enchantments:

Upon defeating the vigilant scoundrel, a gilded variant of the following items will drop as a reward:

Data values[]

  • In the game files, the royal guard is referred to internally as the RoyalGuard and the IllagerRoyalGuard.
  • In the game files, the royal guard’s shield is referred to internally as the RoyalGuardShield and the IllagerRoyalGuardShield.



Minecraft Dungeons
Dungeons BetaRoyal Guard.pngRoyal Guard Shield (MCD).pngAdded royal guards and royal guard shields.
October 16, 2021A video was shown in a twitter post revealing that tower guards, a royal guard variant, will spawn within the Cloudy Climb tower.[1]
October 16, 2021Another video was shown in a twitter post revealing that royal guards will spawn alongside tower guards.[2]
October 16, 2021A video was shown in a twitter post, showing a hero being saved by another hero from enchanted royal guards.[3]


  • Sometimes, the Creepy Crypt and Panda Plateau can generate a skeleton with the royal guard's equipment. When the hero clicks on it, the skeleton disappears and waves of skeletons are summoned around it. After the waves have been defeated, the hero gets a chest reward, but still can't take the dark armor and the shield.


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