Heinrich I was one of two primary antagonists of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. He was an evil warlord who launched a campaign of conquest in Medieval Europe. He had studied the black arts and used them to his advantage by raising an army of undead warriors, the Dark Knights. In 943 AD, a benevolent wizard by the name of Simon the Wanderer confronted Heinrich, seeking to end his reign of terror. After a brief battle, the mystic realized he cannot destroy Heinrich, so he instead magically seals the tyrant in limbo.
After a thousand years, in 1943 Heinrich was freed by SS High Priestess Marianna Blavatsky and was eager to resume his reign of terror. Unfortunately he sensed the presence of the American soldier B.J. Blazkowicz who confronted him in a duel. After a fierce fight, Heinrich was ultimately destroyed by Blazkowicz, ensuring that the warlord's powers will not be used by the SS Paranormal Division.
- Heinrich I has the most health out of all the bosses that you'll face. He has around 4970 HP on normal difficulty. While on hard mode, he has approximately 10K HP considering on the latest patch which buffs him, no matter what difficulty you are playing, he is the most durable opponent in RTCW, prepare lots of ammunition to fight him. His abilities are somewhat similar to Olaric, but he has more tricks under his sleeve.
- Despite, he is the final boss and has a brutal appearance. He is a rather simpler boss other than that he can summon Dark Knights, his main means of attack is swinging his sword and sending godforsaken spirits.
- One strategy is to use either the Tesla Gun, the Venom, or both. The spread damage from both weapons will hurt not only Heinrich but the enemies around him. You'll quickly defeat any undead and Dark knights around him and slowly hurt Heinrich. Keep a distance however; don't give Heinrich the chance to strike!
The graphic novels seem to suggest that Heinrich I was resurrected to replace Hitler as leader of the Third/Fourth Reich, while he was out of commission from an earlier attempted assasination attempted by B.J. This may be a reference to the Original Encounter events (or the order and dating of Wolfenstein 3D [the 3rd Encounter] era was pushed back before 1943, similar to the RTCW strategy guide which places events of Wolf 3-D before RTCW).
An image of an unzombified Heinrich may appear in the paintings in Castle Wolfenstein in The Old Blood. The Castle is said to be have been built by the eldest son of Henry the Fowler, Otto I.
Behind the scenesEdit
Heinrich I is the real name of the first king of Germany, also known as Henry I or Henry the Fowler. He was not an evil conqueror in real life, spending just as much time defending Germany from invaders as expanding it, and his legacy was the modern state of Germany. He would have found the Nazis and their crimes appalling. By the date given in the game for his imprisonment, he had actually been dead for four years before he was sealed away and when the First Reich collapse (however, he is already portrayed as undead and immortal by that point as well, seemingly risen from his original death).
|Humans||Black Guard · Elite Guard · Flamethrower · Officer · Soldier · Venom Gunner · Worker|
|Undead||Fire Undead · Undead · Undead Warrior · Dark Knight|
|X-Creatures||Loper · Proto-Soldier|
|Bosses||Olaric · Super Soldier · Heinrich I|
|Nazis||Wilhelm Strasse · Marianna Blavatsky · Helga von Bulow · Heinrich Himmler · Zemph · Zee · Lofen · Wolfgang Statz · Shurber · Major Jurgen · Unnamed Scientist (Cursed Sands)|
|Console exclusive||Egyptian Mercenary · Occult Priest · X-Shepherd|