The Beetle (also known as the Bug in the game's code) is a creature type in Dungeon Keeper.
"A Beetle has scuttled into your realm. It's tough enough to absorb a lot of damage."
-- In game introduction
A very basic creature that gets stamped on in a fight. Beetles are very weak and are regarded as fireball fodder by the stronger heroes.
-- Dungeon Keeper Manual
General Information Edit
Beetles are basic units that are obtainable from the very first level. They are somewhat tougher than Flies, but are still very fragile. They are vastly inferior in later levels, but in the early levels, they can be very useful. If nothing else, beetles can fill in for better minions in the Workshop or Library.
With no jobs that it likes to do or is particularly good at, nothing it hates, and barely learning any spells, the Beetle is a very plain creature. Although they are very cheap to maintain and easy to keep appeased, their poor quality in almost every regard makes them not worth keeping under most circumstances. Their Freeze spell is somewhat useful, but can only be obtained by Level 7. On later levels they become effectively useless, so it's best to either expel Beetles from your Dungeon, or use them in sacrifice recipes.
Combat Statistics Edit
See Query for more information on Health, Strength, Defence, Skill, Dexterity and Luck.
Tasks and Management Edit
|Hunger||1 ∕ 5000|
For this reason Beetles can serve as a sort of placeholder. They can fill in on tasks where needed while costing practically nothing to retain and requiring no attention at all. Whereas more advanced creatures might actively try to use the Training Room, demand higher Wages, or generally be more of a pain to manage in some way.
|2 Beetles||--||--||Complete Manufacturing|
|1 Beetle||1 Spider||--||Mistress|
|1 Mistress||1 Beetle||--||Casts Rebound on your creatures FX|
|1 Bile Demon||1 Beetle||--||Casts Protect Monster on your creatures FX|
|1 Beetle||1 Orc||--||Tentacle FX|
|1 Troll||1 Beetle||--||Demon Spawn FX|
|1 Demon Spawn||1 Beetle||--||Hound FX|
| ||Beetle · Bile Demon · Mistress · Demon Spawn · Dragon · Fly · Ghost · Hound · Horned Reaper · Imp · Orc · Skeleton · Spider · Tentacle · Troll · Vampire · Warlock|
| ||Bile Demon · Black Knight · Dark Angel · Dark Elf · Dark Mistress · Firefly · Goblin · Horny · Imp · Maiden · Rogue · Salamander · Skeleton · Troll · Vampire · Warlock|
| ||Bile Demon · Black Knight · Dark Angel · Dark Elf · Dark Mistress · Dragon · Engineer · Goblin · Horned Reaper · Imp · Magic Eye · Magic Colossus · Rogue · Salamander · Skeleton · Sorcerer · Vampire|
| ||Revenant · Ghoul Hound · Perfidious Yuck|
| ||Chicken · Floating Spirit|