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The Tentacle is a creature type in Dungeon Keeper.

General Information[]

Dungeon Keeper Tentacle portrait

Ingame portrait of the Tentacle

Dungeon Keeper Tentacle movement animation

Ingame animation of a Tentacle

"An aquatic beast, the Tentacle only enters your Dungeon if there is water around. He hangs around the water and attacks enemies from there. Tentacles won’t usually be persuaded to move far from their watery homes."
— Dungeon Keeper Manual

Tentacles are attracted to dungeons that have sufficiently large Temples and access to water. They plant their lairs adjacent to water, idle in the water, and when they sleep beside the water they gain experience. Tentacles have high health and defense, and low overhead, making them nice alternatives to more expensive meat shields such as Dragons.

Tentacles regain their ample health extremely slowly when sleeping. This should be taken in stride with the fact that as long as the Lair is adjacent to water, they gain a meagre 2 experience points per turn. At that rate, it takes over an hour and three quarters for a Tentacle to reach level 2 from sleep alone (and that's if the game is running at maximum speed and the Tentacle is asleep the entire time, which he won't be), so it is hard to imagine what kind of circumstances would make a Keeper want a horde of low-level Tentacles to endlessly sleep their way to level 10 at the waterside.


Combat Statistics
Query Speed icon Dungeon Keeper Speed: 32
Heal Icon Small Base Health: 700
Strength Base Strength: 50
Defence Defence: 50
Skill Base Skill: 50
Dexterity Base Dexterity: 65
Luck Luck: 3
Tasks & Management
Tentacle-icon Primary Job Do Nothing
Library Icon Small Base Research Skill 1
Workshop Icon Small Base Manufacturing Skill 1
Training Room Icon Small Training Skill 1
Wage Training Cost /64t 14
ScavengerRoom Icon Small Base Scavenging Skill 2
Wage Scavenging Cost /64t 8
Temple Icon Small Praying Anger -50
Lair Icon Small Sleeping Anger -1
Heal Icon Small Sleep Recovery 1
Hatchery Icon Small Hunger 1Chicken icon tiny / 8000t
Wage Base Wage 45


  • If possessed, the view is slightly misted.
  • Tentacles will join the enemy if they become angry.
  • 'Scum Tentacle' is an early name for the Tentacle.[1] The Dungeon Keeper Goodies Disc contains wave files of Mentor dialogue that were cut from the game, some of which mention it. [2]
  • The Tentacle was likely the penultimate creature implemented: the creature portrait (albeit a placeholder one) existed in a 1996 trailer, and the levels' .DOC files (dated 13 August 1996) do not have the Tentacle listed on the list of creatures; the only other creature (except the Imp and the Floating Spirit) missing is the Orc, which was the final creature implemented. The Tentacle also comes right before the Orc in the internal creature order.[3]



  1. Steve Klett (February 1996). "Guided Tour: Dungeon Keeper". PC Entertainment (IDG Communications) 3 (2): 41-43. 
  2. The Dungeon Keeper Goodies Disc.
  3. Jon Skeet (1997). Thing (.tng) Files. Retrieved on 19 June 2022.