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Rooms in Dungeon Keeper 2

A view of some Rooms in Dungeon Keeper 2

Rooms are the basis for successful dungeon management as they attract creatures and serve some special purposes.

Dungeon Keeper[]

Pre-existing rooms[]

Buildable rooms[]

Originally, rooms could only be built one tile at a time, which can be very tedious; players must individually click on each and every single tile of the room they wished to build. It was not until later versions of KeeperFX that the ability to specify a blueprint for an entire room was introduced. KeeperFX 0.5 and later feature the Dungeon Keeper 2-style ability to create blueprints by holding the left mouse button and dragging the cursor. Unlike Dungeon Keeper 2, however, the room is built in rows in the direction the blueprint was dragged in from the northern perspective. Rooms whose blueprints were created via a hotkey are always built (from the northern perspective) left-to-right, top-to-bottom (that is, west to east, north to south).

Room efficiency[]

See also Room Flags#Efficiency

Room efficiency is a concept unique to DK1 (in DK2 it is represented by the number of widgets only, as described below). A room's efficiency determines both its speed and capacity. An efficient Training Room, for example, can train many units at the same time, and trains them a lot faster than an inefficient Training Room would. Efficiency rewards building rooms in confined, walled spaces instead of open planned dungeons. The increased walking distance the walls cause between different rooms is more than made up for by the reduced sizes of the needed rooms and increased work speed the efficiency provides. Room tiles of a different type, dirt path, claimed path, water, and lava provide no efficiency. Earth, impenetrable rock, gold seams, and gem seams provide low efficiency. Room tiles of the same type, reinforced walls (if they belong to the same player as the room), and doors provide high efficiency. As such, a room of any size (unless it's too rectangular) filled with tiles of a single type surrounded only by doors and reinforced walls will always be at 100% efficiency. Having larger rooms can tolerate more border tiles with low or no efficiency. Some rooms require at least a 3x3 section to be of practical use (so they can contain a needed widget).

The official strategy guide claims that square shapes are more efficient than irregular shapes.[1]

Guard Posts and Bridges also provide high efficiency to neighboring tiles. This makes it unwise to use doors for room efficiency as they sell for more gold than Guard Post tiles. In fact, the most efficient dungeon would be one without any internal walls and just Guard Posts separating the rooms. In later versions of KeeperFX this is not the case since Bridges and Guard Posts no longer provide efficiency to neighboring rooms.


Comparison Table: Rooms
  Room   Cost (per tile)     Health     Attracts  
Treasure Room Icon Small Treasure Room 50 100 Demon-spawn-icon Demon Spawn
Dragon-icon Dragon
Lair Icon Small Lair 100 200 Beetle-icon Beetle
Vampire-icon Vampire
Spider-icon Spider
Tentacle-icon Tentacle
Dragon-icon Dragon
Bile-demon-icon Bile Demon
Hatchery Icon Small Hatchery 125 350 Spider-icon Spider
Bile-demon-icon Bile Demon
Training Room Icon Small Training Room 150 1250 Demon-spawn-icon Demon Spawn
Orc-icon Orc
Skeleton-icon Skeleton
Library Icon Small Library 200 320 Warlock-icon Warlock
Druid-icon DruidFX
Bridge Icon Small Bridge 30 100 None
Guard Post Icon Small Guard Post 50 4000 Druid-icon DruidFX
Workshop Icon Small Workshop 200 900 Troll-icon Troll
Prison Icon Small Prison 225 600 Skeleton-icon Skeleton
Torture Room Icon Small Torture Chamber 350 100 Dark-mistress-icon Dark Mistress
Ghost-icon Ghost
Barracks Icon Small Barracks 125 350 Orc-icon Orc
Temple Icon Small Temple 350 1000 Horned-reaper-icon Horned Reaper
Tentacle-icon Tentacle
Graveyard Icon Small Graveyard 300 350 Vampire-icon Vampire
ScavengerRoom Icon Small Scavenger Room 750 1000 Hound-icon Hound
Dungeon Heart Icon Small Dungeon Heart N/A 30000 None
Portal Icon Small Portal N/A 4000 None



  • As with trap placement, placing a room slab permanently destroys certain decoration[Note 1] (such as statues) on the tile. Flambeux are a strange matter: whether they're destroyed permanently depends on placement, and the rules for flambeau restoration on selling seem to be different for rooms to traps.


Early content[]

  • Dungeon Keeper early Room icon 4 Unknown
  • Dungeon Keeper early Room icon 9 Grave (?)
  • Dungeon Keeper early Room icon 10 Unknown

Dungeon Keeper 2[]

Pre-existing rooms[]

  • Heart2 Icon Medium Dungeon Heart - the main room of your dungeon. Once destroyed, you are put to rest.
  • Portal2 Icon Medium Hero Gate - the great gate heroes from the surface get to the dungeon through. While you can't create one, you can destroy one by claiming all the 12 tiles of the surrounding terrain.
  • Portal2 Icon Medium Mercenary Portal - the portal hero mercenaries come from. Used only in skirmish and network games.
  • Portal2 Icon Medium Portal - the room the attracted creatures come and leave through.

Buildable rooms[]

  • Lair icon Lair - the place to rest for creatures.
  • Hatchery2 Icon Medium Hatchery - the source of food for creatures.
  • Library2 Icon Medium Library - all spell research happens here; spell books and artefacts stored here too.
  • Training Room2 Icon Medium Training Room - place to train creatures up to level 4.
  • Treasury Icon Medium Treasury - gold storage.
  • Workshop2 Icon Medium Workshop - the workers manufacture traps and doors here.
  • Casino Icon Medium Casino - the gambling place used either for getting the creatures happy or for taking back their earnings.
  • Guard Room Icon Medium Guard Room - the room where the creatures watch the area for upcoming enemies.
  • Wooden Bridge Icon Medium Wooden Bridge - the mean of connecting your territories across the water. Can be built upon the lava but ends up burning out. Useful to claim disconnected territories, to speed up water traversal, and to collect bodies.
  • Prison2 Icon Medium Prison - keeps captives.
  • Torture Room2 Icon Medium Torture Chamber - either forces captives to share some map information or turns them into Keepers' servants.
  • Stone Bridge Icon Medium Stone Bridge - the lava-proof bridge.
  • Graveyard2 Icon Medium Graveyard - corpse storage and Vampire generator.
  • Combat Pit Icon Medium Combat Pit - place to make creatures fight each other, gaining levels up to 8.
  • Temple2 Icon Medium Unholy Temple - the most direct contact to gods.

Rooms blueprints can be created by holding the left mouse button and dragging the cursor. The room is built in the opposite direction to the one the blueprint was dragged in, which is rather strange for bridges, because it can mean that it is built starting from a tile that one cannot build on yet.

Rooms usability[]

Some rooms are only useful when they contain widgets. Typically, those widgets are placed in the inner part of the room spaced with one tile from the border (E.g. the 5x4 room will have 6 widgets occupying the inner 3x2 area of the room). Such widgets are found in the Library (shelves), Training Room (dummies), Workshop (utilities), Casino (gambling utilities), Prison (the fenced area), Torture Chamber (torture utilities), Graveyard (graves), Combat Pit (pit) and Unholy Temple (liquid).

Some rooms may also contain additional walled widgets. These are placed on walls and stone between two unused wall spaces in line (E.g. the 7 narrow tiles of wall would contain up to 3 widgets). Such rooms are Library, Training Room, Workshop, Casino and Torture Chamber.

The Unholy Temple and Graveyard both have additional nested widgets that are placed by the same rules inside the primary widgets of the room (one per room) (E.g. in 5x5 temple the liquid will cover the central 3x3 area with hand appearing in the center of it). Unlike the graves in the Graveyard, the sarcophagus does not contribute to the maximum number of Vampires able to be created.

Several rooms have pseudo widgets: hatches in Hatchery, tables/weapons in Guard Room and different walled pseudo widgets in every room except bridges. Those rooms as well as Lair, Treasury and bridges are functional regardless of their shape.


Comparison Table: Rooms
  Room   Cost (per tile)     Health     Attracts  
Treasury Icon Medium Treasury 200 1000 None
Lair icon Lair 300 1000 Firefly Firefly
Goblin icon Goblin
Hatchery2 Icon Medium Hatchery 300 1000 Bile Demon pickup Bile Demon
Training Room2 Icon Medium Training Room 500 1000 Salamander icon Salamander
Library2 Icon Medium Library 600 1000 Warlock Warlock
Wooden Bridge Icon Medium Wooden Bridge 200 200 None
Stone Bridge Icon Medium Stone Bridge 500 200 None
Guard Room Icon Medium Guard Room 600 1000 Darkelf Dark Elf
Workshop2 Icon Medium Workshop 600 1000 Troll pickup Troll
Bile Demon pickup Bile Demon
Prison2 Icon Medium Prison 750 1000 None
Torture Room2 Icon Medium Torture Chamber 500 1000 Mistress pickup Mistress
Combat Pit Icon Medium Combat Pit 750 1000 Black Knight-icon Black Knight
Temple2 Icon Medium Unholy Temple 3000 1000 Dark Angel-icon Dark Angel
Graveyard2 Icon Medium Graveyard 2000 1000 Vampire pickup Vampire
Casino Icon Medium Casino 750 1000 Rogue Rogue
Heart2 Icon Medium Dungeon Heart -- 10000 None
Portal2 Icon Medium Portal -- 1000 None


Dungeon Keeper Online[]

In addition to the Treasury, Lair, Hatchery, Casino, Workshop, Library, Training Room, Temple, Prison, Torture Chamber, Graveyard, and Combat Pit, there are three new rooms:

Dungeon Keeper Mobile[]

What would your dungeon be without rooms? (Just an endless maze of corridors...). Rooms help to flesh out your dungeon and provide certain benefits – be it gold or stone storage, new or upgraded minions or spells, or new traps.

Each room must have an entry point and cannot be touching another room.  (The rooms may not share a common wall and cannot touch diagonally.)


  1. In the sense of serving purely to enhance the aesthetics, not necessarily objects under the 'Decoration' category.


  1. Prima's Official Guide To Dungeon Keeper Gold Edition. p. 107. Prima Publishing. (1998). ISBN 978-0-7615-1581-4.
  2. Prima's Official Guide To Dungeon Keeper Gold Edition. p. 106. Prima Publishing. (1998). ISBN 978-0-7615-1581-4.
  3. Dungeon Keeper 2 : Prima's Official Strategy Guide. p. 77. Prima Games. (1999). ISBN 978-0-7615-1805-1.