This is the article about the Temple, a room in Dungeon Keeper. For the room in Dungeon Keeper 2, see Unholy Temple.


The Temple Icon Small Temple is a room dedicated to the dark gods where creatures can worship and/or be sacrificed to gain rewards.

Worship makes creatures happy. It also protects them from Scavenging; any creature assigned to worship in the Temple will protect 2 more of its kind from scavenging, and its own immunity to scavenging lingers for about 1½ minutes after it leaves. Worship also cures the conditions of Chicken Icon Small Chicken and Disease Icon Small Disease.

One should be aware of the recipes, or be willing to bear the risks, when indulging in sacrifice. Not all creatures or recipes produce desirable results.


There are several issues to bear in mind when using a Temple. First and foremost, creatures dropped along the stone-tiled borders of the room will perform worship, but those dropped over the center, the rippling pool squares, will be sacrificed. The number of creatures that can worship in the structure is, as usual, determined by its size and efficiency. Creatures are not talented geometrists; strive to build square rooms; e.g., 5x5, to prevent creatures from getting stuck figuring out a path around/through/out of the room.

The main use for worship is in reducing Anger. An announcement is made when a creature becomes angry; otherwise, use the Query tool to determine if a visit to the temple could be worthwhile.

The only occasion to lay down a particularly large temple is to combat a Disease. The Temple cures the disease and, if large enough, can be a sort of quarantine— without it the disease might just pass endlessly around as creatures sit in the Lair trying to heal.


  • Ghosts love moaning in the temple. In fact, their default task is worship, and they will only engage in their secondary task, Research, when the structure is not present or there is no space in it.
  • Vampires hate the gods. The only way to cure anger on these creatures is to bribe them or let them sleep for a while. They will rapidly become angry when using a temple (and are the only minion that does so), although a split-second visit can still be useful to protect the fiend from scavenging and to purge enemy curses. In KeeperFX you can use the Mustobey Icon Small Must Obey spell to force them to pray, useful in getting them cured, but they certainly won't be happy for it.
  • Worship is a useful ongoing job to keep idle Horned-reaper-icon Horned Reapers happy.


When a new minion is generated by appropriate sacrifices, its level is determined by the following formula:

Level of resulting creature = average level of sacrificed creatures (rounded down) + 1

The centerpiece recipes in the original version of the game include the Horned Reaper and a method for lowering the incremental cost of Imps (allowing any number of them to be amassed at effectively 300 gold apiece). Insects are also useful in a number of rituals. The tables below provide a full listing.

Beneficial Dungeon Keeper Recipes
Sacrifice Result
Imp-icon Cost of CreateImp Icon Small Create Imp drops
Beetle-icon  Beetle-icon Complete Manufacturing
Fly-icon  Fly-icon Complete current Research
Spider-icon  Spider-icon  Spider-icon Bile-demon-icon Bile Demon
Fly-icon  Spider-icon Warlock-icon Warlock
Beetle-icon  Spider-icon Dark-mistress-icon Mistress
Dark-mistress-icon  Bile-demon-icon  Troll-icon  Horned-reaper-icon Horned Reaper
Gold held Gold Gives gold to allies in multiplayer.
Else: "This is no wishing well, Keeper."
Harmful Dungeon Keeper Recipes
Ghost-icon All Hatchery Icon Small Chickens die
Hatchery Icon Small Chicken All Hatchery Icon Small Chickens die
Vampire-icon All creatures become Disease Icon Small Diseased
Horned-reaper-icon All creatures become angry*
Bile-demon-icon  Bile-demon-icon Turns all your creatures into Hatchery Icon Small Chickens
* Does not work in Dungeon Keeper due to a coding error, but is fixed in Dungeon Keeper FX.

Beneficial Keeper FX Recipes
Sacrifice Result
Dark-mistress-icon  Beetle-icon Casts Rebound icon small Rebound on your creatures FX
Bile-demon-icon  Beetle-icon Casts ProtectMonster Icon Small Protect Monster on your creatures FX
Troll-icon  Fly-icon Casts ConcealMonster Icon Small Conceal Monster on your creatures FX
Demon-spawn-icon  Fly-icon Casts Flight icon small Flight on your creatures FX
Fly-icon  Hound-icon Casts SpeedMonster Icon Small Speed Monster on your creatures FX
Orc-icon  Spider-icon Casts Heal Icon Small Heal on your creatures FX
Dragon-icon  Hound-icon  Orc-icon Horned-reaper-icon Horned Reaper FX
Orc-icon  Orc-icon  Demon-spawn-icon  Bile-demon-icon Bile Demon FX
Troll-icon  Spider-icon Tentacle-icon Tentacle FX
Beetle-icon  Orc-icon Tentacle-icon Tentacle FX
Troll-icon  Beetle-icon Demon-spawn-icon Demon Spawn FX
Demon-spawn-icon  Beetle-icon Hound-icon Hound FX
Demon-spawn-icon  Spider-icon Troll-icon Troll FX
Dragon-icon  Fly-icon Hound-icon Hound FX
Dragon-icon  Dark-mistress-icon Beetle-icon Beetle FX
Dragon-icon  Hound-icon Fly-icon Fly FX
Troll-icon  Troll-icon  Orc-icon Orc FX
Dark-mistress-icon  Hound-icon Imp-icon Imp FX
Harmful Keeper FX Recipes
Spider-icon  Bile-demon-icon  Dark-mistress-icon Creates a good Horned-reaper-icon Horned Reaper FX
Skeleton-icon  Skeleton-icon Creates a good Skeleton-icon Skeleton FX
Vampire-icon  Spider-icon Casts Freeze icon small Freeze on your creatures FX
Vampire-icon  Demon-spawn-icon Casts Slow icon small Slow on your creatures FX


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