Note: This article discusses material that was once considered canon but whose canonicity is now superceded.
A Knight Lancer is a variant of the standard Imperial Knight suit that has been designed for speed and agility. The Knight Lancer is most usually used to perform scouting actions, outflank enemy forces and distract them while heavier units can position themselves to attack.
The Knight Lancer is equipped with a Battle Cannon to give it ranged combat capabilities, but its true armament is the Power Lance. The Power Lance is a relatively simple upgrade to the standard Shock Lance that is mounted on other Knight patterns. It operates by intensifying the bolt of energy normally expelled from Shock Lances, changing it into a searing arc of lightning capable of rending all but the strongest of armour plating and causing havoc in enemy ranks. The Power Lance has a very short range, but its nature makes it the perfect weapon for hit-and-run attacks.
This original incarnation of the Knight Lancer was provided in the supplement found in White Dwarf 126 (UK). This account of the Knight Lancer's history has largely been superseded by newer canon beginning with Codex: Imperial Knights (7th Edition). The version of the Knight Lancer given here has now been replaced in canon by the Cerastus Knight-Lancer, a Knight suit dating back to the time of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy.
- Titan Legions (2nd Edition), pp. 28-29
- White Dwarf 182 (UK), " 'Eavy Metal: Forces of the Imperium," pg. 38
- White Dwarf 126 (UK), "Space Marine - Knights," by Andy Chambers, pp. 31, 38, 42, 45