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Mana is the currency of magic, and is spent each time you cast a spell in Dungeon Keeper 2. Mana is also used to keep Imps alive, at a cost of 7 mana per Imp per turn. Mana is generated from owned land (including Reinforced Walls) at a rate of 1 mana per tile, but your 5x5-tile Dungeon Heart generates an extra 5, for a total of 30 per turn. The maximum quantity of mana that can be stored in the Dungeon Heart is 200,000, with a maximum base income of 500/turn. Mana vaults add 100 to the income cap and to the income. Some traps impose a continuous drain on your mana, as well as consuming a larger quantity each time they are activated.

Dungeon Keeper[]

Mana was one of the resources used to summon magical (but not corporeal) creatures in the first Dungeon Keeper, before it was redesigned.[1][2] It was also used instead of gold to pay magical creatures.[3]


It seems to have been cut rather late in development; post-revamp screens show it, yet there's no trace of it in the retail game.

Dungeon Keeper 2[]


Another way to increase one's mana supply is to have creatures praying in an Unholy Temple. The quantity gained per turn depends upon the type of creature

Undead and Prayer[]

Vampires have the advantage of praying automatically, if there is nothing to research and there is room for them at an Unholy Temple. They will pray even to the exclusion of training, which is handy as you do not want them to train up to level 4.

Despite their relatively low mana output, a horde of Skeletons can be a good source of mana if you can get them past level 4 (or put them in the Unholy Temple before they train up to level 4), because they will literally stay there and pray forever until you make them do something else. You can lock 24 of them in a 5x5 room, all filled with Unholy Temple except for the center square, and have a constant stream of 720 mana per turn.

Another nice thing about having the undead pray; if they are injured, praying will heal them.

The player's current quantity of mana is displayed in blue next to the circular Dungeon Heart health indicator at the top of the GUI.


  • The mana icon is almost identical to the Environmental Effects icon, except that it has a green background instead of brown:
Mana EAX
Mana icon Dungeon Keeper 2 Environmental Effects icon Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Keeper Mobile[]



Mana was used to cast spells while either defending your dungeon or attacking another dungeon.

A Dark Library was used for generating and storing mana. Upgrading the Dark Library would increase the total mana capacity of your dungeon, which enabled more spells to be cast.

Guild perks could also increase the rate mana regenerated.


  1. "Born-Again Keeper". Bullfrog Bulletin (Guildford: Bullfrog Productions) (4): 8, 9. Spring 1997. 
  2. Dungeon Keeper trailer, early 1996.
  3. The Dungeon Keeper Goodies Disc.