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The Dark Elf is a creature in Dungeon Keeper 2 and Dungeon Keeper Online.


"Evolved from a race of Elves who shunned the overland world in favour of the dank dungeons, Dark Elves are intelligent and sophisticated warriors. Their long history of dwelling beneath ground has tuned their senses to impressive levels and higher level specimens are particularly adept with a crossbow at long range.

Since the Dark Elves rejected the Overworld, there has been a longstanding rivalry between Dark Elves and Elven Archers. Dark Elves also harbour an irrational resentment towards Dwarves and positively detest doing research or manufacturing."

— Dungeon Keeper 2 Manual

The Dark Elf is the first "guard" creature available to the Keeper; they will patrol in Guard Rooms by default once their basic need are taken care of. They should not be left unchecked, however, especially if a battle is indicated - they are unlikely to be able to handle an invasion without support.

In battle, the Dark Elf will snipe opponents with her crossbow, preferably from behind her more durable allies, lending them their role as support creatures. While Possessed, she can enter "Sniper Mode" which causes the viewpoint to zoom in, allowing for more precise sniping. High level Dark Elves also gain a number of ranged attack spells.

They do not get along with their functionally-identical counterpart, the Elven Archer, and it should be avoided that the two creatures share a Lair or Guard Room. They similarly dislike Dwarves.

The Mentor's Thoughts[]

"Behold the Dark Elf. Her sniping skills as sharp as bolted arrows which she shoots. She serves you well in line behind your fighters, and excels in duty as a guard."
The Mentor, Campaign Mode
"A Dark Elf has entered your dungeon. She is a crackshot with her crossbow, and while weak on her own, a group of them will quickly whittle enemy numbers down."
The Mentor, Pet Dungeon Mode


  • Despite being noticeably female, Dark Elves sound quite masculine.
    • There are even one or two instances during the campaign where The Mentor will erroneously refer to the Dark Elves as a him.



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