The Dungeon Heart is a prebuilt room and the first room you start your Dungeon from. The Dungeon Heart represents the Keeper's, and therefore the player's, life. If the player's Dungeon Heart is destroyed then the player will automatically lose whichever level they are playing. Rival Dungeon Keepers also possess Dungeon Hearts and destroying them will kill the Keeper and cause their territory to revert to an unclaimed state.
In Dungeon Keeper, the Dungeon Heart is a white gem held up by a squad of golden trolls, with a smaller purple gem attached to the top of the frame. The gem's size is determined by the Heart's health; the more damaged it is, the smaller it gets (and the faster the Heart beats). The structure periodically glows in time to the beating of the Heart. In each corner is a flame of its Keeper's colour. Hero Hearts do not have flames at the corners.
Dungeon Keeper 2
In Dungeon Keeper 2, the heart takes on a completely different appearance. The heart itself is a large pool containing a fiery beating substance that spits large turquoise sparks into the air. A large stone arched structure covers it, and there are sets of stairs over the pool. The Dungeon Heart beats like a normal heart. As it gets damaged, it darkens in colour, turning purple, then grey, then black/dark brown. It beats faster than normal if moderately damaged, and slower than normal if severely damaged.
Dungeon Keeper Online
In Dungeon Keeper Online, the Dungeon Heart looks like the Dungeon Keeper 2 version, but without the arches and stairs.
The Dungeon Heart is a Keeper's residence and the means of control. In the beginning of the level you enter it and exit once you've lost. Every creature that enters through a Portal first attempts to check in at the Dungeon Heart before creating a Lair.
The Dungeon Heart occupies a 3x3 area, and usually occupies a 5x5 room.
Occasionally a hero fortress will contain a good Dungeon Heart, which usually must be destroyed in addition to the Lord of the Land.
When a Keeper or Hero Fortress loses its Dungeon Heart, their Claimed Path reverts to Dirt Path (which in turn may result in some of their Fortified Walls reverting to Earth. Fortified Walls adjacent to their rooms will remain), and their installed Traps and Doors will be destroyed. Rooms will remain and can be captured. If the Heart belonged to a Keeper, all of his creatures will stop fighting and head for their nearest Portal (if they don't have access to a Portal, they instead die straight away). Heroes will remain dangerous. Beware, destroying a hero Dungeon Heart quickly without clearing out a Hero dungeon can be catastrophic, as all doors will be destroyed, meaning any Heroes locked behind them will attack, and destroying a Hero Heart will not always be enough to win the level.
A Dungeon Heart starts out with 30,000 health points. The official guide book claims that it heals at a rate of just over a thousand health points per minute, but in fact the rate is only 150 points per minute.[Note 1] Trolls, Vampires, Dark Mistresses, and Skeletons recognise the importance of an enemy Dungeon Heart and may prioritise its destruction if they encounter one, but other creatures are more likely to get distracted.
Dungeon Keeper 2
The Dungeon Heart is the most important room in the dungeon, if this room is destroyed, all your minions will leave the dungeon by the nearest Portal, all your Imps will die and your mana reserves will disappear. In short; if your Heart is destroyed, you lose.
The Dungeon Heart occupies a 5x5 area with outer 16 tiles used as treasury capable of storing 1000 coins per tile. Mana is generated at the Dungeon Heart at the rate of 1 point of mana per tile controlled up to 500 points per cycle; the Heart itself generates 30 mana per cycle, and if you ever have fewer than four Imps, it will spontaneously create one every five seconds until you have at least four. Imps can be dropped into the Dungeon Heart in exchange for Mana.
In single-player games, a destroyed Dungeon Heart's Mana goes to the Keeper who defeated him. In multiplayer games, if a Keeper's Dungeon Heart is destroyed, what remains can be claimed by other Keepers as another source of Mana.
A Dungeon Heart begins with 10,000 health points, and heals at a rate of 2.5 health points per second. The Heart has built-in defence mechanisms; it senses enemy creatures within seven tiles of it and sends Imps, Rogues, and Fireflies to rally troops to fend off the threat. Imps automatically rush to the defence of a Dungeon Heart under attack; all other tasks and priorities are overridden until the threat has passed.
In Skirmish mode, you can specify what happens if an enemy Dungeon Heart is destroyed.
Dungeon Keeper Online
Like its Dungeon Keeper 2 counterpart, the Dungeon Heart in Dungeon Keeper Online stores gold at its sides. It produces magic, and determines which creatures the dungeon can hold. Creatures can be sacrificed into the heart for mana, like Imps can in Dungeon Keeper 2. The heart also has a level, which determines the dungeons maximum size and how many creatures it can house. Upgrading it requires certain conditions, such as having enough gold, to be met.
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- Dungeon Keeper Gold Manual. p. 30.
- Dungeon Keeper 2 : Prima's Official Strategy Guide. p. 81. Rocklin, CA: Prima Games. (1999). ISBN 978-0-7615-1805-1.
- Dungeon Keeper 2 Manual. p. 35.
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