Dk1 samurai huge
Appears in Dungeon Keeper
Faction Heroes
Attracted By -- (DK1),
Training Room - 9 tiles, Barracks - 6 tiles, Torture Chamber - 1 tile, FX
Fighter Class Melee
Base Wage 195
Base Health 700
Spells Level 1 - Hand to Hand

Level 5 - Sight
Level 6 - Lightning
Level 7 - Speed
Level 9 - Freeze

Likes Fighting, Training
Hates Dark Mistresses, not training

The Samurai is a type of Hero in Dungeon Keeper.


"A master swordsman, the Samurai is fearless and swift in battle. The Samurai’s code of fighting, the Bushido, is strict and the sense of honour he has can hamper his performance when faced by hordes of evil, nihilistic creatures."
Dungeon Keeper Manual

Called the Ninja in some instances, the Samurai is a fast, powerful sword-wielder.

The samurai's melee attack is approximately on-par with that of the Knight, but he gains a more offense-oriented spell kit as he levels. He will continue to favor melee combat after learning Lightning, but he invokes Freeze on recharge when engaging a foe. With his fast overland movement rate and dueling skills (bolstered further by Speed), this character is about as dangerous as the rank-and-file heroes get. The Keeper needs to start thinking fast, as well, when samurai are on the loose.

If one can convert a Samurai to their side, they will find them a great addition to their ranks. Samurai live to train and will gain experience rapidly. If they are not allowed to train, are under Level 10, and have no pre-designated job like guard duty to keep them occupied, they will grow angry. Angered samurai can go on a rampage and start attacking other creatures or even join the enemy.

As mentioned in the game documents and messages, these heroes follow a code of honour, and it causes them to have certain ideological problems with Dark Mistresses. The fights between them are violent and destructive, and as both are very valuable creatures, it is best to avoid these situations by keeping their lairs well-apart.

Combat Statistics Edit

Base Health: 700
Base Strength: 80
Defence: 60
Base Skill: 70
Base Dexterity: 90
Luck: 20

See Query for more information on Health, Strength, Defence, Skill, Dexterity and Luck.

Tasks and Management Edit

Research Skill 2
Manufacturing Skill 2
Training Skill 4
Training Cost 50
Scavenging Skill 3
Scavenging Cost 30
Praying Anger -50 ∕ t
Sleeping Anger -1 ∕ t
Heal Icon Small in Lair +9 ∕ t
Hunger 3Chicken icon tiny ∕ 8000t

Notes Edit

  • Samurai have twice-normal torture resistance (2000t).
  • Samurai exhibit neither the "hampered performance" nor special team-forming behavior referenced in the game messages.


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