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'Your Library is still not functional; you must enlarge it!' - The Mentor (DK2)
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"Emberglow. In this land, Keeper Gormagon is currently under siege by Lord Sigmund and his allies. A lack of foresight has found this rival of ours falling foul of both the creatures and the land itself within this treacherous realm. Although his position now looks irretrievable, perhaps when he falls his old dungeon will be of some use to us?"
— The Mentor, level briefing

Caverns is the 7th level in Dungeon Keeper 2, located in Emberglow. This level is the player's introduction to lava, as well as Salamanders and Giants, both of which are immune to lava.

This level begins with immediate destruction of the rival Keeper Gormagon's Dungeon Heart, leaving the player with many rooms to claim. However, the player has to be wary as the Giants that had slain the rival Keeper still remain a threat. One will approach the player's Dungeon Heart, but fortunately four Goblins will soon arrive through the already claimed Portal even if the player does not own a Lair and/or Hatchery.

The remaining Giants will not attack your Dungeon Heart unless they are led there. The Dungeon Special for Duckshoot can be found in this level.

Breakdown[]

"Caverns"- Emberglow
Primary Goal
Dispatch Lord Sigmund and his Giants
Ancillary Goal(s)
Negotiate the Giants' caverns

Look out for the molten lava that flows through this domain


Red Keeper (Human)
Creature Limit 20
Starting Gold 0
Starting Forces 4 Imps
May Attract
  Warlock   Troll pickup Darkelf Mistress pickup
Salamander icon          
May Create or Summon
Imp pickup Skeleton pickup    
Rooms
Lair icon Library2 Icon Medium Treasury Icon Medium   Wooden Bridge Icon Medium Torture Room2 Icon Medium    
Hatchery2 Icon Medium Training Room2 Icon Medium Workshop2 Icon Medium Guard Room Icon Medium Prison2 Icon Medium    
Spells
Createimp2 icon medium Possession icon medium Sightofevil2 icon medium     |  
Thunderbolt icon medium Heal2 icon medium Calltoarms2 icon medium     |  
Traps & Doors
Wooden Door2 Icon Medium     Sentry Trap Icon Medium Fear Trap Icon Medium        
Barricade Icon Medium       Alarm Trap2 Icon Medium        
Blue Keeper (Gormagon)
Creature Limit 20
Starting Gold 2000
May Attract
  Warlock   Troll pickup Darkelf Mistress pickup
Salamander icon          
Unable to summon Creatures
Unable to construct Rooms
No Spells
No Doors or Traps



Strategy[]

At the beginning of the level you should hold off on trying to build anything (except maybe a tiny lair) and focus on claiming the remains of the fallen dungeon. Use the few Goblins you get to distract the Giants so your Imps can claim the Lair and the Hatchery, allowing more creatures to enter your dungeon. While you are doing this, build a Prison so you can torture and convert the Giants when you have defeated them, as their immunity to lava and raw strength make them excellent for this level. Once you are settled, it is recommended that you use your Possession spell and possess a high leveled Giant. While possessed, use grouping (press 7) to recruit a group of many Salamanders and Giants to explore and to traverse through the level.

Remember that Wooden Bridges won't last long on lava, so it may be wise to sell those that are burnt.

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