The Skeleton is a Creature type in Dungeon Keeper, Dungeon Keeper 2, and Dungeon Keeper Online.

General Information (Dungeon Keeper)Edit

"A basic fighter of average ability that is created in the Prison if a humanoid creature dies."
— Dungeon Keeper Manual

A Skeleton is raised if a humanoid creature (this means all humans, Troll-icon Trolls, Orc-icon Orcs and even Horned-reaper-icon Horned Reapers) dies in a Prison Icon Small Prison. This is a great way to get rid of and recycle heroes that are too weak to be worth converting, as well as troublesome dungeon elements such as revolting Warlock-icon Warlocks.

Skeletons are basic fighters with average health and mediocre armour. They can do some damage especially in groups but are likely to be defeated by stronger enemies if the Keeper doesn't take care. They train quickly with low training costs. Their Trap Lightning Small Lightning spell at level 10 can make them handy for supporting stronger melee fighters - or even defeating much stronger creatures that cannot reach them when lava is between them.

Like the other undead creatures, Vampire-icon Vampires and Ghost-icon Ghosts, Skeletons are immune to the effects of gas. Unlike Vampire-icon Vampires and Ghost-icon Ghosts, however, Skeletons cannot see invisible creatures.

Skeletons are also unusually low-maintenance as they do not require food, although they will still eat a chicken if dropped into a Hatchery Icon Small Hatchery which can be useful to heal them. Additionally, they have a very low base wage of 70, so having a ton of them wouldn't be too harmful to a Keeper's gold reserves. They do just about every job, but will fight with your Bile-demon-icon Bile Demons if forced to share the same Lair Icon Small Lair and refuse to group with them in a Barracks Icon Small Barracks.

Combat Statistics Edit

Base Health: 500
Base Strength: 55
Defence: 20
Base Skill: 50
Base Dexterity: 70
Luck: 2

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

General Information (Dungeon Keeper 2) Edit

"Skeletal creatures animated from the corpses that litter your dungeon. Skeletons are especially well suited to guard duty, as they require neither food nor pay and thus have no need to abandon their post. These mindless magical warriors also lack any sense of self-preservation, and throw themselves into combat without fear.

While they make ideal guards, they are not without their flaws; their brittle structure makes them rather vulnerable on the battlefield and they lack the mental dexterity to perform research work efficiently. Their fearlessness in battle can also be a drawback when presented with stupidly overwhelming odds."

— Dungeon Keeper 2 Manual

As with Dungeon Keeper, Skeletons aren't attracted though Portals like other creatures in Dungeon Keeper 2. When any creature (other than Imps or Vampires, which cannot be held captive) dies in your Prison, it may rise again as a Skeleton. Each Prison has a maximum number of Skeletons it can generate. This is equal to the number of inner tiles in the Prison plus one.

Skeletons are physically weak (same health as the Goblin) and cannot cast spells, but they do have a decent attack. What's more, they don't need food, require a Lair, demand pay or ever get angry. The drawback is that as they don't sleep or eat they have no means of regaining health - the only way to do this is to cast the Heal spell on them.

They are always willing to train and progress quickly. Once they reach level 4, they become idle and tend to wander around the dungeon, occasionally getting into fights. This is a problem as instead of falling unconscious, they are destroyed.

An alternative to the Heal spell is using a Temple as a home. Rather than wandering off, Skeletons stay in the Temple and regain health while you reap the mana. With enough of them, you can power Horny with their prayers.

Skeletons have no fear and will never retreat (even against insurmountable odds). Subsequently, they are immune to the effects of Fear Traps. When they die, they crumple into a pile of bones rather than produce a corpse. This means no chance of revival and no bodies for your Graveyard.

Dungeon Keeper OnlineEdit

In Dungeon Keeper Online, there are two types of Skeleton: Golden and Black. The former is good, the latter evil.[1][2]


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Chicken · Floating Spirit

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Craftsman · Elven Archer · Hound · Fairy · Giant · Holy Angel · Ninja · Mage · Mimi · Minstrel · Monk · Paladin · Spearman · Skeleton · Steam Tank · Unicorn


  1. 1.0 1.1 金骷髅 地下城守护者地下城生物之人族生物大全 (Chinese). (31 March 2012). Retrieved on 19 April 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 黑骷髅 地下城守护者地下城生物之魔族生物大全 (Chinese). (31 March 2012). Retrieved on 19 April 2020.
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