Roland Deschain is the central protagonist and hero of The Dark Tower. He is the son of Steven and Gabrielle Deschain and is the last of a long line of "gunslingers", peacekeepers and diplomats of Roland's society. He is also the final human descendant of Arthur Eld. His image and personality are largely inspired by the "Man with No Name" from three of Sergio Leone's westerns, though his quest and many of his personal and internal conflicts are drawn from Robert Browning's poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.

Roland is also very old, and stated to be immortal (he is approximately 336 or 337 years old at the end of his quest).

Powers and Stats

Tier: 9-B physically, higher with his revolvers

Name: Roland Deschain

Origin: The Dark Tower

Gender: Male

Age: 336 or 337 years old (appears to be late 30s or early 40s physically)

Classification: Human, Gunslinger of Gilead

Powers & Abilities: Peak Human Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses, Expert Gunslinger, Immortality (Type 1), potential psychic powers, Resistance to Mind Manipulation (Fought off a dust devil's mental illusions while weakened from food and water deprivation. Beheld a vision of the birth of the universe, which was stated immediately afterwards to have been capable of driving a normal man insane) as well as Empathic Manipulation and Possession (Completely immune to Randall Flagg's psychic powers, which include mind reading, mind control, emotional manipulation and complete possession of the body)

Attack Potency: Wall level physically, higher with his revolvers (A point-blank shot to a man's neck was enough to take off his entire head. Bullets fired from these guns have been shown tearing off the tops of victims' skulls, obliterating the heads of mutants and blasting full-grown dogs in half)

Speed: Supersonic combat speed and reactions (Casual bullet timer. Can shoot and reload his revolvers with such speed that he appears to be using machineguns. Able to shoot down sneetches, which travel faster than the eye can see. Has shown comparable speed to Randall Flagg, and during a fight with him, was able to block multiple speeding bullets with nothing but his gun)

Lifting Strength: Superhuman (Effortlessly broke a man's wrists. Snapped a man-sized wolf's neck with his bare hands when he was only 14)

Striking Strength Wall Class (Demolished a wooden doorway with a single kick as a teenager)

Durability: Wall level (Survived being shot in the chest with multiple firearms at once, followed by taking a direct head blow to the head from a man far stronger than him physically. Was still able to fight after falling four stories into a moving bus. Withstood getting hit with a steel beam hard enough to send him flying, then stood back up after having a large pile of stone debris dropped on him from above)

Stamina: Superhuman. Managed to survive walking across a desert for eight days without food, two of which he had also gone without water. Was up and moving after getting shot in the chest multiple times and being struck in the head hard enough to knock him unconscious. Won a fight after falling out of a window into a moving bus, getting stabbed with glass, having a bullet puncture his hand, being knocked into a wall with a steel beam and having several pounds of concrete dropped on him while he was down. Was still fully capable of fighting and outgunning numerous enemies despite being half-dead from a debilitating sickness.

Range: Standard melee range physically. Up to several hundred meters with his revolvers. (Scored a headshot on a man who was far enough away that a normal person required binoculars in order to see him)

Standard Equipment: The Horn of Eld. Two revolvers forged from the melted-down steel of Excalibur. 

Intelligence: Well above average. Highly skilled in combat, especially in regards to firearms and marksmanship. Extremely observant and attentive to details, especially in regards to hunting, tracking and maintaining awareness of his surroundings.

Weaknesses: Obsessed with his journey for the Dark Tower. Possesses a rather straightforward approach to most conflicts, and has stated himself that he has trouble 'thinking around corners'. (Though this rarely ever seems to affect his combat ability)

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Shooting Skills: Roland is extremely adept at using his guns, managing to score nigh-impossible shots with a relative ease. He is capable of tagging enemies from impossible distances, as well as shooting incredibly small targets such as bats and garden snakes. He's able to hit unseen targets by ricocheting bullets off multiple surfaces, and he is even capable of redirecting his bullets by shooting them mid-flight.
  • Reloading Skills: Roland uses unconventional methods to reload his guns faster than other firearm users. His reloading is so fast that the average eye compares his shooting to that of a machinegun, and he is capable of putting six bullets into his revolver within a single sweep of his hand.
  • Enhanced Senses: Roland's sense border on the supernatural. His hearing is acute to the point of letting him hear a drop of blood hit the ground from across a village (while in the middle of a battle), his eyesight has allowed him to spot the Crimson King from as far as five miles away, and he managed to track down Jake Chambers from a great distance while using nothing but his sense of smell.
  • Resistance: Through means unknown, Roland has developed a high resistance to outside influence, be it physical, mental or emotional. He has resisted mind control and body possession (including those of Randall Flagg), and has fought off illusions and glamours from demons, witches and succubi.


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Notable Losses:

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